water pressure problems

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 www.waterpressureproblems.com, 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.

5 ways to improve water pressure in the home

Pipeline leaks, new buildings and high occupation densities in homes and commercial buildings all contribute to a decrease in mains water pressure. The team at Anchor Pumps often receive numerous phone calls from customers asking questions about improving water pressure, therefore our expert team have put together the 5 ways we suggest improving your water pressure at home, along with the products we would also recommend to do so.

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The first step is to check pipes in the home for any leaks and corrosion. This is a common occurrence in an older home. In hard-water areas lime-scale deposits will clog up inside pipes.

If there is no serious breakage or corrosion, the problem can be solved by cleaning out the pipe with a solution of vinegar and sodium carbonate. Don’t use shop-bought chemical cleaners, as these can aggravate the problem. In the case of breakages, call a plumber to replace the pipes.

Check all the water outlets in the home, such as interior and exterior taps, shower heads and the like, and clean out any dirt or lime scale. Sometimes deposits can accumulate around a tap, allowing only a pin prick of water flow.

The next step is to check the pressure of water from the mains if the house has a water meter. (Some older properties in Britain do not have water meters.) Replace or reset the regulator to allow for a higher water pressure.

If these steps do not solve the problem, then it’s time to install a booster pump. However, building regulations in Britain expressly forbid the installation of a booster pump directly to the mains. The solution lies in the installation of a break tank. This should be installed next to the stop tap and as low as possible so that it can fill faster without having to work against gravity. Make sure that the outlet from the break tank is at least 22 mm in diameter. The outlet should be located as far as possible away from the filling ball valve.

Then choose a booster pump – here at Anchor Pumps, we have a wide range of booster pump sets that can help boost the water mains pressure to 1.4 bar and work on a 240-volt electric mains. Some pumps such as the Grundfos Max-E are capable of boosting water pressures to 5.0 bar. There is also a wide range of accessories for Grundfos, Lowara, Salamander and Calpeda, along with other well-known pump brands, to help you solve the problem.