Month: May 2014

5 Essential Steps for preventing flood damage

Flooding can be a big problem for homeowners in certain parts of the UK as we’ve seen most recently with the disastrous floods at the start for 2014 and throughout the summer of 2013! With around 5 million properties in England at risk of flooding, and over £1 billion worth of damage caused at the start of this year, preventing your home from flood damage is essential.

Nobody can control the weather so it is not usually possible to prevent flooding. However, there are precautions you can take to prevent or minimise the damage it can cause;

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1. Plan Ahead
Find out about your situation. Are you at risk of flooding? If so, make sure you have formed a plan. Find out how many of the following options are open to you, and make sure you have all you need to carry them out if necessary. A recent survey found that 55% of those living in flood-risk areas know they are at risk, and only 60% of those in flood-risk areas have taken some action to prepare for flooding – don’t get caught out without a plan.

2. Invest in a Submersible Pump
If floodwater gets into your home, you should try and remove the water as quickly and efficiently as possible. Submersible pumps are more effective and less labour intensive than bailing your home out with a bucket. If you are at risk, consider investing in such a pump ahead of time.

3. Move Objects 
When flood warnings are raised, move as many of your positions out the floods path. Electronics, furniture, and anything else that is moveable and may be vulnerable to water damage should be moved upstairs. This may seem like an obvious solution, but when the waters start to rise, it can be difficult to move items quickly; therefore it is essential to be prepared. This is a very simple, easy way to prevent significant and costly damage to your possessions.

4. Block Water Out
It may be possible to keep water out, or at least to reduce the amount that gets in. Use sandbags against the bottoms of doors to help prevent it from flowing in to your home. Put plugs into all sinks and baths and then use something heavy to weigh them down so that water is less likely to come in through the drains.

5. Check Your Insurance
No flood plan is infallible. If you are at risk of flooding, it is important to ensure that any damage which should occur will be covered by your home insurance. Find out exactly what your policy covers in the event of flooding to make sure you are sufficiently protected. If you are not, consider changing policy.

Anchor Pumps Awarded Five iSO Accreditations

As one of the top leading pump suppliers in the UK, the team here at Anchor Pumps are pleased to announce the business’s latest achievement when it comes to the high quality of service provided here at Anchor Pumps.

The business has been now been awarded 5 prestigious ISO Accreditations from the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO). The accreditations are a series of internationally recognised standards that define, establish and maintain quality assurance in the workplace.

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ISO Certificates awarded to Anchor Pumps include,

ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management Systems) which is given in recognition of an organisation’s commitment to the quality and reliability of its products and services, ensuring the needs and expectations of customers are consistently met.

Other achievements include the ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management Systems), which is given to organisations that demonstrate a commitment to the environment, and the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety), which is awarded when the correct health and safety procedures are in place.

Most recently, Anchor Pumps added ISO 27001:2005(Information Security Management) and ISO 22301:2012(Business Continuity Management) to the list of accreditations. These three awards provide confirmation that Anchor Pumps is a trustworthy and reputable company, delivering quality products and services that consistently meet customer requirements, with an additional focus on the environment and adherence to health and safety policies.

ISO accreditation is recognised throughout the World and can help an organisation to stand out from the competition. Certification demonstrates a company’s credentials have been checked and verified by an independent third party and Anchor Pumps are pleased to have now added 5 certifications to our credentials.

Click here to read more about Anchor Pumps ISO Accreditations.

8 Essential water conservation tips for homeowners

Water is a scarce natural resource and there is increasing pressure on all of us to reduce water consumption in the home. Not only can this impact on our utility bills, but it can help the environment.

There are many different of ways to conserve water, which we also looked at within our recent heating and water money saving infographic, that do not require too much effort and will effectively help reduce costs in the long run;

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1. If you have any leaks or dripping taps at home, then get them fixed to help save water wastage. Amazingly a single dripping tap can waste more than 5,500 litres of water a year – that’s a costly 15 litres of water every single day!

2. Take a shower instead of a bath, but be mindful of how long you spend in the shower. An 8 minute shower uses 62 litres of hot water, while the average bath used 80 litres – choose wisely!

3. A full, energy efficient dishwasher set on economy mode is more water-friendly than washing dishes at a sink after every meal.

4. Fill your kettle with only the amount of water you need which will also save energy.

5. Consider installing a dual flush toilet at home, as economy flush uses significantly less water than a full flush.

6. Think about how you use water outside your home as well. Watering your garden using a hosepipe rigged up to a tap bumps up water consumption, but installing a water butt is a much more environmentally friendly option.

7. Rainwater harvesting using water collected from pipes attached to an outside butt allows you to recycle water naturally. There are lots of different types of products, pumps and butts available to suit your requirements.

8. Not only does rainwater harvesting reduce your reliance on turning your taps on, but it can be extremely useful when a hosepipe ban has been imposed. Spent water collected in kitchen washing up bowls can also be used to water plants, instead of poured down the sink.

More water saving resources
For more tips and advice on saving water in your home, take a look at the following sites:

Irrigation pumps for lawns & flowerbeds

With bank holiday fast approaching and many of us spending time outdoors tackling the garden during the long weekend, we’re taking a look at Irrigation pumps, vital components of any outdoor watering system. Irrigation is defined as the artificial distribution of water to the land to water crops, lawns, and landscapes and there are a range of different types of pumps that are able to draw out water from ponds and wells in addition to working from the water mains supply to provide the best watering solution for your outdoor space.

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Water supply is the first factor to consider when choosing a pump for outdoor use. Drawing water from ponds or rivers requires a submersible pump and centrifugal & turbine pumps are suitable for water supplies from the mains.

Displacement pumps work like a piston and similar to old style hand operated pumps with a lever. These are useful only for highly viscous liquids such as fertilizer mixed with the irrigation water.

Pressure and water flow rate are the next points to consider. It is  important to remember that the pressure will decrease when the water flow increases. A drip irrigation system can be attached to a lower pressure pump, spray systems require more pressure while rotary irrigation systems need the highest pressure.

The required flow rate for any irrigation system is the sum of each required flow rate in the system’s sprinkler heads. Usually, the higher the flow rate, the greater the energy needed to power the pumping system.

Irrigation pumps can be powered from mains electricity, diesel, petrol, and even solar energy. Electric pumps are usually the most energy efficient while the diesel or petrol-powered pumps have only half the energy efficiency of electricity.

Solar powered pumps work on the same basis as electric pumps but with the sun as the energy source rather than a socket. These pumps are useful for isolated properties.

Case Study: Luxury Yacht, Thailand

Think of a luxury villa floating on the tropical seas of Thailand and you have the Siam Junk. A yacht of 34 metres in length and seven metres width, the Siam Junk is built from Burma’s finest ironwood and teak, but what does this luxury yacht have to do with Warrington based business Anchor Pumps we hear you ask?

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A modern pumping system is one of the main contributors to comfort on this unique yacht. Anchor Pumps has played its role in providing the exquisite boat with a number of pumps, shipping products to Thailand to assist the luxury vessels plumbing systems. Anchor Pumps provided 11 macerators of which nine are used for the toilets and two for wash basins aboard the unique yacht.

This luxury yacht can accommodate up to 20 guests in six cabins, and was designed for seaworthiness and safety, as a working junk along trade routes between Thailand and Burma. Cruise around tropical paradise islands in the Andaman Sea such as the Phi Phi Islands, Surin Islands and Similan Islands and many more.

With the help of the Anchor Pumps products, each of the boats six en suite bathrooms have hot and cold water through powerful showers as well as wash basins – adding to the luxury value of the vessel. The interesting boat has also recently been features on popular travel blog 1000 Flights, read more here.

Anchor Pumps work with a range of interesting, overseas projects, and are able to ship products worldwide on request, click here to find out more about international delivery and shipping costs. If you have a unique project you need a range of pumps for, contact the sales team at Anchor Pumps on 0800 112 3134 or our overseas number for a quote 00 44 1925 761 038.