Can you shower during a power outage?

No matter where you live, and no matter how rock solid city officials say your local electrical grid is, power outages still occur. They can be weather related or because of a fire or building collapse. Power outages can also put in place by city officials who are repairing or upgrading the grid in a certain area. Whatever your specific scenario a power outage is a massive inconvenience. The daily routines and comforts based on electricity that we rely on are suddenly robbed from us as we struggle to figure out where all the candles and flashlights are. But does a power outage prevent you from bathing as well? We are going to unpack this issue in today’s post and give you a definitive answer.

Why wouldn’t my shower be working?

Plumbing and electrical to most homeowners are two different things, and they exist separately inside of your home. The truth is that electrical and plumbing work together in many different ways, the first example being a hot water heater. Hot water heaters come in different varieties such as traditional, tankless or electrical well pump. The problem with almost all of those sources of hot water is that they run on electricity, which is the one thing you are in short supply of during an outage.

-Gas: Even if your hot water system runs on gas it may still require some electricity to ignite the pilot and get things going. There are some older gas hot water heaters that actually function independently from the main electrical system. If this is your situation than your shower may be saved! Just make sure to grab a flashlight so you don’t trip and fall on your way there.

-Tankless: Unfortunately these modern tankless systems are completely dependent upon electricity to function. To maintain their low profile and efficiency tankless systems use your home’s electricity to heat water on demand. For this reason, no power means zero hot water.

-Traditional Electric: The classic electrical system is what most of us have running in our homes. The big advantage with this system is that once the water is heated it is stored in the tank for future use. If the power just went out then you may have hot water for some time, but just make sure to have your shower before the tank cools. It is also important to note that if you are in a situation where you are unsure how long the power is going to be out for, you may want to think about conserving that hot water for other uses like cooking.

Am I safe when I use water?

Using your plumbing during a power outage is completely safe. Obviously, if you are worried about electrical surges or other rare occurrences then you shouldn’t take the risk for a hot shower. Your safety comes first during a power outage which is why it is important to have flashlights ready for just such an occasion. Watch your step and make sure that is you decide to take a shower that the bathroom is well lit with battery powered devices.

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