shower me with tips!
December 16, 2011 6:28 AM Subscribe
We have no water pressure and may be without it for some time, which makes showering difficult. What can we do about this? By which I mean (a) what can we do to get our water pressure back, and, in the meantime, (b) what are some tips and tricks to keeping clean without a working shower?
posted by grumblebee to home & garden (35 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Note: I'd prefer tips for keeping clean at home than "why not just buy a gym membership and shower there every day?"
Our entire NYC apartment building (and probably some of the other buildings on our block) has been without significant water pressure for a week. Gravity being the bitch that it is, the problem gets worse on upper floors, and we live on the top floor. Turning on the shower elicits an microscopic trickle of water.
In addition to having bodies to keep clean, my wife and I both have rather dense masses of hair (mine is curly) that take a while to clean even with fully-functioning showers.
There is no end in sight to the problem, which involves some kind of nasty city politics. There's road work going on nearby, which includes, for some reason, guys digging up a huge number of pipes and messing with them. This is, in some way, causing the problem. The construction project is massive and looks like it could go on for months.
The hundreds of tenants, the super, and the landlord are all complaining to the city, but so far nothing has been done. My (a) question is about whether anyone has tips regarding bugging the NYC (Brooklyn) powers-that-be about this sort of thing.
But knowing that any action on that front is not likely to occur today or tomorrow, I'm more concerned with question (b).
Okay, I realize this is a middle-class problem, and that countless people throughout the world and throughout history have kept clean without showers. But our privileged lives have thus far allowed us to live without water basons. Looks like that privilege is on hold for a while.
Any tips would be welcome. We have a perverse, American fear of the slightest trace of body oder and an ingrained, pathological, equally-American fear of not taking long showers every morning before commuting to the office.