The term ‘flood defences’ covers many things, from sandbags and flood barriers through to flood doors and windows. While all of these forms of defence act as a physical barrier to floodwaters, the reality of flooding means there are many other ways that water can permeate into a premises. With heavy rain, the water table rises and can lead to groundwater flooding at the lowest level of the property which can lead to basements and cellars filling up. Flood pumps can be installed here to help rid the property of flood waters and keep damage at bay.
Flood pumps are designed to spring into action when water levels in the basement reach a certain level, where they get to work and pump the water out of the building and into the nearest storm drain. They don’t need to be turned on and instead rely on sensors to detect the water level so they will be working to rid your property of flood water even if you are not at home when flooding hits.
The longer a house has flood water inside of it, the more damage it tends to cause, seeping deeper into structures and furnishings. When water does get inside the house its vital to get it drained as quickly as possible to limit the damage it causes and keep costs down. Without a flood pump, this could mean waiting a long time for the emergency services to respond as they will already be working overtime to rid the area of water and helping other nearby residents. Flood pumps can remove water quickly, pumping up to 2650 gallons of water an hour.
When flood defences are installed on a full-time basis, many homeowners worry about how they will affect the aesthetics of a home. Flood pumps can be discreetly installed in basements and can be put into sump pits within the floor and out of the wall, all of which can be obscured with fixtures and will not interfere with the look of the room.