The chances are high that you’ve gotten into some bad habits when it comes to your shower.  Most likely, they are things you don’t even realize may be bad for your bathroom’s plumbing system.  Take a look at some of the most common shower blunders that may lead to plumbing problems including water damage.

Leaving Puddles of Water

  • Leaving water puddles may not seem like a big deal, but it is something that can cause all sorts of potential problems from mold growth to water damaged flooring.
  • Be sure to use bathmats to avoid areas of excess water buildup. Do not let water sit and be sure to dry up any standing water immediately.
  • Take notice of any continuous water puddles as there may be a leak. Take care of any leaks immediately to avoid potential water damage.

Hair Down the Drain

  • Hair is one of the leading culprits of clogged pipes. Problems may start with a slow running drain and eventually lead to a completely blocked drain.  Drain stoppers are a simple, effective solution.  They will stop hair and other materials from making their way into pipes.  Wearing a shower cap when not wetting hair is another smart solution.

Long, Hot Showers

  • Enjoying long, hot showers may be relaxing, but the steam that builds up creates the perfect environment for mold.
  • Good ventilation is key. Always turn on your exhaust fan.  It will pull moisture out of the air and away from your walls.  Also consider taking shorter showers and reducing the temperature.
  • Always replace shower curtains or loofahs that are moldy, worn out, or torn.

Ignoring Hard Water Buildup

  • Water rich in minerals can collect, harden, and block showerheads. Over time this may reduce water flow.
  • White vinegar is an easy remedy to remove hard water deposits. Also consider upgrading your shower head.  Newer heads save on water and may help prevent potential water damage.

Ignoring Plumbing Problems

  • Always be on the lookout for red flags signaling that there may be water damage. If there is a leak in the wall pipes you may notice staining, bubbling, musty smells, or excess moisture.
  • Watch for cracks or other damage to your shower. Even small hairline cracks can mean water getting in and causing damage.
  • If you notice sealed areas with damage like chips, cracks, or deterioration then new grout or caulk may be needed.
  • Valves that shut off or stop the water flow to sinks, toilets, and showers should be checked regularly to ensure they are working properly. If you have an overflow, they are the quickest way to shut off the water.  Also keep an eye out for any signs of leaks like wetness or staining around the valves.
  • Pay attention to any changes in water pressure, color, drainage, or other signals that may indicate a larger plumbing problem. Be sure to take care of small problems before they cause some major damage.

Using Chemical Drain Cleaners

  • At the first sign of a clog you may go reaching for the drain cleaner. However, these chemical cleaners are bad for the environment and your plumbing system.  Using these types of cleaners over time can lead to corroded pipes which can cause some major plumbing problems.
  • There are a lot safer tools out there to use like plungers or plumbing snakes. They will clean out clogs without causing damage to pipes.

It’s easy to forget about our plumbing system, but it needs care and maintenance just like other parts of our home.  Take the time to evaluate your habits and make changes where needed.  It will be the best way to avoid possible water damage down the road.



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