A fully automated bilge pump, such as those in the Rule-Mate Series, eliminates the need for a float switch to detect the level of liquid in the bilge and also can distinguish between water and other substances like oil.
The damaging effects of oil in a bilge pump can require replacement of the pump, so it is important to practice pump maintenance to extend pump life. Built-in sensors in the Rule-Mate pump recognize only water — making it the most technically advanced bilge pump on the market. If a 100-percent concentration of oil is detected, such as in the event of an onboard oil spill, the pump will not activate. It’s important to note that the Rule-Mate is not an oil overspill system or safety device.
Having a reliable bilge pump is important for routine pumping tasks, and essential to avoid excess water from building up and quickly becoming an emergency situation. The size and use of a boat — from pleasure watercrafts to commercial boats — will dictate the pump capacity. Rule-Mate II Series pumps are available in 500, 750 and 1100 GPH models.
In order to maintain the highest level of performance, periodic cleaning of the pump is required. If the pump continues to run longer than its 2.5-minute cycle, the sensors are likely blocked and must be cleaned. Follow these steps for easy maintenance:
- Turn off the pump and its sensors and make sure it is disconnected from a power source.
- Take off pump base to allow access to sensors.
- Use a toothbrush or similar to clean inside and around the pump.