How to keep your basement or cellar from flooding

How to keep your basement or cellar from flooding

11th Feb 2022

If you live in an area with a high water table, or near a river, or simply just have a lot of rain in a short space of time, you might find your basement or cellar flooding. When this happens you obviously need to remove the water quickly, and this is where the right water pump installed in a pit is the best solution.

Most people want to install and forget their pump, and therefore the best option is to put an automatic pump in a sump / pit. For pumps with an automatic float switch on a flexible cable, the sump will need to be at least 450mm x 450mm x 450mm so the pump float can operate correctly and not get stuck.We can also offer an alternative design with an internal float switch for those with smaller sumps and pits.

Small domestic pumps usually come with 10 metres of power cable and are designed to function partially (or fully) submerged. These pumps are designed to pump several metres uphill, so you will just need to run the hose to your nearest ground-level drain. For their physical size they are very powerful – they can produce a flow-rate of around 150 litresper minute which will empty a flooded basement or cellar in just a few minutes. They are not tolerant of stones, lumps of mud, leaves or other solids so be careful to keep your basement / cellar floor regularly swept, so when the pump needs to turn on it has no chance of being blocked or clogged from debris.

We can supply flexible hose by the metre to suit the outlet size of the pump, or you can source the right size pic poly pipe for permanent installations. For permanent installations, we would recommend your local plumber for the install.

If you would like to discuss your requirements or need help in selecting the best solution please contact us via email or phone