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  • Special offers

    For a broad range of domestic and commercial pumping problems, we always strive to create affordable solutions. We like to think that all of our pumps are reasonably priced, but with our clearance products, this is particularly true. There are phenomenally priced products on offer. Some, like this Grundfos home booster packaged pumping system, have been slashed by as much as 60% - an incredible saving. The clearance section is a treasure trove of fantastic products and, with this post; we are aiming to shine a light on some of the hidden gems.

    Grundfos home booster grundfos home booster packaged system

    A packaged pumping system from Grundfos is an extremely effective way to boost a lacklustre mains water supply. It is purpose-built to rectify the problem of an existing mains water supply that is unable to meet the standard pressurised hot and cold water system demands. Constructed from high quality stainless steel, the pump works quietly and efficiently and is incredibly durable (with an impressively long working life). An oft-repeated critique of booster pumps is how noisy they are, and a quiet pump that works efficiently can be a rarity, which makes this particular packaged pumping system singularly effective. Included in the price is a palletised shipping cost of £50, as well as a two year warranty: how is that for value?

    Clarke submersible pumpclarke submersible water pump

    At just £42, this Clarke submersible water pump represents superb value for money. With a range of clean water uses, its versatility is an integral part of its appeal. Made from corrosion-proof materials, it is built to last too. So, it not only represents value for money in the short-term, but in the long-term too. It won’t deteriorate over time and in a few months or years down the line, it will be equally effective at draining water. An in-built float switch automatically controls the water level and overload protection and an anti-airlock valve guarantee the pump’s durability.

    Goliath submersible pumpgoliath super automatic submersible pump

    This automatic submersible pump from Goliath is equally versatile. Suitable for both domestic and industrial uses, it can power small water features, help remove water from cellars and basements, pump final effluent or even be used for marine applications. It is normally automatic but, upon request, it can be converted to manual if needed. Thanks to its stainless steel plate and fibre-reinforced plastic construction, the Goliath Super is as durable as it is versatile. These hardy materials make it completely resistant to corrosion.

    All three of these clearance products are of exceptional quality and are available at extremely affordable prices. There are only a few remaining in stock so you’ll have to be quick if you want to snap up one of these tremendous offers. If you have a question about the suitability of any of the products, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Call, email or fill out this form and one of our team will contact you with answers to all of your questions.

  • New arrivals at Pump Sales Direct

    We deal with so many products from the pumps world, that sometimes, our newest (and most innovative products) can get lost in the deluge. Made by the world’s most highly rated manufacturers, they provide brand-new solutions to age old pumps-related problems. With the aim of introducing you to some exceptional products you might have missed out on, we have compiled this list that features three of our latest arrivals.

    Grundfos twin impeller regenerative showergrundfos shower pumps pump

    One of the most frequent criticisms of shower pumps is the sheer level of noise they produce. It is not, however, a complaint that can be justifiably levelled at the Grundfos Str2 Twin Impeller regenerative shower pump. Meticulously engineered, the pump head has been specifically designed to keep turbulence to an absolute minimum, leading to not only low noise levels but exceptional efficiency. Grundfos have always been at the vanguard of innovation in the pumps industry and the Str2 Twin Impeller is as stellar an example of their continued prowess as any. If you need to boost the flow of water to your shower, look no further than this fantastically efficient shower pump.

    Flotec compac 200 submersible drainagesubmersible drainage pumps pump

    True to its name, the Flotec Compac 200 is indeed a very compact model. Because of its integrated automatic floating switch, it fits all of the components of a submersible drainage pump into a model a fraction of their typical size. Thanks to its minute composition, it is ideal for scenarios where drainage is required but space is limited. It can help draw clean water from wells, basins and cisterns; it can help empty and dry flooded rooms; and it can drain both standing water and domestic waste water.

    ABS MF154 submersible hot water pumpwastewater pumps

    This light wastewater pump from ABS is robust and reliable. But its versatility is perhaps its biggest strength. It is designed to carry out a variety of internal and external dewatering applications, from the pumping of high temperature discharge water from washing machines, dishwashers and laundries, to the removal of rainwater from flooded cellars. Straightforward to install, its fittings make it simple to mount, and if needs be, if it can even freestand on its legs. The pump’s durability is sustained by a number of in-built features: thermal sensors protect the motor from overheating and the mechanical carbon seal wards off temperature shock.

    All three of these pumps are demonstrations of the latest developments in pumping technology. So, if you need a shower pump, a submersible drainage pump or a wastewater pump, look no further than the three products we have recommended above. If you are unsure of the suitability of a product, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team who will walk you through the product’s specifications and help verify whether it meets your exact requirements.

  • Dealing with low water pressure: first steps

    No household is immune to low water pressure. With so many different moving parts involved - the water service providers, your home’s internal plumbing and your home’s appliances - it can be extremely difficult to, first of all, identify the offending component, and then, go about fixing it. Our guide to dealing with poor water pressure is designed to help you identify and fix the problem with ease.

    Check with water provider

    If the problem doesn’t appear immediately obvious, the most straightforward party to rule out is your water service provider. Simply head over to the website of your water service provider and type in your postcode; typically this will then give you a list of incidents in your vicinity. If this doesn’t clarify matters, you can pay a visit to your neighbour and ask them if their water pressure is at its usual level. If it is, you can rule out your water service provider as the culprit and move onto your internal plumbing as the most likely reason.

    Cold kitchen tap

    Main water supply normally enters the home through the cold water tap in the kitchen. If it comes out of here but not out of taps in the bathrooms, the fault lies with your internal plumbing.

    Frozen pipes

    In the colder temperatures of winter, frozen pipes represent a serious threat to the good working order of your home’s water supply and can very well cause low water pressure. Recognising that frozen pipes are to blame is quite simple - just check them for damage. If you do suspect that you have frozen pipes, you run the risk of collapsing your hot water cylinder if you switch on your hot water tap. For that reason, it is best to just run the cold water tap and wait for the pipe to thaw. We wouldn’t recommend applying a direct flame to the frozen pipe; it is best practice to use nothing more than a hairdryer and a heated towel to speed up the process.

    Stop valve

    Checking that your home’s stop valve is in the right position is another important step in identifying the cause of low water pressure. After work has been carried out by a water service provider, it isn’t uncommon for air or sediment to impede the flow of water behind the stop valve. Fortunately, there’s a quick fix for this. After turning on your cold water tap, toggle the stop valve between on and off a few times before leaving it in the on position. Normally, water will begin to splutter through the valve before it returns to working as usual.

    Lacklustre equipment

    Sometimes the blame for low water pressure can be attributed to the equipment in your home. If all of the other checks in this piece haven’t unearthed any evidence of wrongdoing, it may well be the case that you need a new piece of kit. If it’s your shower that is producing a lacklustre stream of water, you should seriously consider purchasing a shower pump. Inexpensive and easy to install, shower pumps boost the flow of water to your shower. Shower pumps will dramatically improve the flow of water through your shower.

    Water service providers, frozen pipes and stop valves are three of the most likely causes of poor water pressure and, after reading this guide, we hope you have a firm grasp of the different ways you can deal with it without outside help.

  • 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

    Salamander shower pump Salamander shower pump

    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

    Grundfos central heating pump Grundfos central heating pump

    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.

    Flooding

    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

    tt pumps

    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.

    History

    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.

    Values

    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.

    Products

    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.

    History

    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.

  • When should you turn on the central heating?

    Autumn arrived last weekend and, alongside cooler temperatures, the season hasgrundfos central heating pump brought with it a debate. Plummeting temperatures have seen homeowners across the UK reaching for their thermostats; but given just how early in the year it is, most have been second guessing their response. And so, the annual debate over the correct time to put the heating on has reared its head once again. In an attempt to: explain the phenomenon of homeowners putting their heating on early, settle the recurring debate and to offer advice on how to make your heating more efficient, we have put together this informative post.

    Faux winter

    The tinder that has sparked this debate has been what experts are tentatively calling ‘faux winter.’ After the consistently warm temperatures of summer, the steep drop that has accompanied the arrival of autumn has incited in homeowners a premature reaction to turn their central heating on. The stark contrast created by the two temperatures, rather than the advent of authentically low temperatures, generates this response.

    When do most people turn their heating on?

    Capable of dividing households and workplaces alike, the central heating debate evokes vociferous responses from both sides. Those in favour of delay quite reasonably cite the money and energy sapping qualities of central heating. Equally understandable however, is the thrust of the other side’s argument, which is rooted in comfort. Why not part with some cash to alleviate the debilitating effect of cold? And all without donning jumpers and blankets!

    The intensity of argument on both sides is strong, making it difficult to decipher exactly where the country as a whole stands on the issue. Data from gas and electricity supplier, Npower, provides some clarity: the last weekend in October is when the vast majority of households take the plunge.

    How to more efficiently heat your home

    Irrespective of your stance on the matter, all have to concede that it is only a matter of time before we turn to our thermostats. It’s a foregone conclusion. The passage of time brings with it declining temperatures that eventually become unbearable, no matter how many blankets you wrap up in. With this in mind, we have put together some of our best tips for conserving energy and money whilst heating your home. This advice centres on two areas: new and improved equipment and better insulation.

    New and improved equipment

    Grundfos central heating pumps more efficiently circulate hot water around your home. With our manufacturers’ reputation for innovation more than well-established, you can rest assured that any circulating pump acquired from our website is one of the best currently available. Not only do hot water pumps improve the efficiency of your heating system - by saving on the constant heating and re-heating that occurs with older systems - they also provide your home’s taps with an instant supply of hot water. With an efficiency advantage - as well as an experiential one - incorporating a central heating pump into your home is a no-brainer.

    Better insulation

    The only way to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating system further is to make some practical, DIY changes. By wrapping the pipes that transport hot water around your home in lagging, they are better insulated and less heat is los as it travels around your home. While the benefit is marginal, it is nevertheless a tangible one, making it a move well worth considering.

    A conclusion to the debate?

    Not likely - the debate over the best time to switch on your central heating is one that is set to rage on for the foreseeable future. Your biological make-up - your fitness, your age and any medical conditions you have - all account for your ability to withstand the cold. There is then, a scientific basis for determining the ideal time to switch on your central heating. This varies from person to person, and when you add this biological consideration to the financial and environmental ones, it becomes no surprise that this issue is so divisive.

  • Manufacturer spotlight: Wilo Pumps

    wilo central heating pump

    We pride ourselves on stocking products from only the most highly respected and well-renowned pumps manufacturers in the world. Our process for picking manufacturers from which to stock products is extremely rigorous, meaning that by the time potential customers are browsing our website, they have only the best possible products to choose from. This gives us supreme confidence in the quality and reliability of our products and gives us peace of mind that our customers really benefit from our exacting selection process. Wilo is a stellar example of a quality manufacturer. To introduce you to some of their history, their values, as well as their products, we have put together this informative post that covers everything you need to know about the German manufacturer.

    History

    Wilo’s history has been characterised by intense growth and development. What started as a local specialist in 1828 - a copper and brassware factory in Dortmund, Germany - has over the course of almost two centuries morphed into a global player in the pumps industry.  Their reputation as an innovator is more than well-established and evidence of their prowess isn’t hard to come by. In 1928, Wilo developed the world’s first heating pump; in 2001, the first high efficiency pump; and in 2009, the first decentralised pump system.

    Values

    The principles driving a company’s growth and development are just as important as a company’s past, if not more so. When deciding whether or not to make a purchase, it can often be a deciding influence. With an understanding of a company’s guiding principles, you can better understand what motivates their business decisions and the processes that go into the creation of their products. In a field like water management, where efficiency is of the utmost importance, understanding and being aware of the principles that drive a company is especially important.

    In keeping with their history, Wilo’s principal focus is on developing innovative product solutions. Their primary goal is to make the lives of their customers easier. And being amongst the first to develop new pumping solutions certainly makes achieving that goal easier. ‘Pioneering for you’ is the driver affording the company such unstoppable forward momentum and helps explain their prodigious growth over their 190 year history.

    Products - central heating pumps and submersible pumps

    The zeal with which Wilo pursues innovation translates into their range of products too. Whether it’s their Yonos Maxo central heating pumps or their Stratos ones, their products are always right at the forefront of the latest developments in pumping technology. At Pump Sales Direct, we stock a range of Wilo central heating pumps. With such a range of pumps available - in an array of different prices, speeds and sizes - you are sure to find one that is perfectly suited to your needs. If you have any uncertainties at all about selecting a pump, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team for help.

  • Make the most of your home’s heating this winter

    central heating pumpsWith the arrival of the winter months impending, it is time to brace ourselves for colder temperatures and worsening weather. First priority, as always with adverse weather conditions, should be to prepare our homes to be able to deal with the challenges posed by winter. Money and energy are both precious commodities and every effort should be made to conserve them wherever possible. With this guide to making the most of your home’s heating in the winter, you will be more than well equipped to prepare your home for winter while expending as few resources as possible.

    Central heating pumps

    The installation of a central heating pump (or circulating pump) improves the efficiency of your home’s heating. By carefully recirculating hot water and moving it towards the necessary outlet as and when you need it, central heating pumps reduce the amount of energy and time your home expends heating water. Our circulating pumps’ efficiency is attested to by the European Energy Using Products Directive, which has certified our circulating pumps with an A rating in energy efficiency.

    Insulating hot water heater and pipes

    Outside of outfitting your home with newer, better developed and more efficient equipment, there are a number of more DIY-style efforts you can make to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating. When temperatures drop, the cold makes its presence known by affecting the pipes that transport hot water throughout your home. Without insulation, the cold takes a toll on your heating system, limiting its ability to maintain the temperature of hot water as it is transported through your home. To remedy this issue, you have to bolster the defences of these exposed pipes by installing insulation. Lagging can be fitted to these pipes to prevent this loss of heat and stave off the threat of pipes freezing over and bursting.

    Programmable thermostat

    Sometimes the simplest changes are the most effective. Turning down your thermostat by as little as a single degree can have a measurable impact on your heating bills and energy use. The longer the period of time you commit to this essentially imperceptible change, the greater the benefit to both your bank balance and the environment.

    Reduce the temperature of your hot water

    Typically, the temperature of hot water in our homes hovers around the 60°C mark. By lowering this to around 50°C, you can save a sizeable amount of both money and energy, resources that would otherwise be wasted sustaining an unnecessarily high temperature.

    By incorporating even a few of these tips into your winter preparation routine, you can better ready your home to face the trials and tribulations that come with the winter weather. Some demand investment into new equipment, while others require little more than some straightforward DIY changes.

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