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Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • Sump pumps to sandbags: Flooding essentials for winter 2016

    Local knowledge is an essential starting point for assessing and mitigating winter flooding risk. You can find this out from the local council as well as from the Environment Agency website that covers flooding risk over England and Wales.

    From Sump Pumps to Sandbangs: Flooding Essentials You Need for Winter 2016

    Invest in a Sump Pump

    Even if your property does not lie in the most high flood risk areas, heavy rainfall could cause flooding in your home either by flowing from the outside into a cellar or crawl space, or by raised groundwater levels. This is the point at which you should invest in a sump pump, a type of submersible pump, which will clear away floodwater before it can do much damage to the structure of the house.

    The benefit of a submersible pump is that it is designed to be hermetically sealed and so that water does not penetrate and damage its components. It is best placed in a small pit in the basement of the property. When any water reaches a critical level, the sump pump automatically switches on and removes the water from the basement to an outdoor drain or drainage area, so preventing further damage. The sump pump will also ensure that the basement humidity is kept under control and that any mould and mildew growth is discouraged.

     

    Removal of Vulnerable Belongings

    One precaution ahead of or immediately after a flood warning should be aimed at preventing any water from entering the property. Furniture, electrical devices, and carpets, that are on the ground floor level should be moved upstairs if the property has an extra storey, These are especially vulnerable to the slightest of water damage.

     

    Water Prevention with Sandbags

    Sandbags are a quick option to prevent water from entering the house through the bottom of doorways and some windows. These should also be placed against ventilation bricks on basement walls. Sinks and baths inside the house should be plugged firmly. It is always a good idea to use a heavy item, such as a large tin of beans or the like, to weigh down the plug should any water rise up the drain and force the plug away. Similar plugs are available for toilets and washing machines that are also vulnerable to flood water flowing from outdoors to the interior.

     

    How prepared are you?

  • The top 5 home booster pumps on the market

    If your shower is more of a dribble or it takes ages to fill the bath, it’s likely you have a problem with low water pressure. At Pump Sales Direct, we offer a range of home booster pumps. Here we have carefully selected the top five on the market to help you solve your low pressure issues.

     

    1. Stuart Turner Flomate Home Booster Pump

    The Stuart Turner Flomate home booster pump can be connected directly to the mains without the need for a cold water tank. It offers 3 bar pressure, is suitable for use with combi boilers and is fully compliant with UK water regulations.

    Top 5 Home Booster Pumps on the market

    2. Salamander Home Boost 1.5 Bar Mains Water Pressure Booster Pump

    For smaller properties or to boost demand at peak times, the 1.5 bar Salamander Home Boost is a compact unit and is available from Pump Sales Direct at a competitive price and with fast delivery.

    Top 5 Home Booster Pumps on the market

    3. Dab e.sybox Electronic Water Pressure System

    The Dab e.sybox is more than just a home booster pump: it’s an electronic water pressure system. It has a water-cooled pump and anti-vibration feet for quiet operation and electronics that match the pump speed to demand in order to save energy. Note that this system needs a break tank and can’t be connected directly to the water supply.

    Top 5 Home Booster Pumps on the market

    4 & 5. Grundfos Home Booster packaged pumping system (3 bar / 4.5 bar)

    Grundfos offer both 3 bar and 4.5 bar versions of their home booster pump, both of which are available from Pump Sales Direct. These are self-contained systems with an integrated 200-litre storage tank and a stainless-steel pump that delivers efficient, quiet operation and a long life. For properties with high water demand or where the mains pressure is very low, an additional slave tank is available to increase the water storage capacity.

    Top 5 Home Booster Pumps on the market

    Shop the Pump Sales Direct range of home booster pumps now.

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