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Can an Existing Pool Welcome a New Fountain? Explore!

Water features like waterfalls, deck jets, rain curtains, and fountains add a new visual and sound dimension to a pool’s aesthetics, turning a plain swimming facility into an eye-catching focal point in your garden. What’s more, the aeration of the water caused by the additional exposure of the water to air has all kinds of benefits for water quality. So, can you add a fountain to an existing pool?

It’s not difficult to add a fountain to an existing pool, whether inground or above-ground, and there are many different designs to choose from. In some cases, the fitting can be done by the pool owner, but more elaborate additions may need the expertise of a pool professional.

A fountain is “an ornamental feature in a pool or lake which consists of a long narrow stream of water that is forced into the air by a pump“(Collins Dictionary). There are several water features that I would define as fountains and some that may not be, but I will include them anyway because they’re beautiful additions to your pool and options you may want to consider.

Adding A Fountain To An Existing Pool

Most of the fountains we will look at in this article will need a certain level of expertise to install, but many are well within the capabilities of a proficient home handyman. Before going into detail, let’s check out the reasons why adding a fountain is such a great idea.

Benefits Of Adding A Fountain To An Existing Pool

  1. A fountain makes a pool a sensory oasis – the falling water is visually a focal point, and the sound of it is restful, creating a sense of tranquility and reducing stress and tension. This “white sound” can be very effective in cutting out external noises from passing traffic, raucous neighbors, and other disturbances.
  2. Fountains help to aerate pool water, which improves circulation, filtration, chemical balance, and clarity of the water and reduces the formation of algae.
  3. A beautiful pool adds value to your home. From a marketing point of view, a pool with a stunning water feature can be the deciding factor for buyers comparing various homes and certainly adds value to the property.
  4. Fountains are fun, especially for children, if they are placed so that the kids (of all ages) can play in them.

What Are The Disadvantages Of A Fountain?

  • Some fountains, like those set in a bowl, will require constant cleaning of debris to keep them looking good, and all fountains will need the outlet nozzles cleaned regularly to keep the water flowing freely.
  • Particularly if your pool is exposed to breezes or wind, there will be quite a lot of additional evaporation from the fountain, which means more loss of water and regular topping up of the pool.
  • Some fountains may need an additional pump to drive the flow of water, so your electricity bill will be a little higher.
  • Depending on the size of the fountain, it may reduce the water temperature by as much as 5⁰F. While this may be desirable if your pool tends to get too warm, it might not suit everyone.
  • The cost of the cheapest off-the-shelf fountain could be under $200, but anything more substantial will range between $1,100 and $7,500, with an average in the region of $4,000 inclusive of materials and labor.

What Are The Various Types Of Pool Fountains?

The style of fountain you choose depends on your personal taste and the style of your home and pool area. If you have a classic, older-style home, you may, for example, choose a vase or a spouting statue, but a modern, geometric pool shape is better suited to a bubbler or deck jets. Let’s look at the options.

1. Poolside Garden Fountain: If your garden is landscaped right up to your pool, you can install a fountain close to the edge, with the water flowing into the pool. This could be in the form of a statue, vase, or a rock-faced waterfall and requires no alteration to the pool or decking.

2. Floating Fountain: Another easy addition to your pool, the floating fountain is literally that – it floats on the surface and is fed directly from the return system. They’re available in various forms, single- or multi-tiered, and are the least expensive option.

3. Bubbler Fountain: Bubblers are small fountains that are mounted in the shallow part of the pool, such as the entrance steps or tanning shelf. Installation is more complex in an existing pool, as the piping will need to be concealed, but because of their position, the pool will require only partial draining. Being on the tanning/play shelf, bubblers are great fun for kids. They also aerate the water – and they look great, too.

4. Deck Jets: Mounted into the decking or the coping around the pool, deck jets provide spectacular arched streams of water over the pool, the width and height of which can be adjusted. Fitting deck jets when building the pool is less costly, but retrofitting them to an existing pool is possible. I recommend you call in a professional to do this installation, as it requires electrical and plumbing connections that comply with municipal regulations.

5. Laminar Jets: These are a type of deck jet, but because of their specialized design, the arc of water over the pool looks more like a solid bent rod. Their other distinguishing feature is that the laminars are illuminated at night by LED lights, which can be programmed to change color and, although not to everybody’s taste, provide a real nighttime spectacle.

6. Wall-Mounted Spray Fountains: The nozzles for this type of fountain are mounted on the sides of the pool above the level of the water, and they can be adjusted to provide a spray or a solid jet of water over the pool. Installation in an existing pool is relatively simple, with no excavation or construction needed, and spray fountains are great fun on a hot day, as well as effective in aerating and cooling the water.

7. Cascading Pool Fountains: By cascading, I mean that the water flows from one level to another, and there are several different ways of achieving this:

  • Cascading bowls where the water flows from the top bowl into one, two, or three lower bowls before returning to the pool.
  • Sheer descent curtain cascade where the water cascades in a solid sheet from a slit in a constructed wall into the pool.
  • Cascading waterfalls feature different materials ranging from natural or artificial rocks to concrete or stainless steel, over which the water flows from a height into the pool.

Most cascading fountains will require some construction work, so adding them to existing pools may require draining the pool in order to install the necessary structure, as well as complete the plumbing and electrical connections.

Can You Add A Fountain To An Above-Ground Pool?

All the benefits I’ve spoken about concerning pool fountains apply to above-ground pools as much as in-ground ones. Still, some limitations will affect what is practical and what simply won’t work.

  • Poolside and floating fountains are perfect for above-ground pools as they don’t require any support from the structure itself.
  • If you’ve built a permanent deck around your above-ground pool, deck jets could be fitted, but it is an expensive exercise and may not be worth it.
  • None of the other pool fountains are practical options for an above-ground pool and would look very out of place anyway. Instead, rely on landscaping, decking, and lighting to make your above-ground pool out-of-the-ordinary.

Conclusion

Adding a fountain to an existing pool has many benefits, from the enhanced aesthetics of the pool to the improved value of the property and the emotional well-being of those enjoying the “white noise” of the water. Adding a fountain after the pool has been completed is more expensive, but it’s worth every cent.