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  • How to Decorate Your Bathroom For Halloween

    With Halloween just days away, millions of us are busy worrying about the best way to decorate our homes in a suitably spooky manner for the year’s most frightening day. Out of all the rooms in the house, the bathroom isn’t the one that necessarily screams out scary the loudest. But, after a bit of digging, you’ll find that bathrooms are actually a standard setting for many of the most iconic horror scenes in film history. Taking some creative inspiration from hallmarks of the horror genre Psycho and The Shining can’t hurt when trying to create the perfect bathroom for Halloween.



    The shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is quite possibly the most famous horror scene in film history, and, as the most famous horror scene in film history, there is no better film to take inspiration from for your Halloween-themed bathroom. Positioning a cardboard cut-out figure purportedly clutching a knife behind a translucent shower curtain is the perfect way to echo the film whilst frightening any visitors that are unfortunate enough to enter your bathroom.

     The Shining

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    After an axe-brandishing Jack Nicholson proclaimed: “Here’s Johnny!’ whilst poking his head through a bathroom door, the scene from The Shining has become a hallmark of the horror genre. A wall decal that vividly depicts the only horror scene capable of rivalling the infamy of the shower scene in Psycho, is one worth having in your home for Halloween.

    Harry Potter

    Moaning Myrtle was an ever-present in the bathrooms at Hogwarts. Whenever she did pop up, she always had an unnerving impact on the viewer initially, but ended up leaving them laughing, which is exactly the impact a Moaning Myrtle decal in your bathroom will have on your guests. Inexpensive but guaranteed to garner a reaction, a Moaning Myrtle toilet decal is the ideal addition for any Harry Potter fan on Halloween.

    The only horror story you have to avoid

    waste water pump

    Spend too much time concerning yourself with making your bathroom look horrifying, and you can end up with a real horror story on your hands. The appliances behind-the-scenes that allow your bathroom to run smoothly on a daily basis are vital. Without a waste water pump, for example, especially given the tumultuous weather of late, you are leaving your home without a line of defence against flooding. By whisking away any encroaching water with speed and ease, a waste water pump will set your mind at ease and keep your bathroom in tip-top shape.

    Bonus tips

    There are a host of simple but spooky changes you can make to your bathroom that don’t involve imitating film. Everything from skull-shaped soap dispensers to pumpkin-adorned bath mats and towels are readily available, and each addition is equally effective at helping to create the perfect Halloween bathroom. A smattering of fake blood is another popular option, but is only worth exploring by the most daring amongst you - both because it is realistic enough to cause genuine terror and because it is likely to give you a fright when you realise how difficult it is to clean up afterwards.

  • Is it possible to be water independent?

    Whether they begrudge paying regular amounts to the water company, they hate to see a free resource going to waste or they want to make their lives a little greener, many people like the idea of becoming independent of the mains water supply. With it being Water Quality Month we thought we’d take a look at how practical is it to do this and if can you really make significant savings.

    Is it possible to be water independent with waste water pumps?

    The basics

    There are a few simple ways that you can start reducing the amount of water you use. Modern toilet flushes, for example, use less water each time, thus cutting your consumption. You can also look at getting a water butt to collect the water which runs off your roof and use it to water the garden.

    Although rainwater can’t be used for drinking, if you can collect enough of it, it can be used for tasks like flushing the toilet, thus cutting the amount of clean mains water you use. It is possible to get filtration or chemical treatment systems that can clean up rain water and make it drinkable. However, you’re getting into pretty serious territory here, and it might actually be cheaper to buy your drinking water in bottles.


    Out of town

    If you live in the countryside, you might be lucky enough to have access to a well or a spring from which you can source your water. You need to consider carefully what will be required in terms of pipes, pumps and so on to bring the water into your home. This also requires consideration of what will happen in the winter months. Do the pipes need to be protected so they don’t freeze, for example? And of course, you also need to think about how you’re going to dispose of waste water.


    Disposing with waste water pump

    Disposing of the wastewater is in many ways a more difficult task than exploiting free alternative sources of water. Again, if you’re in the countryside, you may be independent of the main sewer system thanks to something like a septic tank.

    You may still need to have a waste water pump in order to remove water from where it’s not needed, especially if gravity won’t do the job for you. Note that for waste water you need a specific type of pump that is able to cope with contaminant particles without getting clogged up.

    Of course, if you want to be truly eco-friendly, you might want to consider whether you can power the pump using solar- or wind-generated energy.


    It's not easy being green

    There’s a lot to consider if you’re thinking about becoming independent of the mains water supply. Yes, there are advantages in terms of freedom, ongoing costs and being kinder to the environment. On the other hand, you need to think carefully about the practicalities of going ‘off-grid’, as well as the costs and complexities of setting up your own water systems. Going completely independent is a big undertaking, but there’s a lot you can do to start reducing your dependence on mains water, and much of it is relatively straightforward.
    Find out more about waste water pumps and start your journey to being water independent.

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