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Choosing shower and bathtub options impacts not only the look and feel of the room but also affects accessibility and functionality.

When designing a bathroom, choosing the proper shower or bathtub is a crucial decision that not only impacts the look and feel of the room but also affects accessibility and functionality. Whether you’re looking to create a spa-like atmosphere, provide easy access for those with mobility limitations, or update your current bathroom, there are many options. However, plumbing considerations such as effective water pressure, positioning, valve control, shower base types, shower liner types for tile bases, and more are often overlooked when selecting a shower or bathtub. In this article, we’ll discuss the various shower and bathtub options available and the plumbing considerations that go into each solution so that you can make an informed decision.

Shower Options:

  1. Walk-in Showers: Walk-in showers are popular for those looking for an accessible and stylish option. They are designed with a low-threshold entrance, making it easier for those with mobility limitations to enter and exit. However, the plumbing considerations for walk-in showers include water pressure, as they require enough pressure to provide a strong stream of water. Additionally, the placement of the showerhead and the valves must be carefully considered, as they will affect the water flow. Plumbers may also recommend installing a pressure-balanced valve to ensure that water temperature remains consistent, even if someone flushes a toilet or turns on a faucet in another part of the house.
  2. Rain Showers: Rain showers offer a luxurious spa-like experience, with a large showerhead that simulates the feel of rain. This option requires more water pressure than a traditional showerhead, so it’s important to consider this when choosing a rain shower. Plumbers will also recommend installing a pressure-balanced valve to maintain consistent water temperature and a thermostatic valve that controls the water temperature and flow rate. The showerhead’s height should also be considered, as a higher installation will increase water pressure and provide a more immersive experience.
  3. Steam Showers: Steam showers are a popular option for those looking to create a spa-like atmosphere in their bathroom. The plumbing considerations for steam showers include a dedicated water supply, a drain to remove condensation, and a ventilation system to circulate air and prevent mould growth. Plumbers also recommend installing a steam generator, a control unit, and a pressure-balanced valve to maintain consistent water temperature. Additionally, it’s important to choose a steam shower with a door that seals tightly to prevent water from escaping.

Bathtub Options:

  1. Clawfoot Tubs: Clawfoot tubs are a classic and elegant option that can add vintage charm to any bathroom. They require a floor-mounted supply and drain system and a freestanding faucet mounted on the tub’s rim. Plumbers will also recommend installing a pressure-balanced valve to maintain consistent water temperature and a thermostatic valve that controls the water temperature and flow rate. Clawfoot tubs also require enough water pressure to fill the tub quickly and efficiently.
  2. Whirlpool Tubs: Whirlpool tubs are a popular option for those looking to add a relaxing and therapeutic touch to their bathroom. The plumbing considerations for whirlpool tubs include a dedicated water supply and drain system and a whirlpool pump and control unit. Plumbers will also recommend installing a pressure-balanced valve to maintain consistent water temperature and a thermostatic valve that controls the water temperature and flow rate. Additionally, it’s important to choose a whirlpool tub with an efficient filtration system to keep the water clean and hygienic.
  3. Walk-in Tubs: Walk-in tubs are designed for those with mobility limitations, as they feature a low-threshold entrance and an adjustable seat. The plumbing considerations for walk-in tubs include a dedicated water supply and drain system and an overflow drain to prevent the tub from overflowing. Plumbers will also recommend installing a pressure-balanced valve to maintain consistent water temperature and a thermostatic valve that controls the water temperature and flow rate. Also, choosing a walk-in tub with a tight seal around the door is essential to ensure no water escapes.

Choosing between shower and bathtub options is integral to designing or remodelling your bathroom. Knowing the plumbing considerations for each option will help ensure the best outcome for your bathroom and a comfortable and enjoyable experience. With the proper planning and professional advice, you can create a luxurious and relaxing oasis in your home.

Let Plumbing Dunn Right help you create the perfect bathroom experience in your home. With our professional services and expert advice, you can be sure that your plumbing needs are met with the highest quality standards. Contact us today to get started on creating your dream bathroom!

Keith Dunn

Owner,  Plumber, Well Technician, Septic Designer and Installation