5 Dependable Water Heater Maintenance Tips for Fall & Winter

5 Dependable Water Heater Maintenance Tips for Fall & Winter

Home improvement advice is something that many people offer freely, but that doesn’t mean you can trust it. And when it comes to your water heater, there are some regular maintenance tasks that you should be performing, and you want to make sure you do them right.

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If you're a new homeowner or just starting out with home maintenance, here are five tidbits of advice that you can use to keep your water heater in prime condition this fall and winter.

1. The Anode Rod

When the anode rod in your water heater becomes fully corroded, it must be replaced to protect your tank from rust. Inspecting the rod—and replacing it when necessary—is a relatively simple process, but it does involve a number of steps:

  • Shut off the water and the power to the heater
  • servicing-a-water-heaterTurn on the hot water at a faucet to relieve pressure
  • Drain several gallons of water through the bottom drain valve
  • Unscrew the anode rod and remove it from the tank
  • Inspect the rod for corrosion
  • Replace the rod if it’s fully corroded, or return the rod to the tank if there's still fresh metal on it

2. Sediment in the Tank

Another rust-related task for your water heater is flushing the tank to remove sediment. Over time, sediment and minerals from the water can build up in the tank, and this can lead to corrosion, leaks, and the need to replace your water heater prematurely. You can prevent this, however, by flushing the tank annually and replacing what's in the tank with fresh water.

3. Changing the Temperature

checking-water-heater-temperatureChanging the temperature of your water heater is a basic task, and there are two reasons why you might want to do this:

Lower the temperature: Many water heaters are set to 140° F, which some people find to be too hot and too energy-intensive. Lower the temperature to 120° F if that’s the case.

Increase the temperature: For other people, a water heater temperature of 120° F is too low, particularly if you have a dishwasher that requires hotter water. In that case, increase the temperature of the water to 140° F.

4. Insulating the Tank and Pipes

You can improve the efficiency of any water heater by adding insulation to the tank, the pipes, or both. Many hardware and appliance stores sell water heater tank insulating blankets, and these are simple to install.

You can also buy insulating sleeves to wrap the pipe with, and this will ensure that as little heat as possible is lost as water makes its way from the tank to your taps.

5. The TPR Valve

check-pressure-relief-valveThis small but essential valve (the temperature and pressure relief valve) is what prevents your water heater from exploding in instances where the temperature and pressure inside the tank increase.

Simply open the valve to check that water pours out the discharge pipe to ensure the valve is working properly. If water doesn’t come out, have the valve replaced right away.

With these reliable water heater maintenance steps, you can keep your water heater in top shape for many years. This fall and winter, focus on preventing rust, keeping the tank and your family safe, and making the heater as efficient as possible.

If you run into problems, call All Purpose Plumbing in Tacoma, WA at 253-473-5100 for assistance with all your plumbing needs.

Military Family Appreciation Month is Here

Military Family Appreciation Month is Here

Veterans Day was originally referred to as Armistice Day. November 11,1918 marked the official end of World War I, and to commemorate the day, legislation was passed in 1938 to dedicate the day to world peace and honor World War I veterans.

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Sixteen years and two wars later following the Korean War and World War II, veterans service organizations called on the 83rd U.S. Congress to amend the Act of 1938 to include all veterans. Congress agreed, and on June 1, 1954, Armistice Day officially became Veterans Day. The day is a legal holiday dedicated to honoring all veterans who served honorably during wartime or peacetime in the military.

Save the Date!

Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day. Both are legal holidays, and both are meant to honor our men and women in uniform. Memorial Day is specifically meant to honor those who lost their life while serving our country and Veterans Day is meant to honor all servicemen and servicewomen, living and deceased.

military-familiesSome confusion has also come about over the years in regards to what date Veterans Day lands on.

Originally the date was set for November 11th. However, in 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill was passed, providing federal employees three-day weekends for certain national holidays including Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Washington's Birthday and Columbus Day. Since November 11th does not always fall on a Friday or Monday and allow for this, Veterans Day was deemed to be the fourth Monday of October.

The first Veterans Day under the new bill, in 1971, was observed on October 25th. Not all states agreed with this new policy and chose to observe it on its traditional date of November 11th, creating a lot of confusion nationwide. President Gerald R. Ford officially overturned the date change and returned Veterans Day to its original date in 1975 which we still observe today as being November 11th

Show Your Appreciation

Perhaps President Dwight Eisenhower said it best in his letter to Harvey V. Higley when he designated him to be the Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee; in the closing of his letter, he said: "I have every confidence that our Nation will respond wholeheartedly in the appropriate observance of Veterans Day, 1954."

President Eisenhower wasn't just calling on Mr. Higley to honor our veterans on this day. He was calling on the Nation to show their appreciation of the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom.

thank-you-for-your-serviceVeterans Day isn't about a three-day weekend for Americans. It is important that we pause and think about the sacrifice so many have made and continue to make for us every day.

Our country is laden with veterans who are homeless, unemployed, wounded, and fighting psychological trauma from their experiences on the battlefront. Not only are our veterans impacted, but their families are as well. The families of these brave souls sacrifice their time with their loved one and the sense of security that we take for granted that our loved ones will be home safely each day.

Ways You Can Get Involved with Veterans Day

This Veterans Day, we challenge you to get out and honor our veterans.

Some ideas to try with your family this year:

  • Teach your children about veterans and make cards to deliver to a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital.
  • Donate to organizations working to house veterans or help them find employment.
  • Send a letter or care package to our troops overseas.
  • Buy a meal for a veteran in your area.

So many veterans feel forgotten by our country, make a difference this Veterans Day in Tacoma, WA and show a military family that you recognize the sacrifices they’ve made.  All Purpose Plumbing is happy to provide you with the history of Veterans Day. For plumbing assistance, call (253) 473-5100.

Reasons It's Best to Clean Your Drains This Fall

Reasons It's Best to Clean Your Drains This Fall

As you work your way through your fall home prep, take a minute to consider your drains. Each day, you depend on them to carry water out of your sink, tub or shower.

However, with time, they can become clogged or dirty, making it more difficult to work efficiently. This is why fall is an ideal time of year to have your drains cleaned.

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Fall is the time of year when you are doing other household chores to prepare your home for winter. Not to mention you are also gearing up for a busy holiday season; and let’s be honest, no one wants to call a plumber during the holidays.

Here are several reasons why you should make sure your drains get cleaned this fall:

It will remove clogs and blockages.

call-a-professional-plumberIt’s next to impossible to prevent all kinds of debris or material from entering your drains.

From skin flakes and hair in the shower to food, grease, and oil in the kitchen, your drains collect these materials over the years. As these materials, as well as sediment and minerals, build up in the drains, it hardens and forms a clog that is often difficult to remove.

Clogged drains are inconvenient for homeowners because they prevent water from draining properly resulting in slow-draining water, standing water or overflowing sinks or tubs.

Drain cleaning works to gently remove clogs and clean the drain so that it’s less likely that new clogs will form. This is ideal to do in the fall because chances are, during the holidays you will be cooking more and entertaining guests, increasing your chances of experiencing a clogged drain.

Reasons to Work With a Professional

When your drains are moving slowly, it may seem like the best course of action is to use a chemical drain cleaner to remove the clog or blockage. Liquid drain cleaners from the hardware store are effective at removing blockages because the chemicals eat away and dissolve the hair or grease that is causing the blockage.

pressurized-cleaning-shower-drainsHowever, chemicals also corrode the pipe and create weak spots that are prone to rupture. This is why we strongly discourage the use of a chemical drain cleaner.

If you are experiencing a clog in your drains, it’s best to try plunging it with the plunger to dislodge the clog. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to call a professional.

The Safest Drain Cleaning Method

We use a high-pressure water system to gently remove clogs and clean the drains. We ensure that the water pressure is high enough to remove the clog but gentle enough to not damage the pipe. If the pressure is too high, it runs the risk of dislodging the pipe from the surrounding soil.

This is why hiring a professional for your annual drain cleaning is the best option. We can quickly and effectively clean your drains and help prepare your home for the busy holiday season.

Call (253) 473-5100 today for drain cleaning services in Tacoma, WA and speak with the experts at All Purpose Plumbing.

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

The month of October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, a month dedicated to encouraging people to adopt and rescue a dog at their local animal shelter. There are many great reasons why you should adopt, rather than buy, a dog at your local shelter.

You can also visit your local animal shelter to learn more information about adopting, what kind of shelter it is, and much more. If you still want to support your local shelter but can't care for a pet in your home, then there are other actions you can take.

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Why You Should Adopt and Not Shop!

Sure, some people believe that you should purchase a dog at a pet shop rather than adopting one because dogs from a pet store are cleaner, less-problematic purebreds. That's a myth. There are plenty of good reasons why adopting a dog is better for both the dog and the adopter. These reasons include:

  • Adopting a dog means saving that dog's life
  • Purchasing a dog or a puppy from a pet store is more expensive than adopting
  • You can choose whether you want a puppy or an adult dog that's more likely to have been house-trained already

Dogs from a shelter are cleaner than pet shop dogs.

Not only are they cleaner, but they are also healthier. Shelters usually vaccinate their dogs as well as spay and neuter them. On top of all of that, shelter dogs don't have as many problems on a genetic level than dogs from a pet shop.

Pet stores rely on obtaining "purebred" dogs from puppy mills. Dogs that are purebred are forced to mate with their relatives, and as a result, end up receiving more genetic defects and diseases than mutts do.

adopt-shelter-dogsThose who run puppy mills don't care about the fact that their animals may end up or currently have physical problems. They don't even take great care of their dogs. To them, dogs are nothing more than a means to earn more money.

Adopting a dog can discourage the demand for dogs bred from these cruel puppy mills.

Visit Your Local Animal Shelter to Learn More

You can learn whether or not your local shelter is a no-kill shelter by checking them out in person. The shelter can provide you with useful information on how their dogs are treated, and how to care for a dog, yourself. Maybe your next visit will end with you adopting a new dog.

Volunteering and Donating are Great Alternatives to Helping Your Local Shelter

You may not be able to own a pet of your own or may simply not want to. That's alright because you can go to your local shelter instead to help out. Just doing basic tasks like washing dishes and feeding the pets can be a huge benefit to the shelter. Even if you don't have the time to volunteer, you can still donate money. A little bit of money can go a long way at these shelters.

Please donate to American Humane in Washington DC, or your local Humane Society and don't hesitate to call at (800) 227-4645. They founded Adopt-a-Dog Month and are dedicated to rescuing shelter dogs.

For all your plumbing needs in Tacoma, WA call All Purpose Plumbing at (253) 473-5100.

Make the Most of National Kitchen & Bathroom Month

Make the Most of National Kitchen & Bathroom Month

modern-kitchenIn 1982, the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association declared that October would be known as National Kitchen and Bathroom Month.

It was designed to educate homeowners on the various benefits and advantages of upgrading their bathrooms and kitchens in addition to providing useful promotions and incentives.

When you really think about it, October is the perfect month to renovate your bathroom or kitchen. The kids are back to school and the holidays are still far enough away that starting a renovation is still possible.

Bathroom and kitchen renovations add incredible value to your home and help make your chores and self-care easier and more pleasant.

Find out more about National Kitchen and Bathroom Month by reading below:

What are the current bathroom trends?

bathroom-vanityCurrent bathroom trends are leaning towards moving the spa to the home.

Modern, simple and technologically advanced components make today’s bathrooms the ideal place for relaxation after a long day.

Some of the most exciting new trends for bathrooms in 2016 include:

  • Trough sinks
  • Heated floors
  • Stand-alone tubs
  • Shower seats
  • Anti-fog mirrors
  • Steam showers
  • Square and rectangular faucets and fixtures
  • Open-concept vanities and shelves

Which is best, a shower or a tub?

When it comes to choosing between a shower and a tub, there really is no right answer. The best choice depends on your personal preferences. Do you take a lot of showers? Invest in a killer shower. Do you love relaxing in the bath?

Let a beautiful tub be the focal point of your new bathroom. One thing is for sure when it comes to tubs and showers, trends are moving away from the combo built-in units and the two are getting separate treatments.

What are the current kitchen trends in remodeling?

farm-sinkKitchens are functional spaces. Current renovations are reflecting this by combining form and function to create a beautiful and chic kitchen with advanced details that make meal prep and cleanup run smoother.

Some of our favorite trends for the kitchen include:

  • Apron sinks
  • Oversized, bold fixtures and faucets
  • Drawers with damping
  • Quartz countertops
  • Commercial-grade appliances
  • Sleek fixtures and faucets with tech upgrades such as 360-degree swivel action and automation

Avoid Trends with an Expiry Date

Many trends come in and out over the years. Some last longer than others. How do you choose to incorporate a trend that will stand the test of time rather than invest in the next bathroom shag-carpeting gimmick? It’s easy, consider your unique needs and requirements for the room you are renovating and make sure you are not simply being blind to what’s trendy without thinking of the functionality.

By incorporating only a few trends and then keeping the rest of the room classic, you can ensure that your new bathroom or kitchen will stay stylish for years to come.

Call All Purpose Plumbing in Tacoma, WA for more information on National Kitchen and Bath Month. Call 253-473-5100 today to speak to one of our experts.

September is National Baby Safety Month!

September is National Baby Safety Month!

About Baby Safety Month

Each September, the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA) sponsors National Baby Safety Month. The focus of this year’s National Baby Safety Month will be educating parents on the importance of registering their baby products and paying attention to recall notices.

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This is an important topic because most people pay little attention to the product registration cards they get with the things they purchase. The majority of people simply throw these registration cards away with a shrug of the shoulders. That is a dangerous attitude when it comes to baby products.

If parents do not register the products they buy for their babies, they may not hear about future recall notices until it is too late. Some of these recall notices are issued because products are found to be dangerous or even deadly.

To protect their children, parents need to take a few minutes to fill out and send in the product registration cards for all the baby items that come with them.

Three Hidden Dangers for Babies

As well as registering their baby products, parents also have a responsibility to baby-proof their homes. While most parents do this, they are not always aware of the hidden dangers that may lurk in their homes. Keep an eye out for these three hidden dangers for babies in the home.

1. The Crib

Parents tend to think of cribs as the safest place their babies can be, but they can in fact be deadly. This is because of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). To reduce the risk of SIDS, never put any pillows, blankets or soft toys in the crib with your baby. Also, parents need to make sure to put their babies to sleep on their backs.

2. The Diaper-Changing Table

Babies can very easily roll off the table if you get distracted while changing their diapers. This can literally happen in seconds. Don’t ever leave your baby unattended on the diaper-changing table for even a moment.

3. Tripping

baby-safety-monthIf you trip while carrying your baby in your arms, the results could be tragic. Make sure that you remove rugs, stray cords and other tripping hazards from your home to prevent this disastrous situation from occurring.

Child Passenger Safety Week

Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children. In order to prevent these tragic deaths be informed about child passenger safety laws. September is also the time of year when Child Passenger Safety Week occurs.

This year, Child Passenger Safety Week will be from September 18-24. On September 24, law enforcement officers nationwide will be checking that parents are using the correct safety devices to transport their children on National Seat Check Saturday. Make sure that you always use car seats correctly for your kids to keep them safe.

For questions regarding your Tacoma, WA home's plumbing, contact All Purpose Plumbing at (253) 473-5100.

Finding 10 Fun Things to do in Washington State This Season

Finding 10 Fun Things to do in Washington State This Season

Washington State has so much to offer in any season for sights, sounds, and tastes, but summer holds a specific place in our hearts. Get the most out of summer by taking advantage of some of these fun things to do right here in Washington.

1. Try Sea Kayaking

washington-1There’s no better way to enjoy summer than at the helm of a sea kayak.

With guided tours and sea kayaking specials around the San Juan Islands, expect to get a great workout with lots of fun.

You might even spot an orca or two!

2. Take Flight with Kenmore Air

Since 1946, Kenmore Air has offered tours by plane. Now, you can choose one of many adventures through the company that is sure to delight your family. With a birdseye view, you’ll be able to take in the gorgeous landscape and cityscape.

3. Ignite Your Taste Buds at a Craft Distillery

Washington is home to numerous craft distilleries and breweries. Whether you like gin, whiskey or vodka, there is something for everyone. Tour your favorite distillery and learn about the spirit making process while enjoying the ambiance and atmosphere in these incredibly trendy and exciting places.

4. Make the Most of Summer Cooking by Shopping at Your Local Farmers Market

farmers-marketFarmers Markets are the best way to source locally grown, organic, healthy and inexpensive produce for your favorite summer recipes.

These dynamic gatherings offer lots to see and taste and are sure to excite everyone in the family. Make going to the farmer’s market part of your summer routine and enjoy the benefits and advantages of supporting local.

5. Learn about Animals at Woodland Park Zoo

This conservation-minded zoo is the best place in Washington to see tigers, monkeys, giraffes and more! Bring the whole family for a day of fun and learning. And don’t forget to check out the brand new butterfly exhibit full of beautiful and exotic butterflies from all over the world.

6. Feel the Exhilarating Effect of Whale Watching

Nothing is more exciting than seeing one of these gentle sea giants emerge from the sea to say hello. Washington is home to some of the best whale watching in the world. With calm waters around the coastline, you are sure to feel a sense of wonderment when you run into a pod of orcas on the tour.

7. Get Close to Nature at a Washington State Park

With so many beautiful state parks in Washington, it will be difficult to choose just one to visit. Camping, hiking, water sports, beach activities, geocaching, metal detecting, ATV riding, bird watching, paragliding and rock climbing are just a few of the activities offered in the parks.

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8. Splurge on a Seattle City Pass

The Seattle City Pass is around $100 and gets you access to many attractions around the city including the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium and a one-hour harbor cruise. The pass is also full of great ideas for places to eat, other sights to see as well as coupons and discounts!

9. Experience Pike Place Market

If you’re looking for a more urban adventure, check out Pike Place Market, see the fishmongers throw the fish and experience the many shops and restaurants in this bustling and dynamic area in Seattle.

10. Visit Manito Park in Spokane

If there’s a gardening or flower enthusiast in your home, you must make the trip to Manito Park in Spokane. This beautiful garden boasts amazing views, incredible vegetation and a beautiful Japanese garden that should not be missed.

At All-Purpose Plumbing, we can help with more than plumbing recommendations. Enjoy our home state of Tacoma, Washington this summer and give us a call at 253-473-5100 the next time you need expert plumbing advice.

Get Your Schedule in Order Before Back to School Time!

Get Your Schedule in Order Before Back to School Time!

time-for-schoolPreparing to take the kids back to school in the fall is one of the most tiring and troublesome experiences a parent can go through.

There are so many little things to accomplish, such as buying new outfits, textbooks, backpacks, general school supplies, and reorganizing schedules around work and everyday life.

Most kids will not be ready and will simply not want to offer a helping hand with all of the tasks that need to be completed by the first day of school.

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You should begin saving a bit of extra money ahead of time for the purchase of various school supplies. Most schools don't send home a list of what is needed, such as the books, notebooks, and pencils, until it is nearly time to return.

This can be troublesome and downright headache-inducing for most parents. The best option is to put aside a bit of money each month during the summer so when the time comes you already have the funds required to take the kids shopping.

Buying Supplies

Most local big-name stores will offer the school supplies required for most children in the area. Large shopping chains set aside entire sections of their floor, including multiple aisles, for parents shopping for their children. You can find brand new notebooks, three-ring binders, packs of markers, pencils, pens, and loose-leaf paper so kids can draw or write notes on.

back-in-the-classroomThe items can be costly, so saving some money beforehand, as mentioned above, will be vital to heading back to school.

Organizing Your Schedules

This is especially important for those parents who have more than one child in their home heading back to school. Some schools, especially middle and high schools, tend to have different starting times.

You must balance your time between dropping off your child before the bell rings and making it to work on-time each day. This can be a bit of a hassle at first, but once you really get into the swing of things, it should be much easier.

When possible, speak with your kids and find out who would be willing to ride the bus in the morning. If you have a school bus stop near your home, you can drop your child off on the way to work.

Alternatively, you can have a family friend, or perhaps a neighbor, who also has a child heading to school, drop your kids off when they are passing by the area.

Heading back to school does not need to give you the headache that most people associate it with. Take a step back, take a quick breath, and write down exactly what needs to be done. If you are also in need of plumbing tips, call All Purpose Plumbing in Tacoma, WA at (253) 473-5100.

Going on Vacation? Make Sure Your Home is Ready

Going on Vacation? Make Sure Your Home is Ready

Getting ready for a vacation involves more than just packing clothes and toiletries for the trip; you also have to make sure that you properly prepare your home for the time you'll be away. This includes taking care of cleaning and appliances, shutting off valves, turning off and unplugging electronics, and even reprograming heaters and thermostats.

summer-vacationTaking care of these pre-­vacation home maintenance issues will not only keep your home safe, but it'll also save you money, conserve energy, and make sure your house is clean and livable when you return.

Get the Garbage Disposal Cleaned Out

Nobody likes the smell of rotting food—unless of course, you're an insect or a rodent, in which case such odors will be pleasant and inviting.

If you leave food in your garbage disposal while you're away on vacation, you might as well leave out a welcome mat for all manner of pests. To avoid having your home turn into an all you­ can ­eat buffet for insects while you're gone, clean out the garbage disposal before you go. You might even want to pour some vinegar down there and let it run for a few minutes because this will ensure that all the food scraps are gone, and the pipes are clean.

The Water Valve: Shut it off!

Running water in the house is something most people take for granted these days, but there's no need for the water to be on when you're away on holiday. In fact, you could be leaving your home at risk of water damage or even a flood if you don’t turn off the water.

Pipes can freeze in colder months, burst anytime, or spring leaks at any point, and if you're not around to deal with the issue immediately, this could cause some major damage. Shut off the main water valve in your house before you leave, then run all the faucets to bleed the water from the pipes so they can't freeze or leak.

Turn Your Water Heater to Vacation Mode

Similar to running water, having hot water available whenever you want it is a wonderful perk of the modern world, but there's no reason to keep a tank full of hot water in your basement when you’re out of the country, up at the cottage, or out on a road trip.

If your water heater has a VAC (vacation) mode, set it to that before you leave so it won’t have to work as hard to keep the water inside hot when you're gone. Don’t have a vacation mode? Don’t worry: just turn down the temperature or set the heater to its lowest setting.

Unplug as Many Appliances as Possible

disconnect-appliancesAny appliances and electronic devices should be unplugged before you go away, because even in the Off setting they’ll still draw power, and this will draw money from your wallet.

With your fridge and freezer, turn the temperature down if you can't unplug them, but ideally you want to empty them out and unplug them before you go. With the washing machine and dishwasher, make sure you drain out all the water before pulling the plug.

Your vacation is meant to be a getaway, and the last thing you need is to worry about the safety of your house while you're gone.

To make sure you can rest, relax, and enjoy your time away, take care of these few home maintenance matters before you go, and that way when you come back, your home will be in the same perfect condition as when you left. Not only that but also these steps will also save you some money, meaning you can go away again that much sooner.

If you have any questions about these steps or want help with maintenance in Tacoma, WA, call All­ Purpose Plumbing today at (253)­ 473-5100.

July is UV Awareness Month!

July is UV Awareness Month!

Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the leading cause of skin cancer. July is UV Awareness Month. During this month make sure to take action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.

How to Prepare for UV Awareness Month

Too much sunlight can cause several long-term health conditions:

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  • A weakened immune system
  • Wrinkles and sunburns
  • Skin cancer

Prevent Getting Sunburned

Summertime means spending more time outside enjoying the nice hot air. Make sure to check the local UV index before spending time at the pool, going to the park, or even enjoying a walk with your Pokemon Go.

Check your sunscreen to make sure the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is between 30 and 50; no one wants burnt skin. Always apply sunscreen lotion 15 minutes before going outside. You will need to reapply your sunscreen every two hours.

Protect your eyes from the sun.

Sunglasses can protect your eyes from UV rays on sunny days. If you are indoors sitting near a window, you should still wear sunglasses. Too much exposure to UV light can increase your risk of developing cataracts. Only wear sunglasses that offer UV protection.

What is the hottest time of the day?

You should avoid sitting in direct sunlight between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. You need to wear sunscreen throughout the year, and you need to apply sunscreen more often if you are swimming or sweating.

Some sunscreen lotions are waterproof, but you should still apply more sunscreen whenever you get out of the pool.

For summer tips with your home’s plumbing, call All Purpose Plumbing in Tacoma, WA at (253) 473-5100. A friendly customer service representative can assist you.