pump for flooded basement --what to use?

chriskelly13April 16, 2007


The wonderful nor'easter has flooded our PA basement....our bailing has it down to about 1 inch. However, this 1920s home was built without any drain in the basement floor. And we won't be doing a french drain or cutting a sump in the floor anytime soon.

Also, the water runs into and collects in the N. corner; the laundry sink is across the room about 15 feet away.

Any idea of what pump to use in the future? I assume there is no way of getting the water to the sink, but I guess we could run a hose out a window...would that work elevated about 5 feet?

Thanks for any thoughts on this....

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You could use any standard utility pump or even a pool cover pump. Both would bring the water down to at least one inch and save you the trouble of bailing. A garden hose could be used on either model and run to the sink or outside. What water is left over could then be sucked up using a good sized wet vac..say a 12 or 16 gallon. Trouble with this sized wet vac is that it gets very heavy when full of water.

Trust me I know...I spent several hours helping an elderly neighbor who was getting water in his house...we had two 16 gallon shop vacs going to suck up water coming into his family room. I bet we emptied both of them over 20 times...he did not have a floor drain so they had to be lifted to his utility sink.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2007 at 9:11AM
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Does your laundry sink drain go into the floor?
If yes, then you could install a floor drain nearby and connect to the drain line. If ever you get water, a push broom or floor squeege would help get water toward the drain. Never a fun situation but you need some way to get that last 1" out.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2007 at 6:34PM
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A utility pump would work pretty good.

I have a shop vac that can also pump water, which came in VERY handy when I had to install a new sump pump in a pit that quickly filled with water after I pumped it empty.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2007 at 8:55PM
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Any submersible utility pump will work, doesn't have to be a high flow rate really although of course it will take longer to discharge. I pumped out my flooded basement on monday with a small Little Giant AC pump for 12+ hours straight. It's a small pump with a standard garden hose output made for draining pools. This would work well, can be anywhere from $40-$80+ for a decent one. If your basement is unfinished and you have a good backup drainage system so the water doesn't get TOO high, you can go the AC route. Otherwise, you might want to consider a 12v DC motor utility pump or perhaps better a battery backup Sump Pump or a municipal water backup pump (if you're not on a well).

You might even consider as a backup looking at a marine bilge pump for boats. Uses a 12v DC source (aka car battery) and most can be run via a manual switch or a automatic float valve. Check any marine or boating store...


    Bookmark   April 19, 2007 at 7:38AM
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thanks for the advice, folks. A pump it is.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2007 at 8:10PM
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