Don’t Get Caught Out! Why A Sump Pump is the Answer To Extreme Rainfall and Flooding!
Homeowners and businesses across the UK increasingly rely on a sump pump as the only effective way to deal with the aftermath of a flooded basement and / or ground floor. Sadly, others end up frantically running around, trying to find a basement pump or cellar pump that can properly remove the seemingly endless water sloshing around from one wall to another. Despite of advance flood risk warnings by the Met office, still far too many people are being caught out every time.
In the first half of June 2019, twice the amount of average rainfall (around 60mm) fell across many areas of the UK, and amber flood alerts issued. Since 1910, there have been 17 record breaking rainfall months, and 9 have occurred since 2000 (Met Office).
Intensive flooding set to become more frequent
Most recently, in the summer 2012, nearly 8,000 homes and businesses were flooded across the country. Twelve storms in succession, 2013 -14, caused the wettest winter for 250 years with 11,000 homes flooded. Between 2015 to 2016 the tally reached 17,000 properties.
The Environment Agency has warned that extreme weather events involving the likely risk of intensive flooding are set to become more frequent. In many parts of the country, both homeowners and businesses risk seeing their properties flooded at least once or even twice a year. Permanently installing a sump pump, most particularly in an area prone to flooding, is increasingly an essential action to take rather than as a temporary remedy after the water has arrived.
What exactly is a sump pump?
A sump pump is designed to help prevent a basement and the ground underneath from being damaged by excessive water accumulating during extreme rainfall. Installed in the lowest point in the ground, known as the pit or “sump”, it’s main purpose is to pump out excess water through a long pipe into an area where it can be drained effectively.
Sump pumps are usually powered by electric motors, which are triggered automatically on or off when water in the sump reaches above or below a set threshold level. The type of sump pump needed will depend on the location, amount of excess water, and frequency of the flooding.
There are generally two types of sump pumps – submersible sump pumps and upright sump pumps. A submersible sump pump has a motor protected with a water-resistant casing, which enables the entire pump unit to function underwater when sump water levels rise. An upright sump pump has a motor attached to an upright column or section above the sump and remains untouched by water.
Live in an area that experiences extreme rainfall and flooding?
Avoid the heart-breaking clean up afterwards!