How to Install Submersible Fountain Pumps


Read your manual for installation, operation, and safety information. This guide neither supplements nor replaces the Owner’s Manual.

How to Install Submersible Fountain Pumps
Submersible fountain pumps are versatile and can be used to create a fountain in your yard or even a waterfall to decorate your pool landscape. A submersible fountain pump operates by sitting under water at the lowest spot available and drawing the water through the bottom of the pump, pushing it through plastic tubing until it reaches the point where it is needed. Installing your fountain pump is not difficult to do and it gives you the ability to move water wherever you need to enhance your landscaping. With the proper products and tools, you can install a fountain pump in an afternoon.

Cost (0-5 scale): 2
Difficulty (0-5 scale): 2

Items Needed:
• Fountain pump
• Fountain head (optional)
• Cinder blocks or bricks
• Hacksaw with blades
• Plastic tubing
• Hose clamps (optional)
• Screwdriver

CAUTION Do not connect pump to power until directed to do so.

Step One – Situate pump
Place a cinder block at the lowest point of your water feature and set the fountain pump on top of the block. If you have a shallow pond, use a block fence cap or bricks as a base for the pump. The purpose is to limit sediment that settles to the bottom of the pond from getting sucked into and fouling the pump.

Step Two – Attach outlet water tubing
Place a hose clamp over the tubing about four inches from the end and then attach the tubing to the water discharge stem of the fountain pump. Move the clamp so that it is about 1/2 inch from the end of the hose, and firmly secure it. If the hose-to-stem fit is very tight, the use of hose clamps is optional.

Step Three – Route tubing
Lay out the tubing so that it directs the water to where you want it delivered. Leave the hose long until you have positioned it correctly. Secure the discharge end of the tubing with landscaping rocks, or attach the end to the inlet of a fountain head or urn or statue or other feature.

Step Four – Connect to power
Plug the electrical cord from the fountain pump into the nearest GFCI electrical outlet. Inspect the electric cord to verify that it is not laying in water or any hazardous or dangerous places. If possible, run the electrical cord up a post or exterior wall to protect it from foot traffic.

Step Five – Add water and verify operation
Turn the fountain pump on and verify that it is moving the water through the tubing properly. Check for any leaks at the tubing connections and correct any problems. Conceal the pump from view but take care to not crush it or dislodge it from the solid surface.

Congratulations, you have successfully installed your fountain pump! Relax for a while and listen to the water gurgle!