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Healthy New Year Guide: Easy Tips

The start of another new year marks a time when people make resolutions to live better and healthier lives. When you're looking for ways to improve your family's health, don't forget to include your water and plumbing systems.

Not only is it important to drink lots of water every day to keep hydrated, it's also imperative to make sure that water is clean and good for you. That's why we've compiled these short and easy tips.

Cleaning Out Your Water Heater

You use hot water every day for bathing, cleaning, and cooking. Have you ever stopped to consider what the inside of your water heater might look like after several years of use?

Over time, grit, sand, and other debris can build up inside the tank. This can make your water heater less efficient and consume more energy to keep the water hot. Worse still, that sediment may contain harmful elements like lead that has come loose from solder or from aging pipes.

You can get rid of the sediment buildup by flushing out the tank. Just follow these steps:

  1. Shut off the water supply valve to the heater
  2. Turn off the heater by switching the thermostat to the pilot setting on gas models or shutting it off at the breaker panel for electric ones
  3. Attach a garden hose to the drain valve located near the bottom, carefully placing the other end in a location where the water can drain safely.
  4. Open the drain valve
  5. When the tank is empty, stir up any remaining sediment by briefly reopening the cold water supply valve and allowing it to empty again. Repeat this step if necessary

Ensuring the Safety of Your Water

Recent items in the news about the safety of drinking water in Michigan have people across the country concerned about their own. City and county water treatment facilities effectively reduce the presence of chemical contaminants to what is deemed acceptable levels.

To see recent test results, you can contact your local management corporation. Despite their best efforts, your drinking water may still contain trace amounts of harmful contaminants like aluminum, arsenic, zinc, or lead. Your best option to safeguard against such toxins is to have a whole-home carbon filter or reverse osmosis filtration system professionally installed.

If you have a plumbing system that dates back to before 1986 when lead-free plumbing was mandated, or if your home gets its water from a well, you should get your water tested regularly. For information about how to test the quality of your water and to get a test kit, contact your local health department.

The Health Hazards of Clogged Drains

It's well known that even clean water if left standing will eventually become stagnant and breed bacteria that can represent a serious health risk. That possibility is augmented greatly if the water is dirty.

When your pipes are congested or clogged, it can cause areas where wastewater does not circulate and becomes stagnant. Strong and unpleasant odors may accompany the clog, which may aggravate allergy and respiratory symptoms to susceptible individuals.

We always recommend addressing the problem of clogged or slow-moving drains as soon as it becomes apparent. If the use of the plunger proves to be ineffective, your local plumbing professional will have the necessary equipment to locate and clear out the clog quickly and efficiently.

For all of your plumbing and water safety needs in the Westminster, CO area, contact your friends at Craig Plumbing. Dial (720) 619-3380 to get started on improving the health and safety of the water in your home.