How to Use a Water Pump - Correctly and Safely

Need to drain a pond or a swimming pool? Or maybe your house is flooded from a burst pipe or bad weather, and you need to get the water away from your house?

The easiest way to remove the water is with water pumps, and you can hire them from Speedy, the UK’s number one hire company.

A couple of good things to remember when hiring from Speedy, all our hire equipment is checked, tested, cleaned and serviced before every hire and will come ready to go. You’ll also notice a folder attached to your product, these are safety and operating instructions, please make sure you read these before you begin your job.

Before you use a water pump it’s really important that you wear the correct PPE. Eye protection, gloves and safety boots are essential, and any PPE you do require can be purchased from Speedy.

Please Watch our How To Use a Water Pump Video below:



There are two types of water pumps that you can hire from Speedy. A puddle pump or a submersible pump. Both pumps essentially do the same job which is to remove water from an area you don’t want water to be, and both are really easy to use.

  • A puddle pump will suck up every last drop of water and is ideal for removing clean water, say from a pond or a swimming pool
  • A submersible pump is perfect for dirtier water, thanks to this cage around the pump mechanism and its larger diameter outlet

Any mains powered equipment you hire from Speedy can come with one of three types of plug, a UK standard domestic plug that can be plugged into any household socket, a yellow 110v plug which will require a transformer or a blue 240v plug that will require an RCD unit.


How to Use a Submersible Water Pump

Step 1: Connect to the drain

No matter which pump you hire from Speedy, it will come with a hose that simply attaches to the pump. This can be tightened with the hose clip and then the other end just needs to be positioned near a drain.

A rope will also be provided for you to lower the pump into position. You should never use the electrical cable to do this as you can damage the pump, potentially making it unsafe to use.


Step 2: Position it correctly

A good tip for when using a submersible pump, it’s advisable to position the pump a few inches from the ground, say on a house brick. This will make it less likely for mud to get blocked up in the pump and could save you a load of time.


Step 3: Turn on the pump

Once you have your pump in position, it can be turned on by simply plugging it in and switching it on. If you need to remove the pump for any reason or reposition it, you should always disconnect it from the mains beforehand.


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If you have any issues with any of the products you hire from Speedy, just give your local Service Centre a call as we're always available to help and remember to always check the safety and operating guidance before you use any hire product.

Thank you for reading our Speedy blog, we hope you found this how to use water pumps guide and video useful.

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