Post by Wet Room Materials
You’ve sat down with your client to understand their wetroom needs, fixtures and fittings perhaps even their preferred style of wetroom accessories. But when it comes to talking about wetroom functionality and experience, your client wants a powerful shower. They’re fed up of poor water pressure and dismal shower experiences. Is that something that can be fixed? Contrary to popular belief, water pressure is something that can be improved. When it comes to designing and installing your client’s wet room, go the extra mile and advise how their water pressure can be improved so that they can have the most luxurious wetroom. Use the ideas below to get started.
There is a multitude of factors that could be causing low water pressure. The easiest fix when it comes to introducing a new wet room is the installation of a new showerhead. Their current showerhead may not have the right fitting to cope with higher water pressure, or there may have been a build-up of limescale. Either of these will obstruct the flow of water, and lead to poor water pressure.
It’s also important to consider the location of your client’s property. Are they based on a hill for example? This means that gravity is not on their side, and it can negatively affect water pressure on the flow to the property. Luckily, this can be fixed with the help of a shower pump (something we’ll go into more detail on later in this post).
Another possible cause is blocked pipes within their property. Ask your client if they’ve noticed that when they initially turn on their shower the pressure appears fine, and then drops off. If this is the case, it can be a sign of blocked pipes. Not only can this limit water pressure, but it can put the pipes at a higher risk of bursting – something you want to avoid at all costs! Speak to your client to gauge the likelihood of their pipes being blocked beforehand, so that you can arrange installation once the underlying issues have been fixed.
If it appears that neither the showerhead nor the pipes are causing low water pressure, you’re not out of options. Instead, suggest that your client looks at using a shower pump to boost the water pressure. A water pump helps to increase the pressure and flow rates of the water, resulting in a more enjoyable shower experience.
However, before going ahead with this there are various factors to consider. Firstly, what type of heating and hot water system does your client have? The 3 main types in the UK are:
This system, the bar pressure desired and the need for a positive or negative head shower pump will affect your client’s shower pump options. Furthermore, does your client need to improve power for just one shower? The whole wetroom? Or the whole property? Speak to your client so that you understand their needs, and then you can advise what is best for them.
Whilst a power shower might feel glorious, and is generally the preferred option for all, without the correct drainage in place, your client could be faced with much greater issues down the line. If the drain capacity is too low, it is likely that the shower area will flood. What’s more, if water expands beyond the tanked area the wet room will leak, which can cause severe damage. Here comes in the importance of tanking a wetroom correctly.
When designing the wetroom, always make sure to check the drain can cope with the volume of water produced by the showerhead. Also, check that there are internal drainage slopes built in to ensure water call drain away fully, without risk of flooding.
Using the above advice will help your client to achieve higher water pressure in their wetroom shower, leading to glorious showers every time! Provide your client with further guidance to better meet their needs, and exceed their expectations.
My client bought a range of Wet Room Unislope Systems from our local retailer, Bathworks. We struggled to find anyone to come to site and take responsibility for the waterproofing until we came across Wet Room Materials. They were willing to stand over their tanking system and more than helpful throughout all stages of the installation from site survey and room preparation to installation. A 10 Year no leak fully insured warranty gave me the confidence that we were dealing with a professional organisation. I would highly recommend these guys and will certainly be using them going forward.
Steven Quinlan | Director | Citius Limited
I have honestly found, Wet Room Materials to be an easy and reliable company to work with. Whether it be a one wet room residential project, apartment block or a gym; they ensure there are no installation problems and we don’t have to worry about leaks. They take care of the specification and advising us on correct build ups and preparation. On a recent project we were able to buy their Unislope System p from our bathroom show room retailer and they subsequently came to site to tank out the bathrooms. It was a time sensitive job and The Wet Room lads worked through the evening and into the weekend to ensure we completed the project on time. I have no hesitation in recommending Wet Room Materials. They are a pleasure to deal with.
Noel Geraghty | Director/Founder | NGS Mechanical Services
In Bright Designs, we understand the importance of specifying a reliable waterproofing system for bathrooms. We have worked on a number of projects with Wet Room Materials over the years and I can honestly say that their waterproofing installation service offers complete peace of mind for us and our clients. The Wet Room Materials Team are there throughout all stages of the project from site survey and specification to installation. More importantly they also give us a 10 year no leak guarantee. I also like the fact that they will handle communication with the client and contractors in terms of delivering a high-quality installation which allows me the head space to focus on other aspects of the build."
Alan Burns | Director/Co-founder | Bright Designs. B Arch, B Sc Arch, MRIAI.