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  • How to save money in 2019

    A New Year’s resolution is a verbal commitment to instituting real change in your life; but the reality is - far too many of us fail to follow through on this promise. The first few days of the New Year might see a determined effort to enact change but, a few weeks into January, what little resolve we were able to muster at the very start of the year has all but fizzled out.

    Unlike health-based resolutions, which are all too easy to neglect, a money-based resolution can be met by making a number of simple changes to your home. Saving money in 2019 doesn’t require a gargantuan effort. By making some changes to the equipment that heats your home and transports water around it, you can successfully save on your bills.

    Stuart Turner showermate

    stuart  turner showermate Stuart Turner showermate

    The tagline for the showermate encapsulates its appeal perfectly: ‘economy without compromise.’ For an extremely affordable price, you can get an efficient alternative to the vast majority of shower pumps available today. Compact and easy to install, the Stuart Turner Showermate isn’t just a solution to a weak shower, it is an affordable and efficient solution too. Stuart Turner has a reputation for innovation and the showermate is no exception.

    Central heating pumps

    By more efficiently directing hot water around your home - to your radiators, to your hot water taps, to your showers - circulating pumps can drastically reduce your heating bill. Our Grundfos central heating pumps are even certified by the EuP as ‘A’ rated. Reserved for only the most efficient and immaculately designed energy-using products, this accreditation really helps to distinguish Grundfos central heating pumps from the rest of the pack. Installing one in your own home is a sure-fire way to reduce the amount of money you spend on heating.

    Grey water recycling

    By repurposing water that would otherwise go to waste, grey water recycling represents an unmissable opportunity to cut down on the amount of water your home uses. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, greywater is any domestic wastewater that isn’t sewage; water that has been used in baths, sinks and washing machines yet remains relatively clean. Installing an ABS drainage pump is an effective way to collect this greywater and channel it into an area of your choosing, where the greywater can then be reused as you see fit.

    These three simple changes - installing a new piece of equipment in each instance - can positively affect your bank balance and help you fulfil your New Year’s resolution.

  • The Festive Season at Pump Sales Direct

    The festive season is well underway. To keep our customers in the loop with our schedule over Christmas and the New Year, and make a case for Pump Sales Direct being as good a place as any to do your Christmas shopping, we have put together this Christmas-themed blog post.

    While our products are worlds apart from the archetypal Christmas present you’d expect to see gift-wrapped under your tree, they certainly aren’t without merit. Practical, money-saving and capable of affecting real change in your daily routine, pumps are an overlooked Christmas present. While they aren’t exactly stocking fillers in the conventional sense, they are practical, money-saving in the long-term, and capable of positively affecting your everyday life.

    Shower Pumps

    Take shower pumps as an example. A properly working shower, with a more than adequate flow rate, can really make a difference to your daily routine. Showering is something that most people do on a daily basis, so why not ensure that it is as enjoyable an experience as possible? In keeping with the theme of sharing and inclusion that Christmas seems to embody, a shower pump isn’t just a gift for an individual; it is for everyone in your household. An improved shower experience is something that everyone profits from, not just one individual.

    iPod Shuffle

    If you aren’t sold on the idea of giving a pump as a Christmas present, we won’t shower pumpshold it against you. It would however, be remiss of us to fail to mention the iPod Shuffle that is included with all orders of Grundfos pumps that exceed £650 (excl. VAT). An iPod Shuffle is a decidedly more festive Christmas gift than an industrial pump! Grundfos are one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers, and we are delighted to stock a comprehensive range of their products. Whichever of their products you are interested in, whether it is a home booster set to bolster the flow of water to your home’s appliances or a submersible borehole pump to extract water for use in agriculture,   you can rest assured that they are some of the best products on the market.

    If you have any uncertainties about your prospective gift, it is definitely worth giving us a call. By answering your questions and walking you through the specifications of the product being discussed, one of our team will quickly quell any anxieties and fears you might have about your intended purchase.

    Delivery

    Before you rush headlong into making a purchase, it is important to let you know about our delivery schedule over the festive period. As you’d expect, there are days where we aren’t operational: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day; and days where there aren’t any dispatches: New Year’s Eve. For the complete list of our operations over the festive period, follow this link.

  • What are drainage pumps used for?

    Drainage pumps come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all share a common function: they are able to move water from one area to another. We stock drainage pumps from a variety of the world’s most highly regarded manufacturers - Calpeda, Grundfos and Lowara to name just a few. By discussing the most popular uses for drainage pumps, we hope to help our customers ascertain exactly which drainage pumps are (and are not) suitable for their needs.

    In homesdrainage pumps

    In a domestic capacity, drainage pumps are typically deployed as a flood defence. Compact and easy to install, this ABS submersible drainage pump is perfect for homes where space is at a premium. It can fit easily into any nook or cranny where water is collecting. Simply set it up in the area that is haemorrhaging water - usually a sump pit, cellar or basement - and watch as it whisks away water automatically and neutralises the threat of flooding for good.

    For those with the luxury of having an expansive garden area, complete with a pond, water feature or swimming pool, a submersible drainage pump is especially useful. When necessary, a drainage pump can quietly and efficiently rid your garden of water.

    In agriculture

    The success of agriculture is contingent on the ready availability of water, but in some cases, water is actually too readily available, which is where drainage pumps come in. But, in agriculture, it isn’t enough to just rid the land of water; given just how precious of a commodity water is, you need a piece of kit that is not only able to drain the water but redirect it into a place where it can be reused. Grundfos drainage pumps are robust, durable and can quickly and competently drain and redirect water for agricultural use.

     

    In industryebara dw range

    Industrial use of drainage pumps largely centres on wastewater treatment. Wastewater contains solids, and drainage pumps tasked with handling wastewater have to be equipped to handle that. The Ebara DW range of drainage pumps is especially effective. They are available in a range of specifications; as the number increases, so too does the pump’s ability to move increasingly large particulates. The DW range’s stainless steel composition makes it hardy and capable of adeptly fulfilling its role for years and years to come - making it a more than worthwhile investment.

    If you are still struggling to determine which drainage pump is best suited to your requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. You can do so by phone or email, where you’ll be put through to one of our experts. They’ll be more than happy to help field any queries you may have and point you in the direction of a perfectly suited product.

  • Manufacturer spotlight: Ebara Pumps

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    In an effort to bring attention to manufacturers our customers may have overlooked, we have started producing this Spotlight series that dives into the history, values and products of some of our favourite manufacturers. In this week’s post, we are going to take a look at Ebara, a Japanese company that makes environmental and industrial machinery.

    History

    Ebara was the brainchild of Issey Hatakeyama. It sprang to life in 1912 when he took the theory he had learnt from Dr Ariya Inokuchi at Tokyo Imperial University and put it into practice. Just seven years prior, Inokuchi had published ‘The Theory of Volute Pumps’, and had established himself as a global expert on the mechanism of centrifugal pumps. Inokuchi’s expertise quickly translated into commercial success; and in 1915, Ebara successfully handled an order for record-breaking sized volute pumps. Since then, the company has gone from strength-to-strength, earning a series of Japanese firsts (first axial flow pump, first centrifugal chiller and first rapid filter for city waterworks are just a few) and expanding operations both domestically and overseas.

    Values

    “Netsu to Makoto”, the Ebara mantra, roughly translates as ‘sincerity and enthusiasm’. It is plain to see how much this simple principle has guided Ebara’s success.

    Ebara channels its enthusiasm for pumps into a search for innovative, efficient technologies. The rate at which it manages to churn out genuinely new technologies is startling and is testament to the company’s unwavering determination to create the best possible products for consumers. Part of the reason for their success in this area is their willingness to collaborate. They understand that a stubbornly insular approach to research and development is destined to fail. They have instead partnered with universities, research institutes and subsidiaries in a quest to better their technology.

    Their sincerity as a company is demonstrated by their acknowledgement of their responsibility not just to their customers, but to society as a whole. As a manufacturer of pumps used in homes, industry and agriculture, they are cognizant of the environmental impact their products can have. To mitigate this, they take great care to prioritise the efficiency and reusability of their products.

    Products

    From residential areas to commercial enterprises, Ebara produce exceptional quality pumping products suitable for your every need. On our website alone, we stock Ebara submersible pumps, centrifugal pumps and domestic electric pumps.

    One of the standout products from the Tokyo-based manufacturer is the Ebara Best One. A stainless steel submersible pump that is incredibly versatile, it can be used to drain clear water quickly and quietly.

    We stock a diverse range of Ebara pumps in an array of sizes and specifications. It comes as no surprise then that many customers have questions regarding the products before they make a final decision to purchase. Whether your query concerns size, practicality or durability, please do not hesitate to get in touch. One of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members will be on hand to help.

  • Manufacturer spotlight: Lowara pumps

    Our manufacturer spotlight series attempts to draw attention to the variety of lowara pumpsmanufacturers whose products we stock. Without exception, our manufacturers have a proud history of: innovation, exceptional quality products and a genuine desire to help resolve customers’ pumps-related problems effectively, efficiently and affordably. By running this series, we hope to bring some much-warranted attention to our manufacturers, especially those that our customers may not be too familiar with. The latest to benefit from this series is Lowara pumps - an Italian company with a stellar reputation for providing long term economical solutions for pumping and circulating clean or contaminated water.

    History

    This year, Lowara celebrated its 50th birthday. Five decades of operation is an extremely impressive achievement for any company, made even more impressive by Lowara’s continued growth and expansion. Their on-going relevancy is testament to their continued commitment to creating products of unrivalled quality.

    In 2008, Lowara played an instrumental role in preserving history. By providing Lisbon’s Museum of the Orient with a comprehensive range of FC close-coupled in-line centrifugal circulating pumps, they shouldered responsibility for controlling the climate of a space which is home to thousands of artifacts that trace the presence of the Portuguese in Asia over the past five centuries. With exceptional efficiency and reliability, Lowara’s HVAC solution will play an integral role in preserving the artifacts for many years to come.

    Values

    Lowara’s focus is on providing long-term, economical solutions and, as such, all of their products can be characterised as robust and durable. Efficiency is important to Lowara and they aim to create impeccable pumping solutions with a low life cycle cost, which means products that are efficient, easy to install and have a long service life.

    Products

    Xylem creates products that are fit for a range of industries, from commercial building services to agriculture and aquaculture, to the mining, oil and gas industries. At Pump Sales Direct, we stock a range of their highest quality products. Compact and versatile, their DOC series of pumps are high performing drainage pumps suitable for emptying sump pits and rainwater tanks. The DOC pumps vary by their ability to handle solids of differing sizes and we can help partner you with a pump that is perfect for your needs. The DIWA series can be used in situations where water may have become contaminated; the DOMO series is ideal for dirty water. We also stock the CAM range of Lowara centrifugal pumps.

    We have a healthy relationship with Xylem and Lowara pumps UK, and if there is a Lowara product that you wish you could purchase from us - a Lowara pressure vessel, a submersible pump or a centrifugal pump - just get in touch. We are more than happy to source whatever product you require.

  • Special offers

    For a broad range of domestic and commercial pumping problems, we always strive to create affordable solutions. We like to think that all of our pumps are reasonably priced, but with our clearance products, this is particularly true. There are phenomenally priced products on offer. Some, like this Grundfos home booster packaged pumping system, have been slashed by as much as 60% - an incredible saving. The clearance section is a treasure trove of fantastic products and, with this post; we are aiming to shine a light on some of the hidden gems.

    Grundfos home booster grundfos home booster packaged system

    A packaged pumping system from Grundfos is an extremely effective way to boost a lacklustre mains water supply. It is purpose-built to rectify the problem of an existing mains water supply that is unable to meet the standard pressurised hot and cold water system demands. Constructed from high quality stainless steel, the pump works quietly and efficiently and is incredibly durable (with an impressively long working life). An oft-repeated critique of booster pumps is how noisy they are, and a quiet pump that works efficiently can be a rarity, which makes this particular packaged pumping system singularly effective. Included in the price is a palletised shipping cost of £50, as well as a two year warranty: how is that for value?

    Clarke submersible pumpclarke submersible water pump

    At just £42, this Clarke submersible water pump represents superb value for money. With a range of clean water uses, its versatility is an integral part of its appeal. Made from corrosion-proof materials, it is built to last too. So, it not only represents value for money in the short-term, but in the long-term too. It won’t deteriorate over time and in a few months or years down the line, it will be equally effective at draining water. An in-built float switch automatically controls the water level and overload protection and an anti-airlock valve guarantee the pump’s durability.

    Goliath submersible pumpgoliath super automatic submersible pump

    This automatic submersible pump from Goliath is equally versatile. Suitable for both domestic and industrial uses, it can power small water features, help remove water from cellars and basements, pump final effluent or even be used for marine applications. It is normally automatic but, upon request, it can be converted to manual if needed. Thanks to its stainless steel plate and fibre-reinforced plastic construction, the Goliath Super is as durable as it is versatile. These hardy materials make it completely resistant to corrosion.

    All three of these clearance products are of exceptional quality and are available at extremely affordable prices. There are only a few remaining in stock so you’ll have to be quick if you want to snap up one of these tremendous offers. If you have a question about the suitability of any of the products, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Call, email or fill out this form and one of our team will contact you with answers to all of your questions.

  • New arrivals at Pump Sales Direct

    We deal with so many products from the pumps world, that sometimes, our newest (and most innovative products) can get lost in the deluge. Made by the world’s most highly rated manufacturers, they provide brand-new solutions to age old pumps-related problems. With the aim of introducing you to some exceptional products you might have missed out on, we have compiled this list that features three of our latest arrivals.

    Grundfos twin impeller regenerative showergrundfos shower pumps pump

    One of the most frequent criticisms of shower pumps is the sheer level of noise they produce. It is not, however, a complaint that can be justifiably levelled at the Grundfos Str2 Twin Impeller regenerative shower pump. Meticulously engineered, the pump head has been specifically designed to keep turbulence to an absolute minimum, leading to not only low noise levels but exceptional efficiency. Grundfos have always been at the vanguard of innovation in the pumps industry and the Str2 Twin Impeller is as stellar an example of their continued prowess as any. If you need to boost the flow of water to your shower, look no further than this fantastically efficient shower pump.

    Flotec compac 200 submersible drainagesubmersible drainage pumps pump

    True to its name, the Flotec Compac 200 is indeed a very compact model. Because of its integrated automatic floating switch, it fits all of the components of a submersible drainage pump into a model a fraction of their typical size. Thanks to its minute composition, it is ideal for scenarios where drainage is required but space is limited. It can help draw clean water from wells, basins and cisterns; it can help empty and dry flooded rooms; and it can drain both standing water and domestic waste water.

    ABS MF154 submersible hot water pumpwastewater pumps

    This light wastewater pump from ABS is robust and reliable. But its versatility is perhaps its biggest strength. It is designed to carry out a variety of internal and external dewatering applications, from the pumping of high temperature discharge water from washing machines, dishwashers and laundries, to the removal of rainwater from flooded cellars. Straightforward to install, its fittings make it simple to mount, and if needs be, if it can even freestand on its legs. The pump’s durability is sustained by a number of in-built features: thermal sensors protect the motor from overheating and the mechanical carbon seal wards off temperature shock.

    All three of these pumps are demonstrations of the latest developments in pumping technology. So, if you need a shower pump, a submersible drainage pump or a wastewater pump, look no further than the three products we have recommended above. If you are unsure of the suitability of a product, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team who will walk you through the product’s specifications and help verify whether it meets your exact requirements.

  • Dealing with low water pressure: first steps

    No household is immune to low water pressure. With so many different moving parts involved - the water service providers, your home’s internal plumbing and your home’s appliances - it can be extremely difficult to, first of all, identify the offending component, and then, go about fixing it. Our guide to dealing with poor water pressure is designed to help you identify and fix the problem with ease.

    Check with water provider

    If the problem doesn’t appear immediately obvious, the most straightforward party to rule out is your water service provider. Simply head over to the website of your water service provider and type in your postcode; typically this will then give you a list of incidents in your vicinity. If this doesn’t clarify matters, you can pay a visit to your neighbour and ask them if their water pressure is at its usual level. If it is, you can rule out your water service provider as the culprit and move onto your internal plumbing as the most likely reason.

    Cold kitchen tap

    Main water supply normally enters the home through the cold water tap in the kitchen. If it comes out of here but not out of taps in the bathrooms, the fault lies with your internal plumbing.

    Frozen pipes

    In the colder temperatures of winter, frozen pipes represent a serious threat to the good working order of your home’s water supply and can very well cause low water pressure. Recognising that frozen pipes are to blame is quite simple - just check them for damage. If you do suspect that you have frozen pipes, you run the risk of collapsing your hot water cylinder if you switch on your hot water tap. For that reason, it is best to just run the cold water tap and wait for the pipe to thaw. We wouldn’t recommend applying a direct flame to the frozen pipe; it is best practice to use nothing more than a hairdryer and a heated towel to speed up the process.

    Stop valve

    Checking that your home’s stop valve is in the right position is another important step in identifying the cause of low water pressure. After work has been carried out by a water service provider, it isn’t uncommon for air or sediment to impede the flow of water behind the stop valve. Fortunately, there’s a quick fix for this. After turning on your cold water tap, toggle the stop valve between on and off a few times before leaving it in the on position. Normally, water will begin to splutter through the valve before it returns to working as usual.

    Lacklustre equipment

    Sometimes the blame for low water pressure can be attributed to the equipment in your home. If all of the other checks in this piece haven’t unearthed any evidence of wrongdoing, it may well be the case that you need a new piece of kit. If it’s your shower that is producing a lacklustre stream of water, you should seriously consider purchasing a shower pump. Inexpensive and easy to install, shower pumps boost the flow of water to your shower. Shower pumps will dramatically improve the flow of water through your shower.

    Water service providers, frozen pipes and stop valves are three of the most likely causes of poor water pressure and, after reading this guide, we hope you have a firm grasp of the different ways you can deal with it without outside help.

  • Haunting Home Nightmares

    With Halloween upon us this month, we’ve been considering the domestic horror stories most likely to occur around this time of year. In this post we look at three chilling situations: low water pressure, lacklustre heating and flooding, but don’t be worried, at Pump Sales Direct, we have the tricks you need to combat them!

    Low Water Pressure

    Salamander shower pump Salamander shower pump

    As our lives can be so busy, we think we can all agree that time is of the essence, and we certainly don’t have time to be waiting for a sufficient volume of water to exit our water outlets. Filling the kettle in the morning, filling a bowl to wash the dishes, running a bath of an evening, we all require that these processes be done in adequate time without the hindrance of low water pressure.

     

    The main issue low water pressure can cause however, is a poorly performing shower. A lacking flow of water during a shower can leave you feeling unrefreshed, cold and running behind in your routine. To solve this problem, we recommend that you invest in one of our shower pumps. With positive and negative pumps available amongst brands including Grundfos, Salamander and Stuart Turner, you will be sure to find something suitable for your shower.

    Lacklustre Heating

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    In the midst of autumn as the temperature starts to drop, it becomes more and more apparent and vitally important that we be prepared now for the colder weather to come. There are a number of ways in which you can retain heat at a reduced cost, some sure-fire methods include:

    •         Closing curtains in the evening and closing any drafts by using doorstoppers
    •         Wearing multiple layers of clothing instead of just one thick layer
    •         Eating warming meals and drinking hot drinks
    •         Using a hot water bottle or a heated blanket

    All of the above can assist in keeping you warm, though ultimately, we believe that it is imperative to have a reliable heating system in your home. If your heating isn’t performing as it should be, investing in one of our central heating pumps could be the answer. They work by pumping hot water around your central heating system at a controlled pressure, to ensure the water remains at the optimum temperature as it leaves your boiler, travels to your radiators and back again. We offer ranges from reputable names such Biral, Dab and Grundfos, with smaller pumps for domestic use and larger more powerful pumps for industrial purposes. Many of our pumps operate with minimal volume and are sure to heat your home more efficiently with lower running costs.

    Flooding

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    Costly, damaging and potentially dangerous, flooding can pose a serious risk to many of us. They can be truly devastating, destroying our homes and possessions. To prevent this scenario from ever occurring, we would advise purchasing one of our sump pumps. Situated in basements, cellars or the lowest part of your home, these pumps are installed within a sump pit, specifically designed for drainage. The water is then pumped from the sump pit away from your home, resultantly leaving the area dry.

    Stocking products from a number of manufacturers: ABS, Ebara and Grundfos to name just a few, you will be sure to find either the manual or automatic pump you require. We also have a selection of submersible sump pumps available, these pumps are submerged in oil. They are a more expensive option, though due to the extended life span this design provides, they would certainly be an investment. At a reduced cost, we also stock pedestal sump pumps, with these pumps, the motor is open, therefore you may not be able to expect it to last for as long. Our sump pumps offering varying levels of power, affecting the volume of water that can be pumped. If you would like any advice on selecting the most suitable sump pump, or any of the products mentioned in this post, please do not hesitate to contact us!

  • Manufacturer spotlight: TT Pumps

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    The latest beneficiary of our manufacturer spotlight series is TT Pumps. To give our customers an idea of why we value their products so highly, we have put together this post delving into their history, values and products.

    History

    TT Pumps started life in 1959 as an engineering company based in Stoke. It wasn’t until 1970 that they began manufacturing and supplying pumps. In 1980, they shifted focus to electrical control panel production (a part of the business that remains to this day). After a change of management in 1989, the company decided to prioritise the supply of pumps and pumping systems, alongside control panels and electrical monitoring systems. Since then, their scope of focus has only broadened; their product range encompasses waterworks valves and environmental and agricultural equipment.

    They moved ten miles down the road from Stoke to the small village of Woore in 1998. It gave them the space they needed to expand operations and is a symbol of their growing stature.

    Values

    Part of their philosophy is supporting the long-term requirements of customers. Their bespoke, tailored approach to pumping solutions allows them to do just that. They aren’t content to provide a stopgap solution. Instead they are determined to grasp their customers’ long-term needs. To do so, they tailor their approach to meet the particular requirements of each of their customers. A custom, bespoke approach ensures those customers’ issues are resolved, leaving them 100% satisfied with the service they’ve received.

    Products

    Alongside their bespoke approach, they also offer on-the-shelf products that are unrivalled for quality. For 60 years, the quality of their service has seen them rightly lauded as one of the most reliable manufacturers of pumps and pumping solutions in the UK.

    Nowhere is this reliability and durability embodied more than in their line of robust products. At Pump Sales Direct, we stock a range of TT Pumps products. Their main product is submersible pumps, which, as the name suggests, are designed to be used underwater. The Trencher range of TT pumps is compact and lightweight yet they all have the power to perform a variety of tasks. Ideal for domestic and industrial applications alike, they are capable of handling groundwater and water containing sand and silt. The Goliath Super pump, another one of our bestsellers from TT Pumps, is an effective sump pump that will automatically rid your home’s sump basin of water.

    If you are considering buying a TT pumps product but if you aren’t quite sure whether it is suited to your purpose, get in touch with us. A member of our staff will be more than happy to help you narrow down the relevant products and get the best product possible at a fair price.

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