Help is at Hand to Choose the Right Pump

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Updating your kitchen and bathroom or renovating a whole house can be an exciting time, but there’s lots to think about before you get to the bit we all love – choosing your beautiful fittings, fancy tiles and fluffy towels.

Making sure you’ve got decent water pressure may not be the glamorous end of home improvement but it’s vital if you want to avoid any shocking shower scenarios or bathroom bloopers.

How annoying would it be to go through all the hassle and spend hundreds or even thousands of pounds, if at the end of it all you’re still putting up with a trickle of water from the shower, or waiting half an hour for your gorgeous new bath to fill with water?

Water pressure problems are a pain in the pipes, but there are lots of simple ways to solve them, from checking for damaged pipes and making sure valves are fully open, to cleaning any mineral deposits from taps and shower heads.

If the simple things don’t work and you need more advice, try websites such as, which can help you diagnose the problem and decide on the right solution.

You may well find that installing a pump is the answer to your water woes.

We know a thing or two about water pumps and we’re good listeners, so when our customers told us that we had such a wide range of clever shower, bathroom and whole house pumps it was hard to choose the right model, we got to work overhauling it to make easier for them.

The upshot is that we’ve re-engineered our popular centrifugal range and launched it under the new Right Pump label.

If you’re a person who likes all the technical info, that means we’ve reduced noise; used crossover technology to allow the former RSP ‘shower only’ pumps to power the whole house; and included a ‘spiders’ web’ design to strengthen the plastic end caps for extra strength, rigidity and reliability.

We’ve also improved the electronic system protection which guards the pump against the three most common faults which cause damage to pumps – dry running, excessive heat and leaks in the system.

So not only are you getting more pump for your money, you’re getting the confidence that your pump will be quiet, smart, strong and reliable.

Good water pressure is essential to domestic life, so before you start dreaming of beautiful bathrooms or steamy hot showers, give a thought to the unsung hero that is the water pressure level in your home, and browse the Right Pump range at Salamander Pumps now.

What Type of Shower Pump Do I Need?

Few things in life are more annoying than a shower that doesn’t have enough power behind it. Let’s face it – a trickle of water just doesn’t feel as if it’s getting the job done. This is why choosing the right shower pump is important. If your home has poor water pressure, a shower pump can put that right by boosting the water flow and enabling you to enjoy a satisfying, powerful shower experience.

If you find yourself asking what shower pump do i need? Here are some tips and recommendations from the team at Anchor Pumps to help;

What Shower Pump Do I Need

Firstly, check the kind of boiler you have in your home. Your choice of shower pump will depend on whether you have a conventional system or a combi-boiler system. Next you need to decide whether you require a positive or negative head shower pump. This may sound a bit daunting, but it’s really quite straightforward. If the vertical distance between the base of your cistern tank and your shower head is 500mm or more, you need a positive head pump, as this kind of system relies on gravity to get the water to your shower head. However, if your shower head is situated at or above the level of your cistern tank, then a negative head pump is what you need, as this system sucks the water from the tank to take to your shower head.

Just bear in mind that if you have more than one shower in your home in need of a boost, then you’ll want to select a more powerful model.You also need to take into account where the pump will be stored – most will live in the water tank.

That covers the basics, and now comes the next part: choosing from the various brands. The amount of choice can seem a little daunting, but in our opinion there are three shower pump models that stand out for their combination of high performance and low noise levels.

Stuart Turner is a major name in shower pumps, and the company’s Monsoon range has a great reputation. Made from high-quality brass, there are various models to choose from, including single-head or twin-head options, and all are low-voltage and therefore cost-effective.

The Salamander CT Force range offers high quality regenerative pumps, value for money, brass construction, low maintenance, reliability, efficiency and quietness. They are also easy to install and will last you for a good number of years.

Grundfos pumps offer carefully designed, well-constructed and thoroughly reliable pumps which are easy to install and fitted with high-density long-life carbon-graphite seals, integral controls and anti-vibration feet.

However, if you’re looking for a quality pump priced at under £150 which will be just as effective as costlier models, then take a look at the Stuart Turner ShowerMate Eco S2.0 Twin or the Salamander CT75 Xtra 2.0 Bar – both represent excellent value for money.

Keep these tips in mind and you can’t go far wrong! 

Introducing the CT Bathroom from Salamander Pumps

Salamander pumps are one of the most respected brands on the market today, with their products renowned for quality and performance alike. The company’s highly successful CT range of pumps has now been expanded with the addition of a new bathroom pump.

CT Bathroom from Salamander Pumps


The CT range of pumps includes some of the finest models in Salamander’s current offering. Existing models in the CT series include the CT Xtra family and the CT Force range of ultra-powerful pumps. The CT Bathroom is the latest addition to this highly successful series, specially designed for domestic and small-scale commercial bathroom applications. It boasts higher pressure outputs and performance fine-tuned for the needs of a bathroom setting. The CT Bathroom pumps are capable of boosting hot and cold water supplies separately or at the same time, using unique crossover technology to prevent the overheating problems that can arise in other pumps when hot and cold sides are active separately.

CT Bathroom pumps are quiet, energy-efficient and highly effective. They are suitable for just about any bathroom application you might have in mind. Showers, bathroom sinks and lavatories all fall within the domain of Salamander’s latest CT pumps. These pumps will prove useful when water pressure has to be boosted to accommodate multiple or high-performance outlets, or when other factors have caused water pressure to drop before it reaches the bathroom.

Salamander now produces several variants of the CT Bathroom range, including the CT60 Bathroom and the higher-specification CT80 Bathroom. Both of these pumps also come in a universal variant, which is perfect for negative head applications.

To find out more about Salamander pumps, and browse our range, visit:

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.

Q&A with Salamander Pumps expert “Big Malc”

In June 2014, we welcomed the team from leading manufacturer Salamander pumps to our offices for some very useful, in-depth product training. During the visit, we had a chance to meet with Big Malc – one of the most experienced members of the Salamander team. His experience and knowledge of the brand and products is impeccable, therefore we decided to ask Big Malc a few questions to share his great product knowledge with our customers….

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1. How long have you worked for Salamander?
I have been with Salamander now for 14 years and in that time have worked as a helpdesk advisor, customer service manager and now in my present role as technical/training manager. In recent years, I have seen all facets of the business go from strength to strength.

2. What do you think makes Salamander such a great brand?
Without doubt it’s the design and reliability of the product. All our pumps are fully tested before leaving our factory. The customer service support supplied through our helpdesk and national sales force is second to none.

3. How has the Salamander range changed / improved since you joined the team?
When I first started 14 years ago, new product development within the company was limited, but that’s changed. We have invested significantly in the R&D department, which is now making real progress in the development of new product design and materials. You only need to look at the new CT Xtra and CT Force shower pumps, not to mention the ground breaking HomeBoost mains booster pump to see that we are leading the field in technology and innovation.

4. What are your thoughts on the new Salamander product ranges?
The hallmarks of reliability, quality & value for money run right through our product portfolio. In addition, low operational noise has become a priority for all domestic products and that is now a major feature of all our pumps. You will see that we have recently been awarded the Quiet Mark for HomeBoost, from the UK Noise Abatement Society, confirming it as the quietest pump of its type against all competitors that were tested.

5. How would you describe Salamander in 3 words?
This is a hard question as the Salamander name represents many strong features and benefits – but I’d have to say QUALITY, SERVICE, VALUE.