Tips on choosing and installing Shower Floor Drain

A modern bathroom design includes an inevitable shower installed in the same level with the floor, usually without bathtub. With or without tub, shower floor drain is among the most important parts of a shower installation and usage. A good drain will keep you away from troubles and you will enjoy your bathroom without even thinking of the infrastructure beneath your shower. On the other hand, if the shower floor drain is unprofessionally installed or if you got a low-quality product, you will definitely experience some unpleasant situations in your bathroom. These include poor water drainage, stuck drains and unpleasant odours. We bring you some of the most important rules to follow when buying and installing shower drains.

Tips and rules when installing shower floor drain

Shower in the floor level visually enriches the bathroom space, but the practical nature of the shower floor drain is what makes it so popular. Its convenience ensures ease and carelessness of use. However, there are a few important tips when choosing and installing this type of shower drain:

  1. Shower floor slope: If you don’t have any kind of slope in your shower, water drainage will be significantly more difficult. It is enough to make a small slope in order to ensure a fast and efficient water movement towards the shower floor drain. Usually, the slope is between only 1 and 2 degrees, but it makes a big difference in your shower experience.
  2. Material: There are shower floor drain models made of different materials, including stainless steel, PVC and nickel. All of these materials have both advantages and disadvantages. This is why different shower drain parts are made of different materials. You should always choose a high-quality and durable product.
  3. Drain depth and levelling: The drain should be positioned and aligned in relation to the other heights and levels in the bathroom and the apartment so that it represents the lowest point in the bathroom, thus ensuring its basic function, collecting any excess water that would appear.
  4. Installation: In case of the traditional floor drains that having a house with a drain pipe and a metal grid, unprofessional installation often leads to unpleasant smells coming from the drain. If you are experiencing this problem, your shower drain housing is most probably incorrectly placed. In this case, the drain pipe that should perform its basic function, preventing the odour leaving the drain and spreading through the bathroom, remains non-immersed into water. Therefore, the unpleasant smells appear. There are two solutions to this problem: extending the drain pipe and immersing it into the water or replacing the existing drain with a higher quality one, paying attention to correct installation and drain pipe position and depth.

In conclusion, shower drain is one of the most important parts of your shower infrastructure and installation. High-quality drain and proper placement and handling will ensure several years of effortless maintenance and use. Otherwise, you might experience stuck drain, poor water drainage and unpleasant smells.

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