Shower Habits That Can Destroy Your Plumbing | Mr. Rooter

You probably don’t realize it, but your morning shower routine can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. What exactly are you doing that can result in such devastation? Keep your plumbing system in good condition by checking out this list of shower habits that can destroy your bathroom:

  • Long, hot showers: While we all enjoy the relaxing, spa-like experience of taking a long, steaming hot shower during this frigid time of year, doing this every day is a bad idea. This creates the ideal environment for mold to grow and spread throughout your bathroom, so proper ventilation is necessary to combat this humidity. Keep the bathroom door or window open and use the fan to remove as much steam as possible. It may be helpful to limit the time you spend in the shower to ten minutes and to use warm water instead of hot water.
  • Not removing hair from the drain: Blockage of your pipes is one of the most damaging things for your plumbing system. Over time, hair that accumulates in your drain can slow and eventually block the drain completely. Use a drain cover or another hair catching device, then remove the hair after every shower, so it doesn’t create problems in the future.
  • Leaving standing water on the floor: Most of us would never dream of leaving a puddle of water on the floor anywhere else in our house. For some reason, we tend to ignore this kind of mess when it’s in the bathroom. It might not seem like a big deal, but standing water can warp your floors, damage your grout, and allow for the growth of mold. Use a bathmat to soak up excess moisture after your shower, and always check the floor to make sure no standing water remains.
  • Neglecting hard water buildup: Hard water is not only irritating to your hair and skin, but it also causes blockage in your showerhead nozzles. When you see a dry, flaky substance on your fixtures, clean it off using shampoo, or remove the showerhead and soak it in a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. This will ensure the water continues to flow easily.

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If you notice plumbing issues in your home, don’t hesitate to hire a professional plumber. Contact the experts at Mr. Rooter by calling (713) 581-9048. We can determine the cause of your issue, create a plan for repair, and provide you with additional tips for preventing damage to your plumbing system.