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Thread: strainger clogged up for hours, can I expect pump damage?

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    strainger clogged up for hours, can I expect pump damage?

    I shouldn't have done it, but I left the pump on overnight after recently uncovering a swamp after removing the cover this year.

    I thought I had got it to a point where all solid debris was gone but wind must have somehow brought some leaves over (and we don't have any trees near the pool).

    Anyway, woke up this morning and went to look at the water, and the strainer is completely clogged. No water coming out of the return. Pump sounded normal though.

    Can I expect any immediate or 'in the future' damage to the pump?
    24' x 52" AGP = 13.5k gallons
    Dynamo 2.0 HP pump,Sand Dollar sand filter
    Polaris 65 vacuum (good when there are a ton of leaves on bottom), Pool Rover Jr. (LOVE it, but power box dead right now), AquaCritter (an excellent suction side cleaner)

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    Re: strainger clogged up for hours, can I expect pump damage

    Did you touch the pump body to see how hot it was?
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    Re: strainger clogged up for hours, can I expect pump damage

    Immediate damage is possible, but if everything is fine now you won't have any problems later because of this incident. The danger is from overheating. It doesn't take all that much water movement to keep the pump from overheating, so your chances are good, but if it got completely clogged there could be damage.
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