Basement Bathroom Tips: Shower Heads

July 26th, 2011

By Jacques Bouchard

When it comes to a quality basement finishing, it’s all about the details. A basement bathroom is a fantastic way to improve on your home, and it pays back for itself by 80% or more when the home is sold. If you could greatly improve the quality of your space by adding another $50 on to the final cost of the job, wouldn’t you do so?

There are few ways to improve on your home that are more effective than choosing the best shower head possible for your basement bathroom. You spend a lot of time in front of your shower head, and the way the water is released makes all the difference. Enjoying a soothing, comfortable shower is a guiltless pleasure. And if your family is growing, it may be the only valuable moment of privacy and quiet you’re guaranteed every day.

To help you make the most out of your basement bathroom, Total Basement Finishing offers these shower head shopping tips:

1. Choose a handheld shower head.

Fixed shower heads give a sleek designer look to a shower, but they’re much more difficult to repair and often fall short of the quality of their handheld counterparts. A handheld shower head is able to be mounted in a cradle that allows for all the advantages of a fixed shower head, but they also are able to be removed to aid in bathing with children and seniors. Additionally, a detachable shower head allows for ease of use when cleaning the tub, cleaning objects placed in the tub, and bathing pets. When selecting a handheld shower head, be sure to select one with a high-quality, durable hose that can stand high water pressures without blowing out and can endure daily use without wearing down or forming kinks. If a handheld shower head is definitely not your thing, remember that you can also install multiple fixed shower heads in a single shower-including one on both ends.

2. Find flow options on your shower head that fit your preference.

 

Shower heads are made to suit any preference a homeowner might have in water flow and pressure. If you love the feel of pounding water in your shower but have a basement bathroom with very low water pressure, there are models on the market that can adjust the water pressure to increase the volume of the water coursing through. More expensive models can even adjust the pressure to a gentle mist, champagne drops (the standard setting), a deep and relaxing massage, or even to a strong and vigorous jet of water.

If you’re interested in saving water for your home, low-flow shower heads are on the market that can save as much as a half gallon of water per minute (10 gallons of water during a single 20-minute shower). These shower heads can also come with cutoff valves that will allow you to shut the water off while you’re soaping up for increased savings of natural resources.

Many homeowners find themselves scalded by hot water or shocked by freezing cold water whenever a toilet is flushed or a faucet is turned on in the home. If you’re experiencing these problems, you’d probably appreciate the benefits of an anti-scald adapter or pressure balance valve in your shower. These products can cost as little as $15 and installs between the shower arm and shower head, shutting the water off if it becomes too hot.

3. Pick a shower head that’s built to last.

Shower heads come in an enormous variety of pricing- anywhere between $6 and $500. However, you won’t need to spend excessively to find a top-quality and comfortable one. For $30-$80, a high-quality shower head will be available for the remodeled basement bathroom that can give you the best value for your investment.

Brass shower will generally provide a reliable, long-lasting option for a remodeled basement bathroom, but they’re also much more expensive than other models. Whether the shower head is made from brass or some other metal, be sure that the materials are easy to upkeep and will not tarnish.

If you opt for a plastic shower head, find one that can resist lime buildup so it is unlikely to clog your shower head. All shower heads, however, will eventually develop lime accumulation if it’s present in the water. If your basement bathroom’s shower head is showing signs of this lime buildup, remove it by wiping the accumulations on the tip of the nozzle away, then use a lime-away solution or a 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water to help soak the other deposits away.

4. Use a shower head water filter on in your finished basement bathroom.

The water that you bathe in comes from the same source as your tap water. During every shower, you bring about one cup of unfiltered water into your body, and you soak every surface of your body in this heated tap water. Any dirt, chemicals, lime, or impurities existing in your well water will also be present in the shower. If the water contains chlorine, then this chemical will dry out and chance the color of nails, skin, and hair. Chlorine also strops the natural oils from your skin and can possibhly also cause mild skin and eye irritation. Heavy minerals present in the water can weigh down hair, and a variety of other cosmetic disadvantages can come into play. However, with a high-quality shower filter, as much as 98% of these materials can be removed. The filter will need replacement only every 6 months or 10,000 gallons, and they need minimal personal maintenance.

Adding a basement bathroom is a beautiful addition to any basement finishing plan. A company like Klein Bath Systems can help you through that process. However, there are a great many other important steps in creating an exciting basement makeover. If you’re interested in creating a basement finishing plan, Total Basement Finishing is ready to help. They have the best finished basement wall products, basement floor products, and basement ceiling products available for all your basement remodeling needs. Total Basement Finishing provides free, no-obligation consultations and written estimates, and they’re ready to help you with this exciting and important home improvement.

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