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Explore How to Have a Healthy New Year

Water is the key to a healthy life and a healthy home. This natural resource serves us in countless ways every single day and is an important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

healthy-lifeExplore how your water’s quality and effective transportation in and out of your house can save you a headache in the New Year by knowing the characteristics of a healthy plumbing system.

Clean Drains

Clean drains are a vital part of an efficient plumbing system. But sometimes, our drains can get clogged up with food pieces and other household debris. This creates the perfect habitat for dangerous bacteria to breed, such as E. coli and salmonella. The following signs are clues that you may be dealing with a clogged drain:

  • Your sink is area smells bad.
  • There is slow/no drainage of water from your sink.
  • Your toilet overflows.
  • Water backs up from the drain once the faucet is turned on.

To prevent a clogged drain, be mindful of what goes into your sink, and try to ensure that no food particles enter the drain. Sink drain covers can be purchased to strain large food particles out of the pipes.

If you find yourself having to deal with a large clog, calling a professional plumber is your best bet in removing the clog safely and efficiently.

An Effective Water Heater

A great water heater will supply you with a consistent amount of hot water. But water heaters can become less efficient over time, due to an increase in sediment building up at the bottom of the tank.

Having your water heater professionally flushed works to remove this sediment buildup, ensuring that your water heater isn’t working double time to heat up the water and the debris.

Efficient Water Filtration

Water filters in and out of our house through specific portals every day. Inspecting these portals can be the difference between a quick fix and a major issue. There are three key areas to inspect while performing preventative maintenance on water filtration areas, which are:

water-safetyWater Safety: Checking the quality of your water is extremely important. Annually, either test your water with a home kit or bring it to a lab to have it professionally tested for and excess of dangerous chemicals or minerals. Professionally installing a water filtration system in your home is a great idea if you find an unwanted variance in your water quality.

Hair Clogs: Once a week, remove the cover from your shower drain and use tweezers to get out any stray hairs and debris. This prevents a clog from forming.

Clean Faucets: You can tell how clean your faucet head is by how much pressure is behind the water being released from it. If the water pressure is unusually low, try cleaning the aerator at the end of the faucet. This can be done by unscrewing the aerator from the faucet and removing the screen. Soak the screen in hot white vinegar to remove any sediment that may have built up throughout time.

Explore how to take your healthy home goals further this New Year by speaking with plumbing experts in the Winchester, VA area. To set up an appointment with Powell’s Plumbing, call 540-665-8196.