Most of us have been using a shower alone since we were knee high, and many of us have fallen into bad habits. When we shower, our priority is getting clean for the day ahead or perhaps relaxing after a long hard day. But, it is possible to shower in the wrong way; this will have a negative on you and your bathroom. In this article, we will look at three bad showering habits that you need to avoid.
- Leaving the Loofah in the Shower
Many people use a loofah; it’s a great way to scrub your body clean, and most of us store it in the shower. A loofah is filled with deep holes that are ideal breeding grounds for a wide variety of bacteria. When we leave our loofah hanging in a damp and warm bathroom, we’re literally exposing it to bacteria that we will rub onto our skin the next time we take a shower. The best way to store a loofah after use is to rinse it out, squeeze it dry, and store it in a location where there is no moisture. This will preserve your loofah, make your skin healthier, and reduce the bacteria in your bathroom.
- Taking Longer Hot Showers
We all enjoy a long hot shower; it sometimes seems like it may be the cure for every problem. But, taking longer showers can create other problems that can affect your body and your bathroom alike. When we shower for longer times, we can dry out our skin, causing it to feel dry and itchy, and we literally wash the moisture away. Running a shower for prolonged periods can also lead to the growth of mold and mildew in your bathroom. This can develop in areas that you cannot see, and if you don’t have adequate bathroom ventilation, this can happen very quickly. Mold is very bad for your health; breathing mold spores can trigger allergic reactions and make breathing hard for people with pre-existing respiratory conditions. The best way to solve this problem is to take a 5-10 minute warm shower in a well ventilated bathroom.
- Long Hair in the Drain
We all lose some hair all the time; we find it on the floor, the couch, and in the bathrooms. It’s not unusual to find loose hair on the floor of the shower stall, and this will go in the drain. A few hairs here and there may not seem like a big deal, but that hair may adhere to soap scum in the drain to form a tough clog. Some of these drain clogs can be hard to remove, and this problem is avoidable. Adding a drain cover to catch longer hairs before they go into the drain is a great preventative measure. The drain covers are easy to remove and clean when you’re cleaning the shower, and they save a great deal of hassle.
If you have any problems with your shower, contact your local certified plumber for professional assistance.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solu