All About the Types of Fountain Pumps

Installing water fountains in homes and offices has been common nowadays because of its stylish look and exciting benefits. Water features always brings an appealing look to both indoors and gardens if designed in a right way. You may have enjoyed the drizzling water drops and soothing sounds in water fountains. Also you may have wondered about the stylish fountain designs and the different flowing styles of water.

Do you know how water flow happens in different exciting ways in a water fountain? All is because of the presence of fountain pumps inside it. Being regarded as the major component of a water fountain, different types of pumps perform unique functions. From controlling the flow of water to providing the right appeal to the fountains, pumps are playing an important role in the whole fountain set up.  Find a complete selection of replacement fountain pumps at

A recirculating fountain pump is the main accessory which circulates the flowing water in an effective way. Because of this, pumps are are a must to have a working fountain and are typically included with your fountain purchase.  Even though prices of fountain pumps vary with quality and function, it’s possible for consumers to choose the right product based on the type of water fountain they have. Solar pumps are the right choice if you’re looking for economic outdoor fountains or garden water cascades whereas submersible pumps finds the best for indoor water fountains because of its ease to hide it below.

Another type of fountain pump used commonly is the magnet drive fountain pumps, which are used in tabletop fountains and other smaller fountain designs. When compared to electric powered water fountain pumps, a cost effective solution for driving fountains is the use of solar pumps.

Choosing the Right Water Fountain Pump

The pump is the heart of every water fountain. Whether you are replacing your fountain pump or purchasing one for a fountain you are building, it can be a very difficult task. Here are a few general guidelines to help you make the right decision.

  • WA pumps are for indoor use only.
  • Pumps with a WT model number are indoor and outdoor pumps.
  • You will see the abbreviation GPH when looking at your pumps specifications. This is the flow rate your fountain requires to produce adequate water.
  • Consider the “max head” height. This is how far the pump will push water up from the pump.
  • Look at the outlet tube size to be sure the tube that is included with your fountain will fit.
  • Size/Dimensions of your existing pump.Make sure it will be fully submerged in the water basin.

Keeping these guidelines in mind should ease many concerns you may have when choosing your water fountain pump.  All fountain pumps that Serenity Health carries are adjustable so you can increase or decrease the water flow.

Taking Care of Your Fountain’s Water Pump

Are you having a hard time keeping your water pump quiet or are just curious how to take care of your water pump? Here are a few things to keep in mind when taking care of your fountain pump:

  1. Your water pump should always be submerged. This will prevent noise and keep it from drying out.
  2. The pump should be the correct size for the water fountain. Note that a pump for a water fountain indoor is smaller than a pump that is made for the outside. Hang on to your original documents for the pump that comes with your water fountain. If you ever need to replace your water pump you’ll know exactly what you need.
  3. A water pump should not be touching the side of the water fountain. If it is close to an edge make sure you put a bumper of some sort in the water fountain.  You can use a sponge of scotchbrite pad.
  4. Maintain your indoor fountain pump by running it continuously. Water fountain pumps seem to run the best and last longer when they are constantly running.
  5. Clean your pump and maintain it according to the manual that comes with the pump.

Taking care of your water pump is as important as maintaining the water fountain. Follow your instruction manual and these simple steps and your water pump should last!  Should you need a new fountain pump for your fountain Serenity Health sells all sizes for indoor and outdoor fountains.

Water Fountain Pumps – A Guide to Fountain Pumps

Finding a replacement pump for your fountain can be very overwhelming!  You will find detail about each fountain pump available at Serenity Health but here are some tips:

  1. Pumps with a WT model number are indoor or outdoor fountain pumps.  This means they have a 3 Pin plug.  The WP pumps and Mini Jet Pumps are rated for Indoor Use Only, only a 2 Pin plug.  Some pumps have an on/off switch on the cord while others just unplug to turn it off.

  2. You will see the abbreviations GPH.  This stands for Gallons Per Hour.  This determines the flow rate of your fountain.  An example, a small tabletop fountain such as the Water Bell Fountain, would only need a pump that pushed 50-100 gallons per  hour.  A wall fountain such as the Inspiration Falls would need a larger pump like the WT 470 which pushes 370 Gallons Per Hour.

  3. You will also need to look at the “Max Head” height.  This is the maximum height your fountain can push water from the base up to the distribution unit of your fountain.  You will always want a pump with a max head higher than the height you need because at the Max Height the pumps water flow is no longer as strong.  For example, look at this fountain, the Cascade Springs, it is 54” Tall.  From basin to distribution the height is a little over 4 feet.  I want my pump to have a max head of at least 5-6 feet so that the water flow is still strong at 4 feet and is powerful enough to cover the face of my fountain.  The model WT 345 with a max head of 8.1 would fit my needs.

  4. Next, look at the outlet tube size to be sure the tube that is included with your fountain will fit.  This is pretty standard but just to be sure it will work.  The measurement should be the inside diameter of the tube that came with your fountain.

  5. All of the fountain pumps we carry are adjustable so you will be able to adjust the flow speed of the pump.  A flow speed set too high or a pump that is too powerful for your fountain will cause splashing.

We are always here to help in the selection of your pump.  We will just need to know what water fountain you have or the dimensions as described above. View our entire selection of fountain pumps here.