half moon shower curtain rod – If you’re thinking about changing your bathtub you may well have looked around a few bathroom shops and been amazed by the number of choices you have. Even picking a shower enclosure can be a tricky business so here’s a guide to tell you what is what when it comes to showers.
This is the most elementary kind of shower. Most manual showers have a single lever control that you use to control the circulation of the water and the temperature. They are extremely straightforward to use and generally aren’t costly.
The excellent advantage of a thermostatic shower enclosure is that it can provide a constant, even temperature and cope with changes in the flow and temperature of the hot and cold water feeds. Most thermostatic valves have extra anti-scald security features and will reduce the flow of water if the cold water supply fails.
Concealed and Exposed Valves
Concealed / Exposed describes the way the shower enclosure is mounted onto the wall. A concealed shower enclosure is built into the shower wall so that most of the valve is hidden, and only the control levers are observable. An exposed valve is mounted onto the shower wall so that the entire mechanism is observable. Many shower valves can be mounted either exposed or concealed.
Unlike a single lever valve, a double valve has two controllers, one controls for the speed of water flow and a second control for the water temperature.
A triple valve has three controllers; one for the water leak, one for the temperature and a third that is generally a diverter. The diverter is useful if you’ve got two shower heads. It is getting more common to have a fixed shower head over the shower and a hand-held shower head too. The diverter on a triple shower enclosure lets you choose that shower head water is fed into.
Sequential Shower Valves
That is one we receive a lot of questions about. A sequential valve has a single lever which works rather as the knob on your cooker. When the lever is fully anti-clockwise the bathtub is away. As you rotate the lever it turns out the shower turns on. With a successive valve “on” signifies entirely on so you’ve got full pressure right away. As you rotate the lever farther you increase the temperature of the water.
A recent newcomer is the shower panel or shower tower. This is a single unit which contains everything you will need for a sensational shower. Specifications vary but usually include a shower enclosure (often thermostatic), a diverter, a fixed shower head, a hand held shower and several body jets. Shower panels are simple to install but can require very large water pressure to work nicely so that you may want to put in a bathtub pump too.
These days, shower components are standardized enough that you can pretty much pick and choose the components that you want to produce the shower of your dreams. You may select from hundreds of shower valves, diverters and stop valves, have numerous heads, ceiling mounted heads, riser railings, stiff risers or body jets to construct exactly the shower you want, individual and customized for your needs. After all, how else are you going to receive a shower with 16 jets and a 12 inch shower heads?
Electric showers heat the water as it moves through the shower so that they only require a cold water supply so you’ve got simpler plumbing and don’t require any hot water to conduct them. Electric showers are particularly popular in en-suites.
A power shower is essentially a shower with a built-in pump. A power shower needs both cold and hot water supplies. A power shower doesn’t heat the water ; it pushes water enhanced water pressure, giving you a stronger shower. Power showers are ideal in which you have low water pressure, perhaps in a bungalow.
So there you have it. Not quite everything you want to learn about showers, but a good start!
Originally posted 2017-01-11 07:25:19.