How to decrease the Pressure on a Water Pump on a Fountain

Fountains on your lawn serve an assortment of purposes, from offering the calming sound of moving water at the end of a very long work day to aerating river water to your koi. Some only look beautiful, enhancing the ambiance on your personal garden area. When the water is flowing too quickly or is splashing excessively, it’s time to turn the pressure down around the fountain’s pump. This lowers the amount of water flowing to the pump, which also decreases the pump’s outputsignal.

Turn off the fountain’s water heater. Disconnect the electric cord or turn the power off at the breaker box for security. Use a noncontact voltage tester to verify that no power is flowing to the pump.

Find the water pump’s input control, frequently located on the bottom of the pump or close to the bottom on the back or sides. This can look like a switch that moves down or up, often with several choices between an “F” for fast or an “S” for slow speeds. Or, it can be a dial that you click to turn to various speeds with a flat-heat screwdriver.

Change the dial to a lower rate, moving it one or two notches. A slight change in the water pressure can sometimes make a dramatic gap in the fountain’s outputsignal, so it might require a little bit of trial and error to find the appropriate speed.

Put the pump back in position and plug it in or turn on the circuit breaker. Turn on the pump back on and let it run for a couple minutes until the rate stabilizes.

Repeat the procedure as necessary to find the right rate for your fountain.

Tighten a worm drive clamp around the flexible tube that brings water to the pump in case your pump does not have an input control. Close it enough so that the water stream is restricted but not so much that the water flow ceases. If the fountain runs too slowly afterward, loosen the clamp slightly.

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