This is How to Plan for a Healthy New Year

This is How to Plan for a Healthy New Year

When it comes to making a resolution to have a healthy New Year, the water in your house plays a large role. For one, the water coming into your house may be rife with impurities, and this could be causing microbial growth in your water heater tank, drains, and even on your faucet.

healthy-lifeWhen you want to keep yourself, your family and your house clean and safe, water safety and cleanliness are of the utmost importance, and here's how you can stay healthier this year.     

Remember to Clean Your Faucets

A faucet can transfer bacteria and contaminants to your drinking and cooking water if you aren't careful about keeping it clean.

Not only can impurities from the water itself splash onto the faucet and cause microbial growth and damage, but bacteria from the drain can also cause damage or discoloration to the fixture. Moreover, because faucets are always moist, they create a perfect breeding ground for things like mold and bacteria.

Get Cleaner Water for Drinking, Cooking, and Cleaning

A water filter can take the water in your home and ensure that it’s safe for you to use. This is particularly imperative in areas where the water is full of impurities, such as pesticides, bacteria, VOCs, heavy metals, and herbicides. For the best results, a whole-home filter will guarantee that all the water in your house is free of these contaminants and more.

Water Safety: Not Just for the Pool

Being cautious around the pool is extremely important, but it’s not the only place you have to worry about your family and water safety. Especially for young children and babies, just one inch of water can pose a drowning threat.

water-safetyThis includes things like:

  • -Bathtubs
  • -Toilets
  • -Buckets filled with water
  • -Puddles
  • -Bowls of water  
  • -Full sinks

To protect your family, make sure that kids know how to swim, teach your children about the difference between hot and cold taps, don’t leave buckets or tubs full of water, lock toilet lids with special latches, and never leave kids unsupervised around the water.

Drain Cleaning Around the House

In terms of your drain, it’s not the water itself you have to worry about, but rather what's in the water. Drains can house harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, both of which can make you very ill. Luckily, there's an easy way to combat these drain-dwelling microbes: with regular cleaning and clog maintenance. Clean your sinks and drains regularly with proper cleaning products, and remove hair and clogs from pipes as soon as you notice them. Otherwise, water that bubbles back up from the drain can leave pools of bacteria in your sink, on your floor, or on your countertops.

Flush the Water Heater

Flushing the water heater is important for two reasons: to protect the water heater tank and for the health of your family. Sediment in the water can build up in the bottom of the tank, and this can allow bacteria to thrive. And along with making their way from the tank into your shower or coffee maker, these bacteria can also eat away at the metal of your tank, which could require an early replacement.

When it comes to keeping your family safe and healthy this year, the plumbing specialists at A & A Plumbing are here to help. When you need water heater maintenance or installations or help with clogged drains, slow-running pipes, or any other plumbing issues around the house, call the San Antonio, TX experts at 210-566-2665.