Installing A Shower – Learn The Basics

Fri 28 October 2016

Showers have become a part of the modern home, whether fitted over the bath or in a separate cubicle. They save time, space and energy and are quite easy to install once the design is right. It is possible for four or five members of a I family to have showers in the same time — and with the same amount of hot water—that would be needed for just one of them to have a bath. Showers, if properly installed, are safer for use by the elderly and the very young than a sit-down bath and need less cleaning. They are also more hygienic to use than a bath, as the bather isn’t sitting in his own soapy and dirty water, and can rinse thoroughly in fresh water. Installing A Shower - Learn The Basics Where a shower is provided in its own cubicle, as distinct from over a bath, it takes up very little extra space. One can be provided in any space which is at least 900mm (36in) square, and can be put in a variety of locations such as a bedroom, on a landing, in a lobby or even in the cupboard under the stairs.

Yet shower installation can all too often prove to be a disappointment. Poorly designed systems may provide only a trickle of water at the sprinkler, or may run icy cold until the cold tap is almost turned off, and will then run scalding hot.

So, although it is possible to provide a shower in virtually any household, it is important that you match the shower equipment and your existing hot and cold water systems. If you have a cylinder storage hot water system, which is by tar the commonest kind of hot water supply to be found in British homes, a conventional shower connected to the household’s hot and cold water supplies is likely to be the most satisfactory and the easiest to install.