Month: October 2015

The UK’s Most Haunted Toilets

Public bathrooms can be a pretty scary sight (depending on their cleanliness) with many potential frights lurking in the loo. All of these anxieties will be heightened as Halloween draws near and stories circulate about the ghosts and ghouls calling the bathroom home. We take a closer look at 5 of the UK’s toilets that are know solely for their spooky encounters; 

If you’re terrified of ghosts and ghouls, then certainly don’t visit the public toilets opposite the Red Lion Hotel in Dinas Mawddwy, Gwynedd, North Wales. Local myth states that an old grey-haired man haunts them regularly.  His identity remains

The aptly named “Phantom Flusher” at East London’s Bow Bells Pub lives in the ladies’ toilets. Patrons said that the toilet was flushed while they were sitting on it, though no one has ever seen the culprit. It’s still there, despite a number of séances during the 1970s to request it to leave, and even sometimes appears as a translucent mist that oozes from the floor of the bar.

The centre of York’s old city, famous for its violent history, is an apt place for any number of ghosts – probably dating before the time the Romans built the city. A number of pubs in the neighborhood claim to have their own resident ghost, and a ghost walk has become part of the city’s tourist trail. Try starting at the York Arms pub in Petersgate for a spooky sighting where apparently a nun has been spotted in the mens’ loos!

York Arms public house, High Petergate

Ghostbusters can find more haunting experiences further east at Cottingham, near Hull. Students from the local university claimed they saw grey figures walking around a toilet in the student residence of Ferens Hall. Not surprisingly, here the old Yorkshire saying of “from Hell, Hull and Halifax Good Lord deliver us” – the often-ignored plea of beggars and thieves to be spared hanging – comes into its own.


If you survive Halloween, visit Chester at the Frodsham Street public toilets for a scare. Here roams the ghost of a poor soul who committed suicide. Even a 2011 refurbishment of the toilets did not persuade the ghost to find another billet. 


Happy Halloween from all the team at Anchor Pumps

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How to increase shower water pressure

Many houses suffer from low water pressure, and this can be frustrating when it comes to enjoying a great shower. Low pressure can be due to many reasons, from blocked or poorly designed pipework to low mains pressure. Ever wondered how to increase water pressure in your home? Check out our tips below…

how to increase water pressure

If you’re having problems with low shower pressure, then the Anchor range of home booster pumps might be  the answer, but there are some other things to check first. If it’s only the shower that’s the problem and water pressure in the rest of the house is sufficient, it could be due to a clogged system. If you’re in a hard-water area, deposits can collect in a shower system, particularly the head, causing a drop in water pressure. Cleaning or replacing the shower head may be a quick way to solve this problem.

A problem in many properties is the position of the shower relative to the cold-water header tank. In most British homes, bathrooms are fed with cold water via a tank in the loft. To perform well, a shower will generally need a difference of around a metre between the position of the shower head and the water level in the tank. A quick fix if you don’t have sufficient distance to give a good flow is to fit a low-pressure shower head.

A more permanent fix is to use a booster pump. The range of home booster pumps available at Anchor Pumps include pumps that can be used to increase pressure just to the shower, aswell as a range of pumps to improve water pressure to all outlets in the bathroom.

If you have low water pressure throughout your home, you might want to look at improving things by boosting the pressure of the water coming into the house. Depending on the design of your system, this may also require you to have a storage tank. 

For more questions regarding your water pressure, and to help you find the
best pump for your home, CALL: 0800 112 3134

Bleeding Central Heating Systems and Radiators

Central heating systems are designed to keep our homes warm, but they don’t always work as effectively as they could do. If your radiators are not heating up properly, it probably means that the system needs bleeding. The process of bleeding central heating pump should be done regularly and is fairly simple…

bleeding central heating pump

Why Radiators Need Bleeding
As water enters your central heating system, some air will also get in. This will also build up through the motion of the impeller in central heating pumps. The air moves upwards in water, preventing the top of radiators from heating up. If the bottom is definitely warmer than the top, your radiators or central heating system need bleeding.

Bleeding Radiators
Central heating pumps should be turned off before bleeding radiators; otherwise you could put more air into the system and make the issue worse. If you have a sealed system, the pressure will be reduced by bleeding, and you will have to re-pressurise it afterwards. If you don’t know how to do this, you should speak to a heating engineer first.

When there’s warm water within the system, turn off the pump. The bleed valve is usually located on top of the radiator. Fit the bleed key on to the valve, and wrap some cloth round to soak up any water. Move the valve anti-clockwise half a turn, and you should hear air hissing out. When water begins to come out, turn it clockwise half a turn. Check the pressure in a sealed system and re-pressurise if necessary.

Bleeding a Circulation System
You will find the bleed valve usually in the loft. There again needs to be warm water in the system before you turn off the pump. You won’t need a bleed key, as they are generally fitted with a knurled release. Open the valve using a piece of cloth to catch any water that dribbles out. Once this occurs, close the valve again. Re-pressurise sealed systems if required.

Other Problems
If the radiators are still not getting hot after bleeding, there might be another problem source. If the radiator hasn’t worked after being refitted or installed, ensure the shield valve hasn’t been closed too far down and that, if fitted, the thermostat valve is on the radiator’s inlet and not the outlet.

If the radiator has been working before but now isn’t, check for air locks in the pipes or if there is a blockage in the outlet or inlet.

If this doesn’t work or you require new components for your heating system, at Anchor Pumps we stock a range of central heating pumps and accessories that are suitable for different systems.

Grundfos Pumps: Leading the way for energy optimised pump development

Many people may be surprised to know that humble pumps account for almost 10% of electricity demand worldwide! An essential element of urban life, from circulating water for buildings, gardens and swimming pools, pumps are a day to day necessity – but how do we cut down on the vast amount of energy wasted by our pumps?


The problem has been that it requires a huge amount of electricity to move the motor that drives the pump that carries the water. Grundfos Pumps, the world’s largest pump manufacturer, believes that there is much room for energy-efficiency improvements for this process. This in turn means energy-saving opportunities for domestic and industrial users alike.

The solution is to halt energy wastage. At present, many domestic and industrial users install pumps that are far too large for the job they are supposed to do. Then they switch the device on and leave it run, often at its top speed.

The secret here is an automatic speed adjustment, Grundfos says. Think of a shower pump. It only needs to be switched on for the duration of a shower. But many homeowners can leave it running all day.

On a larger scale, Grundfos Pumps managed to achieve significant energy savings for Vietnam’s Ca Mau Municipal Water Supply Company. Representatives of Grundfos visited one of the company’s pumping stations on the Mekong River Delta. This location was used to pump ground water, and the Grundfos team observed something strange as the 30 kilowatt (kW) pump was only managing to produce an output of just 45 cubic metres per hour. Such a large pump was far too big for the job in question, and most of the energy used to drive it was wasted.

Further checks by the Grundfos team followed. The team concluded that the Vietnamese company should replace its old pumps with new ones of an appropriate size. They also needed to modify their pumping stations accordingly. The aim was to reduce the pumps’ energy consumption from 0.33kW per cubic metre to 0.21 kW per cubic metre.

The company installed Grundfos Pumps models P60 and SP46, and within just one month, the target had been achieved!

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