Bad Shower Habits that Harm Your Plumbing System

shower habits, bathroom plumbingA shower is quite refreshing, especially on a hot summer day. However, the way you bathe could adversely impact your shower’s drainage system. Let’s consider together some bad shower habits that could be detrimental to the bathroom’s plumbing.

Not Using a Shower Cap

Always use a shower cap unless you are washing your hair. Hair comes loose from the scalp during showering, and that hair goes down the drain. This gradually clogs the pipes, leading to a backup. Aside from wearing a shower cap, also use a drain cover.

Taking Long Hot Showers

A hot shower is akin to a relaxing spa. However, lengthy hot showers are bad for several reasons. For one, they cause wrinkly skin. Secondly, a hot shower leaves behind hot vapors that create an ideal breeding ground for mildew and mold. Limit hot showers to under 10-minutes. If you have a ceiling vent, be sure to turn it on while you shower; then leave it running for a few minutes after you finish. Also, stick to warm water rather than the hottest setting.

Using Antibacterial Soap

Showering with antibacterial soap is a bad idea if your home is connected to a septic system. As suggested in its name, antibacterial soap kills bacteria, and it does so indiscriminately. It will also kill the good bacteria in the septic system that break down solids.

Using a Shower Caddy

A shower caddy hangs on the showerhead and is a convenient place to store your shower accessories. However, when you place too many items on it, the weight can bring the showerhead down. It may even separate the head’s connection between the exterior and interior walls.

Eliminate Bad Shower Habits; Improve Your Plumbing

Many everyday actions you perform at home may inadvertently affect the plumbing or heating system. Contact Plumbing and Heating Specialist for special offers. We strongly advise you to change your shower habits; your bathroom plumbing will thank you for it.

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