What is a Puddle Pump?
Puddle pumps are a special type of submersible pump that do not need to be fully submersed in water. They can pump to very low levels of water (i.e a puddle) without the pump overheating or becoming damaged. This removes the need for a chamber to be dug. The Tsurumi LSC1.4s can pump water as low as 1mm!
Standard submersible pumps are water cooled and unable to pump to low levels. Puddle pumps are a hidden gem in the water pump world. Although they are fantastic products it appears that there is little knowledge on how they work and the use of them. Electric puddle pumps can be used internally or externally.
Puddle pumps are perfect for use in flood protection and emergency response situations.
They can be used on most surfaces to pump away residue and nuisance water, which may occur because of seepage, rainfall, or flood water. Puddle Pumps are perfect for emergency response situations because you can position them straight onto a surface and pump shallow water. This feature means that puddle pumps can hugely improve flood response – which is our key goal at Flood Protection Solutions Ltd.
To be included in this category the puddle pumps have had to pass strict criteria and have been selected by our industry experts.
What are Puddle Pumps Suitable for?
- Basement Drainage
- Draining Lift Shafts
- Flood Control and Protection
- Fixed Installations
- Water Transfer
- Nuisance Water Removal
- Hire Fleets
Puddle Pumps have numerous advantages, including:
- Cost effectiveness
- Pump water as low as 1mm
- No chamber or sump is required
- 3-year warranty on Tsurumi Puddle Pumps
- 2-year warranty on APP Pumps
- Help prevent flood damage
- Electric puddle pumps can be used internally or externally
- Puddle Pumps can still be fully submersed in water
Please Note: Puddle pumps should not be used to pump solids such as gravel.
What is the difference between a Puddle Pump and standard Submersible Pump?
With submersible pumps, there is always a depth of water that cannot be pumped. The following graphic compares a submersible pump with a puddle pump:
Submersible Pump: Puddle Pump:
Quite simply, a puddle pump can pump water to much lower depths than a submersible pump, without sustaining damage. With a submersible pump, a chamber or sump is usually required to ensure the pump is submerged in the water. If you try to pump to low levels of water with a standard submersible pump it may sustain damage.
Our team includes expert flood specialists who have visited properties all over the U.K. They noticed that in many instances, individuals and businesses had bought standard submersible pumps when really they needed a puddle pump. Puddle pumps are very useful in flood defence, or for draining nuisance water from basements etc.
How to Choose a Puddle Pump?
- How low would you like to pump water to? The Tsurumi LSC1.4S can pump to 1mm depth. The BPS Puddle Pump can pump to 3mm depth.
- Do you want an automatic or manual pump? (Manual pumps will pump lower) (The EGO500 Pump can be switched between automatic and manual)
- What is your power supply? 110v or 230v?
- How quickly do you need to pump the water? The BPS Puddle Pump ranges between 40 litres/min up to 220 litres/min.
- What is your budget?
- Once you have assessed the above points you should be able to select a puddle pump from our range.
Puddle Pumps can be used Internally or Externally for Flood Protection:
There are many different types of flood protection. One of the most popular methods is to use flood barriers and air brick covers in a property level protection scheme. This can buy time to enable you to move posessions upstairs, but houses are not watertight and water is still likely to enter by infiltrating through the bricks, mortar, or anywhere vulnerable. At Flood Protection Solutions Ltd we like to use the example of ants… ants find their way into your property and often you’re unsure where from. Water is the same!
Flood protections schemes may include an internal sump and chamber to improve the flood resilience and pump out any water entering. Fitting these can be disruptive and expensive. You can use an electric puddle pump internally to help remove any water that still enters the property. This can help keep the water level low, and massively reduce any damage that the flood may cause. A puddle pump such as the Tsurumi LSC1.4S can pump as low as 1mm and run dry for prolonged periods of time with very little, or no water at all due to the air and water cooling route to the top outlet.
Puddle pumps are versatile and can also be used internally for any leaks that may occur in the home, for example, a leaking washing machine.
With any flood defence scheme, there is always a requirement for a water pump. Puddle pumps can be used to effectively control seepage, rainfall, and rising groundwater, without the need for a chamber or sump digging. This gives flexibility and helps reduce any costs for the works. Puddle pumps can be used to help drain a site and protect it from flooding.
Puddle Pumps are Portable:
Puddle pumps can prove very effective investments for councils, businesses, homeowners or agencies. They avoid the need for a chamber, and the pump can be placed straight into the water, which means you are able to use the same pump in multiple locations. It’s also possible to move puddle pumps to different places on the same site to remove nuisance water, or even to another site if necessary.
Flooded basements are a common occurrence in the U.K. Puddle pumps can be used when required, or installed permanently in a fixed installation with an automatic option available. Once again, a chamber is not necessary, so there is minimal disruption with using the water pump.
Flooded patios are a very common enquiry we receive. Puddle pumps are ideal or use here. Please see a video below showing how a puddle pump can be used to drain a flooded video.
Puddle pumps are very versatile and automatic models can also be used in fixed installations.
We believe that all communities, councils, and agencies should have a store of puddle pumps. This can help to reduce and mitigate the upheaval, expense and stress that flooding causes.
Please feel free to Contact Us if you need any help choosing a puddle pump.