Tom’s Tips About Pumps and Alarms

By Tom Neale, 7/14/2005

1. One of the most critical factors in dealing with water coming in is to know about it immediately. The sooner you know, the more likely you’ll be able to handle the problem.

2. Multiple bilge alarms, which sound off where you can hear them, are important. An alarm for the float switch for each pump is good. Additional independently wired alarm(s) to dedicated float switch(s) are better.

3. If there are sections of the bilge that will hold water separately from other sections, there should be not only pumps, but alarms for each.

4. Follow instructions when installing pumps and alarms. Failure to do so can make them less effective.

5. Regularly test pumps and alarms by manually activating the float switch(s), and keep them clear from debris, hoses or any other material which could impair their operation.

6. As soon you know water is coming in, stop the boat if it’s safe to do so, considering all the circumstances. With many leaks, this will slow the flow. Begin looking for the source.

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