Modern bathrooms and how to hide pipework
Modern bathrooms often have a very minimalist aesthetic, with wall-mounted toilet bowls that have no visible pedestal or cistern. This means all the main pipework hidden behind the walls and other surfaces.
Knowing how to hide pipes in the bathroom is just a case of knowing what bathroom pipe products are on the market, and how to hide pipes behind toilet units, bathtubs and shower cubicles.
Once you know these basics, they can be applied in almost any bathroom to conceal pipes behind the walls and floor, or within vanity units and bathroom cabinets.
In this guide we'll cover those basics, with a look at useful components like thermostatic mixing valves, flexi pipes and push-fit fittings to get the job done even easier.
What are thermostatic mixing valves?
Thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) are an incredibly useful addition to the variety of heating valves and accessories available on the market - but what do they actually do?
A TMV works to limit the maximum temperature of the water that comes out of your hot tap to about 48C, so it cannot cause significant injury or severely scald you.
Yet at the same time, a TMV allows the water circulating through your pipes to reach in excess of 60C, the critical temperature to prevent problems like Legionella bacteria.
This makes a thermostatic mixing valve an essential component for new bathroom pipework installations - not to mention a legal requirement in new-build properties.
You'll also find TMVs integrated into some bathroom appliances, such as mixer showers and electric showers, where they ensure the water that comes out of the showerhead is never heated to a scalding temperature.