Prevention Is Key: Shower Maintenance Tips
You and your family use the shower in your bathroom frequently, and it forms part of your routine. Even though most people use it daily, they often take it for granted when carrying out repairs on their plumbing system. However, your shower requires regular maintenance too.
There are a few things you can do at home to ensure the drains remain in good condition and your shower continues to work efficiently whenever you need to use it. These tips can help to extend the lifespan of the components that make up your shower and prevent leaks or blockages.
Clearing the Shower Drain
It is important that you clean out your shower drain as often as possible, preferably after each use. Regular cleaning will help to clear any potential blockages, which are usually caused by a build-up of hair. If left untreated, hair or debris can cause a clog, eventually resulting in a costly repair bill and impeding the function of your shower.
You can try installing a drain catch over your shower drain, which is a small plastic or metal mesh that is used to catch any excess debris – especially hair – to prevent it from being washed down your shower drain. These are relatively inexpensive and can regularly be emptied, saving you time and money.
Removing Mold and Mildew
If you use your shower on a regular basis, it may be prone to the growth of mold and mildew, fungi which you should remove as soon as you spot them.
To prevent this, make sure you clean your shower surround as often as possible and wipe away any excess water after each use. If you start to notice any kind of fungus appearing anywhere in your shower, you should clean this off straight away.
You can purchase specialist cleaning products that are designed to clean off mold and mildew, as well as preventing the growth of other fungi. Ask for advice from a plumber on the best way to stop the fungus from growing in your shower, as this can impact on the health of you and your family.
Cleaning your Shower Head
Every few months you need to remove your shower head and give it a thorough cleaning.
You can do this easily by unscrewing it and unclogging the water outlet holes with a thin wire scrubbing brush. Flush out the shower head with water the remove any dirt or grime that may have built-up, which can affect the water pressure.
Finally, fill up a small, sealable plastic bag with a cup of vinegar and place the shower head inside overnight. This solution will help to remove any limescale, mineral or sediment particles that may cause clogs.
If your shower head regularly needs cleaning to remove limescale or mineral deposits, this could be a sign of hard water, which could also affect your pipes. You can combat this issue by investing in a home water softening treatment, which will remove mineral deposits from the water and benefit your pipes and your shower.
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