Our expert guide on how to install a thermostatic mixer shower will help you complete your bathroom renovation project. The guide is broken down into easy to follow steps, and there’s some handy tips to make the job easier, plus we’ve listed all the tools you’ll need to get the job done with a minimum of fuss.
What is a thermostatic mixer shower?
Mains-fed showers can be an issue – flushing the toilet or running a hot tap elsewhere in your home can make your shower run freezing cold or scalding hot. If you’re looking for a new shower then you definitely need to choose a thermostatic mixer shower to ensure a safe and comfortable showering experience. This type of shower allows you to pre-set the temperature to what you’re comfortable with and then maintain that temperature regardless if someone flushes the loo or turns on a tap.
Is a thermostatic mixer shower compatible with my water system?
Our thermostatic showers are suitable for use with pumped systems, gravity, standard mains pressure and combination boilers. It’s a good idea to check with the supplier that the shower you want is compatible with your water system before purchasing.
Types of thermostatic mixer showers
Thermostatic mixer shower valves are available in two styles – exposed or concealed.
Concealed shower valves just have the controls on show with the valve and water connections hidden behind a plate. This guide explains how to fit an exposed shower, but the principle is the same for a concealed valve.
An exposed shower valve attaches to the face of the wall and the hot and cold pipes either run up the wall to fix underneath the unit, or come through the wall to attach to the back.