Submersible pump and electricity


Old 10-26-15, 05:49 PM
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Submersible pump and electricity

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I plan to use a submersible pump to move standing water in a backyard
I understand the pump can stand in water, but how does the electricity work
If I run a power cord from the house to the pump, and the power cord sits in water and it could be raining, isn't there a risk of having a power cord sit in standing water?

Sorry for the dumb question, but I'm not sure how this works
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Old 10-27-15, 01:56 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

Let me ask you a question..... what do you think will happen if the extension cord receptacle and the pump plug is under water ?

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The extension cord MUST be plugged into a GFI protected circuit or receptacle. It would also be a good idea to keep the plug out of the water.
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Put a chair out in the yard and drape the power cord over the chair so the plug is above water.
Old 10-27-15, 05:22 AM
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Preferably a non-conductive chair.
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The principle is that you must keep water away from the current carrying copper wire inside the cord, cable or connecting plug or socket between the pump and power source. If you don't something bad will happen. At the least you will trip your mains and at the worst you will get shocked to death.

So what you need to do us to ensure that the copper is insulated from the water. This is most important where the cord may be plugged unto the pump. The cord itself may be in water without problems as it usually insulated by means of it's plastic or other insulation material sheath.

So you need by some or other means ensure that the connecting point between your cord and pump is 100% insulated from water ingress.
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