Trustworthy Tips for a Healthy New Year
2017 is here and people everywhere are looking for ways to live healthier and happier lives. They’re giving up bad habits like smoking or drinking, eating better, and becoming more active.
Any healthy lifestyle must include drinking plenty of water. So, it’s important to make sure that the water you're drinking is clean and good for you.
The recent headlines about poor water quality in Michigan have reminded many people of the disastrous events that took place in Walkerton a few years ago. It’s enough to make anyone suspicious of the quality of their own drinking water.
If you're interested, you can see the results of recent water tests by consulting your local water management governing body. You can also have your own water tested, which can be of even greater importance if your water comes from a well.
Another great way to further ensure the quality of your drinking water is to have a water filtration system installed in your home. These devices effectively remove virtually all chemicals and contaminants from the water including lead, arsenic, cadmium and chromium; traces of which are commonly found in municipal water supplies.
Keeping Your Faucets Clean
Another water safety danger that may be lurking in your home is hidden in the faucets themselves. At the end of your tap, you probably have an aerator installed that's designed to reduce your water consumption while still offering lots of pressure. Following prolonged use, a buildup of calcium and other debris can occur inside the aerator. This phenomenon is not hazardous in and of itself.
However, there have been recorded instances of lead poisoning in the US that have resulted from tiny pieces of solder that have come loose in the plumbing system and becoming trapped in the fine mesh of the aerator.
You can easily clean your aerator by removing it using pliers, taking it apart and scrubbing it gently with a brush. Soaking the pieces overnight in white vinegar will also remove any lime and calcium build up.
Keep Drains Clean Too
It's very common for bathroom sinks to become clogged by hair and other debris sent down the drain. Similarly, kitchen sinks can become clogged with grease and food particles.
Clogged or slow-moving drainpipes can cause water to become stagnant in certain sections. This greatly increases the risk of harmful bacteria like legionella growing. Strong odours also often accompany clogged pipes, which can aggravate allergy and respiratory symptoms.
Some clogs can be eliminated with the use of a plunger. Tougher ones, however, may need the assistance of a professional plumber armed with the right tools to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
The best professional plumbing in the Cobourg, ON area is Guardian Plumbing and Drain. You can schedule an appointment with one of our trusted technicians by calling 289-251-1626 today.