basementThis blog post has been contributed by Prestige Pumps, suppliers of high quality pumps and pumping solutions, including Grundfos, KSB, Calpeda and JEC.

If you have a basement that floods during bad weather than there is a good chance that you have tried to prevent this from happening.


There are some preventative steps that you can take which may remedy the situation, such as diverting water away from the property through gutters and installing drainage systems in the property’s grounds. However, in many instances these steps will not prevent your basement from flooding when the rain begins to fall heavily again.

And if your property is located within a floodplain of a river, you have no chance of stopping the overflowing water from accessing your basement. In such instances all you can do is remove the water from your property as quickly as possible, which means using a pump. So, which type of pump is best suited to such a task?

Sump Pump

Well, there are a couple of options that can be used to clear your basement of excess water. The first is a sump pump and will involve a little work. You will have to create a hole in the floor of your basement which is large enough to house the sump pump. This hole should be made at the lowest point in the room where the water pools. When the water level reaches a certain point, the sump pump will kick in and pump the water out of the basement.

Many homes are already fitted with sump pumps, which are connected to the property’s drainage system. If connecting a sump pump to your drainage system sounds like a little too much hard work, there are also models available that come complete with a hose connection; allowing you to dispose of water via a sink or window.

Utility Pump

Your second option is to go for a utility pump, or pool emptying pump. This is a portable pump that can be stored out of the way and only taken out when required. These pumps also have a hose pipe connector, which can be used to suck up the water and carry it to the desired destination. If you cannot feed the hose into a sink or the existing drainage system, instead put the hose out of a window.

If you do not have a window in the basement then you may wish to drill a hole through the brickwork at an appropriate height so that excess water can be pumped into the garden, or an outside drain. If there is not an outside drain available, be sure pump the water a decent distance from the house.

Also, remember to block up the hole where the pipe goes through when it is not in use too prevent water from pouring into the basement. Whilst a utility pump is a cheap and convenient option, it will not clear all of the water away, as it cannot suck up the last few centimetres. In order to remove this you will need a mop and bucket, dehumidifier or a wet vac.

Final Considerations

In the event that you opt for the sump pump solution with a hose, which will stay in place permanently; it is advisable to use sealant where the hose goes through the brickwork, to prevent water from leaking in. When you come to picking out your water pump, you shouldn’t really need one with a high flow rate, unless your basement suffers from severe flooding and takes many days to drain naturally. In such instances it is a wise move to invest a little more of your money to get a pump with a high flow rate so that you can clear out the basement as quickly as possible and minimise potential damage to the structure of the property and your personal belongings.

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