The Glorious Benefits of Shower MixersHere’s the thing: You want a shower, right? You’ve heard all this talk about shower mixers, right? But you don’t know what they are?
If you’ve answered wrong to all those then you’re probably in the wrong place. But if you’re looking for a mixer shower and want to know everything that you need to know about them, you’ve definitely come to the right place. So, welcome! Without further delay let’s delve straight into this topic.
What are mixer showers?
Shower mixers are created by wizards, who fire blazing golden magic at a plain ordinary shower to turn it into a wondrous device that blends hot and cold water from different sources before it even spurts out of the shower head, hits your body and makes you scream in shock at the freezing cold water.
Ok, so the wizards in question didn’t actually use real magic (and they weren’t wizards either) but it really is an ingenious invention that a lot of bathrooms around the South Africa are equipped with. Basically, it’s a shower that connects to both cold and hot water supplies in your home. They mix the existing hot and cold water in a valve before sending it on to the shower head, where it finally flies out at what’s normally a stronger flow than you can get with electric showers. The flow you receive is entirely dependent on the pressure of your water system. The water flow and temperature can either be controlled via a shower valve or it can be controlled by adjusting bath taps. Whichever you choose it gives you fine control to ensure you can pick whatever temperature you desire.
which-shower-do-I-needIt’s important that you check a shower mixer can work with your home water system before you buy it. While many of them are equipped to work with any system, others will only work with high-pressure systems. We’ve put together a handy infographic guide so you know exactly what showers you can use in your home.
Thankfully if you do have a low-pressure system you can always add a shower pump to increase the flow rate.
Types of Mixer ShowersLet’s take a brief look at the types of mixer showers out there on the market.
Single lever mixer showers – This features a single lever that can be moved up and down to control the flow of water from the shower. Moving the lever from side to side allows you to control the water temperature. There are also two types; exposed showers, where both the plumbing and shower valve sits on the wall, or concealed showers, where the plumbing fixtures are inside the wall and the shower lever valve remains on the outside.
What sort of designs can you expect?As well as proving functional you most likely want your shower to look good and not stick out like a sore thumb that’s been hit more than once with a hammer by accident. Just because you’ve done the rest of your bathroom in a particular style it doesn’t mean you can’t fit a shower mixer – after all, there arise a variety of different styles available to you. Chief among them is the modern design, which is usually shiny chrome and quite minimalist. On the other hand, you may want to go down the traditional design shower mixer route, and here you might get old style tap heads and long pipes to make for a taller shower.
As noted earlier you also need to make the choice over exposed or concealed shower installation. Exposed has everything on show and is far easier to install, whereas concealed has all the pipework hidden behind a wall. The latter takes more work, but it’s also the best choice if you’re looking to adopt a minimalist style in your bathroom.
What’s all this about thermostatic shower mixer?When you’re looking to buy a shower mixer your best option would certainly be a thermostatic mixer shower, but why is this? Convenience and safety are your two buzz words here. This system constantly regulates the temperature and flow of your water, so once you’ve set the temperature you want you should have no rude interruptions with a change in temperature as it works to correct any imbalances. If the cold water supplied suddenly failed; the thermostatic mixer shower will shut down for safety reasons.
For starters this means you can enjoy your shower much more without the worry of your hot water suddenly going colder than an Eskimo naked in the snow. Secondly it’s great from a safety perspective, particularly when it comes to your children, because you won’t suddenly get scalding hot water pumping out of your shower just because someone turned on a cold tap elsewhere in the house.