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Choosing a Shower

The shower UK website has been crafted to deliver accurate and concise information to help you make the right choice when buying a UK shower.

TIP 1: Shower UK Water Systems

If you do not want to change the whole water system in your home then checking your existing water system is your first port-of-call. Does your property have a hot and cold water storage tank? Where are these water tanks located (loft/basement)? What creates the water pressure to your shower? Is it gravity or a pump? These questions will help you determine what type of water system your home uses. The most common water systems being:

  • Low pressure gravity system: This system utilises both a cold and hot water tank. The hot water tank is often located in an airing cupboard while the cold water tank will be in the loft. Pressure is generated by gravity and based on the vertical distance between the cold water tank and the shower. The greater this distance the better the pressure you will receive in your shower. This water system is fine for installing an all-in-one power shower or mixer valve. If you have low pressure then you may want to consider installing a pump into this system.

  • Mains pressure unvented: The most obvious identifying factor will be the lack of a cold water storage tank. Mains pressure will supply a strengthened hot water tank often found in your airing cupboard. The water will be heated by immersion heaters on the cistern or using a central boiler. This system will provide high water pressures and lends itself to any mixer system or high flow shower system.

  • Mains pressure combi boiler: A combi boiler will have a direct mains cold water feed and heat water on demand. When your shower is turned on the combination boiler kicks in and heats the cold water for your UK shower. Check on the output pressure of your combi boiler although most combi boilers will provide a good supply for showering.

  • Cold mains supply: When you don't want to use your stored hot water supply in the shower then you can opt for an electric shower. These systems will take the mains cold water supply and electrically heat the water as it is needed. The pressure you can expect will mainly depend on the KW rating of the shower UK you choose.

TIP 2: Shower UK Pressure

Before you buy or choose your UK shower then get your plumber to check the pressure that you can achieve with your current setup. You don't want to end up disappointed with only receiving a dribble of water from your overhead shower. Compare your achievable water pressure with the manufacturers recommendations. You may be able to improve your water pressure by installing a pump. This is something about which your plumber can advise. Recommended pressures:

TIP 3: Shower UK Finish

The water pressure and temperature will be controlled with a tap that is often finished in chrome. Create that contemporary finish in your UK shower by hiding all pipe work and mixer valves behind the tiles. This minimalistic look will create a modern and professional looking finish to your bathroom.

TIP 4: Shower UK Safety

A thermostatic valve is a clever device that changes shape depending on the temperature of the water flowing through the valve to maintain a specific user-set temperature. Where cold water can suddently be drawn by other household devices such as a toilet or tap it can leave just hot water coming through to the shower. This increased risk of scalding is where the thermostatic valve pays for itself.

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