How to build a pool waterfall DIY

Ned Kampmann

A pool waterfall is designed to create not only serenity and a good mood, but also the springs of water will provide a perfect hydro-massage of the neck and head.

The most common types of above ground pool waterfall include Cobra, Rondo, dovetail and cascade. The shape of the spray with all these types is largely similar; the main objective is to supply water of variable intensity, ensuring its recirculation.

The best pool waterfall ideas


Of course, little can compare to the beauty, precision and fascination of natural wonder. The sound of cascading water is sure to attract your guests, and you will be able to demonstrate your excellent taste and your lifestyle with the help of these pool waterfall ideas.

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How to build a pool waterfall

Nevertheless, it is not just a sense of prestige that drives people to engage in similar projects. After all, the sonorous murmur and the sight of a constantly flowing stream is incredibly attractive not only for adults, but also for children. And this attraction increases many times over when there is the opportunity to swim among the rocks positioned in the vicinity of a delightful waterfall.

Above ground pool waterfall

DIY pool waterfall

The above ground pool waterfall consists of the visible part (spout), pipes, water intake, pump and buttons for the pneumatic actuation.

You should consider the installation of a waterfall at the design stage of the pool. The whole design of the waterfall comprises a separate set of equipment, not connected with the main system of water supply and treatment. In this regard, installing it after you have completed your swimming pool is possible, but will require a lot of effort.

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DIY pool waterfall

The pool waterfall operates by water being injected with an accumulator, flowing through the housing, and the resulting overflow then exits by a laminar flow regime through the diffuser. The water completes a cycle and is returned to the pool. The intake is designed with a protective cover so that there is no risk of damage from water compression, despite the high rate at which water enters the device.

You will be able to create your waterfall all by yourself using a pump. Place flat stones where you want your waterfall to run. Experiment with the layout of the stones — you’ll hear that this affects the sound of the flowing water and how the water breaks on the surface of the pool. You can decorate the waterfall landscape not only with stones, but also with perennial plants to naturally and harmoniously blend it into the landscape design of the garden. You will get a totally awesome picture on summer evenings if you add “glowing stones” to your waterfall and pond.

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The waterfall principles can be applied to when you build your fountain. The waterfall in the pool can be not only a landscape, but also quite avant-garde in its design.
DIY pool waterfall constructions

If the waterfall is not higher than 5’ (1.5m) (this option is most preferable, as a waterfall at this height will be easier to maintain), you will have enough pump power with 70 watts. For a high cascade you will need a more powerful pump. Try to choose a pump with a function that allows you to adjust the flow, and then the jet power can be regulated as desired. The pump will drive water to the top of the waterfall through a hose. In the pump design it is of course a good idea to hide all the components, including cables and hoses, under rocks, so that they are not visible. The hose that connects to the water ejector hole in the pump extends to the top of the cascade, and the second hose which draws water remains at the bottom of the pond. That’s how to build a pool waterfall.

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