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    okay to leave pump running during storm?

    Is it okay to leave pump running during a thunderstorm?
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    Re: okay to leave pump running during storm?

    That really depends on your comfort level. Do you have a surge supressor on your house? Can you afford to lose the pump if lightning hits it? How likely is lightning in your area?

    Having said all that I leave mine normally connected to the timer. If it's on, it stays on. We live in an area that doesn't have many issues from lightning storms.
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    Re: okay to leave pump running during storm?

    I'd only do it if the pump is grounded to the pool.
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    Re: okay to leave pump running during storm?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp
    I'd only do it if the pump is grounded to the pool.
    What do you mean?

    There is a rod that is stuck in the ground that is connected to the pump.
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    Re: okay to leave pump running during storm?

    The pump is pretty far down the list of things likely to be damaged by lightning. Sure, a pump can be damaged by lightning, but that isn't especially likely. It is much more likely for a SWG or automation system to be damaged. And turning everything off doesn't completely protect it either.
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    Re: okay to leave pump running during storm?

    Over the years I have lost all sort of things to power surges and lightly strikes (including direct hits that blew out copper plumbing pipes), but never a pool pump. Instead it seems pump motors tend to die from corosion issues.
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    Re: okay to leave pump running during storm?

    Heh Heh - mine got taken out this morning - and my pump wasn't even running!! It was completely turned off (but not unplugged)
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