One in 30 people admit they have pooed in the shower
New research has found that, as a nation, our cleaning habits are not so well, clean.
A recent study, carried out by QS Supplies, has found that we have some contradictory showering methods.
Squeamish folk, brace yourselves, it shows that one in 30 of the 1,010 British and American people surveyed go for a poo in the shower.
But what’s more concerning, is the fact these people admitted to doing so at work!
That’s right, it seems people are popping a squat while washing themselves in their office showers.
Now, most of us have heard of peeing in the shower (one in three do so, according to this study). Obviously the survey represents a small group of people, but it seems having a number two while showering is more common than we might have initially thought.
And, quite frankly, it really does put a whole new spin on having a ‘sh*t, shower and shave.’
But please, someone think of the drains.
We spoke to Rob Gallon, the Director of North Staffs Utility Services, to hear his thoughts on whether these unconventional bathroom habits could be having a negative impact on our plumbing.
Rob tells Metro.co.uk: ‘If we were to regularly defecate in the shower, this could lead to issues with plumbing and drainage further down the line.
‘Showers don’t have enough pressure or volume of water for bowel movements to pass through drainage systems. The diameter of a sewer pipe is much wider than that of the drain. When a toilet flushes, the large volume of water can move faeces, which showers are unable to do so.
‘Sewer pipes also have fewer bends than shower drains. The more bends and junctions there are in the shower drain, the higher the chance of a blockage occurring. If this does happen, it is likely a foul odour will be coming from the shower drain, as well as drainage issues.’
So, in other words, blockages are more likely in showers as they are not built to dispose of human waste.
Robs adds: ‘In the case where a shower has been defecated in, it is recommended the shower is plunged, to shift any build-ups and obstructions. Blocking the drain with the plunger, then allowing the shower to half fill will act as a toilet flushing.
‘The drain should then be plunged repeatedly. If this isn’t effective, a professional plumber should be called. The shower should also be chemically cleaned.’
Sounds like a whole lot of effort for something that could be easily prevented – especially when the toilet is usually within reach.
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