Back-to-wall: A toilet or bidet where the pan is fitted directly to the wall, with the pipework or cistern concealed behind a wall.
Bar: The unit that water pressure is measured in.
Bottle trap: A unit which sits under a basin and holds water, as a barrier to gasses coming back through the pipes.
Close-coupled WC: A toilet where the cistern sits directly behind the pan, usually controlled with a button flush.
En-suite: A bathroom immediately adjoining a bedroom.
Extractor fan: Also known as a hood, an inbuilt fan that hangs above the cooker and removes heat, grease, and particles and vents them outside. In bathrooms, extractor fans can fit into the wall or a window to help expel steam.
MDF: Medium Density Fibreboard. An engineered wood substance, made of wooden fibres combined with resin under high pressure.
Mixer shower: A shower that mixes water from your hot and cold supply in a valve before it reaches the shower head.
Monoblock mixer tap: A single tap which only requires one inlet, mixing water from the hot and cold supply.
Pedestal basin: A sink that sits atop of a matching column, which typically hides the pipework underneath.
Pillar taps: Traditional separate hot and cold taps for baths and basins.
Pop-up waste: A type of plughole where the plug cover lifts out, connected by a hidden mechanism to a lever behind the tap.
Power shower: A mixer shower that uses an integral pump to increase the rate of flow from the shower head.
Rainforest shower: A shower with a large head that spreads the water over a large area.
Snagging: An expression for all the small issues left over at the end of a construction project. Typically a homeowner will identify snags which the tradesman will rectify to complete the job.
Thermostatic shower: A mixer shower with a preset thermostat that detects changes in water temperature to adjust it.
Vanity unit: A unit made up of cupboards or drawers beneath a basin.
Wall hung toilet: A toilet attached to the wall with a gap underneath, chosen for its streamlined style and easy of cleaning underneath.
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