Some Plumbing Codes, require the use of pressure balanced
bath/shower valves to prevent scalding in new homes and remodeling. Your
plumber can suggest the proper unit for your application.
There is more potential for the scalding of a person
showering if the pressure fluctuates. Most people aren't aware that young
children and older persons can be scalded much sooner than adults. Lowering
the water temperature at the water heater will minimize the potential
danger at the tub spout or shower head and is the best preventive action
which can be taken to prevent scalding.
A small child doesn't have to soak in overly hot tap
water to get scalded. Tragically, injury can happen literally in the blinking
of an eye. 150 degree water can scald in just 1/2 second, 140 degrees
scalds in just I second, but it takes four minutes for water at 120 degrees
POINT OF CAUTION - - Never let a child bathe
unattended, because of the danger of scalding and injury. In addition,
always turn cold crater on first, followed by the hot water until the
desired temperature is achieved. That way, no one is exposed to straight
You need not rush to buy another shower head if the
one you have suddenly gives off an uneven spray. It's probably clogged
with mineral deposits which build up in the shower head and distort the
If the shower head holes are clogged, remove the face
of the shower head, clean the back surface and free holes with a coarse
needle. The latest shower heads on the market are all self-cleaning and
need no such attention. The only positive preventive measures are investing
in a water softener or shower filter. When changing shower heads, wrap
adhesive tape around the packing nut or pad the wrench jaws with a cloth
so you won't mar the finish.
Shower curtains made of fabric such as heavy drill
or canvas can be put into the washing machine or laundry tub. All other
shower curtains should be washed by spreading flat on a table and sponging
with sudsy water. Rinse the curtain with clear water, then wipe with a
clean cloth. Turn the curtain over and repeat on the other side. Then
replace on the shower rod and spread it out straight to dry. While you're
at it, give the shower rod a good cleaning.
Clean prefabricated shower cabinets with soap and
hot water, but never with a gritty abrasive. New shower cabinets usually
have fiberglass or acrylic walls which will not withstand heavy scouring
powders. If you stand in it to wash the inside walls of the cabinet the
receptor should be protected by a heavy cloth or papers.