What are the common mistakes to avoid when using a shower?
Interestingly, there are quite a number of mistakes we do when purchasing and using a shower. We normally tend to overlook them or not take them as mistakes completely. This err will most likely lead to a spoilt shower, electrical shocks or turn out to be a bad investment. So what should you do to avoid this? Let’s take a look at three major processes that involve using a shower.
The Purchasing Process
One of the most important decision that can be made when getting a shower is in this stage. You’ll need to consider factors like
- Where to purchase?
- Which shower to buy ? – consider your water pressure and type of water (salty/borehole/fresh)
- Does it have a warranty?
- Which replacement element does it use?
So what do you need to avoid when at this stage? Getting a shower from a shop with no prior information regarding the usage and compatibility with your water. For example, buying a shower that is suitable for fresh water with high pressure, when you have salty, low pressure water. Go to a trusted dealer where you will get appropriate information regarding the shower you want to purchase. Make sure to get all concerns addressed, while considering the factors until you reach a decision.
The Installation Process
Who have you tasked with installing your shower head? Is it an electrician/technician? Cases like shocking are highly reported due to poor earthing or grounding. How is the shower installed? Read more on this on causes of a shower leakage. Avoid getting someone who is not experienced with installing showers, especially the complicated ones, like boiler tanks and tankless water heaters. Also check if the circuit breaker used is appropriate for the shower being installed. The recommended one is 32AMPS and above. Entrust the installation process to a qualified electrician.
The Showering Process
How do you take a shower? Do you let your water run before turning on the shower switch, or do you do the vice versa? Why is this important? You want to avoid dry-heating the element. This is when the element is subjected to high heat which leads to the element splitting up in parts. My favorite analogy is a kettle heater. Do you turn on the kettle before you put in water? This applies to a shower. It may take a while to get used to it, but it’s the safer practice. So make sure the water runs first.