If you’re thinking about replacing your shower, you’ve probably visited a few bathroom stores and been startled by the variety of options
available. Even selecting a shower valve may be perplexing, so here’s a guide to help you figure out what’s what when it comes to
This is the most basic kind of shower. The flow of water and the temperature are both controlled by a single lever on most manual
showers. They are extremely easy to use and generally do not cost a lot of money.
A thermostatic shower valve has the benefit of maintaining a consistent, uniform temperature while dealing with variations in the flow and
temperature of the hot and cold water inputs. If the cold water supply fails, most thermostatic valves include additional anti-scald safety
measures and will shut off the water flow.
Concealed vs exposed
The way the shower valve is placed on the wall is referred to as concealed or exposed. The majority of a concealed shower valve is
covered behind the shower wall, leaving just the control levers visible. The whole mechanism is visible thanks to an exposed valve placed
on the shower wall. Shower valves may be placed in a variety of ways, including visible or hidden.
A twin valve, unlike a single lever valve, has two controls: one for the rate of water flow and the other for the water temperature.
A triple valve contains three controls: one for water flow, one for temperature, and one for a diverter. If you have two shower heads, the
diverter comes in handy. A fixed shower head above the shower and a hand-held shower head are becoming increasingly popular. You
may choose which shower head receives water from a triple shower valve’s diverter.
We received a lot of inquiries about this one. A sequential valve has a single lever that functions similarly to a knob on an oven. The
shower is turned off when the lever is completely anti-clockwise. The shower will turn on as you move the lever. When using a sequential
valve, “on” implies “completely on,” which means you’ll have full pressure right immediately. The temperature of the water rises as the
lever is rotated farther.
The shower panel, sometimes known as a shower tower, is a relatively modern addition. This is a single unit that includes everything
you’ll need for a fantastic shower experience. A shower valve (typically thermostatic), a diverter, a fixed shower head, a hand held shower,
and numerous body jets are common features. Shower panels are simple to install, but they do need a lot of water pressure to function
well, so you may want to consider installing a shower pump as well.
Electric showers heat the water as it goes through the shower, thus they just need a cold water supply and don’t require any hot water to
operate. En-suites with electric showers are especially popular.
A power shower is a shower that has a built-in pump. Both hot and cold water are required for a power shower. A power shower does not
heat the water; instead, it pushes water through at a higher pressure, resulting in a more powerful shower. When water pressure is low,
such as in a bungalow, power showers are perfect.
That’s all there is to it. It’s not all there is to know about showering, but it’s a start!
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