Fascinated to find the cause of a pump motor failure over the weekend.
As of late, it had been making a funny sort f metal on metal noise when running.
It started tripping the breaker.
I went out of town and decided to deal with it when I got back.
I came home and reset the breaker and turned it on.
It ran and sounded worse than ever, smoke started coming out of it then a popping sound and you could smell that electrical fire smell.
I bought a new motor which is working swimmingly (I bet I am the first person ever to use that pun here )
I opened the old motor and it was packed with dirt and 1000s of dead fire ants.
The guy that sold the motor to me said he has heard of that happening before.
So just an FYI. I didn't know this would even be possible. I am going to keep some of those granuals around the perimeter of the pumping station moving forward.