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5 Easy Plumbing New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is a positive time for most of us. We’re inspired with hope by the idea of a fresh start and what the year may bring. Then there’s all the New Year’s Resolutions. So many of us resolve to save money or get our bodies in shape – but what about also getting your plumbing in shape this year? Here at® we’ve come up with 5 nifty plumbing-related resolutions that we think everyone should try over the course of the new year!


Drawing of trees 1. Go green.

Water is one of our most precious natural resources – we cannot live without it, and yet there is a very limited supply. If you’re thinking of doing a kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room remodel this year, choose water-efficient faucets and low flow shower heads or place a point-of-use water heater in areas where you consistently run the taps while waiting for the water to heat up. Outdoors, you can install a drip-irrigation system instead of a new sprinkler or consider setting up your own rainwater harvesting system to collect water to use in watering plants or washing your car.


picture of toilet2. Fix your toilet.

It can be helpful to think of your toilet as another appliance in your home. Anything with moving parts can break or wear down – and that includes the moving parts of your toilet. Save water and avoid costly problems later with good maintenance this year.


image of water heater tank 3. Flush your water heater.

Ideally, your water heater should last between 10 and 15 years, but without proper maintenance many fail after 5 or 6 years, leaving you frustrated and sometimes causing significant damage to your home. An annual flush and all-around check to make sure all the parts are functioning well can help you avoid cold showers, save you money, and extend the life of your water heater.


image of drain4. Keep your drains clog free.

Nobody wants to deal with the hassle (and often major expense) associated with clogged drains. This year, take steps to prevent clogs before they happen by placing mesh screens or strainers in your sinks, tub or shower, etc., not putting anything down the drain or toilet that doesn’t belong (i.e. grease, baby wipes, razors, etc.), and by using non-corrosive, septic-friendly bacterial drain cleaners regularly.


image of sand separator5. Install a water filter.

While we’re blessed with an abundance of clean drinkable water in the United States, there are still some things we can and should filter out of our water, like sand, dirt, and unhealthy chemicals. Whether you need a whole house sand separator to keep your drains, faucets, and water heater free of sediment build-up, or just want to eliminate chlorine in your shower with a filtered shower head, purer water is always a good thing.


We would like to encourage you throughout the new year to follow these and other plumbing maintenance resolutions you may form, for the benefit of yourself and your family, your neighbors, and our environment. As always,® wishes you a safe and happy New Year!



Would You Bathe In Your Swimming Pool?

Shower imageWe’re all familiar with the variety of ways available to remove chlorine from our drinking water: the pitchers, the filters attached to the kitchen faucet, refrigerator and icemaker filters, as well as whole house filtration systems. But have you ever thought about your shower?

 Since you’re not getting your drinking water from your shower, it probably hasn’t crossed your mind to address chlorine in your shower. But if you’ve experienced dry, itchy/flaky skin or dry, brittle hair after showering or bathing, chlorine is the likely culprit. In some areas, running a shower brings a noticeable chlorine smell to the room, nearly as strong as a swimming pool. Is this healthy?

As reported by Dr. Lance Wallace of the EPA, “Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated chloroform in nearly every home because of the chlorine in the water. Chloroform levels increase up to 100 times during a ten-minute shower in residential water.” And, according to The American Journal Of Public Health, “Up to 2/3 of the harmful effects of chlorine are due to inhalation and skin absorption while showering.”

Doesn’t sound good, does it? So, what can we do about it?

If you’re tired of the effects of chlorine on your skin and hair, have itchy skin, or simply want to reduce the smell of chlorine when you shower, we recommend a shower filter. Sprite makes some of the best shower filters we’ve had the pleasure of testing. In fact, several of our team members have Sprite shower filters in their homes and swear they couldn’t do without them!

Naturally, there are more brands than Sprite, and more options than you might think. There’s filters built into a shower head, filters that fit into the handle of a hand shower, filters that fit inline with your current hand shower hose, and one specially made for baby. Of course, if you filter your whole house, you don’t need to do anything else to your shower. The option that works best for you depends on your water quality and your home. For example, a renter might need to install a filtered shower head since alterations to the home are not allowed, where a homeowner might opt for a whole house filtration system to keep everything all together.

 Want to learn more? Learn about chlorine in your drinking water and see the great Sprite filters we offer, and let us know if you have any questions.


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