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Working a Shower Into Your Bathroom

When talking about showers, most of the focus is placed on the head, taps and the strength of the system. An equally important role in the pleasure of your experience is the shower channel. If you want to ensure a hassle-free experience each time, be sure to maximize your water exit from the tray or enclosure.
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SHOWER CHANNEL

So, you have picked out your perfect shower head, taps, and shower doors, but have you spent any thought on which shower waste and shower trap you’ll need? 

 

When talking about showers, most of the focus is placed on the head, taps, and the strength of the system.

 

An equally important role in the pleasure of your experience is the shower channel. If you want to ensure a hassle-free experience each time, be sure to maximize your water exit from the tray or enclosure.

 

If the water is not able to drain effectively, a pool of dirty and soapy water will be created that can potentially lead to leaks and other forms of damage.

 

This simple way of getting rid of excess water is a fast-growing segment of luxury plumbing. Apart from the functional solution of a channel, it is very popular amongst interior designers because of the aesthetic appeal it adds to the space.

 

We are all used to the conventional drain trap in the middle of the shower tray, but over the last few years, drainage channels have become very popular, especially for large shower trays or enclosures. 

Main benefits of this drainage system:

•    Visual impact – it provides a discreet, functional solution by keeping the drain hidden. It is perfect for the most elegant and refined bathroom styles.


•    Safety and hygiene – It allows dirt to be filtered and collected easily and safely and is extremely easy to clean.


•    Easy to install – almost always has an interlocking structure that makes it even easier to assemble, especially if it has an integrated slope. 


•    Adjustable – this drainage system can easily be adjusted in length and adapted to the size and specifications of the shower for which it is intended.

 

These drains are available in different styles, lengths, and finishes to meet all the needs of the individual consumer and professional designer. 

 

Plumb-It Online stocks a wide selection of shower channels and slimline channels in 250mm, 300mm, 450mm, 700mm, and 860mm produced by Geberit, Hansgrohe, Splashworks, Gio, and more!


        
SHOWER TRAPS


A shower waste or often referred to as a “trap”, connects to the underside of the tray or enclosure beneath the floor of the shower and supports the water flow. The trap is connected to the plumbing piping in order to drain the water into the external sewage systems. 

 

If water is not able to drain effectively, it can create a pool of dirty water and can potentially lead to leaks and other forms of damage.


A shower trap is furthermore a necessary plumbing fitting to prevent drain clogs. The “trap” actually refers to a bent pipe.

 

This trap bends downward and resembles the letter “U” or “P” and therefore the term P-trap is used. A trap also prevents sewage gas or any foul smell in the main drain from entering the shower or bathroom.

 

Sewer gas tends to rise, so eventually, it can reach other areas inside the house than can be a serious health risk and cause unpleasant odors.


Whether you are looking for a chrome, stainless steel, brass, or black shower trap,  round, square, or rectangular shower trap cover, Plumb-It Online stocks them and can deliver them. 


SHOWER TRAYS

Shower drainage is not necessarily complex, however, they are more than just a hole at the bottom of the shower. This is a critical component of your enclosure because it directs the water flow to the drainage point in your bathroom. You need to take a few factors into consideration when choosing a  tray.

 

It should be well-built and durable, although the quality will count for nothing if the installation is not up to standard. It is vital to fit the tray correctly to ensure quick drainage of water, prevent expensive leaks and keep your bathroom watertight. 

 

Take the following factors into account when choosing your tray:


•    Enclosure
The shape and size need to match perfectly to that of your  enclosure so that there are no gaps for water to escape


•    Space and size
The shape and size of your tray will be determined by the size of your bathroom. If you have a small bathroom, it is best suited to choose a quarter round or square shower tray while a big bathroom is better suited to large rectangular shower trays


•    Colour
You will find that most shower trays are white, but slate-coloured trays are becoming more popular, providing a more natural look and feel


•    Pipework
You can choose between a raised and flat shower tray if your pipework is set into the floor, whereas if your pipework is raised, you will need a raised tray to make space for the plumbing


•    Safety
Surfaces can get very slippery when wet, and therefore you need to make sure your tray features an anti-slip coating to make showering safer for the whole family


The perfect shape for you:


•    A square shower tray often works best with most designs and styles and is a great match for smaller bathrooms


•    A rectangular tray is often bigger than a square tray and is ideal if you prefer a shower with more space to move around. That said, when they are paired with shower sliding doors, they can still work in smaller bathrooms too


•    The quarter-round tray fits best into corners as it has a curved front. Since both shower sliding doors and hinged doors go well with the quarter round tray it will save you a lot of space.


Browse through Plumb-It Online’s selection of square and deep shower trays, rectangular and quarter round shower trays produced by ASP, Duravit, Cobra, and Rossco.


For the perfect pivot shower doors,  panels, shower screens as well as screens for baths, browse through their selection produced by Finestra.

 

With over 20 years of experience in plumbing fixtures and fittings, Plumb-It is the industry leader. If you would like to benefit from their expertise, why not visit their showroom or website. Their team of professionals is on hand to help you find the best products to fit your design and budget.

 

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