Follow Expert Tips for a Healthy New Year
If you’ve set a goal of improving your physical health for 2017, why not do your home a favor and adopt the same approach for your plumbing? You know that to stay on top of your physical health, you’ve got to eat healthy and be proactive with medical visits. It’s the same for your plumbing; you’ve got to make sure that only the right things go in your pipes; you’ve got to be proactive with preventative measures.
Here are some tips on how to get your plumbing in great shape.
Make Sure Your Faucets Are Clean
There are calcium and other minerals in your water. Over time, these deposits will collect in your faucets, making it harder for the water to flow out. Every month, get in the habit of popping out the aerator (which you can get to by unscrewing the faucet).
The aerator is a small mesh piece that catches the mineral residue. To clean, soak in vinegar for 5 minutes. This will break up the residue and will be easily removed.
Drain Cleaning and Bacteria
Here is a way that you can benefit your plumbing health and your physical health at the same time. Inevitably food matter gets into your pipes. If it gets stuck, bacteria can develop, which is something that you don’t want present in your home.
Regular drain cleaning will remove the food matter (in addition to any other clogs that may be forming). This means that water will flow more freely and that harmful bacteria won’t have a chance to grow.
Keep Hair Out of the Drain
One of the most damaging things that can get in your pipes is hair, because of how easily clogs form as a result. One way to avoid this is to install a simple drain filter. Essentially, the drain filter sits overtop (or right on top) of the drain and acts as a catch-all. You clean it out as needed, and the hair never gets to the drain.
Water Safety and Solutions
Unfortunately, there could possibly be contaminants in your water which you may not even be aware of. Often odorless and tasteless, things like lead and harmful bacteria could be present. The only way that you can know for sure is to get your water tested on a regular basis.
If you do have issues with the contents of your water, one way to take care of that is to put it a water filter which will keep the stuff you’d like in your water (healthy minerals) and remove what you don’t.
Flushing the Water Heater
Over time, sediment will gather in your water heater, which can accelerate corrosion and make your unit work less effectively to heat. The sediment sits on the bottom of your tank, creating a barrier in front of the heating coils.
It doesn’t take long to flush your tank out, and once a year should do it. It’s a small investment of your time and you get energy savings and a longer lifespan for your heater out of it.
Do you need help cleaning your drains or flushing out your water heater? For these and all of your plumbing needs, callRoman Plumbing today at (727) 858-3412.We’re the number one choice in New Port Richey, FL.