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Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • The history of Grundfos pumps

    Grundfos has come a long way since it was started in Denmark 1945, and it is now one of the biggest pump manufacturers in the world!

    Grundfos Pumps

    Today, the Danish pump manufacturer employs more than 17,500 people throughout the world and makes more than 11 million pumps and parts a year. It also makes electronic motors and other parts for pumps and other systems.

    It is a great achievement for the company, which was started by Poul Due Jensen in Bjerringbro in 1945 in a small factory.

    The company was initially called Bjerringbro Die-Casting and Machine Factory, and after several name changes, it settled on its current name, Grundfos Pumps. The Jensen family still have a stake in the company and own about 13% of the shares in Grundfos AG. The Poul Due Jensen Foundation was set up in 1975 and today holds about 85% of shares. The staff own about 3%. The aim of the foundation is to strengthen and improve Grundfos pumps, with the profits being reinvested into the company.

    Many companies are represented by the Grundfos Group, and its products are sold by distributors in more than 40 countries around the world, including the highly competitive market in China.

    Hilge, a producer for pumps in sterilised applications, was integrated into the Grundfos Group in 2006.

    The following year, Grundfos bought the United States manufacturer, the Peerless Pump Company, which is its biggest acquisition to date. The US firm has more than 375 employees and yearly sales of $110 million USD.

    Grundfos Pumps continue to be at the centre of innovation and design, as the company places great importance on research and development. In 1985 Grundfos set up its own electronics manufacturing unit, and in 1991 Grundfos Electronics was introduced to the public.

    Grundfos pumps are renowned throughout the world, with the circular pump being used in air conditioning, ventilation and heating in hotels, office buildings and homes. Grundfos also provides different types of pumps for industrial, municipal and private use.

    An extensive range of Grundfos pumps can be bought online here at
    Pump Sales Direct!

  • The top 5 shower pumps on the market

    Here at Pump Sales Direct, we stock a extensive range of shower pumps that are suitable for a range of different systems. But with so many different shower pumps and manufactures on offer, it can be a tricky process deciding which one to fit into your system.

    To help, the team at Pump Sales Direct have kindly shared details of their 5 top selling shower pumps to help you make your decision;

    Shower Pumps

    1. Stuart Turner Showermate Standard S1.8Bar Twin Shower Pump
    Stuart Turner has an extensive range of pumps that can be used for applications across the house. The Stuart Turner Showermate provides you with a more powerful shower experience, and it is perfect for single applications. This type of shower pump can be used with open-vented cold and hot systems that have positive head conditions. This twin model can be fitted into single- and multi-function showers and mixer taps.

    2. Salamander CT50 Xtra 1.5 Bar Twin Impeller Regenerative Positive Head Shower Pump
    The Salamander CT Range features durable pumps that are quick and easy to install. The twin impeller shower pump can be fitted to manual or thermostatic showers for both the cold and hot water supply. The manufacturer produces high-quality pumps in the UK, and they all meet exacting quality controls before being released on to the market.

    3. Salamander RHP75 2.2 Bar Twin Impeller Positive Head Centrifugal Shower Pump
    The Salamander RHP75 pump can be used in whole-house systems as well as single bathroom applications. This pump is twin-ended, enabling it to manage single and multi-outlets. It is capable of working with high-resistance features, including showers that have a champagne spray or a massage setting.

    4. Stuart Turner Monsoon Universal 3.0Bar Twin Shower Pump
    The Stuart Turner Monsoon range of shower pumps is an excellent option when you need to boost the supply in a single application. They are constructed from brass for a durable finish and are fitted with anti-vibration feet. This type of shower pump can also be used to pressurise the water supply when the outlet is above the water source, such as in a loft extension.

    5. Salamander CT Force 30PT 3.0 Bar Brass Twin Impeller Regenerative Positive Head Shower Pump
    This popular range from Salamander is suitable for a number of applications where you require a boost in supply. CT Force shower pumps work with gravity systems, where there is a cold-water cistern and a hot-water cylinder to provide water to the pump inlets.

    Shop the full range of shower pumps today online here at Pump Sales Direct

  • Introducing the new Pump Sales Direct website

    Now, it has never been easier to order from a range that features the planet’s top manufacturers of pumps and equipment here at Pump Sales Direct, thanks to the new site that has been specially designed to offer the most seamless experience possible for our customers.

    Pump Sales Direct

    Just as the likes of Salamander, Stuart Turner and Grundfos aim to keep their places as some of the biggest and best pump equipment manufacturers on the planet, we have our sights firmly set on being number one for customers looking to purchase the highest-quality pump products in the easiest and most cost-effective way possible.

    We currently boast one of the biggest in-stock pump ranges in Britain and are the go-to company when it comes to those seeking professional advice and unrivaled service.

    Matt Shepherd, Business Development Manager said “With nearly 50 years’ experience in the pump industry, we wanted to bring our vast expertise and efficient service to the online space in the same way.”

    “Our brand new website does just that. Allowing users an online window to our array of pumps from the world’s leading manufactures. We wanted to provide people with a seamless online experience where they could easily find the exact products they are looking for and order them direct to their door.”

    “Our new site represents our core values of professionalism, expertise and excellent service”.

    The new website makes it as simple as possible to search for products by category or by using a manufacturer’s name. It’s also quick and easy to ask questions about any items that cannot be found or any problems that may arise, safe in the knowledge that every answer will be backed by genuine industry knowledge and experience.

    Pump Sales Direct offers one of the UK’s most extensive ranges of Grundfos pumps, testament to the enviable relationships amongst industry partners that have been built up over the years and the respected expertise that has become synonymous with the company name.

    Our website is also the place to go for a vast array of accessories and spares to ensure pumps maintain the quality and performance that customers have come to expect from the products sold by Pump Sales Direct.

    The expert team of knowledgeable and vastly experienced pump specialists at Pump Sales Direct are also always on hand to help both trade and domestic customers.

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  • Will a pump help my shower water pressure?

    Are you tired of struggling with a shower that provides a trickle of water rather than a flow? Does it take ages to run a bath? Does your electric shower cut out when someone flushes the toilet or turns on a tap? All of these could be symptoms of low water pressure.

    Shower Pump Water Pressure

    You can test your water pressure by using a one- or two-litre measuring jug, turning a tap on full and simply seeing how long the jug takes to fill. From this, you can then calculate the flow in litres per minute – as a rough guide, a figure under ten means that you have low pressure.

    If your water pressure is low, there are a number of things you can do about it. A Home Booster Pump can help significantly boost the pressure to the whole house. Or if you’re just having problems with the shower, a Shower Pump could be the solution.

    A Home Booster Pump is fitted to the mains supply and can improve the pressure to the whole house, so you’ll benefit in the kitchen as well as the bathroom. On the other hand, a Shower Pump boosts the flow to an individual outlet. This can ensure you enjoy a powerful shower, as well as helping with filling the bath or ensuring that the toilet cistern fills quickly.

    There is a range of home booster pumps available to buy online from Pump Sales Direct, which can help increase your water pressure and ensure you get a great shower.

    Before fitting a Home Booster Pump or Shower Pump, it’s important to understand the type of system you have - whether it’s an older property with a gravity-fed system - with a cold-water tank in the loft and a hot-water cylinder - or a more modern system with a combi-boiler. These have different requirements for pumps, so if you’re not sure, then consult a qualified plumber or give the expert team at Pump Sales Direct a call for advice on your purchasing the right pump: 08453 664 754

  • Noisy shower pumps FAQs

    Jumping into the shower is an invigorating way to start your day; it’s also more economical than running a bath too!

    Sometimes your water pressure can let you down, and there’s nothing worse than a shower head dribbling drops of water instead of a fast flow.

    Shower Pump

    In many cases, you will need a shower pump to give your water pressure a boost. You’ll need to make sure it is fitted properly so you don’t get any problems. The last thing you want is for a noisy shower pump to annoy the rest of the household.

    We've found that usually the pumps at the lower end of the market which make the most noise, as their cheaper parts are more likely to vibrate, so investing wisely is one good option.

    If you do have problems with a noisy shower pump, there are a few things you can try for a quick fix. If your shower pump is already fitted, you could try mounting it on a concrete block to absorb some of the vibration or checking that the pipes are tight and securely fitted to the pump to reduce noise. These small amends should lessen the vibration and noise pollution from your pump when you turn on the shower next.

    If you have tried all of the above, and your noisy shower pump is still too much of a problem to solve, it is advisable to fit a new one.

    There are a number of quieter shower pumps on the market which are made of high-quality parts and are therefore less likely to vibrate and make a noise.

    Some manufacturers have researched materials and methods to create a quieter shower. Look out for Grundfos shower pumps, which have been designed to perform strongly but quietly.

    Grundfos shower pumps have built up a reputation for quality, and their Amazon pumps have motors emitting a low noise as well as special anti-vibration feet to cut the noise level from there too.

    Shop the full range of shower pumps online today at Pump Sales Direct

  • Do I need a negative or positive shower pump?

    It can often be confusing trying to figure out what type of shower pump you need. There’s a lot to consider and a lot too about your home that will determine the outcome.

    However, one of the most commonly asked questions is regarding negative or positive shower pumps. The team here at Pump Sales Direct have come up with a definitive guide to help those looking for answers to this common shower pump question.

    Shower Pump

    Positive shower head pump
    A positive shower pump is needed if your shower head is beneath the cold water tank, with a minimum flow rate of 0.6 litres per minute. It will need a positive shower head pump to give it a boost, as it is relying on a gravity feed of water to kick start the impellers and start pumping hot and cold water.

    Negative shower head pump
    A negative shower pump is suitable where the shower head is above or at the same level as the water tank. It works by sucking water from the tank to work the shower.

    The next section to be explained is that around the impellers, where we will talk in a bit more detail about the suitability of each for different layouts around the home - and also how they supply water:

    Twin Impeller
    This is the most common type of pump, in which the impellers are basically like small propellers, which are fed by a water supply which is then delivered to a mixer. A twin impeller should be fitted on both the hot and cold water supplies to ensure both are boosted to the same level.

    It is advised as well that it should always be fitted away from where people sit or sleep, as it can be quite noisy. It is also thought that it is better for those with a supply that’s not very well balanced.

    Single impeller
    A single impeller can only be installed onto a single supply and it can only pump one water supply, either hot or cold.

    It operates using a single blade which drives the water to the mixer, and it is mainly used to boost the hot supply if the colds is main fed, or in this individual situation it’s easier to install two single pumps.

    Shower Pump Brands
    Now that we’ve covers the basics of negative and positive shower pumps, it’s now time to choose from the wide selection of shower pump brands available.

    The sheer amount of choice can often seem a little overwhelming; therefore we have picked out three shower pump models that stand out for their high performance and popularity with Pump Sales Direct customers;

    Grundfos pumps offer a great range of environmentally friendly, reliable pumps which are known for their easy installation and anti-vibration feet to help reduce excess noise.

    The popular Salamander CT Force range offers high quality value for money. The Salamander range of pumps is very easy to install and will last for a number of years.

    Stuart Turner is another key brand within the shower pump sector, and the brands Monsoon range is used by many industry professionals.

    Shop the full range of Shower Pumps today here at Pump Sales Direct!

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