Anchor Pumps

Anchor Weigh Up New Opportunities on 30th Anniversary

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Friday 12th August 2016; Anchor Pumps, one of the UK’s biggest suppliers of industrial and domestic pumps, is celebrating 30 successful years in business by looking to the future and planning further growth.

Since founder Ken Rowe first opened the doors back in 1986, the firm has gone from strength to strength. Now stocking over two million items on-site, the firm operates from purpose-built premises in Warrington, having outgrown their original base in Northwich due to increasing customer demand.

Supplying the likes of Rolls Royce, Mars, Coca-Cola, Bird’s Eye and United Utilities with specialist pumps and accessories, as well as providing spare parts and repair and service facilities, over the years the firm has also rubbed shoulders with Hollywood, supplying Warner Brothers with pumps for use in special effects in their blockbuster films.

With a “customer first” policy throughout its history, the team at Anchor Pumps can boast of over 100 years of combined experience in the industry. Such depth of knowledge and experience has helped cement their reputation as the sector’s foremost authority in the UK. As well as being highly skilled, the team at Anchor Pumps offer their customers clarity and depth of understanding of the sector that can help them to make the right commercial decisions and achieve their own success.

All Anchor Pumps’ projects begin with an estimate for any necessary repairs or replacements, which is provided completely free of charge and without obligation. The company’s pump-testing facilities ensure all products are fully working to the best of their capabilities, and service contracts following installation give customers reassurance that equipment is kept in peak condition.

Other services on offer include specialist pipework fabrication, as well as a state-of-the-art machine shop facility, and with a very extensive range of spares available from stock for immediate despatch and fully professional installation, theirs is truly a complete service.

Anchor Pumps large, loyal and growing customer base can choose from products manufactured by the likes of Grundfos, Lowara, Mono, Dab, Calpeda, Jesco, Flyght, Cat, Saniflo, Salamander, Stuart Turner, KSB and many more. Many of these manufacturers have done business with Anchor Pumps throughout the company’s history. For example, their association with Viking Pumps alone goes back over 20 years and stands as a testament to their commitment to building lasting and meaningful relationships with their suppliers.

2010 saw the firm undertake a shrewd strategic move into online sales, offering a fully secure online sales service for customers outside the North West area of the UK and putting them ahead of their competitors. The team at Anchor Pumps recognised that online activity would help raise their profile, underline their commitment to the industry and find them new customers. The strategy has proved to be very successful, and due to demand they now also operate websites in France and Germany to better service the needs of European-based customers.

Management and staff are thrilled to be celebrating 30 years in business, and they view the 30th anniversary as an opportunity to put new plans in place and grow further still.

Warren Holmes, Anchor Pumps’ Managing Director, comments; “Business has grown year on year significantly, despite a more competitive and turbulent market place. We have plans to continue to grow with more brands looking to joining Anchor Pumps very soon. The future is looking very promising”.

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.

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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.

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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.

How to test a central heating pump

Central heating failures are often due not to the boiler itself but to peripheral components such as pumps and motorised diverter valves. These are among the few moving parts in the system and so are more likely to be subject to wear and failure over time.


Central heating pumps do fail, and it isn’t hard to diagnose this yourself. First of all, find it – the pump will usually be located near to the boiler or the hot water cylinder in non-combi systems. It will generally be made by Grundfos or Lowara and will have the maker’s name on it.

Pumps are usually cylindrical in design and will often have a switch allowing the flow rate to be adjusted. If you think you have a problem with your pump, try lightly touching it. If it’s working properly there will be a slight vibration and it will be warm to the touch.

If your pump isn’t working, turn off the power supply to it and get a cloth and a screwdriver. In the centre of the pump you’ll see a silver plate with a slot in it. Loosen this by half a turn – be careful here, as the pump could be full of hot water. You should get a slight hiss as air escapes and some water will drip out – that’s why you need the cloth.

If the water is cool enough, remove the silver plate. Be careful not to lose it. You should then be able to see the end of the pump shaft, which has a small slot in it. This should turn easily with a small screwdriver. If it doesn’t then it’s seized, and you’ll need to replace the pump.

If the shaft turns easily, turn the power back on. If you can see the shaft spinning but you’re still not getting heat, then it’s likely the problem is air in the system or the impeller has broken. In the former case, the pump will usually have a bleed valve, but make sure you bleed the rest of the system too, including radiators. A broken impeller will usually lead to a rattling or clicking noise as the fragments float around inside the pump. If this is the case, the pump will need replacement. You can find products from Anchor Pumps to help with any central heating pump issues.

Tips for cleaning your shower head

A shower pump is a popular upgrade to many homes, allowing you to have a satisfactory shower even if the water pressure in the property wouldn’t otherwise allow it.

Tips for cleaning your shower head

Shower pumps are generally very reliable and require little in the way of maintenance. However, some regular attention and cleaning can make sure that your pump has a long working life.

Pumps usually have a reservoir which can be removed for cleaning. This is easy to do just by removing a screw and detaching the reservoir – though take care, as there may be some water in it. Every year or so the pump should be flushed using an anti-bacterial solution to avoid a build-up of sludge.

The filters in shower pumps can become clogged with limescale if you live in a hard-water area. To clean these, you’ll need to isolate the electrical supply to the pump and turn off the water valves either side of it. Filters are usually located behind the flexible connection pipes to the impellers. Check the manufacturer’s instructions if you’re unsure.

Your pump will last longer if you pay attention to the rest of the shower too. The shower head should be cleaned and descaled regularly – especially in hard-water areas – as this is a common cause of poor water flow. While you’re there, it’s also worth cleaning the drain from the shower tray to keep it free of hair and soap scum.

Poor flow may also be due to an airlock. You can cure this by turning off the electricity to the pump, then opening the shower mixer taps to allow any water out of the system before closing them again. To vent the pump directly, you’ll need to remove the connection pipes after first closing off all of the valves.