Anchor Weigh Up New Opportunities on 30th Anniversary

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Friday 12th August 2016; Anchor Pumps, one of the UK’s biggest suppliers of industrial and domestic pumps, is celebrating 30 successful years in business by looking to the future and planning further growth.

Since founder Ken Rowe first opened the doors back in 1986, the firm has gone from strength to strength. Now stocking over two million items on-site, the firm operates from purpose-built premises in Warrington, having outgrown their original base in Northwich due to increasing customer demand.

Supplying the likes of Rolls Royce, Mars, Coca-Cola, Bird’s Eye and United Utilities with specialist pumps and accessories, as well as providing spare parts and repair and service facilities, over the years the firm has also rubbed shoulders with Hollywood, supplying Warner Brothers with pumps for use in special effects in their blockbuster films.

With a “customer first” policy throughout its history, the team at Anchor Pumps can boast of over 100 years of combined experience in the industry. Such depth of knowledge and experience has helped cement their reputation as the sector’s foremost authority in the UK. As well as being highly skilled, the team at Anchor Pumps offer their customers clarity and depth of understanding of the sector that can help them to make the right commercial decisions and achieve their own success.

All Anchor Pumps’ projects begin with an estimate for any necessary repairs or replacements, which is provided completely free of charge and without obligation. The company’s pump-testing facilities ensure all products are fully working to the best of their capabilities, and service contracts following installation give customers reassurance that equipment is kept in peak condition.

Other services on offer include specialist pipework fabrication, as well as a state-of-the-art machine shop facility, and with a very extensive range of spares available from stock for immediate despatch and fully professional installation, theirs is truly a complete service.

Anchor Pumps large, loyal and growing customer base can choose from products manufactured by the likes of Grundfos, Lowara, Mono, Dab, Calpeda, Jesco, Flyght, Cat, Saniflo, Salamander, Stuart Turner, KSB and many more. Many of these manufacturers have done business with Anchor Pumps throughout the company’s history. For example, their association with Viking Pumps alone goes back over 20 years and stands as a testament to their commitment to building lasting and meaningful relationships with their suppliers.

2010 saw the firm undertake a shrewd strategic move into online sales, offering a fully secure online sales service for customers outside the North West area of the UK and putting them ahead of their competitors. The team at Anchor Pumps recognised that online activity would help raise their profile, underline their commitment to the industry and find them new customers. The strategy has proved to be very successful, and due to demand they now also operate websites in France and Germany to better service the needs of European-based customers.

Management and staff are thrilled to be celebrating 30 years in business, and they view the 30th anniversary as an opportunity to put new plans in place and grow further still.

Warren Holmes, Anchor Pumps’ Managing Director, comments; “Business has grown year on year significantly, despite a more competitive and turbulent market place. We have plans to continue to grow with more brands looking to joining Anchor Pumps very soon. The future is looking very promising”.

The cycle of water before we drink it

The water cycle is amazing – a combination of natural processes, human intervention and high-tech delivery that gets clean, safe drinking water to you the instant you turn the tap on.

The Natural Cycle – Evaporation to Rainfall

In the natural part of the water cycle, the water evaporates from rivers and lakes, condenses in the air and forms clouds. They drop the water as the rain we know only too well. This puts the water back into rivers, lakes and natural underground water stores known as aquifers. Some towns which lack a river or are in a dry area get most of their water from these aquifers. River water will be safe for birds, fish or other wildlife, but not for humans to drink directly.

The Human Part of the Cycle – Water Treatment

Water from rivers and aquifers is pumped out by your water company and pumped into the water treatment plant. The water varies in quality when it arrives, but all the water is put through processes to clean and filter it so that it’s safe for drinking and comes out at one uniform quality. The water companies are only authorised to draw a certain amount of water from rivers, which is why they are keen for all of us to use it wisely.

Reservoirs – Water Stores and Natural Filters

The water company may use a reservoir to store the water it has pumped before it processes it. The reservoir helps the company to even out supply and demand and deal with the vagaries of the weather. If it doesn’t rain for a while, or they have pumped as much water as they are allowed to from rivers, then they can draw on the water in the reservoir.

One advantage of reservoirs is that they are a kind of natural filter. Particles such as mud and dirt in the water sink to the bottom. That means that when the water is pumped out for treating, some of the worst dirt no longer has to be taken out.

Filtering out the Nasties

Particles need to be removed from the water, so the water company filters the water using two different kinds of filters. First, the water is pumped through a rapid gravity filter – this is a tank filled with coarse sand. Particles are trapped in the sand as the water goes through. Next, it’s filtered more slowly, using much finer sand in beds. This gets rid of the tiniest particles, and the water is now at a quality that is fit for drinking. Next, the water goes to a covered reservoir, where nothing can contaminate it.

Getting the Drinking Water to You

The water company uses its network of pipes and pumps to get the water to your street, house and tap. Despite the water being of the highest quality, most of us will use the greater part of it for baths and showers, watering the garden and washing up. This creates wastewater, which once it goes down the drain and reaches the sewers is pumped out to sewage treatment works. Once it is clean, it can be put back into the rivers, where it condenses, and we go round the whole cycle again.

Keep Pumping

You can see the way in which the water – raw, clean or dirty – is pumped around at every stage to get it to the next point in the cycle. High-quality pieces of equipment, such as Grundfos pumps, are used throughout the water treatment process. The pumps that are used in this cycle need to be able to control the flow very accurately and precisely add tiny doses of anti-bacterial and other treatments.

Reliability is extremely important, as is the fact that these pumps can be installed wet or dry – no need to drain the water storage facility to put the pump in. Low energy use is a requirement, because it has a major effect on treatment costs. And with companies like Grundfos, maintenance can be at longer intervals, because the equipment is designed to be robust.

Pumps are the heroes of the water cycle process, delivering rainfall to the water treatment works and clean water to our taps – we’d be lost (and thirsty) without them!

Check out our recent infographic to learn more about water in the UK.

 

Going on Holiday? Make sure you home is protected!

If you’re going away on holiday, whether for a long weekend or for several weeks, it’s important to take steps to look after your home protect it from problems and make sure that you won’t be facing a disaster on your return.

There are many things to consider when leaving your home unoccupied. Here are a few of the key points to consider.

Lock It Up

Before you leave, make sure that your property is securely locked up. Lock the doors of course, but also lock your windows and make sure that any garages, sheds and other outbuildings are secured too. If you have a security alarm system, make sure that you set it. For monitored systems, notify the control room that you’re going away and that they have current key holder details.

Think Like a Burglar

It’s also important to see your home protect strategy through different eyes. Think about what might be attractive to a burglar. Put things like laptops, jewellery and car keys out of sight, and use a timer to turn lights and radios on and off. You might want to think about getting a home safe to secure items such as jewellery and important documents.

Stop Deliveries

If you have newspapers and milk delivered, you need to stop them before you go away. If you’re going to be away for a long period, you can also ask the Post Office to hold your mail until you get back via its Keep-safe scheme.

Ask the Family

If you have good neighbours or family members living close by, ask them to pop in and pick up the post, draw the curtains and generally make the house look occupied. You could also ask them to park a car on the drive now and again to give the impression people are at home. Don’t forget to ask them to water your house plants too!

Feel the Heat

If you’re going away in the summer months, you’ll probably want to turn off the boiler completely! However, if travelling during Winter when there is a higher risk of pipes freezing then you might want to leave the boiler on and set a timer for the heating to come on for an hour in the morning / night when it is coldest. Most modern boilers have a frost protection setting, but leaving the heat on with the thermostat turned down low will do no harm. You should run a quick check on all your boiler, heating pump and radiators to make sure everything is working properly for this to be effective – you don’t wanna be coming home to repair bills!

Switch Off

Heating aside, switch off any appliances the might be likely to leak water such as washing machines and in the winter close off the water feed tap too. With the exception of the fridge-freezer, turn off all electrical items at the socket – maybe even unplug just for piece of mind!

Tidy the Garden

An unkempt garden can be a give-away of an empty property. As it’s your home protect your property by cutting the lawn before you go away to avoid it looking overgrown. Also make sure that any bushes and shrubs are neatly trimmed and don’t offer a hiding place for a thief. Make certain that all tools and ladders are tidied away and securely locked up in a garage or shed.

Make Your Mark

Get a UV marker and ensure that all valuable property in your home is marked with your postcode and house number. This increases your chances of its being recovered if you are unlucky enough to suffer a theft.

Policy Matters

Make sure that your home insurance policy is up to date and that the documents are stored in a safe place. If you’re going away for a long period, check your cover as some policies won’t offer protection if your home is unoccupied for more than 30 days, so you’ll need to contact your insurer about extra cover.

Now you can relax and enjoy your holiday!

 

UK Water Quality… The Good, The Bad & The Dirty!

August is National Water Quality month and to mark the occasion we have researched and put together this infographic highlighting everything you need to know about UK water supply – whether you are looking for a new home, business location or are simply curious about the water in your area, this eye opening stats and figures could potentially help you choose the best location!

So, we hope you enjoy our infographic and you can share it on your own blog by using the embed code at the bottom of the page;

 

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Blocked Drains: Problems With Drainage In Your Home

One of the most common problems faced by householders is blocked drains. These can lead to all kinds of issues from unpleasant smells to, at worst, flooding of your property. While some drain problems can be easy to fix, others need the help of a professional.

Here are some top tips to help you identify and deal with drain problems at your property.

Causes of Blocked Drains

Drains can be blocked by by many things. In kitchens, for example, it could be a build-up of grease and other debris in the sink drain; in bathrooms it may be due to flushing unsuitable items – like wipes, cotton wool or disposable nappies – down the toilet. Hair and soap can block basin wastes and showers.

External drains can become blocked by tree roots or collapsed pipes due to traffic, for example. Debris such as twigs and leaves getting washed down drains can also lead to problems over time.

Blockage Symptoms

There are a number of things that indicate you may have a problem with your drains. Slow draining of sinks and baths is often an early sign that something is wrong. In severe cases they may not drain at all and you can get waste backing up into toilets and other outlets.

Smells are another sign that there is a problem. This can be a sign of damaged pipework or faulty seals, allowing smells back into the house. It may also simply be a dry trap in a sink or basin that hasn’t been used for some time.

Outdoors signs of a blockage may be water overflowing from drainage grids or manholes or gutters that can’t cope with heavy rain.

Preventing Blockages

There are some simple steps you can take to prevent blocked drains. The first is to monitor carefully what you put down there. Avoid flushing bulky paper items down the toilet, and be careful not to drop items like hair clips down the toilet, as these can accumulate with other debris and lead to a problem. In basins and shower trays make sure you clear any hair from the plughole.

In the kitchen avoid putting oils and fats down the sink. Pour them into a container to cool and then dispose of them in the bin. When cleaning cooking utensils, it’s inevitable that some fat goes down the drain. You can prevent this causing problems by using plenty of washing-up liquid to break it down.

Make sure your gutters are cleared regularly, and keep any gratings free of leaves and other debris so that water can drain away freely.

Dealing with Blockages

You can often deal with minor blockages yourself. There are products you can buy that will dissolve minor blockages caused by soap scum or fat. An old-fashioned sink plunger may also be all you need to clear minor problems.

For more severe problems, you’ll need to consult a plumber or drain specialist, who can diagnose the cause and take appropriate remedial action.

Coping with Floods

If you have a severe blockage, it may lead to flooding of your property, particularly if you have a basement or cellar. It’s important to deal with any flooding swiftly before it causes more damage to your property. There are submersible pumps available which are designed to be submersed in water can clear flooding quickly and help you get back to normal.

Choosing a Tradesman

If you need a professional to clear a blocked drain, ask your friends and neighbours for recommendations for reliable tradesmen. Failing that, look for members of professional trade bodies and check for independent reviews online.

Drainage problems are something that most householders face at one time or another, but if you understand the likely causes and deal with them quickly, you can prevent them from developing into a major crisis.