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Re: Bilge pump non return valve.

Originally Posted by tdw View Post
Just to clarify ... we only talking electric pumps here ?

Our manual emergency pump (Henderson type) has been unused for many years and I suspect that its rubber flappy thing has perished. Yes there is a seacock on the through hull.

I'm about ready to rebuild the thing but what of adding a check valve into the line as back up ? Is this OK ? Is this stupid ? Is this simply not necessary ?

Those Henderson pumps can suck Bigfoots turds through a straw. No issues with a check valve on those but do use an intake screen on the pick up..

Again the real concern is with a "Rule" type centrifugal pump and the use of a check valve. These pumps have very little ability to deal with restricted or increased head pressure before they just sit there and make tiny bubbles and kill your bank..

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