Best Shower Cleaner? Top Tips How to Clean Shower Glass

What is the Best Shower Cleaner? Top Tips How to Clean Shower Glass
What is the Best Shower Cleaner? Top Tips How to Clean Shower Glass

There is little more satisfying than cleaning your shower glass, especially when it’s quite cloudy and grimy.

Once you have it looking clear and sparkling, you can stand back and congratulate yourself for your hard work and effort, and you can actually enjoy your next shower without being surrounded by grime, scum, and mildew.

To help you make the most of your time spent cleaning, we have created this detailed guide to washing your shower glass – with all of the latest tips and advice to ensure the process is a smooth one. 

It’s time to don your cleaning clothes, slip the marigolds on, and grab your cleaning supplies, because we are going to get into every little corner of your shower glass and make it shine. 

1. Cleaner Pick

wet & forget shower clean

Wet & Forget Shower

2. Squeege Pick

Gutewerk shower squeegee

Gutewerk Squeegee

Use the Right Products for Your Shower

It is so important to make sure you are using the right products when cleaning your shower glass. We also understand that it can be difficult to know if you are making the right choices because the supermarket shelves are lined with so many products it can leave you feeling a bit dizzy and confused.

Picking the right product for the job doesn’t have to be hard though, and if you take a moment to read the packaging you will be able to determine which one is going to be right for your bathroom, and you may find the label has some helpful tips for the best results.

You don’t even have to use chemicals in order to clean your shower glass, and you might find that natural solutions are the best option for you – something we explore further later on. 

The Essential Equipment for Cleaning Showers

There are a few cleaning essentials that you should have in your home at all times, as these will be able to help you get top results when you are scrubbing it down (gently, of course). Here’s a quick list of the things you should have, and the reason why:

  • Soft sponges. These are great for quick cleaning jobs, especially if you are performing regular maintenance on your shower. Make sure they are soft though as any rough sides could damage your glass. We reccomend these high quality sponges
  • Squeegee. We look at these further in the next section, but they are an absolute must in any bathroom, and are able to remove excess water without leaving a mark. We use this easy, sleek design squeegee.
  • Microfibre cloths. Another thing we look at in the next section, these cloths are incredibly soft and gentle on the glass, making them ideal for washing and drying tasks alike. Take a look at these thick plush microfibre cloths. 
  • Empty spray bottles. These are incredibly handy to have around when you make your own natural solutions, or if your cleaning product doesn’t come in a spray bottle. It is always a good idea to have two of these hanging around. We always use this bottle spray to clean, as its easy to use and gives a continuous stram of spray.

Squeegees and Microfiber Cloths for Cleaning Showers

In my humble opinion, squeegees are one of the greatest inventions when it comes to cleaning your shower, and they work amazingly when finishing off the glass so that you are left with a clear and streak-free look.

Are there loads of different types of squeegee on the market? Yes. Do they all work pretty much the same? Yes again. It doesn’t matter what kind of handle or fancy feature it has, they are essentially the same thing, and they will all do an excellent job if used correctly.

In order to make the most of your squeegee, you should run it down the length of the shower after rinsing the product of your choice off. This will remove the excess water, but also ensure that there are no streaks once it dries.

You just have to remember to always drag it down so that it dries without marks. You can even use them to prevent watermarks and stains from occurring on the glass.

The microfibre cloths have been praised for their soft touch and ability to reach even the most difficult and tight areas, but what we also forget is how gentle they are on the glass, as well as how effective they are when cleaning and drying.

They can get rid of water spots effortlessly, and provide the perfect finish that won’t leave a single streak should you decide to dry the glass after cleaning. You should always have multiple cloths to hand, and they should be washed once a week. 

Also Read: Tips for Removing Mould on Shower

Best Shower Cleaners 

Keeping on top of things every day means that the overall cleaning is much easier and faster in the long-run. So, after your deep clean, you can use a daily shower cleaner to top things up after each daily use of the shower. All you need to do is provide the glass with a quick misting and wipe it down after.

You can pick these daily products up from the supermarket, or just use one of the natural concoctions that we take you through a little later. It’s the best way to avoid regular deep cleaning and keep your glass looking amazing. 

wet & forget shower clean

Wet & Foret shower cleaner spray. Using this shower cleaner is exceptionally simple. Once you have had a shower, turn the nozzle on the spray bottle to the ‘on’ position.

Once this is done, you can begin to spray a light mist over all of the wet surfaces, including the glass enclosure simply once a week.

After that you just leave it, there is no need to scrub or rinse. It removes limescale from the glass and helps to prevent a build-up of it in the future.

cramer shower glass cleaner

Cramer Shower Glass Cleaner. This product works much the same as the Wet & forget version. But with this cleaner you need to spray after each shower you have to prevent the build-up of limescale, soap, and scum on your shower glass.

There is no need for it to be scrubbed, wiped, or rinsed at any point (unless you spray too much) and it will not leave streaks or marks if the right amount is applied.

Ecogurus limescale remover

Ecogurus daily shower cleaner. This nifty cleaner works in the same manner as the other supermarket brands. Spray a light mist after showering each time and leave it.

There is no need for scrubbing or rinsing at any point. However, do not over apply it as this could cause streaking to occur.

It will prevent the build-up of limescale and other soapy scums, and will also leave the glass of your enclosure sparkling. Plus, like all the other brands, it is very reasonably priced.

Make Your Own Daily Shower Spray 

Now we can get into the ways in which you can create your own daily shower spray, which is especially good if you want to avoid the chemicals found in supermarket brands.

Plus, using natural ingredients is much kinder to the environment, and often just as good at keeping things clean and free from bacteria. So, how do you make this amazing spray? Just follow the instructions below:

  • Take half a cup of hydrogen peroxide, half a cup of rubbing alcohol, a teaspoon of dish soap, and a tablespoon of dishwasher powder, before mixing it all in a spray bottle. 
  • Once all the ingredients are in, fill the rest of the bottle with water and screw the cap on. Then, shake it very gently to combine the ingredients without causing them to foam. 
  • Store it away from sunlight, as the sun can cause the hydrogen peroxide to lose its cleaning attributes. 

Deep Cleaning for Showers

There are going to be times when a deep clean is what your shower glass needs, because life doesn’t always give us the option to maintain things on a daily basis.

When this happens, you are going to need to put in a fair amount of elbow grease, and you will also find that your squeegee and cloths will not be enough to get it back to a perfectly clean state.

A lot of this is because soap scum will have gathered on the glass, which can cause mold in the shower and this is not something that wants to go away without a fight. So, what can you do to deep clean your shower?

  • Use a magic eraser sponge or dryer sheets to gently scrub the glass and get rid of both soap scum and hard water stains. Many people swear by these two items, and they are able to work wonders on several areas in the home – including stained paintwork. 
  • Spray the door with white vinegar to break down the soap scum and water stains on the glass. Then, rinse it off and wipe down afterwards to prevent streaking. You can repeat this several times to get really stubborn areas. 
  • Use a bathroom cleaner that contains chemicals from the supermarket. These will work really quickly on the scum, and break it down easily. Often, you only need one application, and if your shower glass is in a really bad state, you might want to save a little time by using these. All you need to do is spray, scrub, rinse, and dry.

A Natural Alternative 

Going for the natural solution can be beneficial for a few reasons. The first is that it is cost-effective, mostly because you are likely to have the ingredients in your cupboard already. Even if you don’t, they cost hardly anything to buy and will last you a long time.

Secondly, they work really well and tend to be gentler on your glass than chemicals. Finally, it is kinder to the environment and far less damaging than using supermarket cleaners. So, here are our top natural alternatives: 

#1 White vinegar

It is the most popular home cleaning ingredient, but for a reason. It has antibacterial properties, disinfects, and is able to break down pretty much any kind of grime that dares to invade your home.

You can fill a spray bottle with pure white vinegar if you have a really tricky area to clean, or you can dilute it with water if you don’t something quite that strong.

Once you have applied it to the glass (leave it for a few minutes on stubborn areas), take a soft sponge and gently scrub the area. Then, rinse it off with warm water, and you’ll be left with a lovely clear pane. 

#2 Baking soda

This is another formidable and popular product for cleaning in the home, and it really is a force to be reckoned with. If you mix it with water and create a paste, you can make a scrub that will see scum and grime go running in no time.

Apply the paste to a soft sponge and then use it to really scrub the glass. Afterwards, rinse it with white vinegar, then warm water, and you can have shiny clear glass. 

Long-Term Solutions for Cleaning Showers

This refers to protecting your shower glass in the long-term, especially if the idea of regular maintenance is not something you feel you can commit to. Obviously, you will still need to clean your shower, but the added protection takes some of the stress away.

It can also prevent scum and watermarks from forming because they won’t be able to stick to the glass. Why? Because of the shower screen protector that you can install.

Usually, these kits come in packs where you gently rub the protector onto the glass after you have finished cleaning it. These then work for an allotted period of time (depending on the manufacturer) to prevent the growth of scum and watermarks on the glass.

You can buy both chemical and natural products as well, giving everyone the chance to choose something they are comfortable with. Application, maintenance, and reapplication tend to be very easy as well. 

Further Reading: Sloping Roof Shower Enclosures

Cleaning Those Pesky Metal Tracks 

The tracks, or rollers, at the bottom of your shower doors, are the perfect place for grime and bacteria to grow and thrive. Plus, they are so often forgotten about that they can become quite filthy very quickly.

They can be really hard to clean, and this is much of the reason they get neglected, but it certainly isn’t an impossible task. Here are a few quick and easy steps:

  • Plug up any holes or gaps in the roller tracks so that you are left with a secure trough. 
  • Pour pure white vinegar into the tracks until they are filled to the top, and then leave the vinegar there overnight.
  • In the morning, release the vinegar, rinse the area, and wipe the rollers clean. They will be left looking shiny and beautiful without you needed to go to extremes like removing the doors. 

Ban the Bar Soap 

I hate soap bars, and many others are beginning to realise that they are actually the reason their shower needs to be cleaned so much. This is because bar soap contains talc, and this creates the build-up of scum that overtakes your shower and leaves the glass (and floor) looking grimy, filmy, and generally dirty.

If you are insistent on keeping your bar soap, we suggest that you find a brand that does not use talc in their ingredients, as this will massively reduce any build-up and the need for extreme cleaning.

Personally, liquid soap is the best way to go for avoiding scum. Then the only thing left to worry about are the watermarks – and there’s no way to stop them from happening. 

FAQ's

Q: How can you clean cloudy shower glass?


AWhite Vinegar

  1. Pour a 50/50 ratio of vinegar to water in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray on the glass.
  3. Wipe with a clean cloth.

To Conclude

We hope that this guide has been helpful when trying to determine which method is the best for cleaning your shower glass and getting it to look brand new again. There are so many things you can do, big and small, to keep your glass looking fresh, but also to ensure that it is maintained.

From chemical sprays to natural solutions, there is a tip for everyone in this guide. All you need to do is grab your cleaning supplies and get to work. What did you think of our guide to cleaning shower glass?

Did it contain everything you needed to get the job done, or are there a few tips and tricks you felt we missed? We love hearing from you, so make sure to leave us a message in the comments below. 

How to Remove Silicone from a Shower – DIY Guide

How to Remove Silicone from a Shower – DIY Guide
How to Remove Silicone from a Shower – DIY Guide

Silicone can be fiddly and frustrating to remove, but it is a job that needs to be done. Over time, it starts to lose its effectiveness, and needs to be removed and replaced so that you are able to keep your shower nice and secure.

Silicone removal is about more than just the shower though; it’s good to know how you can get it off your hands and clothing (since it tends to stick).

We answer every burning question you have about silicone removal, even how to remove mouldy silicone, as well as why you should be doing it in the first place. Time to get to work fixing up your shower. 

Why Do We Need to Remove the Old Silicone? 

Silicone doesn’t last forever, and it will need to be replaced so that it can keep working to protect your walls and tiles. Over time, it starts to lose that adhesive stick, and it may even become damaged or have mould growth that you can’t get rid of.

Mould is especially tricky because it can have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing, which means it should be tackled as quickly as possible. Even if none of this is true, you should be removing and replacing the sealant every year or two to ensure that it remains strong and watertight. 

How to Remove Silicone from Your Shower 

The best method for removing silicone sealant from your shower is the old-fashioned way; with your hands and a few tools. To get started, you are going to need the following:

  • Stanley knife 
  • Chisel 
  • White spirit
  • Thick gloves 
  • Safety glasses 

Once you have all of these, you can follow the steps below to successfully remove the silicone sealant from your shower. Remember to put your gloves and safety glasses on before you begin. 

Step 1:

Use the Staley knife to cut away the old sealant. Make sure you are as gentle as possible while you do so, as this will ensure you do not damage the wall or surrounding area. You don’t need to worry about getting every little scrap, just focus on the bulk of the sealant. 

Step 2:

At this point, you will be likely to be left with some silicone strands. A lot of the time, this can be removed with your hands, using a chisel/scraper, or rubbing it with a cloth dipped in white spirit. It can take a little while, but it is important all of the sealant is removed so that you can reapply it smoothly. 

Step 3:

Make sure you also remove the residue from the silicone as well so that the entire area is nice and clear. Now that everything has been removed, you can apply the new silicone sealant to the area. We have a great guide on that for you as well. 

Further Reading: Silicone and Caulk Guide

How to Remove Silicone from Your Hands 

There are a few ways you can remove silicone from your hands, and it is important to do it quickly because it can be really tough to remove once it dries.

Plus, it can irritate the skin if you are quite sensitive, which is partly why gloves are so highly recommended. Each of the tips below contains a series of detailed steps to help you get it right the first time. 

Method One: The Plastic Bag 

#1 Remove as much of the silicone as you can before it dries, either by washing your hands or wiping them with paper towels. Do not use a fabric towel because the silicone will be difficult to get out once it dries. The more you can get off while it’s wet, the easier it will be to ensure they are completely clean.

#2 Grab a plastic bag from the supermarket and use it in the same way you would a cloth. This is because the silicone will be more attracted to sticking to the plastic than your hands, and so it will draw the excess away from you.

#3 Rinse your hands with water once you have used the plastic bag to remove any remaining silicone from them. Then, dry your hands and repeat the method if you need to. This can be done as many times as you need, but if you act fast, you will only have to do it once. 

Also Read: Remove Mould from Shower

Method Two: Nail Polish Remover (Acetone)

#1 Remove as much of the silicone with a paper towel before it has a chance to dry, maximising your chances of getting rid of everything in one go. Silicone does tend to dry faster on hands because the amount is much smaller, so time is of the essence.

#2 Once the large chunks have been removed, wash your hands with soap and water to soften the remaining silicone so that it is a little easier to remove in the next step.

#3 take some cotton pads, or kitchen roll, and apply the nail varnish remover (which contains acetone) liberally. Rub it all over your hands so that they are nice and damp, and wait for the remover to start taking effect. Once it does, use a paper towel to vigorously scrub the areas so that all of the silicone is removed.

#4 When this is finished, wash your hands with soap and warm water before drying them. Apply moisturiser to your hands to prevent them from drying out, and then check to see if you need to repeat the process.

You should only go through it again once to prevent your skin from cracking, and if it still does not work wait for the silicone to come off naturally. 

How to Remove Silicone from Your Clothes 

There really isn’t much worse than your clothes getting covered in silicone, because it’s really difficult to handle when it dries, and fabrics can be a nightmare.

This is why it is usually recommended that you wear old clothes you don’t care about when using silicone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t want them to be clean again. Have a look at our methods, and the steps that come with them. 

Method One: Freezing 

#1 Place the clothing in a bag and then put it in the freezer for a few hours, causing the silicone to become incredibly hard. The biggest and lumpiest part of the stain should peel off once you take it out of the freezer, and you can do this with your hands.

#2 Grab a pair of scissors and use them to scrape off the remaining areas of the stain. You can also use a butter knife to do this, but make sure your chosen tool isn’t too sharp so that you don’t accidentally tear the fabric.

#3 Once this is done, take some rubbing alcohol and scrub the affected area to remove the stain and leave it looking fresh again. You can also use a stronger cleaning agent if you feel the stain needs it. The process can be repeated if some of the silicone remains. 

Method Two: Blotting 

#1 This method is best if the stain has not yet had the chance to dry, and if this is the case throw it in the washing machine with your usual detergent and let it run on a regular setting. For white clothing, you can add a little bleach to the mix. If the stain is quite fresh, you might find that this step is the only one you need to take.

#2 If the washing cycle was not quite enough, take a cloth and dampen it with warm water. Press it firmly against the stain to let the water sink in and dab it repeatedly to get as much of the silicone off as possible.

#3 When a good chunk of excess silicone has been removed, use a clean cloth and some rubbing alcohol to work out the remainder of the stain. You should blot it liberally and leave it to soak in, repeating as many times as needed until the stain is practically gone.

#4 For the final step, put the clothing into the washing machine and run it through on the usual setting. It may need to be washed a few times in order to remove it, and you should not place it in a dryer as this can cause any remaining stain to fully set and harden. 

Method Three: Chemicals 

You can also use chemical stain removers that you find in the supermarket to get rid of silicone stains. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the label to remove the silicone stains. Just remember to test it on some old clothing first to ensure it won’t damage your garment. 

Method Four: Baking Powder 

#1 Wet the stain with water and leave it to soak for a moment. Then, pour the baking soda onto the area.

#2 Take a cloth and massage the baking powder into the stain so that it can absorb everything. Repeat the process as needed until the stain is completely (or at least mostly) gone.

#3 Put the clothing in the washing machine and run on a regular cycle to rinse the clothing out. Leave it to dry naturally and then check to see if the stain is gone.

Can You use Acetone to Remove Silicone? 

In short, you can use acetone to remove silicone sealant, but it is not always advised. It does a fantastic job at dissolving the silicone, making the job pretty quick and easy when compared to other methods.

However, the solution is so powerful that it can actually melt some plastics so you should test it on a hidden area first. It can also damage the seals on drains, so you should speak to an expert before you decide to use it in your shower. 

What will dissolve silicone?

Vinegar and isopropyl alcohol will work well to dissolve silicone. The best way to remove silicone caulk short of using a digestant is to treat it with a silicone sealant remover, WD-40, vinegar or alcohol, wait for it to soften and then attack it with a knife or paint scraper.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this has helped you to figure out the best way to remove the silicone sealant from your shower. What about replacing it though?

It may feel like it is missing in this guide, but we actually have an entire one dedicated to the application process that you can check out. We’re dedicated to making your bathroom renovations a massive success, so no matter your needs, we have something here for you.

What did you think of our silicone removal guide? Were you able to get it out of everything, or are there other areas that you felt should have been covered? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave us a message in the comment section below. 

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish In The Bathroom?

What was this little silver bug in your bathroom?

If you’ve been there or you’re aware this is called silverfish but still have questions, you are at the right place. In this article, Steam Shower Parts will help you learn why these bugs hide in your bathroom and how to get rid of them quickly. 

Also, we share some preventative measures that will minimise the chance for future silver infestations. 

So, let’s move on,

What Is a Silverfish?

These creatures are creepy and scary to many people. 

They have a cigar-shaped body with long antennae, no wings, silver in colour, and reach up to 2 inches in length. Usually, they are mistaken for centipedes and look a lot like firebrats. People are often horrified when they come across such creatures but the bugs are actually quite harmless. They are not known to pose any threatening diseases and they don’t bite at all. 

However, silverfish are still pests that cause other damages to your property. They love carbohydrates including sugar and starches. Part of their diet is old books, photos, other papers, carpets, dandruff, hair. 

So silverfish can damage leather furniture, beloved books, documents or infest food like your cereal!

Why Do I Have Silverfish In My Bathroom?

After you know the basics facts about silverfish it’s time for us to clarify why your home is attractive to it and why your bathroom is preferred. 

First of all, silverfish adore dampness, moisture, darkness, and tranquillity. These are the conditions of attics, basements, and bathrooms. 

So your bathroom is most probably where silverfish will hide, sleep, breed. And during the night, when all family members are asleep, they come out to search for some food. 

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish In The Bathroom?

Getting rid of silverfish can be a challenge but it is possible. 

Here we outline the tools and equipment you need along with steps to follow to minimise a silverfish infestation. Hopefully, it will disappear forever!

Tools And Products You Will Need:

  • Gloves;
  • Mask;
  • Dehumidifier;
  • Newspaper;
  • Jar;
  • Paper tape;
  • Bread;
  • DE;
  • Pyrethrin;
  • Boric acid.

Steps to Getting Rid of Silverfish

Step 1. Find the source

First of all, you should thoroughly examine the common hiding places. For example, you might spot one silverfish in the kitchen but the infestation could originate from your bathroom. This means you have to keep an eye on drains, attic spaces or basement as the most likely premises.

Step 2. Ensure conditions no longer right 

You have to reduce moisture in your bathroom. Make sure you don’t hang wet towels or clothes there. Instead, dry them outside. Always mop the floor from standing water. 

Install a fan and always run it longer. If you have a window, leave it open as often as possible. Also, invest in a dehumidifier so that you can control dampness in the whole house and thus make it unattractive to the silverfish.

Step 3. Try natural methods before counting on the chemical ones

We consulted the experts at Fantastic Silverfish Control suggest three ways that are tested and proven to work.

  • The newspaper method: roll one old newspaper and put bands on both ends so that it won’t unfold. Then, you have to moisten the newspaper a bit and leave it in your bathroom. It will attract the silverfish to hide and feed on the newspaper and eventually the insects will be trapped inside. This way you provide the perfect conditions for the silverfish to live and nourish. Leave it for 24 hours then if you see trapped insects make sure you throw the newspaper away. You can repeat this for a couple of days until you are sure silverfish are gone.
  • The jar method: This is another efficient way to handle the situation. You will need one jar. Put small bread pieces and tape the jar on the outside with paper tape. The silverfish are supposed to climb on the jar searching for the bread. Once they fall in the jar, they will no longer be able to escape because the jar inside is slippery. Try this for several days like the method with the newspaper. 

Tip: These methods are not appropriate for excessive silverfish infestation

Step 4. Use chemical products. 

The advantages are that these products contain ingredients strong enough to eradicate insects such as silverfish. The negative side is that they possess health risks and should be handled with care.

So we recommend you to always wear protective gloves and mask when using the following insecticides:

  • Bleach: Silverfish usually reproduce down in drains because of the moisture. So, pour a cup of bleach down the sinks and drains and plug them if you can. Leave it throughout the night. This method is supposed to stop silverfish from breeding. 
  • Diatomaceous earth insecticide: This is a very popular substance that can eradicate a different type of insects quickly. It’s made of fossilized remains of plankton and looks similar to talc powder. You can find different types of DE, which are mixed with clay and are different grades like livestock or food grade. When dealing with silverfish any type will kill them as each DE substance is made of sharp fossilized diatoms and will cut the exoskeleton of the insect. You just need to sprinkle it in your bathroom around drains sinks or corners. Leave it for the night and vacuum it the next day. 
  • Pyrethrin: You can buy an insecticide which includes the pyrethrin liquid and spray it in the bathroom or anywhere you think silverfish are. Be cautious and don’t spray it around food or close to belongings of children or pets, as it’s highly poisonous. We recommend you to try this and be outside the house for at least one or two days so that it won’t possess harm to your family. 
  • Boric acid: Boric acid is an effective solution. Sprinkle it around drains, sinks under your bathtub or anywhere you spotted the silverfish or signs are found. Apply it cautiously as it’s toxic. 

Step 5

The final step you can take if nothing else works is to book a professional silverfish treatment. The exterminators will thoroughly inspect the areas where the silverfish hide. They might find other cracks that you’ve missed and will decide what treatment to apply. Professionals use powerful insecticides so that they can effectively get rid of the silverfish infestation. A pro will provide you with more advice on how to prevent future invasions.

How to prevent future silverfish infestation?

  • Clean: As for any other pest infestation, cleanliness and high hygiene in your house is a must. Vacuum, sweep and mop regularly. Also, if you know where the silverfish laid the eggs you can suck them with the vacuum cleaner.  Make sure cabinets, tables and countertops are cleaned from food leftovers and stains.
  • Dry: Keep your place especially the bathroom dry. Always ventilate it, open windows and mop wet spots and floors.
  • Use spices: Yes, spices can help not only when you cook but against silverfish infestation, as well. You can just leave a bowl or a cup filled with odorous spices that will work as a 
  • Seal cracks: This is very important if you want to prevent future infestations. Silverfish and not only they can lurk through cavities and open cracks. So, use a sealer to close all small and big entry points.
  • Keep food closed:  Pack away food especially the sugary ones in plastic bags or containers so that they will not be accessible for the critters. This way you can decrease the possibility the unwelcomed silverfish will visit you.

Takeaways:

  • Silverfish can thrive in damp, tranquil, and dark places like the bathroom 
  • They are not dangerous but only damage your belongings like photos, books, other important documents and can be found around sugary food.
  • You can use natural methods like trapping the silverfish in a newspaper or in a jar. But more effective are the chemical products like DE, Boric acid, bleach and pyrethrin liquid. Anyway, there is nothing more efficient than the professional treatments due to the fact that the technicians have top-notch products, equipment and the proper qualification to do it properly. 
  • In order to prevent future silverfish infestations keep your home as clean as possible, ventilate it regularly, keep the bathroom dry, keep food packed, and caulk any openings. 

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https://www.hunker.com/12515235/how-to-get-rid-of-silverfish-in-bathroom
https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Silverfish
https://housewifehowtos.com/clean/how-to-get-rid-of-silverfish-and-keep-them-away/
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How Much Does it Cost to Install an Electric Shower

How-Much-does-it-Cost-to-Install-and-Electric-Shower
How Much Does it Cost to Install an Electric Shower

The thing is, it can be really hard to estimate how much something is going to cost when the internet is packed with conflicting information. It’s good to have a rough idea of how much its going to cost to install an electric shower, so that you can put it aside in advance.

To make life a little easier for you, we decided to put together this ultimate guide to shower installation pricing, where to find the person for the job, and the few cases where you might not need anyone at all. You can finally be financially prepared for your upcoming shower installation.

How to Find a Reliable Electric Shower Installer

This is an important question, and a common one when people are searching for a professional to install their electric shower. The best option is to find someone who is a member of one of the self-certification schemes that we have listed below:

  • BRE Certification
  • British Standards Institution
  • ELECSA
  • NAPIT Certification
  • NICEIC Certification Services

You can find skilled and competent workers that meet these standards from your local council’s building control. Additionally, before they undertake any work, it is essential that they agree to ensure that the installation complies with building regulations and that they take full responsibility for this.

They must also provide you with the BS7671 certificate. This will need to be produced should you want to sell your home so that you can prove that any and all electrical work was carried out safely. Otherwise, you will need someone to come and check over the work for an additional fee, and you will be liable for any changes that need to be made.

Why Go with a Professional?

The reason you go with a professional is that they are qualified and certified to install the electrical part of the shower. This is a legal requirement, and if you decide to forgo the electrician part, you at least need the local building authorities to come and inspect it.

This tends to have a set fee (this really depends on your local council), and you will need to have any repairs fixed by a certified professional or checked again. If it goes right, you have saved a little cash, but if it goes wrong it could end up being way more expensive.

Your chosen professional will also be Part P certified, and this is a particular qualification that can be held by both plumbers and electricians - hence you can get someone who is able to perform both parts of the job. Without this certification, they cannot install an electric shower. There are some cases where the Part P is not required, which we go into detail about later.

Replacement vs New Fitting

There is a pretty big difference between these two installations. If you are just replacing an old shower, all the cables, electrics, and piping are already in place. Therefore, the job is much simpler and tends to involve removing the old unit and then installing the new one.

If you are looking for an entirely new fitting, you can expect higher costs because it will not have any existing wiring or cabling, and this needs to be installed by a professional. Therefore, the material costs will be higher alongside the labour costs because the work will take longer. The next section shows a good approximate breakdown of what to expect.

A Breakdown of What to Expect

We forget that the installers are often multi-skilled as both plumbers and electricians for this particular job (otherwise, it would certainly cost you more). While the price can vary according to who you decide to work with, this is a good breakdown of the kind of price you can expect to pay, depending on the work that has been done.

Job Description

Labour Costs

Material Costs

Replacing the existing shower with a similar unit with no need for a cable upgrade.

£175

£85+

Same as above, but with the need for a cable upgrade (the cost next is in addition to the above).

£125

£50

Installing a new electric shower with no existing wiring or cabling.

£250

£150+

Replacing a pumped electric shower.

£300

£85+

What about power showers? I know this guide is all about the electric shower process, but as power showers are up there as one of the most popular types, it is good to have the rough price breakdown here. It’s good for comparison, and also helps you decide which one you want.

Job Description

Labour Costs

Material Costs

Installation of a new power shower.

£350

£150+

Replacing an existing power shower.

£120

£150+

Generally speaking, you will find that a power shower costs double an electric shower to run. For example, an electric shower would cost around 20p for ten minutes, and a power shower would come in at double that - 40p. There are pros and cons to each, but that’s for a different guide and another day.

Ok, I hear you, but why are the materials so expensive? If you buy the new shower yourself, you will be taking money off your bill. Materials usually refer to the new unit being purchased, and sometimes they may also need to add new cabling and piping. Picking up your own unit means you have the opportunity to price match and find something that suits you.

Additionally, a new shower unit can cost anywhere between £50 (not recommended to spend this little) and upwards of £300. It really depends on what your budget is like and how much you are willing to spend on your new unit. If you aren’t too bothered about price matching, just get it added to your bill.

Do You Need an Electrician for a Replacement Shower?

​This is an interesting one. As mentioned already, you need an electrician (or a plumber that is Part P certified) to install and check any new cables or spurs. However, if you are switching your old electric shower for one that is the same in terms of power level and does not need new cables, you don’t actually need a plumber or an electrician to come and do the work.

The important thing to remember here is that the new shower must have the same power level as the old one, and nothing can be done to the existing cables. If any cable work is required, or the shower is more powerful, you will need to call a certified professional out. When you’re swapping for like though, you could save money by just doing it yourself.

How to Fit a Power Shower – DIY Installation Guide

How to Fit a Power Shower
How to Fit a Power Shower – DIY Installation Guide 2019

Are you getting ready to have a power shower installed in your home? Are you looking to do the job yourself instead of hiring the professionals? If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then you are in the right place.

We have compiled this excellent guide to doing the whole thing yourself – from figuring out the costs, to the actual installation of your new power shower. Are you ready for the wash of your life? It’s time to get out the toolkit and start work on your dream shower. 

How Much Does It Cost to Fit a Power Shower? 

A lot of this depends on the path you choose. If you decide to go with a professional plumber, you could be looking at around £500 for a new installation in your bathroom. For simply replacing an existing system, however, a plumber and the shower is more likely to cost around £300 instead.

It should be noted that the day rates for both plumbers and electricians are approximately £150 to £200, and then you factor in the cost of the shower unit on top of that.

New installations tend to cost more because both the plumbing and electrics within your home will need work, but it also depends on how much of it you are prepared to do yourself. 

Can I Have a Power Shower in My Bathroom? 

A typical power shower works in much the same way as a mixer shower in that it combines hot and cold water from the appropriate tanks to create the perfect temperature. They also tend to come with a pump to increase pressure, which is why they are so suited to homes with low pressure.

As a result, they tend to work best with gravity fed systems. There are also electric versions of power showers available for you to buy, and these do not need access to both water tanks as they heat the cold water up within the unit.

Again, they work best with the gravity fed systems. While there are some mixer versions that can be compatible with a combi boiler, it is essential that you check with a professional or the manufacturer before you buy and install the power shower. 

Further Reading:
Tips for Increasing Water Pressure

How long does it take to fit a power shower?

How long does it usually take to install, replace or repair a shower or shower pull cord? Electric shower normall will take 8 hours for a new installation. 2 hours to replace a shower unit , once parts have been organsised.

Preparation 

There are a couple of things you need to do before you can install a new shower, and each of them is essential. The first is checking the kilowatt rating as soon as possible. This will give you a rough idea of how much the shower will cost to run because it will tell you how much power it needs.

Therefore, you have time to look into options that are cost-effective or have lower power settings. You should also ensure the room is clear and free from clutter. This gives you a good working space, but also ensures that nothing of value will get damaged during the installation process.

You should also have a qualified electrician booked to come and check the finished results. Even if you are doing it yourself, you need to be safe and make sure that everything is working correctly. Plus, they will be needed to make the final connection. 

Materials Needed and Instructions 

Now that you are prepared for the installation, you need a list of the materials required for you to get on with the job. We’ve gathered an excellent one for you below:

  • Drill (and bits)

  • Electronic detector 

  • Adjustable wrench 

  • Reciprocal saw 

  • Compressed tee fixing 

  • Pipe cutter 

  • A good screwdriver set 

  • Pencil 

Once you have all of these items gathered up and are ready to go, you can follow each of these steps to get your power shower installed:

#1 The first thing you need to do is switch off the fuse box. Once this is done, you can find a good position for your new shower unit. When you have found the perfect place, take the front cover for the water heater, lean it against the wall, and trace the outline with a pencil. Make sure you clearly mark drill hole locations, pipe points, and cable points. 

#2 Before you get down to drilling, take the electronic detector and scan the wall to ensure that you aren’t going to hit or interfere with anything. When that is all clear, you can begin drilling the fixing holes in the wall.

As a safety side note, the electrical cables from the water heater in the wall should be buried in the middle of the switch and unit either horizontally or vertically. 

#3 Now, drill the holes for the pipes and cable. If you need to, use a reciprocal saw to get everything just right, and then use the wall bracket or sliding rail so that you can make the outline for the shower rail hole position.

Then, turn off the main stopcock and run the cold tap dry. You can then use an adjustable wrench to connect the copper piping to the rising main with the compressed tee fixing.

#4 For this step, cut a hole in the wall at the mains pipe so that the compressed fixing can be accommodated. Once this is done, put the new copper piping in the third arm on the tee and place a stop valve close to the tee so that you have easy access for any future repairs.

Turn the stop valve off, reconnect the cold-water supply, and then attach a flexible hose over the end of the copper pipe. 

#5 You should then flush the new pipe so that you can check for leaks. Once finished, shut off the stop valve and link the copper pipe to the bottom of the heater unit. You should use an elbow pipe for this part, as well as a nut that can be sealed with an adjustable wrench.

You can then open the stop valve again to check the whole system for potential leaks. All you need now is for an electrician to come and ensure that everything is hooked up correctly to the electrics. Just make sure the unit is attached securely to the wall, as well as any railings, and you are good to go.

Choosing a New Power Shower 

When you do go to select the next power shower for your home, you have the difficult task of choosing one that is just right. You will have the option of an electric or water-based system, and each of them is explained in a little more detail below:

  • Electric. This is ideal for a high-pressure combi boiler, especially as they take less time to fit and don’t need a lot of pipework.

  • Water-based. This runs directly from the mains supply while it is also using an integrated booster pump to draw the hot water from the tank. 

  • Mixer. This is for those who have separate hot and cold tanks for their water. They cost less to run, but do need a little more maintenance. 

Power Shower Pipework Size 

While there are varying sizes of power shower pipes out there, only one of them achieves the best results. A 22mm set of pipework is the ideal size, and alongside a 2-3 bar shower pump, you are sure to be enjoying the best shower of your life as soon as you turn it on. 

Also Read: How to Fit a Power Shower

To Conclude

Hopefully, this little guide has been able to help you gain the confidence to take on your DIY project. Alongside the steps to fitting your power shower, there is a plethora of handy information and tips so that you get the project just right.

Of course, we always advise that you seek out professional help if you feel stuck, concerned, or even a little unsure during the process. After all, having an incorrectly installed power shower would be an absolute nightmare.

What did you think of our power shower installation guide? Did it help you to achieve success, or are there areas you felt were lacking? We love hearing from you, so make sure to leave us a message in the comment section below.

Follow Our DIY Guide and Fit Your Shower Tray Yourself

DIY Guide How to Fit a Shower Tray – Tips and Advice (UK)
DIY Guide How to Fit a Shower Tray – Tips and Advice (UK)

The shower tray is an absolutely essential part of your shower enclosure, and unless you are building a wet room, you need one in order to use your shower. Choosing a shower tray that is robust, reliable, and excellent quality is important – but in the end, it will mean nothing if you install it incorrectly.

Done wrong, it can leak, damage the ground, and end up ruining your floors. The process will take time and patience, but it is worth it for good results in the end. To ensure you don’t make the same mistakes as many before you, this guide will take you through the installation process for your new shower tray. 

What Type of Shower Tray are You Installing? 

First, you need to determine the type of shower tray you are installing – is it a height adjustable one or a low profile one? This is important because they require different installation methods. In this guide, we are looking at the low-profile shower tray.

It is not as popular as the adjustable (or high-riser) version, and can be a little more complicated to install, but is still commonly used. If you are looking to install an adjustable shower tray in your home, you can head over to the guide we have written for it. 

What Tools You Will Need

Before you get started, you need to know exactly which tools are required to get the work done so that you are fully prepared. Here’s a quick checklist for you to go through: 

  • Jigsaw 

  • Pencil

  • Spirit level 

  • Shower tray

  • Shower tray waste

  • Silicone sealant

  • Building sand 

  • Cement 

The Installation Process

Now that you have everything you need to get the work done, we can finally move onto the installation stage. Before we do so, there are a couple of key pieces of advice that you should keep in mind.

The first is that while these steps cover pretty much every aspect of how to install a low-profile shower tray, it may also vary slightly between manufacturers, so you should always read the instructions and paperwork that comes with your new tray first. 

The second is that while the process may seem very straightforward, it can be difficult to install a low-profile shower tray, and there is no shame in admitting this. The trays need to be placed and fitted correctly, so if you are ever in doubt make sure you call up the professionals and ask for advice.

It’s better to admit defeat than do things completely wrong – especially since it can end up flooding and damaging your bathroom. Now that’s out of the way; you can find the detailed steps for tray installation below:

#1 Ensure that the area of flooring you are going to put the shower tray on is level, sturdy, and made from strong materials. Any flexibility can cause issues with the stability of the tray over time. Once this is done, place the tray in the intended area and use the pencil to draw around it – marking where it will be installed. 

#2 Now that this is done, you can use the jigsaw to cut an access hatch into the floor next to the tray. It should be large enough for you to get your hand and part of your forearm into, because this is where you will be able to reach the waste if and when you need to. Remember to place the flooring you cut back on top as the hatch will need a lid.

#3 There will also need to be a hole for the shower waste tray, and this is where the jigsaw comes in handy once again. However, it is essential that you take precise measurements of the area before cutting the hole because accuracy is key with this particular task. Once you have done this, you can assemble the waste and get it fully installed. 

Further Reading: Best Shower Trays Reviews

#4 At this point, it is time to get the floor ready for the shower tray. Take five parts building sand and one-part cement, mixing them together to create mortar.

Then, apply a thin layer to the area where the tray will be installed before pressing the tray into the area to ensure it fits comfortably. Use the spirit level to then ensure that everything is even. Once you are happy with the results, leave the mortar to dry for 24 hours. 

#5 Return to the hatch you made earlier and use this opportunity to connect the waste trap to the outlet pipe so that everything is ready to go. Take a moment to also ensure the seal between the two is watertight. Once the mortar is dry, you can also start to apply sealant to the edges to keep

With all of this done, you have successfully installed your shower tray and can get on with using it as normal. It takes a good amount of work, so you should be quite impressed with yourself and your accomplishment. If you also have a shower enclosure to install, we have another guide on the process that you can read. 

Further Reading: Guide for Fitting Shower Enclosure 

What is an easy plumb shower tray?

Easy plumb shower trays have been designed to help with common plumbing problems when fitting shower trays and enclosures. Easy plumb trays come with adjustable legs and removable side panels which makes pipework easier to run, and provides easier access below the shower tray.

How Deep Should a Shower Tray be?

The depth of your shower tray will vary depending on the type, shape, and material that it has been made from. When looking at low-profile trays, the total depth doesn’t matter as much because it doesn’t need to be placed on legs when it is installed.

Generally speaking, you will find that the depth ranges from 25mm to 40mm – although there are models out there that are deeper. When looking at how deep a shower tray should be, we have already mentioned that it doesn’t have much of an effect.

While a 25mm tray will be able to hold less water, it will still function correctly, and you won’t need to worry unless your drain becomes blocked and you have not noticed. Personally, I prefer a deeper shower tray, but that’s just my own recommendation. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has helped you to install your shower tray effectively and correctly so that you can spend time enjoying your shower instead of stressing out over where you went wrong.

The process won’t be quick, but it is also a lot simpler than you might have expected, so following this guide means that you will be able to get the installation just right. After all, it’s better to do something correctly the first time than have to re-do it later.

What did you think of our guide to installing a shower tray? Did it hit all the right marks, or are there areas where you thought it fell short? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave us a message in the comments below. 

How to Fit a Shower Enclosure – Easy Step by Step Guide

How to Fit a Shower Enclosure – Easy Step by Step Guide
How to Fit a Shower Enclosure – Easy Step by Step Guide

The process of fitting your shower enclosure is actually a lot easier than it seems, and if I am able to put them together myself with no experience, then I have no doubt you will be able to as well.

To help you overcome the initial nerves that come with unboxing and preparing yourself to do the job, we have taken the time to create this excellent and detailed guide, listing easy to follow steps so that you are able to complete the task without the need for a professional.

So, if you’ve been wondering how to fit a shower enclosure, wonder no more. Everything you need to know can be found below. 

What is a Shower Enclosure? 

Put simply; a shower enclosure is a standalone cubicle that you stand inside in order to wash yourself and avoid soaking the entire bathroom.

There are one or two doors so that you can get in and out, and while there are a number of plastic models on the market, you will find that the vast majority are made from a combination of metal and glass.

The shower enclosure will contain a drain so that water can be directed to the waste pipe that will be hooked up to it.

Unless you have a wet room, there will also be a shower tray on the floor, and this is designed to keep water inside the enclosure and away from the ground. The enclosure also tends to rest on the tray for extra support. 

Tools You’ll Need 

Once you have unpacked your shower enclosure, make sure that you check for any damage or faults before you begin constructing it.

There isn’t much worse than putting all of the work and effort into constructing it only to discover that it’s faulty. Once this is done, gather the tools you need, each of which have been listed for you below:

  • Claw hammer

  • Electric drill

  • Hack saw

  • Sealant gun

  • Spirit level

  • Standard screwdriver

  • Tape measure

  • Wood chisel

Tools for stone shower trays:

  • Bucket

  • Jigsaw

Tools for acrylic shower trays: 

  • Adjustable wrench 

Check You Have the Following 

Next, you need to make sure you have all of the following materials so that you can construct your shower enclosure properly. Like the tools, this is an essential step before you get started:

  • Glass panel(s)

  • Frames (aka channels)

  • Door(s)

  • Door handle(s)

  • Fixings

  • Shower tray

  • Shower tray waste

  • Shower and/or valve

  • Silicone sealant

Materials for when you have no riser kit:

  • Building Sand

  • Cement

  • PVA Glue

Time to Complete 

Honestly, it’s not a job that will take you masses of time. To ensure you set a steady and patient pace, we recommend you set the whole day aside to get the job done. Realistically, however, it will only take you a few hours to complete. 

Fitting Your Shower Tray Without a Riser Kit 

If you don’t have a riser kit, there is no need to panic. If you are wondering what they are, then you are in the right place.

A riser kit refers to a fixed height shower that cannot be adjusted to your preferences, and therefore the head is locked in place. They do not have flexible hoses, and are usually attached to arms or mounted directly to the ceiling. 

Further Reading:
Tips for Fitting Shower Tray Riser Kit

Here is How to Fit a Shower Tray 

In this section, we look at how to fit your shower tray, both with and without a riser kit. First, we will look at the process without a riser kit.

Step One: Place the shower tray in your desired position, and then use a pencil to draw around it on the floor. You should also pay careful attention to ensure that the position of the trap is clearly marked. 

Step Two: Using the jigsaw, cut a hole in the floor that is big enough to fit the shower trap. This is so that the water can flow into the waste outlet pipe.

Step Three: Now you need to cut an access hatch into the floor next to the tray. This is so that you will be able to get into the space beneath the tray once you have secured it. Your arm should be able to get into it comfortably so that you can access the waste outlet and trap.

Step Four: Using the instructions that have been supplied, attach the waste to the tray. Make sure that you attach rubber gaskets to either side of the waste to make a watertight seal that will prevent leaking. 

Step Five: Dilute some PVA, using one-part water and five parts PVA, and spread the mixture across the area where the shower tray will be placed. Make sure you give it some time to dry – making it the perfect moment for a quick coffee break. 

Step Six: To make mortar, use the bucket and take four parts building sand to one part cement, mixing it until you create a form consistency. Apply a thin layer of approximately 25mm in depth to the area where the tray will be placed. 

Step Seven: Now, place the tray on top of the mortar and allow it to rest into its new position. Using a spirit level, ensure that it is completely level from all angles. This is the ideal point to even out the mortar if necessary.

Step Eight: Smooth the mortar around the edges of the tray, and then leave to dry for 24 hours before you proceed with the next step.

Step Nine: Reach into the access hatch and connect the trap to the waste, and the waste to the waste outlet pipe. Make sure there are no leaks or potential areas for it to happen.

Step Ten: Seal the edges of the tray with silicone sealant, using the gun for speed, accuracy, and efficiency. Then, replace the lid on the hatch and prepare to build the actual enclosure. 

If you have a riser kit, there are less steps, and the process is actually really simple. You can find each of the steps for tray installation with a riser kit below:

Step One: Using the instructions that have been supplied, screw the adjustable feet into position. Then, fit the waste to the shower tray.

Step Two: Place the shower tray in the desired position, using a spirit level to ensure that everything is even. If it is not, take the adjustable wrench and fiddle with the feet until it is even.

Step Three: Connect the waste to the waste outlet pipe.

Step Four: Clip on the side panels that have been provided with your tray, and then check for any leaks to make sure that everything is secure.

Step Five: Using the silicone sealant and the gun, seal around the edges of the tray and then prepare to build the actual enclosure. 

Fitting Your Acrylic Shower Tray Without a Riser Kit 

The steps for fitting an acrylic shower tray without a riser kit are actually the same as above. The only difference is that you will not need the jigsaw or the bucket because you will have a set of adjustable feet instead of needing to mix mortar and such.

So, make sure you read through the detailed instruction in the previous section for shower tray installation without a riser kit. 

Fitting Your Enclosure 

There are so many different shapes and sizes of shower enclosure, and each of them may end up varying slightly. For the next section on fitting your shower enclosure, we have used the most common type and position; a square enclosure being installed in the corner of the room.

In this situation, you will only need one panel and door, but the same methods can be easily applied to other forms of enclosure. 

Here is How to Fit a Shower Enclosure 

Whether you are looking to see how to install a corner shower enclosure, or even a frameless one, the basics are all the same. Just follow the steps below and remember the key piece of information: always be patient and take things slowly.

Step One: Start with the channels that you will be using to fix the panels to the wall. Use your spirit level to ensure that they are vertical, and then place the channels at the corner edges of your tray.

Step Two: Take the electric drill and use it to drill pilot holes in the wall. Then, insert the raw plugs and screw the channels into place.

Step Three: Decide which side your door is going to be on, and then take the side panel that will be permanently held in place and insert it into the appropriate channel.

Step Four: Fit the door into the other channel. If you have a friend or family member that is able to help you hold everything in place, it is ideal. If not, it is possible to install the door and wall separately. 

Step Five: Using the instructions that come with your enclosure, fix each of the panels together at the corner. Then, using the fixings provided, screw the panels into position.

Step Seven: Attach the handle to the door and secure it in place. Then, seal around the outer edges of your enclosure using the silicone sealant and the gun. Make sure you do not seal the inside edges. 

Step Eight: Take a step back and admire your good work. You have just successfully installed a secure and sturdy shower enclosure. 

Do I tile before fitting shower enclosure?

If a shower enclosure is being fitted, the tiling should be done after the shower tray has been installed. The rest of the enclosure is fitted after the tiling has been completed.

Framed Shower Enclosures 

Installing a framed shower enclosure is the same as the instructions above, so it’s very simple with very little deviation from the main steps (unless the manufacturer states otherwise).

However, when you are looking at how to install a frameless shower enclosure, there are a couple of differences – each of which has been listed below for your convenience:

  • The glass panels must be suspended from brackets fixed to a solid wall, and cannot be fixed to a stud partition. 

  • The shower tray must be perfectly level because it is the core foundation for the enclosure. 

There are not many differences, but they are important, so if you have a frameless shower enclosure that is being installed, make sure you are careful to remember these key pieces of information. 

To Conclude 

Hopefully, this guide has shown you that the installation process for a new shower enclosure is not actually as terrifying as it initially seems, and it has given you the motivation to get right into the task without too much worrying.

As we have said before, it is a lot easier than it looks, and you will find that if you take your time and are patient, the process is incredibly smooth. Of course, if you ever feel like you need professional help, there is no shame in calling them out.

After all, it is better to get the experts in than damage your new enclosure permanently. What did you think of our guide to fitting a shower enclosure?

Were the steps detailed enough for you to handle things on your own, or are there details you feel that we missed? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave a message for us in the comments below. 

8 DIY Fixes to Give Your Old Shower an Instant Makeover (Budget Hacks)

8 DIY Fixes to Give Your Old Shower Makeover (Budget Hacks)
8 DIY Fixes to Give Your Old Shower Makeover (Budget Hacks)

You don’t need a lot of money to redo your bathroom and give it a whole new vibe. That may sound surprising, and potentially unrealistic, but it really isn’t.

A lot of it is because you don’t need to rip everything out and replace it with new stuff just because things are starting to look a little old and outdated; there is so much you can do with your two hands, a limited budget, and a quick visit to the hardware store for your supplies.

Your shower is included in this list, and there is quite a bit you can do in order to bring your shower into the modern age or just get it to blend in with your new décor.

So, before you decide to throw it all out and spend a fortune on a new set, take a moment to sit back and read through our eight key pieces of advice for giving your shower an instant makeover, all on a budget, all DIY, and all with the aim to answer your biggest question; how can I redo my bathroom for cheap? 

Paint Your Tiles

This might seem a little odd at first, but it can actually be the defining feature of your bathroom, as well as an incredibly affordable way to mix things up a little. Retiling your shower can be really expensive after all, not to mention that it takes up quite a bit of time and resources.

All you need for painting your shower tiles is your bathroom tile paint of choice, primer, and some paintbrushes. You can paint the tiles one colour, or if you are feeling more artistic, you can even create new patterns and imagery that will bring the whole room to life.

There are some really beautiful things you can do with your bathroom tiles, so why not take this opportunity to experiment a little? If you have a few tiles left over in storage, you can even use them to practice on.

Get Yourself a Shower Caddy 

Having all of your toiletries, facecloths, and other bathing accessories sat on the side of the bath on sprawled on the shower floor is quite unsightly, and it can also lead to grime and scum collecting much faster than normal.

If you pick up a shower caddy, you will have a safe and tidy place to store everything you need when you step into the shower, and it will be available at an accessible height. There are loads of different styles available on the market as well, so you are sure to find one that suits your current décor perfectly.

shower caddy

A New Shower Screen 

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to need a new shower screen, but instead that you can get your current one looking brand new with very minimal effort. Over time, your screen might become a little cloudy, or it may even get so bad you can hardly see through it.

The solution? Some good old-fashioned baking soda. If you mix the baking soda with some white vinegar, you can spray it onto the shower screen and scrub it gently with a damp soft cloth. After scrubbing, rinse it with warm water and repeat until the cloudiness is gone and you are left with lovely clear glass.

It’s a very simple solution that delivers some fantastic results. There may come a time when your screen or enclosure will need to be replaced though, and if you notice that it is splintering, then you need to buy a new one.

This is for your safety as well as for hygiene reasons. A new screen or enclosure can be very inexpensive, and they also tend to be easy to install alone or with another person.

Replace the Shower Head 

A new showerhead can breathe life into a bathroom that is starting to look weary and old, and you can pick them up for incredibly low prices.

On top of that, replacing a showerhead yourself is incredibly quick and easy, and we even have a guide on it that you can read through if you want some further advice. To give you a rough idea of what the process involves though, we have a quick run-down for you below:

  • Remove the old head 

  • Clean the arm and surrounding area 

  • Attach the new head and seal it 

  • Check for leaks by testing the water

On top of that, we also have a detailed buyer guide for a variety of showerheads if you aren’t entirely sure which one you want to invest in. 

Kill the Mould 

There is no shame in having a little mould in your bathroom, it is something that has happened to us all and no doubt will again – especially during the winter months where ventilation tends to be more restricted.

Getting rid of any mould in your bathroom is the first step to improving its overall feel and appearance though, and we have a few tips to get the job done effectively. If the mould is on the paintwork, you can try washing it with a very diluted bleach solution as this will kill the mould.

However, it could cause the paint to fade, and there is no guarantee it won’t come back. The best thing you can do is actually remove the paint with a scraper, use some mould treatment on the area, and then repaint with some kitchen and bathroom paint, or one that has been designed to prevent mould.

If the mould is on your tiles, it can be washed off effortlessly with soapy water. If the mould is actually on the sealant in your shower the most effective course of action would be to remove and replace it.

It’s the ideal option for your health, and to prevent regrowth as you can invest in a dehumidifier to try and stop mould and mildew from forming in your bathroom in the future.

Further Reading: How to Remove Mould from Shower

clean shower room

Cover and Re-Surface Instead of Replace 

The concept of not fixing things if they aren’t broken comes to mind here, and it really is true. We throw so much away just because it is looking a little rough, when all it actually needs is a little love and maintenance so that it can get back to looking amazing. Are your cabinets looking a little worse for wear?

Why not paint them so that they have a more rustic appearance, or give them a coat of white paint for something fresh. Similarly, the bottom of your walls might start looking scuffed and mistreated, but the quickest way to deal with this is by using a pre-fab board known as wainscot.

If there are holes and scuffs, the board will cover things up nicely, leaving your wall looking brand new again. If your entire wall is looking a bit dinged, you can even get some wainscot that will extend to the very top.

The most important thing to remember with this DIY fix is that if you’re bathroom furniture just needs a little love; it is worth repairing it rather than replacing it. Not only will it save you a lot of money, but you can actually create a very stylish bathroom as a result.

Search for Low-Cost Substitutes 

Price isn’t everything, and you will actually be surprised by how good the stuff you can get for bargain prices actually is. A lot of this is because the quality of the cheaper items is actually improving, especially when it comes to vinyl flooring – which looks and feels more realistic than ever before.

So, when you are searching for tiles, wall coverings, and flooring, it is worth considering the budget options and looking through them. The same goes for the furniture and plumbing in your bathroom as well, none of this needs to be expensive.

You can buy a gorgeous budget bathroom that looks and feels just like a luxury one, and while this doesn’t necessarily relate to the DIY aspect, it is worth keeping in mind if you ever need to replace the bath, shower, or other plumbing items in the room.

Refinish Your Tub Instead of Replacing it 

Ok, so this is a big one because when the bath starts to look a little sad many of us (myself included) are guilty of replacing it instead of taking the time to see if simply refinishing it will help.

A lot of the cosmetic issues with your bathtub, or even your shower, can be fixed by simply taking the time to refinish it – and this includes things like cracks, little chips, and yellow staining that has occurred over time.

You also have the option to line your bathtub or shower instead, as this will provide it with some much-needed protection. However, it should be noted that liners will need to be installed by a professional, and they are a lot more expensive than refinishing the tub.

While the liners will last you a few years before they need replacing, we guarantee they won’t look as good as a refinishing.

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Bonus Tips

While we have already gone through our eight DIY tips for making over your shower, we would also like to offer you a few bonus pieces of advice before you embark on your next renovation adventure.

After all, when you are creating your dream bathroom is there such a thing as too many tips? We think not, so take a moment to flick through the following headings for some more inspiration. 

Replace Shower Door Rollers 

Over time, your shower door rollers will become loose, they might get damaged, or the doors just won’t be opening as smoothly as they used to. When this happens, the best move you can make is replacing them with a new set.

You can buy them pretty much anywhere, but it is always best to go with ones that have been manufactured by the same company that made your shower because they will fit better and are often easier to install.

They also tend to be very affordable, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank when the time comes to get new ones. 

Remove Old Silicone 

We briefly mentioned that removing silicone that has mould on it is an important step to take, but old silicone, in general, should also be removed. This is because over time it may become loose and start to lose its watertight properties, allowing moisture to seep through.

Additionally, there is also the risk of it becoming stained and discoloured, taking away from the overall look and feel of your bathroom. Replacing it with new silicone is really good for the aesthetics, but also more hygienic and better for the longevity and protection of your walls. 

Also Read: Tips for Replacing Tile Grout

Lighting

Updating the lighting in your bathroom can have a big impact as well, especially in terms of the atmosphere. Bulbs that are too bright can take away from the calming atmosphere when you are having a bath or shower, so a medium glow is often the best choice to make.

Consider investing in some new fixtures that go with the décor, or taking a moment to really scrub the ones that already exist – you’d be surprised how much dirt and dust they are able to collect. Small and simple things like this can make a noticeable difference to the appearance and vibe your bathroom provides. 

Can a fiberglass shower be painted?

Instead of replacing the entire shower, you can bring new life to it by painting the fiberglass. Use enamel paint, which is waterproof and stands up well to the moist conditions in the shower. Enamel paint comes in many colors and can be matched to your current bathroom decor.

To Conclude 

We hope that these DIY tips and tricks (as well as our little bits of bonus advice) have helped you to get a better understanding of the ways in which you can completely change the way your shower looks without spending a fortune.

Even a fresh coat of paint can be enough to brighten up your space and give your bathroom a new lease on life. A lot of your shower room makeover is down to general care and maintenance as well, with touch-ups and refreshing instead of all-out replacement.

What did you think of our guide to redecorating your shower room? Has it been everything you needed in order to inspire you, or are there things you felt were lacking and needed a little improvement? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave a message in the comments below. 

Small Shower Room? Design and Plan to Help Maximise Space

Small Shower Room Ideas

At first, having a small shower room can be really frustrating because you don’t have enough space to set your vision in motion.

However, they can also be some of the most gorgeous rooms out there, and there are plenty of ways to make the most of your space and create something that you are sure to fall in love with.

So, don’t despair at the sight of your small shower room, we are full of ideas and here to guide you through some of the designs that maximise space.

Stylish and functional, each of our tips is sure to spark your creativity – and we have suggestions for everything from the tiles to the enclosure. 

Buy Freestanding and Multifunctional Furniture 

This is such a great way to decorate your bathroom, both for small and regular sized ones alike. Freestanding furniture means that you can move it around whenever you want, so you can rearrange the space on a regular basis.

This level of flexibility is ideal for small bathrooms because of the increased freedom – but also because you can take all the furniture with you when you move!

Having multifunctional furniture is important as well because it won’t take up as much space and you can ensure that everything has been stored away neatly. A good example is getting a set of drawers for the bathroom as you can keep everything from toilet paper and toothpaste to medicines and hairbrushes. 

Buy Freestanding and Multifunctional Furniture

Products from Heritage Bathrooms

Trick the Eyes with Tiles 

You can make your bathroom feel a lot larger by being smart with the tiles, and by this, we mean using them to play a trick on your eyes.

If you tile both the bath and the wall with the same tiles, your mind will find it hard to tell where one ends, and the other begins unless you really focus, and therefore the room is made to feel much bigger than it actually is. This example from Houzz is quite impressive, and actually links in with the next renovation tip. 

Further Reading:
Best Bath Tub and Shower Drain

Trick the Eyes with Tiles

Image from Houzz

Use the Same Tiles on the Floor and Walls 

Again, this is one of the best small shower room ideas when trying to make a room look bigger than it actually is. Having tiles that match on both the floor and the walls will make it feel incredibly spacious and welcoming.

While any colour tile can be used, we strongly recommend natural and neutral ones for the best effect – much like the example in our chosen image. The porcelain tiles really give a natural feel; elongating the room and making it more inviting. 

Products from Topps Tiles

Make the Most of a Sloping Roof 

Bathrooms with sloping roofs are less spacious, but they can also be the most beautiful. Whether the roof slants on one side or both, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the space you have.

For those that have slopes on each side, placing the bath at the back of the room between the two slopes can make a real statement – especially if you decide to add a feature wall. For those with one slope, you have a little more freedom to play around, and may even be able to fit both a bath and a shower in the room.

The image we have chosen of a bathroom with a single slope shows the perfect setup – with the sloped wall left painted instead of tiled to keep the room open and light. We really like this as an Ensuite shower room idea. 

Products from Victoria Plumb

Furnish to Scale 

If you have a small bathroom space, buying large furniture can make the room feel really cramped and uncomfortable. You need to furnish your bathroom to fit its size, and that means getting smart with the furniture.

It doesn’t need to be tiny, but it does need to be well-planned, and sticking with the basics is often a good idea. That way, you can store everything neatly without it taking up too much space. 

Products from Roper Rhodes

Tile Halfway up the Wall 

This is a great shower idea for small rooms, but also for those with higher walls before the ceiling starts to slope. Tiling halfway up the wall gives it a really classic feel, but also means you can avoid the potential hassle that comes with attempting to tile a sloping ceiling.

Our top tip for making the space look bigger, as well as creating a statement, is to use light coloured tiles with a dark paint at the top (or vice-versa). It just looks so defined, and our example image is proof of that. 

Products from Mandarin Stone

Invest in Made-to-Measure Fittings and Fixtures 

Coming back to the concept of not filling your bathroom with furniture that is too bulky, getting stuff in that is made-to-measure can be a fantastic idea- both for the fittings and the fixtures.

It means that your bathroom is your own, and if you are looking for efficient storage ideas for small shower rooms, or just want to make sure all the lights are going to fit comfortably, this is the way to go. It might end up costing a little more, but it makes your dream bathroom more of a reality. 

Products from UK Bathrooms

Keep it Simple 

Small shower room ideas don’t come any better than simplicity, and it is exactly what you need in order to maximise space and make the most of what you have.

All you need are the essentials – a toilet, shower/bath, sink, and a small storage area to keep toiletries and possibly cleaning products. You can have a modern statement bathroom without filling it up too much, and the results are wonderful.

Photo by What Katie Does, Flickr

Make it Appear Larger with Mirrors 

Some suggest getting mirror tiles to make the room feel larger and more inviting, but these can end up being too much – especially when you turn the lights on and get the glare from them.

Instead, you might prefer to invest in a couple of large mirrors so that they can brighten up your bathroom and make it feel more spacious. That and no bathroom is truly complete without a mirror. 

Photo from Domino.com

Fit a Statement Shower 

There’s nothing quite like a statement shower, and if you’re working what these actually are, just think of rainfall showers, ones which are directly attached to the ceiling, and very large showerheads that allow your whole body to be immersed in water.

Or, if you are looking for some really modern shower room ideas, you could go for a digital shower. These have LCD displays, save your favourite temperature, and come with some really fun tech to keep you interested.

We actually have a whole guide dedicated to shower heads, and you should check it out if you are searching for one, but we also have two of our favourites below. 

iBath
This 16” shower head is made from stainless-steel, and it comes at a great price. It is incredibly easy to clean, which means that you don’t need to worry too much about putting a lot of effort into maintaining it. 

The design is incredibly modern, with a slim square head that can be mounted to the wall or ceiling. The head itself swivels up to 15-degrees for better adjustment, and there are loads of great settings (including rainfall) to give you the shower of your dreams. 

Crosswater
This luxurious shower has been designed with a really slim finish, and it just looks absolutely spectacular once it has been installed.

It is a wall-mounted model, and it uses a separate water supply for each of the settings so that you can conserve water and keep things energy efficient.

It has a rainfall and air rain mode, as well as a waterfall that will leave you feeling as though you are in a tropical wonderland. On top of it all, the installation is really easy. 

Space-Saving Shower Enclosures 

If you want a shower enclosure that will look amazing and fit into your small bathroom, you are going to want a quadrant model. These have a curved front and have been designed to slot into little spaces or corners for maximum efficiency.

We have a great guide on shower enclosures for small and large rooms alike – but to give you a little taste, we have two of our favourites below for you.

Further Reading:
Best Shower Enclosures

Lakes 
One of the great features for this quadrant shower enclosure is the 8mm safety glass, ensuring a durable and resilient build that won’t break easily.

It comes with the option to buy a shower tray and a plumbing kit to help you maintain it, and the finish comes in a choice of silver or white.

The whole design is a smooth one, with easy opening on the doors, as well as glass that has a special coating to prevent the build-up of dirt, limescale, and bacteria. It looks and feels amazing. 

Lakes 
This shower enclosure has been designed for the smallest spaces, with corner doors that allow for easy entry and exit even when squished between two walls.

The glass is 6mm thick for durability, and you can choose to buy a tray for the bottom when you pick it up.

The enclosure itself is relatively tall, and the quick-release doors make everything a lot easier and smoother. The installation is simple, and it looks stunning once it has been setup. 

Heat Your Shower Room

If you can get it, underfloor heating is the perfect solution – especially in a wet room for small rooms – because it takes up no space while also ensuring you are nice and warm on those cold winter mornings.

However, if this form of heating is not affordable for you, a heated towel rack is another top choice. They come in a variety of styles and sizes, offering a way to keep the room toasty while also drying and storing your towels. 

Product from Warm Rooms UK

What is the Smallest Space for a Shower Room? 

If we are looking at a bathroom that contains a shower, toilet, and a basin, the minimum amount of space that would be required is 0.8x1.8m.

This gives you enough space for all of the fittings, while also leaving room for you to get to each one. You can get even smaller shower rooms, but these can be really cramped and a little uncomfortable to use. 

Products from Room H2o

Do Small Tiles Make a Bathroom Look Bigger?

It is a very common thought that small tiles are ideal for making a small bathroom look bigger, but it can actually have the opposite effect. This is because there are so many grouting lines with smaller tiles, and it can leave things feeling cramped and crowded.

Instead, you should go for larger tiles as they will leave the space with a spacious atmosphere and a more refreshing one. Make sure they are plain though, as tiles with busy patterns can have the same effect as the small ones. 

Photo from Home4rt

Is there a minimum size for a wet room?

If you want to make the most of a bathroom, a wet room could be the ideal solution. The recommended minimum space required for a shower tray for wet rooms is 800 x 800 mm.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this has given you the boost you need to get your bathroom design plans under control and in motion. There are loads of great ideas here, as well as some fantastic products for you to consider when you start your renovation project.

It doesn’t matter if your shower room is sloped or square, there is something here for you, and we have piles of additional advice here as well – including ways to keep the room lovely and warm when the cold winter days hit.

From modern shower room ideas to those that are more rustic, we have catered to a number of different tastes and styles.

What did you think of our guide to renovating your small shower room? Did we get your creative juices flowing or are there things that you would have recommended? We love hearing from you, so let us know in the comments below. 

Do Bathroom Carpets, Mats, and Rugs Work? What do Experts Say

Bathroom carpets

Bathroom carpets

Is a carpet in the bathroom a good idea?
Are toilet rugs out of style?

Some folks may have mixed feelings about having a carpet in their bathroom, due to манъ concerns. It’s a wetroom after all and the constant exposure to humidity may cause damage and promote bad odours.

Well, this may be true to some extent but let’s not forget that potential problems will largely depend on what type of rug you opt for to furnish your bathroom with.

So, this post looks into the ways of making a carpet in the bathroom work, explore its advantages and drawbacks. We also present you with effective tips to help you prolong the life of your carpet, mat or rug.

Pros And Cons Of Having Carpets In Your Bathroom

What Are The Pros?

Who would want to step out of the bath or shower onto a cold tile floor? 

That’s right, there’s nothing more pleasant than the cosy feeling you get when your bare feet touch a lush, soft carpet, including in the bathroom. 

Furthermore, one can’t slip on a textured surface, right?

And last but not least, a beautiful bathroom decor can be truly enhanced by a contemporary looking textile floor furnishing, that’s for sure.

On that note, however, all these advantages can only be fully appreciated if the rug is specially designed for a bathroom. Otherwise, you may find that the downside of a rushed decision of fitting a standard wall-to-wall carpet in your shower room/toilet is far greater than the benefits – the deluxe look and comfort feel, you’ve hoped to achieve.

And Here Are The Cons:

An incorrectly selected bathroom flooring can give you more headache than joy. 

Water splashes and moisture in the air encourage mould growth, bacteria and germs, as well as unpleasant, stifling odours hard to get rid.

The carpet itself will suffer if made from a natural material. Padding will disintegrate over time thus leading to imminent carpet replacement. Think twice or give up on the idea of having soft flooring altogether. 

After all, a carpet constantly damp will, sooner or later, cause damage to the hard surface underneath it.

Right, then…

Is It OK To Have A Carpet In Your Bathroom?

Yes and no.

As we’ve mentioned above, the water factor is the biggest drawback of installing just any carpet in your bathroom. You may need to deal with and remedy carpet problems from:

  • Liquid spillages and stains from toiletries;
  • Water splashes and drips;
  • Leaks and plumbing mishaps;
  • Condensation and steam;
  • Urine stains around the toilet base;
  • Overflowing bathtub.

This means that unless you address accidents immediately and always dry the fabric completely, having a regular indoor carpet in the bathroom is not a great idea.

Carpet In Bathroom And Hygiene?

On the other hand, you can make the place as inviting as you wish if you go for a washable, synthetic rug with a waterproof padding and special protection against stains. 

Add matching bath and toilet mats that you can throw in the washer every week. Your space of personal hygiene and relax after a hard day’s work can be delightful, warm, and at the same time, easy to keep clean, and maintain.

How To Choose A Bathroom Carpet, Mat Or Rug?

To choose a well-designed bathroom carpet and avoid trouble or regrets, consider the following:

Material And Fibre

  • Natural fibre rugs and carpets absorb water easily and take time to dry. 
  • Opt for a floor covering that is made from a water-resistant or at least, a near waterproof material. 

Polyester, polyamide, and polypropylene are all synthetic materials with good water-repellent and stain-deterrent properties that make them a breeze to keep clean and thus serve you over a longer period of time.

The good news is that polymer-based textiles can look natural-like and also won’t break the bank. Moreover, synthetic rugs dry quicker than natural floor coverings, say, made from wool or cotton.

The Pile – Get It Right!

You’re better off with a low-pile rug in your bathroom that doesn’t take ages to dry out completely if shower steam, wet feet or accidental splashes make it damp and leave water-marks. 

Also, loop pile rugs hold their shape better than cut-pile ones, which makes these when fluctuations in temperature and humidity affect the looks of carpeting. 

So, leave wool shag rugs in the living room and restrain from any tempting ideas to step on luxurious and soft-feel fabric right after you bath.

What About Padding?

Well-designed bathroom rugs and carpetings have water-resistant padding that repels mildew and protects the hard floor underneath. 

Furthermore, don’t forget that some types of outdoor carpets, made from polyamide, are suitable for indoor use, too. So, why not install one in the bathroom? Foam backing prompts for easy installation with the right adhesive.

Bath Mat Vs Bath Rug?

  • Mats are able to soak up liquid easily and slide less. The will serve you best in front of your shower or tub to save you from slipping.
  • Rugs are thick and fluffy but less functional. Carpet rugs add style rather than functionality

How To Maintain Your Bathroom Carpet In Good Condition

Well, despite our comments above, it’s up to you what you choose to place in your bathroom – a specially designed water-resistant bathroom carpet, a practically indestructible synthetic outdoor floor covering, cut to size and fitted from wall to wall, or a colourful, loose cotton rug that you can stick in your washing machine every few days. 

However, whatever textile flooring you’ve got, it still needs to be maintained fresh, cleaned regularly, dried out, if applicable, and checked frequently for damage or health-hazardous mould contamination.

The experts from London-based Fantastic Cleaners cleaning company recommend the following tips to maintain and prevent problems:

  • Vacuum the carpet or rug every couple of days to remove dust, debris, hair, pet fur, etc.;
  • Blot out spillages from personal hygiene and beauty products and address the stain with a suitable remover;
  • If machine-washable, make sure to wash the rug regularly to keep it mould-free and fresh-looking at all times;
  • Even stain-resistant synthetic bathroom wall-to-wall carpets could do with professional steam cleaning a few times a year to eliminate microorganisms that jeopardize your health;
  • Ensure to air-dry carpets and rugs, which are not permanently fitted to the floor;
  • Don’t delay fixing any leaks and other plumbing problems to avoid substantial damage to your carpeting;
  • Install an appropriate device to prevent water splashes through underneath your shower curtain, if you need to;
  • If you’ve fitted a wall-to-wall carpet, place additional mats next to the bath, shower cabin, and toilet, which you can wash and dry easily anytime;
  • Ventilate your bathroom daily (you can even use a dehumidifier if need be).  

In conclusion

Now you know that if you make the right choices when purchasing and take good care of your investment, there’s not much stopping you from enjoying a modern and cosy-looking carpeted bathroom.

And of course, for the rest of your living space, you can always consider refreshing your home interior by investing in a new hand-knotted and professionally crafted rug from our rich collection.

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How to Fix a Leaking Shower Head

How to Fix a Leaking Shower Head

If the “drip, drip, drip” sound is a familiar nightmare keeping you up at night, it’s high time to fix it. The trickle noise will not only ring in your ears but can also drive you out of control.

No matter how minor the drip, if you leave it for too long, eventually it will add to your monthly bills on not to mention the pesky stains caused by scale.

Plus, if you don’t fix the source of the problem on time, it can turn into an expensive nightmare with a huge cost in plumbing repair and water damаges. That’s why a leaky the showerhead should be replaced as soon as possible. 

Fixing a dripping shower head is a quick home maintenance task. Yet, to find the source of the problem is 70% of the job, while the fixing takes only a few minutes. With these tips and a little bit of common sense, you will fix it in no time.

Here’s what you need to know.

How Long Should Shower Sealant Last? 

How Long Shou Shower Sealant Last

A lot of this can be down to how often it is used, the quality of the sealant, and how well it is maintained. A poor-quality sealant won’t usually last as long, and may need to be resealed once or twice a year. A good sealant could last as long as ten years, although it is often closer to five.

If your sealant becomes mouldy and you cannot clean it all off, it will need to be replaced quickly to avoid health issues, and you may need to consider a dehumidifier or ventilation system.

While it is really down to individual situations, we can roughly estimate that the sealant will last around three years – based on the average between poor and good quality sealants. 

Why Is Your Shower Head Leaking?

Why Is Your Shower Head Leaking

Most showers have a simple water cycling process. Water is running from a faucet hidden in the wall to the showerhead where it springs out. As the water travels from one point to another, the signs of a leak may differ from where the actual leak is. 

So, the reason behind your leaky showerhead may be:

  • The showerhead alone 
  • A mixture of issues in the shower and the other features.

Finding the reason for the leak is the first essential step to diagnose and fix. Before we go into the nitty-gritty, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is it a persistent leak after you turn the faucet off? Does it grow worse? If your shower head won’t stop dripping when off, you most probably have a valve problem. Some common signs can be wet shower stall, mould, and droplets staining your walls. Not to mention, it can cause flooding if left unattended for a longer period. Here, consider calling out a Fantastic plumber as it’s a serious repair. 
  • Does water keep dripping for a few minutes after you shut off the faucet? If you are in this situation, the issue is usually in the showerhead alone (in the joints), and you can fix it on your own.

How To Stop A Leaking Shower Head?

How To Stop A Leaking Shower Head

Here, we will go through the 5 most common showerhead problems, plus what you can do to stop the worries:

Replace Worn-Out Seals

Showerhead parts like O-ring and washer, like most things in life, are subject to wear and tear.  Most often, they break, crack, harden, or split. This deteriorates the watertight seal between the showerhead metal connections. So, there is a higher chance of leaks forming around the threads.

If you seek an adjustable and flexible shower, those with swivel connections are a good fit for your bathroom. The only problem is that with the years the seal behind the swivel assembly wears out.

But no matter is your shower type, with time, use and large amounts of water passing through the shower hardware, you finally get into this situation: water squirts or puddles of droplets on the floor which can lead to injuries the least. Slip and fall accidents are among the top cause and improving the safety for elders is a simple as installing grab bar or rails.

If you suspect a worn-out seal, replace the rubber washer in your faucet. Provided that you have a faucet washer kit, the installation of the new seal is straightforward. Here’s how: 

  • Step One: Get new seals that match the shower configuration. If you have any doubts when shopping, we recommend bringing the broken seal to your local hardware store, consult with your online customer representative, or turn to your plumber. 
  • Step Two: Shut off the water supply.
  • Step Three: Disassemble the showerhead and then replace the defective parts. 
  • To avoid hassle and nerves, it’s best to replace the rubber washers together with all other seals.

Take Care of Your Shower Handle Issues

Take Care of Your Shower Handle Issues

It should come as a surprise, but often the handle itself can be a reason for a leaky shower head. It is a typical problem for the compression faucets with two separate handles: one for hot and one for cold water. 

The problem is that the seal behind them is much more vulnerable to breaks. It wears and cracks more often than the other types of faucets. When the rubber washer or seal wears out, the tap drools or drip from time to time. 

If you experience the same problem, here’s what you can do:

  • Step One: Bring your hand below the faucet and feel the temperature of the droplets. 
  • Step Two: When you find out the faulty handle, remove it and replace the seal, or washer with a new one.

Unclog Showerhead Holes

Unclog Showerhead Holes

Clogged showerhead holes are a common and often overlooked leak-causing problem. Over time, it’s normal hard water, grime, mineral deposits, and rust to cling the tiny nozzles. This clog restricts the water from flowing normally and can be a cause for water seeping through the base of the handle or pipe. As the drainage is slow, the water often keeps on dropping for a while. It’s not so harmful, though. 

Also, you may stand under the shower and feel a weaker water spout. The reasons behind this might be not only the clogged shower holes. Your pipes could be too old and corroded or that shower head could be attached too tightly. 

There’s something you can do on your own. Before you take drastic measures, try to clean out the build-up onto your stuck shower head. All you need to do are these simple steps:

  • Step One: Turn off the water supply and close the valve by turning it clockwise. 
  • Step Two: Try to remove the showerhead by hand or use a pair of pliers/ crescent wrench to loosen the connection.
  • Step Three: Inspect the disassembled shower head and soak it in a bowl with vinegar to soften the sediments. For best results, let it in around 24h. 
  • Step Four: If there are signs of rust and mineral build-up, apply lime, calcium or rust remover to the showerhead. Allow the showerhead to sit for a few hours.
  • Step Five: Press and scrub out the remaining particles/detergent with a suitable pin, toothpick or wire brush. Make sure that there is no residual on the showerhead. Then, rinse it under running water.
  • Step Six: Make sure the faceplate is clean before you reassemble it.
  • Step Seven: Stretch a plumber’s or Teflon tape around the shower arm’s threads. Wrap clockwise 2 or 3 layers of it to prevent future leaks. Re-attach your crystal clean shower head to the shower arm.
  • Step Eight: Turn on the faucet, check the water flow and joints for leaks. You should fix the leak.

If cleaning doesn’t help, it might be time to buy and install a new showerhead.

Also read: How to Change a Shower Head 

Replace the Defective Cartridge Valve

When your shower is leaking all day long, and the problem is getting worse day by day, check the cartridge valve. The primary function of this shower element is to control the mixing of cold and hot water flow. Like the other shower parts, it can wear out or crack. As this piece of hardware comes in many styles, a “one-size-fits-all” solution won’t always help. 

Yet, there are common issues valid for all sizes, brands and types of cartridge valves. So, what can you do to replace the defective cartridge valve?

  • First, stop the water supply. 
  • Reach it behind the wall.
  • Then, unscrew and remove the handle, faceplate and the cap over the valve body stem. 
  • Now, you can reach the cartridge stem and remove the cartridge. We remind you it is crucial to buy identical cartridge valve matching the existing shower components. 
  • Once you have the newly-purchased cartridge, install it and re-assemble the faucet. 

Further Reading: How To Replace a Thermostatic Cartridge Valve

Is a leaking shower dangerous?

A leaking shower can cause mold and bacteria proliferation which can be dangerous, and in a worst case scenario, structural damage. As it is quite possible for mould growth to occur beneath a shower door frame . However, this should be primarily viewed as a structural issue rather than a health concern. The leak could eventually lead to rot and compromise the structural integrity of the subfloor.

Replace The Defective Diverter Valve

Replace The Defective Diverter Valve

The diverter valve is nothing more than a fancy name of the lever that allows switching the flow of water to the showerhead. Even if it’s a sturdy part of your shower system, it is subjected to the effects of time. So, eventually, it gets worn or loosens. The problem is that the loosen diverter valves can make it hard to turn the handle. This leads to subsequent leak problems at the showerhead or faucet. 

When you wish to replace the part on your own, prepare for a tough task. Before you do anything, stop the water supply either by shutting off the water supply to the valve or the entire bathroom. Don’t forget it as you may flood your entire property. So, there are a couple of methods for you to try depending on the type of the diverter valve.

#1 Troubleshoot a lever-style diverter valve

The first thing you need to do is to take out the handle. It’s simple, but when your handle corrodes, it often gets stuck. Next, disassemble the valve assembly and take out the diverter valve. Now you can check for wear or damages. If it looks damaged, you need to replace the entire assembly. Otherwise, it’s the perfect time to pour on it some vinegar and get it clean and polished.

#2 Troubleshoot a faucet-located diverter valve

You can begin by unscrewing the plate located under the faucet. Once you removed the diverter valve, inspect its condition. Disassemble, check the rubber seal, clean any grime and deposits or replace the diverter valve with an exact match, if needed. When you are ready with the fitting procedure, re-assemble any of the faucet parts you unscrewed. If the leak stopped, the diverter valve was to blame.

Why Is It Best to Hire a Professional Plumber?

Why Is It Best to Hire a Professional Plumber

If you have already tried tightening the diverter valve or replacing seals, and the leak still exists, you may need to take extra action. The problem could be a broken pipe or improper shower head installation. Leave it to the professional plumbers who know how to diagnose and repair the issue. 

Dealing with faulty valves and plumbing can cause loss of a massive amount of water, energy, and what’s worse – structural damage. The Fantastic plumbers in London have a full arsenal of high-grade tools and years of expertise. So they can replace any of your shower parts and fix the plumbing issue quickly and reliably. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has helped you to identify the reason for a leaky shower head and fix the problem correctly so that you can enjoy an efficient and functional shower.

Remember, no matter how small the leak or drip appears, it’s crucial not to ignore the issue. Waiting too long can not only wastewater but also escalate in significant damages. If water is continuously dripping over the surrounding floor and walls, expect stains and rust around the drain, mould and excess moisture. 

A good idea is to inspect the showerhead and check the seals at least once per year or if you find puddles on the floor. Any undetected leak or faulty shower part can lead to a more serious plumbing problem. Prompt tackling of the problem is good for your wallet and the environment. 

What did you think of our advice on how to fix a leaking shower head? Let us know how can we help further or just share your shower head issue. Feel free to leave us a message in the comments below.

How to Fit a Shower Screen Easy Step by Step Guide (with video)

How To Fit Shower Screen Easy Step by Step Guide (with video).jpg
How To Fit Shower Screen Easy Step by Step Guide (with video).jpg

Doing the work yourself when installing things like shower screens can save a lot of money, but it can also take up time as well as cause stress if you aren’t entirely sure what you’re doing.

There’s nothing worse than spending hours on a project only to find that you have done it wrong – and the frustration can be enough to make you want to give up there and then. However, we have a solution for you.

We aren’t just here to take you through a few basic steps; we are here to show you exactly how to install your new shower screen with ease, allowing you to get on with the job and get back to using your shower in no time at all.

This guide is here to help, take some of the stress away, and make life that much easier for you. So, keep reading below and let us deal with the hard stuff. 

Tools Required

Before you do anything, you need to make sure that you have all the tools required to get the work done, and you will find each of them on the list below:

  • Electric drill

  • Hammer

  • Masking tape

  • Pencil

  • Sealant gun

  • Spirit level

  • Screwdrivers

  • Tape measure

Check for Pipework

The first thing you need to do is turn the water off at the mains. This will prevent any leaks, and if you accidentally hit something, you are less likely to cause water damage to your home.

This is because you will need to check for pipes before you drill to ensure that you aren’t going to hit one, and the best tool for this particular task is a multi-detector. 

Position the U-Channel

You will find the U-channel comes separately, for later you will need to place it on the side of the screen, and for this step, you will need to position it where you plan to install it.

At this point, you should also use a spirit level to ensure that everything is even and correctly positioned. Once you are happy with where it is, use the pencil to mark the areas you will be drilling for your reference. 

Drill the Holes 

If you are afraid the drill might slip while you are using it, you can place some masking tape over the area you plan to drill before you do so. This does often help keep everything in place, and offers a little more security while you work. Once ready, drill the holes and insert the plugs provided with the shower screen. 

Hold the U-Channel in Place with Adhesive 

For this step, take a strip of adhesive and place it on the back of the U-channel. Then, place it against the wall in the area it is to be installed and hold it firmly in place so that it can get a good grip on the wall.

Once you have held it for a few moments, you can secure it in place with a set of screws and fixings. Make sure that it is in place and steady, as well as fully fixed to the wall. 

Insert the Screen 

First, take the rubber seal provided and place it along the bottom of the glass screen to protect both it and the floor. Once that is done, insert the screen into the U-channel and hold it in place while you secure it in the next step. 

Secure the Bath Screen

Using the U-channel as a guide, drill the necessary holes into the frame before securing the screen with the provided screws and fixings.

Make sure you remember to fit the caps at the end in order to finish it – both for safety and so that it looks good. You can also adjust the top and bottom screws if you feel the seal is too close or far from the ground.

Also Read: Cost of New Shower Room in UK

Seal the Outer Edges of the Screen 

Now that everything is in place, you can use silicone sealant to seal the edges of the screen where they meet the wall. This creates a watertight seal that prevents moisture from escaping so that your bathroom stays nice and dry when you are showering.

Specific Types of Shower Screen

When you are installing a shower screen, it will typically follow the steps above regardless of which type it is, but there may be variations that need to be taken into account for specific screens.

In the section below, we go through the six main types and highlight any extra steps that may need to be taken during the installation process. 

#1 How to Fit a Folding Shower Screen

There is nothing different for this particular type of shower screen; you just need to make sure that the foldable section is secured so that it does not end up hitting you or something else while you are trying to install it. Sometimes, it is easier with two people, but otherwise taping it together tends to work well. 

#2 How to Fit a Shower Screen on a Bath 

When you are fitting a screen on a bath, there are a couple of things you need to consider and do differently. The first is that when you are positioning the U-channel, it should be a 40mm depth away from the actual bath and it should sit flush.

This means that you may need to cut away silicone or beading and fix the area up later. The shower screen should also rest on the edge of the bath with a silicone seal at the bottom to prevent them from scraping against each other.

Similarly, the outer edges of the bath will need to be sealed with silicone sealant at the end to create a watertight finish. 

#3 How to Fit a Shower Screen Over a Window 

This can be a little tricky, and realistically you cannot fit a shower screen over a window. The best and most recommended option is that you either have the window removed and bricked up, or you buy a shower wall panel to go over the window so that you can install the screen.

Otherwise, it is sometimes possible to have a custom shower screen made that works with the window, but this tends to be an incredibly expensive option. 

#4 How to Fit a Shower Screen on Tiles 

Typically, there isn’t an issue with fitting a shower screen on tiles, and the process is the same as the main one above. You just need to be careful with the drill to ensure that the holes do not end up too big, and if the tiles are ceramic a gentle touch is strongly recommended. 

#5 How to Fit a Shower Screen on Uneven Tiles 

If you have uneven tiles, there is no need to worry about it as a good splash of silicone on the U-channel should sort the problem out effortlessly.

You could also take an angle-grinder to the area, but that can be quite an extreme measure. In the vast majority of cases, the extra silicone when attaching the channel is more than enough. 

#6 How to Fit a Curved Shower Screen Seal 

The seals tend to be really stiff, and this can be exceptionally frustrating when you are trying to attach them to a curved screen. In cases like this, placing the seal in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes tends to loosen it up a little so that it becomes more flexible when you go to put it on.

A little dab of Vaseline can also be a great trick to keep it moving smoothly as you slide it onto the screen. It’s our favourite option as it takes all of the stress and rage out of the process. 

Further Reading: How to Fit a Shower Enclosure

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is fitting a curved screen harder than a flat one? 

In some ways, yes, it can be a little harder than a flat screen. This is purely down to the fact that it is shaped differently and can, therefore, be a bit trickier to carry around.

However, once you have it stood up and ready to slide into place, it is just the same as fitting a flat panel. Just make sure you don’t rush it, and that you carry and place it carefully to avoid any accidents – something that really applies to the whole process. 

What is a bracing bar, and do I need one? 

You only need a bracing bat of you are installing the screen for use with a walk-in shower, and this is because the screen tends to be larger (often in several parts) and needs the extra support.

It is quite easy to install as all of the components will come with it, and you can find the quick steps for bracing bar installation below:

  • Push the provided inserts into the wall profile and then screw the locating pins into them. 

  • Fit the mounting and wall brackets onto the bracing bar and place it on top of the locating pins. Mark the position with a pencil.

  • Remove the wall bracket from the bracing bar, mark the location of the fixing hole. 

  • Drill the fixing hole, tap the wall plug in, and secure the wall bracket to the wall. 

  • Slide the bracing bar in and put it into its correct position using the locating pins. Secure it with an Allen key. 

How much silicone do I need to seal it at the end? 

You only really need a bead of silicone at the end in order to secure everything and get a nice seal. Too much leaves a lot of mess that needs to be cleaned quickly, and the term “less is more” strongly applies to the use of silicone sealant. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how far a little bit can go when perfecting your bathroom. 

Can I install the screen without an electric drill? 

No, you can’t complete the installation process without an electric drill. This is because it offers the required amount of power to ensure that the screen is held in place and secure at all times.

Without it, you run the risk of the screen being loose after installation, which could potentially lead to it falling and injuring you. Do not attempt installation without the required tools for the job. 

How long does it normally take to install?

Usually it will only take around 1 - 2 hours to install a shower screen as it all depends on your skills and which tools you are using. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been extensive enough to show you just how to install your new shower screen. It might seem like a lot of hassle when you first unpack everything, but as long as you are patient with the process you will be surprised by how easy the process can be.

Just follow our advice, never be afraid to reach out for help if you need it, and make sure you take things slowly instead of rushing. Do all of this, and you will have the job done in no time.

What did you think of our shower screen installation guide? Is it a massive success, or are there steps you felt were missing from the process? We love hearing from you, so please feel free to leave us a message in the comment section below. 

How to Increase the Shower Pressure UK – Expert Advice Guide

How to Increase Shower Pressure UK – Expert Advice Guide
How to Increase Shower Pressure UK – Expert Advice Guide

There is nothing more disappointing than stepping into the shower each day to discover that you have low pressure that barely does anything to help you get clean.

There was a time when I thought there was no way to tackle the low pressure in my shower, but the solution can actually be incredibly simple; and really cheap. So, if you are looking for ways to increase your shower pressure, this is the perfect guide for you – because we have all the problems and solutions. 

Do I Have Low Pressure in the Shower? 

Before we look at whether or not you have low pressure, it is good to go over the main causes so that you have a good idea of what might be causing the issues. Here are the most common reasons:
Your mains use old piping.

If you are in the middle of a town or city, then you likely have low water pressure because of the mains system. This is because they use much older piping as replacing it would cause severe disruption and so is not deemed as urgent work (unless it breaks).

You have an undersized piping supply. There are so many homes with piping that is technically too small, and this can cause very low water pressure. Older houses are most at risk because the original plumbing system is likely still in place.

Again, this is disruptive work, which is why so many homeowners don’t bother replacing it. Your system might be clogged. If you live in a home that uses iron piping, then you are more at risk of it becoming clog.

This is because iron is very prone to rust, and where the pipes are frequently in contact with water, parts can break up and block the pipes so that the water cannot flow as freely as it did before. You have a shower head that is restricting the flow. 

Your shower head can actually make or break your water pressure, and you might not even realise that you have a flow restricting or water saving head attached. Before you do anything, try replacing the head and see if that changes the pressure.

Your valve is obstructed or shut off. This usually happens when you buy a new home or have just had building work done. Often, you will find that it is not fully opened, and ensuring that it is can make a huge difference to your water pressure.

Usually, it is located under your kitchen sink, and if you think it is broken, you need to contact your plumber immediately. The thing is, it can be hard to know if you actually have low pressure or not, and it is not always possible to tell just by watching the water come out of the head.

To determine whether or not you have low pressure, here are some quick and simple steps. How long does it take? Six seconds, to be exact. Just check out the section below to find out how to do it. 

Further Reading: How to Install Concealed Shower Valve Mixer

How to Test Low Pressure 

What you need:

  • A 1-2 litre measuring jug 

  • A timer 

  • A calculator 

Step One: take the jug and place it under the shower head.

Step Two: turn the shower on, and make sure it is on the most powerful setting.

Step Three: use the timer to see how long it takes to fill the jug. If it takes more than six seconds, you have low water pressure.

Step Four: if you want to measure the full water flow, take the calculator and the timer. The flow rate should be at least ten litres of water per minute for a regular shower.

This is the quickest and easiest way to measure your water pressure. You can also hire a professional plumber to do it if you want an expert reading, but the above method is just as accurate and effective. 

Shower Pressure Booster 

This is the hardcore way to increase your shower pressure, and it is also one of the most effective (aside from changing the head). You could be boosted up to 60 litres per minute by having one of these, and the key is ensuring that you purchase one that is high-quality.

It might end up costing you a little more, but it will be worth it for something that works well and provides you with the pressure that you need. However, before you decide to embark on this venture, you should have a professional come an assess your home.

There are some systems that are not compatible with a shower pump, and if this is the case for yours, it would be awful to buy one only to discover that it doesn’t work. The expert consultation also means any other potential issues can be identified and addressed.

Here’s a quick look at how they work, and how they increase electric shower pressure (and general shower pressure), as well as the estimated cost of your new installation.

When you turn them on, the shower pump is activated, and the water travelling to your shower will pass through it first. As it does this, the pump uses a propeller mechanism to boost the water pressure before it reaches the shower. 

It’s a really simple process, but also exceptionally effective. Generally speaking, it could cost anywhere between £100 and £500, depending on the pump and the quality. You will need to put an extra £150 or so aside if you decide to have a plumber install it. 

How to Fit a Shower Pump 

If you are going to install a shower pump yourself, you really need to know what you are doing before you do so. If at any point you feel it might be too complicated, call a plumber to do it for you.

A shower pump that has not been installed correctly could leak and cause water damage, as well as general damage to your shower system. Now, if you’re ready, you can follow the steps below:

Water-Saving Airdrop Showers

Step One:

Choose where you are going to install the pump. It should be in a location that is easy to access in case it needs to be repaired, replaced, or the filters have to be cleaned. It must not be covered, and it should never freeze or be exposed to low temperatures. Similarly, for safety reasons, it must be installed two feet from the shower tray and basin.

Also Read: Find the Best Shower Trays

Step Two:

Now you can hook up the electrics, although unless you are a qualified electrician, this stage should be done by a professional for safety and to ensure it is up to standards. When you connect the pump, it should be from a 230v switched spur off a ring main.

You should never connect it to the supply for the hot water immersion cylinder, or another high-load installation, as these require a dedicated supply and cannot have others working off them. 

Step Three:

Make sure that the water supply to and from the pump can be isolated, and the pipework should be 22mm to reduce any flow resistance. Even if it has 15mm connections, you should still use 22mm pipework. A flange should also be attached to the top of the hot water cylinder to prevent air from escaping. 

Step Four:

Ensure the outgoing and delivery pipes are flexible, because they are less likely to break or be affected by the vibrations that occur when the pump is running.

This also means that the noise levels will tend to be reduced, and there is little risk of damage to the actual pump. Make sure to flush the pipes before they are connected to the pump. 

Step Five:

once it has been installed, prime the pump. To do this, switch the electrical supply off and run a bucket of water out of both the hot and cold sides until it runs clear. This means that air will not be trapped in the pump while it is running. 

Can a New Shower Head Improve Water Pressure? 

The short answer? Yes, it really can, and it is perfect if you are looking at how to increase shower pressure without a pump. There are a few shower head issues that could cause the water pressure to below:

  • You have a water saving shower head 

  • You have a bad shower head that blocks easily 

  • Your shower head is dirty 

These three factors can be detrimental. If you have a shower head that blocks easily (I have one like that currently, and it is a nightmare) just replace it. There is no point trying to fix it, most of the time it won’t work, and they are cheap to replace.

If you have a water saving shower head, again, replacing it is the best way to boost your water pressure. A top tip for new shower heads; pick one up that is easy to clean, these have nozzles that just need you to rub a finger on them in order to keep them clean.

Now, if your shower head is dirty, there is a way to fix that. One of the best and most effective ways to clean your shower head is to leave it to soak in a bucket of white vinegar for 30 minutes.

If you have a mounted shower, just tie a plastic bag around it and fill it with white vinegar. After, drain the basin/bag and scrub the nozzles on the shower head to remove any excess limescale and debris. Then, rinse it out and make sure that it is running smoothly. 

What causes low water pressure in shower?

What Causes Low Water Pressure in the Shower? ... Shower low water pressure can be caused by many things ranging from blocked shower heads or accidentally turned shut-off valves to the more serious causes like blocked pipes or a leak somewhere in the line. Low water pressure can also be due to more than one problem

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide was just what you needed to try and solve your shower pressure issues. It could be something simple, like replacing your shower head, or something more serious that requires the attention of a plumber, but there are so many things you can try to get things working properly again.

Plus, we even included a handy guide to installing your own shower pump if you feel like taking that road. What did you think of our guide to increasing your shower pressure? Did our solutions work for you, or are there others you would have added? We love hearing from you, so leave us a message in the comments below. 

How to Seal a Shower – Detailed DIY Guide with Video and Pics

How to Seal a Shower – Detailed DIY Guide with Video and Pics
How to Seal a Shower – Detailed DIY Guide with Video and Pics

If you are installing a new shower, the sealant is an essential part of the process. Without it, you lose that watertight seal that keeps the water away from under your tiles and protects your walls and floor.

Even if you already have sealant in place, it’s not something that will last forever, and there will come a time when it needs to be replaced. Sometimes, it will get covered in black mould from prolonged exposure to moisture and cannot be cleaned. Other times, it will lose its adhesion and peel away from the surface.

You might be sat here thinking that you have no idea how to fix this issue, and are currently sighing over the costs you can expect from a handyman. However, it’s not a difficult task at all, and this guide will transform you into a sealant expert. Why not give it a try? 

How Long Should Shower Sealant Last? 

A lot of this can be down to how often it is used, the quality of the sealant, and how well it is maintained. A poor-quality sealant won’t usually last as long, and may need to be resealed once or twice a year. A good sealant could last as long as ten years, although it is often closer to five.

If your sealant becomes mouldy and you cannot clean it all off, it will need to be replaced quickly to avoid health issues, and you may need to consider a dehumidifier or ventilation system.

While it is really down to individual situations, we can roughly estimate that the sealant will last around three years – based on the average between poor and good quality sealants. 

How Long Do You Need to Leave Silicone Sealant to Dry? 

Now, this really does depend on a few factors; the sealant type and the temperature of the bathroom.

There are some sealants that will be dry in an hour, and while this might seem like a very tempting choice, they do also tend to be poorer quality than others on the market, and so you will find they need to be replaced more frequently and they may also fall apart faster.

Higher quality silicone sealant will take longer to dry, and this is where the temperature factor comes into play. If it is cold in your bathroom, it will take 36 hours to dry, and in a warm room, it will be 24 hours. 

However, if it is too warm, then you may end up with a film over the sealant, or it may not stick correctly to the surface. This is why a temperature of 18C is recommended. 

How Often Should You Reseal a Shower? 

Similar to the first section in this guide, it really does depend on your personal circumstances, as well as issues like mould, and the frequency you use the shower. Often, the sealant on a bath will need to be replaced a lot less because it is not used as often as a shower.

If you use a sealant that is poor in terms of quality, it is often advised that you replace it every 6-12 months to ensure that it remains adhesive and watertight.

If your shower is used regularly, you can usually get away with resealing it every two years without an issue, as it will generally remain waterproof (especially if you are using a good quality sealant).

Mould can be an issue as well, causing you to need to reseal more regularly, but there is a way around this. The second you spot the mould, make sure to clean and remove it instead of leaving it for later; because this is how it ends up being too late. You should also consider improving ventilation. 

You Will Need the Following

  • Silicone sealant 

  • A sealant gun (for accuracy)

  • Stanley knife

  • Masking tape 

  • A damp, soft, cloth 

  • Sealant tool (for finishing touches)

Once you have gathered all of these tools and items, you will be ready to move onto the next stage and get the work done. Check out the next section for detailed steps on how to seal your shower. 

Method

Below are each of the steps you need to follow in order to seal your shower quickly and professionally. Of course, there are a couple of things you should remember before we go any further.

The first is that you should always read the instructions on the sealant that you buy, as the manufacturer may have a couple of specific steps that need to be taken.

The area should be completely clean, so free from dust and dirt, to ensure that it sticks to the area properly. If the area is damp, it may also reduce the adhesion, so you should make sure that it is entirely dry in order to get the best possible results. 

Step 1

Check that the area is clean and dry, but also that you have silicone sealant and not grout or caulk.

This is because silicone sealant is the only waterproof product out of the three, and it is also a lot more flexible, which means it can be used on joints and edges without cracking. Place the tube into the sealant gun, and you will be ready to go. 

Step 2

Take your masking tape and stick it along the shower tray with a 3mm gap between it and the wall. Then, grab another length of tape and place it 3mm above the bathtub.

This will leave you with a good gap for the silicone sealant to be placed. It also means that if you spill any, it will get on the tap instead of your surfaces, making it easier to clean.

Step 3

Cut the nozzle according to the instructions on it, and ensure that you are using the narrowest point on it. Then, run it along the edge of the tray slowly, making sure that every gap is filled.

You can use a sealant tool or your finger to push anything that is falling out back into the gaps. Before you move onto the next area, ensure that it is completely airtight and that there are no gaps. 

Step 4

Now take the Stanley knife and cut further down the nozzle. This will give you a wider opening, and therefore a wider layer of silicone sealant. Use it to go over the areas that you have already applied the sealant to, creating a second layer around the entirety of the shower tray. 

Step 5

You can use your finger to check that there are no gaps or lumps in the silicone sealant by running it along the strips after dampening it a little. Once you have confirmed this, remove the masking tape quickly before the sealant dries. 

Step 6

Wipe the excess away from the sealant nozzle and replace the cap, remembering to release the pressure so that it does not leak into the lid. Use the damp cloth to wipe away any sealant that has managed to make its way into your shower tray so that you can have it all clean before it dries.

Step 7

Use the smoothing tool to make sure that everything is nice and neat, and generally give it a good tidy up so that when it dries, it looks professional. Clear up any excess from this and then leave the silicone sealant to fully dry before you use your shower again. 

Also Read:
How to Remove Silicone from Shower

Do I need to seal tile in shower?

Shower tiles should be sealed every one to two years depending on how often the shower is used. Use latex based products to seal both grout and tile. Some tiles are too thick to absorb the sealant, so check a small area first. If the tile soaks up the sealant, seal the entire shower.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been able to teach you all about how to seal your shower, but also give you some useful information about silicone sealant and its maintenance.

It’s actually quite easy to do, but we will give you the same advice we always do with home renovation projects – take your time and do it slowly to avoid mistakes. There’s no rush, and your bathroom will be left looking amazing.

What did you think of our shower sealing guide? Did it help you to become an expert in the field, or are there things that you would have liked to see included. We love hearing from you, so why not send us a message, or even a picture of the finished job, in the comment section below. 

10 Expert Tips For Keeping Your Bathroom Warm

10 Expert Tips For Keeping Your Bathroom Warm
10 Expert Tips For Keeping Your Bathroom Warm

Nobody likes the feel of a cold and chilly bathroom during the winter season. We all crave a warm and toasty bathroom when we want to shower in the cold weather. If you are looking for a way to warm up your bathroom then we've got you covered. 

Here are 10 expert tips for keeping your bathroom warm during the colder seasons. 

1. Keep the cold air out 

Now, what good are electric heaters and towel warmers if there are numerous gaps and leaks in your bathroom windows and walls then cold air will definitely make its way in and chill the entire area. 

The weakest areas are your window frames. If these frames are old and cracking then there will be gaps from which cold air will make its way in.

You need to fill these leaks and gaps with caulk. You can get caulk in multiple colors nowadays, so pick one that matches your bathroom colors. 

Also, another area of concern is your piping system. If the plumbing pipes have holes that aren’t properly filled then those can let the air in as well. So, make sure that you also caulk those gaps as well.  

2. Exhaust fan can be the enemy

When you are taking a shower, you need to make sure that your exhaust fan is completely turned off. If it’s on, it will pull all the warm air and steam from your bathroom and kick it out.

You need to keep the windows and doors locked as well, so the warm air doesn’t just leak out. 

However, you can turn the exhaust fan on when leaving the bathroom so it can remove the moisture which could cause mildew and mold.

Although, during the winter season, moisture won’t be a big problem as it will be quickly absorbed by the season’s dry air, so you can pretty much leave the exhaust off for the entire winter. 

3. Get a portable electric heater

This is a simple and straightforward tip. Just get a portable heater that can pre-heat your bathroom for you. I will suggest you to read this bathroom heater guide before buying.

Portable Electric Heater

If you don’t like a chilly bathroom then just turn on the heater for a while before you enter. This will heat-up your entire bathroom in a short time so you can experience the toasty temperature before and after the shower.  

4. Towel Warmers are all the rage

There are numerous methods to warm your towels. You could just put them in front of the electric heater for a while to warm them, but that won’t do much for the bathroom. 

However, if you invest in a towel warmer then you are set for life as it will also keep your bathroom heated as well. 

There are two types of towel warmers, wall-mounted variants (Radiators) and freestanding models. You can get either one of these to warm your towels while at the same time warm your bathroom as well. 

5. Add a heated bathroom floor

If you are up for giving your bathroom a makeover then adding a radiant floor heating is definitely going to make things toasty for you. There are different styles of floor heating, but the easiest to install is a simple electric mat.  

These electric mats are embedded in a layer of thin-set mortar and the floor tiling is laid on top of that. These mats are linked to your wall thermostat through which you can easily control the heating.  

6. Install heat bulbs

Yeah, you can get bulbs that are developed to warm up smaller areas. Now, these bulbs are not going to you with the sunny day experience, but you can still warm-up a small area with the help of these nifty little lights.  

Heat Lamps

So, these are perfect for a bathroom as it’s going to be a lot smaller than the bedroom. Install a couple of these bulbs to enhance the overall lighting and the heating at the same time. 

7. Change your color scheme

Now, this isn’t going to turn your bathroom into a brick oven, but changing the colors can warm it up a little. Most people often choose white or blue for their bathrooms which are considered cool colors.

You could change the colors to some yellows or reds can definitely add a warm touch to the bathroom.  

8. Get a bunch of rugs 

Now, if you are not able to afford the electric heating floor, or just don’t want to renovate your bathroom then you need to get yourself a couple of rugs to keep things warm.  

No one likes to walk on icy cold bathroom tiles, especially not after showering with warm water.  

So, having a few rugs can definitely help alleviate that problem. These rugs are soft, warm, and can also absorb the water from your feet. Make sure you pile up on a bunch of plush rugs and mats.  

9. Get a large showerhead

Now showerheads are not going to warm up your bathroom, but it will ensure that your entire body stays toasty when you are showering. A smaller showerhead will only cover your head while your front or back of the body stays cold.

Large Shower Head

So, investing in a bigger rainfall showerhead and installing it directly overhead will make sure that your whole body is covered in the hot water. 

10. Humidity is your best friend 

Humidity means there’s moisture in the air. Having moisture in the air causes it to be warm while dry air can be extremely cold and chilly. So, make sure that the steam from your shower doesn’t escape out any fans or leaks. Keep it in the bathroom to make it warmer. 

You can also place a few plants in the bathroom to increase humidity. Plants release moisture into the air which makes the room feel warm and cozy. These plants can also double up as awesome natural decor for the bathroom as well. 

#Last tip - Invest in a bathtub that helps retain heat, to make sure you can have a warm bath at all times.

Finally 

Armed with the tips mentioned above, you are now ready for the winter seasons. No matter how chilly the weather gets, your bathroom will stay warm and cozy for the entirety of the seasons as long as you follow these simple tips.  

Feel free to tell us how you keep your bathroom warm and toasty during the winter season?   

How to Install and Fit an Electric Shower

How to Install and Fit an Electric Shower

In need of a new electric shower? Has the old one malfunctioned, or are you making a change from the traditional boiler-operated models? Regardless of why you want an electric shower, the big question remains: how do you install and fit an electric shower? This guide is here to answer all your questions with detailed visual guides, as well as answering some of the most frequently asked questions on the topic.

How to Prepare to Install an Electric Shower

There are a couple of things to remember when you are preparing to install your electric shower:

  • They have a minimum water pressure requirement in order to work, and will also have a minimum flow rate on top of that
  • Check your measurements for the handset and the height of the shower box. Can the whole family use it?
  • Clean the area before you install so that you don’t risk cluttering the place further, slipping on soap, or making toothbrushes manky.

What Kind of Electrical Requirements are There?

The electrical requirements are a little complicated, but nothing that you can’t get your head around. The cable and fuse sizes will vary according to your home and the type of shower you are looking to buy. Therefore, we would recommend a 10 sq mm cable as this means you are less likely to need to replace it in the future. Look at it as the universal shower cable.

The electrics will need to be connected to a separate fused electrical supply. You will also need a ceiling double-mounted pole switch for safety (the long cord in your bathroom near the shower). This turns the supply to the shower on and off quickly when needed.

What Kind of Plumbing Requirements are There?

The plumbing requirements are very simple. You will need a mains plumbing supply, and it should ideally have a 15mm pipe (diameter) for the best fit. Other than that, nothing else is needed from the plumbing side of the process.

Are Some Electric Showers Easier to Install Than Others?

Yes, some electric showers are definitely easier to install than others. The simplest ones have multiple entry points for the pipe to be fitted, allowing for a more flexible installation process that requires a lot less fiddling around. Similarly, swivelling water connections are ideal, and they should have plenty of room for the spanner to be placed and used.

The Experts Explain........

Pouse Around the House: Installing a Mira Go Shower

Are you wondering what kind of rules and regulations there are for installing an electric shower? The thing with this video is that the creator takes the time to talk to the viewers about the importance of ensuring that you either hire an electrician for the electrical part, or you adhere to building regs and have an authorised inspection if you do it yourself.

People often forget that you need electrical experience to install one of these showers safely. It’s one of the longest and most detailed videos, but he takes you through every single step in a clear manner, explaining what he is doing and why the entire time.

If you have questions about the kind of tools being used, he answers them, and the level of detail means that even beginners can try their hands safely and with clear instructions. He also goes through the replacement process as well as installation, reminding viewers that they are likely to need to rearrange existing cables if they are replacing their electric shower.

Plumber Parts: How to Change an Electric Shower

This video offers a clear and concise look at the shower installation process. The creator is careful to go through the most important safety steps before the video begins - switching off the electrics and the water before you get started. Wondering what to do with old screw holes from the previous shower? White silicone is the answer, and it is mentioned in the above video guide.

It does help that this particular video has a little humour injected into it, and this can make it easier to remember the key instructions you need to follow. The key things this video drills into your mind are:

  • Always use a qualified electrician if you are not comfortable
  • Remember to be safe and switch electrics/water off before starting
  • Always read the manufacturer’s instructions, they are all different!
  • Test for leaks and that it is functioning before you say you are done

Triton Showers: How to Install the T80Z

This video is quite short, but it is packed with important information that is explained in a calm and careful manner. It goes through the importance of remembering to check that the shower you are installing is the same kilowatt rating as the old one, and that the water pressure is adequate for the model that you would like to fit in your home.

It takes you through a detailed look at how to remove the old electric shower and install the new one, pointing out key locations (such as the water supply, key cables, and where to place your screws) so that you have a clear view of what you are doing. While it covers a specific shower, a lot of this information is relevant to shower installation in general.

It even shows you how to remove the existing shower kit and fit a new one - things like the showerhead holder and soap tray - to give you a more extensive guide that helps you with every aspect of the process.

BathroomsDotCom: Installation Procedure for a Bristan Shower

The nice thing here is that he provides an easy installation option - one where you can install the pipe on the left or the right-hand side, which also means that if your pipe is coming in from the ceiling you don’t need to worry. He goes through the process in a calm manner, using simple layman’s terms that everyone can understand.

Like pretty much every installation guide, he reminds viewers of the importance of reading the manual before you start work. He also showers viewers how to drill cleanly into tiles carefully and without breaking them, a part of the process that causes many stress and concern when they are trying to install an electric shower.

He also shows and explains how to cut piping to fit into the shower so that you can fit it better. Additionally, he shows you how to trial-fit the shower without the pipe locking into place. For novices, this is an important tip because many of us aren’t entirely sure we are doing things right the first time.

Plumber Parts: Installation and Replacement

Another one that starts by reminding us of how to proceed safely, it is important to remember that your safety comes first - as does that of your home. He goes through each of the steps concisely, not spending too much time waffling, and instead getting straight to the point.

He also takes the time to show viewers where every part of the shower is located, and which ones you need to be focused on for each step.

Additionally, there are some tips on how to drill tiles effectively and without causing any damage. It’s one of the shortest videos on shower installation out there, but it answers the key questions that people have: how do I install an electric shower?

What kind of drill bit do I use? How do I remove an old electric shower? How do I connect the water? All of this and more is answered quickly and yet without compromising the quality of the video.


Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this electric shower installation guide has been helpful. Each of the videos that we have chosen provides a fantastic visual insight into how you can install your electric shower effectively and while remaining safe.

Written guides on the topic are fantastic, but sometimes we need a closer look so that we know what we are doing.

If after reading all of this, you think you need to hire the professionals then we have written a guide "How Much does it Cost to Install and Electric Shower" so you know before you hire, what ball park figure you would be looking at spending.

Want to know more about shower care and installation? You can check out our series of informational guides that cover everything you’ll ever need to know.

Shower Pump Problems (FAQ) – 101 Guide to Everything You Need to Know

Shower Pump Problems (FAQ) – 101 Guide to Everything You Need to Know
Shower Pump Problems (FAQ) – 101 Guide to Everything You Need to Know

A shower pump is the perfect addition to any bathroom if you have been suffering from low water pressure and are in need of a more refreshing shower. What do you really know about shower pumps though? Are you prepared for any potential problems and issues, or are you jumping in head-first?

This guide has been created to give you more guidance, and to help you understand more about shower pumps, how they work, and the issues that might need to be fixed down the line. So, if you want the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about shower pump problems, you better be ready to read below. 

Why is My Shower Pump Not Working? 

There are so many different reasons why your shower pump might not be working, and practically every reason is listed here in this guide for you to look through.

It could be anything from limescale to a leak caused by an excess of pressure or loose seals. Therefore, you should have no problem finding out what the problem is, as well as the potential solutions. 

A Leaking Pump 

If a pump is leaking, that usually means that there is an issue with the seals. These deteriorate over time, and so leaks tend to indicate that they need to be replaced. However, there could be several other causes for the leak in your pumps, and more of the symptoms can be found further down in this FAQ. 

A Cold Pump 

When you install a shower pump, it is important that you do not let it get cold or frosty as this can affect its functionality. The best way to avoid this is to protect it with insulation. By doing this, you keep it safe from the frost and also prevent it from getting cold. 

A Noisy Shower Pump 

You should expect some noise from your shower pump because they are not silent installations in any way, but excessive noise can prove to be a problem.

It could mean that the pump is jammed, and therefore the impellers are not able to rotate correctly. Generally, this is caused by limescale, seals that have become stuck, or an electrical issue. 

If the pipes are not flexible, it can cause a large increase in noise, and the same goes if there are no anti-vibration feet attached to the base. Improperly connected or placed piping may also create extra noise, as does pipework that has not been supported correctly. 

Airlocks 

This is quite a common problem, and they can end up restricting the flow of water quite substantially. In order to remove the air from the pump, you will need to bleed the system – which is actually quite easy to do. You can find instructions in the next question, below. 

shower pump

How to Bleed a Shower Pump? 

Before you start, make sure you shut down the electrical supply for the pump. Then, turn on the shower and ensure that it is completely emptied of water before switching it off again. You can then vent the pump directly by removing the connection pipes.

Blocked Pump Filters 

This is really common in hard water areas because there are more limescale and mineral deposits that build up and end up clogging shower heads and pipes. However, it can also affect the filters on your pump and restrict the water flow.

You don’t necessarily need a professional to come and fix it, and if you feel confident enough you can save a little cash by doing it yourself. Make sure the service valves have been switched off and that the electrical supply has been disconnected.

Once this has been done, you can remove the filters and clean them carefully; removing any limescale and debris. After replacing them, you can reconnect everything and go back to use as normal. 

Can a Shower Pump be Used with a Combi Boiler?

No, you cannot use a shower pump with a combi boiler. This is because they rely on mains pressure, which can be great in some situations, but also means it cannot be used with a shower pump. This is because there is no hot and cold tank, and so it can’t work with a pump because it would need separate hot and cold lines. 

Can a Shower Pump Freeze? 

Yes, a shower pump is just like any other piping system in your home – if it gets too cold it will end up freezing. This can be really damaging for a shower pump, and it should never be allowed to get too cold.

As we mentioned earlier in this FAQ, installing insulation around the pump should help to prevent freezing and rapid temperature drops. When you put the installation in, ensure there is a ventilation system to also prevent overheating. Ideally, a professional should undertake this task. 

How to Make a Shower Pump Quieter

There are a couple of ways you can reduce the amount of noise produced by your shower pump. The first, is with an anti-vibration mounting pad.

This offers you the perfect level of noise insulation, working to absorb motor noise and vibrations from the shower pump. You can also get a sound absorption mat, and this works in a similar way, as well as being an incredibly cheap solution. 

How Does a Shower Pump Switch on?

As soon as you start your shower and the water starts flowing, the pump will get to work. It needs water passing through its system so that it can boost the pressure and push the water out in a powerful stream.

The increased pressure also works against gravity as it travels upwards, which is why your overall pressure from the shower head is massively improved. 

Further Reading: Tips for Increasing Shower Pressure

How to Connect a Shower Pump? 

The process of connecting your shower pump can be complicated, and we actually have a detailed step-by-step for how to connect your shower pump up that you can read through.

However, we do strongly recommend that you have an electrician and plumber come out to do the work for you so that you know it meets safety standards and has been installed correctly. 

What is a Positive Shower Pump? 

These have been designed to be fed by gravity, and it needs at least a metre of distance (also known as a head) between the bottom of the cold-water cistern and the pump. The gravity feed will then serve to kick-start the pump, pushing water to the shower. 

What is a Negative Shower Pump? 

These are for use in a situation where it will be located at an equal level to, or above, the cold-water tank. This is so that it can take water from the tank and feed it to the shower, and the fact that it is such a compact pump makes it popular for use in bungalows. Plus, the position of the hot water cylinder doesn’t matter either. 

What’s the Difference Between Positive and Negative Pumps? 

The positive shower pumps are gravity fed, and they need a specific amount of distance between them and the cistern. The negative versions are able to be placed at an equal level to the tank, and are also designed to be used in smaller spaces. It all depends on your home and plumbing system. 

Why Does My Shower Pump Pulse?

While it may feel like the issue is with the actual shower pump, it is usually actually caused by a blockage in your plumbing system. This clog will cause a decline in the overall flow rate, creating a pulsing movement in the pump. It can be really difficult to determine exactly what is causing the issue, but here are some of the most common ones:

  • Limescale 

  • Blocked shower head

  • Blocked filters 

If it is not caused by any of the above, you should call a plumber out to investigate and figure out where the issue is within your plumbing. It is the safest bet for your home, and for your pipework. 

Digital Showers

Shower Pump Does Not Start 

There could be several reasons why your shower pump is not starting up, and most of them are best looked at and repaired by a plumber. Here are some of the main issues that could be occurring if your shower pump won’t start up:

  • It has been installed too far away and so cannot operate correctly

  • There is a blockage that is causing a drastic decrease in pressure

  • There is air in the pipe, and it needs to be bled 

Shower Pump Too Powerful 

Too much power, or flow, can actually become a major issue, even though it may not seem that way when you are taking a shower. How can it be an issue though? The three main problems caused by a shower that is too powerful can be found below:

  • A flow that is too strong can end up damaging the plumbing system

  • It can waste a lot of water, leading to much higher water bills than you were expecting 

  • It can use stored hot water way too fast, leaving none for the rest of the household

If you want to try and fix this, the best thing to try is partially closing the isolator valves on the outlet slide of the pump. Just make sure you do not restrict the flow on the inlet side.

Shower Pump Burning Smell 

A lot of the time, the burning smell is caused by a blockage in the filters. This is because the clog will cause the pump to essentially work against itself, causing the motor to overheat.

Unblocking and cleaning the filter, as well as rinsing any debris from the hose, should get things working normally again. However, you should also get a professional out to inspect the motor and make sure that things are working correctly.

Shower Pump Broken 

If your shower pump is no longer working and you can’t figure out what the problem is, there is only one course of action you can take. You need to call a plumber. They will be able to assess the situation and tell you what’s wrong with your shower pump, as well as fix it for you. 

Shower Pump Buzzing 

A buzzing or humming sound is a strong indication that your shower pump is jammed. If you live in an area with hard water, the most likely cause is limescale clogging up the machine, but it could also be due to a broken impeller. Sadly, no matter the cause, this particular issue almost always ends in the pump being completely replaced. 

Shower Pump Blowing Fuses 

There are a couple of reasons why a shower pump might be blowing a fuse. The first, and most common, is that you might be running too many electrical appliances at once, and the system simply can’t cope with the amount of power required. 

However, it could also be that there is an electrical short or fault within the pump that needs to be looked at by an electrician. Additionally, you could be using the wrong fuse for the pump. Make sure you use the exact fuse the manufacturer tells you to if you want it to work correctly.

Using one that is too powerful will cause it to short because it was not made to deal with that level of current, and one that is not powerful enough will not be able to work hard enough to get the pump working. 

Also Read: How to Fit a Power Shower

Shower Pump Comes on Randomly 

This can also be described as your shower pump turning itself on and off, so one moment it will be working fine, and then the next it’s not. This tends to be an issue seen in the higher end models, but that’s not a bad thing in any way.

The reason it does this is because the pump detects a leak in the system and shuts down before any further damage can occur. If this happens, you should check the system for leaks quickly, and possibly call a plumber out to fix it. 

Shower Pump Doesn’t Start Straight Away 

Sometimes, this is down to a faulty flow switch, and replacing it will be more than enough to get things working normally again. It is also the cheapest choice, so definitely worth trying before anything else. 

However, it is most likely due to there being incorrect space (or head) between the pump and the tank. While this is something you can fix yourself, the safest and most accurate option is to call out a plumber to do it for you. 

Shower Pump Hose Leak 

Leaks need to be dealt with quickly so that you can minimise damage to your home, as well as get things working correctly again quickly. Sometimes, wrapping PTFE tape around the leak will keep it secure, and there is also PTFE sealant that you can try. 

However, unless you are an expert, DIY jobs don’t always last as well as they could, and severe hose leaks may require professional attention. 

Shower Pump Jammed 

If your shower pump is jammed, there are a few things that could be causing it, and you can find them listed below:

  • Limescale has built up and caused a severe blockage 

  • The seals on the pump have become stuck and jammed it

  • The impeller is broken and unable to turn properly

Unfortunately, the prognosis for a jammed shower pump is not usually a good one, and you will often find that the whole thing needs to be replaced. 

Shower Pump on But No Water 

If there is no water, it is usually because there is a blockage that is causing a massively reduced flow through the pipes, sometimes blocking it completely.

This is often because of limescale, but it could also be due to air in the pump that needs to be vented (as described in the “Airlock” section of the FAQ). By clearing the blockage or bleeding the system of air, you should find free water flow returns to your pump. 

Shower Pump Replacement 

If your pump needs to be replaced, you’re going to need to start getting quotes from qualified installers. Generally speaking, you can expect a high-quality shower pump with twin impellers to be around £350 without the fitting cost. In total, you should have £500-£700 set aside so that you can pay for both the new pump and the installation costs. 

Shower Pump Running Dry 

Usually, the main symptom of this is the pump turning itself off every time you go to start it. The reason this happens is because most pumps actually have a protection system in place to prevent damage to the pump if the water supply gets interrupted.

Fixing this involves venting the system of air, something we explain in more detail at the start of this FAQ under “Airlocks”. 

Shower Pump Pulsating 

A pulsing pump means that there is either a lack of water or lack of pressure. So its important to remove the head and and flush any air stuck in the pipes and make sure it is clean so that they can get the pressure back to normal.

How Long Should a Shower Pump Last?

Generally speaking, you can expect your shower pump to last for longer than the guarantee period. They tend to be quite reliable pieces of kit for your bathroom, and the average lifespan for a pump is eight years.

As a handy side note, you will find that most manufacturers will be happy to extend the guarantee by an additional year; and, in many ways, it’s a very reassuring feature. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been able to help you learn more about the ways in which you can fix (or prevent) issues with your shower pump. From how to deal with the noise and the temperature, to the ways in which you can solve pulsing and general technical issues.

It’s always good to be fully informed before you have your shower pump installed, and you can never go wrong with a little extra knowledge.

What did you think of our shower pump problem FAQ? Were all your questions answered, and more? Are there places that we fell short? We love hearing from you, so let us know in the comment section below. 

How Often Should We Shower? Showering Habits of the World Revealed

How Often Should We Shower Showering Habits of the World Revealed
How Often Should We Shower Showering Habits of the World Revealed

Are you the kind of person who showers every day like me? Or maybe you prefer to hop in twice each day. You might even be a weekly washer, and one of those lucky people who can go that long without it impacting their hair or odour.

Regardless of your bathing preferences, there is a question that has been asked for quite some time now – how often should we shower? Well, there is some good news ahead for you. Not only do we answer this pressing question, we reveal the showering habits of the world. Scroll on and enjoy. 

How Often Should I Shower? 

First, I’m going to tell you that you might be disappointed with the answer in this section, and second, it’s all dependent on how old you are. You’ll probably be surprised by the second part though. As a child, you shouldn’t actually be washing every day like you might think – unless you are absolutely covered in mud.

Between the ages of six and 11, your immune system is still developing and learning to become more resistant, and so you should only be washing once or twice a week. That way, the germs on your body can help the immune system to grow stronger and more resistant for later life.

After the age of 12, the official guidelines are dropped, but during puberty, we tend to smell pretty awful most of the time (no one wants to go through that again) and so need to shower more frequently. A lot of the time it is down to personal needs and preference.

I like to shower daily to help me start my day, but others I know go weekly and don’t end up smelling or contracting greasy hair. An important note, however, is that if you are showering with soap every day you are likely to be stripping away your skin’s natural moisturiser – which can cause it to become dry and cracked.

The same goes for shampoo, as it strips the sebum from your hair, making it dry and brittle. As a result, it is advised you drop the soap and shampoo every other day (at least) to give your body a better chance. Showering with nothing but water can be just as refreshing. 

How Long Should I Shower? 

The age-old question of how long should I actually be spending in the shower? I know people who spend over half an hour standing under the water, and while there are some days I can relate to that level of relaxation, I can’t bring myself to do it.

In the USA, the average shower length is 13 minutes. In the UK, it is a little less at eight minutes, and Spain is super speedy with between two and five minutes on average. It’s quite a variety of times when you look at it, and while it can depend on the person, it’s always good to know if there is a time you should be aiming for.

The experts say that you should not spend more than ten minutes in the shower, and the five to ten-minute timeframe is the most ideal. This gives you ample time to scrub your body, wash your hair, and fit in a little bit of relaxation. The reason for this is that it’s better for your skin, as well as the health of your hair.

However, there is such a thing as a shower that is too quick. Those in Spain who only spend two minutes in the shower may find their risk of baldness increased. Why? The time you spend massaging your head when you cover it in shampoo is actually stimulating hair growth and encouraging it. Even if you are already experiencing hair loss, it can help. 

How Many Times Do You Shower a Day? World Statistics Revealed 

Before you start wondering if you shower too much or too little, why not have a look and see how your showering habits match up with the rest of the world? You might find yourself surprised by how often (or not) people around the world step into steamy bliss. In the USA, 65% of Americans shower every day, and 21% shower every other day. 

In Spain, France, and South Africa, the average number of showers each week is seven, which means that most people are hopping in for a wash once a day. The really clean citizens of the world, however, are the Brazilians, who shower a staggering 12-14 times per week! We’re looking at two showers a day here.

The British and Japanese aren’t quite as neat as the rest of the world with an average of five showers per week, and the Aussies outshine them both with eight.

Looking at all of these statistics, you might feel a little bad skipping a shower once or twice a week, but as we’ve said before, the fact of the matter is you probably don’t need to shower as much as you think. It’s all down to personal preference, as well as your culture. 

Showering Habits 

Before we get into some of the really interesting showering habits in the world, here’s a few more fun (and shocking) statistics for you to fill your knowledge pool with:

  • 63% of women and 58% of men in the UK shower daily 

  • 76% of women and 71% of men in France shower daily 

  • 61% of women and 35% of men in Russia shower daily 

  • 30% of Aussie men are happy to go to work each day without a shower (the sweat!?)

  • 99% of Brazilians shower every week (serious levels of cleanliness)

  • 2% of South Africans quite like sharing their shower with someone else, if you know what I mean. 

If these statistics show us anything, it’s that women do seem to be quite a bit cleaner than men since they shower a lot more often. That, and South Africans are proudly saucy while some Aussie men are happy to go to work still wearing yesterday’s sweat. What are some other bizarre shower habits though? 

Showering Tips 

Of course, we can’t leave you without a few handy showering tips to help keep your skin soft, your body clean, and allow you to enjoy those warm showers. Here are our tips and tricks for showering perfection:

  • Keep the water temperature warm instead of hot to prevent skin from getting dry 

  • Moisturise damp skin when you get out to lock all the good stuff in 

  • If you shower every day, keep it brief for the sake of your skin 

  • Only soap up the essential areas, your arms and legs have less moisture and will dry up

  • Natural products will usually dry your skin out just as much as regular soap does

  • Replace your loofah every four weeks without fail as they encourage bacterial growth 

  • Washcloths have exfoliating properties and can be rotated frequently, so are a top choice 

  • Don’t scrub your body too hard; the skin will become sore and dry 

  • Find the shampoo that is right for you, everyone is different, and your hair will thank you 

  • Leaving the conditioner in for extra time won’t actually benefit your hair 

  • Shave at the end of the shower. This allows the pores to open up, reducing the chances of you getting an ingrown hair. Hot water will also cause the follicles to swell, so make sure it is just warm

Should you shower in the morning or at night?

Most of the science, it seems, falls on the side of the shower at night camp for two main reasons: Cleaning your skin and helping you fall asleep faster. Dermatologists say that an evening shower is good for your skin because it cleans it before sleep.

Bathing Tips 

For those of you that prefer the bath, the advice above applies to you as well. It might be tempting to spend five hours relaxing in the tub (I know people who do that), but if you are doing that more than once a month you could be drying your skin out.

Additionally, for all the ladies who like a hot bath, it is advised that you don’t spend too much time in the bath and that you have a quick rinse in the shower after. This is because washing in the bath every day can increase the risk of a UTI due to the stagnant bath water that is surrounding you. Otherwise, follow the handy tips and tricks above. 

To Conclude

We hope that this has been both a fun and informative read for you, and that you have learned more about showering – both for yourself, but also in terms of world habits. Full of tips and tricks, you may even leave this page with some new knowledge on how to make the most of your time in the shower.

There’s a surprising amount to learn about washing habits, and the ways in which you can improve your own style, and it’s a weirdly interesting topic. What did you think of this journey through the showering habits of the world?

Did it open your eyes to new and shocking statistics, or have you seen it all before? Maybe you have a few surprising facts of your own to add to the piece. We love hearing from you, so feel free to drop us a message in the comments below. 

How Often Should We Shower? Showering Habits of the World Revealed

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Keep Your Shower Clean to Keep You Clean – Descale Guide

How to Descale Your Shower - Step by Step Guide (UK)
How to Descale Your Shower - Step by Step Guide (UK)

There is little more annoying than limescale, and it really does occur everywhere there is water. From your kettle and kitchen taps to the showerhead, you are sure to find at least a little bit of scale lurking there.

If you haven’t descaled your shower recently, chances are that every time you wash you are also getting covered in it, and so you aren’t getting a clean as you could be.

Scale can be both annoying and damaging, which is why we have put this guide to descaling your shower together, helping you to get things back to the way they should be. 

What is Limescale and What Causes Limescale? 

Limescale is that horrible flaky stuff you find in your kettle water, or the annoying substance that seems to be growing constantly on your showerhead and taps. It can even end up staining your surfaces if left for prolonged periods of time.

Limescale only really appears in hard water areas (which is most of the UK), and it is actually a deposit of calcium carbonate. What’s hard water though? Well, this water contains a higher concentration of minerals like calcium and magnesium; all of which has been fully dissolved.

When the water is left behind and evaporates, it leaves these little deposits behind, and they eventually grow into larger ones – creating limescale and scum. Usually, you can find limescale anywhere there is water, with the most common rooms being the kitchen and bathroom.

You may also find limescale in the boiler though, as well as any general surface where water has evaporated. What are the issues with limescale in your home though? We have compiled a handy list below to show you the problems it causes:

  • It gets everywhere and can accumulate quickly, as well as be tough to remove. 

  • Your kettle may need to be replaced regularly, thanks to the floating scale found inside. 

  • It can block your plumbing and heating systems, requiring a professional to come fix them. 

  • It makes appliances like dishwashers and washing machines less energy and cost efficient. 

Top Tips 

Cleaning your shower and getting rid of limescale doesn’t have to be a difficult process, and we have three key pieces of advice to help you get your shower back to looking brand new and fabulous. Follow these, and your shower will thank you for it. 

Method 1: Vinegar 

This is usually the most popular technique, partly because white vinegar has antibacterial properties and works as an amazing disinfectant.

However, remember to only use white (also known as distilled) vinegar because brown often stains, and malt is less effective. We have two main techniques; one for handheld showerheads, and one for mounted models. 

Handheld

What you’ll need:

  • A bucket or basin
  • White vinegar
  • An old toothbrush
  • A soft cloth
  • A wrench and rag (if stuck)

Step One: Remove the showerhead. Usually, you can unscrew it, but if it is a tough one you can place an old rag around the joint and use a wrench to loosen it.

Step Two: Place the showerhead in the bucket or basin and fill it with white vinegar. Then, leave it to soak for a minimum of 30 minutes (although an hour tends to work best).

Step Three: Remove the showerhead from the bucket and rinse it with water to get rid of loose limescale.

Step Four: Using an old toothbrush, remove the rest of the remaining limescale, with special attention focused on the nozzles to ensure they are clear. Then, rinse with water again and polish with a soft cloth.

Step Five: If the process does not need to be repeated, reattach the showerhead and use it as normal.  

Further Reading: How to Choose and Fit Shower Wall Panels

Removing Limescale

Fixed/Mounted:

What you’ll need:

  • A plastic bag
  • String to secure it
  • White vinegar
  • A soft cloth
  • An old toothbrush

Step One: Take the plastic bag and fill it partway with vinegar, being careful not to fill it up past halfway so that it can be lifted easily.

Step Two: Hold the bag under the showerhead and raise it until it is immersed in the vinegar. Then, holding the bag tightly over the shower head, secure it in place using the string. Check it will not fall, and then step back.

Step Three: If the limescale is moderate, leave it to soak for 30 minutes. If it is severe, leave it to soak overnight.

Step Four: Once time has passed, remove the bag from the showerhead and empty the vinegar. Then, switch the water on so that it can rinse away any remaining limescale.

Step Five: Scrub the head using an old toothbrush to get any limescale out of the nozzles, before switching the water on again to flush it out. Polish with a soft cloth. If you need to, the process can be repeated.

Things to Remember

  • If your showerhead is made from brass, do not leave it to soak in vinegar for more than 30 minutes as it could lead to discolouration.
  • The soaking method for fixed showerheads works best on chrome, stainless steel, and other forms of metal.
  • You can use vinegar on bath and sink taps as well to get rid of limescale and grime. It’s very effective.
  • If you mix a little lemon in with the vinegar, it will reduce the odour without altering the effects of the solution.

Method 2: Specialist Limescale Cleaner 

Sometimes we need something with additional power to get rid of limescale, and sometimes we just don’t have the desire to whip up a batch of natural cleaner.

Your supermarket will tend to stock a wide range of specialist limescale cleaners that will be able to get your showerhead looking fantastic and releasing a steady stream of water. Just make sure that when you descale your showerhead using these cleaners, you don’t get any on your clothes or in your eyes. 

Method 3: Prevention 

Ideally, you will want to prevent limescale from building up on your showerhead in the first place, and while regularly descaling your showerhead is a great option, there is an even better one.

You can actually purchase a showerhead that has anti-scale nozzles, preventing the limescale from collecting and keeping them clear. All you need to do to clean them is rub the nozzles gently with your finger – it’s that simple. 

Also Read: How to Fit a Shower Tray Riser Kit

A Few Top Products 

In this section, we have collected a few of our top picks for specialist products that will help to remove limescale from your shower. Hopefully, at least one of them is able to meet your requirements. 

Ecover Limescale Remover

This particular bundle contains three bottles of limescale remover, making the price pretty irresistible from the moment you take a look.

It is also completely natural, so there are no harmful chemicals that might end up washed down the sink after use.

Suitable for use even with septic tanks, this spray can be applied to any affected area to rid it of even the worst limescale deposits. 

The foamy solution acts quickly and can be rinsed away afterwards, leaving the surface in question squeaky clean. It’s the natural solution you won’t regret picking up. 

HG Professional Limescale Remover

This limescale remover is a professional mixture, used by those who are top in their industry to remove stubborn limescale deposits from every corner of your bathroom and kitchen.

It even has the power to remove the stains left behind by limescale, rust, and copper oxide, so even the most rundown bathrooms can look amazing again.

Safe for use with bathroom drains, you can apply it neat or diluted without worry, and it gets to work quickly so that you don’t have to wait around.

While the price might feel a little steep, for a litre bottle, it is worth every penny. 

Viakal Limescale Remover Spray

The price for this bundle might shock you at first, but the thing is you are getting 10 bottles in the pack – which is amazing value for money.

Not only will it be tough on limescale, but it also has a hit of Febreze to give it a fresh aroma after you have scrubbed the area and rinsed it away.

It can even work as a preventative for limescale, ensuring that it either doesn’t come back or at least takes its time to do so. This means less maintenance and more relaxation.

It cleans soap scum as well as general bathroom grime, and the enduring shine left behind afterwards means that your shower will be left looking brand new. It’s a great choice for any household, and the perfect excuse to stock up. 

How do you deep clean grout in shower?

Mix a thin paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, apply it to the grout, wait 10 minutes then scrub with a toothbrush, wiped clean with a damp cloth. Baking soda is mildly abrasive so it helps remove the dirt that is stuck in the porous grout surfaces without causing any damage

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has helped you learn more about the ways in which descaling your shower can benefit you, but also some of the methods you can use to really get things clean. After all, you deserve to be washing somewhere that is pristine as opposed to dirty.

Plus, the product selection we have gathered is a great way to get rid of massive limescale build-ups that natural methods simply can’t fix.

What did you think of our descaling guide? Are you currently having the shower of your life, or did our tips fall short? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave us a message in the comments below. 

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