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  • Preparing your Home for the Winter Months

    The arrival of winter weather doesn’t just mean wrapping up warm and hounding the shops for presents; it also means taking proper care of your home. Without taking measures to guard against all of the challenges to your home that the winter weather portends, your home can very easily slide into a costly state of disrepair. Frozen pipes, roof leaks and ice dams are all very real possibilities. To help you ward off these debilitating problems and keep your home in tip-top shape throughout the winter period, we have put together this list of helpful tips.

    Frozen pipes

    Frozen pipes are the scourge of the winter period. They will not only cut off the supply of water to your home, they can even burst and cause flooding. Repairs for a problem of this scale can be prohibitively expensive.  If they are to be avoided - which they should be (at all costs) - you need to ensure you have fitted lagging. Inexpensive, and straightforward enough to fit, as a preventative measure, they can save you hundreds if not thousands of pounds.

    Draught excluders

    Once again, a warm home is perhaps the most effective bulwark against the challengingly low temperatures of water. Fitting draught excluders at the bottom of doors and windows is an inexpensive way of retaining heat. They are available for purchase online and from home stores for very little money at all, offering excellent return on investment long-term. By improving your home’s ability to retain heat, they’ll save you money on heating over time.

    Hot water circulating pumps

    To ward off the threat of frozen pipes, it is important to keep your house warm. Any time the temperature drops below 0°C, you are flirting dangerously with the prospect of your pipes freezing over. Keeping your home perpetually warm though, is an expensive endeavour. Circulation pumps can help minimise the cost. Electric wet rotor pumps can intelligently respond and adapt to changes in the system’s demands, ensuring peak efficiency is maintained at all times. The efficiency of many of our pumps is officially certified by the European Commission - just look for the EuP insignia on our product listings.

    The unique climatic conditions of winter can pose a particular problem to homeowners. Lacking the oversight to properly prepare for the cold, wind, snow and ice of winter is a mistake you can’t afford to make - literally. By taking the precautions listed in this piece, you can spend money on the things that you really want to this winter - on your family and friends.

  • Brand Focus: Grundfos

    We are fortunate to have close ties to some of the world’s finest pump manufacturers. Some, like the English Stuart Turner, operate from close to home, while others, like the Japanese Ebara, are based much further afield.

    What unites these companies is the exceptional quality of their products. Each company is vastly experienced and employs the most forward-thinking engineers and product designers to realise their ambition of creating innovative, efficient and durable products.

    Today, we have decided to draw attention to the German manufacturer Grundfos. By delving into their history, their values and a range of their products, we hope to provide an insight into why we feel so privileged to sell their wares; and why you, as potential customers should seriously consider buying a Grundfos product.

    History

    Grundfos was founded in 1944 in Bjerringbro, Denmark by Poul Due Jensen. It started life under the name Bjerringbro Die-Casting Foundry and Machine Foundry.  During the 60s, the company name became synonymous with that of their most popular product - Grundfoss. In 1967, the decision was taken to remove the ‘s’ at the end and the Grundfos we are all familiar with today was born.

    Bjerringbro Die-Casting Foundry and Machine Foundry originally centred its efforts on blacksmithing, heating and sanitation. An order for automatic waterworks in 1945 however, quickly changed Grundfos’ trajectory. When Poul Due Jensen struggled to find an electric pump of satisfactory quality for the waterworks, he decided to develop one himself. It would prove a pivotal moment in Grundfos’s history.

    Foss 1, the result of his efforts, was a shallow groundwater piston pump and it sold well; 26 units were sold in its first year. From there, Grundfos went from strength-to-strength, producing its first deep groundwater piston pump in 1947 and beginning to export its products in 1949. The following seventy years have been marked by exceptional growth, new products and the establishment of Grundfos as a globally respected name in the pumps industry.

    Innovation

    The company’s mantra - be think innovate - lays clear their forward-thinking approach.  Grundfos is constantly pushing and re-drawing the boundaries of pumps technology. Their history is characterised by an uncommonly consistent rate of innovation. In 1989 for example, they developed the core melting technique, which meant they were the first pump manufacturer with the ability to produce complicated shapes in composite.

    Efficiency and Sustainability

    Be think innovate not only speaks to their commitment to innovation, but also to an understanding of the responsibility their role as a manufacturer of products that trade in energy and water carries. Pumps manufacturers, more than most, have an acute understanding of this burden. Even marginal gains in efficiency represent potentially massive savings in water and energy. And given that 90% of the world’s pumps are inefficient, Grundfos recognises the dire need for efficient pumps and has made it their goal to reverse this worrying statistic.

    Products

    Circulating pumps

    Hot water circulating pumps more efficiently heat and distribute water around your home than conventional heating systems. Not only does it cut down on the amount of energy your home expends, it also reduces the amount of water your home uses. Extremely efficient and really simple to use, Grundfos circulating pumps are an obvious choice for those looking to improve the efficiency of their heating.

    Grundfos mains booster booster pump

    Is your home plagued by insufficient water pressure? Installing Grundfos home booster pumps is an exceptionally simple way to solve this problem. Because they are self-contained and remarkably compact, Grundfos booster pumps can be installed with very little difficulty.  In no time at all, your home can have pressurised hot and cold water.

  • Introducing our Special Offers

    Our special offers page houses some fantastic deals. You’ll find everything from pressure boosting pumps to submersible pumps - all with discounts ranging from 20% to a ridiculous 40%. To introduce you to these cut-price products, we have put together this blog post.

    Lowara domestic circulating pump -

    By more efficiently heating and distributing the water that comprise your heating, a central heating pump can reduce the amount of energy your home spends on heating -  as well as the amount of money you spend on heating. Boasting ErP readiness, this circulating pump from Lowara is as energy-efficient as it gets. It reacts automatically to changes in the demands of your heating system to maintain peak efficiency at all times. Available for a scandalously low £122.50, you should snap up this offer while you still can.

    Calpeda EasyMat twin booster pump -

    Suitable for domestic and small commercial applications, the Calpeda EasyMat twin booster pump is the perfect solution to an underperforming water system. Variable speed control allows the user to set the speed of the system in line with their needs. And because it can be installed independent of the pump and motor, the EasyMat can be retrofitted quickly with a minimum of fuss. For that reason, its installation can quickly yield positive results, overhauling a system suffering from low pressure in no time at all. Slashed from £4133.00 to £2893.10, it is an incredible deal for an incredible product.

    Lowara Doc 3 submersible pump -

    With increased rainfall and lower temperatures, the threat of flooding becomes far more likely during the winter months. Keep at-risk areas of your home free of water with this Lowara submersible pump. Thanks to its compact build, it can easily be positioned in a sump pit, basement or cellar where water is likely to accumulate. It will automatically rid the threatened area of water.

    Flamco wall mounted pressurisation unit -

    Used in conjunction with an expansion vessel, this wall-mounted Flamco pressurisation unit will allow you to reliably control the pressure of your heating system. Because it is fully integrated, the installation process couldn’t be more straigh­tforward; it just needs to be connected at the same point as the expansion vessel. The digital display of the pressurisation unit is simple and clear and the alarm system will alert users to any changes in pressure. With a colossal 40% discount, it’s worth every penny.

    From world-recognised brands like Lowara, Calpeda and Flamco, we offer sensational deals on exceptional quality products. Hopefully, this blog has given you some interesting insights into some quality products you may have been guilty of overlooking. If you have any questions about any of the listed products, please do not hesitate to give us a call; one of our friendly staff will be happy to help.

  • Tips for Keeping Warm and Cosy at Home

    As the temperature has begun to drop and Christmas dawns ever nearer, now is a time where we start to consider how we can keep our homes warm and cosy – while keeping our heating bills to a minimum! In this guide we provide our top tips for staying toasty at home in the colder months:

    1. Covering Up Any Draughts

    Be sure to keep out any cold air coming in through cracks and gaps in doors and windows. You can do this by using doorstoppers, insulation tape or any kind of material which will exclude any draughts – get creative with this as every little will help!

    2. Use Pipe Lagging

    Pipe lagging is really easy to install yourself and helps to protect your pipes from the cold weather. It keeps the water within the pipes hotter for longer and will improve the efficiency of your heating.

    3. Bleed your Radiators

    To ensure your radiators are heating your rooms as effectively as possible, you should bleed them to allow any air trapped at the top to be released, meaning the entirety of your radiator will be heated.

    4. Check on your Heating System

    Make sure your heating system is running to its optimal performance. You could service your boiler or purchase a Central Heating Pump from Complete Pump Supplies to improve the supply of hot water to your radiators. Pumps from our range offer you fantastic value for money, with controlled circulation pumps providing up to 80% savings on your electricity.

    5. Invest in some Cosy Rugs

    With tiles and wooden floors feeling much colder to the touch than carpet, we would definitely advise buying some warm rugs. Not only will they add to the décor of your rooms, but they will cover any draughts you may have coming through.

    6. Use your Curtains Effectively

    Keep your curtains open during the day, especially if you’re lucky enough to have direct sunlight coming through! This heat is free and so should be made use of. At night, close your curtains over, ensuring that no heat is being lost from radiators below, up into your windows. If your curtains are too long, tuck them up onto your window ledge or pop a few pins into them to make sure you’re not wasting any energy on your central heating.

    7. Wrap Up Warm

    Wearing a number of layers rather than just one thick layer will help to trap air and warm you up faster. With most of our body heat being lost through our feet, it’s important to always wear slippers around the house.

    8. Spend Time with Others

    Whether it be cosying up on the couch, or just being in the same room, remember that humans give off a degree of heat, or if no one is available, any furry pets can help to warm you up too!

    9. Use a Hairdryer

    Warming up any layers you’re about to add on, your bed before you get in, or even drying over your hair will all assist in raising your temperature, just be careful not to singe anything!

    10. The Trusty Hot Water Bottle

    Using a hot water bottle is a quick and easy way to help you stay toasty, with different sizes and covers available, make one a staple in your night time routine.

  • Brand Focus: Lowara UK Ltd

    This month we are focusing on our manufacturer Lowara. A Xylem brand renowned for their quality, Lowara specialise in pumps, water booster sets and pressurisation units. Offering an economical solution to water pressure issues, their designs are robust, easy to install, affordable to service and operate highly efficiently. Here we look at some of their product range and and some of our favourite models.

     

    Water Booster Sets

    When considering purchasing a water booster set, it is important to remember you must firstly have a break tank installed, you can take a look at our GRP tanks available here. Lowara offer single pump, twin pump and three pump booster sets along with category five booster sets and a range of accessories. Ideal for domestic use the Lowara SMB10/­B/­1HME05S03/­M2/­UK Booster Sets - Single Pump, guarantees a controlled and quiet performance. Alternatively the Lowara GHV30/­A/­15SV06F055T/­4/­UK Booster Sets - Three Pump provides an extremely reliable source of pressure to commercial and industrial sites.

     

    Heating and Hot Water Circulating Pumps

    Lowara circulating pumps have been specifically invented to lower energy consumption. In the creation of these pumps, Lowara have stripped back and simplified the design, leaving an efficient but affordable solution for the consumer. Just some of the applications Lowara pumps can be used for include:

    • radiant heating (one- and two pipe systems)
    • underfloor and surface heating
    • boiler feed
    • solar stations

    They have a shaftless spherical design and are built with ECM technology and permanent magnet rotor. The Lowara Ecocirc 25-4/130 Domestic Circulating Pump is an ideal choice for domestic use, and for use in larger buildings the Lowara Ecocirc XLplus D 80-120F Circulator Pump - Twin Head (PN10).

     

    Vertical Multistage Pumps

    These multipurpose pumps are highly efficient, featuring advanced technology in a robust and reliable design. Lowara vertical multistage pumps are WRAS approved for potable water use, with all metal surfaces coming into contact with the passing liquid made from stainless steel. Effective for use in a number of industries, Complete Pump Supplies stock these pumps in a range of sizes. In some sizes then comes a choice of flange variations, for a smaller ‘N’ flanged pump, take a look at the Lowara e-SV 1SV02N003M Vertical Multistage Pump. For a larger ‘F’ flanged pump, see the Lowara e-SV 15SV17F150T/D Vertical Multistage Pump.

     

    Pressurisation Units

    We have four types of Lowara pressurisation units available:

    • Lowara Micro Presfix Pressurisation Units
    • Lowara Mini Presfix Pressurisation Units
    • Lowara Presfix Beta Pressurisation Units
    • Lowara Presfix Beta Dual Pressurisation Units

    These systems dramatically reduce corrosion by sealing the content from the elements, allowing only fresh water to replace loss through leakage. Investing in a Lowara pressurisation unit can also be highly cost-efficient. As the units offer the possibility of running at higher temperatures if required, this can mean minimised piping, lowered circulation rates and smaller pumps. Check out the Lowara Micro Presfix 140 (Single pump, max F/P 4 bar), ideal for domestic use. The Lowara Presfix Beta 280 Dual System (max F/P 8.0 bar) manages two independent systems from one pressurisation unit, making it a good option for industrial use.

    To view our entire range of Lowara products, visit their page on our website here.

  • 4 Steps to Installing a GRP Water Storage Tank on your Premises

    Here at Complete Pump Supplies we offer a range of quality GRP Tanks. In a previous post we explained the function of these tanks, here we detail recommended steps to take before choosing a tank for your home/business.

     

    1. Measuring your Water Usage

    We would firstly advise that you measure the amount of water that you are using. You can calculate this yourself by considering factors such as what flow or flush fixtures are on your premises, how many people use them and how much water they require to function. Alternatively, there are online calculators to help you to determine your water usage, or if you would prefer, you can contact us via email or phone to assist. If your water usage amounts to over 13 litres per minute, we would definitely recommend that you invest in a GRP tank.

     

    2. Selecting your GRP Water Storage Tank

    If you require further assistance with this, at a charge dependant on location, our experts can visit your premises to help you to measure and determine the type of tank you will need. At Complete Pump Supplies, you can select from a vast range of sizes and options to suit yours or your business’ needs. We some of the product ranges we offer include;

    ●     One piece uninsulated GRP water tanks - ideal for process water.

    ●     One piece insulated GRP water tanks - needed for potable water.

    ●     Two piece GRP water tanks - best suited for installation in areas with restricted access.

    ●     Bespoke GRP water tanks - where standard tank sizes are unsuitable, these tanks can be designed as one or two piece models.

    ●     Sectional GRP water tanks - for storing large capacities of water from 125 litres up to 2,000,000 litres.

     

    3. Selecting a Booster Set

    Bylaws enforced by the Water Authority do not allow for pumps to be connected directly to the water supply, therefore it is required that a break tank be incorporated into a system. Therefore, if you wish to improve water pressure on your premises, it is important that you also have a suitably functioning pump to work in conjunction with the tank. You can check out our booster sets available from Complete Pump Supplies here.

     

    4. Installing and Maintaining your Water Tank

    A GRP tank will supply your premises with the means to increase water pressure and also provide you with a backup supply of water should the your mains ever be cut off.

    Choosing a GRP tank from Complete Pump Supplies will guarantee you a lower maintenance, highly cost effective purchase, which can last between 25 and 50 years. Our tanks are WRAS approved and made with state of the art Glass Reinforced Plastic. Extremely resistant to corrosion, GRP is also lightweight but incredibly strong, making it a highly favourable material in the production of water storage tanks.

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