Learning how to determine the perfect sound for your water fountain can be a great way to guarantee you get the most from your next décor investment.  Water fountains come in a wide array of styles all with their own unique sound.  This sound is determined by the path in which the water takes as it is circulated through the system.  

Newport Garden Outdoor Water Fountain with Basin

Newport Garden Outdoor Water Fountain with Basin
Dimensions: 72"H x 104"W

You should consider where you are placing your water fountain as this can be helpful in determining how much water sounds you are going to want to hear.  For example, an outdoor water fountain can be much louder than its indoor counterpart because the added sound will only help to benefit the relaxation experienced outdoors.  Whereas indoors loud sounds can be disturbing to other activities you may be involved in.  

Nojoqui Falls Double Wall Fountain

Nojoqui Falls Double Wall Fountain
Dimensions: 57.5"H x 51"W x 7"D

The main source of water fountain noise is the falling water. Basically, the longer your water falls the more noise it is going to make when it splashes into the basin.  The shape and design of your basin can also play a major role in determining the overall decibels your water fountain produces.  Multi-level fountains can produce quite a bit of noise as the water splashes down from level to level and it is because of this, they are more commonly used as outdoor décor.  Below are some other key factors to consider:

Water Speed

Most quality fountains include some form of a variable speed pump.  You can use this to dial in the perfect sound for your fountain.  Remember the more pressure, the more noise your fountain will create.

Acropolis Corner Outdoor Water Fountain

Acropolis Corner Outdoor Water Fountain
Dimensions: 58" H x 28" W

Sound Reflection

Your waterfalls placement can also be an important item to consider.  Sound waves bounce off of flat surfaces and by placing your fountain in a corner you are going to direct the sound out away from the corner into the rest of your area.  

Water Level

You must monitor the water level in your basin.  If this level drops it is going to make more noise when your water is forced to drop further.  Consequently, you can lower your fountains sound levels by increasing the level of water in your basin.

Fountain Design

The design of your fountain can make all the difference in determining your sound levels.  While some fountains drop water from tiered basins, others allow the water to casually roll down a surface or the side of an object.  These are the quietest fountains as they have very little splash since the water is gently being moved.  

What are Your Needs

Are you looking for a conversation piece or are you the kind of person that loves the sound of running water?  Depending on your answer you may find that a certain type of waterfall is better suited to fit your needs.  You don’t want to have to speak over the sound of a loud waterfall but in the same sense, you probably don't want a waterfall so silent it doesn't provide you with any of the soothing sounds normally associated with running water.  

Final Thoughts

Take your time and use the tips in this guide to help you choose the perfect water fountain to fit your needs and remember, there is no one-size-fits-all when discussing water fountains.  Instead, try to get down to your specific requirements and you will find that you will make a smarter investment every time.