A shower pump is a popular upgrade to many homes, allowing you to have a satisfactory shower even if the water pressure in the property wouldn't otherwise allow it.

Tips for cleaning your shower head

Shower pumps are generally very reliable and require little in the way of maintenance. However, some regular attention and cleaning can make sure that your pump has a long working life.

Pumps usually have a reservoir which can be removed for cleaning. This is easy to do just by removing a screw and detaching the reservoir - though take care, as there may be some water in it. Every year or so the pump should be flushed using an anti-bacterial solution to avoid a build-up of sludge.

The filters in shower pumps can become clogged with limescale if you live in a hard-water area. To clean these, you'll need to isolate the electrical supply to the pump and turn off the water valves either side of it. Filters are usually located behind the flexible connection pipes to the impellers. Check the manufacturer's instructions if you're unsure.

Your pump will last longer if you pay attention to the rest of the shower too. The shower head should be cleaned and descaled regularly - especially in hard-water areas - as this is a common cause of poor water flow. While you're there, it's also worth cleaning the drain from the shower tray to keep it free of hair and soap scum.

Poor flow may also be due to an airlock. You can cure this by turning off the electricity to the pump, then opening the shower mixer taps to allow any water out of the system before closing them again. To vent the pump directly, you'll need to remove the connection pipes after first closing off all of the valves.