I'm replacing my Sta-Rite Dura-Glass motor. Like the old one, the new one has slots in the housing that I assume are to allow the heat to escape. However, the backwash line off my sand filter empties out right next to the pump. The old motor had a metal cover that did not really fit properly and I am wondering if water got into the pump and caused it to fail. (It made horrible sounds for months and then finally seized up) So, how do I protect the motor from water? Should I try to put some sort of partition between the motor and backwash area? Or should I extend the pipe underground and run it out somewhere else? I'm in Florida and there's bound to be lots of rain in the summer. So, I also want to protect the motor from that. Any suggestions are appreciated!