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What happens if you leave the pump running and forget to replenish the water as it evaporates? The pump will overheat and crack or melt. To prevent that, you have two options: Buy a submersible pump with an auto shut off feature, such as the Beckett 160 GPH Auto Shut Off Fountain Pump ($29.98 at Home Depot). Or follow the advice canada goose uk outlet of Kirsi Williams, who works in customer service for Beckett, based in Irving, Tex.: “Just unplug the pump when you go out of town.”.

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