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healthy-lifeA Healthy New Year Plan You Can Use

A New Year is the perfect time for a new start. Perhaps this year, a new start includes paying attention to your home and its inner workings. A healthy life and a safe water supply are directly correlated.

Plan ahead and perform some preventative maintenance on your home’s plumbing system to ensure a safe, healthy, and cost-effective New Year by using these tips:

Get Your Water Heater Professionally Flushed

Flushing out your water heater removes any built-up sediment that may be residing on the bottom of the tank. As water enters the top of the tank towards the bottom, mineral sediments tend to get stuck, and must be heated up along with the water in the tank.

This excess energy use is inefficient and unnecessary. With the help of a professional, annually flushing, your water heater can save you money while preserving precious resources.

Keep Your Drains Cleanclogged-drains

Clean drains ensure the safe passage of used water out of your home. Since moist, warm kitchen drains are the perfect habitat for dangerous bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella, staying on top of the cleanliness of your drains is vital.

Be extremely diligent on patrolling what enters your drains. Oil, fats, and large food particles can easily cause drain clogs, which can appear as the following:

  • Water backs up the drain when the faucet is turned on.
  • There is slow (or no) drainage in your sink.
  • Your kitchen or bathroom sinks are emitting foul odors.
  • Your toilet is beginning to overflow.

On top of being mindful as to what goes into your drains, you can place a small sink strainer on top of a drain to catch large pieces of debris from falling inside the pipes.

Pay Attention to Water Filtration

Every day, water flows in and out of our homes, ensuring we have as much water as we need to perform necessary tasks. There are a couple specific areas in this filtration cycle to monitor regularly to ensure the proper flow of water throughout your home:

Test Your Water Safety: Safe drinking water is a necessity for a healthy life. You can use a home kit, or bring a sample of water into a professional lab to be tested for unusual amounts of chemicals or minerals. Having experts install a water filtration system in your home can ease your worries of using unsafe water.

Remove Hair Clogs Before They’re a Problem: Hair naturally comes out in the shower, and more often than not ends up in our shower drains. To remove this hair build-up, take off the shower drain cover and use a pair of tweezers to retrieve any hair that may be stuck. This preventative measure helps stop a major clog before it can start.

Check and Clean Your Faucets: Dirty faucets may be the cause of lower water pressure coming from your taps. To help solve this issue, remove the aerator from the end of your faucet (this is where the water comes out of). Take off the screen, and soak it in hot white vinegar for about ten minutes. This removes any built-up sediment that

may have been residing on the screen to get better pressure moving through the aerator.

If you’re in the Tacoma, WA area and want to turn these tips into actions, don’t hesitate to call (253) 473-5100 to speak to the professionals at All Purpose Plumbing.