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Winter Shower Care 101: Advice for Winter Maintenance and Care

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When the winter season arrives, bringing with it the chilly winds and freezing temperatures, it becomes paramount to prepare our homes and outdoor spaces to withstand the harsh conditions. If you reside in a cold climate where the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius), it's important to give your copper or brass outdoor shower some extra attention and care to ensure it remains in optimal working condition during these cold months.

In this guide, we will delve into the importance of proper maintenance for copper or brass outdoor showers, highlighting the potential dangers that cold weather poses to these materials. Furthermore, we will provide you with valuable insights and practical steps to safeguard your outdoor shower from winter-related issues. By following the recommendations and applying the suggested methods provided in this guide, you can secure the longevity of your outdoor shower, ensuring it remains resilient throughout the winter and beyond.

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Understanding why cold weather can be problematic for copper and brass showers

The main issue with cold water and copper or brass pipes is the risk of freezing. When water freezes inside the pipes, it expands and can cause them to crack or burst. This can lead to leaks, reduced water flow, and potential damage to the plumbing system. Additionally, the freeze-thaw cycle weakens joints and fittings, increasing the likelihood of leaks and pipe separation. Protecting the pipes from freezing is crucial to prevent these issues and maintain the functionality of the plumbing system.

In climates where temperatures rarely dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius), the risk associated with freezing is considerably diminished.

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What steps can I take to prevent my copper or brass showers pipes from freezing?:

  1. Drain the Water Supply: Before the onset of freezing temperatures, completely drain the water supply from your outdoor shower system. Ensure that there is no standing water left in the pipes, as even a small amount can freeze and cause damage.

    Shower with drainage valve
    Above: A shower fitted with a drainage valve for easy draining of water during winter months.

  2. Turning off the water supply when the outdoor shower is not in use: In freezing weather conditions, especially when the outdoor shower is not being used, it is advisable to shut off the water supply. This precautionary measure helps eliminate the risk of freezing by preventing any water from being left in the pipes. By turning off the water supply, you can further safeguard your outdoor shower against potential freezing issues.

  3. Remove detachable elements: When facing extremely cold weather conditions, it is recommended to detach the shower head and any additional accessories, such as a flexible hose attachment, from the outdoor shower. Store these components indoors to safeguard them against potential damage caused by freezing temperatures.

    It's important to cover the detached parts with to prevent water, dust, or debris from entering the pipes. All Proper Copper Design copper showers come with caps that can be used to seal the pipes when shower heads or other components are removed.


    Taking these steps will help preserve your outdoor shower, allowing you to enjoy its refreshing benefits for many seasons to come. Stay proactive in caring for your outdoor shower, and it will reward you with countless moments of relaxation and rejuvenation, no matter the weather.

     

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