Bag Filter Housing
A bag filter housing is a metal box used for containing or accommodating a through-hull, deck or submersible type of bilge pump. A typical bag filter housing may hold several gallons of water before the pump is activated. The housing has an opening on either side allowing unrestricted flow to the pump itself. Some housings are fitted with a strainer element to catch large particles before they enter the pump.
A typical bag filter housing may hold several gallons of water before the pump is activated. The housing has an opening on either side allowing unrestricted flow to the pump itself. Some housings are fitted with a strainer element to catch large particles before they enter the pump.
Use OF Bag Filters
Bag filter housings are typically used in the bilge of larger boats. The bag allows water to enter while keeping contaminants out until the pump is activated. If you’re not familiar with these types of pumps, they usually look like a sump pump that has some type of bladder inside them that collapses when it is pumped into. This “bladder” is what separates the water from any debris that may be in your bilge.
The housing itself sits on top of (or beside) the intake, allowing unrestricted flow to the pump. The bag is also situated over this opening, allowing complete filling of the bladder prior to pumping. This reduces noise and vibration associated with “dry-running” pumps.
The bags are made of heavy duty material, typically non-woven fabrics or an open weave mesh type of screen which is intended to catch debris before it can reach the hydraulic parts inside the pump itself. The bags are there for protecting the hydraulic pistons that will be moving back and forth under pressure, with the potential of inflicting damage to anything it comes in contact with.
Most bag filter housings (depending on the size and type) should only require emptying every six months or so when used for normal environmental conditions. If you are pumping out water at a somewhat higher rate, this would probably cut down how long you can go without having to empty them.
There are a couple of benefits to using bag filter housings. One benefit is that they will help restrain noise and vibration due to the fact that they have an unrestricted flow. If debris gets inside the bag it just flows right through without getting trapped, allowing the pump to keep moving smoothly as if there wasn’t anything in it at all. The bags are usually made of a mesh type material, which will help reduce the smell inside your bilge area if you are pumping out some dirty water.
One disadvantage is that they will fill up with whatever is in the water. This means that the debris has an easier route to get to your pump and clog it, which in turn causes you to lose suction and results in a damaged pump. Another disadvantage is that they are not typically meant for continuous use; they will typically only hold the fluid level so the pump doesn’t run dry and burn up. If you need your bilge pumping at higher rates than this type of housing can provide, you’ll have to look into using another type of hydraulic pump.
Tips To Use A Bag Filter Housing
If you are using this type of housing you should try to use it in areas where there is not too much debris floating around your bilge water. This will prevent any larger particles from entering the bag and possibly clogging up your hydraulic pump or damaging it. You should also allow for approximately 3 days time between pumps if you are using this type of housing. This will give the debris time to settle before it is pumped out.
This is the most common type of hydraulic sump pump used in bilges today; they look like a normal submersible pump except that there is no metal case around them. The oil inside is what separates the water from whatever you are pumping out. There is a very thin wire mesh screen inside the cylinder of the pump, which prevents any large debris from entering and clogging everything up. These pumps also have larger openings than other hydraulic types, making them easier to clean if something happens to get inside the pump.