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Power Shower - All About Power Showers

Power showers work by increasing the water pressure from the hot and cold water tanks in a property. They boost the flow of water ensuring a strong luxurious shower every time it is used. Most people feel the need to employ a professional plumber to help choose the best shower available and install it for them but this can prove to be quite costly. Another option would be to do the research for choosing the best product on the market and trying to find out how to install the shower yourself.

A mixing valve is fitted to the wall of the shower and the main purpose of this is to mix the hot and cold water from the tanks. The pump then pushes this water up to the shower head which then provides a high pressure shower each time it is used. Power showers have to be connected to the hot and cold water tanks to ensure that they are suitable in all climates. Connection is usually achieved be means of gate valves as these will prevent having to open up the entire system if work needs to be done to the shower system. Having a power shower with a thermostat keeps water temperature steady even if the water supply is also used in other areas in the property simultaneously. A correctly installed pump will start immediately once the shower is switched on, as opposed to some others that have a few seconds delay.

Of the three types of power shower available on the market, the one described above is known as a built in shower. This consists of the pump and mixer being housed in the one unit. The hot and cold water is fed to the unit where the mixer valves combine them to get the required temperature and the pump then boosts the flow to the shower head.

The second type of power shower is the single impeller pump. This type of pump is situated between the mixer and the showerhead. The pump actually needs to be placed in close proximity to the showerhead so this is usually place above it in the attic. The disadvantage with this is that water can freeze in the tanks in the attics in extremely cold weather. Another disadvantage to this kind of system is that the pump needs to have a good source of airflow thus preventing insulation of the attic.

The third kind of power shower is the double impeller pump type. Hot and cold water is fed to the pump through separate lines and is then pushed to the mixer where the hot and cold water is then combined to achieve the requisite temperature and then sent to the showerhead through a single line.

Power showers need to be connected to the main electricity circuit by a qualified electrician. They all have to be connected to separate hot and cold water tanks so cannot be used with combination boilers.

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