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New Year University Shower Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kevin Taylor

With most British universities still closed for the Christmas and New Year recess, many shower units in university halls of residence will not have been used for several weeks. This can increase the risk of shower maintenance issues occurring when students return for the spring term.

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The following are the main issues your maintenance team should be on the look for as they do their new term checks of your residential shower and wash facilities:

1) Signs of mould and mildew growth: lack of use allows moisture to accumulate in the bathroom and shower area, creating a potent breeding ground for mould and mildew. These microorganisms can quickly proliferate on surfaces such as grout, sealant, and shower curtains, leading to unsightly stains and potential health hazards for users with breathing problems.

2) Leaking showers and plumbing problems: unused shower cubicles often experience issues with their valves, pipes, and drains, such as valves becoming stuck or corroded, and pipes developing blockages, causing difficulties in turning on the water flow. Pipes can also develop leaks or become clogged with debris, putting pressure on the plumbing network, and leading to reduced water pressure and drainage problems.

3) Stagnant water: when a shower is not used regularly, the water inside the pipes and fixtures can become stagnant – i.e. starved of oxygen due to a lack of circulation and flow. This creates an ideal environment for the growth of bacteria, such as the potentially fatal Legionella. It’s important that showers are fully drained and flushed out regularly while not in use, and carefully cleaned and checked before facilities are reopened.

4) Chalk/hard water deposits: if your facility is in a hard water area, chalk and other minerals present in the water, including magnesium, can quickly build up on the showerheads and fixtures as limescale. This doesn’t pose a direct health risk, but can lead to weak water pressure, inefficient shower performance, and the need for more frequent maintenance and cleaning.

To avoid these issues, good practices involve periodically running water through unused showers during a recess period, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and encouraging students to promptly report any plumbing problems that they notice on returning to their halls after Christmas.

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To find out about our range of leak free shower pods and how they can contribute to a well-functioning and hygienic shower system in your university, please contact Advanced Showers today by [clicking here].

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