If you are ever allowed to create a spa-like experience at your home, will you say no? Just imagine, after a tiring day at work that brings out total physical exhaustion all over your body, how would a cool (or hot, depending on the season you are in) shower feel? It would definitely be relaxing, refreshing, and of course, energizing, preparing you to take the sweetest ever nap!
To create your very own private spa that both you and your family make use of whenever you need it, all you have to do is to install multiple shower heads! In this article, you will learn and get a look at how to plumb multiple shower heads diagram. Let’s begin with it!
How To Plumb Multiple Shower Heads Diagram
In order to get through the process, you have to complete six steps. Depending on how many shower heads you want to have installed (two or more), you can follow them.
Before every how-to’s, you need to have your materials in hand. Without them, beginning the process is neither feasible nor finishable. While plumbing multiple shower heads, the first thing that you need to consider is what kind of showerheads will you be installing?
There are 3 kinds of showerheads to pick from. It can be a handheld shower that comes with a flexible and long hose that you can drag along with you. Again, it can be an overhead shower head that can be rotated on the anchor point but can not be detached. If not that, you can also pick body sprays shower head, which is meant to take out the gunk from your body.
Besides the showerhead itself, you will need a drill machine, drill bits, a saw, a hammer, tape, and a screwdriver. And a pencil or marker to mark the measurements.
No need to double-check the heading, you do need to identify the location of where you want the shower heads to be. Now, of course, you may think that your location would be the bathroom. Where else could it be? But it is not the *room location* that you need to be sure of, but wherein the bathroom wall you want the shower heads to be, that should concern you.
This should be in line with where the rest of the bathroom counterparts are located. You may or may not want it near the tub, may want it right next to the basin or the bathroom wall closet where your hygiene and shower essentials would be, or may want it feet away from the toilet. It’s your call, but a call that needs to be specific.
A common mistake that people at home do when installing multiple showerheads, is that they do not make a mark from the top as well as the bottom. If you ever see how the professionals do their work, you would find them taking the mark on the walls from both the top and the bottom to find the right height.
If they take it from the sides too, it only means they want to pinpoint the exact location where the shower head would sit. But the latter is optional. When you are taking the measurements and creating the map, be sure to include the standard top and bottom marks before the placement!
Like an aware and responsible citizen does, you can avoid the wastage of water and the water causing much trouble in your way by shutting down the source and disconnecting the waterline.
You might not do it out of forgetfulness, or you may want to see the water come out as your work, to ensure that you are doing it properly if you are a starter in this. But avoiding this urge and disconnecting the line would be the wiser thing to do.
Install the Showerheads
All you need to do after the steps above are fairly simple and obvious. Here they are:
- Drill holes at the places you have marked out on the bathroom wall.
- If you need to install new showerheads in place of old ones, you can remove the old shower heads in this step using a wrench and plier.
- Now that you have all the holes sorted where the new showerheads will go, place them one by one. First, the base of the shower will sit. Then, the metallic rectangle will join the primary head and the removable head.
- Making use of tapes and seals, you will now wrap the connecting point and valves and prevent leakage in the future. Using screwdrivers, you will attach the shower head to its position securely.
- In the last step, you need to join the metallic hose with the showerhead and use sealants as needed and you’re done!
Check for Water Supply
After everything is sealed and secured, you have to turn on the water supply back again to see that the water is coming as you would like it and there is no leakage or bad connections made anywhere. If the water flow in the showers is alright, you are good to go!
How To Ensure No Pressure Loss
Have you been told that installing multiple shower heads takes a toll on the pressure of the water? It is possible to install multiple shower heads without any pressure loss. Here’s how!
Check Water Source
Depending on the place where you reside, your water source may be different. Suppose you are a city-dweller and your water is supplied by the Water Board.
Again, if you live in the suburbs, your water source may be the well. The opposite may be true for both cases. Anyway, depending on whether the cities or the well is supplying your water, the speed of water may differ.
If it is a well, your output measures maybe 5 GPM or Gallons Per Minute. It may even be less than that. Now, if you are installing multiple shower heads, say 2 shower heads, in this case, the speed may be 2.5 GPM for each head.
This is pretty easy to resolve if you upgrade your source, the well, or add a water storage tank in your own house if you can’t upgrade the system. This will make sure that a total GPM of 10 is maintained in both showerheads.
Check Pipe Size
Usually, the water source may be sending the water to your home in a one-inch or three-quarter-inch plumbing pipe size. However, when this enters your home, the pipe size it sees is maybe half an inch.
By upgrading your pipe size, you can reduce up to 75% of water loss, thereby making sure that there is no further pressure loss from the installation of multiple showerheads.
Use Thermostatic Systems
You will find two kinds of valves in the market: thermostatic and pressure balance. If one valve is the source of your showerheads and they both run off of it, then it is most likely a pressure valve.
The issue with such valves is that they try to maintain a balance between the pressure of the showerhead. What does this mean for you? Even when the two shower heads are not in use, the valve will dissect the pressure into halves.
Since this is a loss of pressure, what you can do instead is install thermostatic valves. In the latter kind, the pressure can be controlled in one showerhead without increasing or decreasing that of the other showerhead.
So you can happily increase the pressure or volume that you get from your favorite showerhead when you need it, without suffering a pressure loss.
Use Low-Pressure Heads
Even in the search of your shower head, you can regulate the pressure which you get from the water and from them. There are some shower heads that are meant to simulate the feeling of rain, while in some the water comes down with high pressure.