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Shower Equipment

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 to scald.

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 hot water.

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 shower stream.

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.