How to Siphon a Water Hose

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If you need to remove water from a contained area but don't have a utility pump, you might be able to siphon out the water using a hose. For this to work, the water source must be higher than the spot where the water will be discharged. The water hose has to be primed, then gravity takes care of the rest.

How to Siphon a Water Hose
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Step 1

Fill the hose completely with water. Keep the ends of the hose upward to prevent the water from draining back out.

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Step 2

Place one hand over each end of the hose and turn it upside down. Place one end of the hose into the contained area you want to drain.

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Step 3

Aim the other end of the hose to your draining location. This may be a bucket, floor drain or other acceptable destination.

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Step 4

Remove your hands from both ends of the hose at the same time. Water should begin flowing out of the end of the hose that is not submerged.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Watch the water hose closely. The end that is submerged in water must remain submerged at all times. If the water level falls below the end of the hose, you have to restart the siphoning process.

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