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4 Shower Habits That Could Be Ruining Your Plumbing

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Although we will be happy to assess any plumbing damage and repair it, as a top Houston plumber, Met Plumbing & Air Conditioning is all about preventive maintenance. A home’s plumbing system is susceptible to wear and tear. However, many of the things we do have the potential to shorten its lifespan acutely.

Keeping in mind that replacing your plumbing system could cost you $2,000 to $15,000, it is only logical that you try to maintain it as much as possible by kicking the following four habits.

Allowing hair down the drain

Each of us is naturally bound to lose some hair while taking a shower. If this finds its way into your drainpipe, it builds up over time and not only clogs the drain but also creates a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Luckily, this problem is easily preventable by using a drain cover or strainer, which collects any solid particles. Also, consider brushing your hair before getting into the shower to get rid of any loose strands.

Not softening your water

Houston’s water can be classified as hard. Hard water has a high percentage of magnesium, calcium, lime, and other mineral deposits that build up in your plumbing system, thus restricting water flow or reducing the water pressure in your home. It manifests as a dry, flaky substance around the nozzles on your taps and showerheads. Consider asking a reputable Houston plumbing to install a water softening system.

The use of chemical drain cleaners

Whether you choose liquid, powder, gel, crystal, or foam drain cleaners, they all work similarly. Chemical drain cleaners rely on chemicals such as caustic, lye, bleach, and peroxide to unclog a blocked drain. Chemical drain cleaners are not smart, and they not only eat away at what is clogging your drainpipe but also at your pipes. Also, the fumes generated from mixing such cleaners could be hazardous or even fatal if inhaled, swallowed, or if the chemical cleaner comes into contact with your skin.

Turning your bathroom into a steam room

The bathroom is the most likely place for mold and mildew, particularly for older homes that do not have a ventilation system. To combat this, limit the number of hot showers or keep them as short as possible. Also, consider using moderately warm water. Use proper ventilation by leaving the bathroom window open or consider having a bathroom fan.

If your plumbing has suffered damages due to the above habits, do not hesitate to contact a reliable Houston plumber. Addressing the problem earlier ensures that it is repaired before it becomes a costly issue. Call the experts at Met Plumbing & Air Conditioning at 281 599 336.

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