Protecting Your Home’s Plumbing
Protecting Your Home’s Plumbing
July 19, 2019
Kick These Shower Habits To Protect Your Plumbing
Warmth. Cleanliness. Relaxation. These things likely come to mind as you prepare to hop into the shower each day. You probably do not think about the potential damage you might cause to your home’s plumbing system.
Each time you step into the shower you might engage in some seemingly innocuous habits that could put your plumbing at risk. Ask yourself if you are guilty of any of the following bad habits, then work to eliminate them from your daily routine so that your plumbing will continue to perform efficiently well into the future.
Taking Long, Hot Showers
Everyone has indulged in the occasional spa-like, lengthy shower, but you should not make these types of showers a daily habit. Running the hot water for long periods of time creates a lot of steam that can invite mold and mildew growth.
Excessive use of hot water can also take a toll on the efficiency of your water heater. The more hot water you use, the harder your water heater will need to work to replenish its supply. This extra work puts your water heater at risk of building too much internal pressure and potentially bursting. The repair or replacement of a water heater can be costly, so you should do everything in your power to avoid water heater damage.
Limit the time you spend in the shower on a regular basis and keep the water as cool as possible. Lower the thermostat setting on your water heater to between 120 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit to eliminate the possibility of using water that is hot enough to damage your plumbing.
Letting Hair Go Down the Drain
The drain in your shower cannot accommodate solid waste. Unfortunately, soap residue and hair can find their way into the drain while you shower. These substances will harden along the inside walls of your shower’s drain pipe and restrict the flow of water. Eventually, your shower will clog.
You can do some simple things to help eliminate shedding hair while you shower. Always keep a drain strainer over the drain to catch hair before it enters the drainpipe. Brush your hair prior to entering the shower to get rid of any loose strands that might shed while you wash and condition your locks.
Flush out your shower drain on a weekly basis using baking soda and vinegar. Have a plumber professional clean the drain often as well to ensure your plumbing continues to run efficiently.
Ignoring Hard Water Buildup
You can find evidence of hard water inside your shower. Do not ignore the water spots and limescale that you see on your taps and showerhead. Hard water has the potential to wreak havoc on your plumbing system.
Hard water contains trace minerals that are left behind when the water evaporates. These minerals can close off your pipes and increase the amount of internal pressure created by the water flowing through your plumbing system. This leads to clogs that can plague your shower drain and water hammer that can disturb the peace of your home.
A plumber can install a water softener that will eliminate hard-water deposits from your home so that your plumbing components can function properly.
Each time you step into the shower, you have the opportunity to improve the function of your plumbing system. Habits like taking a hot shower, letting hair go down the drain, and ignoring hard water buildup could lead to serious plumbing problems in the future.
Contact Calhoun Plumbing to learn more about the impact your habits have on the performance of your home’s plumbing. We look forward to answering your questions.