10 Essential Tips to get the Most out of your Bilge Pump – Literally!
- Use hoses with an internal diameter at least as large as the bore of the bilge pump ports.
- Fit an adequately-sized suction hose strainer to protect the pump from debris. Make sure it is accessible, and remember to inspect it periodically.
- Install all submersible electric bilge pumps or bilge pump suction hoses as low as possible and make sure that they are in an accessible location.
- Keep suction hoses as short and as straight as possible. Use reinforced hose that will not deform or collapse under suction conditions.
- Make sure that suction hoses rise continuously towards a remote-mounted bilge pump.
- Secure any detachable bilge pump handles close to the pump with a lanyard.
- Ensure that all hose connections are airtight. Even a small air leak will prevent the pump from priming quickly.
- Avoid multiple-suction hoses joined with valves if at all possible. If unavoidable, take extra care to make sure all joints and valves are airtight. To avoid airlocks, check that all suction hoses rise all the way to the pump.
- For maximum efficiency with a remote-mounted pump (electric or manual) route the discharge hose so that is rises at least 30cm (12”) after it leaves the outlet side of the pump.
- Ensure all bilge pump hoses are discharged well above the waterline, even when the boat is heeled over. Discharging over the transom is the preferred solution.
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