2 Plumbing Mistakes You're Making In The Shower

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Showering is an important part of most people's lives. It is necessary for washing yourself and preparing for the day, but it is also a peaceful and relaxing retreat away from the stresses of life. Unfortunately, the shower can also be a location of many plumbing problems. With this guide, you will learn about a few plumbing mistakes you may be making in your shower.

Taking an Excessively Long, Hot Shower

For many people, a long hot shower is a dream. For others, a long hot shower is a must each day.

The average American will take a shower that lasts 8.2 minutes, using an estimated 17.2 gallons of water. This may not seem like a lot of time or water, but it adds up over a course of a week, month, and year.

Combine the water usage with the energy required to heat the water, and you and other members of the family are spending a large amount of time and money on water and energy to take excessively long, hot showers.

Consider reducing the time spent in your shower. And, install a tankless or heat pump water heater, which is capable of heating water without constantly using energy like a traditional water heater does.

If possible, install water-efficient showerheads that have a switch to shut off the water flow. Turn the water off while washing and shampooing and then turn it back on to rinse.

Not Cleaning Your Showerheads

If the water flow coming from your showerhead has decreased and you are noticing a white or yellow buildup, you may have calcium and limescale that needs to be removed.

This buildup not only affects your water flow and the look of your showerhead, but it can begin to harden, eventually cracking the showerhead in places. These cracks can lead to leaks that are wasteful and costly.

Fortunately, removing the buildup of calcium and limescale is not difficult.

To get started, fill a plastic bag with equal parts of hot water and distilled white vinegar. Cover the showerhead with the bag of vinegar solution, securing it around the showerhead with a rubber band. Make sure the showerhead is submerged in the vinegar solution before securing it in place.

Allow it to sit and soak for a couple of hours. Then, remove the bag and scrub the showerhead with a soft-bristled brush to remove any excess residue.

The vinegar will eat through the hard buildup without the need for using toxic chemicals.

For more information, contact a company such as Cove Plumbing Inc.

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