5 habits to avoid in your bathroom

bathroom-habitsThe bathroom is a safe haven, a spa experience, a private getaway and a homeowner’s worst maintenance nightmare.

Common daily habits can be the cause of plumbing mishaps and expensive repairs. Avoid the following to keep the plumbing flowing smoothly.

1. Using the toilet as the trash can

The only items that should be flushed down the toilet are tissue and waste. Items like feminine products, wet wipes, and paper towels should go into the trash can.

2. Letting steam build up

A long, hot shower can be a great way to relax, but the steam can actually have a negative impact on your bathroom. The trapped steam can cause mold to develop in nooks and crannies. Always run the bathroom exhaust fan during and after your shower, or open a window if possible.

3. Flushing hair down the drain

If you have long hair, it’s important to keep the drain clear. Daily hair washing can lead to a slow moving shower drain, and the same for shaving at the bathroom sink. Facial hair should not be washed down the sink drain.

4. Not addressing hard water

Hard water can corrode your bathroom fixtures over time. If you notice a white, chalky substance on your showerhead or faucet, your water may be filled with different minerals, rocks and soils. To stop the hard water from corroding your fixtures, install a water softening system for lasting results.

5. Using liquid drain cleaner

The dangerous chemicals used in liquid drain cleaners can destroy your pipes and damage the environment. To clear a clog, use a snake tool. The wire will remove the clogging material rather than pushing it further down the pipe, as liquid cleaners will do. If snaking the clog doesn’t work, pour boiling water down the drain, followed by equal parts vinegar and baking soda. Clear again with boiling water and repeat as needed.

Don’t ignore problems in your bathroom. Whether you have a brand new home or decades old plumbing, be proactive with your bathroom habits to extend the life of your plumbing.

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