How To Remove Standing Water

If you live in an area with a high water table, or near a river, or you simply just have a lot of rain in a short space of time, you might find your lawn waterlogged or your patio under 6″ of water and in danger of flooding your house. When this happens you obviously need to remove the water quickly, and this is where a pump is the best solution.

Currently there is not an automatic pump that is on the market (that we know of) that can remove your nuisance water. There is however a pump with a specially-shaped suction strainer that can pump down to a level of 2mm (often these are called “puddle-suckers”). Model TOP1-FLOOR is our most popular model, and details can be found on this website. Because they are not automatic, then you will need to turn the pump on yourself and turn it off again once it has done its job (you cannot run a pump dry). They are designed for 1″ hose, which we sell by the metre, which you push onto the top of the pump and secure with a jubilee clip. Smaller bore hose could be used, but this will slow down the flow-rate.

Pumps of this size are usually made from a tough plastic thereby making them lightweight and portable. They usually come with 10 metres of 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 100 litres (20 gallons) per minute, which will empty a flooded patio in just a few minutes. They are NOT tolerant of stones, lumps of mud, leaves etc so be careful where you put the pump. Larger, more powerful pumps are also available if required and many models are also available in 110v.

If you have a regular flooding problem you may wish to consider a more permanent solution. If you can lift up some slabs and create a sump (chamber) at least 350mmx350mmx350mm then you can install a fully automatic submersible pump that will remove your problem water before it has a chance to become deep. Model TOP1 is suitable for this and details can be found by clicking here.

If you would like to discuss your system or require help in selecting the best pump please call us on 01827 59595 to discuss the options or e-mail us using