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Learn Ways to Plan for a Healthy New Year

Learn Ways to Plan for a Healthy New Year

Have you vowed to make your health and that of your family a top priority for the New Year? For Healthy Lifemany people, that means adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes more exercise and a more wholesome diet.

It should also be important to you to create a healthy living environment for your family. A good place to start is by looking at your tap water.

Water Safety

The alarming news reported recently about dangerous levels of lead found in the drinking water in the Flint, Michigan area has been disturbing to many people. It's important to remember that these were isolated incidents, so there's no need to be overly concerned about the quality of the drinking water in other parts of the country. Nevertheless, your local municipal water records should be readily available to you. They are posted annually by the Environmental Protection Agency; you can find yours at epa.gov/safewater.

If you get your drinking water from a well, or if your home was built before 1986 when lead-free pipes became mandatory, you may want to have your water tested. Consult your local or state health department to find how to get a test kit.

Clean FaucetsLeaking Faucet

When cleaning their bathrooms and kitchens, people frequently overlook the faucets. Of course, cleaning the surfaces of the taps regularly can help minimize the spread of harmful bacteria.

It's the aerator the end of the tap that is all-too-often forgotten. Designed to conserve water or to increase the pressure, these devices can also collect debris, including rust and lead, that can become hazardous.

To clean your aerator, first, remove it using pliers. You may want to wrap masking tape around aerator to prevent scratching. Take the aerator apart, and scrub the mesh screen lightly with an old toothbrush.

You may also want to let the pieces soak in white vinegar overnight to dissolve built-up deposits of calcium. You can then reassemble the aerator and screw it back into place.

The Buildup of Contaminants in Your Water Heater

Pieces of lead used to solder pipes can break loose over time and accumulate, along with sand and grit, inside your water heater. This accumulation of sediment makes your heater work harder and therefore consume more energy to produce hot water.

More alarming than that, however, is the thought that the hot water you use on a daily basis can contain harmful chemicals and contaminants. The buildup of sediment inside your water tank can be eliminated by flushing it.

To complete this task, follow these steps:

  • Turn off the cold water supply valve
  • Shut the heater off
  • Attach a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and place the other end outside or in a floor drain
  • Open the drain valve
  • Once the tank is empty, reopen the cold water supply valve to stir up and eliminate any remaining segment
  • Shut off the drain valve, refill the tank, and turn it back on

If you'd like some assistance in completing these water safety tasks, or if you'd like to find out more ways to ensure you have safe, clean, and healthy drinking water in your home, call the Temecula, CA area experts from 24-7 Plumbing and Drain at (951) 338-9844.


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