Flooded Pump Box Will pumps be okay?
We've had 4" of rain in the last 24 hours. I went outside to check the pond at 7 Pm tonight and discovered the pumps were off. Opened up the pump box (in ground) and both pumps were sitting in about 4 inches of water. They were off cause they threw the breaker. Shopvaced the water out and removed both pumps as it started raining again and the pit was filling up slowly as I vacummed. The ground water level is so full that its just seeping up through the ground. Same as the house. Sump pump running every 10 minutes and I just shop vacced about 50 gals off the floor and from the backwater valve box. Water is seeping up throught the concrete floor in the house.
At present no pumps running the pond. Plugged in the Dolphin Air pump just to get some aeration and dropped an airstone down into the waterfall filter--hopefully that will keep the good bacteria from dying.
I have both pumps in the garage with the small heater going in front of them--thinking to dry out the pumps. I'm hoping that they aren't hooped. I have never had water in the pump box before we've just had so much rain.
Any ideas on testing the pumps or is it just letting them dry out? The pump box is 2 x 6 in ground--just a pit lined with green lumber on the sides and bottom with pond liner on the bottom and up the sides. The water was coming up around the pipework from the skimmer where there is no liner. I'm thinking next year I might have to build an above ground pump box--although I'm not sure how to do the plumbing for that.
How long can I run just an airstone in the biofalls and the pond before the good bacteria dies? At least it's not hot so the Dolphin pump is providing lots of aeration for the pond.