There are essentially two types of shower drains available on the market today. The traditional centre-placed drain and the linear drain. Traditional centre-placed drains require that the shower floor feature a four-way pitch, creating a 360-degree bowl around the drain. Linear drains are usually positioned along a wall or along the threshold of the shower enclosure. The shower floor slopes in one direction, instead of four, toward the drain.
One of the advantages of using a linear drain in a barrier-free hospital shower area is that the linear drain can serve as the floor drain for the entire bathroom. Why is this useful? Without a physical boundary, such as a curb, to keep water from moving beyond the boundary of the shower area, often referred to as a wet area, to the dry area where the sink and toilet are located, it is practical to waterproof the entire room and equip the wet room with a floor drain. Traditional centre-placed drains must be located in the centre of the shower compartment. They are ill-equipped to manage water that escapes beyond the boundary of the shower space.
There are three important design considerations when using a linear drain in order to create a barrier-free shower space.
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