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Monthly Archives: October 2018

  • Haunting Home Nightmares

    With Halloween upon us this month, we’ve been considering the domestic horror stories most likely to occur around this time of year. In this post we look at three chilling situations: low water pressure, lacklustre heating and flooding, but don’t be worried, at Pump Sales Direct, we have the tricks you need to combat them!

    Low Water Pressure

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    As our lives can be so busy, we think we can all agree that time is of the essence, and we certainly don’t have time to be waiting for a sufficient volume of water to exit our water outlets. Filling the kettle in the morning, filling a bowl to wash the dishes, running a bath of an evening, we all require that these processes be done in adequate time without the hindrance of low water pressure.


    The main issue low water pressure can cause however, is a poorly performing shower. A lacking flow of water during a shower can leave you feeling unrefreshed, cold and running behind in your routine. To solve this problem, we recommend that you invest in one of our shower pumps. With positive and negative pumps available amongst brands including Grundfos, Salamander and Stuart Turner, you will be sure to find something suitable for your shower.

    Lacklustre Heating

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    In the midst of autumn as the temperature starts to drop, it becomes more and more apparent and vitally important that we be prepared now for the colder weather to come. There are a number of ways in which you can retain heat at a reduced cost, some sure-fire methods include:

    •         Closing curtains in the evening and closing any drafts by using doorstoppers
    •         Wearing multiple layers of clothing instead of just one thick layer
    •         Eating warming meals and drinking hot drinks
    •         Using a hot water bottle or a heated blanket

    All of the above can assist in keeping you warm, though ultimately, we believe that it is imperative to have a reliable heating system in your home. If your heating isn’t performing as it should be, investing in one of our central heating pumps could be the answer. They work by pumping hot water around your central heating system at a controlled pressure, to ensure the water remains at the optimum temperature as it leaves your boiler, travels to your radiators and back again. We offer ranges from reputable names such Biral, Dab and Grundfos, with smaller pumps for domestic use and larger more powerful pumps for industrial purposes. Many of our pumps operate with minimal volume and are sure to heat your home more efficiently with lower running costs.


    Ebara sump pump Ebara sump pump

    Costly, damaging and potentially dangerous, flooding can pose a serious risk to many of us. They can be truly devastating, destroying our homes and possessions. To prevent this scenario from ever occurring, we would advise purchasing one of our sump pumps. Situated in basements, cellars or the lowest part of your home, these pumps are installed within a sump pit, specifically designed for drainage. The water is then pumped from the sump pit away from your home, resultantly leaving the area dry.

    Stocking products from a number of manufacturers: ABS, Ebara and Grundfos to name just a few, you will be sure to find either the manual or automatic pump you require. We also have a selection of submersible sump pumps available, these pumps are submerged in oil. They are a more expensive option, though due to the extended life span this design provides, they would certainly be an investment. At a reduced cost, we also stock pedestal sump pumps, with these pumps, the motor is open, therefore you may not be able to expect it to last for as long. Our sump pumps offering varying levels of power, affecting the volume of water that can be pumped. If you would like any advice on selecting the most suitable sump pump, or any of the products mentioned in this post, please do not hesitate to contact us!

  • Manufacturer spotlight: TT Pumps

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    The latest beneficiary of our manufacturer spotlight series is TT Pumps. To give our customers an idea of why we value their products so highly, we have put together this post delving into their history, values and products.


    TT Pumps started life in 1959 as an engineering company based in Stoke. It wasn’t until 1970 that they began manufacturing and supplying pumps. In 1980, they shifted focus to electrical control panel production (a part of the business that remains to this day). After a change of management in 1989, the company decided to prioritise the supply of pumps and pumping systems, alongside control panels and electrical monitoring systems. Since then, their scope of focus has only broadened; their product range encompasses waterworks valves and environmental and agricultural equipment.

    They moved ten miles down the road from Stoke to the small village of Woore in 1998. It gave them the space they needed to expand operations and is a symbol of their growing stature.


    Part of their philosophy is supporting the long-term requirements of customers. Their bespoke, tailored approach to pumping solutions allows them to do just that. They aren’t content to provide a stopgap solution. Instead they are determined to grasp their customers’ long-term needs. To do so, they tailor their approach to meet the particular requirements of each of their customers. A custom, bespoke approach ensures those customers’ issues are resolved, leaving them 100% satisfied with the service they’ve received.


    Alongside their bespoke approach, they also offer on-the-shelf products that are unrivalled for quality. For 60 years, the quality of their service has seen them rightly lauded as one of the most reliable manufacturers of pumps and pumping solutions in the UK.

    Nowhere is this reliability and durability embodied more than in their line of robust products. At Pump Sales Direct, we stock a range of TT Pumps products. Their main product is submersible pumps, which, as the name suggests, are designed to be used underwater. The Trencher range of TT pumps is compact and lightweight yet they all have the power to perform a variety of tasks. Ideal for domestic and industrial applications alike, they are capable of handling groundwater and water containing sand and silt. The Goliath Super pump, another one of our bestsellers from TT Pumps, is an effective sump pump that will automatically rid your home’s sump basin of water.

    If you are considering buying a TT pumps product but if you aren’t quite sure whether it is suited to your purpose, get in touch with us. A member of our staff will be more than happy to help you narrow down the relevant products and get the best product possible at a fair price.

  • How to create a winter-ready bathroom

    With all of the festivities, winter is typically the most memorable season of the central heating pumpsyear. But without preparing for the challenging climatic conditions of the season, it can be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Instead of looking back on fond memories - delighted faces unwrapping presents, laughs around the dinner table, and Christmas carols, the season can instead be marred by memories of a bathroom that doesn’t work and a hefty repairs bill. To ensure your winter passes without incident, we have put together this list of things to watch out for.

    Frozen pipes

    When temperatures drop below freezing, water turning into ice becomes a very real possibility. While, on the surface, this doesn’t seem especially catastrophic, if water freezes in the wrong part of the home, the consequences can be very costly. At best, a frozen pipe cuts off water to your home and you have to spend hours carefully thawing it with a hairdryer and a heated cloth. At worst, a frozen pipe bursts and floods your home with water. Even the best case scenario is reason enough to put preventative measures in place.

    So, what can you do to ward off the threat of frozen pipes? Your first port of call should be to get your hands on some lagging material. By wrapping lagging around your home’s pipes you give them some much needed insulation, affording them protection from the threat of freezing temperatures.

    If you know you are going to be away, you can leave the thermostat on, although this is an admittedly expensive way to ward off disaster. Central heating pumps can help heat your home incredibly efficiently, ensuring none of your money is wasted on heating.

    Cold floors

    In the pitch black mornings of winter, there is only one thing worse than trying to wrench yourself out of bed: walking into the bathroom and wincing at the icy embrace of freezing cold bathroom tiles. There are a number of ways you can approach this problem. The most straightforward and most affordable solution is to buy a warm and inviting rug. Less cost-effective but more of a long-term solution is choosing to install underfloor heating.

    Poor water pressure

    A high quality shower is often the only bright spot in otherwise dark and gloomy winter mornings. When the flow of water from a shower head is disappointingly low, it is something that needs rectifying. Assuming it isn’t the fault of your water provider, in which case you’ll have to wait until they have finished addressing whatever incident has occurred for normal working order to be restored, this problem can be easily resolved. Installing a shower pump will bolster the flow of water to your shower and indefinitely lift the gloom of disappointing showers.

    By following the tips in this list, your bathroom should be thoroughly prepared for winter and all of the obstacles it can pose. From frozen pipes, to freezing cold floors, and poor water pressure, your winter and Christmas should be free of these seasonal hazards.

  • Manufacturer spotlight: Salamander Pumps

    Salamander Pumps: 5 Things you need to know about the leading manufacturer

    Pump Sales Direct have 40 years of experience supplying pumps to homes and businesses. Over this time, our rigorous process for selecting manufacturers has been refined and perfected, ensuring that we offer only the highest quality products at the most competitive prices. This month, we are focusing on our manufacturer Salamander. They are a prime example of a company that put innovation and quality at the forefront, using research and development to provide a solid and reliable product portfolio. At Pump Sales Direct, we supply a chosen selection of their shower pumps.


    Based in Sunderland, Salamander are a leading supplier of shower and domestic water pumps in the UK. Over the past five years, their product line has been subject to a complete overhaul. Employing feedback from customers and implementing the most advanced technology into their designs, the company have invented some of the most efficient pumps on the market. Each product is constructed in the UK, using components mainly sourced from the EU. Every one of the finalised pumps must then adhere to the strict quality controls imposed by Salamander, before they leave the factory for sale.

    Salamander Pumps Products

    The purpose of the pumps provided by Salamander is to increase water pressure  to your shower and bathroom. They facilitate water flow at a controlled level, while ensuring that the entire heating system is not excessively strained. The pumps can be divided into two categories; negative and positive heads – the type of head required dependent upon the type of heating system you have installed in your home and the positioning of your water tank if applicable. An informative guide on their website can assist in choosing the most suitable pump for your bathroom.

    CT Force

    At Pump Sales Direct, you will find a number of products from the CT Force range. These models are available with both positive and negative heads and are suited to gravity fed systems. Pumps from this collection are distinctive with their brass ends and impeller. Using this material ensures a robust and long-lasting investment, it is also extremely quiet and including anti-vibration couplers. Available in single and twin models, these pumps can be used for a variety of applications.

    CT Xtra

    You will also find on our website a range of CT Xtra pumps. This collection is suited mainly for boosting water pressure through conventional showers. They are Salamander’s best sellers, with their compact design lending themselves to installation in smaller and less accessible areas. Like the CT Force range, these pumps are extremely quiet and come with anti-vibration couplers included.

    CT Bathroom

    We also stock a range of products from the CT Bathroom collection. These pumps are designed to boost water supplies to showers, bath basins and toilets. These efficient pumps come equipped with crossover technology allow just hot or just cold water, or both to be boosted.

    Right Pump

    The Right Pump range offers the most powerful water boosting solutions at up to 3.0 bar pressure. These pumps are the quietest on the market, with universal models featuring technology protecting the pumps from common issues.

    The above are just some of the brands of Salamander pumps available at Pump Sales Direct. We also offer a range of other items, including accessories such as mains water pressure booster pumps and AV couplers. Take a look at all of the Salamander products available on our website.

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