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Parade of Water Pumps

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in carpet cleaning, flood clean up, floors, Home Improvement

Our previous blog posting discussed different solutions for cleaning up water and flood damage.  One item we did not cover was pumps for moving standing water out of the area. Today, we’ll be discussing the different types of pumps that are available to rent.

3/4″ Submersible Pumps Electric

Also known as “sump pumps”, our 3/4″ submersible pumps can be fully submersed in the water that needs to be pumped. (Please note as this is an electric unit, the electric cord plug may not be full submersed in the water.  Only the pump unit itself can be fully submerged).  A garden hose attached to the discharge outlet on the pump will direct the water to the area which you dictate with placement of the open end of the garden hose. You can direct the water into a bathtub or sink; or outside through a window or door.  The pumps are for clear water and are able to discharge most of the water out of the area.  The 3/4″ submersible pump is ideal for pumping out small ponds, small swimming pools and hot tubs, as well as areas with minor flooding.

2″ Submersible Pumps Electric

Similar to the 3/4″ submersible pump, the electric 2″ submersible pumps are designed to pump larger amounts of clear water faster from, for example, a larger swimming pool or flooded area.  These pumps are larger and use 2″ hose to discharge the water rather than a garden hose.  Unlike the 3/4″ submersible pumps, the 2″ pumps will leave a couple inches of standing water left in the area.  The intake (suction portion) of the pump must be completely submerged in the water to pump water at maximum capacity.  Once the intake portion of the pump is no longer under the water level, the pump slows down, leaving the extra water behind.

2″ and 3″ Trash pumps

Our gas-powered trash pumps are designed to pump a large volume of water that contains a high solid content.  These pumps easily pass solids such as leaves, sticks, and stones.  A 10′-15′ suction hose is attached to the pump.  The opposite end of the suction hose is then placed in the water.  A discharge hose attached the pump will direct the water to where it needs to go.  In some instances, you may not need a discharge hose and can choose to have the water discharged directly next to the pump.

Diaphragm Pumps

These pumps are typically used for construction projects in which the area must constantly be kept free of standing water.  Diaphragm pumps are able to pump water that is shallow and muddy, using a positive displacement design rather than centrifugal force to move the water.  Centrifugal force action units, such as trash pumps or the submersible pumps are ineffective in shallow water applications because they require a high volume discharge flow in order to keep their prime.  Traditionally these conditions exist in trenches and ditches where water seeps into the work site creating standing water.

For more information on which pump will work best for your application, contact our location nearest you to speak to our staff.


After The Flood

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in carpet cleaning, equipment rental, floors, Home Improvement, Rental Tips

The last thing any of us want to experience is that unforeseen leak or minor flood that has left your home or building a soggy, wet mess.  Now begins the arduous task of cleaning up the water and drying out the carpets or flooring. At Bunce Rental, we have several solutions to help cleanup and dry out your home.  This week, we’re covering cleanup of minor leaks or flooding that does not require a pump to remove standing water from your area.  We’ll cover the different types of water pumps available in a future post.  For now, we’ll take a look at carpet cleaner extractors, fans, dehumidifiers, and ozone generators.

Carpet Cleaner Extractor

More commonly referred to as a carpet shampooer, this machine will extract excess water from your carpets and suction up puddles of water off hard floor surfaces such as concrete or tile.  In this instance, you would only be using the extractor function (vacuum) of the machine to remove any excess water.


Even after using the carpet extractor soaked carpets and flooring will still be wet.  A dehumidifier will help remove moisture and humidity from the area, preventing mold and mildew from growing. To use the dehumidifier, set it up in the area you want to use it in, positioned so that the machine is elevated in such a way that the discharge hose is able to slope down into the bucket or sink to catch water or out through a window.

Turbo Dryers/Direct AirPath Fans

These fans direct air towards the floor to help dry the wet carpets and floors faster.  Many times these will be rented to help dry carpets faster after they have been shampooed.  The Turbo Dryers (also known as carpet fans) are snail-shaped with the airflow directed horizontally across the floor.  The Direct AirPath Fans are circular in shape and can direct the airflow right over the wet area.  Direct AirPath Fans can also be positioned on their side if a more horizontal direction of the airflow is preferred.

Ozone Generators

Once the room has been dried out, an ozone generator will help to kill mold, mildew, or even a smell that’s been left behind by the damage.  A full description of how the machine works can be found on the Shipp Cleaning System’s website.  Keep this in mind when using an ozone generator; the area that is being treated must be closed off.  The area must be clear of people and pets while the ozone machine is running.  While the ozone generator is running, it temporarily changes the oxygen in the area to ozone which while breathable can cause shortness of breath, dizziness, or bloody noses in a similar fashion to thinner levels of oxygen found at higher altitudes.  The ozone generator has a timer that will shut off the machine after the set amount of time (anywhere from 1 to 12 hours).  After the machine is done running, open up the room, let it air out, and check for signs of the odor, mold, or mildew.  If needed, run the ozone generator again.

Shipp Carpet Systems has also provided us with an overview of what to do for cleaning up water and also smoke damage.


To learn more about our fans, dehumidifiers, and carpet cleaners, call to speak to our staff at any of our locations.  Our staff will help you determine which of these options may be right for your application.

Shipp Carpet Cleaner Extractor Triumph 430

The Christmas decorations are put away and any out of town guests have returned to their homes.  The New Year has been rung in and your carpets show the effects of the holiday season as well as general use during the rest of the year.  Let’s not even mention the Super Bowl Party you hosted:  mud, dirt, wine and food stains, pet hairs – you name it; your floor has seen it.

You’ve tried vacuuming and scrubbing out the spots.  That “As Seen On TV” handheld carpet shampooer sort of did the job, but you are not happy.  Hiring a professional floor cleaner?  You’re not quite sold on the cost.  And the Rug Doctor at your local grocery store just didn’t clean the carpets as well as you thought it would.

You feel like you’ve tried everything.  You’re hoping the equipment rental store down the street has something that will do the trick.  Something that will make those carpets look almost new. You head on down to the local rental store and the customer service rep says yes; they do have something to clean your carpets – a carpet cleaner extractor!  When you ask them to compare their Carpet Cleaner Extractor to the Rug Doctor, they assure you that most of their customers, who have used both, prefer the Carpet Cleaner Extractor to the Rug Doctor, citing the differences between the machines:

Shipp “Triumph 430” Carpet Extractor Cleaner

  • 800-RPM Chevron shaped motion – Piano Hinge Floating Brush
  • Two Brass Spray Jets – 60 PSI ea.
  • 117” Water-lift Vacuum
  • Chevron shaped brush brings water towards center part of vacuum for better water recovery
  • Piano Hinge design allows brush t0 dig into carpet for great deep dirt lifting

Rug Doctor

  • Back & Forth Brush (Vibrating)
  • One Plastic Spray Jet – 28 PSI
  • 101” Water-lift Vacuum
  • Vibrating Action leaves water in Carpet
  • Fixed Brush

“What about shampoo and stain removers?” you ask.  The customer service rep shows you what is available for purchase including several spot and stain removers.  Which spot and stain remover you will need depends on what the stain is – as “oil based” stains are different than “protein based” stains.   Deodorizers are also available for purchase.  Shipp Carpet Systems has a chart on their website with more information on the different options for carpet cleaning solutions.

“What if I already have a carpet shampoo?” – remembering you have a bottle or two left at home.  You are relieved to hear that you can also use your solution and shampoo.

The customer service rep then proceeds to go over the operation of the machine with you; where to pour the solution in, which buttons to push to release the solution, how to move the machine across the floor.  They even show you the upholstery attachment available for rent and how to connect it to the machine, allowing you to clean your couches and stairs quickly and easily.

So you decide to give it try.

Have you tried our Carpet Cleaner Extractors?  Let us know how it worked on your carpets!