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Salamander Pumps Range
Salamander Pumps is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of water boosting products. Innovation is used throughout the company to deliver high quality, reliable products, and to provide outstanding customer service. The Salamander range features solutions for low water pressure in gravity-fed systems, including shower pumps and whole house pumps. Products for boosting mains-fed systems are also available from Salamander Pumps, including accumulator tanks and inline mains booster pumps.
Using cutting edge technology the Salamander Pumps’ range has been engineered to offer some of the most compact, reliable and quietest products on the market, with HomeBoost and the CT Xtra, CT Force and Right Pump ranges being awarded the Quiet Mark, after independent testing demonstrated that they were some of the quietest in their category.
Salamander Pumps Approved Online Retailer
Plumb2u is one of Salamander Pumps’ Approved Online Retailers, selected as a trustworthy, knowledgeable and reliable online supplier. As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of water boosting products, Salamander Pumps uses innovative approaches to deliver high quality, reliable products, and to provide outstanding customer service.
Salamander Pumps is committed to delivering solutions to overcome low water pressure, with products suitable for a range of applications, from a single shower to multi-bathroom properties. If you're seeking the perfect solution for increasing water pressure in your home, Salamander Pumps range has the solution.
The company is renowned for its use of cutting-edge technology to deliver some of the market’s most compact, reliable and quiet products. HomeBoost, CT Xtra, CT Force, and Right Pump ranges have earned the prestigious Quiet Mark, confirming these pumps were amongst the quietest within their category.
For help finding the right product try the Salamander product selector . This easy-to-use tool will guide you through a series of questions to narrow down the options and ensuring that you find a solution that perfectly aligns with your water pressure and boosting need, giving you confidence the right product has been selected. Transform your water experience with Salamander Pumps, available through Plumb2u – your trusted online source for water boosting excellence.
Salamander Pumps FAQ's
If you have questions about Salamander Pumps range, check the following FAQ's
1. What is a gravity fed system?
If you live in an older property, there is a good chance you have a gravity fed system. Renowned for poor water pressure and flow.
A gravity fed system consists of a large cold water storage tank usually located in the loft and a hot water cylinder located in an airing cupboard. These systems rely on gravity to force water around the system, with the height of the cold-water storage tank determining the pressure throughout the system.
Cold water is delivered to a cold-water storage tank from the water mains. Cold water from the cold-water storage tank is then supplied to the outlets around the system, such as taps, toilets, showers and baths. Once an outlet requiring hot water is opened, gravity will force cold water from the cold-water storage tank into the hot water cylinder, this will then force hot water out from the top of the cylinder, delivering hot water to the open outlet.
2. What is a mains fed system?
A mains fed system is one which is fed directly by the mains water such as a combination boiler or an unvented hot water cylinder.
3. What type of hot water system do I have?
There are three main types of hot water system in the United Kingdom – gravity fed, mains fed: combination boiler, and mains fed unvented cylinder.
  • Gravity fed:
If you live in an older property there’s a good chance you have a gravity fed system, renowned for poor pressure and flow.
These systems are identified by a hot water cylinder stored in an airing cupboard, and a large cold water storage tank, often located in the loft.
  • Mains fed: Combi boiler
Combination boilers are common and rely solely on mains pressure to deliver water around your home.
These systems are identified by a wall hung boiler.
In a combi boiler system hot water is available on demand, and there are no water storage tanks.
  • Mains fed: Unvented
Unvented systems require a separate hot water cylinder to store a quantity of hot water at mains pressure.
These systems are identified by a wall hung boiler and metal-clad hot water storage tanks and no cold water storage.
4. What causes low water pressure?
Low water pressure can be caused by poor natural head on a gravity system, or an increase in demand ie if more than one outlet is used at the same time, or an extension/ new bathroom etc has been added to a property. On mains fed systems, water pressure will vary throughout the day and at peak demand times a drop in performance may be noticed. Other contributors to low water pressure may include poor plumbing or blocked pipework, blocked filters, bent AV Couplers/ hoses and air in the system.
5. How to fix low water pressure?
There are a number of solutions available to overcome low water pressure and/or flow.
If you have a gravity fed system, installing a shower, bathroom or whole house pump from Salamander Pumps’ GravityBooster range can resolve the low water pressure in the home.
If you have a mains fed system, such as a combination boiler or an unvented cylinder, one of Salamander Pumps’ MainsBooster  inline pumps, accumulator, or booster tanks will improve the water pressure and flow.
6. What is the difference between positive and negative head?
A gravity-fed system is either positive or negative head. In a positive head system a water flow rate of at least 2L/min exists from gravity alone. In negative head systems the water flow rate is less than 2L/min.
When choosing which pump you need it is important to know if the system is positive or negative head as incorrect selection can mean the pump won’t work.
A positive head pump will only work in a positive head system and a negative head (universal) pump will work in both a positive and negative head system, so if you are not sure choose a negative head pump.
7. How can I check whether my system is suitable for a positive head pump?
A positive head pump will activate when a minimum flow of water passes through the pump and out of the pumped outlet, such as a shower or tap, naturally (without assistance from the pump). The minimum flow rate required for our positive head pumps is 2 litres of water per minute (L/min).
You will need to measure the flow rate to determine if a positive head pump is suitable for your system. You will need to test all outlets, such as showers and taps, that are going to be pumped to determine if they have the required minimum flow rate of 2L/min. 
If you cannot measure the water flow rate, then you can check if the system is suitable for a positive head pump if there is more than 600 mm between the base of the cold-water storage tank and the highest point in the system after the pump.
If you are unable to achieve the minimum flow rate of 1 litre per 30 seconds from all outlets that are to be pumped you will need to install a negative (universal) head pump.
8. How do I measure my flow rate?
Measuring the water flow is an important step in choosing the right pump. Water flow rate is measured in litres per minute (L/min).
To measure the water flow rate, you will need a measuring jug and a timer.
  • Hold the measuring jug under the outlet which will be boosted.
  • Turn the outlet onto fully hot or cold (depending on which is to be boosted).
  • Measure the water in the jug after 10 seconds, in litres.
  • Multiply the amount of water by 6 to measure the number of litres per minute.
For example, if you gathered 600ml in 10 seconds, to calculate the flow rate in litres per minute – 600 x 6 = 3600ML per minute = 3.6L/min.
9. What does the pressure rating of a pump mean?
All of the pumps available at Salamander Pumps are rated in ‘bar’, which is the measure of pressure – 1 bar pressure being equal to 10 metres static head of water (the pressure exerted by 10 metres of water).
The higher the bar rating, the higher the pressure. The following is a general guide for applications:
1.5 bar pressure for one shower, tap or appliance
2.0 bar pressure for two or three showers, taps or appliances or a bathroom
3.0 bar pressure for the whole house.
10. What is a centrifugal shower pump and how does it work?
Centrifugal pumps, such as Salamander Pumps’ Right Pump range, use centrifugal force to increase water pressure within a system. Water enters through the inlet on the end of the shower pump, filling the impeller chamber and the impeller. As the impeller spins, water is thrown outwards using centrifugal force, this builds higher pressure within the chamber which forces water out the top of the pump.
This method of increasing pressure results in a higher flow efficiency than with a regenerative shower pump, so installations with multiple bathrooms can benefit from installing a centrifugal pump.
11. What is regenerative shower pump and how does it work?
Regenerative shower pumps, such as Salamander Pumps’ CT Xtra, CT BathroomandCT Force ranges of pumps, have a water wheel impeller inside the end of the pump. Water enters the shower pump through the inlet, the impeller spins the water around inside the impeller casing, building pressure as the water travels around the end of the pump. Between the inlet and the outlet of the shower pump there is a stripping block, this strips the water from the impeller and directs the water out of the top of the pump.
12. What applications can I use TapBoost for?
Despite its name, TapBoost  can be used for various poorly performing outlets. Examples include (but are not limited to) toilet cisterns, kitchen appliances and some electric showers (please refer to the *installation manual* for more info regarding the limitations when it comes to electric showers).
13. What is the minimum flow rate required for TapBoost to activate?
A minimum natural flow rate of 1.2 L/min from the outlet is required for Salamander TapBoost to activate.