Our glossary of shower terms and their definitions.
Anti-scald valve: A safety device in a shower that maintains a constant water temperature, even when the pressure fluctuates.
Apron: The front-facing panel of a bathtub that hides plumbing fixtures.
Bar mixer shower: A shower that mixes hot and cold water to reach the desired temperature.
Cartridge: A component in the shower valve which controls the flow and temperature of the water.
Diverter: A device that changes the water flow from the shower head to the bathtub faucet.
Drain: A device that allows water to leave the shower or bathtub area and enter into the wastewater system.
Ensuite: A term used to describe a bathroom that is directly connected to a bedroom.
Fixed shower head: A shower head that is fixed onto the wall or ceiling and can’t be moved.
Flow rate: The volume of water that flows out of the shower head, typically measured in gallons per minute (GPM).
Gasket: A seal, usually made of rubber or silicone, that prevents water leakage around fixtures.
Handheld shower head: A shower head that is attached to a flexible hose, allowing the user to hold and maneuver it as needed.
Jet: A device in a shower that forces water out in a high-pressure stream for a massaging effect.
Rainfall shower head: A large, flat shower head that delivers water in a way that mimics the falling of rain.
Shower arm: The pipe fitting that connects the shower head to the water supply in the wall.
Shower base/pan: The bottom surface of a shower, which collects water and directs it to the drain.
Shower caddy: An accessory that is used to hold and organize items like soap, shampoo, and razors.
Shower curtain: A curtain that hangs around the perimeter of a shower or tub to prevent water from splashing out.
Shower door: A door, usually made of glass, used to enclose a shower.
Shower valve: A device that controls the flow and temperature of water in a shower.
Spout: The fixture that water flows out of into a bathtub.
Thermostatic shower valve: A valve that automatically adjusts the temperature of the shower water, even if other water sources in the house are being used.
Tile backer board: A waterproof board that is installed behind shower tiles to prevent water damage to the walls.
Water pressure: The force at which water is delivered to the shower head, often measured in pounds per square inch (PSI).
Waterproofing membrane: A barrier applied to the walls and floor of a shower to prevent water from seeping into the structure of the building.