Month: March 2015

The Quietest Shower Pumps on the Market


Showers are much more pleasant and invigorating when they benefit from decent water pressure, and this usually necessitates a shower pump. However, in some cases this solves the problem of low pressure while creating a new problem of noise. If you are struggling with a noisy shower pump, there are a number of things to consider…

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The Quietest Pump Models
In our opinion, there are three shower pump models that stand out for their combination of high performance and low noise levels:

• The Stuart Turner Monsoon Range is another pump that stands out for its excellent performance and low noise. Stuart Turner use low voltage, brass bodied pumps with anti-vibration feet to guarantee minimal noise.

• The Salamander CT Force Range is one of the quietest pumps on the market. Salamander has a reputation for producing quiet pumps in general, but this particular model includes noise vibration reduction technology.

• The Grundfos Amazon Range represents probably the quietest of the Grundfos pump range. Grundfos pumps are known for their performance and reliability, and the Amazon range of pumps uses both low-noise motors and anti-vibration feet to deliver minimal noise output.

Other Noise Reducing Methods
While it is difficult to reduce the amount of noise a shower pump makes without exchanging it for a quieter model altogether, there are a few steps you can take. For instance, you might want to place the pump on to a concrete block or specialist noise-reducing mounting pad. This will help to reduce and absorb vibrations, minimising noise.

It is also often worth checking the pipes surrounding a pump and ensuring they are well supported and completely secure. This can help reduce vibrations in the pipework, which can also be caused by noisy shower pumps.

11 Amazing pools with breath-taking views

As winter fades, nothing sounds nicer than relaxing in the pool on a hot summer’s day. Here’s Anchor Pumps selection of some of the world’s most breath-taking pools  to add to your bucket list…

1. Chongwe River House Pool, Zambia
This pool directly overlooks a river where wild elephants and antelope bathe – forget  books / magazines to keep you occupied by the pool!

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2. Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Over 1,000 fibre-optic lights make the pool shine as brightly as the sky and Indian Ocean around you.

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3. Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Grindavik, Iceland
A natural spring, Blue Lagoon stands out for its stunningly bright blue waters and mountain views.

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4. Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
This infinity pool boasts a spectacular view on the Hauraki Gulf in the Pacific Ocean.


5. Katikies Santorini Hotel, Greece
The hotel has two outstanding pools – one hidden in a natural limestone cave and the other looking out over the bright blue waves of the Mediterranean.

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6. The Springs Resort & Spa, Costa Rica
This incredible resort has 12 pools on offer, including submerged bars, mountain and jungle views and natural waterfalls.

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7. Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA
Located at the bottom edge of the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls have remained largely untouched by man, preserving their natural splendour.

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8. Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Forget the thrill of the slot machines, at this Vegas resort you can get an adrenalin kick swimming alongside sharks behind the safety of a wall of glass!

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9. Velassaru Resort, Maldives
This swimming pool set inside a lagoon in the Indian Ocean is possibly one of the most stunning spots in the world!

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10. Cambrian Adelboden, Switzerland
Surrounded by snowy mountains, this pool promises a breathtaking view no matter the time of day.

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11. SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
sitting at the top of three skyscrapers, this infinity pool is not only gorgeous in itself, but has an astounding view to match.

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If you’re aching for a pool of your own after seeing all of these amazing locations, you’ll find the maintenance isn’t as difficult as you might think.
A high quality swimming pool pump goes a long way!

7 Common Central Heating Problems Explained

There are a number of problems that people experience with their central heating systems, especially after a long, cold winter.

Seven problems stand out as particularly widespread, but share just three root causes:

Central Heating

Pump Problems
The following issues can frequently be caused by problems with your central heating pump:

• Humming from radiators
• Radiators cold upstairs but hot downstairs
• Radiators cold downstairs but hot upstairs

If your radiator is humming, then it is likely that your central heating pump is just running too fast and needs a little adjustment. However, if your radiators are cold on one floor and working fine elsewhere, this suggests that your central heating pump is not powerful enough to properly circulate water fully around your home. In this case, it might be necessary to replace your pump with a more powerful model. A wide range of pumps from major manufacturers such as Grundfos and Stuart Turner can be sourced from Anchor Pumps.

Something in the System
Whether it’s trapped air or rust, having ‘something’ in the heating system can often cause the following problems:

• Radiators cold at the top or in patches
• Individual radiators not working

If your radiators are cold at the top, the chances are the ‘something’ is simply just air, which can be solved by bleeding the radiators. If they are cold elsewhere or not working, this can mean that sludge, rust or scale is obstructing the flow of water. Try flushing your radiator to clear the system.

Pipes Rubbing
The following problems can often by caused by pipework rubbing against walls, floor joists and the like:

• Banging or hammering sounds
• Creaking radiators

As the system heats up and cools down, pipes can expand and contract. This can cause them to rub if they do not have sufficient clearance, and this causes noises which travel along the pipes and are emitted at your radiator. Widen notches in joists to deal with this, but do not cut underneath the pipe as this will reduce support.

How Can I Improve the Shower Water Pressure?

Does it take you a long time to run a bath? Is your shower a trickle rather than a flow? Does the toilet cistern take for ever to refill?
All of these may be symptoms of low water pressure.

Low water pressure

Low water pressure may be due to a number of things.

The best place to check it is at the cold tap in your kitchen, as this is usually connected directly to the mains – if pressure is low here, it’s likely to be an external issue. This could be temporary and possibly due to work being carried out in the area. If it’s good here but poor elsewhere in the house, then there’s likely to be a problem with your internal plumbing.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution to internal problems such as low-pressure showers, and that’s to fit a Home booster pump. You need to find out what kind of heating system you have – whether it’s gravity-fed, unvented or a combi boiler – but there are Home booster pump available for all types.

If your mains pressure is low, then a mains booster pump is what you need, as this will improve the pressure throughout your property.

On the other hand, if the mains pressure is good, you can address internal problems by opting for a booster pump to provide more pressure at a particular outlet. This can pep up your shower or help to cut down the time it takes you to fill a bath. It also eliminates the problem of electric showers cutting out when the pressure drops due to someone turning on a tap or flushing the toilet.

Shop the full range of home booster pumps from Grundfos, Lowara, Stuart Turner, Salamander, Calpeda and Flotec online at Anchor Pumps

Grundfos Pumps & Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

The world famous Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is the busiest in all Europe, and is dedicated to caring for babies, children and young people. Last year it celebrated its centenary, and this year it will welcome the start of an exciting new era – with the opening of an additional state-of-the-art hospital adjacent to the current site.

The new building, designed with input from many of the children that have had their lives touched by the hospital, sits serenely within a leafy park. Environmental considerations were key during the design process, and Grundfos Pumps liaised closely with consultants and contractors to find the optimum pump solution.

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During its long history, Alder Hey has been at the forefront of many pioneering medical innovations that have seen this wonderful hospital rightly lauded for its innovative spirit. The opening of the new space guarantees that this innovation will carry on throughout the 21st century and far beyond.

Hospitals are inevitably complex in an operation sense, and must be fit for purpose 24/7. Picking out the ideal pumps to facilitate every possible requirement is therefore vital. Grundfos Pumps helped with the specification of controlled pumps and booster sets, plus the necessary ancillary equipment and pressurisation units ably supported by world class BACnet technology.

Providing the essential equipment to support sick children in a welcoming and high tech environment is something that will be at the very heart of the success of the new Alder Hey and Grundfos Pumps are proud to be playing their part in achieving this aim. In this spirit, Anchor pumps were delighted to donate £1 from every order during December to the Alder Hey children’s charity – a total of £3,400read more about Anchor Pumps campaign and donation here.