Month: March 2016

Boosting your low water pressure in the home

It isn’t uncommon for homes to suffer from low water pressure. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as a slow-filling bath, poor flow from the shower or inadequate performance from your combi boiler, then you too may be experiencing low water pressure.
But although it’s a widespread problem, that doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed. The solution lies in a booster pump / booster pumps in order to improve the flow and get things back to how they should be.
Type of Pump
One of the leading options for correcting low water pressure is the Home Boost range from Salamander pumps. These are able to raise your water pressure by around 1.5 bar whilst still ensuring you stay compliant with water-use and installation regulations. They’re compact and easy to install and quiet in operation too, so they won’t disrupt your home with extra noise. Intelligent control means that the pump will only operate when it’s needed, so it won’t hit your energy bills either.
Where to Fit
Your booster pump / booster pumps need to be installed on your incoming mains water pipe. It should be fitted after the stop tap but before the central heating boiler. The pump needs to be on rigid, fixed pipework. In this position it can boost the flow to all taps, showers and appliances like washing machines and dishwashers in your house.
The unit needs to be positioned with its inlet and outlets vertical, and it should be somewhere that’s protected from frost. Make sure that it’s easy to access for when it requires servicing too. Don’t box it in where you can’t get to it.
There’s a video showing the installation process and how quiet Home Boost pumps are in operation.


Installation is much simpler and quicker than for some other solutions. All of the fittings you need for installation are included in the pump kit. You get washers, a filter washer, a straight connector, an isolation valve connector and some adapters to cope with either 15mm or 22mm pipe connections. Full instructions are included too, so you’re ready to start installing as soon as you get the kit.
Installation should only take about an hour. If you’re not confident doing it yourself, you can get a qualified plumber to carry out the work for you. You’ll need to turn off the water supply at the stop tap and drain the pipes by running the taps before starting work.
You can then cut into the pipe to fit the pump – make sure you allow room for isolating valves as well as the pump itself. With the pump fitted, the inlet pipework needs to be flushed and the pump filled with water before you switch on the electrical supply to the pump. This makes sure you have no airlocks in the system.
Once the power is connected, the pump should activate automatically as soon as a tap is turned on. A light on the pump indicates that it’s operating. You can then enjoy your improved water pressure throughout the house. These great tips from Anchor Pumps will help you to install one properly.

The 5 Best Submersible Pumps on the Market

Submersible pumps can be used in a range of applications across commercial, industrial and domestic settings. From sewage treatment to oil wells, and from draining mine shafts to removing floodwater from a cellar, a submersible drainage system will make short work of any requirements – but choosing the right pump for the right purpose can be tricky. This guide can help you to navigate the array of devices available.

Grundfos Unilift KP 350-AV-1 Drainage Pump

Grundfos Unilift KP 350-AV-1 Drainage Pump

The Unilift KP 350-AV-1 is the perfect pumping solution for purposes such as cellar drainage and dewatering of pools or liquid storage tanks.

Built to high-quality specifications with long-life stainless steel components and an automated safety cut-off switch to prevent overheating in case of dry-running, this pump is a hardy tool that has many uses. The presence of a strainer at the base of the pump prevents fibres, particulates and other debris from causing the pump to jam. This makes it perfect for dirty water applications.

Stuart Turner Supervort Drainage Pump


Stuart Turner Supervort Drainage Pump

An excellent choice for general-purpose, low-intensity applications, the Supervort drainage system is best suited for rainwater harvesting or in ponds with large gravity-fed filters.

Pump control is automated through the included adjustable float switch. They are not suitable for sewage-handling, though, making them a good budget choice for domestic consumers.

Calpeda GXC/GXV Sewage Submersible Pumps


Calpeda Sewage Submersible Pumps

For sewage and dirty water applications, the Calpeda GXCm submersible system will get the job done.

The design means it’s suitable for use in liquid containing solids up to a huge 35mm in diameter, and it incorporates smooth stainless steel surfaces for easy cleaning.

Available for 240v or 415v outlets and with two-passage impeller or free-flow vortex impellers, their flexibility is unrivalled.

Wilo-Drain Emergency Pumping Kit

Wilo-Drain Emergency Pumping Kit

One of the most common uses of submersibles is to drain floodwater. This emergency flood kit boasts a Wilo-Drain TMW water-cooled 240v drainage pump and a 10-metre hose.

This kit is guaranteed to make the difficult situation of a flooded house much easier to deal with. It includes additional accessories such as a cage basket for filtering debris and leaves.

Despite these great aspects, the kit remains very affordable, making this pump a must-have, even simply as an emergency stand-by for households in areas with a high risk of flooding.

Calpeda GEO230 Pump Lifting Station


Calpeda GEO230 Pump Lifting Station

For serious pump users, the Calpeda GEO230 submersible pump lifting station provides a 230-litre capacity tank solution for use with the Calpeda GXVM/GQSM range of drainage pumps.

The automatic collecting and lifting station is suitable for both clean and waste water, depending on the pump used. The stainless steel construction allows for a long service life and makes the device easy to clean.

The advanced technology employed gives a maximum flow of 36m3 per hour. An added advantage of this pumping station is that it is often possible to install alternative pumps to meet specific requirements if necessary.

To learn more about the selection of drainage solutions that Anchor Pumps has to offer, simply contact us and our expert staff will be happy to help.

7 inspiring blogs for improving your bathroom

DIY Fix It

Offering advice and information on all aspects of home improvement, this site is indispensable if you’re planning on tackling anything home-related on your own. The blog has an excellent section devoted to plumbing, with information on everything from fitting a copper pipe to how the water supply works.

Posts with practical advice covering a large selection of products also make this blog useful to consumers having trouble choosing new baths or showers or struggling with the choice between taps or mixers.



This regularly-updated, professionally-authored blog covers a wide range of questions that frequently come up when undertaking a DIY plumbing project; however, this is not all this excellent site has to offer.

You will also find beautiful ideas and inspiration for repurposing vintage and ‘found’ objects – one of the latest trends in DIY home renovation. As well as interesting designs like this DIY bathtub…

Also available is a DIY emergency plumbing guide, which it is vital to keep on hand when working to avoid a small accident turning into a flood and ruining your home. This can happen to the best of us.

bath sofa


DIY Bathroom Remodel

For everything and anything related to bathrooms, head over to the DIY Bathroom Remodel blog. Set up with the intention of inspiring outstanding design in bathroom renovations, this blog is the perfect destination to find precise tips and big ideas alike.

Areas include bathroom and tiling ideas, cabinets, lighting tips and tricks, shower concepts, and DIY plumbing how-to guides. Particularly impressive is the section dedicated to renovations in small bathrooms where space is at a premium.

All contributors are average home-owning DIYers. The basis of many of the posts is the fact that you can save money by doing the work yourself; therefore, the ideas and inspiration you will find are designed to be within reach of the average home DIYer.

DIY Bathroom Remodel

The Family Handyman

The Family Handyman is an excellent source of tips and tricks in all aspects of home improvement, especially in the realm of plumbing.

Their offering includes how-to guides for installing plumbing equipment, techniques to prevent common problems like leaks as well as straightforward money-saving techniques.

This makes it a favourite for budding DIY enthusiasts and definitely one to keep an eye on.

The Family Handyman


DIY Network

Blogs showcasing flashy, high-level design concepts are all very well, but what is the use if you do not have the skills to put your ideas into action?

This is where DIY Network comes in. Containing sections on all areas of DIY, this site is perfect for new initiates to the realm of DIY home improvement. The plumbing section is ideal for getting the basics down with guides to help you successfully complete tasks such as installing a new toilet or joining two pipes together.

Also extremely useful are the regular video guides. There is almost no excuse for anything going wrong with this blog on hand!

DIY Network


Freshome Interior Design & Architecture

Not strictly a plumbing blog, Freshome offers information, design ideas and contemporary style guides for all areas of the home.

The blog merits a mention here due to its stunning photos and the descriptions of the latest styles in bathroom design, which are invaluable to DIYers seeking to improve the aesthetic appeal of their work at home. These collections of pictures are perfect for sparking inspiration at the start of a project.

Check out Freshome to develop a truly elegant sense of design.

Freshome Interior Design

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

For more experienced DIY-ers, the Benjamin Franklin Plumbing blog offers an extensive archive of information to help you develop your knowledge.

By gaining a better understanding of how your plumbing systems function, you’ll be able to recognise problems at the earliest opportunity, helping you to save money and time.
The site is also useful for finding innovative water-saving strategies, so eco-minded DIY enthusiasts can conserve the environment as well as their hard-earned money. A great way to ensure the existing water supply is sufficient is to install a Home Booster to provide enough water to meet the demands.

Benjamin Franklin


Do you know of any excellent plumbing blogs that others could benefit from? Let us know. For those jobs that you can’t handle yourself, consult Anchor Pumps for expert advice.