Swimming Pool Fountain Repair and Installation Guide

Why Swimming Pool Fountains

The most common reason to install a pool fountain is purely aesthetic – fountains add beauty and exquisiteness. Pool fountains let you create a unique display that truly sets your swimming pool apart from your (soon to be jealous) neighbors. Pool fountains come in an array of styles so that you can choose specific features that speak to the look you are trying to achieve.  So whether you’re considering a pool fountain installation, or in need of pool fountain repair, read on to learn more.

A Brief History of Pool Fountains

Fountains were originally more utilitarian. They were connected to aqueducts of springs to provide water for drinking, bathing, and washing for people living in different residential settings (source: Wikipedia). Ancient Roman fountains were ornamental as they were decorated with precious stone and bronze masks of heroes or animals. During the Middle Ages, a few renowned garden designers started using fountains to create glorified gardens for the kings in order to exemplify their power over nature.

Late in the 19th Century, water reservoirs were created at a higher height to enhance water flow speed via gravity. By the end of the century, gravity power was replaced by mechanical pumps that produced more powerful water jets. Today, fountains are usually used in private and public parks, as well as in residential and commercial swimming pools. Over the years, pool builders and designers have been coming up with fountain styles that combine moving water jets and colored lights. Musical fountains are good examples that add dramatic effects to swimming pools. Imagine having your home’s pool feel like the Bellagio!

Typical Pool Fountain Repair Issues

When your pool fountain is not functioning properly, it is advisable to call a local pool repair and installation expert for an inspection. A professional will identify and troubleshoot the problem without causing more harm to your pool. Let a provider from Palm Beach Pool Pros look at some of the common issues concerning pool fountain repair and maintenance.

Noisy Pool Fountain

Normally, the noise in your pool fountain originates from an exposed pump due to low water levels. Maintaining the pool water above the pump by 2 inches can get rid of the loud noise. Regular checks will also allow you to know the right time to refill your pool because the pump should stay submerged throughout. That said, mineral deposits accumulated in the pump can be a cause of clattering sounds. Also, improperly installed fountain pumps may vibrate and cause noise too. A pool repair company can properly resolve noise issues and bring the pumps back to good working order.

Clogged or Dirty Fountain Pump

Fountain pumps will perform poorly if they are clogged or dirty. The pump will need to be removed, disassembled, and professionally cleaned to run smoothly again. It is worth noting that your pump will last longer if you keep your water clean and if you avoid cycling your pump on/off frequently.

Smelly Water Fountain

Even though most pool fountains require low maintenance attention, cleaning regularly is essential to prevent algae growth. There are many cleaning and care products, but a pool fountain repair professional can be the best person to suggest what to use in your specific swimming pool fountain. The right product will prevent the algae growth and build up. We recommend to clean your fountain every 2 to 4 months. More regular cleaning is even better, but people with bigger and complex fountains can get assistance from experts.

Water Supply Issues

Inefficient functioning in your fountain’s water supply may be caused by clogs in the pump. The inlet valve and suction lines should be disassembled, cleaned, and then reset to re-examine the results. The manufacturer’s manual can be helpful, but the job is often quite technical. If you get stuck, consider getting assistance from a swimming pool repair company in order to optimize the fountain’s performance.

Priming Problems

To increase the water pumping pressure, the pump case should first be filled with water prior to initial operation. Lack of sufficient water inside the case will allow air in, and therefore reduce the efficiency of the pump. So, fill the pump with water to ensure no trapped air and then submerge it completely in the pool. However, water temperature could be another cause of priming issues as many pumps are designed to perform better at colder temperatures.

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Common Pool Fountain Styles

Before you choose the best pool fountain, you need to consider your budget and the decorative style you want to achieve. Whether you are refurbishing your concrete swimming pool or looking for a new look to your fiberglass pool, there are a variety of pool fountain styles to add some distinct visual effects. Though they come in different prices and installation costs, you are sure to find a swimming pool fountain that meets your vision and budget.

Let’s begin with the 3 most popular styles.

Floating pool fountains

These are made of plastic, and the most popular options are 3-tier and Blossom fountains. They are designed to float on water while a fastening feature supports the fountain’s base according to your positioning needs. A hose is then attached to the returning line to supply water. Some come with LED lighting that can be operated using a handheld remote. You can typically adjust the water spray height whenever you want.

Wall pool fountains

Wall pool fountains are attached to a wall (or a raised barrier) so that water is spouted towards the pool. It adds elegance to your pool, and can be managed using a valve at the back of the wall. However, larger fountains may require a dedicated valve and line.

Pedestal pool fountains

These are placed on the edge of your swimming pool, or just on a raised barrier. Common designs include small animals like dolphins or frogs that are set alongside overflowing pitchers or pots. The water flow can be controlled using a small valve.

Alright, below are other common premade pool fountain types.

Deck jets

These come with 3 basic jet sprays; fan jet, precision jet, and multi-jet sprays. They generate smart stream arcs of water to your swimming pool. Since there are different degrees of streaming arcs based on the type of deck you buy, the water jet can be projected across the entire swimming pool or just fall near the edge of the pool. Interestingly, deck jets are adjustable to create a variety of arc heights and lengths.

Laminar jets

The laminar jets come with inbuilt LED light element, and you can choose either a rotating 5-color or choose one of the 9-color modules. They generate illuminated streaming arcs of water to your pool, and you can adjust the intensity of light on both modules.


The bubbles are normally installed on the pool floor area, especially on the sides in your decorative pool. They produce bubbling streams and the jets shoot vertically. They are also commonly used for spas to achieve the ultimate feeling of relaxation.


If you live close to mild noisy neighborhoods, spillways are perfect because they provide some moderate flowing water sounds. The water flows gently through a small hole, and therefore a good alternative to direct water from spas to your swimming pool.

Typical Cost of Pool Fountains

The cost of pool fountains may vary depending on several factors such as size, material, and type. Premade store-bought fountains are obviously the cheaper alternative and available for $50 to $1,000. Pool fountain repair costs can start at this range, too.  However, these rarely have the same flair and elegance of a custom installed fountain. Depending on size and structure, a custom swimming pool fountain can cost from $2,000 all the way up to $50,000 for a network of synchronized jets. Speaking with a professional pool installer will help you evaluate the options and price points.