This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. As well as one within the sub-series on your options for bathroom remodeling materials. As well as one about showers. To access any of the lead posts, please select one of the links in the prior sentences.
You know how to use your shower. You turn on the water, adjust the temperature, and get in.
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But what actually happens behind the walls? How does your shower work?
Most of everything that makes up your shower is “passive” in that it doesn’t change or alter anything.
Your shower is mostly pipes, a pan that is finished in some way, a drain, walls that are finished in some way, a shower head, etc, etc. Only one part of your shower has any moving parts and that is the shower valve.
The shower valve is in the wall behind the controls. The image for this post shows a simplified diagram of a shower valve.
Hot water in, cold water in, mixed water out.
It does this by allowing you to vary how much hot water and how much cold water come in and allowing you to vary the mix.
Your shower is hotter when the mix contains more hot water. Your shower is cooler when the mix contains less hot water.
The shower valve is the part that wears out over time, so one important consideration I recommend to all remodeling clients is to make sure that when you need (hopefully several years after your remodel) to replace the valve you can get to it from whatever is behind the shower wall, as in you want to NOT have to remove any tiles.
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