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  • 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.

  • 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.


    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.


    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.

  • Water features: how to pick the right garden water pump

    garden water pump Blagdon Force-Hybrid garden water pump

    From the elaborate fountains of the Gardens of Versailles to the pools, streams and babbling brooks of the gold medal-winning show gardens of the Chelsea Flower Show, no luxury garden is complete without the presence of water. Bunny Guinness, an award winning landscape and garden designer, aptly summarised water’s singular appeal when she likened it to the ‘son et lumière’ of the garden. Fulfilling both the sound and light requirements of this depiction requires some work: a run-of-the-mill pond will bring light to your garden but not sound. To add both sound and light, you need a fully-fledged, fully-functioning water feature. Different water features have different requirements though, and you need to understand these differences to team your water feature up with the right accompanying garden water pump.

    Pond pumps

    If you don’t want your pond to slowly evolve into a murky swamp over time, you need to take steps to maintain it. Despite what you may have thought, ponds aren’t especially high maintenance - especially when you can delegate responsibility to a pond pump. With the precise regularity of a metronome, a pond pump will autonomously circulate water around your pond. By keeping the water of your pond in a constant state of flux, harmful bacteria are denied the opportunity to proliferate. The water doesn’t have the time to stagnate and the health of the water is sustained.

    Submersible pumps

    Submersible pumps are a prerequisite for any pond inhabited by fish. Fully waterproof, they sit submerged in the pond itself, providing a safe environment for all of its wildlife to not only survive, but flourish. Submersible pond pumps operate constantly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And when a piece of equipment is saddled with this level of responsibility (keeping a whole pond’s worth of wildlife alive constantly) it needs to be steadfastly durable. We only stock the highest quality submersible pond pumps here, so you can be certain of their longevity.

    Waterfall pumps

    Waterfall pumps are capable of doing the heavy lifting required to sustain more elaborate water features - those that involve running water. When you have water flowing in tandem with the force of gravity, you need a force powerful enough to fight against it and resupply the top of the stream with water. A waterfall pump is more than capable of doing this, keeping your water feature running smoothly in the process.

    Water features are a signifier of luxury. And with any luxurious and ostentatious display, there is a huge amount of work, just below the surface, that goes into propping it up. Every water feature needs an accompanying pump propping it up. Without the pump, the water feature can’t function properly. Hopefully you’ve come away from this post with a better understanding of the requirements for installing a working water feature in your garden.

  • Manufacturer spotlight: KSB pumps

    ksb pumps uk

    At Pump Sales Direct, we are proud to stock products from not only the nation’s leading pump manufacturers, but the world’s. KSB, a German supplier of pumps, valves and related services, has proved itself capable of separating itself even from the most well-known and globally renowned manufacturers. To illustrate how KSB have managed to do this, focusing on the quality and diversity of their products, as well as a little bit about the company’s values and history, we have put together this hopefully illuminating and educational piece.


    KSB started life as a manufacturer of boiler feed equipment and valves in 1871. A German inventor named Johannes Klein founded the company with Friedrich Schanzlin and Jakob Becker. In 1887, it became a public limited company. Just nine years later, the UK became KSB’s first subsidiary outside of Germany, marking the start of KSB’s long and continued success in the British Isles. Having been built on the back of the reliability and durability of their UNA pumps, KSB expanded their product range in 1903 to include centrifugal pumps and drainage pumps, both of which remain key offerings to this day. The next 115 years of KSB’s story are characterised by continued innovation and expansion into all four corners of the globe.

    Corporate responsibility

    The environmental situation gets progressively worse day by day, making it increasingly important to mount a genuine effort to halt its advance. In the pumps industry, where slight tweaks in a pump’s technological make-up can amount to massive reductions in the amount of energy consumed, it is paramount to strive for optimally energy efficient products.

    Thankfully, KSB’s values are allied with our own. They are committed to working in conjunction with the Kyoto Protocol to limit their contributions to climate change. They are forever scrutinising their products, technologies and work processes for hints of excess. Wherever possible, they have streamlined these bloated constituents to require as few raw materials as possible and to consume as little energy as possible.


    The success of any manufacturer is of course predicated on the quality of their products - and KSB is no exception to this rule. Their Etanorm pumps stand out as being the most obvious example of their success. The world’s bestselling standardised water pump, the Etanorm has sold well over 1.5 million units worldwide - a truly staggering number. The Etanorm isn’t even considered the centrepiece of the KSB pumps offering. Instead, their centrifugal pumps are considered KSB’s focal point. What remains true, regardless of the type of product, is that the quality remains the same. You can find an extensive range of KSB pumps UK on our website.

    If you have any questions or queries about any of our products, KSB or otherwise, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team. You can do so by email or phone, and they will be more than happy to help you secure the product you need.



  • Common sump pump problems

    sump pumps Ebara sump pump

    Sump pumps are one of our bestselling products. Essentially an anti-flooding mechanism, sump pumps are as important as any appliance in your home. With such a crucially important role to play, an underperforming sump pump is a genuine concern.  Uncovering the issue that is preventing your sump pump from working at maximum capacity can be extremely tricky. Is your sump pump clogged or is it simply a mismatch for your pumping requirements? To help you decipher these questions and ensure the continued safety of your home, we have delved into some of the most common sump pump problems and how you can fix them.

    Overwhelmed sump pump

    An overwhelmed sump pump spells disaster for you and your home. If the rate and volume of water it is expected to dispose of exceeds the rate and volume of water it is actually capable of handling, your home will quickly succumb to flooding. Every sump pump has a maximum rate it is capable of working at. To rectify this issue, take care to ensure the rate at which your sump pump works complies with the volume of water it is expected to deal with.

    Clogged sump pump

    A clogged sump pump can only be caused by two things. The first and most likely cause is simply delegating a sump pump with a task beyond its abilities. Every sump pump is limited by its ability to handle fluids containing a certain size particle. The ABS Robusta 200 for example, is capable of handling fluids containing particles no bigger than 10mm. To prevent clogging, you should make sure that the fluid have tasked your sump pump with handling isn’t rife particles that are too big for it to handle.

    Manual vs automatic

    The importance of opting for an automatic sump pump cannot be overstated. With a sensor capable of detecting a rise in water levels and autonomously setting an appropriate response in motion, automatic sump pumps are invulnerable to the unpredictability that can render a manual sump pump ineffective. Sump pumps are, after all, installed to remove water that accumulates in sump pits. These sump pits are invariably located in the basement of the home - not exactly a place where you would spend the majority of your time - leaving it isolated and impractical for regular manual operation. With an automatic sump pump, you can rest assured that the build-up of water will be halted - and all without any assistance or intervention required on your part.

    If you have had the misfortune of experiencing one of these issues, hopefully you can come away from reading this article with the knowledge to put it right. The role of a sump pump is critical to the everyday functioning of your home. Without it, the consequences are dire - your home and possessions can be irreparably ruined. You will find only the best submersible sump pumps at Pump Sales Direct. We are more than happy to field any questions you may have too, we are committed to ensuring every product matches your pumping requirements perfectly.

  • Why Grundfos pumps are an industry leader

    Few pumps manufacturers have distinguished themselves so definitively from Grundfos Pumpsthe rest of their contemporaries as Grundfos. The Danish manufacturer set up shop under the slightly more unwieldy moniker of Bjerringbro Die-Casting Foundry and Machine Factory in 1945, and ran through a series of names before finally settling on Grundfos in 1967. Throughout its decades of operation, Grundfos has been able to maintain its reputation as an industry leader, but how? Is it their ability to innovate? Is it the infallible quality of their products? Or is it simply the prestige their storied history lends their pumps? We are of the opinion that all of these factors - amongst many others - are helpful in explaining the esteemed status Grundfos holds today.


    To this day, Grundfos takes its commitment to pioneering new pumping technologies very seriously. The Grundfos Lifelink project is a reflection of this commitment. A plan to improve water infrastructure in the developing world, Grundfos Lifelink leverages mobile connectivity to improve reliability for both water service companies and end-users. The project has been a great success thus far and Grundfos’ foresight to integrate innovative mobile connectivity into the supply of water has been revolutionary.


    The name Grundfos has always been synonymous with quality. Even some of the very first pumps Grundfos created were incredibly well-received - noted both for their durability and their efficiency. Grundfos haven’t shied away from this tradition either; they have continued to put out products of exceptional calibre year after year. As a stockist of a great many of their products, we are more than well positioned to verify this. From Grundfos home boosters to Grundfos central heating pumps, a tremendous quality permeates from every product that bares their insignia.

    Corporate responsibility

    Admittedly, the size of Grundfos - and the scale of the resources they have at their disposal - puts them in the unique position of being able to take their corporate responsibilities seriously. Nevertheless, they have been able to put the resources they have committed to this task to exceptionally good use. On their website, Grundfos divide this responsibility into two distinct camps - a promise to their customers and a promise to society as a whole. For their customers, Grundfos promise to continue to innovate. For society as a whole, Grundfos are dedicated to minimising their environmental footprint and seeking sustainable solutions wherever possible. This awareness of a duty that goes beyond their shareholders distinguishes Grundfos from other manufacturers in their field, and is a contributing factor in their continued success.

    Aside from the rest of their attributes, quality will always be a priority for customers and it is ultimately what makes Grundfos such an undeniably huge success and one of our bestselling manufacturers. You will find an extensive range of affordably priced Grundfos pumps on our website. If you have any questions or queries about any of these products - whether it is something that seems unfathomably complex or incredibly simple - please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team to double check.

  • The Energy Using Products Directive: What you need to know

    Burning fossil fuels has taken a constant toll on the environment. Soaring temperatures, rising sea levels and increasingly adverse weather conditions are all indicators that ever worsening conditions are edging nearing than ever to breaking point. Bad enough to compel a response from the governing bodies. Not just on a regional or national level, but on an international level.

    Arriving amidst a flurry of new regulations and restrictions from the European Union was something called the ‘Energy Using Products Directive.’ All of our pumps have to align with the rules set out in the directive and you’ll see a smattering of products on our website labelled with energy ratings because of it. To walk you through its implications, so you won’t come unstuck browsing our site, we have put together this guide to the Energy Using Products Directive and the European Union energy labelling system.

    What is the Energy Using Products Directive and how has it changed over the years?

    The Energy Using Products Directive first came into effect in 2007. In its latest iteration, the Energy Related Products Directive, which came into effect in 2009, the regulations were reconsidered and redefined. Where the EUP only affected products that used energy directly, the ERP affects products that even indirectly have a say in energy use. From 2009 then, the likes of our central heating pumps came under its influence, leading to a host of changes. Revisions to the directive are ongoing too - in 2012, incandescent light bulbs were banned.

    What is the aim of the ERP?

    The overarching aim of the European Ecodesign directive (ERP) is to improve the energy efficiency of products that come under its influence. By doing so, they also hope to reduce the use of hazardous substances and increase the ease of recycling. This target has been simplified into the oft-repeated 20-20-20 mantra. By the year 2020, the European Union aspires to have: improved energy efficiency by 20%, reduced carbon emissions by 20% and increased the share of renewable energy sources by 20%.

    How has it affected our products?

    The directives established by the European Union have had an effect on our products. Central heating pumps are one such example. To align with the new regulations instituted by the directives, our central heating pumps are labelled with an energy rating, which gives the consumer an indication of how energy efficient each product us. With the energy rating so visible, it puts the onus on the manufacturers to design and put out products that are better for the environment. On our website, you’ll see a range of central heating pumps sporting an A energy efficiency rating. Efficiency is important if we are to create a sustainable future for the environment and we are delighted to stock the products of manufacturers with an environmental conscience.

  • 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.

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