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Monthly Archives: July 2018

  • Stuart Turner pumps: An Introduction

    In 1906, Sidney Marmaduke Stuart Turner, an engineer in Henley-on-Thames, stuart turner logostarted Stuart Turner Ltd. In the century since, the company has blossomed into the UK’s leading manufacturer of domestic water pressure boosting pumps. Its journey to that point has been both complicated and fascinating. It has acclimatized to wartime periods with aplomb, it has adapted to technological advances too - even making a few of their own along the way. To introduce you to Stuart Turner’s history and demonstrate why we are so pleased to have a range of their products available for sale on our website, we have put together this overview.

    Stuart Turner has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a trader of model engines and castings in Henley on Thames. It began supplying engines and continued for the vast majority of its existence. The company’s engines have powered motorcycles, boats and antisubmarine detectors - even transmitters used during Everest expeditions. In 1935, it developed and patented a frictionless mechanical shaft seal designed for use in domestic pumps. As an indispensable component of later Stuart Turner pumps, this patent came to define the company’s most successful range of products. Close coupled to an electric motor, this mechanical shaft seal assured the development of small pumps. It wasn’t until the 1970s though, that Stuart Turner matured into the full blown pump manufacturer we are familiar with today. The production of marine engines was discontinued, and the company’s focus shifted to small pumps, where it remains to this day.

    Stuart Turner has certainly evolved and changed over the years. Throughout its 103 year history, its various iterations have been unified by one common goal: a desire to be the best. This hunger for excellence in everything that they do is something we share at Pump Sales Direct and we are delighted to stock their products.

    Today, Stuart Turner has made its position as the UK’s leading manufacturer of pumps for domestic water pressure boosting clear. Just five years ago, it introduced an umbrella of specialist product brands to the world - Monsoon, Showermate, Techflo, Flomate, Wasteflo and Stuart - three of which we stock. Monsoon and Showermate are both especially exemplary illustrations of the expertise and time put into Stuart Turner products.

    Monsoon, Stuart Turner’s flagship range of high performance, premium quality brass domestic water pressure boosting pumps, are definitely worth considering for those suffering from low water flow. Simultaneously shower pumps and whole house domestic boosting pumps, Stuart Turner monsoon pumps are as versatile as they are high quality.

    Stuart Turner Showermate meanwhile, is a more energy efficient, eco-friendly alternative. Owing to their plastic composition, they are, on the whole, more affordable than Stuart Turner’s Monsoon range, but that doesn’t come at the expense of quality. Showermate booster pumps are more than capable of improving the performance of multiple outlets in a single bathroom. Compact and cost-effective, they are a great choice for those looking to swiftly and inexpensive rectify water pressure issues in their home.

    You can shop a range of Stuart Turner shower pumps on our website. If you have any questions at all, regarding size specifications, installation, delivery or otherwise, please do not hesitate to look to our team for assistance. You can get in touch by phone, email or through this contact form.

  • Hot water pumps: What to look for

    Hot water pumps circulate hot water throughout your home, ensuring that the hot water pumpsnetwork of radiators that warm your home are amply supplied. There are three key characteristics that all high quality hot water pumps share; they are energy efficient, quiet and cost effective. At Pump Sales Direct, all of our hot water pumps possess these qualities in abundance. And today, we are going to explain why these traits make our central heating pumps absolutely worth paying for.

    NB: For the purposes of this post, the terms hot water pump, central heating pump, circulating pump, circulation pump and heat pump are all interchangeable.


    A home is a place to relax and bask in, should you so choose, quiet tranquillity. The last thing you want is a sub-standard circulating pump buffeting your ears with its rattling as it struggles to spread hot water through your home. Warming your home shouldn’t have an unsolicited accompanying soundtrack. In a poor quality circulation pump, the interior mechanisms that endow it with the ability to control the movement of hot water can generate an irritatingly loud thrum. Fortunately, shopping with Pump Sales Direct, you will only ever encounter hot water pumps from world leading brands (Grundfos, Biral, Wilo, Lowara and Smedegaard), all highly regarded for the supreme quality of their products, meaning you are guaranteed to get your hands on a product that works flawlessly.

    An ill-fitting, or improperly fitted, heating pump will also generate unwelcome noise. If you are uncertain about exactly what size pump you need, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
    Call or email and a member of our team will be happy to provide you with some clarity. When it comes to installing your pump, it is worth consulting this installation guide we created a while ago, which sets out in meticulous fashion, how to fit your new purchase. If you aren’t feeling confident enough to do it yourself, don’t be afraid of asking a more competent ‘DIYer’ to help out.

    Energy Efficient

    Circulating pumps circulate hot water around a home. Put in such rudimentary terms, this role sounds - and is - relatively simple but the ways in which central heating pumps strive to accomplish this task efficiently however, are not so straightforward. Electric controlled wet rotor pumps for example, allow central heating pumps to intelligently adapt to your heating systems demands - as and when they change, making certain that water is heated only when absolutely necessary. By minimising the amount of energy your home expends heating water, your home becomes more eco-friendly and less of a burden to the environment.


    Reductions in the amount of energy your home expends, courtesy of a circulation pump, are also accompanied by reductions in your heating bill. The initial outlay for a central heating pump of course varies depending on the model you go for, but, chances are, in the long-term, you are more than likely to not only recoup this cost, but actually save money.

  • Meet our bestselling pumps

    At Pump Sales Direct, we only stock products we truly value; products that we think our customers will value too. By only stocking pumps our customers have shown a demonstrable interest in, we strive to provide customers with all of their pump requirements. All of our offerings are sourced from the most reputable and best established manufacturers in the world - from Danish-based Grundfos to the German brand ABS. Every product is of the utmost quality, but, partly because of demand, partly because of the product itself, some products are able to separate themselves from the rest. In this post, we want to introduce you to some of our bestsellers and why you should consider purchasing them.

    Salamander CT50 Xtra 1.5 Bar Twin Impeller Regenerative Positive Head Shower Pumpsalamander shower pump 1

    Over the past three decades, Salamander Pumps have slowly but surely cemented their position as one of the best and biggest manufacturers of shower pumps in the UK. Owing to their decision to completely overhaul their product range and revamp it according to feedback from installers and homeowners five years ago, their ascent has accelerated. Their twin impeller regenerative positive head shower pump is amongst our most popular products. Key to the success of any shower pump is how little noise it can emit. As well as being extremely quiet, the Salamander CT50 shower pump is straightforward to fit and very durable, making it everything you could ever ask for from a shower pump.

    Grundfos UPS2 25-80 grundfos ups2 250

    Grundfos is a giant of the pumps industry. Merchandised by distributors in over fifty countries, you can expect to encounter Grundfos’ globe-spanning influence wherever you are in the world. You only get to such a coveted position by putting out products of supreme quality year after year. Grundfos’ UPS2 - 25-80 heating circulator pump is a perfect example of unmatched performance. Rated A, in compliance with EUP energy regulations designed to indicate to consumers a product’s  energy efficiency, this heating circulator from Grundfos will help your home more effectively heat and distribute water throughout your home - making your household more eco-friendly in the process.

    ABS Robusta 200 W/TS manual/automatic submersible pump, 230v submersible pumps

    ABS, a branch of Swiss manufacturing powerhouse Sulzer, produces a range of more than capable submersible pumps. The Robusta 200TS (230V) submersible pump from ABS is a versatile and reliable offering. A light drainage submersible pump, it has proved one of our most bestselling products. Designed for pumping clear water and wastewater, it is an affordable way to keep your house, garden or yard free from flooding. It even has built-in level control and a check valve, just to make sure.

    Here, we have presented three of our best selling products. If you have any questions about any of these products (or anything else for that matter) please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us by phone, email or through our contact form.

  • Expansion vessels: Why are they so important?

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    Our home's heating systems are placed under enormous duress every day. In tandem with the homeowner's whims, a heating system has to apportion energy, heat and water to: changing the air temperature as well as for use in sinks, showers and baths. We can all point to one important component - the boiler. But other critical constituents of this process fly under the radar. None more so than expansion vessels. To highlight the importance of expansion vessels, we have put together this hopefully illuminating post.

    What are expansion vessels?

    Expansion vessels consist of a small steel container divided into two parts by a rubber diaphragm. One side of the rubber is filled with air or nitrogen, while the other is filled with water. The steel provides the vessel with a close to impenetrable exterior that won’t fold under hydraulic shock. The rubber diaphragm, on the inside, possesses an extremely low permeability which not only serves to contains pressure loss, but also helps to ward off corrosion.

    What is the purpose of an expansion vessel?

    Even in a single day, our home can go through many, many heating cycles. When there is demand for hot water, there has to be action on the part of our home. When water is heated up, it expands. And when it expands, your home’s closed water heating system has to be equipped to deal with the added pressure. That is where expansion vessels come in. Thanks to their rubber diaphragms and steel exteriors, they are more than capable of withstanding the effects of both thermal expansion and water hammer, preventing the system from failing or at worst, coming apart completely.
    Less commonly, an expansion vessel is also used as a replacement for a continuous pump in a pumped central heating system. Because expansion vessels can be adjusted to maintain a specific pressure level, they can be tweaked to maintain pressure even in the absence of a pump.

    Why are expansion vessels so important?

    In certain water heating systems, expansion vessels are an absolute necessity. Closed water heating systems, where there is a one way valve present, are vulnerable to increases in pressure. The only way to combat these increases is to introduce an expansion vessel. Without it, you run the risk of damaging not only the water heater, but the plumbing fixtures and the water pipes themselves.

    What should you look for in an expansion vessel?

    At Pump Sales Direct, we only stock the highest quality products that meet UK regulations, and the same applies to our range of expansion vessels. One of the most reputable and respected manufacturers of expansion vessels is Flamco, of which we are a stockist. Distinguished by their bold red exterior, Flamco pressurisation units are not only instantly recognisable, but amongst the best available today. The importance of ensuring that your expansion vessel matches the specifications of your water heating system exactly cannot be overstated. Fortunately, all of our product descriptions are loaded with detail and should be enough to help you decipher the best product for you. Even if it’s not, you can reach us by email or phone and one of our dedicated team will be more than happy to walk you through it.


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