Category: Plumbing

Shower Plumbing - A Beginners Guide

  • By Householders Guide
  • 26th May, 2011
Shower Plumbing

As with most plumbing tasks, shower plumbing takes a certain amount of general knowledge to get it right. This guide aims to give you the basic principles of what is involved in installing a shower unit in your home.

This could be in the form of an upgrade to an existing system or a completely new installation. Either way, the basic principles are always going to be the same. Let us start from the beginning and you will see that installing a shower is not as daunting a task as it may first appear to be.

Before you even worry about the shower plumbing, you will need to decide on the space you are going to use for your new shower. There have been some innovative ideas put in place over the years; some people have converted and extra wardrobe in the bedroom into an extra shower. These conversions usually mean a shower is smaller than normal, but in terms of plumbing the basic principles are the same.

To give you an idea of what you should be looking for, take into account that a shower has two main ways of being set up. You can either install a standalone shower that has a door or curtain to contain the water, or you build one that sprays into a bathtub. The second option takes care of the drainage straight away, but you will still need to install a curtain of some kind to make the system usable.

Once you have decided on where the shower is going, then you can start to plan out the shower plumbing more efficiently. The easiest installations are those that you are going to put over a bath tub. The plumbing on this kind of project can be quite simple really. The easiest way of getting a shower head on your bath tub is to replace the existing taps with a new set that has a shower attachment. These will often have a switch or lever on them to change from the taps for the bath and the shower head. Adding this kind of tap then requires you to put a mount onto the wall for a shower head and a rail for the shower curtain.

This is obviously the easier of the two options, as you can more than likely do the entire job yourself. Should you choose to go the other way and install a standalone shower, be sure that any of the fitments and shower plumbing you have to do are done correctly and will meet the safety guidelines. You may have to hire someone to finish certain parts of the job for you; there is no shame in any of this as you will be ensuring that the shower you install will give you many years of faithful service. With plumbing often being hidden in the walls, you really want to make sure you get it right first time, as any mistakes will be a pain to rectify later on.

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