1. Where is the water coming from?
Identify where your hot and cold water supplies are coming from, to begin with.
The nearest hot and cold pipes are a good bet if you are simply fitting a shower faucet within an enclosure. They can normally be found in a nearby cupboard or underneath the floorboards.
Just trace the pipes back from the nearest hot and cold bathroom faucets to determine which is which. You’ll be able to tell the hot pipe from the cold easily when the faucets are running – the hot water pipe will warm up very quickly.
Alternatively, if your shower system is being fit above a freestanding bathtub, you can make use of the tub faucet supplies. And that is true whether you have Roman tub faucets, wall mounted options or freestanding tub faucets currently installed.
2. Isolate your water supply
You can begin installing your shower after deciding where the hot and cold water supplies will be taken from.
Simply switch off the stopcock (likely found under the bathroom sink) and open each faucet to drain away the pipe-contained water.
3. Ensure the pipework travels towards the shower
Once the water supply is isolated, the pipework can be run towards the shower. Feed the hot water supply to the left and cold water supply to the right pipe.
Then, place a shut-off valve on each supply as near to the shower as possible.
Copper piping makes it easier to tighten compression-type joints. Slot a touch of copper pipe into the plastic pipe ends.
Then, add the plastic stop ends to the pipes, switch the stopcock on and examine your new pipe runs for leaking.