This past weekend, I had the unfortunate pleasure of using a utility pump to get water out of my basement. It was a good pump, but did not come with any instructions or trouble shooting so I was mostly wandering around blindly while inches of water came in through my basement. I thought it might help some people if I wrote about how to use it.
- The shorter the hose the better. I originally had 100 feet of hose attached to the pump, but that was way too long. I bought it that long so that I could run the hose out of the basement to the front, but my father pointed out that I could get a shorter hose and put it through the drain for the washing machine. Since the power cord was 10 feet long, I bought the shortest hose I could get (15 feet)/
- Sometimes the pump would not spin. This was because of silt that had gotten into the mechanism. By drilling the screws out and wiping each part down, I was able to get most of the silt out. Always make sure that the pump is turned off when you do that and try it out before you put the screws back in.
- Sometimes that even doesn’t work. The only way I figured out how to make the pump start working was to turn it out, put it on the floor, and then unscrew the hose until it started taking in water. Then you have to move very fast, angle the pump on its side and screw the hose back on. This way, it will start taking water up and through the hose.
- Make sure to give it time to cool down. It has a little engine and it is doing a lot of work, so put it in a cool place.
- Clean it completely after you are done with it.
Hopefully I won’t have to use this again anytime soon. However, we need to get a few contractors out to fix things in the house and yard.
I bought my pump at Lowes. It was located in the back behind the fridge/sink/toilet display against the back wall.