Water pressure

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.

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.

How to increase shower water pressure

Many houses suffer from low water pressure, and this can be frustrating when it comes to enjoying a great shower. Low pressure can be due to many reasons, from blocked or poorly designed pipework to low mains pressure. Ever wondered how to increase water pressure in your home? Check out our tips below…

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If you’re having problems with low shower pressure, then the Anchor range of home booster pumps might be  the answer, but there are some other things to check first. If it’s only the shower that’s the problem and water pressure in the rest of the house is sufficient, it could be due to a clogged system. If you’re in a hard-water area, deposits can collect in a shower system, particularly the head, causing a drop in water pressure. Cleaning or replacing the shower head may be a quick way to solve this problem.

A problem in many properties is the position of the shower relative to the cold-water header tank. In most British homes, bathrooms are fed with cold water via a tank in the loft. To perform well, a shower will generally need a difference of around a metre between the position of the shower head and the water level in the tank. A quick fix if you don’t have sufficient distance to give a good flow is to fit a low-pressure shower head.

A more permanent fix is to use a booster pump. The range of home booster pumps available at Anchor Pumps include pumps that can be used to increase pressure just to the shower, aswell as a range of pumps to improve water pressure to all outlets in the bathroom.

If you have low water pressure throughout your home, you might want to look at improving things by boosting the pressure of the water coming into the house. Depending on the design of your system, this may also require you to have a storage tank. 

For more questions regarding your water pressure, and to help you find the
best pump for your home, CALL: 0800 112 3134

What Could be Affecting your Water Pressure?

Most people have experienced the frustration of low water pressure, a shower turning into a nightmare because the hose pipe is in use or dishes are being washed. Anchor Pumps aims to remedy all your issues when it comes to pumps and water pressure.

One reason why your water pressure might be low is if more households are being connected to your main water supply so there is less pressure. This increase in usage can be attributed to the rise in population.

Old pipes will have mineral deposits in them and therefore their diameter will be reduced, also affecting the water pressure. Both of these issues can be fixed, a booster pump for example can assist in improving water pressure whereas shower pumps can enhance the water flow of a shower, should the shower system be the main issue in regards to water pressure in the home. Take a browse through our pumps online to discover which pump is best for your requirements.

As a nation we spend a lot of money on our water bills, and with a few simple changes we can save much needed water…

 -When brushing your teeth don’t leave the tap running as this can waste around six litres per minute.

-Fill a jug with cold water and place in the fridge so you don’t have to run the tap and waste water to get a cold glass of water.

-Wash fruit and vegetables in a bowl so less water is wasted. Alternatively, you could use a colander to wash more than one at a time.

-Shower instead of taking a bath as this will save about a third of water in comparison.