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Bad Shower Habits That Ruin Your Plumbing

April 01, 2022

Bad Shower Habits That Ruin Your Plumbing

Your shower habits can have a significant impact on your plumbing. So, what are those bad shower habits that can cause trouble to your plumbing?

Here are 5 bad shower habits that can damage your plumbing.

Taking Long, Hot Showers

Even though taking a long, hot shower can be therapeutic, all the steam that’s created during the shower can create the perfect conditions for mold growth. You should try and keep your showers at a moderately warm temperature and keep your maximum shower time to 10 minutes. It’s also a good idea to install bathroom vents and keep them in good working order.

Putting Hair Down the Drain

Naturally, you will lose some clumps of hair when you wash your hair. You may be tempted to push these stray hairs down the drain, thinking that they won't be a big deal, but they always end up blocking your bathroom drains.

When qualified plumbers clean household drains, one of the most common blocking agents they find is hair.  The hair that goes down your bathroom drains will slowly build up and combine with other blocking agents such as soap scum, resulting in blockages and wastewater backup. The best way to prevent hair from going down your bathroom drains is by installing a drain cover to catch hair for easy cleanup.

Ignoring Hard Water

Hard water contains excessive calcium and minerals which can build up on your shower nozzles over time, resulting in blockages and reduced water flow. Aside from blocking your showerhead nozzles, hard water can cause mineral build-up in the drain lines connected to your bathroom and cause problems like slow drains and backflow. Ignoring hard water buildup on your showerhead is the easiest way to shorten your showerhead’s lifespan and reduce its efficiency. Ensure you wipe your showerhead with a mixture of water and white vinegar very often to ensure everything is working properly. Also, flush your bathroom drains with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda regularly to prevent hard water buildup.

Leaving Water On the Floor

Most people tend to leave water on the floor of their bathroom to dry on its own. The truth is, leaving puddles on the floor is a recipe for disaster. Standing water on the bathroom floor can cause mold growth, warp your bathroom walls, and damage your grout. Furthermore, a pool of water on the floor can increase the risk of slipping and falling in your bathroom. This habit is simple to break—just mop up excess water after taking a shower.

Hanging Things on the Showerhead

Many people hang things like shower caddies on their showerheads, putting too much weight on the fixture. While your showerhead might seem like a convenient place to hang things when taking a shower, putting too much weight on the fixture can pull it away from the wall.

If you need an experienced and knowledgeable plumber to help you with drain cleaning, get in touch with Beall Contracting.