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  • Four things to prioritise when designing your new bathroom

    Planning the design of a new bathroom can be a daunting task. You want to make sure every single penny of your investment is well spent. To ensure you don’t focus your attention in the wrong places (and spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about things that you shouldn’t be) we’ve created this post that delves into the four things you should prioritise when planning your new bathroom.

    High performance

    Ultimately, your bathroom serves a purpose. The toilet, shower (maybe even a bath) and sink all need to function properly. These are all things that the people in your house use every single day. If they don’t work well, it can be incredibly frustrating. Perhaps more infuriating than anything else is a shower with weak water pressure. As annoying as it can be, thankfully, there is a simple solution: installing a shower pump. Quality shower pumps can bolster water pressure and give your home the high pressure shower everyone craves.

    Efficiency/ water-saving

    After ensuring that everything in your bathroom works adequately, you then need to see what you can do to make sure everything runs efficiently. If you have a water meter installed in your home, you have a strong financial incentive to ensure that all your bathroom fixtures use water efficiently. One way you can do this is to fit aerating shower heads and taps. Another way you can do it is to install central heating pumps that autonomously find the most efficient way to heat and distribute water around your home.

    Maximising space

    Tucked away in the corner of the house, or hidden away under the stairs, bathrooms can often be quite confined spaces. Getting the most out of this space requires careful planning and an ability to find space-saving solutions. Part of this is furnishing your bathroom with pieces that are perfectly suited to the space. Fitting a corner basin is an especially savvy way to maximise the amount of room you have. Mounting the towel bar on the back of a door and opting for a shower curtain instead of a sliding glass door are similarly effective moves.

    Appearance

    The appearance of your bathroom is always going to be a priority. Tempering your aesthetic vision with practical consideration is an inevitability but striking a delicate balance between the two is possible to accomplish. Tiles are a good example. Sleek and refined, they are also water resistant - making them more than capable of withstanding splashes of water the sink and shower. 2019 has ushered in a couple of important bathroom trends. Neutral and understated, grey bathrooms have become extremely popular. So too, have rose gold fixtures. If you want to be on top of the latest trends – and these ideas sound appealing to you – consider incorporating them into your bathroom design.

     

  • How to create a low maintenance garden

    Many people think that creating a garden you can really be proud of requires money, time and lots of planning. And even once you’ve created the garden of your dreams, you need to be tirelessly committed to attending to all of its needs and demands, just to keep it presentable. In reality, with an understanding of the most arduous gardening tasks (and the plants that make them a necessity), you can create a low-maintenance garden you’ll really love.

    Discourage weeds by packing plants close together

    One of the most time-consuming and physically demanding gardening chores is weeding. Identifying the pests, and then uprooting them and ensuring they never return can be incredibly difficult. Remove the weeds, and your garden becomes a lot easier to manage.

    Instead of opting for environmentally devastating weedkiller products (that have also been found to be toxic to human cells), you should instead consider the many more environmentally-friendly methods. Putting some thought into the arrangement of plants can go a long way. By packing your garden full of plants, you don’t give weeds the space to flourish and ruin your otherwise pristine garden – all the while siphoning off precious water, nutrients and sunlight from your favourite plants.

    Container gardening

    Placing all your garden’s plants into a container is another alternative that really works. Within the confines of a container, your plant only has a limited amount of room to grow. Because of this – as well as eradicating the possibility of weeds materialising – you don’t have to bother with another tedious task – edging and pruning. With rigidly regimented boundaries for each plant, there isn’t any space for unwelcome problems to develop.

    Using containers to house your plants needn’t come at the cost of the aesthetic of your garden. Durable containers are available in patterns and colours of all styles, and taking the time to ensure that the design of each container synchronises with the rest of your garden, can create a compellingly vibrant and eye-catching outdoor space. You can, however, just as easily opt for a muted and understated design in line with your own aesthetic taste.

    Incorporate decking or a patio into your garden

    While the initial investment can be an obstacle for some, installing decking, a patio or artificial grass in lieu of a lawn, is a time-saving move long-term. Unlike constantly growing grass, shrubs or trees, a patio (or likewise) doesn’t lock the gardener into a constant, unending and ultimately unwinnable tussle to keep it at a manageable size. As well as giving you somewhere to position chairs and a table, patios and decking are popular because, when done well, they also look great and break up the monotony of an all lawn garden.

    Watering plants

    This point is especially important if you have a large garden, with a massive array of plants that need regular watering. Setting up an autonomous irrigation system will not only save you a great deal of time, it can also be a financially (if you have a water meter) savvy move. By incorporating self-priming pumps into your garden irrigation system, you can more accurately and easily provide your garden the water it needs to flourish.

  • Maintaining a swimming pool this Summer

    As June 1st is rapidly approaching that can only mean one thing… summer! If you’re fortunate enough to have an outdoor pool now is the time of year to maintain the pool water to ensure it stays clean and safe to swim and splash about in.

    Our pool maintenance tips aren’t just for those with a pool in their homes, they also apply to spas, hotels and local swimming baths; however we know for these types of commercial locations it is paramount to always be on top of the cleanliness for public use.

    5 Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

    Whether it be an indoor or outdoor pool there is always going to be a certain amount of debris that will gather at the bottom of the swimming pool. It’s important that every few days this is cleaned well to remove any rubbish that is laying on the base; depending on the amount of use it could be worthwhile doing this daily to make sure there isn’t a huge build up, especially if it is a public pool.

    Keeping the pool water clean is one of the most important parts of pool maintenance and this all comes down to how the pump is running. There are a variety of swimming pool pumps available that will keep a clean flow of water in the swimming pool but depending on the size and the amount of usage the pool is getting this will be something to consider. Our range of submersible pumps is varied by size and brand, our professional customer service team will be able to help you find exactly what you’re looking for to meet your needs.

    Algae can be a big problem for swimming pools so making sure you clean the tiles around and at the bottom of the pool is a huge priority. This will remove any build up along with minimising future occurrences. The brush you use totally depends on the time of tile/materials used within the pool so be sure to do your research first so you don’t cause any damage to the swimming pools structure.

    7.2 to 7.8 are deemed as the healthiest Ph level for swimming pool water so these are the type of levels you should be looking at having yours at. It’s easy to know what Ph level your pool water it at by using a test kit. This ensures the healthiest and most sufficient water for swimming use.

    Filter cleaning, how often are you doing this? If you’re not sure then that’s probably a sign that it isn’t enough as it should be, however be sure not to over clean as this can also negatively affect the regular process of the filter. A great way to know if your filter needs cleaning is by monitoring the flow between the flow metre and pressure gauge, if there is an increased flow then this is an indication your filter needs cleaning.

    Swim Clean in 2019

    By following these simple steps your swimming pool will clean and more importantly safe to use. For any further information on our swimming pool pumps or for expert advice be sure to get in touch with our expert team.

  • Causes of common water problems in the home

    Unfortunately having a house can come with the cost of repairs somewhere down the line. A lot of issues within the home can stem from your water and pipes which can sometimes be quite a costly problem.

    Some water problems can be quite common and can arise at any time so making sure you have all prevention stops in place is key.

    The Common Problems

    Dripping Taps

    We all know how annoying a leaky tap can be, the constant drip, drip drip; it’s enough to drive anyone insane! As well as being annoying, it is also very bad for the environment. It may seem like a little bit of water because it is only small drips but imagine how long the tap drips for, this is a large amount of water that is wasted very easily but can also simply be avoided.

    To stop the taps from dripping after each use ensure that the tap has been properly turned off and isn’t left loose which then leads to allowing water to drip through. If you find you’re doing this and the tap is still dripping there could be an issue with the faucet or another component within the tap, at this point it would be best to get it checked out to prevent any future problems which could be much bigger and costly.

    Faulty Boiler

    The one problem we all don’t want to think about or face issues with, the boiler! We all know how expensive boilers are and how expensive repairs or replacements can be so it’s safe to say we always have our fingers crossed that it’s never a boiler issue. Unfortunately, when the boiler is having issues it’s important they get resolved as soon as possible.

    Low water pressure can be a cause of why your boiler may turn itself off but it also could be down to having a faulty valve or part which has reached the end of its life span.

    Cloudy Water

    A refreshing glass of water is sometimes all you need to hit the spot to satisfy your thirst needs, but what isn’t satisfying is getting a glass of water from the kitchen tap to look in the glass and see cloudy water; definitely not refreshing!

    Although it’s not refreshing it’s not dangerous so don’t worry if you’ve drank it before or do in the future, it won’t bring any harm to you. The reason why the water out of our taps can sometimes go cloudy is down to trapped air within the system, you’ll find after a couple of minutes the water will be clear and back to what we’re used to as a drinkable state.

    To avoid the initial glass of cloudy water let the tap run for a moment first to remove any trapped air, then you’ll be good to have a drink. If you find your water continues to come out cloudy or discoloured (orange like) then this is the time when you definitely don’t want to be drinking from the water, this is a clear indication that there is erosion in the pipes so it’s time to get them looked into and replaced.

    Loss of Water Pressure

    There are a number of reasons why your water pressure may be affected and begin to be very poor. A main reason can be down to the plumbing system in place, it will have reached a point where the pipes are damaged from years of use, therefore it would be time to ditch the corroded system and replace it with new pipes.

    A home booster set is a great solution for families who have high demands for water usage, it means you don’t need to rely on third-party water providers who are supplying the rest of the country. You’ll be able to shower in peace knowing the water pressure is going to be low or reduce when other water sources are being used in the house.

    Awareness of the issues

    By being aware of the common water issues that can occur within the home it will keep you one step ahead of the gain to hopefully help to prevent issues or catch them early before they do become really expensive.

    If you are interested in a home booster set to avoid low water pressure contact our team who will be more than happy to help and advise on what will be best for your families needs.

  • Global risks report: Water

    The World Economic Forum has released its Global Risk Report for 2019. What has the report found regarding global access to clean water? How likely is a water crisis and what can we do to reduce the impact, both at home and on a wider scale? We take a brief look at the major causes and simple solutions.

    Water Crisis

    The Global Risks Report looks at a wide range of risks to our world, including weather, war, disease and recession. According to the report, a water crisis has been given a high likelihood and high impact rating. In fact, of the 30 risks assessed, a water crisis falls within the top ten for likelihood and the top five for impact.

    The current threat of various water crises means that clean drinking water is in limited supply. Even as it stands, 1 in 10 people do not have access to clean drinking water. This adversely affects developing countries where women and girls haul water for miles every day and where 800 children die each day from preventable diarrhea.

    Water crises are caused by a number of factors including climate change, population growth, general water waste, poor infrastructure, the demolition of ecosystems and with rising sea levels, the threat of contaminated groundwater. Some researchers even trace the current global water crisis back to the industrial revolution and consequential water shortages. There are no two ways about it, something needs to change.

    Water Saving Tips

    Averting the water crisis, or reducing its impact, requires global cooperation. Everyone has their part to play from big business to NGOs, politicians and even individual households. There are numerous ways in which you can reduce the amount of water you use in the home. Start by asking your water provider to fit a water meter. This way, you only pay for the water you use, which will encourage you to use less water.

    Always use the eco-option on your washing machine and try to have showers rather than baths. Far too much water simply disappears down the toilet. Encourage your family not to flush unless solids are involved. Also consider installing water-saving pumps and accessories to your existing appliances and systems. A grey water pump, for example, will direct wastewater from the bath, sink and appliances such as your dishwasher and pump it into your toilet or outdoor water butt.

    Circulating pumps can also drastically reduce your water usage, as can the latest energy-efficient central heating pumps. Consider buying a water butt to collect rainwater which can then be used to water your garden. There are so many ways in which you can reduce water waste in the home but it requires collaboration from everyone in the household.

    Of all the contributing factors to the water crisis, water wastage is one that UK households can start working on straight away. You can also pressure the Government and businesses through your purchasing power and with petitions, in addition to donating to international water and development charities.

  • Flamco Pumps: Manufacturer Spotlight

    Our manufacturer spotlight series aims to bring attention to underappreciated or overlooked producers of pumping equipment. And with such an extensive range of manufacturers featured on our website, it can be easy for customers to overlook certain companies. With this in mind, we’ve produced a deep dive into one of our most highly respected and reputed manufacturers: Flamco.

    They have played a pivotal role in shaping HVAC technology and they remain an influential organisation today.

    History:

    Flamco was founded in 1956. At first, it produced wall brackets and pipe hangers. In 1959, Flamco became known for the product which it remains inextricably associated with: the expansion vessel. It began importing expansion vessels into the Benelux.

    The year after, in 1960, it affirmed its association with expansion vessels by producing a line of their own. Originally named the Excon, their expansion vessels transformed the world of heating. Their advent made sealed central heating systems easy to create and the benefits were felt by households and businesses the world over.

    By 2009, Flamco was active in an astounding 67 countries, scattered all over the globe. Today, they have a presence in a startling 70 countries worldwide.

    Values

    Flamco’s main priority is assuring that the quality of its products is unparalleled. Buy a Flamco pressurisation unit for example, and you can expect exceptional efficiency and unparalleled longevity. An insistence on quality extends to absolutely everything surrounding the organisation.
    From its stellar technical assistance that will help you solve even the most difficult to fix problems to the stellar logistical operations that allow Flamco to work efficiently with customers in over 70 different countries.

    As a major manufacturer, Flamco also takes its responsibility to society and the environment incredibly seriously. They closely monitor their annual carbon emissions to look for ways to minimise their environmental impact – a strategy that has already proven successful.

    For example, in 2017, Flamco were able to reduce their carbon emissions by 203 tonnes.

    Products

    Flamco is primarily known for its expansion vessels – and for good reason. They were amongst the very first companies to create quality expansion vessels and their status as a manufacturer is largely thanks to this but they have demonstrated a remarkable aptitude for innovation and consistent quality.

    Their product range is constantly expanding too. Today, as well as expansion vessels, pressurisation units and a range of accessories for heating, cooling and potable water installations, Flamco has incorporated rail, clips and brackets for installing and hanging pipes into their extensive range of products.

    Pump Sales Direct are one of just a select few retailers who can stock affordably priced products from Flamco in the UK. You’ll find a comprehensive range of Flamco products on our site – all with detailed specifications. If, however, you find that your question hasn’t already been answered, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.

    Our knowledgeable team will help you with any problem or query you may have. We are 100% committed to providing the best possible shopping experience for every single customer.

  • Smarter hot water solutions

    The world’s supplies of drinkable water are limited and wasteful use of water is something we simply can’t afford. As climate change adversely affects water quality and availability – and a constantly growing population increases the strain on water supplies –the dire importance of efficient water usage becomes clear. Societal attitudes need to change in order for the water crisis facing the UK to be averted: wasting water needs to be as frowned upon as throwing plastic bags into the sea.

    To help you use water more efficiently in your own homes – and do your bit for the environment - we’ve come up with four easy to adopt water-saving solutions.

    Reduce water use with simple behavioral changes

    There are a whole host of really simple changes you can make to cut down on the amount of water your household uses. If you have made a habit of taking baths, swap them out for showers. Always use a full load whenever you are using a washing machine or dishwasher. It is also worth being mindful of running the tap when you don’t need to: brushing your teeth is the most obvious example but you might notice other times where you’re absent-mindedly wasting water too.

    Combatting wasteful water usage with new equipment

    As important as an awareness of the amount of hot water you are using is – and how a shift in your everyday behaviour can radically change this – the right equipment can really help you along in this water-saving quest. To really make a change, outfitting your home with water-saving gadgets and more efficient HVAC equipment should be a prerequisite. With a minimum of effort, fuss and
    investment, you can be well on your way to running a home that wastes very little water.

    More efficient water usage with central heating pumps

    Domestic hot water circulating pumps take the hot water that comes from your boiler and distribute it to your home’s radiators. Unfortunately, unless you’ve recently updated your circulating pump, it is highly likely that your home is currently carrying out this process incredibly inefficiently.

    On our central heating pumps page, you can browse energy-efficient domestic hot water circulators in a range of specifications. So, regardless of your current central heating system or the size of your budget, we are sure to have the perfect piece of kit for you. Our domestic hot water pumps are remarkably efficient.

    Look out for the exceptional energy efficiency ratings that so many of our
    products carry, certifying that they are more than capable of reducing the amount of water your household uses.

    Incentivise sensible water use by installing a water meter

    The less water you use, the less money you use: it’s as simple as that. If the devastating long-term impact of water wastage wasn’t motivation enough, the financial incentive provided by a water meter certainly should be.
    With water shortages in the UK a terrifyingly real prospect - in little more than a couple of decades too – the onus is on homeowners to take action. By instituting a few of these tips in your home, you can help steer the UK towards a more sustainable future.

  • Five Water-Saving Tips for Homeowners

    Saving water isn’t so much a necessity here in the UK but there are many places where water is not as easily accessible, and it is worth being mindful when it comes to using water in our homes. Not only will this help with being wasteful, as we shouldn’t take water for granted but it can also reduce your water bill significantly.

    We have put together five water-saving tips for homeowners to implement both in and outside your home, as well as an all-important grey water recycling system for you to use:

    Low-flush toilets

    By investing in a low-flush toilet instead of a full-flush toilet you can save up to 350 gallons of water per week! The main advantages to low-flush systems are water conservation, as new systems use as little as 1.6 gallons per flush compared to a full-flush that can use anything between three to seven times as much water every time you pull the chain. Water efficient toilet systems can also save money on your water bill.

    Turn the water off when not in use

    – We often forget or can’t be bothered to turn the tap off when completing daily tasks like shaving or brushing our teeth. Just to put into perspective exactly how much water you could save will ensure you never forget to turn the tap off again! The average household can waste up to 30 gallons of water a week just by leaving the tap running.

    Low-flow showerheads

    We all enjoy a long, relaxing shower after a hard day’s work, but with working five to six days a week that amounts to a lot of water usage. Low-flow showerheads can save over 200 gallons and what’s better, this can be done without forfeiting a refreshing shower.

    Use alternatives to water

    As summer is just around the corner many of us have turned our attention to cleaning up the outside of our homes including the garden and patio. Perhaps it is worth using other alternatives instead of reaching for the hose pipe. Try sweeping your patio or outside area and save on water! When watering your lawn, it is best to do this early in the morning or late afternoon when temperatures are low and sunlight is not as intense, this will cut down on evaporation and can save hundreds of gallons of water a week.

    Grey water recycling

    A grey water pump can recycle wasted water from household systems and put it back into other appliances to be used again. Baths, showers, sinks and dishwashers can all provide recyclable water to pump back into your toilet, washing machine and outside taps – in case you can’t break the hose pipe habit. Grey water recycling pumps are usually found in more commercial properties such as hotels and universities, however, they are also suitable for home use and are becoming increasingly more common with homeowners today.

    What water saving tips have you tried and how much water have you managed to save?

  • Five spring gardening tips

    There is plenty to do in the garden in the late springtime. You will probably have spent March undertaking tasks such as fertilising beds, putting up supports for plants such as peas and other climbers and cleaning and resurfacing paths. You will also have been sowing vegetable seeds and checking them for weeds once they come through.

    Here are five jobs that commonly require attention in the late spring so that your garden will be looking at its best in the summer and autumn.

    1)      Remember the general maintenance tasks

    -       Order summer bedding and hanging basket plants.
    -       Scrub out that greenhouse; this will eliminate pests and allow more light to get in.
    -       Prepare your beds by digging in compost or manure.
    -       Lift and split up perennial plants to encourage more prolific growth.
    -       Dead head daffodils and tulips, but leave their leaves, which will put nutrients back into the soil for next year’s bulbs.
    -       If you have a garden water pump, check that it is functioning properly, or if needs repairing or cleaning.

    2)      Consider making your vegetable garden more efficient

    -       Remove all weeds from your seed beds.
    -       If you don’t already have them, build some raised beds, which will take a lot of the donkey work out of weeding and managing your vegetable garden.
    -       Cover soil with black plastic to warm it up and keep down the weeds.
    -       Dig a 5cm layer of compost or manure into the beds.

    3)      Prepare for a good fruit crop in the autumn

    -       Protect fruit blossom from late frost by covering with fleece.
    -       Feed raspberry canes and fruit trees with a slow-release fertiliser at the base.
    -       Have you ever tried hand-pollinating peach trees with a soft brush? It can do wonders for your crops.
    -       If you have a large garden and you are finding the watering a daunting task, consider using submersible pumps in conjunction with an irrigation system to make life a little easier.

    4)      Introduce more colour into your garden in May

    -       You can sow sunflowers directly into the ground for a fast-growing ray of sunshine.
    -       Sow nasturtium seeds in pots or the ground; these are good for a burst of colour, and are delicious in salads.
    -       Nigella has very attractive, unusual flowers and seed heads; again, this is an edible crop.
    -       Now that the risk of frost has passed, it's time to get a batch of annual geraniums/pelargoniums. They will flower from now until at least October and look magnificent in pots.

    5)      Don’t forget the wildlife in your garden

    -       A pond is a good way to introduce wildlife into your garden; don’t forget to think about pond pumps for efficient cleaning.
    -       Although you will be mowing the lawn more frequently in the springtime, now is the time to think about leaving an area of grass to grow wild and leave those nettles alone in a few places.
    -       Don’t forget to leave water and food out for birds at this time of year; this is not limited to the winter alone.

  • Three things to consider before buying a pump

    On our website, you’ll find an extensive range of products designed to capably perform in domestic, commercial and industrial scenarios. Whatever pump you’re looking for whether it’s a shower pump, a central heating pump or a sump pump – there are certain characteristics you should be looking for.

    In this post, we’ve summarised three vital things any pump you are considering purchasing should have.

    Reliable

    If you’re going to invest a sizeable amount of money into a pump, you want to be sure that you are going to get value for money. The last thing you need, after whittling down the list of potential options to just one, scouring the internet for the best possible price, and installing it correctly, is the pump breaking down.
    Ensuring that you select a product from a reputable manufacturer with a track
    record of designing and developing long-lasting products is essential.

    Durability is as important a quality as any to seek out in a pump. From leading manufacturers, you get assurances that certain standards are met, giving you peace of mind that, by purchasing a certain product, you have resolved a problem for the foreseeable future.

    Looking ahead, you can expect a high level of performance to be sustained.
    If a product does fail or break down, the consequences can be disastrous. The failure of a central heating pump, in particular, can be disastrous. Responsible for efficiently heating and distributing hot water throughout your home, the breakdown of a circulating pump can disturb everything from radiators to showers to taps.

    Diagnosing the exact issue with the pump can be tricky, and resolving the problem will more than likely require the costly assistance of a professional – underlining the importance of selecting a product that has some longevity.

    Efficient

    In our industry, we have a responsibility to develop products that are environmentally friendly. Manufacturers are more than aware of this responsibility and invest a massive amount of resources into refining their products in search of greater efficiency. All involved parties benefit from more efficient pumps. Manufacturers, consumers and the environment – and society at large – gain from more efficient pumps.

    Quality/Noise

    Above all, you want a product that really works. Buying from highly-reputed manufacturers is the best way to guarantee a quality product. Manufacturers stake their reputation on the performance of their products and opting for a quality brand name is a sensible decision. One thing that rarely accompanies a stellar pump is noise. The best pumps go unnoticed. So, if you don’t want your everyday routine to be disturbed by the whirs and hums of a poorly designed shower pump, you need to spend a little extra.

    By keeping these three things in mind, you should feel better informed to make your next purchase.

    If, however, you’re still unsure of which product is best for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by email or phone. A member of our team will take the time to understand your needs and guide you towards a solution that works.

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