The inability to trust the water in your own home can be a hassle. Having quality water for drinking, cooking, showering, and other daily activities is ideal for all American families. When you doubt the quality of your water, you don’t have to accept it for what it is. There are a number of ways you can improve the quality of water in your home.
Get Pipes Checked
Water that is not entirely transparent could signify corroded pipes. Corroded pipes can happen to older pipes and should be replaced. A plumber has the skillset to verify the quality of your pipes, thus determining if a replacement is necessary.
Use a Filtration System
Filtering your water is a great and typically low-cost way to ensure you have clean water. A filter can be as simple as attaching a system to the faucet or as complicated as filtering the entire home’s supply. Nonetheless, filtering the water removes various kinds of contaminants and unwanted bits.
Test Quality of the Water
If you are genuinely anxious about the quality of your tap water, bring in an expert to test it. Otherwise, an at-home type of test may be sufficient. These tests are intended to determine amounts of lead, radiation, pesticides, and other contaminants in your water. The test will evaluate the water quality index and inform you of the contents of your tap water.
Avoid Hot Water Usage
Surprisingly, the use of hot water can dissolve bacteria into your H2O. Whether you are getting water to drink or cook with, use cold water to prevent the added contamination and particles.
Use a Water Softener
Hard water contains calcium, magnesium, iron, and similar minerals. While these are essential components of a person’s diet, there is no need for them to be in your water. Using a water softener can prevent these minerals from entering your home’s plumbing. Softened water tastes better, is better for your skin, and produces less wear and tear on your pipes.
Flush the Pipes
Going on vacation is typically something to be enjoyed. Unfortunately, during the week or more that you are gone, water sits in the pipes unmoving, collecting debris and other contaminants. When you’ve gone a week or more without running water, it is important to run water for a few minutes before you use it. This is called flushing the pipes, and it serves to get the cleanest water for use.
Drain the Hot Water Heater
Have you ever drained the hot water heater in your home? If not, you may notice that your water pressure is not what it once was. The water heater can collect all kinds of dirt, bacteria, and metals, so draining it regularly is recommended. Aim for every six months at least; drain it more if you use a lot of hot water.
Replace the Aerator
What is an aerator? It’s the tiny screen that is on the end of your faucet. As you may imagine, this little screen can build up a lot of minerals, sediment, and other contaminants. The replacement is an easy and cheap job that any homeowner can accomplish.
Get Help from Elite Plumbing & Heating
If you need some assistance in improving your water quality, Elite Plumbing & Heating is the go-to resource. Taking every step on the above list can be a job in itself, so hiring a professional is often the most beneficial route to take. Contact us for help with your water. 781-438-2997