Modern bathrooms are usually equipped with this useful attribute – a towel rail. Because it not only dries wet towels and various linens, but is also a piece of equipment that creates and maintains a favorable microclimate in the bathroom, which helps prevent unpleasant odors and the appearance of fungus, as it dries the air in the room.
Modern towel rails have a stylish look, they are made in a spectacular design. In order to ensure normal permissible humidity and create a comfortable temperature, they function all year round.
Installation of a towel rail with your own hands
The installation of towel rail can be done by yourself or you can hire a plumber for this work. If you even resorted to the help of professionals, it will not hurt you to read this article, which describes in detail the correct installation and connection of the heated towel rail. Here you will find a description of the step-by-step installation technology and understand how the installation process is carried out.
Choose the appropriate connection method
Today, the market offers several types of towel dryers, which can be:
The most widely used type of water towel dryers, which we suggest you familiarize yourself with in detail. Water towel dryers are connected in two ways, the place of connection can be:
- Heating system.
- Hot water supply pipe.
The most popular option is to connect the heated towel rail to the hot water supply system, in which it is guaranteed to be heated around the clock and all year round.
Why connection to the heating system is not popular is probably clear to everyone – because the water in the system is heated only during the heating seasons. In addition, with this connection, a natural question arises about how to replace the towel rail in winter, when hot water is supplied to the battery. In winter, it is impossible to cut into the heating pipes, because this threatens to freeze the entire riser.
How to properly install a towel rail
Before installing a towel rail in the bathroom, you need to determine how you will connect it. If you are replacing an old Soviet towel dryer with a modern one, you should choose a new model that has the same diameter and bottom connection.
If you carried out a major Sacramento bathroom remodeling, “drowning” the pipelines into the wall, leaving only the exits visible, then you are better off choosing a water towel rail that has a side connection. It requires more complicated installation, but it will look great.
When installing a heated towel rail with a side connection, it is necessary to carefully insulate all connections, because it is a very difficult and time-consuming job to eliminate any leakage of a heated towel rail, the pipes of which are hidden in the wall.
Description of the step-by-step technology of work
When replacing a towel rail, some work must be carried out in the following sequence:
- The outdated towel rail is being dismantled.
- A jumper (bypass) and ball valves are installed.
- Installation of a towel rail is underway.
Installation and connection of a towel rail in the bathroom
To independently install this equipment, it is necessary to familiarize yourself with each stage of the work that was listed in detail.
We dismantle the old towel rail
Before installing a new towel rail in the bathroom, it is necessary to remove the old one, for which the following actions are performed sequentially:
- Hot water is turned off by closing the corresponding valve. Prior to this, the water shut-off is coordinated with Zheku’s management.
After the hot water drains from the riser, the old towel rail is removed. In cases where it is not one piece with the hot water supply pipe, the thread on the connection is unscrewed and the equipment is dismantled.
In cases where the towel rail is welded to the hot water supply pipe, it is cut off with a grinder. Trimming is carried out in such a way that the rest of the pipe is of sufficient length – it will still have to be threaded.
The outdated brush cutter is removed from the brackets.
We install a jumper (bypass) and ball valves.
A jumper (bypass) is a piece of pipe that has connecting elements. A jumper is a lifeline and serves to help people if unforeseen situations arise.
To install the jumper, ball valves are attached to the ends of the towel rail to stop the flow of water if the need arises. Also, the installed jumper allows hot water circulation to not stop in the riser, even in cases when the towel dryer is turned off. Thanks to the bridge, hot water is not blocked in the entire house during repair work in any apartment.
It is necessary to know that it is desirable to use stainless pipes for the wiring to the jumper.
To remove air from the system, experts recommend installing an additional ball valve in the bridge, which ensures free circulation of hot water, which is supplied to the main pipeline and towel dryer.
We install, fasten and connect the coil
The next stage of independent installation of the towel rail is as follows: we attach the brackets and attach the towel rail to the wall. To do this, brackets, which are usually sold as a set, are screwed to the towel dryer.
If you bought a towel rail without brackets, they must be purchased separately. Then attach to the place where you plan to place the equipment, make marks for the holes with a pencil.
A construction level is used to level the device, but you cannot do it alone – you need the help of another person.
If the wall is covered with tiles, holes are made with a drill, into which a special tile drill is inserted. Then plastic dowels are inserted into the holes, the towel rail is attached to the wall and fastened to it with screws, while a screwdriver or screwdriver is used.
There is a regulated distance from the wall cladding to the axis of the towel rail pipe, which should be:
- 35 mm for pipes with a diameter of less than 23 mm.
- 50-55 mm for pipes whose diameter is from 23 to 50 mm.
Connecting the towel dryer to the hot water riser
The next stage of work is to connect the towel dryer to the hot water riser. This is done as follows: the towel dryer is connected to the valves on the bridge with the help of fittings, which can be straight or angular, depending on the type of connection.
Sealing of towel rail joints with sealant. Fasteners must be tightened very carefully to avoid damage to the pipe. Then all the threaded connections are sealed with linen winding.
Passage of water through the heated towel rail.
It should go from top to bottom, so the supply riser should be connected to the upper horn of the towel rail.
At the end of the above stages of work, it is necessary to thoroughly check the tightness of all connections: the seams are felt for the appearance of drops or leaks. If everything is done conscientiously, then the taps open smoothly to gradually fill the device with water. Independent work on installing and connecting the towel rail is completed. Now you can draw conclusions – whether you will be able to perform this work yourself, or whether it is better to use the services of specialists.