A beautiful basement shower roomContemporary Bathroom, London
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Challenge yourself to take a shorter showerA shower can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute. That means a 15 minute shower could cost you anywhere from 90 to a whopping 675 litres of water, so each minute you don’t spend showering will quickly boost the savings. And definitely don’t brush your teeth in the shower – this is not water-efficient at all.
PorcelainNow here’s a shower floor that just might have it all. Made with a dense clay body, porcelain tiles are durable and waterproof, and will last for decades. Pros Porcelain is very versatile. It can survive detergents, scratches and long-term water exposure. It can also be finished to have an authentic wood, stone or marble appearance. And the very best part? It accomplishes all of these things without being high maintenance. You’ll enjoy cleaning it (or rather the lack of cleaning it). Cons Grout can be a problem. Rectified porcelain can keep the lines of grout small, but the grout will still need to be cleaned. Porcelain can also become quite slippy if it doesn’t have a textured surface.
Types of water systemThere are three common types of water system in the UK. This can give you a hint as to whether you have high or low water pressure in your home.The first is a gravity-fed system, which means a cold-water tank in the loft and a water cylinder directly below it (usually in an airing cupboard). This type of low-pressure system is found in most homes. The second kind of water system is an unvented system. This means a hot-water storage cylinder takes cold water directly from the mains – meaning you don’t need a cold-water tank. The water is heated by an in-built coil; as the coil gets hot, the water within the cylinder heats, ready for use. This is a high-pressure system. The third kind of water system you might have is a combi boiler, which heats water on demand whenever a hot tap is turned on. The water feeds in directly from the mains, without a cylinder or tank. A combi boiler is a high-pressure system.