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Today’s showers are intended to offer a home owner the finest hotel-esque experience in the comfort of their own home . That’s why Bathroomware House stocks a wide range of top-quality rain shower heads, handheld showers, rail showers, twin showers, and a multitude of premium and value shower and bathroom accessories, and shower taps are all designed to give you an ultra-luxurious, relaxing and clean shower experience. Shop online our full range of shower and essentials, online or in-store at our various display centre locations!
Do shower heads fit all showers?
Yes – almost all showers in Australia (and around the world) feature standard-sized piping to attach shower elbows, shower arms, and shower heads together regardless of the shape or size, handheld or fixed.
In Australia, the UK, and many other countries (besides the US), the standard thread size used in showers heads is a half (½)-inch British Standard Pipe (or BSP for short). The US uses “National Pipe Thread” or “NPT” for short, also in the ½ inch size. Despite the different naming conventions, the sizing will be typically the same, which allows specialty bathroom stores such as Bathroomware House to source the best quality shower heads from around Australia and the world.
What are the “best” shower heads?
Nowadays, the “best” shower heads are those which provide an enjoyable shower experience without breaking the water bill budget. Typical shower heads output 9 litres of water per minute, however, there are now shower heads available which are manufactured with water efficiency front of mind. Some manufactures make shower heads which feature reduced output flow rates such as 7.5L per minute all the way down to 5L/m which can save you thousands of litres (and also potentially hundreds of dollars) whilst maintaining your usual showering habits.
Shower heads are required to be rated under the Australian Government Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) for their water efficiency. Shower heads with an output of six to nine litres of water per minute are rated three-stars under WELS.
Can shower heads increase water pressure?
Depending on whether there is an underlying problem with your plumbing or the supply of water to your premises, a new or specialised “low pressure” shower head may provide a solution to reduced water flow in your shower.
An old, clogged-up, mineral-filled shower head or even a damaged hose connected to a handheld shower can cause a decrease in water pressure. A new shower head or replacement hose can potentially solve your low water pressure problems.
Some shower heads are specifically made to boost water pressure in low water pressure areas, apartments, older unit blocks and townhouses and other instances where the water flow is less than ideal.
Do you need a plumber to replace a shower head?
Typically, there is no need to call in a plumber just to replace a simple shower head, as the average joe (or jane) with some standard household tools can replace a shower head, saving time and money. For a simple swap out of an old shower head, no specialised tools are required.
If your shower head is rusty, dirty, or dribbling water, it may be time for a replacement. Some people reach for the phonebook or a quick Google search for “plumbers near me” right away without knowing that replacing a standard shower head does not require the time and skills of a (potentially expensive) professional.
A pair of multigrips (pliers), a trip to the hardware store and you can have a shiny chrome (or matte-coloured, whichever you prefer) shower installed within minutes, ready for your next hot shower with a shiny (or matte) new shower head.
Which is a better round or square shower head?
This is a common question with quite a complex and detailed answer. Essentially, there is no “standard” or way to judge what shower head is “better” or “best” as every bathroom is different. Some look at water flow, output, water efficiency, pressure and feel just to name a few subjective elements.
Ceiling-mounted shower heads typically have the option of coming in a round or square head in a multitude of sizes. Handheld showers typically feature a round head however newer designs are challenging the norm with square or rectangular-shaped shower heads to match the aesthetic of a modern, minimalist bathroom.
Some things to consider such as the design of your bathroom, where a more contemporary or modern design may be better suited to a square shower head in matte black (as an example). A classical bathroom with a historical aesthetic may match with a round shower head in gold-wrapped chrome.
In summary, understand what means most to you in terms of usage and what you want to get out of your showering experience (e.g. a massive torrent of rain-fall style water versus water efficiency), and choose a brand, design and shape from there.
Can you just change a shower head?
Yes – sometimes a shower arm, hose, wall elbow, or wall fitting is perfectly fine and only the head may need replacing. As mentioned above, the fittings for shower heads are generally universal so any shower head should be able to fit as a straight replacement.
What is a shower arm?
A shower arm or an extension of the shower is little more than a pipe fitting that links a showerhead to the wall’s water supply. A shower arm extends from the wall and provides more space for a showerhead to be installed.
You can lift or lower the height of your shower head with the aid of a shower handle. If you find your plumbing outlets are uncomfortably too high or too low, this feature can really come in very handy. A shower arm can also enable the install of a rainfall showerhead, without needing to transfer plumbing into the ceiling.
What is the standard size shower arm?
There is no “standard” size or length for shower arms, however, the most common length found in residential homes is 300mm.
The length or size of a shower area can vary greatly, where longer shower arms or curves of differing length can fit shower heads of various shapes and sizes.
How do I unscrew my shower arm?
Modern shower arms manufactured and installed in the last five or so years can be typically unscrewed by hand by turning it anticlockwise (left).
If the shower arm is stuck, use an old piece of cloth or towel to cover the point of contact between the pliers/wrench and shower arm to protect it from the force to be applied. Consider spraying some WD-40 at the shower arm joint (where it connects to the pipe) before using a pair of multigrips (don’t forget to pad the grip with some cloth to avoid damage) to loosen any rust or mineral build-up when attempting to remove a stuck shower arm from the wall.
Are shower arms universal?
Yes – shower arms in Australia typically feature the ½ BSP thread size.
Do all shower arms unscrew?
Yes – all shower arms unscrew with varying difficulty, depending on the age and condition. Newer shower arms can generally be unscrewed by hand. Older shower arms with rust or built-up mineral deposits will be harder to unscrew, but not impossible.
How do you seal a shower head arm?
Use plumbers’ tape (also known as Teflon tape) and wrap it around the shower head screw connector three to seven times over (enough to seal the screw joint), in the direction which the shower head will be screwed on (usually clockwise).