Are There Really Chemicals in Tap Water?
Have you ever had water from your faucet that smelled like bleach? That smell is actually a combination of a variety of chemicals used to kill microorganisms and bacteria in the water. Tap water can also contain pesticides, hormones, toxic metal salts, lead, protozoa, bacteria and microbes. Some of these things can come from the pipes.
Chemicals in Tap Water
To provide “safe” drinking water for the public, most water supplies within the United States are treated with chlorine, fluoride and arsenic.
- Chlorine – This is the bleach scent that makes your drinking water smell like pool water. It is used in water to kill specific types of bacteria. Once chlorine is in your body it bonds with other compounds which triggers the production of free radicals. As you may have heard, free radicals cause serious damage to the cells in your body.
- Fluoride – Fluoride is actually one of the most toxic substances known to man. This is a scary fact, when you realize that almost all toothpastes, including children’s brands, contain fluoride. Unfortunately, fluoride can also be found in baby formula and bottled water, as well as tap water. The government allows the addition of fluoride in tap water even though it is known to be more toxic than lead and as poisonous as arsenic.
- Arsenic – According to the International Academy of Research on Cancer, arsenic is a Category I carcinogen cancer causing toxic heavy metal.
There are more than 80 contaminants in tap water throughout the United States. If you think about it deeply, you will realize that most people drink 8 glasses of water per day or more. This means people are consuming large amounts of toxic chemicals that are known for causing a variety of health issues.
This information often causes homeowners and those who drink water from the tap to become fearful. Obviously it’s not healthy for human beings to drink tap water. In addition, some bottled drinking water has chemical as well. Be aware of false labeling on water bottles. The best option is to invest in a high quality water filter. You can find a variety of different designs and types on the market today.
Yes. There really are chemicals in tap water. While most chemicals used in tap water is meant to protect the public from bacteria and other harmful substances, the chemicals themselves are also unhealthy for people. Choose your drinking water wisely and be aware of what you put in your body to help lessen your risk of illnesses that stem from chemicals in drinking water.Read More
Common Mistakes that Ruin Your Plumbing
Homeowners often take plumbing issues into their own hands. This is fine for an experienced DIY homeowner. However, it can be dangerous and costly for those who are not familiar with plumbing issues. It is always wise to contact a professional for assistance. The following are common mistakes that should be avoided.
- Flushing Garbage in the Toilet – The toilet is only meant to be used for human waste and toilet paper. Plumbers receive numerous calls every year related to garbage or other items being flushed down the toilet. Sometimes it could be an accident, while other times it is done intentionally. Flushing garbage down the toilet can clog pipes which result in the toilet overflowing into your home.
- Grease Down the Drain – Bacon grease is often thrown down the sink with the use of a garbage disposal. While this may seem like a great idea after cooking breakfast on a Sunday morning, it is actually a bad idea. Bacon grease, and others similar to it, contains fat that clog drains whether you use a garbage disposal or not.
- Running Water During Repairs – All plumbing repairs should be conducted with the water valve off. This means that nothing in your home that uses water should be working during repairs. If you fail to turn the water off, your home can become flooded quickly causing extensive damage to your home, flooring and other areas.
- Soldering Pipes – A favorite project of some homeowners who take pride in their DIY projects is soldering pipes. While it is an easy enough job for those with experience and a steady hand, it can be dangerous for others since you can easily burn yourself and the area around you.
- Fixing it Yourself – Homeowners have a variety of reasons why they don’t want to call a plumber. It could be lack of money to pay a professional or simply that the homeowner has confidence in their own abilities. While replacing a washer on the faucet is a simple job, others are more complicated. If you find yourself watching an online video and trying to install, repair or replace a plumbing problem, it might be best to call a licensed plumber in your area.
Many homeowners don’t realize the danger in plumbing issues, especially when electricity and water are combined. For example, installing a water heater can become rather difficult if you haven’t done it before. It can also be highly dangerous to the homeowner. Always call a professional plumber when in doubt. You will feel more confident and secure knowing a professional plumber has fixed the issue safely.Read More
Do Economy Settings Really Save Money?
As a homeowner, you most likely have a dishwasher or washing machine in your home. Some homeowners are dedicated to using the economy settings while others don’t even realize that is an option. Economy settings often give the impression it saves money or energy. This topic has been debated by homeowners for many years. Continue reading below to learn more about this setting and if it really saves money.
The Good News
You do save money, twice! Economy settings on washing machines, hot water heaters and dishwashers conserve water by using less and don’t use heated water. This means you are saving money on your water bill by using less water and at the same time saving money on your electric bill because the hot water heater doesn’t get used to heat up the water for the appliance. So, it is true that you do save money.
The Bad News
While you are saving money using the economy settings, the job the appliance is intended for, may not being meeting your standards. For example, let’s say you load your dishwasher after a large family party. You are too tired to scrape off tiny bits of food particles off the dishes, so you just load the dishwasher. You fill the reservoir with your favorite dishwashing detergent and let it go to work on the economy setting. The results are not great. The food is still stuck to the plate and you have to run the cycle again.
In this scenario homeowners are quick to blame the dishwasher detergent instead of the economy setting, usually because the economy setting has always been able to handle the dishes on a daily basis. However, this time you end up running the economy cycle twice. This causes you to use water and energy twice, as well as twice as much detergent. All of it costing you money and voiding the reason for using the economy setting in the first place.
There’s a time and place for economy settings. When used on small loads of laundry that don’t have a lot of stains it is perfect. But used on a small load of laundry with a lot of dirt, grime and stains will not produce the best results. You have to learn the right time to use the economy settings on your appliances to get the best out of each use.Read More
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