There are many options available to you when designing your shower drainage. The first thing that must be determined is the purpose of your shower. The showerhead drain should be installed before any other fixtures to keep water flowing smoothly into the drain.
The next problem is the bottom area of the shower drains. You have a few options here. A) To create a one-level bottom area that will work best for traditional fixtures without using the two-level design. B) Use a round drain that has an overhang to hang from the walls. This works great with a shower drain that attaches to the bottom area and is long enough to hang up on the wall.
The third problem is how to get the water out of the shower base. If you have a traditional ceramic shower base, the main problem will be the accumulation of soap scum. If your shower drain is attached to the bottom area, then the water will rise above the overflow. To get rid of the soap scum, you need to install a shower drainage system. However, if your shower drain is connected to the bottom area, then it is just a matter of draining water out of the shower quickly.
Tile shower bases have the benefit of being easily and quickly cleaned. Even a traditional ceramic tile shower base can be quickly cleaned using a quality shower drain cleaner. However, there is one issue here. With a tile shower drain cleaner, you may be able to dislodge and loosen the hardened grime that collects in your shower base. This can result in a clog.
As an alternative to traditional plumbing, outdoor showers are now available with both gravity drainage systems and surface drainage. These systems are much more expensive than traditional plumbing but also are easier to maintain. You should always be very careful when working with the plumbing of an outdoor shower, as it can be quite slippery. With a surface drainage system for your outdoor shower, you simply sweep the debris off the surface and into a waste receptacle. Gravity drainage allows you to sweep debris off the floor and into the collection bin directly below the showerhead.
Grate covers are another option for floor drainage. These covers work great in both ceramic tile and stainless steel grates. Grate grates are designed to be slip-resistant and are available in different thicknesses to better match the material your bathroom floor is made of.
If you are having problems with your drainage or need to repair plumbing, don’t hesitate to contact a professional. If you decide to tackle your own shower drain blockages, there are several DIY ideas you can use. One method is to buy a sponge that you can dip into a bucket of hot water and scrub away any stubborn blockage. Another method is to use an old toothbrush or toothpaste tube that you fill with hot water and scrub away the blockage using this method.
As you can see, there are many different shower drainage possibilities you can use in designing your fixture layout.