How to Pump Water From Your Flooded Home?

The reason that you are reading this article titled “how to pump water from your flooded home” is very likely that you or someone you know has been affected by flood water in your home and looking out for a quick, easy and safe solution to pump the water out.

Worry not! You’re in the right place.

Each year with an ever-increasing frequency of hurricanes, water surges, and flooding taking place in America and around the world, the risk of being affected by flood water getting into your homes is becoming more and more common phenomena. So, if you live in an area prone to floods, it’s worth making arrangements ahead of time for the unfortunate and unexpected yet unavoidable circumstances of this natural disaster.

It’s of immense importance to know what to do to minimize the long-term damage to your home that flood water can cause.

And what could be a better way to be prepared than to know exactly how to pump the floodwater out of your basement and from your home.

How To Pump Water From Your Flooded Home

How To Pump Water From Your Flooded Home

There are several available pumps that you can use to remove the standing water in your basement area or any other places in your home. Below I’ve outlined some of such different types of useful pumps that can be used to pump out the floodwater.

How To Pump Out Flood Water With A Trash Pump:

Probably the best and the most powerful of all other types of pumps, when it comes to tackling a large amount of floodwater is the trash pump. This is designed to pump out a large amount of water at a very fast rate. Not only it pumps out the water out of your basement, but it can also suck up all the other debris (both hard and soft materials) that comes with floodwater, and this is probably why it’s called a trash pump! These powerful heavy-duty pumps are built to pump out hundreds or even thousands of gallons per hour. To pump out water from your basement, all you need is two hoses – a suction hose and a roll-out hose.

The suction hose is attached to the suction side of the trash pump. Submerge the other end of this solid suction hose in the floodwater.

The other hose you need is the flexible roll-out hose. This one is available for different lengths based on the distance you would like the water to be pumped out. This is also sometimes called “The discharge hose” and is connected to the discharge side of the pump.

Trash pumps are a bit on the expensive side but if you have a large home and you would like to get rid of the floodwater with ease and quick, this might be best suited for the task.

How To Pump Out Flood Water With A Pool Pump:

If you don’t have a powerful pump like the trash pump, but you own an in-ground pool pump, that might just do the work. However, it may not be the most efficient and certainly not the fastest way to pump out flood water.

Pool pumps have a plastic impeller and a strainer basket for dust collection; not suited for heavy-duty water suction and release.

To get it to work, you may need to do a bit of extra work. But not that hard.

Simply attach a pool hose into the suction port of the pump and another at the discharge end.

Then let the other end of the pool hose that is attached to suction end into the floodwater but be very careful and monitor the strainer basket as it can’t handle large debris. Also, the plastic impeller isn’t the strongest and may break if there is too much hard and large debris present in the floodwater.

How To Pump Out Flood Water With An Electric Submersible Pump:

If your basement has relatively clean flood water without large and hard debris, then you may consider using an electric submersible pump. Though not as powerful as a trash pump, it is comparatively inexpensive.

The unique feature of ESP (Electric Submersible Pump) is it requires electricity to operate and as the name suggests, it needs to be submerged underwater. Another specialty is that it doesn’t need an inlet hose or suction hose. It sucks water in from the bottom part of the pump. Just attach a long enough discharge hose at the discharge end of the pump to direct the water out of your basement to a safe distance.

How To Pump Out Flood Water With A Utility Pump:

If you have a small amount of floodwater in your basement, then a utility pump may just do the work fine. It is not as powerful and durable as a trash pump, and also is far less expensive. The working method is quite similar; need only two garden hoses to be attached in the two ends – the inlet or suction end and the outlet or the discharge end.
This one still works great if your basement flood water is low in volume.

How To Pump Out Flood Water With A Hand Crank Pump:

If you are not fortunate to have any of the above pumps, and didn’t prepare ahead of time but do own a hand crank pump, then it could be the last but not the least option. It’s a better choice than doing it by hand or with a bucket. Perhaps, this is the best and only option, when you are in a power outage situation and you are not in luck to run a generator.

Sure it can be a time-consuming way of doing the job, nevertheless, this is how things were done when gas and electricity were not an option.

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Regardless of the types of pumps you have, it is always best practice to follow safety guides especially if you are dealing with electricity. As you know, water and electricity don’t quite work well together. Also, remember to use tricks such as measuring the height of water in your basement and wait for about 24 hours to see whether the water level outside the basement has receded or not. If not, it is pointless in trying to pump the water out as the water outside will get into the basement again.

I hope the above ways of pumping water from your flooded house will help you in the worst unexpected situations such as flooding.

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