Just about everyone we speak to has been interested in starting off the new year on a healthier note. There are lots of ways to take steps to make our lives healthier: exercise, eating better, giving up bad habits, etc.

Experts also say that most of us don’t drink enough water. Of course, if you’re going to be drinking more water for the sake of your health, you should make sure the water you drink every day is clean and free of impurities.

Cleaning Out Your Water Heater

Another place where lead from solder can accumulate is inside your water heater. It’s normal for sand and sediment to settle at the bottom of the tank with the passage of time. While the gritty sediment can impede the proper functioning of the heater, it isn’t dangerous unless toxic materials like lead are present.

To clear it out, shut off the water supply and turn the power supply off (or in the case of a gas heater, turn the thermostat to the ‘pilot’ setting.) Attach a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and place the other end in a drain or outside and open the valve.

To accelerate the process, you can turn on a few taps in your home. Keeping the drain valve open, turn the cold water supply back on for a few minutes to stir up and remaining sediment. You can then turn off the drain valve, refill the tank and turn the heater back on.

Keep Your Faucets Clean

Everybody knows that the handles on your bathroom and kitchen faucets can be breeding grounds for bacteria if they’re not kept clean. But did you know that the aerator also needs to be cleaned regularly for the sake of your health and safety?

Impurities including bits of lead originating from the solder used to connect pipes can become lodged in the aerator. There have been documented cases of lead poisoning because of this.

To clean your aerator, remove it using pliers or channel locks, disassemble it and clean the wire mesh with a brush. You can also let it soak in white vinegar to dissolve calcium and other deposits.

Filtering Out Toxins and Contaminants

Municipal water treatment facilities are responsible for ensuring the safety of the drinking water in our homes. The water is treated to maintain the content of harmful chemicals within acceptable levels. The water is tested on a regular basis to ensure its safety.

Nevertheless, trace amounts of known carcinogens and chemicals linked to serious diseases still can get through. It’s common for drinking water to contain small amounts of lead, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and others.

While the presence of these chemicals is in a concentration that is considered to be within safe limits for human consumption, most people would prefer to have them removed completely from their family’s water supply. The best way to virtually eliminated chemicals from your drinking water is through the installation of a whole-home water filter.

If safe and healthy water is important to you for your home, you can count on the friendly folks at Affordable Plumbing, Rooter and Water Heaters. To schedule an appointment, call us today.

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