A Guide to Bathroom Plumbing

Here is a rough guide to bathroom plumbing. While Magenta Devine hosted the TV programme Rough Guide To… in the 1990s and took you to all sorts of exotic places all over the world we are going to take you into a room in your own home.

The plumbing in your bathroom may be as unknown to you as the customs of the people on an island in the Far East. You have probably never taken a look to see just how your toilet and basin are plumbed in but here is a short guide to the plumbing in your wet room.

Essentially we have a few tips about the plumbing issues you should consider when fitting that new bathroom.

Watching the pipes

When you watch a swan gliding along the water it looks beautiful and elegant. Your new bathroom with its roll top bath complete with opulent bath taps looks just as stylish. Yet both should conceal the hard work that is going on underneath.

The bird will be paddling away frantically under the water but the viewer does not see it. All they see is the beauty and grace of its movement on the surface. In your bathroom you should make sure that all the ugly pipes are well concealed and hidden.

Clearly your bathroom would not be able to function without the pipes but they can look ugly and ruin the classic look you want to create. If you can try to conceal them under floors and behind walls then the only things people will see are the beautiful parts of your bathroom.

Isolate the pipes

Concealed or not you should make sure that you put isolation valves on each pipe so that they can be switched off if they need fixing. It makes sense to do this so that if things do go wrong they can be easily fixed without causing too much hassle.

Also, if you are fitting new pipes you may want to go for plastic. They are more flexible than traditional pipes and you can get adaptors from copper to plastic. It does not matter what material they are made from if they are going to be hidden away.

Think about the size

If you want to fit a shower into your bathroom you have to consider the space it will take up in the room. A shower enclosure can be about 90cm x 70cm. It could also be about 2 metres high.

Remember that a power shower will need to have a larger 50mm waste pipe than a standard shower. It makes sense if you think about the fact that the increased flow from the shower will need to exit the space quicker than it would do normally.

You also need to make sure that your system has the pressure to deal with the extra demand put on it by adding a shower. It should be alright but it is always best to check before you go ahead and install it.

If you do not have the pressure than you may need to install an electric shower instead that heats its own hot water on demand.

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