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Monthly Archives: May 2016

  • Is plumbing insurance worthwhile?

    Customers find themselves bombarded with literature on how important plumbing insurance is for covering everything from newly installed submersible pumps to boiler breakdowns. However, with wages remaining stagnant and the cost of living increasing, many decide this added cost is something they simply can’t afford. Some may say it’s better to the run this risk, while others may feel paying a little out each month is worthwhile in the long run.

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    What are you already covered for?

    A lot of plumbing insurance premiums on the market will cover you for problems such as boiler breakdowns, issues with water supplies and burst pipes. However, you may find that this is something that is already covered in your home insurance policy, or at least part of it is. Some home contents insurers will provide you with cover for burst pipe damage but won’t cover you for the repair required to the pipe.

    24-hour emergency cover is another option that many home insurance providers offer. This will provide a homeowner with help in emergencies such as electric issues, burst pipes or leaky roofs. If that’s the case, opting for boiler cover on its own may be all you require.

     

    What are you responsible for?

    Plumbing issues with submersible pumps will often not be your problem if you’re renting a property. This falls under the landlord’s remit. Furthermore, any burst pipes that occur outside the boundaries of your home will be the responsibility of your local water board.

    Don’t forget to check with your water company to see what they provide. Many of them will offer free residential pipe repair, which would make your additional cover unneeded.

    If you live in an apartment or flat, who is responsible for what can be somewhat vague. The responsibility of the pipework can be something that is shared between occupiers and the freeholder, so looking into this before pursuing additional cover is recommended.

     

    What can you afford?

    The cost of replacing a boiler or sorting out a burst pipe can be incredibly expensive, and if this isn’t something you can afford, paying out small amounts for insurance may be far more beneficial. If anything happens, you’ll have the peace of mind that you are covered for it.

    If you want to try to cut costs, you could also look at what costs are involved in taking out a policy and set these aside in a savings account instead. Then, if you need to have any emergency repairs carried out, you have the funds to do it, and if you don’t, the money is still yours for other things. Even though it will require some willpower to put this money aside, you will find most policies are around £10 a month so you shouldn’t notice this too much.

     

    Insuring submersible pumps: What will you get from the policy?

    Policies may differ with each provider, so always look at the small print to see exactly what you will be getting from them. If something happens in your home, some companies will send someone out to help deal with the situation before following this up with a plumber, while others may just pay you cash compensation for you to solve the problem yourself.

    You should also check what excess there is to pay as this can vary dramatically and is the amount that you’ll have to pay towards the repair. Don’t just go with the cheapest quote without looking into it thoroughly as it might not be the best solution for you. Compare what’s available, do your research and look at the pros and cons of each insurance provider before choosing who you will go with.

     

    How quickly will they resolve a problem?

    Another important thing to consider is how quickly the company will respond if an emergency does occur. You’re going to want someone to come out as soon as possible, especially if your boiler breaks down in winter. Most providers will provide you with an estimated time, which can be extended during the colder months, but getting someone who can be with you within 24 hours is perhaps worth paying for.

    Always carefully consider what advantages there are to taking out insurance before going ahead. If you’ve got other aspects covered and you’ve got the funds to resolve an emergency, it might not be beneficial for you.

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  • 10 UK water parks to hit this summer

    The British summer is a wonderful thing - sunshine, ice-creams and fun! Sometimes the weather is not so great, but that doesn’t dampen our spirit, and if we’re getting wet anyway, we might as well do it in style. Here’s a round-up of the top water parks we at Pump Sales Direct think are worth paying a visit this year.

     

    1. Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

    Go wild on the rides at largest indoor water park in the UK. It's one of the hottest attractions in Blackpool (heated to a tropical 28 C) and now home of the longest indoor water rollercoaster anywhere in the world, so fun is virtually guaranteed.

    Visit: sandcastle-waterpark.co.uk

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    2. Alton Towers Waterpark, Staffordshire

    Unwind in the beautiful tropical lagoon, complete with palm trees, and let the Lazy River carry off your stresses, or get the adrenaline going on one of the speedy water rides. Alton Towers does family fun with the best!

    Visit: altontowers.com

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    3. Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire

    Whatever the weather, this indoor attraction fits the bill. Great fun for everyone, with waves, slides, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, and plenty to eat and drink.

    Visit: bluelagoonwales.com

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    4. Waterworld, Stoke on Trent

    With so many water attractions, this is family fun at its best. With rides given exciting names such as The Black Hole and Python, and a new extension opening in May, it’s hard to pass this one up.

    Visit: waterworld.co.uk

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    5. Splashdown, Poole

    It's a favourite with thrill-seekers, and rides like the Screamer, with a vertical drop, continue to excite visitors to Splashdown year after year. There are slower options, and with indoor and outdoor attractions this is a great place to visit all year round.

    Visit: poole.splashdownwaterparks.co.uk/

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    6. Splashdown Quaywest, Paignton

    Poole’s sister park, the Devon offering is bigger and arguably better. Are you brave enough to try The Devil’s Drop or the Wild Kamikaze? There are great views from the top, and it’s right by the beach, too.

    Visit: quaywest.splashdownwaterparks.co.uk/

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    7. LC Swansea

    This is a wonderful leisure centre. Aside from the pool and spa, there are also facilities for lots of other sports, meaning you really can spend the day there without any risk of boredom.

    Visit: thelcswansea.com

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    8. Guildford Spectrum

    This very popular attraction advises booking in advance because there’s huge demand for the pools and water attractions and also the ice rink and other sporting facilities.

    Visit: guildfordspectrum.co.uk

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    9. Wet ‘N’ Wild, North Tyneside

    As it's the largest water park in the UK, you would expect some thrills, and this place is all about fun. The three-level flume tower does not disappoint. Worth visiting alone or as part of a tour of the North East.

    Visit: wetnwild.co.uk

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    10. Doncaster Dome

    Another multi-sport attraction with a tropical pool at its heart. The perfect place to unwind during the day, and why not stay on for a concert in the evening? This is a great entertainment complex all year round.

    Visit: the-dome.co.uk

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    Which ones are on your list this summer?

     

  • Installing a hot tub in your garden this summer?

    A hot tub is rarely an impulse purchase, so it's important to be fully aware of all the options and possibilities before you part with your hard-earned cash in order to make the most of your money.

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    The first tip is not to focus too much on the upfront cost of your hot tub. Although it may seem as though you are paying less, cheaper models can often end up costing you far more in the long run as they require more maintenance and ongoing care. If you want to avoid finding yourself regretting your purchase months or years down the line, focus instead on the overall efficiency and build quality of the tub you wish to buy.

    What you need to know

    Three main factors contribute to the efficiency of any hot tub: the type of insulation, the construction of the cover and the quality of the pump and motor. When it comes to insulation, hot tubs can make use of expanding foam or so-called dead air space between the cabinet and the shell. Foam is believed by many to provide better heat retention, but it can make it difficult to access the internal parts of the tub in the event of a leak or component failure. Cheaper covers tend to mean made from regular vinyl, but those crafted from marine-quality vinyl are better able to withstand the full range of weather conditions that your garden is likely to experience over the course of a year. A cover should fit snugly to improve heat retention and help keep the water cleaner for longer.

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    The pump is the heart of any hot tub set-up, so look for a brand with a solid reputation in this field. When it comes to choosing the horsepower rating of your pump, don't get carried away with the notion that bigger is better. If your pipework is insufficient or the jets on your hot tub are too weak, a more powerful pump will be of little benefit. Calpeda pumps are suitable for a wide range of domestic leisure applications, including swimming pools, hot tubs and jacuzzi baths. Made from high-quality materials and built to last, Calpeda pumps will provide you with many years of reliable service. Our range of Calpeda pumps includes models that provide a high gallon-per-minute rating coupled with a low horsepower rating, meaning they are more efficient and ultimately cost less to run.

    Maintenance

    If you are joining the hot tub owner club for the very first time, it's important to make sure you are fully aware of the amount of maintenance required. Checking the chemical balance on a regular basis and adjusting it by adding chemicals is essential if you want to enjoy trouble-free bathing. You'll also need to ensure that your filters - which remove body oils, lotions, hair spray and other potential contaminants from your water - are working correctly. If you want to save yourself time, be sure to choose a tub model that makes use of a pressure side rather than a suction side filter as this can typically clean all the water in just 15 minutes. Suction side filters can take as long as four hours to do the same job.

    If you invest the necessary time into looking at the many hot tub options available and choose one that is crafted from high-quality materials and fitted out with branded components, you'll be rewarded with the pleasure of a hot tub you can enjoy for many years to come.

  • What are Booster Pumps?

    If you live in an area where the water pressure is low or variable, the best way to get acceptable pressure in your home is to install a booster pump. These are fitted at the point where the water supply enters the property and can boost the water flow throughout the house.

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    Low water pressure is common, especially in rural areas where there may be a long distance from the main water supply to the property. It can also be a problem in urban areas, particularly if there is older pipework or the number of properties in an area has expanded.

     

    How water flow works

    When you turn on the tap, you expect water to come out; however, do you understand what makes this happen? Domestic water supplies operate using a closed loop - when you turn on a tap, the water, along with some air, is pulled up the pipe by vacuum pressure.

    Where there is poor water flow, it takes longer for sufficient pressure to build to pull the water up the pipe. This can mean a slow trickle of water and also an uneven flow, as there will be more air trapped in the pipe. Symptoms of poor pressure may be a slow or uneven flow of water from the taps or shower, taking a long time to fill the bath.

     

    Choosing a booster pump

    There are several types of booster pump that can be used to improve your water pressure and it is important to get the right one for your needs. You can boost individual outlets such as a shower using a pump; however, in most situations you will need to boost the whole domestic water supply so that all outlets benefit.

    A multi-stage pump is most commonly used to do this. These are electrically driven, have more than one impeller - a rotating device rather like a turbine - and make use of centrifugal force to actively pull water from the mains into the system and thus provide greater pressure where you need it.

     

    Reservoirs

    It is possible to obtain a pump as a standalone unit fitted to the water supply pipe; however, in some cases it may be better to have a packaged pumping system. These use a reservoir or break tank to hold a supply of water to even out the flow. This means the pump is connected to the tank rather than directly to the water company’s supply.

    For domestic supplies, pump installation is usually quite straightforward and a qualified plumber should be able to do it in less than a day. The latest types are compact and quiet in operation, meaning they won’t be intrusive.

     

    What to do next

    Pumps are quite specialised and you need to make sure that you get the right one for your needs. You also need to ensure that you comply with the regulations that govern domestic water supplies and that may affect the type of pump you can use. Here at Pump Sales Direct we’re happy to discuss your needs and we will help you to select the right booster pump for your requirements from the range available.

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