All About Showers and Plumbing

A shower has various benefits over bathing it is faster and uses less water. But, based on the present plumbing system, some kinds of the shower cannot be possible to install without radical alterations. So check what is and isn’t possible before buying.

Some showers have easy hot and cold valves, like those on a typical mixer tap; others use a valve to control the quantity of water (the flow), and another to control the temperature.

The temperature and flow may also be controlled with one tap: or sometimes, only the temperature might be variable. The controls might be thermostatic, which keeps the temperature of the spray more secure. Thermostatic controls are easier and safer to use than non-thermostatic.







A rigid pipe might look neater but a flexible hose allows the rose to be positioned at various heights to suit unique members of their family and also to be used for hair washing if it’s over the bath.

All kinds of a shower can be mounted over the tub. Some can be mounted on different shower trays: these are probably easier to use but might require far more installation work.

Push-on hose
Ends push over existing bathroom faucets. Cheap and no setup needed, but water police frown on their usage.

Bath/shower mixer
Simple to set up replace existing bathroom taps; comparatively inexpensive. Can be used only when cold and hot water comes out of a storage cistern or with specific multipoint gas water heaters.

Shower mixer – non-thermostatic
Usually mounted over a different shower tray might need a good deal of waste and plumbing installation. Some forms have hot and cold valves; others might have flow and temperature controls.

Shower mixer – thermostatic
Usually mounted over a different shower tray might need a good deal of waste and plumbing installation. Usually has flow and temperature controls.

Electric shower heater
Can be mounted over a tub or another shower tray. Requires its water from the mains cold water supply. Water is heated immediately as it moves through the heater – the spray might not be as forceful as using a traditional shower. Special electric wiring needed, but an electric shower may be used in which a traditional type is impracticable.