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Realistically, the damage can be done in a fairly short amount of time, within an hour. By far the most common damage pumps incur is due to "running hot". That's where the pump runs with no water flowing through it. The water in the pump pot can boil, which is above the melting point of some of the pump's parts and nearby fittings.

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