Install Shower Pumps
There are many ways to install a shower pump, however, there are certain rules that will work for all shower pumps, no matter which make or model.
I have based this installation guide on a Salamander RSP 50 shower pump.
If you need specific pump details you can now download the installation instructions for each model on the individual product pages (see our shower pump collection here), you may also want to have a look at our Pump Comparison Guide showing the key features of each model.
Cold Water Supplies and Connections.
First rule of thumb is to make sure that you are storing enough cold water for the shower. 225 litres or 50 gallons is normally adequate for most showering applications.
Next consider the position of the pump it should always be fitted with at least 600mm from the bottom of the cold water storage tank to the top of the pump motor / impellor casing. As shown in our drawing the best position for the pump is at the base of the hot water cylinder and as close as possible to the cylinder.
The installation of the water supply from the cold water storage tank to your pump is straight forward. Use a separate 22mm outlet connection from the cold water storage tank, we recommend this is drilled on the opposite side of the tank to the float valve (to make this connection use a 22mm compression tank connector).
It is good plumbing practice to next fit a 22mm full bore isolating valve in your new cold water supply pipe. You should always include a way of isolating the water supplies both at source and locally to the pump you are installing (please refer to our drawing).
This supply can now feed the pump inlet, if there are no isolating valves fitted to the pump anti-vibration couplers (the flexible pump connectors) then fit them just prior to the pump. It is important to note that all our pumps are supplied complete with av-couplers.
It does not matter whether the pump has 22mm or 15mm connections, by supplying the pump with a 22mm supply complete with the full bore valves the suction side of the pump will not be restricted.
Hot Water Supplies and Connections.
The best position for the pump is at the base of the hot water cylinder as close as possible to the cylinder. There are many described ways of connecting to a hot water cylinder, but there is one way that is the best. We recommend you install a separate connection that is not restricted and ensures that little air can get into the pump impellors. It is important to note that excessive air will damage the pump.
With this in mind use a dedicated flange to connect to the hot water cylinder. A non stop Essex flange will give the least resistance and is best for 22mm pumps, if you are fitting a 15mm pump a Surrey or a Salamander S-Flange will be sufficient.
Assuming you have followed this advice then you will only need to fit 1 separate full bore isolating valve to the supply pipe as your pump will be within reaching distance of the cylinder.
Flush Pipe Work Prior To Connecting to the Pump
Once you have connected the supply pipes to the pump it is now time to prime the pump. Firstly, with the electrical supply off run one bucket of water out of both the hot and the cold sides of the pump until the water has run clear and there is no apparent air.
You can now run the pipes to the shower valve, if the pump has 22mm connections then it is best practice to run 22mm pipe close to the shower valve. If the pump has 15mm connections then run your pipe in 15mm. Please Note: If the pipes from your pump to the shower run back up to the loft then you will need to fit air vents in the highest pipe position.
You should fit isolating valves in an accessible position close to the shower valve for servicing, now flush your pipes again prior to connecting the shower valve. Then make your connections to your shower.
That’s it happy showering………..