Pump toast?

CTFocusST

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Jul 4, 2019
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Glastonbury CT
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I was in a hurry last night to get everything cleaned up last night as thunderstorm rolled in after cleaning filter and forgot to close drain valve on filter. As I only have a skimmer and no main drain it drained to bottom of skimmer and then was running dry. On the positive side didn't drain all 13k gallons of water. Pump is currently off with basket out and refilling lost water, there was steam coming from basket area. Is the pump toast or let it cool down and it will be fine? Depending how long it took to drain to bottom of skimmer it was probably running around 24 hours
 

CTFocusST

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Jul 4, 2019
176
Glastonbury CT
Pool Size
13500
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
Pump basket itself looks fine (slid in and out like normal). No other visual damage that I could see or feel. When i turned system on it primed fine but looks like it made a leak at connection to pvc output pipe.

Should I take pump apart to check for more damage?
 

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Hopefully it's just leaking at the adapter or DWV fitting coming out of the pump. This would be a good time to replace it with a high-temp adapter and Sch 40 elbow. Hopefully it's not the pump outlet itself.
 

CTFocusST

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Jul 4, 2019
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Glastonbury CT
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13500
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Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
Is it ok to run for short periods of time with the leak to keep water clean and mix bleach?
 

Texas Splash

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Is it ok to run for short periods of time with the leak to keep water clean and mix bleach?
Sure. But watch it periodically to ensure it is not so weak from what happened before that it snaps or ruptures. Also be mindful about the water dripping over and around the motor as you don't want it doing it for so long that it develops rust.
 
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