Addressing the continued need for inclusive shower solutions, Triton’s Omnicare Design is a versatile unit suitable for various applications – from care settings and social housing, through to multi-generational homes.
The popular product features an updated cover design along with innovative new features that continue to place user accessibility and safety at its heart. A new single hand slider, for example, facilitates easy customisation for those with limited dexterity. At the same time, a safety function allows temperature to be set internally to a maximum of 43°C, whilst allowing full rotation of the temperature dial.
Rigorously tested, the shower carries both RNIB and BEAB care approvals for safety and performance, and has been designed in collaboration with a professional Occupational Therapist to provide an inclusive showering experience for all users.
Here, Martyn Brown, Contracts and Technical Manager at Triton Showers, outlines a simple step by step procedure to follow when installing the Omnicare Design thermostatic electric care shower.
1. Disconnect power and water supply and check components.
Check all the components and read through the instruction manuals.
When retrofitting the shower or installing into an existing plumbing system, it is vital that both the water and electric supply is switched off before starting work.
2. Removing the old unit.
If replacing an existing electric shower unit, the faceplate should be removed by undoing the screws usually located on the top and bottom of the unit.
After exposing the unit’s internal workings, the electrical cables may be released from the earth connection and terminal block. Using a spanner, the water supply can now be disconnected from the water inlet. Following this, the remaining unit can be removed from the wall.
3. Attaching the shower to the wall.
The Omnicare Design has a generous footprint, meaning it can cover the markings left from previous showers. It also boasts multiple water and cable entry points to simplify retrofitting.
Unscrew the faceplate from the new unit and remove the screws securing the splashguard. The water inlet fitting can be rotated 180 degrees and should be positioned as per your requirements before proceeding.
Temporarily connect the shower to the water supply, and hold in the desired position on the wall. Mark out any new fixing holes.
Remove the unit and drill the fixing holes if needed, using the appropriate wall plugs. Once again hold the shower against the wall.
You can now reconnect to the water supply, making sure not to overtighten the pipe connecting fittings. A suitable sealant must be applied around the pipework to prevent water from entering the wall. You should now turn on the water supply to check for any water leakage.
4. Connecting the electrical supply cables.
Route the two conductors – the neutral cables and live cables – into the appropriate positions in the terminal block and screw securely in place. The earth conductor can now be screwed into the earth connection in the same way.
It is important that no cable insulation is trapped under the screws and the connections.
5. Shower settings.
The Omnicare Design features dip switches mounted on the power PCB that allow further setting options, including audible feedback and a shutdown timer. A complete list of options can be found in the product manual.
After selecting the shower settings, the Omnicare Design needs to be commissioned. To start the commissioning process, connect the hose to the unit. Leave the cover connecting cable disconnected from the PCB and re-fit the faceplate temporarily.
Turn on the power supply and the shower will fill with water then flow through the hose to complete the commissioning process.
7. Finishing touches.
The splashguard can now be reattached using the two fixing screws. Depending on what entry point has been used, the Omnicare Design comes with different cut-outs and the appropriate attachment can now be fixed in place.
Attach the correct end of the shower hose into the shower outlet using the suppled hose washer seal and allow the water to run through. The faceplate can now be reaffixed using the fixing screws. Finally, the electricity supply to the unit can be turned back on.
Installing electric showers involves dealing with both water and power supplies. Work should only be carried out by someone who is Part P qualified, meaning they are certified to work with both plumbing and electrics. The Omnicare Design streamlines the installation process and installers will find retrofitting a much simpler and efficient operation, as a result.
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