Help! Water fountain is beautiful to look at but sounds awful...

Nancy T
by Nancy T

My water fountain is beautiful to look at, but sounds awful. It sounds like someone is peeing or a stormwater drain dripping. Yes, I'm serious.

The sound is most unpleasant, both tone and volume. The pump is quiet but the sound of the running water is both loud and constant.

The fountain is vase shaped with two slits in the front for the water to run down the side and find it's way inside of the vase shaped container where it hits the water inside.

I have tried putting stones both inside and on top where the water initially comes out. I have also tried changing the amount of water inside the fountain, where the water lands. No luck.

Any ideas?

Water Fountain - looks beautiful - sounds awful

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  22 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 21, 2016
    Do you have the manufactures name?
  • Diane Diane on Apr 21, 2016
    Not sure if this would work but placing something in the bottom of the vase to muffle the sound could help. Off the top of my head, maybe a sponge? Something that can take running water? Good Luck!
  • Possumsu Possumsu on Apr 21, 2016
    Sometimes the volume of the water coming down needs to be reduced to make a ppleasant sound, sometimes it's the speed of which the water drops over, so like a kitchen faucet that will splash all over or gently run, either reduce the amount of water going inside the vase by partially closing the faucet, or put a larger hose in for less water pressure, just slow the water down.
  • Goldrushgal Goldrushgal on Apr 21, 2016
    There is usually an adjustable knob on the pump where you can change the flow of the water. Either faster or slower. Also you could try adding pea gravel to the basin around the base of fountain so the water does not hit a solid surface but trickles through the gravel.
  • Carol Carol on Apr 21, 2016
    I think I would get a different pump. You may have one that is too small for the lift.
  • Denise Denise on Apr 21, 2016
    Add stones to change the sound.
    • @DeniseThis is what she wrote. Did you miss it???? " I have tried putting stones both inside and on top where the water initially comes out. I have also tried changing the amount of water inside the fountain, where the water lands. No luck."
  • G G on Apr 21, 2016
    I put an outdoor fountain indoors... really loud, so I attached some artificial vines to where the water flows... most of the water flows down the vine into the bottom, reducing the noise
  • William William on Apr 21, 2016
    Goldrushgal has the right idea! You need to reduce the flow of water, add pea gravel or river rock to the basin. Also try tilting the vase slightly so the water flows down the two slits.
  • Barbara Barbara on Apr 21, 2016
    I know the sound.y girlfriend bought one like it Try filling it with styrofoam peanuts to reduce the tinkering sound.
  • Sharonhull Sharonhull on Apr 21, 2016
    You can buy an inexpensive little plastic clip that fits onto the supply tubing that will reduce the amount of flow by constricting the tube. It is adjustable so perhaps you can find a setting that give you a more restful sound. Any good garden center that sells the pumps should also sell the clip.
    • See 2 previous
    • Ashe Wilson Ashe Wilson on Jun 24, 2020

      Can I use a clip like for chip bags

  • Nancy T Nancy T on Apr 21, 2016
    Thanks for all the feedback. I really appreciate it. I am going to try and fill it with styrofoam peanuts as Barbara suggested and see if that helps reduce the tinkling sound.
  • Denise Denise on Apr 21, 2016
    @Beth sorry I must have missed that part. Must be the chemo fog in my brain.
  • Ann Ann on Apr 21, 2016
    We have one and put a bubbler on the top
  • Susan Savage Susan Savage on Apr 21, 2016
    I rearrange small rocks inside and out until I get a sound I like.
  • Barbara Barbara on Jun 05, 2016
    I did the same as Susan, arranged small river rock until I got the tone and volume of water,also our pump had a water flow adjustment that needed tweeking.
  • Dorothy Dorothy on May 19, 2017

    I had the same problem with a fountain I made myself. My solution was to go to the Dollar Tree and buy 12 Hawaiian Lei's for $2 and put them inside the fountain. They float to the top and now my fountain sounds like a bubbling brook

  • Elaine Elaine on Jun 23, 2018

    I had the same problem. Sounded like the toilet was constantly running. I cut up a pool noodle and now it sounds great. You can change the sound with more or less pieces floating on top Of the water.

  • Alexis Shaw Alexis Shaw on Dec 30, 2018

    Very helpful info. Thank you so much. I put some foam pipe insulation and now it makes a soothing sound.

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  • Carly Carly on Apr 27, 2020

    I just bought this same fountain from Green Acres and same sound issue (sounds like peeing). I’m glad I found this thread.. I’m going to try cut up pool noodles.

  • Denise Obenauer Denise Obenauer on Aug 06, 2020

    Also think of the fountain base as a big (non-) musical instrument. It resounds,it echos inside. The smoother the hard surface inside, the more it resounds. Break up the sound waves with as many pieces of long pool noodles in there as possible.

  • Barbara Barbara on Mar 22, 2022

    We had a foam kick board from dollar store it’s small in size for child put it right in side and it mades a beautiful sound now!