A new power shower can make all the difference to you feeling alive and as fresh as possible first thing in the morning – plus it can be fitted by just about anyone!
There are several benefits to having a brand new power shower installed in your bathroom.
Reduce wastewater: A power-shower helps you to cut down on wastewater and use only as much as you need.
More control: Most power-shower models are designed with better control panels to adjust water pressure and temperature – therefore making them much more efficient.
Reliable water-supply: Power-showers also heat the water directly, so you have a much more reliable hot- water supply – and won’t have to worry about the shower going cold if someone else starts washing up downstairs!
Plus, power shower installation is one of the easiest DIY jobs for most home-owners; and to help you on your way we have put together an easy step-by-step guide outlining exactly how to fit a power shower in your home.
Choosing a New Power Shower
When purchasing a new power-shower, most home-owners will be left to choose between an electric system or a water-based system;
A water-based power shower runs directly from the mains water supply, while the latter using an integrated booster pump to draw the water from a hot-water tank.
An electric power shower is ideal if have a high-pressure combi-boiler, you are best off sticking with the electric system, as these take less time to fit and don’t require nearly as much fiddling about with extra pipe-work.
A mixed-system power shower is however more suitable if you have separate hot and cold water storage facilities This requires a little extra maintenance, but does cost less to run overall.
Guidelines On How To Install A Power Shower
- Firstly, as with any plumbing installation, you will need to turn off the water supply.
- Next, make sure the bathroom is completely clear of clutter and mess, and check that you have enough light to do the job properly – you don’t want to start mixing up connectors and components halfway through the job!
- Now, choose where to position your plastic composite box and the shower-head. If you’re replacing an old model you can obviously use the existing space, which will save time re-fitting clips and screws. Alternatively, you can choose to have the unit higher or lower, depending on what you found more uncomfortable with your old model.
- Also, be sure to check that you have adequate drainage for the particular model of power-shower your having installed. The higher the water-flow, the greater the need for adequate drainage. Most units will obviously be installed in a pre-existing bath or shower cubicle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t replace your drain or flush-out the system before getting started if necessary.
- If you are installing a power shower via the electric board, you also need to make sure you have enough cable to connect the unit to the electricity system in your home. A qualified surveyor can come in before you get started to assess the length of cable required if you are unsure, but this might involve removing floorboards and tearing into cavity walls – so be prepared for some degree of disruption in your day-to-day living if this ends up being the case.
- If, on the other hand, you are installing the new unit via a mixed-system, you will need to know how to fit a power shower pump instead. This is easier than it sounds, however; you simply need to open the mixer valve in your hot water tank and connect the pump apparatus to the old pipe-work.
- Once the drainage is secure and the unit is connected to the power mains, you can fit the power-shower connector to the isolating valve, which is usually found on the taps or underneath the bath itself. Then you are more or less finished – all you need to do is turn the water back on and check over the system for leaks!
Power shower installation cost
You can always hire a professional plumber to do the job for you if you lack the necessary skills or confidence – they might cost a bit more but they are fully trained in the field and will know exactly what they’re doing, using all the tools and equipment they need to have your new shower model fitted in no time – ready for you and your family to use as soon as they’re finished!
The average cost to install a power shower comes to £500. However, the price can vary depending on how much of the work you manage to do yourself and whether or not you are comfortable with all the additional work – such as re-wiring cable for an electric system or dealing with the power-shower pump installation for a mixed system.
If you are looking to replace an existing power shower with a new one, the cost comes down to around £300, as there is less work required. When hiring a plumber keeping in mind that daily rate is between £150 to £200.
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