Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: Water in the bilge
We have a low bilge, within our bilge, that will collect and hold about a half gallon of water, if it filled up. The float switch and main bilge pickup are in it. The backup is above it.
We have two fridges that drain to this lower bilge, along with the condensation from two air conditioning units. The pressure blowout for the hot water heater would also go there, if it let go.
As a result, our bilge pump runs a couple of times per day. It was creepy at first. After seeing a bone dry bilge surrounding it, I just got used to it and consider it an audible test that the bilge pump actually works.
My bigger problem is that water coming down my mast collects in a bilge compartment that just won't find its way to this lower bilge to be pumped out. I shop vac it out, but its frustrating.
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