Get Planning for a Healthy New Year
When it comes to taking care of your family’s health, there are some areas in your home that you might be overlooking. Namely, have you thought about the role that your plumbing plays in your health? Your plumbing (and the water that flows through it) will benefit from some preventative maintenance. Here are our best tips on how to keep your plumbing and therefore your family healthy.
Get Rid of Bacteria in Your Pipes
You clean your home regularly to keep it as germ-free as possible so that your family doesn’t get sick, right? Have you ever given much thought to the bacteria that are accumulating your in pipes?
If you cook often, chances are food debris, along with grease and grime from your dishes often falls into your drains. This accumulates and bacteria grow. A good drain cleaning (recommended at least once a year) will clean your drains out completely. It will make them work more effectively and keep bacteria at bay.
Clean the Faucets
Although you can’t see them, your water contains lots of minerals, like calcium. Over time, they cause build up, which will interfere with the flow of water. You can take care of this easily by cleaning the aerator located in your faucets.
You just simply unscrew the faucet and pop out the mesh piece (the aerator). You soak it in vinegar for approximately 5 minutes. That should be enough to loosen the residue and then you can gently wipe it away.
Water Safety and Filtration Solutions
If you are not already in the habit of doing so, you should have your water tested for contaminants. Dangerous things like lead, E.coli and bacteria can make their way into your tap water and you may not know it.
Don’t fret if your water test doesn’t have the results that you want. Installing a water filter can help take out what you don’t want in your water, while leaving in what you do.
Drain Filters and Hair Clogs
Lots of items end up in drains that cause clogs, but none more troublesome than the buildup of hair. And what’s more is that this happens very commonly in most households. You can keep this particular problem at bay by putting in a drain filter. It’s a mesh piece that sits over the drain and catches hair. You clean it out frequently, and your pipes stay healthy and free from clogs.
Flush the Sediment from Your Water Heater
Want to keep your water heater in top health? Flush it out every year. Over time, sediment from your water will gather in the tank. It will sink to the bottom, creating a barrier near the heating coils.
That means that your heater will have a harder time to heat the water. It also accelerates corrosion, which will shorten the lifespan of your heater. A simple flush will get rid of sediment effectively.
For help with all of your plumbing jobs, big or small in Tyler, TX, call us today at (903)-593-0246.