Pump Hire

Emergency Pumping Services

When equipment breakdown, unexpected flooding or pipe fracture threatens you, Sykes Pumps reacts quicker than any other supplier to provide you with an effective solution. Our vast experience working on projects across a full range of environments allows us to quickly understand your unique requirements and deliver a solution that will work immediately. Because we understand the cost of downtime or reduced output, we ensure our service minimises the wider effects of emergencies.

Our Service

As the UK’s leading provider of strategic pump services and equipment, we have unrivalled expertise in designing and commissioning, especially when the pressure is on to deliver the correct solution quickly. Flooded or waterlogged sites can cause serious delays to projects you may be working on, as well as increase costs dramatically. Unlike many other hire companies, we offer 24 hour coverage and protection – so should an emergency arise and disrupt your plans, we will work with you to overcome the issue from the moment you make contact with us.

Whether you suffer pump failure, burst water mains or even chemical spillages and waste discharge, we pledge to be the fastest provider of the right solution. As a company, we have been delivering complex yet cost-efficient pumping systems for over 160 years and have the knowledge and skills to assist you. From short-term support through to long-term hires, you can rely on us to accommodate your every requirement.

Our national network means there is always a depot close to you, no matter where you’re located. This allows us to promise and deliver a swift service all year round, whatever the time of day or night, and apply the most appropriate remedy available. We have both resources and technicians constantly on hand to alleviate flood pressures, sewer collapses or any other crisis that you might face.

Sewage Diversion

When a sewer prevents land development or the expansion of existing property, it is possible to make a temporary diversion if the relevant authorities agree. This potentially complicated process should be overseen by industry experts to guarantee its safe and proper execution. At Sykes Pumps, our qualified engineers are able to manage the entire procedure and will even recommend units most suitable for this particular application. When the diversion needs to be undertaken as a result of a broken sewer, then our emergency response kicks into action.

Typically, the need for emergency sewage diversion involves residential environments where pipes have burst and the resulting spillage represents a hazard to health. Our electrical pumps are ideal for these scenarios and can be delivered, installed and functional within hours of a problem being reported. They are also easily controlled by a number of methods including manually, float, ultrasonic or even speed regulation via variable speed drive panels. If generators or a power supply is unavailable then our fleet of super silenced diesel units ensure the same level of safety at low noise levels.

Our unrivalled success rate in responding to urgent issues makes us the country’s foremost supplier of pump units and accessories. We understand that, when something unexpected occurs, you need specialist staff who can tailor a solution accordingly and quickly. Whether you have an emergency or would like to more about our full range of pump hire services simply call us on 0800 211 611.


The consequences of flooding are potentially crippling, with economic and environmental costs attached – as well as the devastating impact on people’s homes. Floods generally occur unexpectedly with little to no time for preparation, but Sykes Pumps will react to them quicker than anyone else. Our rapid response to setbacks on any scale means we can tackle the root cause to prevent your operation being brought to a complete standstill or to protect your valuable assets.

Our electric submersible drainer pumps have been manufactured with diverting water flows and sump pumping in mind, as well as general water transfers. They are very easy to manoeuvre and install thus allowing quick deployment – a vital feature, particularly during an intense flood. These units can be set up to work unattended for extended periods allowing those affected to concentrate on other tasks. As large flow generation pumps, significant quantities of water can be removed at any one time, reducing the effects of flooding.

As a company, we are committed to providing our customers with market-leading responses to water-related issues throughout the UK. Our highly trained engineers work hard to understand your requirements and deliver the solution which meets your requirements. For more information on our products and services, and how your business can benefit from them, call us now on 0800 211 611.

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Our range

General Purpose Pumps

Our automatic self-priming GP pumps can handle clean water, sludge and slurry, offering flexible solutions in a multitude of scenarios

Super Silenced Range

The Sykes range of silenced pumps provides clients with a number of durable units suitable for deployment in noise-sensitive applications

High Performance

Capable of flow rates of up to 375 l/s, these high performance pumps are ideal for specialist applications including jetting, pipe flushing and firefighting

Bentonite Pumps

Our Bentonite range features heavy duty pumps that have been manufactured with slurries and testing environments in mind

Submersible Drainage Pumps

Offering variable capacities and easy handling, our submersible drainage range is frequently used on quarries, mines and shipyards

Submersible Wastewater

Featuring more than twenty unique pumps, our submersible wastewater range offers cost-efficient pumping with flow rates up to 440 l/s

Submersible Sludge Pumps

Sykes’ submersible sludge pumps are intended for applications where the fluid present contains solids or has a higher viscosity than water

Hydraulic Submersible

Strong and lightweight, our hydraulic submersible pumps are perfect for hazardous environments where suction lifts exceed nine metres

Air Pumps

Known as pneumatic pumps, these hardwearing air units are recognised for their exceptional reliability and capacity to operate dry

Hoses and Accessories

We stock a full range of ancillary equipment including hoses, valves, control panels, steel pipes, polythene tubing, flow metres and road ramps

Environmental Equipment

This modern range allows clients to uphold their environmental responsibilities and move water, wastewater and sludge in sensitive areas