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Bad Shower Habits You Should Avoid

Bad Shower Habits You Should Avoid

Have you ever really thought about your shower habits?

It might come as a surprise to hear that your shower habits have consequences further than just wasting water. You may also be practicing bad shower habits that could be dangerous to your plumbing and even your health! 

 

Bathrooms are our sanctuaries, so don’t let yours become a source of stress. Common problems like clogs and leaks can come from careless and sometimes dangerous shower habits. 

 

Habits are hard to break, but overcoming these shower habits can give your bathroom plumbing a new lease on life, and by doing so, you’ll reduce the money you spend on repairs and replacements. 

 

Below are some common bad shower habits that can ruin your plumbing. Most of us are guiltyof at least one of these bad shower habits.

Long, hot showers

Most of us look forward to long, hot showers for the meditative, spa-like experience they provide.


There are great benefits to a hot shower. The heat helps our circulation, reduces stress, opens our pores and speeds up muscle recovery. However, this habit creates the perfect environment to encourage the growth of mold and mildew in your shower and bathroom.

If you want to still enjoy those long, hot showers, make sure you have proper ventilation in your bathroom by simply opening a window or a door. Without proper ventilation, there’s a danger of water or mold damage to your walls or ceiling.


In addition to creating a mold-friendly environment, it’s good to keep in mind that long showers do use a lot of water. An average showerhead dispenses approximately 2.5 gallons of water per minute. For comparison,an average bath uses 25 gallons. Therefore, showering longer than ten minutes will be more wasteful than taking a bath.


While we can probably all agree that sometimes a long, hot shower is just necessary, having one daily can become costly and wasteful.

Leaving your loofah, damp towels, or wet clothes around

Bathrooms can get hot and humid, creating a moist environment. This is the ideal situation for bacteria to grow. While a common practice for most people, leaving your loofah, moist towels, or clothes lying around will encourage microbial growth.


Hanging these items in the shower after you are done is also dangerous as the environment is still humid for some time after the shower.


Perhaps the worst and most easily overlooked item in this category is the loofah. The loofah is rubbed on the skin and can easily expose the skin to the bacteria inside.


To avoid these dangers, ring your loofah dry and keep it in a place where it will remain dry until your next shower. Air dry towels and clothes. Make sure to keep them away from moist places.

Letting hair go down the drain

The average person loses about 80 hairs during the day. Showering and shampooing your hair can send these strands straight into your drain, where they can gather and eventually form a clog.


One of the worst conditions for your plumbing system is allowing debris and hair to collect in your drain and accumulate in your pipes. If there is too much hair in your pipes, this will create a blockage, which can lead to bigger problems than just a slow drain. Whether you or people in your family have short or long hair, it will build up in drains in your home.


Showers drains are especially vulnerable to clogging as the oils in hair and body products contribute to the formation of clogs.

Investing in a drain cover can help solve this problem. Covers are specially designed to catch hair for an easy clean up. Make sure you keep the cover clean at all times.

We discourage liquid drain cleaners as a DIY method. They negatively affect our water supply and contribute to air contamination. Liquid cleaners are pollutants. Additionally, because they are corrosive, liquid drain cleaners are bad for pipes made from galvanized steel and cast iron.

If you do keep drain cleaners at home, be sure to store it somewhere out of reach. Caution should always be used when handling chemicals. Drain cleaners must be kept away from young children and pets to ensure their safety.

 

Leaving water on the floor

Leaving water on the floor should be a pretty obviously bad decision. You would never become comfortable leaving water sitting on the floor of your bedroom, living area, or kitchen, would you? Of course not. You can easily slip.

 

It is recommended that you double-check at all times to be sure that water on the floor is cleaned up before leaving the bathroom. Use a shower mat to collect excess moisture if need be.
 

Not cleaning the shower often enough.

Showers are notorious for getting dirty since they are where you go to get clean. All the dirt and grime has to go somewhere, and some of it gets left behind on its way to the drain.

 

If you don’t clean the shower regularly, the grime and gunk can also get into your plumbing system and cause a number of issues. Try to keep your bathroom as clean as possible to avoid problems.

 

If you have hard water, be sure not to ignore hard water build-up. It can collect in the showerhead and the faucet as well as on the walls and sides of the tub. It can also build up in the pipes.

You can solve this problem by taking the time to wipe off the showerhead, fixtures, and walls. It is much easier to wipe down frequently than to scrape off the buildup. If you are experiencing hard water buildup at your home, then you might want to consider a water conditioner to fix the problem.

 

Never ignore minor plumbing issues or leaks

Leaking showerheads are easy to ignore, but the consequences can prove serious in the long run. At roughly 10 drips per minute, an ongoing showerhead leak can cost you more than 500 gallons of water each year, according to the latest EPA statistics.

 

Replacing your old showerhead with a newer and more efficient model can help stop leaks and save water.

 

If you notice that there is a leak somewhere within your plumbing system, do not ignore it. If you let a minor leak stay there, it’s going to get bigger over time. This might eventually lead to major water damage or flooding.

Have a professional fix up a leak as soon as you notice it just to stay on the safe side.

Also, If you notice an awful stench emanating from your plumbing—particularly your drains or pipes don’t disregard it with a shrug and a spritz of air freshener. Foul smells from pipes are a good indicator of more serious problems like mold or bacteria build-up.

Overloading your fixtures

Most shower fixtures are not meant to withstand the weight of heavy bottles, caddies, and other things. Excessive weight can damage joints and pipes.

 

If you must have a caddy to keep your items in, consider using a corner caddy. Avoid hanging anything else of significant weight that could damage or even destroy your showerhead and other plumbing.

Antibacterial soap

 

Antibacterial soaps are quite popular for their ability to kill harmful bacteria. Although most antibacterial soaps are meant for handwashing, many people also shower using the germ-fighting bars and liquid soaps.

Using these soaps in the shower doesn’t seem like such a big deal — at least until you find out what they can do to your septic system.

Septic tanks rely on beneficial bacteria to process large solid waste into more manageable liquid waste. Good septic tank health requires maintaining the balancing act between the beneficial and dangerous bacteria inside the tank. Antibacterial soaps don’t discriminate — they destroy both good, beneficial bacteria and harmful microbes once they enter your septic tank.

Regular, non-antibacterial soaps can get the job done just as well as their germ-killing counterparts. Consider switching to a regular soap if you want to avoid damaging your home’s septic system.

More Questions About Bad Shower Habits? Call Us!

Not sure about other ways you may be wasting money or water? Call So Cal Services to schedule a professional visit to inspect for leaky faucets or cracked pipes.

If you have a plumbing emergency or you’re just not sure you’re making the right plumbing choices, it’s best to call in the professionals. Call So Cal Services at (951) 926-1978. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.

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