This post was last updated on July 23rd, 2022 at 06:26 am
Water is important for most of our daily activities and household tasks. We use water to keep us hydrated, take a shower, clean the house, and cook food.
Since we are using water most of the time, we need to regularly check the quality of water. Water contributes to how clean our home is and how healthy the occupants are. Enhance the quality of your life by improving the water quality you use or consume using these tips:
- Using water filters
- Boiling water
- Removing and cleaning water aerators
- Scheduling for plumbing maintenance
- Properly disposing of hazardous wastes
Using Water Filters
Using a water filter removes bacteria, contaminants, and other undesirable particles from the water. High-quality water filters can remove these contaminants more effectively, which means water quality will also improve. As long as you are replacing them regularly, the water quality in your system will be better and a lot safer.
Chlorine in the water can dry or irritate your skin and is further complicated if you or anyone in the household has skin conditions. Research shows you can absorb more chlorine from a 10-minute shower than from drinking two liters of tap water.
Additionally, you may inhale some of the chlorine as it vaporizes. Chlorine vapor will enter not only your bloodstream but your lungs as well.
To prevent exposure to too much chlorine, get yourself a shower filter. Anyone can install it easily, but you can always count on plumbing services if it proves too much for you to handle.
Everyone knows this by now, but boiling water can help eliminate bacteria. Boil your water first before using them for drinking, cooking, or cleaning. Doing so will make it safer to drink and use. If you suspect that your water has been contaminated, make sure to sanitize it before use. Lastly, you might want to contact the water district so that they will be alerted if there is a water system problem in your community.
Removing and Cleaning Water Aerators
Water aerators are great for reducing water consumption to 50%, but they lose effectiveness if not cleaned regularly. Clogged faucet aerators happen when bacteria build up over time and block the water flow. Remove and clean the water aerators to ensure no more bacteria buildup and clogging.
Scheduling for Plumbing Maintenance
Plumbing systems eventually wear out and the damage might lead to more serious issues later on. Broken pipes and damaged waterworks may contain lead and other contaminants. These may also lead to leaks, which might prove costly if left unchecked for a long time.
So give your water system regular checkups to prolong its life as well as improve the water quality in your home. Don’t wait until something gets damaged before you contact your local plumbing company for plumbing leak repairs. Reach out to them for regular maintenance as well to ensure that your pipes and drains are in excellent condition.
These professionals can help snake your main pipes and provide other services that can be beneficial for your water pipes and drainage systems. Sometimes, fixing the pipes might get more expensive compared to scheduling regular maintenance instead.
Properly disposing of Hazardous Wastes
Storm drains may become clogged due to leaves, branches, and other solid trash. These may even lead to water blockage that floods the streets, yards, or houses. Keep storm drains in the community clean by cleaning them regularly and picking up trash on the streets.
Aside from regular trash, ensure you are properly disposing of hazardous wastes and keeping them away from your water supply. Store or dispose of these unwanted chemicals in proper places where they won’t contaminate your water in the event of leaks or accidents.
Another waste-related issue to consider is septic tanks. Overflowing septic tanks may leak to the ground and contaminate your water supply. Have your septic tanks emptied and checked regularly.
The Bottom Line
In most homes worldwide, the water quality is usually safe. However, this leads to many being too complacent with their water supply. Since water can affect your health and safety, it is best to do your due diligence regarding water quality in your home.
Make sure to regularly review your water quality reports, do some maintenance with the help of professional plumbers, properly dispose of wastes, and other measures to keep your water quality safe.
While improving the water quality in your home is not difficult, you need to dedicate some resources and effort. After all, clean and safe water is worth all the trouble.
About the author
Rachel Watson is the Senior Content Editor of Precision Air & Plumbing, a full-service HVAC, plumbing, and home performance contractor operating in Chandler, Arizona. Rachel enjoys yoga and writing articles about how to make home living more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.