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  • Manufacturer spotlight: KSB pumps

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    At Pump Sales Direct, we are proud to stock products from not only the nation’s leading pump manufacturers, but the world’s. KSB, a German supplier of pumps, valves and related services, has proved itself capable of separating itself even from the most well-known and globally renowned manufacturers. To illustrate how KSB have managed to do this, focusing on the quality and diversity of their products, as well as a little bit about the company’s values and history, we have put together this hopefully illuminating and educational piece.

    History

    KSB started life as a manufacturer of boiler feed equipment and valves in 1871. A German inventor named Johannes Klein founded the company with Friedrich Schanzlin and Jakob Becker. In 1887, it became a public limited company. Just nine years later, the UK became KSB’s first subsidiary outside of Germany, marking the start of KSB’s long and continued success in the British Isles. Having been built on the back of the reliability and durability of their UNA pumps, KSB expanded their product range in 1903 to include centrifugal pumps and drainage pumps, both of which remain key offerings to this day. The next 115 years of KSB’s story are characterised by continued innovation and expansion into all four corners of the globe.

    Corporate responsibility

    The environmental situation gets progressively worse day by day, making it increasingly important to mount a genuine effort to halt its advance. In the pumps industry, where slight tweaks in a pump’s technological make-up can amount to massive reductions in the amount of energy consumed, it is paramount to strive for optimally energy efficient products.

    Thankfully, KSB’s values are allied with our own. They are committed to working in conjunction with the Kyoto Protocol to limit their contributions to climate change. They are forever scrutinising their products, technologies and work processes for hints of excess. Wherever possible, they have streamlined these bloated constituents to require as few raw materials as possible and to consume as little energy as possible.

    Quality

    The success of any manufacturer is of course predicated on the quality of their products - and KSB is no exception to this rule. Their Etanorm pumps stand out as being the most obvious example of their success. The world’s bestselling standardised water pump, the Etanorm has sold well over 1.5 million units worldwide - a truly staggering number. The Etanorm isn’t even considered the centrepiece of the KSB pumps offering. Instead, their centrifugal pumps are considered KSB’s focal point. What remains true, regardless of the type of product, is that the quality remains the same. You can find an extensive range of KSB pumps UK on our website.

    If you have any questions or queries about any of our products, KSB or otherwise, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team. You can do so by email or phone, and they will be more than happy to help you secure the product you need.

     

  • Common sump pump problems

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    Sump pumps are one of our bestselling products. Essentially an anti-flooding mechanism, sump pumps are as important as any appliance in your home. With such a crucially important role to play, an underperforming sump pump is a genuine concern.  Uncovering the issue that is preventing your sump pump from working at maximum capacity can be extremely tricky. Is your sump pump clogged or is it simply a mismatch for your pumping requirements? To help you decipher these questions and ensure the continued safety of your home, we have delved into some of the most common sump pump problems and how you can fix them.

    Overwhelmed sump pump

    An overwhelmed sump pump spells disaster for you and your home. If the rate and volume of water it is expected to dispose of exceeds the rate and volume of water it is actually capable of handling, your home will quickly succumb to flooding. Every sump pump has a maximum rate it is capable of working at. To rectify this issue, take care to ensure the rate at which your sump pump works complies with the volume of water it is expected to deal with.

    Clogged sump pump

    A clogged sump pump can only be caused by two things. The first and most likely cause is simply delegating a sump pump with a task beyond its abilities. Every sump pump is limited by its ability to handle fluids containing a certain size particle. The ABS Robusta 200 for example, is capable of handling fluids containing particles no bigger than 10mm. To prevent clogging, you should make sure that the fluid have tasked your sump pump with handling isn’t rife particles that are too big for it to handle.

    Manual vs automatic

    The importance of opting for an automatic sump pump cannot be overstated. With a sensor capable of detecting a rise in water levels and autonomously setting an appropriate response in motion, automatic sump pumps are invulnerable to the unpredictability that can render a manual sump pump ineffective. Sump pumps are, after all, installed to remove water that accumulates in sump pits. These sump pits are invariably located in the basement of the home - not exactly a place where you would spend the majority of your time - leaving it isolated and impractical for regular manual operation. With an automatic sump pump, you can rest assured that the build-up of water will be halted - and all without any assistance or intervention required on your part.

    If you have had the misfortune of experiencing one of these issues, hopefully you can come away from reading this article with the knowledge to put it right. The role of a sump pump is critical to the everyday functioning of your home. Without it, the consequences are dire - your home and possessions can be irreparably ruined. You will find only the best submersible sump pumps at Pump Sales Direct. We are more than happy to field any questions you may have too, we are committed to ensuring every product matches your pumping requirements perfectly.

  • Why Grundfos pumps are an industry leader

    Few pumps manufacturers have distinguished themselves so definitively from Grundfos Pumpsthe rest of their contemporaries as Grundfos. The Danish manufacturer set up shop under the slightly more unwieldy moniker of Bjerringbro Die-Casting Foundry and Machine Factory in 1945, and ran through a series of names before finally settling on Grundfos in 1967. Throughout its decades of operation, Grundfos has been able to maintain its reputation as an industry leader, but how? Is it their ability to innovate? Is it the infallible quality of their products? Or is it simply the prestige their storied history lends their pumps? We are of the opinion that all of these factors - amongst many others - are helpful in explaining the esteemed status Grundfos holds today.

    Innovation

    To this day, Grundfos takes its commitment to pioneering new pumping technologies very seriously. The Grundfos Lifelink project is a reflection of this commitment. A plan to improve water infrastructure in the developing world, Grundfos Lifelink leverages mobile connectivity to improve reliability for both water service companies and end-users. The project has been a great success thus far and Grundfos’ foresight to integrate innovative mobile connectivity into the supply of water has been revolutionary.

    Quality

    The name Grundfos has always been synonymous with quality. Even some of the very first pumps Grundfos created were incredibly well-received - noted both for their durability and their efficiency. Grundfos haven’t shied away from this tradition either; they have continued to put out products of exceptional calibre year after year. As a stockist of a great many of their products, we are more than well positioned to verify this. From Grundfos home boosters to Grundfos central heating pumps, a tremendous quality permeates from every product that bares their insignia.

    Corporate responsibility

    Admittedly, the size of Grundfos - and the scale of the resources they have at their disposal - puts them in the unique position of being able to take their corporate responsibilities seriously. Nevertheless, they have been able to put the resources they have committed to this task to exceptionally good use. On their website, Grundfos divide this responsibility into two distinct camps - a promise to their customers and a promise to society as a whole. For their customers, Grundfos promise to continue to innovate. For society as a whole, Grundfos are dedicated to minimising their environmental footprint and seeking sustainable solutions wherever possible. This awareness of a duty that goes beyond their shareholders distinguishes Grundfos from other manufacturers in their field, and is a contributing factor in their continued success.

    Aside from the rest of their attributes, quality will always be a priority for customers and it is ultimately what makes Grundfos such an undeniably huge success and one of our bestselling manufacturers. You will find an extensive range of affordably priced Grundfos pumps on our website. If you have any questions or queries about any of these products - whether it is something that seems unfathomably complex or incredibly simple - please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team to double check.

  • The Energy Using Products Directive: What you need to know

    Burning fossil fuels has taken a constant toll on the environment. Soaring temperatures, rising sea levels and increasingly adverse weather conditions are all indicators that ever worsening conditions are edging nearing than ever to breaking point. Bad enough to compel a response from the governing bodies. Not just on a regional or national level, but on an international level.

    Arriving amidst a flurry of new regulations and restrictions from the European Union was something called the ‘Energy Using Products Directive.’ All of our pumps have to align with the rules set out in the directive and you’ll see a smattering of products on our website labelled with energy ratings because of it. To walk you through its implications, so you won’t come unstuck browsing our site, we have put together this guide to the Energy Using Products Directive and the European Union energy labelling system.

    What is the Energy Using Products Directive and how has it changed over the years?

    The Energy Using Products Directive first came into effect in 2007. In its latest iteration, the Energy Related Products Directive, which came into effect in 2009, the regulations were reconsidered and redefined. Where the EUP only affected products that used energy directly, the ERP affects products that even indirectly have a say in energy use. From 2009 then, the likes of our central heating pumps came under its influence, leading to a host of changes. Revisions to the directive are ongoing too - in 2012, incandescent light bulbs were banned.

    What is the aim of the ERP?

    The overarching aim of the European Ecodesign directive (ERP) is to improve the energy efficiency of products that come under its influence. By doing so, they also hope to reduce the use of hazardous substances and increase the ease of recycling. This target has been simplified into the oft-repeated 20-20-20 mantra. By the year 2020, the European Union aspires to have: improved energy efficiency by 20%, reduced carbon emissions by 20% and increased the share of renewable energy sources by 20%.

    How has it affected our products?

    The directives established by the European Union have had an effect on our products. Central heating pumps are one such example. To align with the new regulations instituted by the directives, our central heating pumps are labelled with an energy rating, which gives the consumer an indication of how energy efficient each product us. With the energy rating so visible, it puts the onus on the manufacturers to design and put out products that are better for the environment. On our website, you’ll see a range of central heating pumps sporting an A energy efficiency rating. Efficiency is important if we are to create a sustainable future for the environment and we are delighted to stock the products of manufacturers with an environmental conscience.

  • Stuart Turner pumps: An Introduction

    In 1906, Sidney Marmaduke Stuart Turner, an engineer in Henley-on-Thames, stuart turner logostarted Stuart Turner Ltd. In the century since, the company has blossomed into the UK’s leading manufacturer of domestic water pressure boosting pumps. Its journey to that point has been both complicated and fascinating. It has acclimatized to wartime periods with aplomb, it has adapted to technological advances too - even making a few of their own along the way. To introduce you to Stuart Turner’s history and demonstrate why we are so pleased to have a range of their products available for sale on our website, we have put together this overview.

    Stuart Turner has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a trader of model engines and castings in Henley on Thames. It began supplying engines and continued for the vast majority of its existence. The company’s engines have powered motorcycles, boats and antisubmarine detectors - even transmitters used during Everest expeditions. In 1935, it developed and patented a frictionless mechanical shaft seal designed for use in domestic pumps. As an indispensable component of later Stuart Turner pumps, this patent came to define the company’s most successful range of products. Close coupled to an electric motor, this mechanical shaft seal assured the development of small pumps. It wasn’t until the 1970s though, that Stuart Turner matured into the full blown pump manufacturer we are familiar with today. The production of marine engines was discontinued, and the company’s focus shifted to small pumps, where it remains to this day.

    Stuart Turner has certainly evolved and changed over the years. Throughout its 103 year history, its various iterations have been unified by one common goal: a desire to be the best. This hunger for excellence in everything that they do is something we share at Pump Sales Direct and we are delighted to stock their products.

    Today, Stuart Turner has made its position as the UK’s leading manufacturer of pumps for domestic water pressure boosting clear. Just five years ago, it introduced an umbrella of specialist product brands to the world - Monsoon, Showermate, Techflo, Flomate, Wasteflo and Stuart - three of which we stock. Monsoon and Showermate are both especially exemplary illustrations of the expertise and time put into Stuart Turner products.

    Monsoon, Stuart Turner’s flagship range of high performance, premium quality brass domestic water pressure boosting pumps, are definitely worth considering for those suffering from low water flow. Simultaneously shower pumps and whole house domestic boosting pumps, Stuart Turner monsoon pumps are as versatile as they are high quality.

    Stuart Turner Showermate meanwhile, is a more energy efficient, eco-friendly alternative. Owing to their plastic composition, they are, on the whole, more affordable than Stuart Turner’s Monsoon range, but that doesn’t come at the expense of quality. Showermate booster pumps are more than capable of improving the performance of multiple outlets in a single bathroom. Compact and cost-effective, they are a great choice for those looking to swiftly and inexpensive rectify water pressure issues in their home.

    You can shop a range of Stuart Turner shower pumps on our website. If you have any questions at all, regarding size specifications, installation, delivery or otherwise, please do not hesitate to look to our team for assistance. You can get in touch by phone, email or through this contact form.

  • Hot water pumps: What to look for

    Hot water pumps circulate hot water throughout your home, ensuring that the hot water pumpsnetwork of radiators that warm your home are amply supplied. There are three key characteristics that all high quality hot water pumps share; they are energy efficient, quiet and cost effective. At Pump Sales Direct, all of our hot water pumps possess these qualities in abundance. And today, we are going to explain why these traits make our central heating pumps absolutely worth paying for.

    NB: For the purposes of this post, the terms hot water pump, central heating pump, circulating pump, circulation pump and heat pump are all interchangeable.

    Quiet

    A home is a place to relax and bask in, should you so choose, quiet tranquillity. The last thing you want is a sub-standard circulating pump buffeting your ears with its rattling as it struggles to spread hot water through your home. Warming your home shouldn’t have an unsolicited accompanying soundtrack. In a poor quality circulation pump, the interior mechanisms that endow it with the ability to control the movement of hot water can generate an irritatingly loud thrum. Fortunately, shopping with Pump Sales Direct, you will only ever encounter hot water pumps from world leading brands (Grundfos, Biral, Wilo, Lowara and Smedegaard), all highly regarded for the supreme quality of their products, meaning you are guaranteed to get your hands on a product that works flawlessly.

    An ill-fitting, or improperly fitted, heating pump will also generate unwelcome noise. If you are uncertain about exactly what size pump you need, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
    Call or email and a member of our team will be happy to provide you with some clarity. When it comes to installing your pump, it is worth consulting this installation guide we created a while ago, which sets out in meticulous fashion, how to fit your new purchase. If you aren’t feeling confident enough to do it yourself, don’t be afraid of asking a more competent ‘DIYer’ to help out.

    Energy Efficient

    Circulating pumps circulate hot water around a home. Put in such rudimentary terms, this role sounds - and is - relatively simple but the ways in which central heating pumps strive to accomplish this task efficiently however, are not so straightforward. Electric controlled wet rotor pumps for example, allow central heating pumps to intelligently adapt to your heating systems demands - as and when they change, making certain that water is heated only when absolutely necessary. By minimising the amount of energy your home expends heating water, your home becomes more eco-friendly and less of a burden to the environment.

    Cost-effective

    Reductions in the amount of energy your home expends, courtesy of a circulation pump, are also accompanied by reductions in your heating bill. The initial outlay for a central heating pump of course varies depending on the model you go for, but, chances are, in the long-term, you are more than likely to not only recoup this cost, but actually save money.

  • Meet our bestselling pumps

    At Pump Sales Direct, we only stock products we truly value; products that we think our customers will value too. By only stocking pumps our customers have shown a demonstrable interest in, we strive to provide customers with all of their pump requirements. All of our offerings are sourced from the most reputable and best established manufacturers in the world - from Danish-based Grundfos to the German brand ABS. Every product is of the utmost quality, but, partly because of demand, partly because of the product itself, some products are able to separate themselves from the rest. In this post, we want to introduce you to some of our bestsellers and why you should consider purchasing them.

    Salamander CT50 Xtra 1.5 Bar Twin Impeller Regenerative Positive Head Shower Pumpsalamander shower pump 1

    Over the past three decades, Salamander Pumps have slowly but surely cemented their position as one of the best and biggest manufacturers of shower pumps in the UK. Owing to their decision to completely overhaul their product range and revamp it according to feedback from installers and homeowners five years ago, their ascent has accelerated. Their twin impeller regenerative positive head shower pump is amongst our most popular products. Key to the success of any shower pump is how little noise it can emit. As well as being extremely quiet, the Salamander CT50 shower pump is straightforward to fit and very durable, making it everything you could ever ask for from a shower pump.

    Grundfos UPS2 25-80 grundfos ups2 250

    Grundfos is a giant of the pumps industry. Merchandised by distributors in over fifty countries, you can expect to encounter Grundfos’ globe-spanning influence wherever you are in the world. You only get to such a coveted position by putting out products of supreme quality year after year. Grundfos’ UPS2 - 25-80 heating circulator pump is a perfect example of unmatched performance. Rated A, in compliance with EUP energy regulations designed to indicate to consumers a product’s  energy efficiency, this heating circulator from Grundfos will help your home more effectively heat and distribute water throughout your home - making your household more eco-friendly in the process.

    ABS Robusta 200 W/TS manual/automatic submersible pump, 230v submersible pumps

    ABS, a branch of Swiss manufacturing powerhouse Sulzer, produces a range of more than capable submersible pumps. The Robusta 200TS (230V) submersible pump from ABS is a versatile and reliable offering. A light drainage submersible pump, it has proved one of our most bestselling products. Designed for pumping clear water and wastewater, it is an affordable way to keep your house, garden or yard free from flooding. It even has built-in level control and a check valve, just to make sure.

    Here, we have presented three of our best selling products. If you have any questions about any of these products (or anything else for that matter) please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us by phone, email or through our contact form.

  • Expansion vessels: Why are they so important?

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    Our home's heating systems are placed under enormous duress every day. In tandem with the homeowner's whims, a heating system has to apportion energy, heat and water to: changing the air temperature as well as for use in sinks, showers and baths. We can all point to one important component - the boiler. But other critical constituents of this process fly under the radar. None more so than expansion vessels. To highlight the importance of expansion vessels, we have put together this hopefully illuminating post.

    What are expansion vessels?

    Expansion vessels consist of a small steel container divided into two parts by a rubber diaphragm. One side of the rubber is filled with air or nitrogen, while the other is filled with water. The steel provides the vessel with a close to impenetrable exterior that won’t fold under hydraulic shock. The rubber diaphragm, on the inside, possesses an extremely low permeability which not only serves to contains pressure loss, but also helps to ward off corrosion.

    What is the purpose of an expansion vessel?

    Even in a single day, our home can go through many, many heating cycles. When there is demand for hot water, there has to be action on the part of our home. When water is heated up, it expands. And when it expands, your home’s closed water heating system has to be equipped to deal with the added pressure. That is where expansion vessels come in. Thanks to their rubber diaphragms and steel exteriors, they are more than capable of withstanding the effects of both thermal expansion and water hammer, preventing the system from failing or at worst, coming apart completely.
    Less commonly, an expansion vessel is also used as a replacement for a continuous pump in a pumped central heating system. Because expansion vessels can be adjusted to maintain a specific pressure level, they can be tweaked to maintain pressure even in the absence of a pump.

    Why are expansion vessels so important?

    In certain water heating systems, expansion vessels are an absolute necessity. Closed water heating systems, where there is a one way valve present, are vulnerable to increases in pressure. The only way to combat these increases is to introduce an expansion vessel. Without it, you run the risk of damaging not only the water heater, but the plumbing fixtures and the water pipes themselves.

    What should you look for in an expansion vessel?

    At Pump Sales Direct, we only stock the highest quality products that meet UK regulations, and the same applies to our range of expansion vessels. One of the most reputable and respected manufacturers of expansion vessels is Flamco, of which we are a stockist. Distinguished by their bold red exterior, Flamco pressurisation units are not only instantly recognisable, but amongst the best available today. The importance of ensuring that your expansion vessel matches the specifications of your water heating system exactly cannot be overstated. Fortunately, all of our product descriptions are loaded with detail and should be enough to help you decipher the best product for you. Even if it’s not, you can reach us by email or phone and one of our dedicated team will be more than happy to walk you through it.

  • How to save money on your water bill

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    On 1st April this year, homeowners across the UK saw their water bills rise by 2% - culminating in an extra £9 expense annually. After this development, you can forgive many for believing that they have little to no control over their water bills. Armed with the right advice however, homeowners can very easily reduce the amount they are paying. Opting for more energy efficient appliances, making an effort to collect, conserve and reuse water as well having a better understanding of both water-greedy and water-efficient processes, will put you in the best position possible to save money on your water bill.

    Install a heating circulating pump

    Circulating pumps will minimise the amount of money you spend on heating water. Grundfos central heating pumps are able to do this by expending a small amount of energy to distribute hot water throughout the home, so that an instant source of hot water is available from any outlet at any time. Without a circulating pump, huge tanks of water are heated and allowed to cool without being used up; a far from efficient process. The addition of a Grundfos selectric circulating pump can alleviate this problem, making your home’s heating of water far more efficient - both in terms of energy used and money spent.

    Cut water usage by opting for eco shower heads

    There are a plethora of products out there that are tailor-made to make your home more energy and water efficient - one of the most affordable yet convenient of which is an eco-shower head. By affording you with complete control of your shower’s flow rate, you can adjust the amount of water you use. Eco-shower heads vary in the way that they are able to manipulate your shower. Some simply reduce water flow, others will aerate the water (increasing the water flow without using more water) and some even include a flow regulator that limits water output from the bottom of the shower hose. What unites all of these eco-shower heads is their ability to reduce your home’s water usage and consequently, your water bill too.

    Make better use of your water supply through reuse and recycling

    With the global population set to continue to rise, global water demand is expected to increase by 50% between 2000 and 2050. Freshwater supplies have never been so scarce, making it more important than ever to reuse and recycle water where possible. We can help you do just that. At Pump Sales Direct, we have grey water recycling systems and rainwater harvesting pumps that will dramatically improve the efficiency of your home’s use of water.

    Change your showering habits

    Just as important as the physical changes you make to your home, are the behavioural changes you make. There are plenty of slight adjustments you can make that genuinely do make a difference. If you normally take baths, take showers instead. If you have become accustomed to taking long showers, try to cut it down by a few minutes. Simple changes that often get overlooked can be just as effective.

    By incorporating this advice into your own home, you are bound to cut down on the amount of money you are spending on water. We are more than happy to help make this transition as smooth as possible by answering any questions you might have about any of our products. You can contact us by phone, email or through this contact form.

  • Three water reclamation systems you need to know

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    As our constant search for sustainable methods of using water continues, more and more viable solutions seem to emerge. In this post, we will delve into three of the most popular - rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling and seawater desalination. Without these techniques, we run the very real risk of exhausting the world’s natural supplies of potable water. And the better we are able to understand and harness these techniques, the more likely we are to be able to properly manage and maintain our resources for future generations.

    Rainwater harvesting

    The most widely practised water reclamation technique is rainwater harvesting - and it owes its popularity to its simplicity. At its most rudimentary, it can involve nothing more than a bucket being placed outside. More complex alternatives are available however, and an astroturf lawn fitted with a water collection tank is perhaps the most elaborate example. One of the most practical rainwater harvesting methods is to install a water butt. Positioned at the base of a downpipe, a water butt will simply sit and collect rainwater, which can then be repurposed for use throughout the home at a later date.

    Grey water recycling

    Greywater refers to the relatively clean wastewater that emerges from baths, sinks, washing machines and other similar appliances after use. Unlike rainwater harvesting techniques which are comparatively simple, because of the recirculating that is necessary in grey water recycling, their systems are slightly more complicated - and, as you would expect, slightly more expensive. At Pump Sales Direct, the grey water recycling systems we have available are affordable and effective. You are just a few clicks away from reducing your home’s water usage by up to 50%. Accompanying any decline in your home’s water usage is a similarly healthy drop in your home’s water bills - proving that the installation of a grey water recycling system pays dividends financially as well as environmentally.

    Seawater desalination

    Seawater desalination is the most expensive and laborious technique for recovering usable water on this list - so much so that it has to be undertaken on a massive scale to prove financially viable. As one of the few truly rainfall-independent water sources, seawater desalination, for many areas, is an indispensable part of their water supply. In Kuwait for example, the water produced by seawater desalination provides 100% of their water use. The method by which this process is carried out varies from plant to plant. Amongst the most popular however, are: distillation, forward and reverse osmosis, and electrodialysis.

    Water reclamation technologies from Grundfos

    Grundfos, one of the best known manufacturers in the industry, produces a variety of pumps that are suitable for use in water reclamation - both domestically and commercially. Their range of wastewater submersible pumps are of the utmost quality and the addition of one to your home will undoubtedly bolster its ability to reclaim water - the Grundfos pump unilift 150 a1 is just one example. If you have any questions about any of our products, please do not hesitate to get in touch by phone, email, or through the contact form on our website.

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