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Monthly Archives: April 2019

  • Flamco Pumps: Manufacturer Spotlight

    Our manufacturer spotlight series aims to bring attention to underappreciated or overlooked producers of pumping equipment. And with such an extensive range of manufacturers featured on our website, it can be easy for customers to overlook certain companies. With this in mind, we’ve produced a deep dive into one of our most highly respected and reputed manufacturers: Flamco.

    They have played a pivotal role in shaping HVAC technology and they remain an influential organisation today.


    Flamco was founded in 1956. At first, it produced wall brackets and pipe hangers. In 1959, Flamco became known for the product which it remains inextricably associated with: the expansion vessel. It began importing expansion vessels into the Benelux.

    The year after, in 1960, it affirmed its association with expansion vessels by producing a line of their own. Originally named the Excon, their expansion vessels transformed the world of heating. Their advent made sealed central heating systems easy to create and the benefits were felt by households and businesses the world over.

    By 2009, Flamco was active in an astounding 67 countries, scattered all over the globe. Today, they have a presence in a startling 70 countries worldwide.


    Flamco’s main priority is assuring that the quality of its products is unparalleled. Buy a Flamco pressurisation unit for example, and you can expect exceptional efficiency and unparalleled longevity. An insistence on quality extends to absolutely everything surrounding the organisation.
    From its stellar technical assistance that will help you solve even the most difficult to fix problems to the stellar logistical operations that allow Flamco to work efficiently with customers in over 70 different countries.

    As a major manufacturer, Flamco also takes its responsibility to society and the environment incredibly seriously. They closely monitor their annual carbon emissions to look for ways to minimise their environmental impact – a strategy that has already proven successful.

    For example, in 2017, Flamco were able to reduce their carbon emissions by 203 tonnes.


    Flamco is primarily known for its expansion vessels – and for good reason. They were amongst the very first companies to create quality expansion vessels and their status as a manufacturer is largely thanks to this but they have demonstrated a remarkable aptitude for innovation and consistent quality.

    Their product range is constantly expanding too. Today, as well as expansion vessels, pressurisation units and a range of accessories for heating, cooling and potable water installations, Flamco has incorporated rail, clips and brackets for installing and hanging pipes into their extensive range of products.

    Pump Sales Direct are one of just a select few retailers who can stock affordably priced products from Flamco in the UK. You’ll find a comprehensive range of Flamco products on our site – all with detailed specifications. If, however, you find that your question hasn’t already been answered, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.

    Our knowledgeable team will help you with any problem or query you may have. We are 100% committed to providing the best possible shopping experience for every single customer.

  • Smarter hot water solutions

    The world’s supplies of drinkable water are limited and wasteful use of water is something we simply can’t afford. As climate change adversely affects water quality and availability – and a constantly growing population increases the strain on water supplies –the dire importance of efficient water usage becomes clear. Societal attitudes need to change in order for the water crisis facing the UK to be averted: wasting water needs to be as frowned upon as throwing plastic bags into the sea.

    To help you use water more efficiently in your own homes – and do your bit for the environment - we’ve come up with four easy to adopt water-saving solutions.

    Reduce water use with simple behavioral changes

    There are a whole host of really simple changes you can make to cut down on the amount of water your household uses. If you have made a habit of taking baths, swap them out for showers. Always use a full load whenever you are using a washing machine or dishwasher. It is also worth being mindful of running the tap when you don’t need to: brushing your teeth is the most obvious example but you might notice other times where you’re absent-mindedly wasting water too.

    Combatting wasteful water usage with new equipment

    As important as an awareness of the amount of hot water you are using is – and how a shift in your everyday behaviour can radically change this – the right equipment can really help you along in this water-saving quest. To really make a change, outfitting your home with water-saving gadgets and more efficient HVAC equipment should be a prerequisite. With a minimum of effort, fuss and
    investment, you can be well on your way to running a home that wastes very little water.

    More efficient water usage with central heating pumps

    Domestic hot water circulating pumps take the hot water that comes from your boiler and distribute it to your home’s radiators. Unfortunately, unless you’ve recently updated your circulating pump, it is highly likely that your home is currently carrying out this process incredibly inefficiently.

    On our central heating pumps page, you can browse energy-efficient domestic hot water circulators in a range of specifications. So, regardless of your current central heating system or the size of your budget, we are sure to have the perfect piece of kit for you. Our domestic hot water pumps are remarkably efficient.

    Look out for the exceptional energy efficiency ratings that so many of our
    products carry, certifying that they are more than capable of reducing the amount of water your household uses.

    Incentivise sensible water use by installing a water meter

    The less water you use, the less money you use: it’s as simple as that. If the devastating long-term impact of water wastage wasn’t motivation enough, the financial incentive provided by a water meter certainly should be.
    With water shortages in the UK a terrifyingly real prospect - in little more than a couple of decades too – the onus is on homeowners to take action. By instituting a few of these tips in your home, you can help steer the UK towards a more sustainable future.

  • Five Water-Saving Tips for Homeowners

    Saving water isn’t so much a necessity here in the UK but there are many places where water is not as easily accessible, and it is worth being mindful when it comes to using water in our homes. Not only will this help with being wasteful, as we shouldn’t take water for granted but it can also reduce your water bill significantly.

    We have put together five water-saving tips for homeowners to implement both in and outside your home, as well as an all-important grey water recycling system for you to use:

    Low-flush toilets

    By investing in a low-flush toilet instead of a full-flush toilet you can save up to 350 gallons of water per week! The main advantages to low-flush systems are water conservation, as new systems use as little as 1.6 gallons per flush compared to a full-flush that can use anything between three to seven times as much water every time you pull the chain. Water efficient toilet systems can also save money on your water bill.

    Turn the water off when not in use

    – We often forget or can’t be bothered to turn the tap off when completing daily tasks like shaving or brushing our teeth. Just to put into perspective exactly how much water you could save will ensure you never forget to turn the tap off again! The average household can waste up to 30 gallons of water a week just by leaving the tap running.

    Low-flow showerheads

    We all enjoy a long, relaxing shower after a hard day’s work, but with working five to six days a week that amounts to a lot of water usage. Low-flow showerheads can save over 200 gallons and what’s better, this can be done without forfeiting a refreshing shower.

    Use alternatives to water

    As summer is just around the corner many of us have turned our attention to cleaning up the outside of our homes including the garden and patio. Perhaps it is worth using other alternatives instead of reaching for the hose pipe. Try sweeping your patio or outside area and save on water! When watering your lawn, it is best to do this early in the morning or late afternoon when temperatures are low and sunlight is not as intense, this will cut down on evaporation and can save hundreds of gallons of water a week.

    Grey water recycling

    A grey water pump can recycle wasted water from household systems and put it back into other appliances to be used again. Baths, showers, sinks and dishwashers can all provide recyclable water to pump back into your toilet, washing machine and outside taps – in case you can’t break the hose pipe habit. Grey water recycling pumps are usually found in more commercial properties such as hotels and universities, however, they are also suitable for home use and are becoming increasingly more common with homeowners today.

    What water saving tips have you tried and how much water have you managed to save?

  • Five spring gardening tips

    There is plenty to do in the garden in the late springtime. You will probably have spent March undertaking tasks such as fertilising beds, putting up supports for plants such as peas and other climbers and cleaning and resurfacing paths. You will also have been sowing vegetable seeds and checking them for weeds once they come through.

    Here are five jobs that commonly require attention in the late spring so that your garden will be looking at its best in the summer and autumn.

    1)      Remember the general maintenance tasks

    -       Order summer bedding and hanging basket plants.
    -       Scrub out that greenhouse; this will eliminate pests and allow more light to get in.
    -       Prepare your beds by digging in compost or manure.
    -       Lift and split up perennial plants to encourage more prolific growth.
    -       Dead head daffodils and tulips, but leave their leaves, which will put nutrients back into the soil for next year’s bulbs.
    -       If you have a garden water pump, check that it is functioning properly, or if needs repairing or cleaning.

    2)      Consider making your vegetable garden more efficient

    -       Remove all weeds from your seed beds.
    -       If you don’t already have them, build some raised beds, which will take a lot of the donkey work out of weeding and managing your vegetable garden.
    -       Cover soil with black plastic to warm it up and keep down the weeds.
    -       Dig a 5cm layer of compost or manure into the beds.

    3)      Prepare for a good fruit crop in the autumn

    -       Protect fruit blossom from late frost by covering with fleece.
    -       Feed raspberry canes and fruit trees with a slow-release fertiliser at the base.
    -       Have you ever tried hand-pollinating peach trees with a soft brush? It can do wonders for your crops.
    -       If you have a large garden and you are finding the watering a daunting task, consider using submersible pumps in conjunction with an irrigation system to make life a little easier.

    4)      Introduce more colour into your garden in May

    -       You can sow sunflowers directly into the ground for a fast-growing ray of sunshine.
    -       Sow nasturtium seeds in pots or the ground; these are good for a burst of colour, and are delicious in salads.
    -       Nigella has very attractive, unusual flowers and seed heads; again, this is an edible crop.
    -       Now that the risk of frost has passed, it's time to get a batch of annual geraniums/pelargoniums. They will flower from now until at least October and look magnificent in pots.

    5)      Don’t forget the wildlife in your garden

    -       A pond is a good way to introduce wildlife into your garden; don’t forget to think about pond pumps for efficient cleaning.
    -       Although you will be mowing the lawn more frequently in the springtime, now is the time to think about leaving an area of grass to grow wild and leave those nettles alone in a few places.
    -       Don’t forget to leave water and food out for birds at this time of year; this is not limited to the winter alone.

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