5 Things That Could Destroy Your Home

Flood KitsOur home is our sanctuary, our place of comfort and rest, as well as the place that houses those that are most dear to us. Accordingly, we would do anything we can to protect our house. The most unnerving threats however are the ones that catch us unawares. To educate you on the lesser-known threats to our home, we have compiled a handy list of 5 things you did not know could destroy your home.

Climbing plants

Climbing plants like ivy can look very pretty at first glance, but more often than not they are causing havoc with the very foundations of your home. Through the process of biological weathering, your walls are being gradually worn away.

Climbing plants, or creepers (a name more befitting of their sinister designs on your home) grow into any cracks or gaps in your walls, making them weaker and weaker over time. If left unattended, they can cause serious structural damage that will be costly to repair.

Loose tiles and weak trees

Loose roof tiles often don’t present themselves until it’s too late. I was rudely awakened to this issue myself in recent weeks.  A single roof tile had wiggled itself loose, and Storm Doris had sent it crashing through the roof window of our bathroom. Nightmare. To make sure you don’t experience the same misfortune, it is worth pre-empting any challenge from the Great British weather by making sure all of your roof tiles are secure.

The same logic applies to any trees that are ominously looming over your home. High winds can knock over even the sturdiest looking of trees, making it imperative to trim any that appear look particularly vulnerable.

Faulty appliances

Sure, the sheer versatility of the five pronged USB charger is impressive, but it is equally adept at setting your house on fire. Often manufactured in China, where appliances are not subject to the same rigorous safety standards checks, faulty chargers can provide a serious threat to the safety of your home.

Vintage appliances can be just as threatening. Invariably made according to antiquated safety codes, vintage appliances are all too often rife with frayed or damaged wires that are just waiting to become a fire hazard.

Faulty pipes

Being oblivious to the network of pipes carrying water around your house is one of the biggest crimes homeowners can commit. The UK insurance industry pays out £2.5 million every day to repair damage caused by escape of water in the home, making it a better time than ever to invest in a flood kit.

Frozen or burst pipes are often the chief culprits. Amending any leaky taps and making sure all tanks and pipes are properly insulated should be enough to ward off any immediate threat.

The only way to safeguard your home long-term is to replace any old pipes with new ones, which also means installing new water booster pumps.


Always the unwanted visitors, pests can cause more damage than the most unruly of house guests ever could. Termites and woodworms gnaw away at the structural supports of our homes whilst nests made by wasps and bats destroy wiring and framing.

These nests thrive in small spaces and it is therefore essential to secure any such areas with hardware cloth or welded wire-fabric.

Hopefully you feel more aware of some of the more inconspicuous threats to your home and feel you are prepared to face them head on. Are there any other dangers to your home that belong on this list? Let us know!

Brand Spotlight: Varisco

Varisco PumpsAnchor Pumps are delighted to announce we have a new pump manufacturer to offer our customers: Varisco Pumps. This is exciting news indeed as Varisco are an industry leader in quality pump technology with a stellar reputation for their products as well as their excellent customer service.

Founded in 1932, the Varisco brand did not actually start their production of pumps until the year 1948 – however, the brand is now famous for their top-quality pump designs and are considered an industry leader in pump manufacturing. Their business strategy is clear: quality production and trouble-free sale of pumps for every sector; be it domestic, industrial, or public (firefighting & emergency departments).

Their success in this incredibly competitive industry can be attributed their constant striving for innovation within their pump technology, it is this dedication to continuously thinking ahead that enables them to predict what the next change in the market will be. In an industry that is constantly evolving to its customers’ needs, it pays to think far into the future.

Varisco put their money where their mouth is when it comes to making sure they stay ahead of the game in the pumping systems industry. Education is everything to them, so much so that they have created a research and development centre; that allows them to constantly study the chances in technology. For them, innovation cannot come from just having a great idea of itself, there needs to be rigorous laboratory and in-field testing involved in order to develop their pumping technology.

They also offer engineering solutions to their customers, rather than simply sell to them, it is this dedication to top notch customer service that endears them to their customers. They also provide support to customers for both pre and post sales stage of their pump purchases, which involves in-house support as well as call centres.

Here at Anchor Pumps, we stock a range of Varisco self-priming pumps (from 11/2 inches to 6 inches) that are perfect for pumping liquids that contain solids in suspension. If you are having trouble with priming, then this is the pump for you as it solves that problem with relative ease.

These pumps are surface mounted so they provide an easy installation as only the suction pipe needs to be immersed in the liquid you wish to pump. The pumps are also incredibly resistant to abrasion due to their ability to handle solids. These electric motor driven self-priming pumps are one of the very best on the market.

If you like the sound of these quality pumps, then you should check out the range that we offer you here at Anchor Pumps. Click here to view our selection of Varisco Pumps.

4 Causes of Low Water Pressure in Commercial Plumbing

Water Booster PumpsAre you a commercial organisation that needs to utilise water on a daily basis? Then you will know the issues low water pressure can cause to your business. Restaurants, gyms and hotels are businesses for which water pressure is a crucial factor; to name but a few. But what can you do if your water pressure just isn’t what it used to be? Here at Anchor Pumps, we are experts in all forms of plumbing and have a few choice tips for helping identify the problems causing low water pressure within your building.

Obstructed valves

If anyone has turned the water valves in your buildings off and on again for whatever reason, there is a chance they were not opened fully. Having a semi-open valve can cause low water pressure so make sure it is opened all the way when you check it. If for whatever reason the valve appears to be broken them call someone to fix it – do not attempt to do this yourself without proper training.


If you water pipes are damaged then this can cause leaks, which in turn will cause low water pressure as not all the water will make it to your taps/showerheads. If you think your pipes may be leaking, then an easy way to identify this is to close your main water valve and take a reading of the meter. Check back in two hours and if the figure on the meter has increased, then this is a sign that your pipes have a leak. Again, professional help will be needed in this instance.

Low power pumps

There can be two reasons for low power plumbing: either your pump is malfunctioning or it simply isn’t manufactured to be powerful enough for your needs. Regular maintenance checks are advised here to make sure your pump is working at optimum capacity, after all if it isn’t you’re wasting valuable water which is a drain on your energy costs. Installing the latest in pump technology is advisable and our range of water booster pumps are just the ticket to fix low water pressure in your plumbing.


This is probably the most common cause of low water pressure and is found often in iron pipes which are vulnerable to rusting which can cause an obstruction. Other things like dirt, gravel or sand and other naturally occurring substances can enter your pipes if there is a fracture in your water main. You can do something about this yourself by cleaning your fixtures regularly. If it still persists you may want to call in professional help to get to the root cause of the problem.

So there we have it, four of the most common sources of low water pressure in your commercial plumbing systems – be sure to check the pressure on your pipes as soon as you can.

How to Perform a Home Energy Check Yourself

home energy checkMaking your home more energy efficient has multiple benefits. It’s not just beneficial for saving you money on your energy bills (although this should be enough to convince you), it will also increase the comfort of your home, improve the resale value of it and massively reduce the carbon footprint it emits.

There’s just one problem: who do you turn to when it comes to finding out what part of your home is wasting the most energy? You could call in a professional to include an energy audit for you, which is fine, but did you know you could just as easily complete this process yourself and save a few of your hard-earned pounds?

Scrutinise your insulation

Did you know that over 60% of the heat generated in your home can be lost due to improper insulation? If possible, check out the condition of the insulation in your roof by going into the attic and see if you can find any wear/damage. At the time of your home being built, the builder will have followed the recommended levels of insulation at the time, which have steadily increased over the years – if your home is older, you’re much more likely to need more than you already have.

Go draught hunting

Draughts can waste up to 20% of your energy bills per year, so be sure to make a list of all the areas you can feel a leaking of air around your house. When you have this list, make sure you’re using the appropriate materials to seal these cracks, such as caulk or weather-stripping.  

Take a look at your central heating

Sometimes the machinery that operates the central heating in your home is massively outdated. If this is the case, you may want to think about updating to a newer model. A grundfos pump is a quality pump and a stellar choice for any setting (whether it be domestic, commercial or industrial), and are proven to save you much more money than you invest after a few years of purchasing.

A recent project undertaken Grundfos saved a hospital Brussels an estimated 65,000 euros a year in wasted energy by replacing over 200 of their old pumps with new ones.

Check yourself

Often it’s your own habits that cost you the most money. Just think to yourself: am I doing enough to save energy around my home? It might be things you won’t even pay a second though to, such as, leaving the light on in the hall when you’re not using that room or leaving an appliance plugged in and switched when you’ll rarely use it. Here are some more helpful tips for adjusting your own behavior around the house.

Inspect those lights

Lighting in your home is barely given a second thought, however, it’s actually responsible for 10% of your energy bills. While we have discussed turning them off when not in use, you can also add further efficiency to them by swapping the bulbs for something more economic. LED (Light Emitting Diode) or CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) bulbs are proven to reduce the energy needed to light your rooms and will save you a ton of money in the process for a fraction of the price.

Think about renewable energy

With so much of a push towards renewable energy today, you may want to be ahead of the curb before it becomes mandatory, and we suspect it probably will soon. Renewable energy technology such as solar panels, which enable you to generate your own energy and save you a substantial sum on your energy bills.

home energy check

Grundfos Motors Achieve World-Class Rating

grundfosSome exciting news coming from Grundfos this month: the IE5 rated MGE motors are now considered to be world class in their energy efficiency. Already an industry leader in energy efficient pump technology and performance, Grundfos are now delighted to announce that their new IE5 rated motors, offer 10% in saved energy as well as a massive 25% reduction in payback time as opposed to the older IE3 models.

Guaranteeing some of the best performing motors available on the market right now, this machinery vastly surpasses IE3 legislative demands and meets all the features of the strict standards of IE5, which is the highest energy efficiency level electrical motors can attain. All of the Grundfos MGE motors (from 0.75 kilowatts to 11 kilowatts) have achieved this IE5 efficiency status.

The secret behind these MGE motors impeccable performance is their quality artificial intelligence. Its control technology is able to adjust to the system that surrounds it and thus reduce the energy it needs to use to operate and when you combine the IE5 motor & it’s integrated frequency converter with Grundfos experience in pump motor technology, you’re sure to optimise the performance.

We at Anchor Pumps are proud to say that we stock a broad range of Grundfos pumps, one of the world’s leading manufacturers in their industry. The pumps feature unbeatable design and are outstanding features of engineering that are applicable to many applications, whether it be domestic, commercial or industrial uses.

The strength of these pumps are a key feature, as their high-grade stainless steel construction are ensured to withstand constant high usage, so they will not be damaged by issues regarding corrosion. They guarantee quality in every product that they sell, and we stock many of them, whether it be home boosters, liquid circulators or waste-water & drainage pumps, you can be assured that you are buying the best. These products are simple to maintain and install.

Grundfos are constantly pioneering new technologies, have helped a vast amount of industries and we are positive that they’re sure to continue doing so in the future.