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The Benefits of Warm Showers

Taking showers of temperatures between 35 – 40 degrees have been shown to have significant health benefits. Not only does it feel great to have a lovely, warm, shower, it can also do wonders for your muscles, joints and overall body condition. Here are some of the benefits of warm showers:

Cleanse the Skin

This is the primary reason for taking warm showers. Hot water and steam open the pores on your skin making it easier to clean them of dirt and impurities. Following a warm shower with a cold rinse afterwards will close the pores and refresh your skin.

Improve your Circulation

Warm water has shown benefits for treating muscular and joint pain – often associated with arthritis and muscle strains. The warm temperature of the water can stimulate blood flow and circulation whilst also loosening muscles, tendons and joints to ease pain and reduce inflammation. A hot shower will not cure the problem completely, but spending 5 minutes under warm water will have some positive effects, plus it’s cheaper and more convenient than a massage and more holistic than some medical treatments.

Stress Relief

Taking a warm shower for 10 minutes will calm you down, relax your body and distress your mind – perfect if you’re suffering from stress or having a bad day. Taking a warm shower before bedtime can also help aid sleep, and is a good idea for anyone suffering from insomnia or lack of sleep. Adding lavender oil can also help aid benefits as it is a natural relaxant.

Using essential oils can help to create a ‘spa-like’ feel to your bathroom

Cold & Cough Relief

Steam can have a positive effect on colds, coughs and sore throats as it loosens phlegm and mucus that can cause discomfort. The additional of essential oils, such as eucalyptus oil, to your skin can help you breathe more easily. A hot shower can also help to relieve body aches that can be associated with illness.

Sleep Problems & Insomnia

A warm shower before bedtime can do wonders for helping encourage sleep. The warm water and steam can help to induce your body into sleep mode by altering your body temperature. After warming yourself in the shower, your body temperature will start to cool down after you enter your bedroom. This change in body temperature incites drowsiness and will help you fall asleep much easier. In addition, the feeling of being clean and refreshed will make you more relaxed and help you to sleep better. Regularly taking warm showers before bed will condition your body into a bedtime routine. Make sure that your shower is warm rather than too hot. Hot showers can actually increase your metabolic rate and rather than relax you, this will energize you.

So, next time you’re feeling stressed-out or run-down, head towards the shower!

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Kids Back at School? Time To Clean Up!

Well, the summer holidays are now well and truly over – the kids are back at school and already getting ready for harvest festival and thinking about Halloween at the end of the month. So, now that the summer craziness has subsided, don’t let the Back to School Blues get to you – it’s the ideal time to have a good tidy up and complete some of the tasks you weren’t able to do over the summer.

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The bathroom lends itself perfectly to an autumn renovation. After a busy summer of kids running in and out, jumping in the shower to wash off sand and dirt, it’s not difficult for a family bathroom to suffer and be in need of a little TLC. And now the kids are back at school, there are fewer distractions around to allow you to really crack on and get some work done. And what better place to start than with the bathroom shower?

Cold Weather Problems

Autumn is a sensible time to buy new showers. Many older showers tend to struggle in the winter so it makes sense to upgrade before the cold weather kicks in. This is because the incoming water becomes much colder, and as a result, electric shower flow rates will typically decrease as the shower struggles to heat the water to the usual desired temperatures.  If you think your shower is coming to the end of its life, it may be simpler to upgrade now.

Electric Showers – great for all budgets

So, if it’s an electric shower you’re after, you can find some fantastic bargains at the moment that will really make an impact on your bathroom design. Our new range of GSX electric showers currently start from only £79.99 – not likely to blow anyone’s budget. But this is a limited time introductory offer so you’ll need to act fast! Check our website for full details.

The GSX range prides itself on sophisticated gloss white finishes and chrome detailing making them ideal for any style of bathroom – either contemporary or more traditional. There are 3 models available, varying in price and features, so there’s bound to be something to suit every home. Our GSX showers come with 8.5kW engines – our most popular engine size – and every model has four heat settings, adjustable spray patterns, and family friendly height-adjustable rails. All of the features can be found on the Gainsborough website.

Mixer Showers – sophisticated and stylish

Or perhaps you’d prefer a stylish mixer shower for an instant bathroom refresh? We love our Ambassador range of mixer showers – there’s one designed specifically for each type of plumbing system, whether gravity-fed, high-pressure or combi-boiler. And whether you prefer exposed or concealed designs – there’s a style to suit you. What’s more, the Ambassador range is currently on offer – reduced from £152.00 down to £120.00 so snap yours up today!

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Reward a Summer of Sport with a soothing shower

This summer has been a truly epic Summer of Sport – from Euro 2012, Wimbledon and the Tour de France, to the London Olympics and now the Paralympics – we’ve been spoilt with the choice of sport to watch this year. And it seems that our British sporting heroes, such as Sir Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and Jessica Ennis, have been inspiring more and more of us to get out and about and involved in sport.

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And whether you’ve been discovering new cycle routes, heading down to your local stables or joining your local sailing club, there’s one thing that most of us love after an hour or two’s sporting effort – a nice, refreshing shower! We’re celebrating our super summer of sport with our new GSX range – which are currently available at special introductory prices, starting at just £79.99, until 23rd September.

Our new GSX range is perfect for sporty types. Electric showers are instantaneous, heating water on demand at any time of the day – ideal for when you need a quick, refreshing shower. What’s more, each GSX model has 4 heat settings, including a full cold setting which is perfect for the ultimate cool down after doing exercise.

And with easy to use controls – either simple rotary or push buttons depending on the model you choose – there will be no awkward controls to contend with – which must be welcome after spending a couple of hours in the pool or on the bike. Upgrade to the GSX Plus or Deluxe and you’ll also benefit from additional safety features (see our website for full details), although all of the models in the range have low pressure warning indicators.

Each model has a shower head with a choice of 3 spray patterns – meaning you’ll be able to choose the perfect spray for you, depending on how tired you are from your workout!

Find out more about all of our new showers and our introductory offers from our website: www.gainsboroughshowers.co.uk

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What are the Benefits of Electric Showers?

For most of us, having a shower is an essential part of our daily routine. Whether you prefer a shower first thing in the morning to wake you up; or when you return home from work to wash the day away; or last thing at night before bed to wind down, it’s hard to imagine life without our shower, that in fact sometimes we take them for granted.

Do you know what you would do, for example, if your boiler failed, or there was a problem with your hot water and you couldn’t use your shower? One solution is the electric shower, which is designed to run independently from your hot water system.

Electric showers have come a long way since they were first developed, and their increase in popularity is thanks to a more versatile and evolved product. Today, around half of all new showers bought in the UK are electric showers. Read on to find out why we love electric showers…

Electric Showers can be Fitted in Almost Any Household:
One of the obvious benefits to electric showers is that they can be fitted in any household with an electricity supply, regardless of the hot water system. Electric showers are connected to the cold mains fed water supply and heat this water instantly on demand. For this reason, electric showers can be an economical choice as there will be no hot water wasted, but bear in mind that it does take energy to heat the water so taking long showers will not be economical.

Electric Showers are Great for Busy Households:
Electric showers heat water instantly and on demand, so there is no chance that the hot water supply will run out. Hot water will always be available at the touch of a button. If you live in a busy household where there’s usually a queue for the shower in the morning, with an electric shower you won’t have to worry about the being the last in and having a cold shower! You can also say goodbye to waiting around for the hot water tank to refill with an electric shower.

Styles to Suit Your Bathroom:
Electric showers have come a long way since merely being white boxes on the wall. Electric showers now come in a range of styles and designs, from classic white, to gloss black and even satin chrome. Accessories are available in stylish chrome to complement any bathroom design.

Available in Different Power Ratings to Suit Your Needs:
Electric showers are available in a range of different kilowatt ratings, usually from 8.5kW to 10.5kW. A higher kilowatt rating will give a better performance shower, but will obviously cost more to run as it will take more energy to run. The higher the kilowatt rating, the more powerful the heating element is inside the shower, and therefore the more powerful the flow of water.

Why not take a look at our comprehensive range of electric showers? We’re bound to have something to suit you!

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“Why is my shower cold?” and other Shower Troubleshooting Questions

When something goes wrong with your shower, one of the first places you might turn to is the internet. A lot of people who visit our website do so for the helpful Frequently Asked Questions we have listed on there. It’s the first port of call for anyone experiencing problems with their shower, and we’ve tried to cover most of the common problems that can occur with both mixer and electric showers.

Below we have listed some of the most frequent questions we get asked, but if yours isn’t listed here then take a look at our Shower FAQs for more shower troubleshooting questions. If you still can’t find the answer you need, our friendly technical team will be able to help.

1.) Why is my shower cold?

Electric Showers:

There are a number of possible causes to why your electric shower is running cold and has no hot water. Try the following steps to solve the problem:

  1. Check the power supply to the unit; make sure the isolator switch is turned on. Are there any tripped switches or blown fuses?
  2. Showerhead and hose: The shower will only function correctly with the hose and head provided. Replacement heads and hoses can be bought from our online parts store.
  3. Is there sufficient water pressure in your mains water? The minimum working pressure required for our electric showers is approximately 1 bar at 8 litres per minute. If your pressure is adequate, the small white plunger between the black heater unit and the electrical connectors will drop down.

Mixer Showers:

  1. Check to see there is a supply of hot water available at your other hot outlets.
  2. Check for air in the hot supply and for a possible kinked hose. Refer to your user instructions in the fluctuating temperature or reduced flow rate section.

2.) My electric shower is leaking from the bottom of the unit

If the leak occurs when the shower is turned on then this will be due to the Pressure Relief Device (PRD) activating.
To meet European Standards, your shower unit features an integral PRD which is designed to provide a degree of shower unit protection should an excessive build up of pressure occur within the shower. Build up of pressure would normally be due to a kinked or damaged hose or blocked shower head.

Please note that your shower will only function correctly with the hose and head provided. Failure to do so may result in the operation of the PRD.

If the PRD has activated then it will need to be replaced. Replacement PRDs can be purchased directly from us, please visit our online Shower Parts Store.

3.) My mixer shower has a dripping shower head

A dripping shower head could be caused by water retention. Shower heads and hoses retain a considerable volume of water once the shower is turned off and therefore water will expel from the shower head. To check for this and fix the dripping shower head:

For adjustable height shower heads – Disconnect the hose from the outlet end (opposite end of the head/hose) and examine to see if the water continuously drips directly from the outlet.

If the dripping stops there is no fault with the shower or the shower cartridge. Ensure that your shower head is free from scale build up and that your hose connections are tight as these can also exacerbate this problem.

If the dripping continues please call our customer services team.

For fixed head showers – Unscrew the shower head from the arm and examine to see if the water continues to flow or drip. If water continues dripping with the shower head removed, contact our Customer Services team for advice. Please note pre-1996 fixed heads (with grey rubber gaitor) do not have the facility to remove the head and check.

If the water stops dripping ensure that the shower head is free from scale build up.

Depending on the type of water system in your home you may need to take different action:

For unvented water systems – This system requires regular servicing in the form of recharging the air gap. Instructions will be on the side of the hot water cylinder. If the air gap has been depleted this can cause a drip from the shower head. For further advice on this, please contact your cylinder manufacturer. 

For combination or multipoint boilers – The pressure may be too high. Our shower cartridges are designed to control static pressure to up to approximately 7 – 10 bar depending on your model. Please note that pressures can increase at night by an additional 30%. If pressures do approach the maximum limit then a ‘Pressure Reducing Valve’ must be fitted. This also applies for pressure surges.

If none of the above relate to your problem, please contact our customer services team.

4.) My electric shower has a low flow of water

There are a number of possible causes of no or low water flow in your electric shower. Follow these steps to try to find the cause of the problem:

  1. Check the power supply to unit is working.
  2. Ensure the water supply to the shower is turned on and the isolation valve is fully opened.
  3. Check to see if the water control is turned fully clockwise. Turn the flow control knob anticlockwise to increase water flow.
  4. Check that there isn’t an outlet blockage:

– Disconnect the head from the hose and run the shower. If water flows, then the head is blocked.
– If there is no flow of water, remove the hose from the outlet. If water flows then the hose is blocked.
– If there is still no flow once the hose has been removed then there is a possible restriction in the supply to the shower, or debris in the filter. For advice on debris in the filter, please refer to the shower installation and user guide or contact customer services. Additional shower installation guides can be downloaded from our website.

5.) How does an electric shower work?

An electric shower takes water directly from the mains cold water supply rather than using your household hot water system. When the shower is switched on, the water is heated by passing over a heating element, similar to that in a kettle. The temperature of the water can be adjusted by restricting and increasing the rate of water flow over the heating element. Restricting the water flow means the water is heated for longer, and so reaches a higher temperature.

Electric showers are ideal for busy and large households, or if there is a limited supply of hot water available. As the water is heated on demand, electric showers are ready to use at the touch of a button whenever required.

For any further questions, please see our electric shower FAQs and mixer shower FAQs.

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