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How to Install a Shower Pump

Shower pumpA strong and refreshing spray that leaves you feeling squeaky clean every time – it's what we all expect from a shower, but as many homes simply have inadequate water pressure, a shower can be generally more of a dripping tap than an invigorating spray. However, you needn't settle for second best with your water supply any longer as specialist pumps retailer, Anchor Pumps, advise that installing a shower pump into your home will boost your current water supply to a strong level – allowing you to achieve a powerful and relaxing water flow from your shower system.

Step-by-step guide to installing a shower pump

1) Choose your Pump
When selecting your shower pump, you need to make sure you choose the right specification pump – there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to pumps! There are shower pumps to cater to all kinds of different shower systems such as positive head systems, home booster pumps, negative head systems as well as twin shower and single shower pumps, therefore it is important that you make the right choice to really get the most out of your shower.

2) Check your Water Pressure
Just like how there are shower pumps to cater to different shower systems, there are also shower pumps that need to be operated at certain pressure levels. Before you install a shower pump you need to make sure that there is enough pressure available from your water tank to operate the shower pump when the shower or tap is opened. Pressure levels are different for each type of pump, for example positive head shower pumps generally have a minimum inlet pressure of 0.2 bar.

3) Position the Pump
Next, you need to work out where you are going to position your pump. It is best keeping your shower pump as close as possible to hot and cold water storage tanks, while ensuring it is in an easily accessible location to allow for maintenance.

4) Fix the Pipework
Once you have positioned your shower pump you will need to fix the necessary pipework. Before you install pipework, you should ensure that all pipework is thoroughly flushed as this will help to prevent any debris from entering the pump once it is in use. Shower pumps come with a number of different pipes which need to be connected to their corresponding counterparts, for example the cold water feed to the pump leads to the cold water storage tank while the hot water feed to the pump is fitted to a home's hot water cylinder – when all pipework is completed, you can then connect the pipe to the electricity.


5) Prime the Pump and the Pipework
When the pump is positioned and installed, you will need to prime the pump as well as any connected pipework. To prime the pump and the pipework, you will need to switch the electrical supply off and run a bucket of water though both the hot and cold sides of the pipework and the pump. Only stop pouring water when the water runs clear – this will prevent any air becoming trapped in the pump when it is in use.

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