wacky shower curtains – If you’re contemplating changing your bathtub you might well have looked around a few toilet shops and been surprised by the number of choices you have. Even choosing a shower enclosure may be a tricky business so here is a guide to tell you what is what when it comes to showers.
Manual Shower Valves
Here is the most basic type 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 very simple to use and generally aren’t expensive.
The excellent benefit of a thermostatic shower enclosure is that it may provide a constant, even temperature and cope with fluctuations in the flow and temperature of their warm and cold water feeds. Most thermostatic valves have extra anti-scald safety features and will cut off the flow of water when the cold water supply fails.
Concealed / Exposed refers to 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 just the control levers are observable. An exposed valve is mounted onto the shower wall so that the entire mechanism is observable. Many shower valves may be mounted either exposed or concealed.
Twin Shower Valves
Unlike a single lever valve, a twin valve includes two controllers, one control for the speed of water flow and another controller for your water temperature.
A triple valve has three controllers; one for your water leak, one for the warmth and a third which is generally a diverter. The diverter is useful in case you’ve got two shower heads. It is becoming more common to have a fixed shower head above the shower and also a hand-held shower head as well. The diverter on a triple shower enclosure lets you select which shower head water is fed to.
Sequential Shower Valves
This is one we get a lot of queries about. A sequential valve includes a single lever which operates rather as the knob on your cooker. When the lever is totally anti-clockwise the bathtub is away. As you rotate the lever it turns out the shower turns on. Having a successive valve “on” means fully on so you’ve got complete pressure right away. As you rotate the lever further you raise the warmth of the water.
A recent newcomer is your shower panel or shower tower. This is a single unit which includes all you need for a stunning shower. Specifications vary but usually include a shower enclosure (often thermostatic), a diverter, a fixed shower head, a hand held shower and many body jets. Shower panels are easy to install but may require very large water pressure to work nicely so you might want to put in a bathtub pump as well.
Nowadays, shower parts are standardized enough that you can pretty much pick and choose the components you wish 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 rails, stiff risers or body jets to build precisely the shower you want, individual and customized to your own needs. After all, how else are you going to get a shower with 16 jets and a 12 inch shower heads?
Electric showers heating 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 warm water to run them. Electric showers are especially well known in en-suites.
A power shower is essentially a shower with a built in pump. A power shower needs both hot and cold water supplies. A power shower does not heat the water it pumps water through and increased 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 all you want to know about showers however a good beginning!