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  • Introducing the new Pump Sales Direct website

    Now, it has never been easier to order from a range that features the planet’s top manufacturers of pumps and equipment here at Pump Sales Direct, thanks to the new site that has been specially designed to offer the most seamless experience possible for our customers.

    Pump Sales Direct

    Just as the likes of Salamander, Stuart Turner and Grundfos aim to keep their places as some of the biggest and best pump equipment manufacturers on the planet, we have our sights firmly set on being number one for customers looking to purchase the highest-quality pump products in the easiest and most cost-effective way possible.

    We currently boast one of the biggest in-stock pump ranges in Britain and are the go-to company when it comes to those seeking professional advice and unrivaled service.

    Matt Shepherd, Business Development Manager said “With nearly 50 years’ experience in the pump industry, we wanted to bring our vast expertise and efficient service to the online space in the same way.”

    “Our brand new website does just that. Allowing users an online window to our array of pumps from the world’s leading manufactures. We wanted to provide people with a seamless online experience where they could easily find the exact products they are looking for and order them direct to their door.”

    “Our new site represents our core values of professionalism, expertise and excellent service”.

    The new website makes it as simple as possible to search for products by category or by using a manufacturer’s name. It’s also quick and easy to ask questions about any items that cannot be found or any problems that may arise, safe in the knowledge that every answer will be backed by genuine industry knowledge and experience.

    Pump Sales Direct offers one of the UK’s most extensive ranges of Grundfos pumps, testament to the enviable relationships amongst industry partners that have been built up over the years and the respected expertise that has become synonymous with the company name.

    Our website is also the place to go for a vast array of accessories and spares to ensure pumps maintain the quality and performance that customers have come to expect from the products sold by Pump Sales Direct.

    The expert team of knowledgeable and vastly experienced pump specialists at Pump Sales Direct are also always on hand to help both trade and domestic customers.

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  • Will a pump help my shower water pressure?

    Are you tired of struggling with a shower that provides a trickle of water rather than a flow? Does it take ages to run a bath? Does your electric shower cut out when someone flushes the toilet or turns on a tap? All of these could be symptoms of low water pressure.

    Shower Pump Water Pressure

    You can test your water pressure by using a one- or two-litre measuring jug, turning a tap on full and simply seeing how long the jug takes to fill. From this, you can then calculate the flow in litres per minute – as a rough guide, a figure under ten means that you have low pressure.

    If your water pressure is low, there are a number of things you can do about it. A Home Booster Pump can help significantly boost the pressure to the whole house. Or if you’re just having problems with the shower, a Shower Pump could be the solution.

    A Home Booster Pump is fitted to the mains supply and can improve the pressure to the whole house, so you’ll benefit in the kitchen as well as the bathroom. On the other hand, a Shower Pump boosts the flow to an individual outlet. This can ensure you enjoy a powerful shower, as well as helping with filling the bath or ensuring that the toilet cistern fills quickly.

    There is a range of home booster pumps available to buy online from Pump Sales Direct, which can help increase your water pressure and ensure you get a great shower.

    Before fitting a Home Booster Pump or Shower Pump, it’s important to understand the type of system you have - whether it’s an older property with a gravity-fed system - with a cold-water tank in the loft and a hot-water cylinder - or a more modern system with a combi-boiler. These have different requirements for pumps, so if you’re not sure, then consult a qualified plumber or give the expert team at Pump Sales Direct a call for advice on your purchasing the right pump: 08453 664 754

  • Noisy shower pumps FAQs

    Jumping into the shower is an invigorating way to start your day; it’s also more economical than running a bath too!

    Sometimes your water pressure can let you down, and there’s nothing worse than a shower head dribbling drops of water instead of a fast flow.

    Shower Pump

    In many cases, you will need a shower pump to give your water pressure a boost. You’ll need to make sure it is fitted properly so you don’t get any problems. The last thing you want is for a noisy shower pump to annoy the rest of the household.

    We've found that usually the pumps at the lower end of the market which make the most noise, as their cheaper parts are more likely to vibrate, so investing wisely is one good option.

    If you do have problems with a noisy shower pump, there are a few things you can try for a quick fix. If your shower pump is already fitted, you could try mounting it on a concrete block to absorb some of the vibration or checking that the pipes are tight and securely fitted to the pump to reduce noise. These small amends should lessen the vibration and noise pollution from your pump when you turn on the shower next.

    If you have tried all of the above, and your noisy shower pump is still too much of a problem to solve, it is advisable to fit a new one.

    There are a number of quieter shower pumps on the market which are made of high-quality parts and are therefore less likely to vibrate and make a noise.

    Some manufacturers have researched materials and methods to create a quieter shower. Look out for Grundfos shower pumps, which have been designed to perform strongly but quietly.

    Grundfos shower pumps have built up a reputation for quality, and their Amazon pumps have motors emitting a low noise as well as special anti-vibration feet to cut the noise level from there too.

    Shop the full range of shower pumps online today at Pump Sales Direct

  • Do I need a negative or positive shower pump?

    It can often be confusing trying to figure out what type of shower pump you need. There’s a lot to consider and a lot too about your home that will determine the outcome.

    However, one of the most commonly asked questions is regarding negative or positive shower pumps. The team here at Pump Sales Direct have come up with a definitive guide to help those looking for answers to this common shower pump question.

    Shower Pump

    Positive shower head pump
    A positive shower pump is needed if your shower head is beneath the cold water tank, with a minimum flow rate of 0.6 litres per minute. It will need a positive shower head pump to give it a boost, as it is relying on a gravity feed of water to kick start the impellers and start pumping hot and cold water.

    Negative shower head pump
    A negative shower pump is suitable where the shower head is above or at the same level as the water tank. It works by sucking water from the tank to work the shower.

    The next section to be explained is that around the impellers, where we will talk in a bit more detail about the suitability of each for different layouts around the home - and also how they supply water:

    Twin Impeller
    This is the most common type of pump, in which the impellers are basically like small propellers, which are fed by a water supply which is then delivered to a mixer. A twin impeller should be fitted on both the hot and cold water supplies to ensure both are boosted to the same level.

    It is advised as well that it should always be fitted away from where people sit or sleep, as it can be quite noisy. It is also thought that it is better for those with a supply that’s not very well balanced.

    Single impeller
    A single impeller can only be installed onto a single supply and it can only pump one water supply, either hot or cold.

    It operates using a single blade which drives the water to the mixer, and it is mainly used to boost the hot supply if the colds is main fed, or in this individual situation it’s easier to install two single pumps.

    Shower Pump Brands
    Now that we’ve covers the basics of negative and positive shower pumps, it’s now time to choose from the wide selection of shower pump brands available.

    The sheer amount of choice can often seem a little overwhelming; therefore we have picked out three shower pump models that stand out for their high performance and popularity with Pump Sales Direct customers;

    Grundfos pumps offer a great range of environmentally friendly, reliable pumps which are known for their easy installation and anti-vibration feet to help reduce excess noise.

    The popular Salamander CT Force range offers high quality value for money. The Salamander range of pumps is very easy to install and will last for a number of years.

    Stuart Turner is another key brand within the shower pump sector, and the brands Monsoon range is used by many industry professionals.

    Shop the full range of Shower Pumps today here at Pump Sales Direct!

  • Stuart Turner Pump Guide

    In order to assist with the selection & installation of their products the British pump manufacturer Stuart Turner provides the following useful guide………..

    http://www.stuart-turner.co.uk/media/13266-Monsoon-Brochure.pdf#page=2&zoom=auto,0,577

    Established in 1906, Stuart Turner’s engineering excellence has earned it a market leading reputation both in the UK and international markets.

    When you choose a Stuart Turner pump you can be confident you are investing in a name you can trust to deliver quality, reliability, design innovation and industry-leading service.

    Stuart Turner offers an extensive range of pump solutions for low water pressure problems, waste water removal and water boosting across a broad spectrum of applications

  • Heating Pumps – Repair or Replacement

    With the change in legislation to outlaw the old standard heating pumps many customers are faced with a confusing array of options to replace their pumps once they breakdown.

    On average new pumps are over 30% more expensive compared to the previous ranges. Those products affected are:-

    Brand Old Range New Range
    Grundfos UPC, UPS, UPSD Magna1, Magna3
    Wilo DOS, DOP, Top-S, Top-SD Yonos Maxo, Stratos
    Myson SE 125, SE 150, SE 200 Use Wilo’s
    Smedegaard EV MAGNETA
    DAB BPH, DPH, VA EVOTRON, EVOPLUS
    Lowara FLC, TLR Due January 2014
    Biral LX, LXD, HX, HXD MODULA

     

    However, what many manufacturers are not stressing is the option to repair rather than replace. In most cases, where the pump has flanged connections onto 40mm pipe (or larger) it is possible to buy repair assemblies.

    A repair assembly consists of the terminal box, motor and impeller (collectively called the HEAD). The faulty unit needs to be isolated from power and from the pipe system. The old head can then be removed, normally by simply loosening four bolts. And the new head substituted re-using the existing bolts.

    All new circulators use a single phase 240v supply. If you have a 3 phase power supply to your pump it is always worth investigating the options to repair before swapping to the new unit.

    Manufacturers go to great lengths to try to persuade consumers that the new pumps are so energy efficient that it is cost effective to change up to the new technology. On smaller, old systems the savings will be limited by the inefficiencies in the controls and pipe work design. It is unlikely that payback would be achieved within the normal expected life of the pump.

    If you can, repairing is the cost effective solution.

  • New European Union Legislation

    In English this means that the traditional motors used on small pumps throughout Europe have been banned in favour of new technology. There is a lot of confusion being played on by manufacturers over what is now allowed and what is actually covered.

    Eu eff chart

    The facts are while some pumps need more efficient motors the majority of domestic and office sized heating pumps can’t be manufactured for sale within the EU. Distributors who have remaining stock of pumps made before the start of the year are allowed to sell them.

    The main ranges that are affected are:-

    • Grundfos UPS – UPSD range
    • Wilo Top-S/Top-SD, Smart and SE ranges
    • Myson/ Circulating Pumps Limited – CP53 and CP63
    • Smedegaard EV range
    • Lowara TLC range
    • DAB VA range

    The claim by legislators and manufacturers is that the new pumps will see energy savings of up to 80% when an average old D labelled circulators.

    However, these savings are calculated on the type of system used in Germany and France and are not directly comparable to the UK where we have older houses, warmer winters, different boiler types and run our central heating in a different pattern.

  • Calpeda Pumps announces new office moves

    Calpeda Pumps from Montorso, Italy have announced that Calpeda UK have just completed the acquisition of adjacent buildings to their Bicester site. The new facilities will effectively double the size of their UK HQ.

    Disruption to deliveries and contact are hoped to be kept to a minimum.

    Work will commence during the summer on the first if three redevelopment phases, part of a £1.5M project. The first phase will include the construction of a dedicated workshop, service and pump packaging area. Phase two will provide a new state of the art office facility and the final phase three will include the complete redevelopment of the central stores, expected to double the existing storage facilities.

    Further improvements will include the redevelopment of offices at the Castleford site, where a new technical centre will be located. The projects form part of Calpeda’s on-going expansion and growth plans, which have already seen the installation of a SAP business management system, new product developments, new UK booster set ranges, a new customer services department and the expansion of both commercial and technical staffing.

  • Grundfos Replacements for Standard Circulators

    With the changes to the EU regulations on small pumps every manufacturer has to replace their standard three speed pumps with new highly efficient alternatives. Grundfos as market leader has been selling the Magna range for several years and heavily trailed the launch of a new version for mid-2012.

    The Grundfos Magna3 was shown, with lots of show biz style razzamatazz in Berlin last June. It is even more efficient than the regulations demand with many new features which the designers hope to persuade the market are just what they need.

    Grundfos then wrong footed all their competition with the launch of Magna1 in December 2012. Essentially, these are Magna3’s with all the clever stuff removed and an aggressive price point. The Magna1 is expected to be the standard replacement for the many installed UPS/UPSD pumps in existence.

    grundfos magna grundfos magna

    The key features for both ranges is that they meet the regulations, are available with single phase motors only and have variable speed control. The difference is that Magna1 is limited in control to only three power curves, proportional duty curves or 3 fixed pressure settings. Magna1 has no option to link to BMS systems, fault signal or alarm signal, just like old UPS’s. The display is simple traffic light style compared to the Magna3 LED screen.

    What Grundfos are not stressing is that it is still possible to buy replacement heads and terminal boxes for larger sized UPS’s. This is important for those clients with 3ph pumps. It will allow a wide number of pumps to be repaired as opposed to replaced. It will always be worth checking.

    For the moment there is the added confusion of parts of the new ranges yet to become available. Grundfos are continuing with the previous Magna models for sizes below 40mm connection size until 2014.

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