Q. "What does pressure balanced mean? What about thermostatic?"
A. A pressure balanced valve provides constant water pressure to a shower to prevent fluctuations in water temperature. Thermostatic valves are similar, but use a different mechanism to maintain water temperatures (only as long as your hot water supply lasts).
Q. "I have hard water; will this affect my shower spa?"
A. Most of the Showerspa jets have flexible rubber tips which help make removing mineral build-up simple. The manufacturer also recommends wiping down the shower spa with a soft cloth after each use to avoid spotting from hard water deposits. You can clean your shower spa with a mild soap and water. To help keep your new shower spa clean, the manufacturer suggests applying a coat of wax like Gel Gloss or auto spray wax 3 or 4 times per year.
Q. "Do I have to have a plumber install my new shower spa?"
A. Experienced handypersons or do-it-yourselfers could install several of the models above without professional assistance. However, it is recommended you hire a licensed plumber for any plumbing-related job you don't feel 100% confident taking on yourself. As always, be sure to check with authorities for local plumbing code or permit requirements prior to beginning.
Q. "Is installation hardware included with the shower spa?"
A. Yes. All the hardware for a typical shower spa installation is included with your purchase. Note, however, that special situations may require additional hardware or additional plumbing fittings to complete the installation.
Q. "Can I use one of these shower spas if I have low water pressure?"
A. That depends. For best performance, the manufacturer recommends water pressure of 45psi or above. The shower spas will function with a lower pressure, but performance may be affected. If you're concerned, we recommend trying to determine your average water pressure before purchasing. Often people "feel" like their water pressure is lower than it actually is.
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