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Using a shop vac to clean detritus from sump?

I have heard of using a shop vac (wet/dry type) to rid of detritus as it builds up at the bottom of the sump. Obviously a pump would be used to evacuate most of the water and the shop vac would be used to remove the last little bit; admittedly that last little bit contains the lion's share of the detritus.

My reason for bringing this to the discussion is I am curios to know what happens to the shop vac over time?

It seems like "on paper" nothing should happen to the shop vac as the water should never come in contact with any mechanical/metal parts, but sometimes in "real life" things happen differently. I am curious if anyone repeatedly done this before and has not needed to buy a new shop vac every time πŸ˜‰

Thanks

You should have no problems. I have used shop vac to rid water out of a flooded basement twice. (Hundreds of gallons) I am not quite sure about the salt over time. You may want to run the vac through a couple of buckets of tap water after you should be o.k. I have also used the shop vac to clean the last remaining water and debris out of several tanks. It is still going strong.

[quote="tkspaints" post=23383] You may want to run the vac through a couple of buckets of tap water after you should be o.k.[/quote]

Thanks, ^ that little nugget of wisdom sounds like a good idea πŸ™‚

I've been doing it for over a year now with no problems at all. I've tried a few different shopvacs over that time, but the best I have used is from Home Depot. They call it a "Bucket Head". It snaps onto a 5 gallon bucket and is by far the easiest to empty and to clean the container. All the others I used were a mess to empty and this one holds about 3 gallons of water when full. It also was really cheap, I can't remember but it was either 19.99 or 14.99. That's without the bucket of course,but I'm sure if you are like me you have lots of buckets everywhere.

[quote="Zoomer" post=23381]I have heard of using a shop vac (wet/dry type) to rid of detritus as it builds up at the bottom of the sump. Obviously a pump would be used to evacuate most of the water and the shop vac would be used to remove the last little bit; admittedly that last little bit contains the lion's share of the detritus.

My reason for bringing this to the discussion is I am curios to know what happens to the shop vac over time?

It seems like "on paper" nothing should happen to the shop vac as the water should never come in contact with any mechanical/metal parts, but sometimes in "real life" things happen differently. I am curious if anyone repeatedly done this before and has not needed to buy a new shop vac every time πŸ˜‰

Thanks[/quote]

I used my wet/dry shop vac the entire time I had my setup, 3 years. I stopped the flow and lowered the level in middle chamber then sucked out all the junk. I really didn't run clean water through once done. I used my shop vac with no ill effects but mine is all plastic internally.

My 2 cents.

I have used shop vacs to clean saltwater spills a lot and server any problems and cleaned when the tanks flooded my house a few times lol

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