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If you are thinking of changing your shower may well have been around a bathroom a few shops and was surprised by the number of options. Even the choice of a control valve can be a confusing so here's a guide to tell you what when showers.

Shower Manual Valves

This is the most basic type of shower. Most rain has a manual control lever that is used to control the water flow and temperature. They are very easy to use and usually are not expensive.

Thermostatic Shower Valves

The great advantage of a thermostatic shower valve is that it can provide a constant, even temperature and cope with fluctuations in the flow and temperature of cold water hot eats. Most thermostatic valves have extra security features against Scald and cut off the flow of water if the water supply not cold.

Hidden and Exposed Valves

Hidden / exposed refers to the way the shower valve is mounted on the wall. A hidden control valve is built into the shower wall for most of the valve is hidden and only the control levers are visible. An exposed valve is mounted on the shower wall so that the whole mechanism is visible. Many shower valves can be mounted either exposed or concealed.

Double shower valves

Unlike a lever valve, double valve has two controls, control of water flow rate and a second control water temperature.

Triple Shower Valves

A triple valve has three controls, one for water flow, one for temperature and a third which is usually a front derailleur. The shunt is useful if you have two showers. It is increasingly common to have a fixed shower head above the shower and handheld shower head too. The deviation in a triple control valve allows you to select the shower, which is fed to the head.

Sequential Shower Valve

This is one we have a lot of questions about. A sequential valve has a single lever, which operates rather as a control in your kitchen. When the lever is fully left the shower is turned off. Rotating the lever turns the shower on. With a valve sequential "in" means fully on what you have full pressure at once. If you turn the handle only increases the water temperature.

Shower Panels

A recent newcomer is the panel of a shower or shower tower. This is a single unit that contains everything you need for a sensational shower. Specifications vary but usually include a control valve (often thermostatic), a deflection, a fixed shower head, hand shower and several body jets. Shower panels are easy to install, but may require very high water pressure to work well for you may want to install a shower pump too.

Showers measure

These days, shower components are standardized enough that you can pretty much choose the parts you want to create the shower of your dreams. You can choose from hundreds of shower valves, diverters and valves, have multiple warheads, head roof, elevator rails, elevators, or rigid-body jets to build exactly the shower you want, individually and customized to your own needs. After all, how will you get a shower with 16 planes and 12-inch shower heads?

Electric Showers

Electric showers heat water as it passes through the shower, therefore only needs a supply of cold water so you have simpler plumbing and do not need hot water to run. Electric showers are especially popular in en-suites.

Power Showers

A power shower is basically a shower with a built in pump. A power shower supply needs hot and cold water. A power shower does not heat the water, but through pumps and increased water pressure, giving a heavy showers. Showers are ideal when you have low water pressure, perhaps in a bungalow.

So there you have it. Not exactly everything you need to know about showers, but a good start!

Eamonn Mulvihill
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