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What to Do If Your Skip Fills With Rainwater

In rare cases, skips can get full of rain. If you have hired a skip and it's gotten full of rainwater, there are a few things you can do. Take a look at these tips. They will help you get the water out of your skip:

1. Uncap the drain

Skips all have a way to release water, and if yours is full of rainwater, it may have a drain with a stopper that is closed. Typically, this is going to be located near the bottom edge of the skip, and it should be accessible from the side of the skip, meaning you don't have to tip over the skip to find it. Once you find the drain, uncap it. It should have a rubber cap that simply pulls out.

2. Remove debris from under the skip

If you cannot find a single drain, your skip may have a series of small holes or slots in the bottom of it. If those aren't allowing the water to pass through, it could be because the holes are blocked by debris. Remove as much debris as possible using a broom. You can push out debris from under the skip or try to pull it toward you using a broom or a rake.

3. Drill a hole in the bottom of the skip

Only try this approach if you have bought the skip—if you have hired the skip, stick to the other ideas. To allow the water to drain, grab a drill and a bit that can go through metal. Then, find the lowest part of the skip, and drill a small hole in the base of the skip near that point. To increase drainage, drill a few small holes.

4. Bail out the water

If all else fails, you can start bailing out the water. Ideally, you should not climb into the skip. Unfortunately, the rubbish in there may contain sharp objects that could be dangerous. Instead, place a ladder next to the skip, climb it and the reach over the side to grab bucketfuls of water out of the skip.

5. Siphon out the water

If you cannot find a sturdy place to fit your ladder, you can try to siphon the rainwater out of the skip. To start, you need a length of hose. Fill one part of the hose with a bit of water, and hold your thumb over the hose. Slip the hose into the rainwater in the skip and release your thumb. The water should start automatically siphoning through the hose and onto the ground.


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