Month: April 2014

Grundfos MQ Pump – Over 1 million sold

The Grundfos MQ pump has always been a popular model, coming from a respected, high-quality brand this specific model is widely considered a particular highlight of their range. Now the popularity of the MQ pump is once again in evidence, as the number of units sold across the world has passed the one million mark!

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Anchor have been particularly pleased (if not very surprised) to hear this news due to our close relationship with the company behind such a popular model. We are the largest distributor of products from the Grundfos Water Group in the UK, and the wide range of Grundfos products available at Anchor Pumps make up many of the best-selling items in our range.

The Grundfos MQ pump is advertised as a complete solution for any water supply, and if you were trying to sum up the pump in a few words that would probably be a good start. They are an extremely versatile booster system, capable of tackling a wide range of tasks. They can boost mains pressure, either directly or through the use of a break tank depending on relevant local requirements. They can pump water out of a well or a low storage tank, with lifting guaranteed even at depths of up to eight metres. The reason that over a million have been sold around the world is not just because they are a popular and high-quality pump, but because they are also perfect for such an extraordinary range of uses.

Whatever purpose the MQ is applied to, it delivers top-level performance thanks to high-quality components and solid construction. It also offers a range of other non-essential but highly attractive features. With water-cooled motors, it operates with little noise, it is also a highly convenient pump. All necessary parts such as the non-return valve, control and diaphragm tank are included in a single unit with the main pump and motor. As such, it comes ready for installation and can be fitted with little difficulty.

All-in-all, the MQ pump a high-quality, easy to install pump that delivers fantastic performance for a huge range of purposes! When you consider the great value that the MQ offers as well, it is easy to see why more than a million of them are now being used around the world!

Meet our new eCommerce Manager: Tom Corkhill


Anchor Pumps have strengthened its marketing presence with the appointment of Tom Corkhill as Head of eCommerce. Tom has over 6 years’ experience of working in the digital environment and has previously worked for some of the UK’s top digital agencies before making the transition to an in house role with Anchor Pumps. His background focuses on all aspects of digital marketing and has worked closely with Anchor Pumps previously.

As Head of eCommerce, Tom will be responsible for the all things Digital at Anchor Pumps Ltd. This includes improving the already successful websites as well as putting marketing strategies in place for the Anchor Pumps brand. At Anchor Pumps, we are looking to provide our customers with the best online shopping experience possible and Tom will be helping to drive this forward. We have many exciting projects coming up in 2014 along with many more products to be added to site. Tom, along with the web team will be responsible for this.

Commenting on his appointment, Tom said ‘‘I’m really excited to be working with the Anchor Pumps Team, as a highly successful business with exceptional market and product knowledge supported by brilliant customer service I’m looking forward in driving Anchor Pumps and its associated brands to strengthen itself in the current market place.”

Common shower pump installation mistakes

An electric pump is a useful accessory for enhancing your showering experience and maintaining a steady pressure and flow of water to the shower head. Shower pumps work most efficiently on stored water rather than direct mains water so a storage tank, while not essential, is preferable.

Installing a shower pump is a relatively straightforward job, but to avoid the mistakes that are commonly made during the shower pump installation process, the team at Anchor Pumps have put together the following tips:

Failing To Provide Adequate Ventilation For The Pump
As with all electrical equipment, shower pumps generate heat, so the area around the pump should be well ventilated. Failure to provide this may result in the motor overheating and burning out. Don’t be tempted to insulate the pump. If you are concerned about it freezing then it’s in the wrong place and should be fitted in an alternative frost-free location. Furthermore, the pump should be easily accessible for purposes of maintenance and servicing.

Poor Placement Of The Pump
There should always be a distance of at least 600mm from the bottom of the cold water storage tank down to the top of the pump motor casing to allow for adequate system pressure. Effectively, the pump should be as low as possible and the water input head as high as possible. It should also be at least 600mm from the shower tray or basin to comply with electrical wiring regulations.

Inadequate Water Storage
Make sure you have enough cold water in the storage tank to supply both the shower and the hot water tank. More than 225 litres is advised to maintain a constant supply of hot water to the shower.

Attaching The Pump To The Floor
Never screw the pump to the floor as this will result in excessive vibration noise. It’s best to site it on a shallow bed of concrete or a concrete building block. This will absorb the vibration and keep noise levels down.

Failure To Flush
Before making the final connections to the shower pump the existing pipe-work should be fully flushed to remove all foreign bodies such as rust flakes and sediment from the system. Failure to do so could lead to debris entering the pump, impeding its function and shortening its useful life.

Anchor Pumps supply a wide range of shower pumps from leading brands including Salamander, Grundfos and Stuart Turner all available to buy online. Single and twin impellor and positive and negative head models are also available to purchase, with money saving promotions now on all Salamander products at Anchor Pumps.

Advice from the Manufacturers
Many of the leading shower pump brands also provide guidance on their website, with videos, diagrams and step by step tips to help you when installing shower pumps. Salamander have a useful installation guide on their website, along with downloadable PDFs and youtube videos for specific pump models such at the Home Booster Pump.

Click here to view the full range of shower pumps available at Anchor Pumps.

Pumps and the UK farming industry

Irrigation pumping is essential to the agriculture industry, specifically with spring being a key month for the work to occur, with wheat and barley reaching its peak period in the month of April. At this stage, both crops need a steady and reliable flow of water, which may need to be adjusted to respond to weather changes. April can be a warm and hot month with dry days – requiring a water top-up, or it can bring prolonged rain and farmers have the challenge of being prepared to respond to different weather conditions and ensure that their crops can be farmed to a successful conclusion.

How irrigation pumps work
The irrigation pump process involves delivering essential water to crops, using a range of advanced techniques such as drip or micro spray applications, sprinkler irrigation and pivots. This is done using a series of high-tech pumps, which can be expertly calibrated to provide the ideal water pressure and water flow in both the pipes themselves, and the spray nozzle.

Key benefits
This has the dual effect of providing more water overall and also offering energy savings – vital for farmers, as energy is one of the most significant costs that a farm incurs during its operation, and an area for constant review and supervision.

Safeguarding is also provided thanks to pump controls, which ensure that the water flow can be guaranteed to run reliably. This happens by protecting the pump from motor breakdown, dry running or irregularities in the power supply.

Modern solutions
These modern solutions, that safeguard precious water resources, keep costs to a minimum and maximise productivity, providing a vital resource for farmers needing to preserve their crops. There are a wide range of pumps available to suit all farm sizes and needs, and some have integrated and automated control functions, which allow responsive application to weather needs, without the farmer needing to manually adjust settings.

There are also a wide range of specialist irrigation pump manufacturers including Calpeda and Grundfos, many of whom offer comprehensive service and maintenance contracts for their equipment, to ensure that farmers get good use from their pumps for as long as possible.

Low Water Pressure Explained

Pressure is the force by which water moves through a pipe and the measurement unit for pressure is the bar. One bar is equivalent to one atmosphere, the standard atmospheric pressure on Earth at sea level.

This is also defined as the force needed to lift water to a height of 10 metres through a pipe.

Structural factors
The water pressure any household receives from the water mains depends on a number of factors:

• The height of the home’s water supply inlet relative to the water mains supply whether from a mains pipeline or from a water tower. Water pressure will fall the higher it has to flow through a pipe.

• The proximity of the house to pumps installed along the water mains by the water supply utility. Water pressures are higher the closer a property is to the pumping station and decrease with increasing distance.

• Geographical elevation of the property. Low lying areas generally have a high water pressure while pressures are lower in high lying regions

• Usage and the time of day. Water pressures are often lower in the morning when a large part of the population is using water over a short period.

• Water supply pipe diameter. Water supply pipes link the water mains pipeline with the inlet to the home’s plumbing system. If these pipes are old and made of iron or lead, they often have a small diameter. As a result, smaller volumes of water are able to flow through with a resultant lowering of water pressure.

• Leaks in the water supply system. If water is being lost from the mains or any connecting supply pipe, the final water pressure will inevitably fall.

Household causes
Water pressures can fall even if the mains and supply pipes are in good working order and the property is located in a low lying region not far from a pumping station.

One possible cause is that a water mains valve has not been opened fully and this reduces the domestic water pressure. Lime scale and other mineral deposits can also accumulate inside pipes and around taps and shower heads, reducing the flow. This is a common problem in hard water areas.

Such deposits can be removed by installing water softening system between the cold water tap that is connected to the main water supply and the remaining plumbing system in the property.

A quick solution would be to soak the taps and shower heads in white vinegar to dissolve the lime scale.

If none of these problems exists and you still have a low water pressure problem, then it’s time to install a Home Booster Pump to increase the water pressure from showers and taps.

Click here to view the range of Home Booster pumps from Anchor Pumps, from leading brands including Grundfos, Salamander and Stuart Turner.