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Better Choices for Public Shower Stalls

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

We all agree that private shower stalls is by far the preferable choice, when we consider places to take a shower. When I go to the gym, very often I would see a single, metal column that would have five or six spouts. I would expect this for other public places like a pool, but I would expect more from a gym that I am paying to use monthly. In those traditional shower stalls, the materials would be tile for the floor and lower walls, and the upper walls would be simple drywall. The shower faucets would be made of aluminum and the drains would be made of like material. There are several drawbacks to these archaic showers.

Since the amount of air space is much greater, the air would transfer the heat away from the water and carry it to cooler spaces. As a result, those that were showering would feel cold everywhere except for where the water was hitting them directly. In an effort to make the occupants more comfortable, the providers of these showers would increase the hot water levels, but this was done at great cost to them, because their utilities bill went up a larger amount than was acceptable for a small business. Private shower stalls, on the other hand, have much tighter spaces without inducing claustrophobia, and many of them even have their own doors.

One gym that I went to had such shower stalls; they kept me warmer much more easily because the tight space did not let the hot water vapor escape. Another weakness that the older showers suffered is the fact that the metal parts were so often exposed to corrosion, which will inevitably happen over a long period of time no matter how filtered or softened the water is. One common concern for older showers is the slickness of the tile floor. It may not be so bad when taking a shower, but when walking to and from the towel rack, one can very easily slip. I'm surprised that it is not a more common occurrence. In contrast, the private shower stalls at the new gym have simple, vinyl floors that are spotted with rubber. This makes for a much less expensive cost and a much higher level of safety for the shower's user.

Speaking of the structural integrity of the old shower room, it is not a good idea to have bare drywall exposed to so much moisture. This could easily lead to mold and mildew it the climate is anything wetter than a desert. It is much more cost effective for the maintenance of the walls to have plastic protectors all around so that no mold can grow there. Since there has been so much more awareness raised about the environment, it has also found its way into how showers are made. Before, if each of the shower's six faucets were being used, there would be thirty gallons of water used every minute. People are not accustomed to taking showers that are that short, so in reaction to these staggering numbers, newer, private shower stalls have been made that use far less water.

Science has proved that less water usage can actually be more effective when combined with the right amount of air. Small water droplets can be powered by the propulsion of air that has much more cleaning and scrubbing power than water on its own. Instead of asking people to take much shorter showers, it is much more prudent to give people better means of cleaning while using less water. These new, private shower stalls at my gym can and should be implemented in other places as well.


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