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  • 0 The War on Plastic

    War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita You may or may not have seen this BBC video above which is about what happens to our plastic waste when we recycle it.  It's an eye opener, but it's our responsibility to do the right thing and we strongly believe that installing a drinking water filter in your home will be one of the most beneficial things you can do in the war against plastic.  Installing a water filter is becoming increasingly more important. It signifies a positive personal contribution to reducing plastic waste.  It minimizes plastic waste because you're not buying plastic bottles of water.  The water filter cartridges can be broken down and put into the soil in your garden.  We use metal brackets and fittings. The plastic housing and parts will last years so you don't have to keep on replacing them. Please get in touch and we can help you fight the war against plastic.    

  • 0 How To Increase Hot Water Pressure

    Increase your hot water pressure up to 2.0 bar with our hot water booster pump. You can install our positive head hot water booster pump under your kitchen sink and it connects directly, via two 22mm push-fit flexible hoses, to your hot water supply. When the lever on the tap is opened the hot water booster pump automatically energises and increases your hot water pressure, giving improved water flow and allowing customers with a gravity/low pressure system to use a high pressure tap. This hot water booster pump is quiet and compact, and has been specifically designed to increase water pressure to a household's hot water supply. The quiet AC induction motor is smooth and reliable, and the regenerative design of impeller is ideal for overcoming air pockets that can be generated in a shower system. This type of hot water booster pump is ideal where the plumbing route includes multiple bends and elbows. Our hot water booster pump has been manufactured in Denmark and will boost your hot water up to 2.0 bar. The outlet pipe has a built-in flow switch which activates the pump when it detects water flow, and deactivates the pump when the flow stops. The flow switch requires a minimum of 0.5 litres flow per minute to operate. Two 22mm push-fit flexible hoses are included. It has a compact design, low running noise and includes anti-vibration feet. The pump can either be wired directly into a fused spur or you can plug in the 1.4m lead like a dishwasher. ** Hot water should be NO hotter than 65°C when using this pump. If your water is hotter than 65°C and the pump fails, we would not be able to offer a refund. ** ***Must not be connected directly to mains water supply.*** Features Product code - 98950218 Continuously rated pump Regenerative impeller design IPX2 water ingress protection Auto-resetting thermal cut out Anti-vibration feet Mains connection lead - 1.5m long Braided connection hoses with 22mm push-fit connections WRAS compliant Technical Data Supply voltage 230 V, 50 Hz Power consumption 280 W Rated current 1.2 A Rating Continuous operation (recommended minimum flow rate: 5 l/min Enclosure class IPX2 (when mounted on a horizontal surface) Motor AC induction Inlet head (min - max) 1 to 10 m Max developed pump head 20 m Max operating pressure 3 bar Minimum starting flow 0.5 l/min Length 185mm Width 150mm Height 165mm Weight 3.8kg Noise level 55 to 65 dB (A) @ 1m Warranty 1 year   Is the Hot Water Booster Pump compatible with 15mm pipes? Yes it is. Just use 22mm to 15mm reducers. These are available at most good DIY stores.

  • 0 OneFlow Anti-Scale System FAQ

    What is OneFlow? OneFlow is an anti-scaling water treatment technology designed to protect plumbing components, pipes, fixtures, valves, fittings, hot tanks, etc. from the negative effects typically caused by water hardness. OneFlow is an environmentally friendly alternative to water softening or any other treatment device designed to address scale. OneFlow prevents scale by transforming dissolved hardness minerals into harmless, inactive microscopic crystal particles. These crystals stay suspended in the water and have a greatly reduced ability to react negatively and form scale compared to untreated hard water.  How does OneFlow differ from a water softener? OneFlow uses a specially designed media to convert the dissolved primary hardness mineral (calcium carbonate) into a relatively insoluble microscopic crystal so that it cannot cause harm downstream. A water softener, on the other hand, uses the principles of 'ion exchange' to remove calcium and magnesium ions from water while replacing them with sodium ions. A water softener requires a control valve, backwashing, drain line, regeneration and a brine tank to store salt while OneFlow requires nothing but an inlet and outlet connection.  Does OneFlow remove the important minerals in water? No. OneFlow preserves the beneficial mineral content while preventing the possible negative scale formation associated with these minerals. By rendering the hardness minerals harmless while still keeping them present, you truly get the best of both worlds. Other treatment methods fall short. In a 2005 report on Nutrients in Drinking Water, the World Health Organisation writes... "We conclude that hard water is good because it contains nutrients valuable in themselves...To minimise heart disease risk, the ideal water should contain sufficient calcium and magnesium to be moderately hard." What are some of the ideal applications for OneFlow? Virtually any application where scale reduction or scale removal from water hardness is required or desirable. For example: hotels, restaurants, apartments, offices, boilers, irrigation systems, humidifiers, distillers, steam generators, solar heating systems, tankless water heaters, RO pre-treatment, misting systems, laundries, food service applications, are all ideal for a OneFlow system.  How about other chemicals found in water, such as Fluoride and Chlorine. Does OneFlow remove them? No. Please contact us if you want to remove these as well as reduce hardness.  What factors may effect OneFlow's system performance? Water chemistry and peak flow rate are the guidelines used to assure optimal system performance. Most mains water falls well within OneFlow's performance guidelines to ensure scale control results. Correct sizing of the system is important to ensure proper performance. However, OneFlow is more forgiving of flow variations and unplanned peaks than a conventional water softener.  Does the media in a OneFlow system need to be replaced? Yes. Filter housing based systems require cartridge replacement every 1-2 years. Systems should be installed with this in mind.   Are there any application limitations to OneFlow? Untreated well water may pose a limitation to OneFlow due to the unknown chemistry it often possesses. High hardness is never a problem for OneFlow, but with well water, hardness minerals are often accompanied by other contaminants with levels outside of our operating guidelines. How easy is it to install a OneFlow system? It's easy. Full instructions will be given with every order.  What are the ongoing maintenance costs and considerations for OneFlow? Other than the planned cartridge replacement, nothing else is required.  Why is OneFlow a 'Green Technology'? OneFlow saves water and energy in the following ways: Reduces Energy Consumption - OneFlow uses no electricity and reduces energy consumption by keeping heat transfer surfaces free of energy-robbing scale formation. Reduces chemical or raw material consumption - OneFlow requires no chemical or significant ongoing consumable (salt, as an example) Reduces waste water discharge and water consumption - because OneFlow does not discharge or require backwashing it meets both objectives. Reduces space requirements - OneFlow systems use approximately 75% less floor space than water softeners.  Retains natures minerals in the water. The beneficial minerals, calcium and magnesium, are completely retained.       

  • 0 3 Way Taps are so Cool!

    Investing in a 3 way tap is the most practical and functional choice you will ever make for your kitchen. 3 way taps give you three types of water - cold, hot and filtered cold. You can choose from our stylish range of 3 way taps. We're confident that you'll find something you'll be happy with. Installing a 3 way tap means that you don't have to have a separate water filter tap. You connect one tap to your drinking water filter. It's less hassle for you even though the initial financial outlay may be slightly higher. And 3 way taps are much more stylish and robust than the standard single filter taps that you would install on your kitchen sink next to your existing tap. We've got a fantastic variety of 3 way taps to choose from. We're confident that you'll find one to suit your kitchen design. There are many advantages of installing a 3 way tap, but the main one is that your hot, cold and filtered water comes from one neat unit. Our 3 way taps are very pleasing on the eye. We don't feel there are any disadvantages.     Please do get in touch to have a chat about 3 way taps.

  • 0 Will a Hard Water filter help you?

    What is Hard Water? The hardness of your water is all down to the geology of the area you live in. You'll have hard water if you live in an area that's built on a bedrock of sedimentary rocks like limestone, chalk, flint and sandstone. The South East of the UK is mainly made up of chalk and limestone regions and as a result, has the hardest water. Hard water has a high mineral content. The minerals that contribute to water hardness are calcium and magnesium, mainly in combination with bicarbonate, sulphate and chloride. When hard water is heated above 61 degrees (or as it evaporates) the balance between the dissolved minerals is upset and the bicarbonate converts to carbonate. This is what causes limescale! Around 60% of the UK population lives in a hard water area. Water hardness can be measured usually as the equivalent amount of calcium carbonate in parts per million (mg/l). Here's a list of UK towns and cities that have the hardest water:   Town/City Water Hardness Level Mg/l CaCo3 Bath Very Hard Water 307 Bristol Hard Water 232 Guildford Hard Water 238 Hemel Hempstead Very Hard Water 303 Milton Keynes Very Hard Water 308 Oxford Hard Water 279 Reading Hard Water 278 Slough Very Hard Water 304 Swindon Very Hard Water 349 Walton-on-Thames Hard Water 238                     UK counties with the hardest water are:   County Water Hardness Level Bedfordshire Hard to Very Hard Berkshire Hard to Very Hard Buckinghamshire Hard to Very Hard Cambridgeshire Hard to Very Hard Dorset Hard to Very Hard Essex Hard to Very Hard Gloucestershire Hard to Very Hard Greater London Moderately Hard Hampshire Hard to Very Hard Hertfordshire Hard to Very Hard Kent Hard to Very Hard Oxfordshire Hard to Very Hard Surrey Hard to Very Hard Sussex Hard to Very Hard Wiltshire Hard to Very Hard Is hard water bad for you? No...  "there does not appear to be any convincing evidence that water hardness causes adverse health effects in humans" – World Health Organisation The minerals that are present in your water such as Calcium and Magnesium are essential for maintaining your health, so getting some of your daily mineral intake from the water supply will supplement your diet. There is nothing harmful about drinking hard water. Bottled water companies often boast of the high mineral content of their water because of the associated health benefits.   So, if it's safe to drink why do people want to treat it? Because it causes limescale which has many visible and hidden effects. And it's only when water is heated that it causes a problem. The visible things are: Filmy residue that floats on your hot drinks. Limescale builds up on kettles Shampoo and soap may not lather easily Limescale on shower heads and taps Shower screens become cloudy Toilet bowls collect limescale You may need to use more washing up liquid and washing powder Skin conditions such as Eczema may occur Hair and skin may be dull A red rust-coloured build up may occur on shower tiles in some areas of the UK where water has higher Iron content Clothes and towels may be stiff and rough Glasses and dishes may become cloudy and dull White fabrics may become grey and coloured fabrics may lose their brightness A chalky residue may be left when washing your car at home Kettling, a low rumbling sound, may be heard as the boiler starts up Weak water pressure may occur in the shower The effects of limescale that are hidden include: Build up in household water and heating pipes reducing water flow and pressure Build up in appliances, reducing their efficiency and lifespan Build up in immersion heaters reducing the lifespan and efficiency Build up on the heat exchanger in the boiler reducing efficiency and lifespan of the boiler, making it harder to heat your home Energy bills increase as an inefficient heating system may need to be on for longer to heat the house and appliances use up more energy to get their job done Maintenance costs for appliances are increased as they work harder than they would without limescale build up and therefore elements wear out quicker Appliances and boilers need replacing more often as it’s sometimes more efficient to replace the whole appliance or boiler than a single element Lower hot water temperatures in the heating system are possible as limescale build up prevents heat from the boiler transferring easily into the water Our Hard Water Filters Drinking water with any of our hard water filters installed may form a residue on the water after it's been heated to over 60°C. Some people find this unacceptable. If you think this residue is unsightly and want to get rid of it you may need to consider installing a reverse osmosis (RO) system. The downside to reverse osmosis is that you lose any health benefits of the natural minerals that are found in your water as a reverse osmosis system strips everything out. You also need a power supply and it can be expensive as you lose about 70% of your water with a reverse osmosis system. Please get in touch before you order a hard water filter from us so we can chat to you about what the effects of the hard water is having on you and your household.  

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