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A 101 on How Shower Plumbing Works


Unless you can put up with just using a bucket and a bath dipper, you’ll need a shower installed in your bathroom. It’s a type of fixture that allows you to take a bath standing up by letting water flow down from it like natural rain. Even if you have a bathtub, you can’t disregard the benefits of using a shower for a quick, relaxing bath after a long day in the office or after a strenuous workout in the gym. Now if you are into DIY plumbing and want to perform repairs and installations on your own, it is vital that you are also familiar about how your plumbing fixtures work. For today, let us talk about your bathroom shower.

How Shower Plumbing Works

The idea behind a shower is pretty simple. Every time that you turn the shower knobs on, water from your main supply line is pumped through the plumbing pipes. It will then be directed to your water heater if you have one. If you turned the hot shower knob, the heater will warm the water up and from there direct it towards the shower. If you turned the cold shower knob, meanwhile, water will no longer be heated. From there, the water will be transported to the shower’s pipe until it flows out of the shower head. One quick note: the amount of water that you use is measured by the water meter that’s installed on your main water supply.

Shower Is Connected To Faucet

If your shower is connected to another faucet or to a bathtub, you must have a diverter installed. This plumbing device is responsible for sending the hot or cold water to the right fixture. In other words, it will transport the water to your faucet or the shower, depending on how you set it.

The Shower Drain

Since you’ll be using water, you’ll also be producing soiled water or sewage. The soiled water won’t stay on your bathroom floor. Instead, it will flow right down into the drain. From there, the sewage will pass through the drain pipes until it is taken to your septic tank or the public sewer where your home is connected to.

Common Plumbing Problems Associated With Showers

All plumbing fixtures are prone to damage. Here are some common plumbing problems you should watch out for:

1. leaking shower head

2. water won’t flow out of the shower head

3, low water flow

4. noisy shower

5. water temperature problems (too hot or too cold)

I hope that we have showed you how shower plumbing works. If you are having problems with this fixture, just call a trusted Miami plumber to repair your shower. Douglas Orr Plumbing delivers reliable plumbing services in Miami FL including bathroom fixture remodeling, plumbing repairs, leak detection, water heater service, backflow prevention, bathroom remodeling and many more! Call us at (305) 240-6731 to schedule a service!

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