Preventing pump burn out


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Just finished building my 1000 gallon pond. Is there anything you guys do to let you know the skimmer has run dry? Obviously I plan to check it daily, but if something were to happen while I'm away, is there a way to kill the pump automatically? How long could it run dry before burning out? Need to spend the money on improving the pond, not fixing it, lol.
 
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Lisak1- I'm just paranoid like that. Between the skimmer face plate accidentally latching closed, a plastic bag clogging the filter, or any other number of possible scenarios, I just want to be prepared.

RobAmy- Thank you! That's perfect.
 
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I think if you go with a good quality pump then it will definitely shut off. I have had my pumps cut out in the winter when some of the water freezes and they work fine when things thaw out.
 
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Between the skimmer face plate accidentally latching closed, a plastic bag clogging the filter, or any other number of possible scenarios, I just want to be prepared.
Wow! You really have thought of all the scenarios! I think I must go through life with my head in the clouds! I just wasn't built to worry, I guess!

I was going to suggest an autofill as an alternative, but I guess that wouldn't work in the situations you suggested.
 
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I'm thankful to have the security cameras on the ponds. Saved me huge problems with water losses and power failures.
 

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I'm thankful to have the security cameras on the ponds. Saved me huge problems with water losses and power failures.
We monitor our ponds via cameras, security ones that only watch the yard and critters, well one does watch the driveway.
 

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cameras also get insurance deductions for you .I love my cameras and don't know what I did with out them .I got a cut off switch from grainger a long time ago .I don't think they sell them any more .I use it only when I am gone on 1 of my pumps that I keep working
 
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I like the idea of a security camera. I have an 8 pack that I bought, but only have 3 installed at the moment. Guess I know where #4 is going, lol!
 
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I have 2 on my pond one close up and one up on the front porch .I bought mine off ebay
 

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