A support handle next to the toilet is very useful, and not just for those who have physical disabilities. Such handles are often seen as a rather unattractive accessory, however, which is why they are rarely found in private bathrooms. This attitude quickly changes when you become dependent on handles like this to hold yourself steady or pull yourself up. That’s not just something that happens when you get older – all it takes is a sprained ankle.
If you think you will be able to mount a support handle quickly should the need arise, you’ve got another think coming. If no provisions were made for a fixed anchoring point behind the prewall during construction, this won’t be possible. Installation elements do not only support ceramics; with the corresponding mounting plates, they also offer the necessary stability for attaching support handles. Good anchorage is essential, since a support handle must be capable of temporarily withstanding loads of up to 100 kg if a user brings his or her entire weight to bear on it.
The added costs for including mounting plates when constructing a bathroom only amount to a few hundred euros – a solid investment. Without these plates, the subsequent installation of simple support handles is likely to be expensive and laborious. The tiles and the panels behind them on their own do not provide sufficiently stable anchorage for support handles, so cannot offer secure support for the bathroom user. In a nutshell, choosing the right installation element means that retrofitting at a later date won’t cost an arm and a leg, and can be done at any time without any problems and with very little effort.
To ensure that you find the right solution, we would strongly encourage you to talk to a trusted plumber early on.
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