If you are a fan of high quality water, you’re going to appreciate the importance of National Water Quality Month celebrated in August. It is a month to remember the importance of good, clean water for all living things. National Water Quality Month is an ideal time to learn important ways you can help do your part in keeping water clean.
Remember whether on a boat, drinking bottled water, taking a shower or watering your garden; water plays a vital part in our lives and it is important to protect it. Almost anything can affect water quality, do your part in protecting our water and encourage others around you to do the same.
If you are concerned about the quality of water coming into your home, you may want to consider water filtration or bottled water delivery service. Contact us to discuss what type of water filtration unit might be best for you.
*Source: The Water Guy
Water is the single most important thing to sustain life here on earth. So when the quality of a community’s water system is poor, the impact can be catastrophic. Worldwide, close to 2.5 billion people don’t have access to adequate sanitation, close to three quarters of a billion people don’t have access to clean water, and six to eight million people die each year from the consequences of water-related diseases.
But that’s the rest of the world. That’s not right here in the United States, right? Think again. As recent news stories indicate, even water in well-established American communities isn’t always guaranteed to be safe.
Before water reaches your home, it goes through an intense water treatment process designed to remove the bad and leave the good. Chemicals such as chlorine or chloramine are added to neutralize bacteria, viruses, parasites and other contaminants that can be harmful to our health. It also goes through a filtration process that eliminates sediment and dirt.
But while our national water filtration system does remove many of the things that have been known to be harmful in the past, there is only so much a nationwide water filtration system can do. Not only that, but sometimes problems can occur farther down the line, beyond the point of filtration. This is why many homeowners are taking it upon themselves to go the next step in making sure their drinking water is as safe as it can be.
First, if you’re worried that there are contaminants like lead in your water, you can call your municipal water supplier and see if they test for free. If not, lead testing kits are available at most hardware stores for about $30. You can test the water yourself and find out the results in about ten minutes. If the tests come back indicating high levels of lead, experts recommend that you stop drinking it immediately and call your local water supplier.
Next, many are choosing to install in-home water filtration systems to remove water pollutants that have made it past, or back into the water supply. There are filters designed to remove everything from a bad taste to harmful pollutants such as lead, iron, mercury, hydrogen sulphide, and bacteria. The options are seemingly endless and it’s important to pick the one that most suits your home and water supply.
The best place to start is with a home water audit. This will give you a good idea of the makeup of your current water supply, highlighting the harmful pollutants that should be removed. Give us a call today, we’ll be happy to show you how you can make improvements to your current water supply, creating water that tastes better and is safer for you and your family.
While the bathroom can be a dangerous place for anybody, seniors and children tend to be most susceptible to bathroom-related accidents. Fortunately, many of these accidents can be avoided through awareness and prevention methods.
Safety Tips for Seniors – The main focus of prevention for seniors should be bathroom falls. While they’re unfortunately common and often times catastrophic, they can be easily prevented if you take the right precautions:
Safety Tips for Children – Accidents can happen in an instant. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children 4 and under always have a parent or caregiver present when they are near water. In addition to constant vigilance, the following tips are recommended for a safe bathing environment:
Putting the above precautions into place will help create a safe bathing environment for those most susceptible to the dangers that lie in the most used room of the house. National Bath Safety Month exists for a reason.
Winter is an important time to think about the safety of your gas appliances, specifically when it comes to their dangerous byproduct, carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of fuels such as coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, or natural gas. Any appliance, product or equipment that is powered by one of these fuels has the risk of malfunctioning and putting a person in danger.
It doesn’t matter how old the appliance is, how many hours of use its has had, or if it’s been operated correctly. Appliances can become faulty at any time, no matter what. What does matter is that you stay ahead of the potential danger by doing three things:
Proper installation and annual water heater performance and safety inspections play a key role in carbon monoxide poisoning prevention. Our plumbers are trained to install as well as thoroughly inspect your water heater, looking for wear and tear, sediment buildup, corrosion, and gas leaks or potential hazards that could release carbon monoxide into your home. Annual inspections are recommended.
Our senses cannot pick up the presence of carbon monoxide in the air. It is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it is virtually undetectable without using detection technology. Which means, without the use of carbon monoxide detectors, the only way we can determine if it is present is to start showing symptoms of being poisoned.
They start out in a flu-like manner:
And quickly escalate as the poisoning increases:
Fortunately, the use of carbon monoxide detectors can easily avoid reaching this dangerous level. Be sure that your home has properly-functioning CO alarms centrally located outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.
Most importantly: Remember, proper maintenance and early detection are the only way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Many of you have probably noticed “Hydrant Flushing” signs being posted around your neighborhood recently. Each year, the Public Works Department opens fire hydrants throughout the city and allows the water to flow through the pipes. The hydrant-flushing program is very important to the maintenance of the city’s water system.
It serves the following purposes:
Public Works crews will post notices on barricades at intersections to inform residents of flushing in their neighborhoods.
WHY IS HYDRANT FLUSHING NECESSARY?
Hydrant flushing enhances water quality by flushing sediment from the water mains, verifies the proper operation of hydrants and valves, and maintains firefighting capability.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN THE CITY CREWS ARE FLUSHING HYDRANTS IN MY AREA?
If you see a crew flushing a hydrant on your street, avoid running tap water and using the washing machine or the dishwasher until the flushing is completed. If you see hydrant-flushing crews working in the area, please drive carefully and treat them like any other road construction crew.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER HYDRANT FLUSHING?
WHY DOES MY WATER LOOK FUNNY AFTER HYDRANT FLUSHING?
When a hydrant is opened, there will be temporary incidences of discolored water while fine sediment particles are flushed out. There is no health hazard associated with the discolored water. Allow a few hours for discoloration to dissipate. To verify water is clear, run your cold-water tap for a few minutes.
WHO DO I CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION?
For additional information you can contact your local water department or you can contact us with any questions.