Anchor Pumps Guide: How to Install a Shower Pump

10th June 2013

We all expect our shower to offer a refreshing and powerful spray, however the majority of homes simply do not have the strong water pressure required to operate today’s modern power showers. At Anchor Pumps we are here to advise that you no longer have to settle for second best with your shower system, as installing a shower pump will give your shower the necessary boost.

Install a shower pump in your home by following our simple step-by-step guide:

1) Choose your shower pump
 Before buying your shower pump, you will need to ensure that you select a pump specification that suits your current system. There is a broad spectrum of different shower pump specifications including negative head systems, positive head systems, and twin shower and single shower pumps – to maximise your shower’s water pressure to its full potential, make sure that you select the correct specification shower pump to match your current system.

2) Check the water pressure
With the huge range of shower pumps available on the market today, it is easy finding a shower pump that suits the water pressure in your home. When buying your shower pump, check whether there is enough pressure available from your water tank to operate the pump. Pressure levels are different depending on the pump that you buy – for example, positive head shower pumps generally operate from a minimum inlet pressure of 0.2 bar.

3) Position the shower pump
After choosing the correct specification shower pump for your shower system, you should then decide where you will position the pump. At Anchor Pumps we advise keeping your shower pump in an easily reached location, as this will provide better access for when the pump requires maintenance. A shower pump should also be installed as nearby as possible to the hot and cold water storage tanks.

4) Install the pipework
When the pump is positioned into place, you should then install all of the necessary pipework. Begin by checking that all of the pipework is completely flushed through – this will prevent debris from entering the shower pump when it is operational. Shower pumps come with a range of pipes which should be installed to corresponding counterparts – such as the pump’s cold water feed which will need to be connected to the cold water storage tank. After completing the pipework, the pump can then be connected to the electricity.

5) Prime the Pipework and the Pump
The final step of installing your shower pump is to prime the pump and any connected pipework. Priming the pump and the pipework involves running a bucket of water through both the hot and cold sides of the pump and the pipework – making sure that the electrical supply is switched off first. You should pour until the water runs clear, this helps to prevent any trapped air from getting into the pump when it is operational.

For more information on the range of shower pumps available to buy online at Anchor Pumps, including Grundfos pumps and Stuart Turner pumps, please feel free to get in touch with us today for any installation queries.


How to Minimise the Noise of a Shower Pump

8th July 2013

Across the nation there is a huge demand for more powerful showers, this has led to many people discovering the benefits of installing a shower pump. A shower pump optimises a shower system to its fullest by boosting the overall water pressure - however, in some instances, homeowners have found that the operation of their shower pumps is slightly louder than what they were expecting.

If a shower pump has a loud operating noise, it can echo throughout the house whenever the shower is in use. However, that there are ways in which this unpleasant noise can be reduced.

Why is my Shower Pump Noisy?
 Shower pumps boost a shower’s water pressure through producing vibrations – and this noise is often heard throughout the home. The noise is not constant, and can only be heard when the shower system is in use.

The noise of a shower pump is dependent on the brand that you choose. The cheaper a shower pump, the louder it will be unfortunately, and this is because cheap shower pumps are generally produced from cheap components, and often don’t utilise the quality and innovative manufacturing techniques that you would find in some of the more expensive models from reputable pumps brands. Pumps that follow a cheap design are likely to vibrate more than other shower pumps - resulting in a louder noise.

Do you Sell Silent Shower Pumps?
 Due to the operation of a shower pump, silent shower pumps do not exist. Although, a number of leading shower pump manufacturers have recognised the loud noise associated with shower pumps as a great issue, and have taken positive steps to reduce this noise. Stuart Turner has highlighted noisy pumps as a problem and have incorporated innovative anti-vibration feet into its range of shower pumps.

What can I do to reduce the Noise of My Shower Pump?
If you want to reduce the noise of an existing pump, an advisable way of reducing the noise is to mount the pump onto a concrete block – concrete is less liable to transmitting a pump’s loud vibrations. You should also avoid placing a shower pump on hollow materials such as timber, any hollow material will amplify the pump’s vibrations – resulting in an even louder operation.

At Anchor Pumps we also recommend that you check the pump’s independent pipework is fully supported. Unsupported pipework could lean on walls or nearby surfaces, and transfer the pump’s vibrations.