Pumps help remove water in the basement quickly and safely
Deaths, destroyed infrastructure, evacuations, loss of power: With their severe high waters and floods, the drastic consequences of the storms that hit Western and Central Europe in July 2021 are still affecting the region’s population. More than 200 people died in France, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, and other countries. Experts estimate that the total property damage is at least EUR 25 billion.
Protection and rescue missions demanded a lot of emergency management. From a technical perspective, various machines and systems – including pumps – played a significant role in responding to the storms. For when the water level and pressure are high enough, even the best protection system can’t do anything more against flooding: At some point, the basement is simply full.
Depending on where houses are located, this danger may even exist regardless of strong weather-related events. And then too, quick action is required. For in the end, strong floods can mean that the entire building is endangered. Even if the water level is low, mold and the penetration of moisture deeper into the ground and walls are a threat. When the water level is too high, however, there is also danger due to potentially damaged power lines. Then a call to the fire department will certainly be necessary.
Submersible pumps dry out the basement quickly and safely
But how can property owners and managers and facility managers pump out and dry a basement before the situation gets out of control? Essentially, quick action is required to prevent long-term damage. As soon as the level has dropped, it’s time to pump the water out.
Usually a submersible pump whose housing may be partially or completely submerged is the right choice for this task. If it’s foreseeable that the unit will be needed repeatedly – if there are several properties or if there are other pumping tasks to be performed – a pump can be purchased. Alternatively, pumps are available for rental. Some pump manufacturers lend out suitable devices, and many building supply stores have corresponding offers. Generally, the unit is made available with the right drain hoses. They can be used to pump water out of the basement.
If there is a lot of dirt, wastewater pumps are the ticket
If there is a lot of dirt, a wastewater pump is required. These devices have no problem if there is a high percentage of solid content in the water and they can also handle foreign bodies. Anyone who wants to play it safe can’t go wrong with these pumps. When in doubt, it can make sense to ask an expert which unit is recommended for the situation in question.
Essentially, pumps should be placed in the middle of the room to be pumped out – or at its lowest point. To prevent pumped-out water from finding its way back into the building, the drain has to be placed appropriately.
If the property in question is a rental property, the landlord has to be informed each time. They decide what measures should be taken if there is any uncertainty. Owners, renters, and managers should consider two issues equally: They can only begin pumping water out if no more water is running in. For a constant circulation between pumping out and running back in is not only senseless; it can also mean that walls or the subsurface are washed away. In the worst case, the attempt to dry out the building can cause severe damage.
The pump’s work is done even before all the water is removed: Neither submersible pumps nor wastewater pumps can remove the last few millimeters of water, since they are not designed for this. Then, either manual work with a scoop, bucket or cloths or the help of a wet-dry vacuum that can suck up the last remaining water is required.
Pumping out is just the first step
But the work isn’t done once the water has been removed. All objects that were standing in the water have to be removed and dried in a well-ventilated location. In rooms that have been underwater, the walls and floors also have to be dried professionally. Only this way can moisture damage to the construction be prevented.
Flooding has always presented humanity with challenges. Due to climate change, it is likely that the incidence of strong weather events will increase. Powerful pumps designed for this application can help people get a handle on the effects of high water and flooding.
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