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Helpful hints: All about showers part 2

This is a 5 part article To skip to other parts use these links:
Part 1 - Types of showers
Part 2 - Shower flow rates
Part 3 - Water pressure and terminology
Part 4 - Selecting a shower
Part 5 - Changing a bath to a shower

2. Shower flow rates

Many people like a lot of water when showering and this is a factor of the flow rate. The table provides a guide to the flow rate from differing shower types.

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Many factors affect shower flow rates, including the flow and temperature of water feeding the property (electric showers), the head of water (mixer showers), valves in the pipes feeding the shower and the shower head. The table provides a general comparative guide.

Points to note: electric showers provide an adequate shower experience but if you've used a mixer shower with a pump and that's the flow rate you expect then an electric shower may disappoint. A power shower typically provides a similar pressure to a shower mixer with a pump. The pressure for mixer showers without pumps is impacted by the plumbing in your house so if in doubt seek advice before purchasing.

This article is continued in part 3 - Water pressure and terminology.

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