Taking a shower is a great way to get clean all over and feel fresher to start the day or finish it after work. Many of us have been showering now for years and pay little attention to how we take that daily shower. In fact, there is a good chance that you may have at least one of the bad showering habits that we will discuss here. These bad habits may have a negative impact on your body and how showering can affect your home. Let’s take a look at these bad showering habits that you need to break today.
1. Not Taking Care of Your Loofah
Using a loofah in the shower is a great way to clean and brush the skin at the same time. This will help you to get cleaner and save valuable time when showering. Remember that the length of the shower will dictate how much water you use and shorter showers will conserve water.
Many people leave their loofah hanging in the shower, and this is a bad place for it to live. A loofah left in the wet shower environment can be a breeding ground for bacteria that you will run over your body during your next shower.
Find a new place for your loofah to live outside the shower when you’re not using it. After use, rinse the loofah, ring it dry and then hang it somewhere where there is little to no moisture. Then when you next come to use it, it will be clean, dry and bacteria free for a fresher showering experience.
2. Avoid Taking Long Showers
It can feel so good to take a long hot shower, especially after a hard or stressful day. This may not be a good idea and could even cause other problems. Longer and hotter showers could make your skin dry and even itchy over time. Longer hotter showers also produce more steam, and this will increase the chances of developing mold in the bathroom. This will be even more likely if the bathroom doesn’t have adequate levels of ventilation. A better solution is to take a warm shower instead and keep the duration down to less than ten minutes.
3. Consider the Effects of Hair
Many people don’t realize that a lot of the hair from their heads and bodies will drop to the shower floor when showering. We all shed hair all the time, and this is no different when in the shower. The difference is that the shower stall or bath has a drain to remove the wastewater. When the water drains away, it can carry any hair present into the drain and create a blockage. The problem may not be noticeable at first, but as each family member takes their shower more hair will be added. Another key factor is soap scum that can adhere to the hair and cause a hair clog to form in the drain. It’s a good idea to avoid this in the first place by installing an appropriate drain cover to catch the hair before it can enter the drain.
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 solution.