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To enjoy the summer as much as possible, for many people a swimming pool with its cool, crystal clear water is a luxury that they do not want to miss in this season.

In order to enjoy your own garden pool for a long time, it is necessary to maintain it appropriately with the help of chemical agents and equipment for physical cleaning.

Otherwise, there may be not only damage to the materials of the pool, but also negative health consequences due to poor hygienic conditions.

Due to the fact that a pool pump in several respects represents a significant facilitation of work in this regard, its installation for most pool owners firmly belongs to the decisive factors of a promising maintenance of the respective pool.

However, depending on the individual model, it is possible that the use of a pool pump may cause some louder noises, which may also be perceived as annoying by the neighbors.

In the following text sections, after the generally applicable regulations regarding the nuisance caused by noise in the garden or by the use of a pool pump, we will therefore focus on the steps to be taken if the pool pump is indeed too loud.

General regulations on noise pollution in the garden

There are legally regulated limits with regard to the emerging burden of noise, which, however, can differ not only depending on the location, but also depending on the time of day, whereby especially the sounds caused by children again represent a special feature.

In general, it is assumed that nighttime means the period from eleven o’clock in the evening to seven o’clock in the morning, and daytime is defined as the period from six o’clock in the morning to ten o’clock in the evening.

Depending on the assignment of the area type, between 50 and 55 decibels are allowed during the day, while at night these limits are 35 and 40 decibels, respectively. However, other factors, such as the usual conditions in the locality and the frequency of the noise generated, can also be taken into account when determining whether noise pollution is present.

It is therefore always advisable to contact the relevant local authorities, including the public order office, to find out about the general regulations on noise pollution in the garden.

Noise pollution from pool pump

In most cases, the noise emitted by a pool pump is usually rather dull or monotonous in nature, so that the locally applicable legal limits will most likely not be reached.

In this case, however, it may also be important to know whether it is a heat pump or a different model, and to what extent other neighbors are also disturbed by the noise, which can be determined by drawing conclusions about the general residential situation in the vicinity.

In order to avoid the accusation of noise nuisance afterwards, it is essential to seek an exchange with the respective neighbors in advance in order to prepare them accordingly for the installation of the pool pump or to be able to find another solution for occurring problems.

In addition, it is quite conceivable that due to structural peculiarities, such as the material used as a substrate or wall, the noise caused by the pool pump sounds many times louder than it normally would.

In an ideal scenario, before building a new pool, one should urgently make the appropriate inquiries with the respective local authorities as well as discuss the implementation afterwards with a professional expert in order to get ahead of such unusual developments that could lead to a noise nuisance caused by a pool pump.

What to do if the pool pump is too noisy?

Assuming that the pool pump has already been purchased or installed, there remain a few options to reduce the development of annoying noise at least a little, in case of accusations of noise pollution.

For example, it is possible to isolate a too loud pool pump with the help of foam, hard rubber or sand, or to significantly reduce the transmission of vibrations, while a small house or an internally lined box, if the space is available, can also help.

It would also be possible to replace a pool pump that is too loud with a model with a lower output, as this would possibly be quieter, but even the quietest pool pump still causes a certain amount of noise.

If the pool pump is really causing too much noise, the first step is to start a dialogue with the neighbors concerned, in order to possibly calm down the situation.

In this case, it is also essential to ask the local authorities, such as the public order office, about the legal basis in order to avoid misunderstandings in this respect. Finally, it is often advisable to discuss the issue with other pool owners, an experienced craftsman or a specialist for pool accessories in order to find a satisfactory solution, in which the respective pool pump can still provide optimal performance.


For many pool owners, a pool pump not only represents an immense saving of time and effort, but also guarantees the hygienic harmlessness that is absolutely necessary for carefree and healthy swimming fun.

Due to the fact that a pool pump will inevitably cause noise, but at different levels depending on the model or type, it is advisable to inform yourself in advance at the local authorities, including the local public order office, about the legal basis, as well as to consider the individual living situation.

In the event that one or more of the neighbors feel disturbed by the noise of the pool pump, it is advisable, in addition to checking the material environment of the device to see if it increases the noise, to seek professional advice or, in a final step, to replace the pool pump with a quieter model.

After that, you will be able to enjoy the summer months again in a crystal clear cool water with a clear conscience and a friendly neighborly relationship.

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Larry has been a true water rat since childhood. Pure pleasure turned into a passion. That's why he is the first point of contact for friends and acquaintances when it comes to pool-related problems. He is an integral part of the PoolHandbook editorial team.