5 Shower Habits That Could Be Harming Your Plumbing

July 28, 2022

A regular shower is one of the best ways to keep yourself clean. It’s a part of most people’s daily routine. Unfortunately, some of our routine shower habits can put stress on your shower’s plumbing. The results can be bad odors, clogged drains, and even water leaks.

Shower Habit One: Spending Too Much Time in the Shower

Those long hot showers could be providing the perfect environment for mold growth. The steam from the shower can spread moisture throughout your entire bathroom. A little moisture is all a mold spore needs to start growing. To limit the possibility of mold growth, leave your shower door or curtain open to allow the shower area to dry, wipe down shower walls and surfaces, and make sure your bathroom is properly ventilated by opening a window or running an exhaust fan.

Shower Habit Two: Shower Hair Clogs

We tend to shed a lot of loose hair as we shower, especially when we shampoo and condition. This hair can get stuck in the drain. After a while, it becomes tangled up in mats that can restrict the flow of water through the drain. The result is a slow or clogged drain and unpleasant odors (all kinds of bacteria, mold, and fungus can grow in wet, matted hair). The best way to prevent hair-related shower drain problems is to install a drain cover that limits the amount of hair and other materials that can be washed down the drain. When you’re finished showering, remove any hair or debris from the cover.

Shower Habit Three: Leaving Water and Moisture on Bathroom Floors and Surfaces.

Reducing moisture is the most effective way to control mold growth in your bathroom. Clean and wipe up any wet surfaces to prevent mold from growing, especially puddles on the floor. Not only do they create a slip-and-fall hazard, but standing water can also damage your floors and promote mold growth. Remembernot to leave towels or other damp items lying on your bathroom floor or counters.

Shower Habit Four: Using Too Much Soap/Body Wash/Shampoo/Conditioner

The chemical residue left behind by many soaps and shampoos – also known as soap scum – can stick to the interior of your pipes. Over time, this buildup of soap scum can obstruct the drain, resulting in slow or clogged drains.

Shower Habit Five: Relying on Chemical Drain Cleaners

While chemical drain cleaners provide a fast, simple way to clear a clogged drain, the harsh chemicals present a hazard to your family, the environment, and your home’s plumbing. You can create a non-hazardous, environmentally friendly drain cleaner by mixing baking soda with vinegar. Drain snakes and plungers are effective as well. If you can’t clear the clog, call a plumber.

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If you’re experiencing trouble with your shower or any other home plumbing fixture in Oceanside, CA, call 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration. We’ve provided outstanding plumbing services to home and business owners in Oceanside, CA, and surrounding communities since 2012. Our team of licensed Oceanside, CA plumbers has the expertise and equipment to fix any home plumbing issue. In most cases, we can be onsite within an hour of your call.

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