Planning Considerations for Showers

Showers are claimed to be more hygienic than baths, though no record can be traced of our forefathers having been poisoned by soapy water.

Their main advantage is convenience: they take only a third of the space of a bath and none at all when fitted over the tap end of an existing bath, in which case you will have the choice: bath or shower.

The national advantage of using a third of the amount of water to wash yourself may not have particular appeal, but the saving in time — which is half that of bathing — and of fuel used to heat the water, will! For elderly people there will be no danger of slipping while trying to stand up on the glossy surface of a bath, because if they sit down at all it will be on a wooden slatted seat.

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The pressure of water coming out of a shower rose (or ‘head’, as it is called) depends largely upon the height of the tanks, and this should be at least a metre (3 ft) above the rose. Double this height would be better; and if you still get only a trickle instead of a spray the installation of a booster will be called for. Or you can build a shower in a separate compartment downstairs. In the case of the bottom floor of a high-rise block of flats, pressure may actually have to be reduced by installing a flow restrictor.

A mixer unit can be fitted with a hand lever to direct water, normally serving the bath, to the shower, and pressure and temperature can be regulated by turning a knob. Water must not be used direct from the mains because of the danger of siphoning contaminated tank hot water into the drinking supply.

The feed from the tanks should be direct and not interrupted by supplies to kitchen or w.c. If it is, fluctuating temperatures may result — from tepid to scalding hot — and slow flow will certainly be apparent if either of these supplies is used by other members of the family while you are under the shower.

When ordering your shower,which will include fixing instructions, give the relevant structural particulars of your house to the manufacturer; and if in doubt about pressure consult your local water authority.