If you are like most people, then you probably don’t give much thought to your plumbing when you shower. While you may think that taking a shower has no impact on your home’s plumbing, some of your shower habits can take a toll on your plumbing.
Let’s walk you through some of the everyday habits that can ruin your plumbing.
While a long, hot shower can be therapeutic, taking them on a daily basis can be harmful to your plumbing. Long, hot showers create the perfect environment for mold to grow in your shower and bathroom. It’s not ideal to have mold growing on your plumbing fixtures or finding its way into your plumbing pipes. To combat this issue, keep your maximum shower time to 10 minutes whenever possible and avoid turning the heat up too high. Keep the water at a moderately warm temperature. It’s also a good idea to install bathroom exhaust fans that will help get rid of excess moisture, humidity, odors, and pollutants in your bathroom.
Most people are guilty of leaving their loofah in the shower after using it. This seemingly innocent habit is actually a bad idea because loofahs are a potential vector for mold and bacteria. After you’ve finished using your loofah in the shower, wring it dry and store it in a dry place until next time.
If you have long or thick hair, you could shed between 150 and 200 strands of hair when you take a shower. Letting the hair wash down your drain will ultimately result in a major clog. You can prevent hair and other debris from going down the shower drain by using a drain cover, and then collect the hair that gets trapped on the drain cover, so that it doesn’t cause clogs.
For most people, their initial reaction when they notice a clogged shower drain is to flush a chemical drain cleaner down the drain in an attempt to clear the clog. However, chemical drain cleaners can wreak havoc on your plumbing pipes. These drain cleaners are formulated with powerful chemicals which can eat away at your pipes, harm the environment, and cause respiratory issues. When you have a clogged shower drain, it’s advisable to use a shower plunger or drain auger to clear the clog. If these options don’t work, call a professional plumber to help you with drain cleaning.
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