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  • Money-Saving Tips for Winter

    Winter is a time where we all get to relax more than we should, eat more than we should and spend more than we should. When it comes to spending money though, we want to be sure that it goes on gifts for our closest friends and family – not on mundane but essential updates to our home. Unfortunately, the festive period also brings with it some of the worst weather the year has to throw at us, making repairs to plumbing and heating apparatus all too common. To ensure none of this seasonal reaches you over the winter months, you may want to consider some of the following changes to keep your bank balance as healthy as possible.

    Shower pumps

    salamander shower pump

    Salamander are one of the leading pumps brands around, and from their base in the South East, they have been providing UK homes with the highest quality pumping products for years. A core part of their range that will guarantee you perfectly pressured showers in spite of any boiler problems that may arise during the colder months, is the salamander shower pump. A shower pump of this quality is as effective as they get, and will keep your water pressure intact without any of the associated extra cost that you might otherwise expect.

    Circulating pumps

    circulating pump

    Whilst you may not be familiar with circulating pumps, they are actually one of the most cost-effective heating products money can buy. By ensuring that hot water is distributed evenly throughout the home, any additional and unnecessary expense is circumvented. Not only does the efficiency of a circulating pump minimise the cost of your water bill, it also ensures that extra energy won't be expended heating up water that won’t be used - allowing you to rest assured that your actions aren’t taking a toll on the environment.

    Grey water recycling

    grey water recycling

    Similarly, a grey water pump is ideal not just for those of us who are desperate to safeguard the health of the planet for the foreseeable future; it is also perfect for those of us who are more conscious than ever of exactly how much money we are spending (which is especially true during the festive period). A grey water recycling pump achieves both of these things by repurposing all of the grey water that would otherwise go to waste (from your baths, showers, dishwashers and sinks) for use elsewhere in the home. Given that a grey water recycling system is more than capable of reducing water usage by up to 50%, the upfront investment is miniscule and one you should be certain of considering.

    Sump pumps

    sump pump

    The threat of flooding is never higher than over the bitterly cold and wet winter months - whether that is from a particularly heavy downpour or pipes frozen to the point of bursting. Fortunately, there is one simple step you can take to stave off costly water damage. Installing a sump pump provides a hardy barrier to flooding by automatically casting away any water that may accumulate in the home. Once again, it is an essential initial investment that will easily repay itself over time.


  • How to replace a central heating pump

    central heating pumpIn any ‘wet’ central heating system, it’s the circulation pump that is one of the most likely components to fail. This is hardly surprising, as a central heating pump works pretty hard. When your pump needs replacing, you may be tempted to call a plumber, but in fact it’s a fairly easy job to do yourself. Here’s how to know if your pump needs changing.

    First of all, you need the right tools for the job. You’ll need a couple of adjustable spanners, an electrical screwdriver and a paint-roller tray and some cloths to catch any spillages and drips. Next, make sure you get the right type of replacement pump. You’ll find a wide range on Pump Sales Direct, and there will be a label on your old pump that will help you determine the type you need.


    Changing the central heating pump

    1. When you’ve got together all that you need, you’re ready to start changing the pump. Begin by disconnecting the pump’s electricity supply. There’ll usually be an isolator switch allowing you to turn off the supply to the system. With this safely off, you can remove the cover to the pump’s electrical connections; make a note - or take a photo - of where the wires go before you disconnect them.

    2. In most modern heating systems there will be isolator valves above and below the pump, allowing you to turn off the water supply. Close both of these by turning them clockwise; you can then unscrew the connections holding the pump in place - make sure you don’t disturb the connections that attach the isolator valves to the rest of the pipework. Use your paint tray to catch any water that’s released.

    3. With both connections undone, you can remove the old pump and any washers. The washers can be reused if you must, but it’s best to replace them with new ones to prevent future problems. Put the new pump and washers in position and do up the connections. Make them finger-tight to start with to ensure you haven’t damaged the threads, and then tighten them up with your adjustable spanners. Make sure not to over-tighten.

    4. You can now reopen the isolator valves, checking for any leaks as you do so. Check that the electrical connection box is completely dry and re-attach the connections - refer to the sketch or photo you made at the start.


    Restarting the system

    Now you can test the system. Switch the power back on and turn up the room thermostat to kick the heating into life. You should be able to hear the new pump turning when the system is on. Changing the pump is likely to have introduced some air into the system, and there will be a bleed screw on the pump itself to allow you to get rid of this.

    Open the bleed screw gently and you should hear hissing as the air escapes. Keep a tray or cloth handy to catch any dribbles. When the hissing sound stops and you see some water, you can close the valve. It’s also a good idea to bleed the radiators at this point to ensure no air has been introduced into the system.
    That’s all there is too it - your new pump should now be running and your heating operating properly again. Shop your replacement central heating pump

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

    salamander pumps

    From its base in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, Salamander Pumps has been Britain’s leading manufacturer of shower pumps for over 25 years. With spectacular growth over the past decade, Salamander Pumps is able to supply a product range that will satisfy most types of showering requirements.


    1. Technology

    Centrifugal pumps are one of the pioneering achievements of Salamander Pumps. This is the technology where water feeds into the centre of a rotating impeller and flows out radially. You can see this technology in the impressive ESP range. These shower pumps have electronic sensors that are able to both activate and to protect the pumps, despite any problems that may occur in any household plumbing. With this, the company has managed to build one of the most efficient as well as the quietest shower pumps available on the market today.


    2. Quality

    The high quality of our product range is reflected through the achievement of ISO 9001 compliance. Our pumps are quieter and are able to deliver water under a higher pressure than most competing models. Our pumps are continuously rated to determine how long they can run before the motor overheats. This is an important factor for those homes where family showers can run for a long period of time in the mornings.


    3. Salamander Pumps Range

    We provide the widest range of single and twin-impeller pumps available in the UK. All of our models come with a 3-year guarantee.


    4. Sales

    We know that customers need help when buying a shower pumps for the first time. You need to know about the best location to install it, how to fit it directly to the home water system and what type of connections to use. We have a sales team that will be able to answer all of your queries on the selection of the correct model, purchase procedures and issues with deliveries.


    5. Service

    Our team of experienced professional field engineers is able to respond promptly to all customer service needs. They are able to inspect any location and advise on pump installation as well as arrange a visit to deal with any operational or maintenance problems.


    View our entire range of Salamander Pumps today.

  • 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!

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