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Monthly Archives: December 2017

  • Winter Water Pressure Woes

    Pressurisation Units

    Let's be honest here, winter can prove to be a real pain in the bum. Before we start with the total lack of daylight hours and it always being a bit chilly - it can play havoc with your home too if you're not careful!

    If at any point you find that there isn't any water coming from your taps, or there is but it comes to no more than a meagre dribble of its former self, then you can follow this useful step-by-step guide for what to start checking before you go calling the plumber!

    See if water comes out the kitchen tap

    Typically you will find that your mains water supply is fitted to serve the taps in your kitchen first and foremost. If your problem is a weak flow or nothing at all coming out of the taps upstairs in your bathroom, but your kitchen tap is working as normal - there is a good chance your problem is with your internal plumbing. This would have to be fixed by an accredited plumber we're afraid.

    Ask around

    Sometimes when the water pressure in your home drops, this can be something specific to your area rather than just your home. This may be because a house a few doors down has sprung a leak and as a result, the wider area will suffer. When in doubt, ask your neighbours if they've noticed a change in their pressure, if they have, then you can pretty much guarantee the whole area will be affected and eventually put right.

    Inspect your stop valve

    To ensure your water is running freely through your home, the easiest solution may often prove to be the correct one - make sure that your stop valve is opened all the way. This can typically be found either under your sink or in the garage, you may have accidentally knocked it a little without even noticing so never just assume because you haven't touched it doesn't mean it couldn't be the cause of your problems!

    Check for frosty pipes

    Winter's greatest menace - the frozen pipe! These can be a total nightmare to your water mains and leave you with a huge chunk in your wallet should they crack. Be sure to check all visible pipes for any signs of freezing and then follow this guide to relieve the problem.

    Of course, not all problems can be fixed so easily. Be sure to check out our range of pressurisation units as they are the last line of defence against maintaining a great water pressure for your home - even in the trickiest of winters!

  • Warm Winter Retreats


    As temperatures edge ever closer to freezing and we await the impending arrival of Storm Caroline with bated breath, we can be forgiven for dreaming of warmer pastures this winter. Rather than the baking sun of a sub-tropical climate though, what if the comfort of warmth that we all crave in cold lay instead in a body of water? It is no surprise that you’ll find the highest volume of heated pools in some of the coldest climates on earth. Here are some of the best:

    Mountain Village, Panorama, Canada

    Nestled in the Purcell Mountains of Canada, is the alpine ski resort of Panorama. On the surface, its primary attraction lies in the labyrinth of ski trails that it houses - thrillseekers can ski, snowboard, bike, snowmobile or tube their way through them - but its real appeal rests firmly with its network of heated pools. The largest in Canada of its kind, each and every pool lies within close proximity of the stunningly scenic Rocky Mountains, allowing the resort of Panorama to really live up to its namesake.

    Aqua Dome, Otztal, Austria

    The otherworldly Aqua Dome Spa Center is also tucked away within a majestic mountain range - the Otztal Mountains in Austria. While most thermal pools attempt to blend into the natural surroundings as much as possible, the Aqua Dome makes no apologies for doing exactly the opposite. Suspended 6 metres above the ground are three heated outdoor pools that more closely resemble UFOs than anything else. Add to that the luxury offerings of a world-class spa and you have a better place than any to take respite from the cold.

    Blue Lagoon, Iceland

    Iceland is the de facto world leader when it comes to heated pools, and the most startling reminder of that status is the Blue Lagoon in Grindavik. Thanks to a nearby geothermal power station, 9 million litres of soothingly warm water provide for thousands of visitors every day. Not only does the lagoon present bathers with a rare opportunity to unwind and relax in a serene setting, it also treats and nourishes their skin. The mineral properties of the water allow the lagoon to double as a skincare treatment.

    LeCrans Hotel, Switzerland

    In the Swiss Alps, the LeCrans Hotel in Crans-Montana, strives to combine beauty and nourishment in one convenient location. As a ski resort, it caters to a sprawling patchwork of ski runs. As a spa, it caters to every whim of every guest as it boasts an exhaustive list of treatments - all of which are founded upon five formulation principles that ensure that every one is perfect for your skin and the environment. The spa consists of a fitness room, a sauna, a hammam, a Jacuzzi, an indoor pool and four individual treatment cabins - the centrepiece of which is the outdoor heated pool which harbours a panoramic view of the snow-dipped Alps.

    While each of these pools are idyllic, they are not that way without regular human maintenance behind-the-scenes. But an integral part of that system are sump pumps and the like that allow the pools to be regularly drained and refilled. There are very few practitioners of pool pumps with more experience and quality than flotec.

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