Water is one of the essential items that we need to survive. It also can be hazardous if the water quality is poor. How do you ensure that your water safe? Fortunately we live in Canada, and our water quality is one of the best in the world.
There are many things that you can do to improve water quality in your home.
Take a look at these ways for all home owners to improve the quality of water in your homes.
Improve Water Quality At Home
1 – Replace Old Faucets
Your kitchen and bathroom faucets do age. Once your fixtures get older they will eventually rust as well as develop mineral deposits. Over time this can damage your water quality and cause a decrease in the water flow. It is advisable to replace your fixtures every 15 years to avoid this.
Replacing your faucets with new efficient models is not a complex task. Many home owners are able to complete this but if you are unsure, call us at Highmark Plumbing and we will be happy to complete this task for you.
2 – Clean Your Old Faucets
If replacing your old faucets is not a possibility at this point, cleaning them can provide a temporary solution. To clean mineral deposit from your faucets it is best to something that will eat the deposit away.
Some things that you can use to remove the mineral deposits and clean your faucets are:
- Lemon Juice
- White Vinegar
- Cleaners that contain phosphoric acid
- Sulfuric acid
- Muriatic acid mixed with water
Some other items you will need include”
- PVC Gloves
- Glasses or Goggle to protect your eyes
- Sponge, Toothbrush or Brush
- Plastic Bag
Once you have your items together you will then:
- Remove the faucet aerator or shower head
- Soak these your selected cleaner ( 1 to 2 hours )
- Rinse items in water and scrub
- Reconnect your fixture
3 – Flush Before Use
None of us have our water running continuously. Why would we?
When your water is not used, like over night when we are sleeping, the quality can decline. To ensure that you are getting the best quality water, run cold water from the tap for 2 minutes before you use it. This will ensure that the water you are drinking or cooking is good quality.
4 – Install A Water Filter
If you are camping it is recommended that you filter your water before drinking. Why would we not add a filter to our systems at home? Using a water filter is an easy way to remove metals, contaminants and bacteria that makes it through the municipal water systems.
Water filters range in size. Your options range from the small on tap filters for about $25, an under the sink filter system for up to $1200 or a whole house filter system for thousands of dollars.
If water filters is your choice, make sure you replace your filters on the recommended schedule from the manufacturer.
5 – Drain Your Water Heater
If you have a traditional hot water heater, sediment builds up in the tank over time. By draining your hot water heater, you will remove the sediment, increase the life of your water heater and improve the quality of your water.
Some manufacturers suggest a full draining once a year while others suggest draining 1 gallon each month. Check with your hot water heater maker for what is recommended.
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- Our technicians are the most experienced available
- We offer a methodical approach so you do not have unneeded repairs
- Fully stocked trucks
- We do residential, commercial and industrial plumbing
- Your satisfaction is our goal
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If you have any questions call the professionals at Highmark Plumbing and we will be happy to answer them for you. For any heating or plumbing issues visit our sister websites Highmark Heating or Highmark Electrical
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** All information contained in the above article is for informational purposes only. If you are not a licensed plumbing professional we recommend that you do not attempt plumbing repairs by yourself.