FOR WATER WITH A LOT MORE 000MPH…
Finding solutions to the increasingly common problem of
low mains water pressure is greatly simplified by Stuart Turner's
patented range of flomate mains
Although OFWAT stipulates that water companies must maintain a
minimum pressure in the supply pipe of seven metres static head
(0.7 bar pressure) at pavement level, most UK water authorities
typically quote a standard of service which specifies that water
pressure should not normally fall below ten metres head (1 bar
A number of factors affect the actual pressure available at any
given time. Pressure from your tap is largely dependent the height
of the tap above pavement level. Whether you share a service pipe
with your neighbours, the time of day and the condition, size and
length of your service pipe will also influence the pressure
The refurbishment of older
three, four or even five storey high city properties can present
very real problems for apartments on the higher floors. Another key
factor is the amount of water being consumed in your area at peak
times such as first thing in the morning and early evening. In some
areas seasonal factors such as the use of water in tourist
locations will have an effect.
If you think that your water pressure is too low, the water
supplier will investigate free of charge and provide advice on what
you need to do. However, even when the water pressure at pavement
level meets the water supplier's service agreement, problems may
still be experienced on upper floors of the building.
Water flow is generally determined by the length and diameter of
the supply pipe to your property. Problems with water flow can be
caused by something as simple as a corroded stop tap that won't
open fully or, particularly in older developments where two or more
properties share a single supply pipe.
Generally, if flow problems experienced relate to the size of
the supply pipe it may be possible to install a storage cistern, a
larger diameter pipe or a pipe dedicated to the property concerned.
Unfortunately in many situations the above solutions may prove to
be impractical or extremely expensive.
PUMPING WATER DIRECTLY FROM THE MAINS SUPPLY
alternative approach, and one which is finding increasing
popularity with householders and installers alike is the
installation of a water pump directly in line with the rising main.
Many installers are uncertain as to whether a water supplier will
permit the connection of a pump directly to the mains supply to a
property. This belief is based on the fact that historically, pump
products that complied with water regulations for direct mains
connection were simply not available. This situation is no longer
true. A pump may be fitted directly to the incoming mains water
supply, as long as it has been approved by WRAS - The Water
Regulations Advisory Scheme (www.wras.co.uk) and has been designed
to limit the water flow drawn from the mains to a maximum 12 litres
per minute. A WRAS approved pump drawing more than 12 litres per
minute from the mains water supply may still be permitted in some
situations, but the water supplier must be consulted
FLOMATE - FOR WHEN YOUR MAINS WATER NEEDS A BOOST
WRAS approved products such as Stuart Turners
provide a simple and cost effective solution to boost low or
intermittent mains water pressure without the need for a cold water
break tank, making it ideal for properties where space is
In fact, flomate will boost an incoming mains water pressure by
an additional 1.5 bar at 12 litres per minute.
flomate pump uses an extremely reliable flow regulator to ensure
flow does not exceed the 12 litre per minute UK water regulation
limits. If, however the mains water pressure increases at times of
low water demand and exceeds the minimum guaranteed by the water
supplier, Flomate's patented bypass feature ensures that the
resulting increase in water flow will bypass the flomate's pump
head and be supplied to the property without being restricted to 12
litres per minute, unlike alternative mains boost systems.
Stuart Turner pumps are renowned for their superior quality and
extraordinary reliability and longevity. In this respect, flomate
is no different, featuring a machined brass pump and impeller
coupled to a continuously rated high performance induction
BOOSTING SHOWER PERFORMANCE WITHOUT A BREAK TANK
Last year, Ricky Wilson of Central Emergency Services Ltd in
Twickenham fitted a flomate pump and said "I was called out to a
flat in Earls Court where the water pressure was really sporadic.
The shower performance was not good at the best of times and if
someone in an adjoining property turned on a tap, it really wasn't
worth getting into the shower at all"! "Installing a flomate made a
dramatic difference to the shower performance. It was easy to
install, located directly in line with the mains after the stop
cock. The flomate pump has been installed and running for over a
year now and is working perfectly, I haven't had to make any return
visits to the installation". As with all Stuart Turner pumps,
flomate offers tried and tested engineering designed and built to
the highest standards of quality, innovation and reliability.
flomate is WRAS approved, operates in accordance UK water
regulations and is supplied with a 2 year guarantee.
WHEN EVEN FLOMATE ISN'T ENOUGH AND YOU NEED EXTRA!
Although the boost to water pressure and flow created by the
standard flomate unit may be suitable for smaller dwellings, in
larger properties with higher occupancy the demand for water may
exceed the 12 litre per minute limit supplied by the standard
In direct response to this increasing trend, Stuart
Turner has introduced flomate mains boost
extra. This exciting new development combines all the
features of the standard Flomate pump and so can still be installed
directly in line with the cold water mains supply pipe, but
combines this with additional water storage provided by a 60 litre
pressure vessel to supplement the increase in pressure and flow
created by the pump.
Stuart Turner's flomate mains boost extra sits
neatly within a standard 500mm kitchen base unit and is suitable
for properties with more than one bathroom. It will deliver up to
16 litres per minute water flow at up to 3 bar pressure to multiple
outlets within a property for a defined period and will then
continue to deliver 12 litres per minute until water demand ends
and the pressure vessel recharges.
By supplementing the water
pressure boosting performance of the flomate pump with the supply
from the pressurised water cylinder, the patented 'flomate mains
boost extra' offers the householder the ability to store water at
pressure to meet peak demand. It is easy to install, requiring no
on-site commissioning and provides a fully assembled and tested
solution to low water pressure problems.
For further information, contact:
Stuart Turner Limited
Tel: 01491 572655
Or visit www.stuart-turner.co.uk