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Monthly Archives: February 2017

  • How to dry out a damp basement

    How to dry out a damp basement with submersible pumpsA damp basement can lead to a number of problems for your home and pose threats to both your health and your safety. Damp in your home has proven links with respiratory problems, asthma and allergies according to the NHS. However, sometimes damp is not as simple to spot as puddles of water accumulating on your floor or massive tell-tale dark patches on your way.

    Damp can come in many forms, such as a feeling of humidity or a stale smell. Floor tiles may also be loose. You must act fast in order to resolve this issue and stop the rot. To avoid any problems with mould make sure you dispose of any furniture affected by the damp and fix the source of the problem.

    The primary three sources of damp are: the seeping in of water from outside of your home, the presence of groundwater amongst your home’s foundations and the possibility of humidity.

    External water

    This is when water infiltrates your home by finding entry through weaknesses in your foundation. The usual culprit of this is the drainage systems in your home, so be sure to check where the rainwater is flowing to during times of heavy storms. Guttering that is clogged up with debris will often lead to the water pouring over and down along your foundations, which can leak into your home. This can be solved by regular cleaning of your gutters.

    Another way this can occur is the improper grading of your home, whereby the water will be directed towards your foundations rather than away. You may have to relay pavement in order to get proper sloping facing away from your house.

    Combat groundwater with submersible pumps

    This is the process of water entering through your walls/floor when the soil the foundations your home is built on is saturated with water. This is one of the more challenging forms of damp in your home to combat, but it is possible. To prevent such a problem occurring in the first place, install some submersible pumps either within your basement or below the surface of it. Read our handy FAQ guide regarding submersible pumps should you have any questions.

    Should the problem have already occurred, if it is a small issue you can attempt to patch the cracks created by the damp yourself. However, large cracks will require help from a structural engineer in order to properly deal with the issue without causing major damage to your home.


    This can come in two ways: either outdoor or indoor humidity. Outdoor humidity is when moist air creeps into your home and condenses in the foundations of your cool basement. Indoor humidity, caused by such things as improper venting in your home, can also have the same effect. Luckily, this is one of the easiest sources of damp to be able to prevent and can be as simple as installing energy efficient windows or using a dehumidifier in order to prevent any build-up of moist air within your home.

    Worried about basement flooding? Find out how to prevent it.

  • What you need to know before buying a sump pump

    What you need to know before buying a sump pumpIf you notice that your basement is a little damp, there could be a risk of flooding, a serious problem that can cause a multitude of problems for your home. A flooded basement can lead to some serious health and safety issues, including rotting, rusting, moulding and unclean air. This can often result in a putrid smell lingering around your home. With this in mind, you will want to do everything you can avoid this problem.

    One solution to this problem is investing in a sump pump. Installing a sump pump in your basement can be done either beneath or above the floor and will pump the water that amasses in the sump basin and eject it outside safely.

    Should you be unfortunate enough to experience a damp basement, don’t panic, we’ve got you covered. Here at Pump Sales Direct, we have a wide range of sump pumps to choose from. If you are unsure about which pump you require, then have a read of this useful guide about what you need to know before you invest.

    Manual or automatic sump pump?

    You need to decide whether you want your pump to work manually or automatically. Generally, we think you should go with an automatic as the intelligent systems can be configured to pump water when needed. Although, we do understand that due to budget limitations it isn’t always possible to buy a more expensive automatic model, but if you can spare the money it will save you a lot of time and effort.

    How big should your motor be?

    It goes without saying that the more powerful the motor, the more water it will be able to pump out of your basement. So you will need to judge how much your pump will need to work for you.

    Should you go with a submersible pump?

    If the sump basin in your basement has the space, we would recommend a submersible pump. Having a submersible pump gives you the ability to use a lid to cover your sump pit, which will massively reduce the noise and keep out unwanted debris that could cause clogging. Another idea is to invest in a lid that is vacuum sealed, that way there is no chance of the air seeping out and causing damage.

    Can it handle debris?

    As mentioned before, debris can be incredibly damaging to a pump if it causes blockages and stops it functioning. Some pumps have an intricate design with impellers that can handle larger debris than normal, which should be quoted in the product description.

    Is one enough?

    Usually, yes. Although a bit of insurance never hurt anyone. Having a back-up pump alongside the first would be essential should you use your basement as a living area and cannot afford for this space to be damaged. If the first cuts out, the second will pick up the slack.

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  • Efficient pump technology contributes to world's greenest hotel

    Grundfos pumps contributes to world's greenest hotelPump Sales Direct are delighted that one of our most popular pump manufacturers, Grundfos have directly contributed to the what is considered the world’s most energy efficient hotel - The Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers.

    State of the art solar panels

    This huge structure is quite the sight and this architectural feat has raised the bar with new standards for sustainability and efficient energy usage. Opened in 2009, this luxury hotel has been awarded a vast number of accolades for its innovative construction and design. The imposing black exterior is actually a collection of state-of-the-art solar panels which can contribute up to 50% of the hotels energy needs; weather depending of course.

    Low energy consumption levels with Grundfos pumps

    The real achievement, however, is the low energy consumption levels of this hotel's heating and cooling systems. Boasting one of the most cutting-edge Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) systems in the entire world, the energy this hotel actually consumes per year is miniscule, compared to other hotels without this energy saving innovation. This system is powered by Grundfos, who are industry leaders in energy efficient pump technology.

    ATES system

    Found in the basement of the hotel, the ATES system can generate up to 60% of the hotels total energy needs and can even supply cooling by utilising the groundwater beneath the foundations of the hotel. By utilising the groundwater to cool guest rooms, this essentially acts as a ‘free’ energy generating process that can cool water in the hotel’s air conditioning system. This can also be used to heat rooms as additional groundwater is collected in a well until needed. Both of these processes make use of what would usually be considered waste water and utilise every scrap of water resources given to it.

    Not only is this process better for the environment, it will also pay itself off within approximately six years of purchase due to saved money on energy bills. The Crowne Plaza will be far more profitable than its industry competitors in the long term. Jens Nørgaard, the application manager for Grundfos Commercial Building Services explained to us that “It is in the Grundfos DNA to invest now and reap the dividend later.” So the money spent on the process will actually be paid back within the next decade, and will continue to save them a considerable amount of capital in years to come. “It is substantial cheaper to transport heating and cooling via water than air.” Mr. Nørgaard confirmed.

    To put this information in perspective, the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel’s estimated energy consumption is 51 kilowatt-hours per every square meter, which includes heating, air conditioning and ventilation. In comparison, the average four star hotel based in Europe will consume approximately 300 kilowatt-hours per square meter – almost six times the amount!

    Grundfos pumps are available to be used in a commercial, domestic or industrial setting. if you’re interested in reducing the energy usage in either your home or business, then you should look no further than a Grundfos manufactured pump for quality assured results.

  • How to save money and energy with zoned heating systems

    Stuart Turner pumpsWe all know how difficult it can be properly heating your home during those colder months without incurring jaw-dropping heating bills. Should you decide to look to a zoned heating system, you could have more control over where you need heat to be directed within your home. This will save you energy within your house, thus reducing your carbon footprint and lessening the money you will have to pay for your utility bills.

    What is a zoned heating system?

    The typical home’s heating system will regulate the temperature of an entire house as whole, meaning heat can be wasted in rooms that are not being occupied. A zoned heating system, however, will allow you to control the temperature of specific zones or rooms within your home. The settings for these systems can be customised in whatever way you see fit, including: personal heat preferences, environmental conditions and room usage. Therefore, these systems help the heating far more efficiently by providing heat only when and where it is needed.

    The benefits

    Some benefits of a zoned heating system are that individually zoning rooms means that more popular spaces in your home and areas that are more vulnerable to the cold (rooms with draughts for instance) can be heated more to combat this susceptibility. Programmable thermostats can also be useful for cutting the heating of your home when nobody is likely to be in, but heating it just in time for when they return so you do not lose comfort.

    The principles of a zoned heating system will treat the ground floor of your home as one zone and the upstairs as another. This will cause heat to be directed to the base of your home during the daylight hours and will heat the upstairs at night, due to this being the times when these spaces will be most in use. This does not, however, mean you will have to heat every room in each zone. You can programme the system to ignore rooms within zones that simply aren’t used as much – like guest bedrooms for example.

    Installing a zoned heating system: Stuart Turner pumps

    A zoned heating system requires zone valves, these are responsible for controlling the flow of water in your hydronic heating system. The technology within these valves allow the flow of water within them to be controlled by the thermostat within your home. To make use of this heating system you will need to have an up-to-date pump system. At Pump Sales Direct, we would recommend fitting Stuart Turner pumps for an energy efficient water supply.

    Setting up zoned heating systems in your home will probably take a professional touch as it is not your typical DIY project. It is quite a complex process that involves a number of jobs, such as: wiring in the thermostat, hooking them to the pumping systems and cutting into hydronic lines/ductwork to install the zone valves needed. All of these processes are not recommended for a layman and therefore we would advise seeking professional consultation before starting this project.

    If you’re interested in a zoned heating system project, get in touch using our contact form and find out how we can help you.

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