With hurricanes in the news across America and increased rain downfall coinciding with decreased budgets on government flood defences, the risk of floods is a worry for home owners across the UK. So if you live in an area prone to floods, it’s worth making preparations should the unfortunate ever happen.
It’s vital that in the event of a flood, we all know what to do to minimise the long-term damage to our home – and the impact it will have on our families. And one way we can significantly reduce this risk of permanent damage is knowing exactly how to pump water out of our homes in the event of a flood.
Firstly, shut off all the electricity in your home. Once that’s taken care of, you’ll need to ensure you have a submersible pump on hand. A submersible pump is encased in a tight waterproof shell and comes with a sealed electrical cord for safety – as well as a fitting that enables you to connect it to a hose. Remember, the larger the diameter of your hose, the faster it’ll pump out water. You’ll need a generator to run it, too – after all, we should have no electricity running through our homes at this point.
How to set it up
Now you have the equipment, it’s time to set it all up. First, you should lower the pump into the flooded area, and remember to secure the connection so that no water can get to it. Now attach your hose to the fitting on the top of the submersible pump, and point the end of the hose away from your home.
Pumping the water
Now it’s time to pump out the water. Place the water pump into the water – ensuring the connection is above water level – and turn on the generator to start the pumping process. To speed everything up and decrease the time it takes to get rid of the water, you can run two or three water pumps at one time.
Remember to wear waterproof boots and gloves, throw away any food in the flooded areas, disinfect affected areas after you’ve done pumping, clean any cuts to your body to avoid infection, and wash your hands thoroughly after you’ve done pumping. And of course, if anyone is in immediate danger, always call 999.
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