In this blog post we discuss power showers and wet rooms. Read on for our tips and advice
Our guide to power showers and wet rooms
It's a myth that showers use less water than baths, at least when you're talking about modern power showers. They are phenomenally expensive to fit and environmentally quite appalling. In five minutes under a power shower, you use about 120 litres of water, which is enough to fill a whole bath. By contrast, ordinary showers use around 35 litres of water.
However, if you feel that a power shower is essential, then you'll generally need to fit a pump to the shower's water supply. Combination boilers that heat water as it is used will not be suitable, so check with your plumber.
Wet rooms are often beautiful but sometimes they can be less than practical. As the name suggests, everything gets wet, so you end up with a wet loo seat, wet loo rolls, wet sink, wet towels. They work brilliantly in hot countries where water evaporates fast, but in Britain you need to understand their limitations, and think carefully before you install one.
Wet rooms effectively turn the whole room into a shower area, with the floor area tiled on a slight slope so that water runs into the drain. Any leak can do serious damage to the floor below. Despite this, I think wet rooms definitely have a place. They can transform a small shower area into an amazing cleaning experience, giving your property that all-important selling point.