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Shower Pump Problems

  • How to keep cool during the summer months

    In Britain, we are unaccustomed to it being dry, never mind hot. When temperatures do climb above the 20°C mark, it tends to elicit a state of panic - with people scrambling for sun screen, shades and ice cream. And that is exactly what we are in for this summer if recent weather reports are to be believed - surges of heart are set to be part and parcel of 2017.While we’d like to think we all relish the sunshine, there are some downsides. The most obvious of which is miserable and fitful sleep. To help you keep cool in the sun and sleep soundlessly, here are some of the most effective solutions. Some will be obvious, and others may surprise you!

    Eat less and more often

    summer salad

    Heat tends to stifle the appetite and you should probably follow your body’s lead if you want to stay cool this summer. When we eat food, our body expends energy digesting it, producing metabolic heat in the process. The larger the meal we eat, the more metabolic heat our body creates. For this reason, it is best to sacrifice bigger meals for smaller, more frequent ones - your body temperature will thank you!

    Keep away from alcohol and caffeine

    summer water

    A cold beer and a refreshing glass of white wine are staples of summer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are ideal for the hot weather. As you may already be all too aware, alcohol dehydrates the body, which can lead to headaches, dizziness, tiredness and even heat exhaustion, all of which are exacerbated by high temperatures. Caffeine-containing drinks are just as bad for dehydrating the body. While it is unlikely you’ll be putting the kettle on for a cup of coffee with the sun beaming overhead, you may fancy a quick, caffeine-filled coke. You are far better off drinking water instead, which will keep you hydrated and cool.

    Hot or cold shower?

    packaged pump systems

    Logically speaking, it seems obvious that taking a cold shower would be perfect for relief from the hot weather. Think again. Taking a cold shower actually causes our core temperature to increase. Because our skin temperature is dramatically reduced under the jets of cold water, the body decreases blood flow and therefore reduces its ability to lose heat. The cool shower will give you an initial feeling of coolness, but within minutes you will have inadvertently made yourself warmer. That is why it is better to stick to a warm, or if you don't think you can tolerate it, a tepid temperature shower. Regardless, you want to be certain that your shower is performing at peak capacity and packaged pump systems are the best way to achieve it.

    Light clothing - in all senses of the word

    summer clothing

    Lighter colours reflect heat radiation from the sun whilst darker hues absorb it, making it vital to to stick to lighter coloured clothing to avoid sticking to your clothes. In terms of material, opt for natural materials over synthetic ones, cotton and linen won’t cling to your skin and trap heat like their synthetic counterparts, allowing you to stay cool.

  • 5 common shower pump problems explained

    Shower pumps are designed to last for many years without requiring a large amount of maintenance. However, there are areas that may need looking at to ensure that your pump continues to operate smoothly.


    At Pump Sales Direct we have an extensive knowledge of the plumbing sector, shower pumpsespecially around the operation of shower pumps. We want to ensure that you get the best from your pump, so here we look at five common problems with shower pumps and how they can be resolved.

     

    1. Blocked Pump Filters

    When there is poor water flow from your shower head, you should ensure that it has been cleaned and descaled properly. However, if this hasn’t helped, it could be that the filter within the pump has become blocked. This is often the case in areas that have hard water, or it could be due to debris getting into the filter during installation.

     

    Before you start, you need to switch off the service valves and ensure the electrical supply to the pump is disconnected. The filters need to be removed and then gently cleaned. They are usually positioned behind the pipes connected to the impellers. Once they've been replaced, you can reconnect the pump and refill it.

     

    2. Airlocks

    Another common problem with shower pumps is airlocks, which can restrict the flow. To remove the air, the pump will need bleeding. Switch off the pump’s electrical supply, and turn on the shower mixer and other taps that the pump feeds to empty the water and then switch them off again. The pump can be vented directly by taking the connection pipes out once the valves have been turned off.

     

    3. A Noisy Shower Pump

    Noisy pumps are not just inconvenient; they can also be a sign of a more worrying problem. The noise could indicate that the pump is jammed and not allowing the impellers to rotate. This could be a result of limescale building up in hard-water areas, the seals could be stuck or there could be an electrical issue.

     

    Older pumps can also become noisy due to where they are positioned or a problem with the pipes. The pump should have anti-vibration feet fitted, and the pipework needs to be properly supported.

     

    4. A Cold Pump

    Shower pumps will not perform efficiently if they get too cold, so it’s important to protect it with insulation. This will stop it bursting or becoming damaged in freezing weather.

     

    5. A Leaking Pump

    The seals on pumps can deteriorate after a period of time. If your pump begins to leak, it could be that they need replacing.

     

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  • 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.

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