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Ridgid 16.5 gallon motor running with no suction

I ran my Ridgid to **** up dry dirt and construction leftovers, then used it when my basement flooded. It worked fine, until the water backed out of the nozzle and leaked out of the back hose hole. I tried to use it again and it started up, then quickly lost all suction and water came out of the hose. I cleaned the filter (yes, it was filthy) and still nothing. Have I damaged the unit beyond repair. I noticed that the filter is torn, so is it just a filter issue?

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When you use the shop vac for cleaning up water you must remove the filter.

The filter is for dust particles not for water
I would replace your filter and dump the water out from the shop vac, Also after each time you vacuum up water dump it out of shop vac.

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