Happy Birthday to you.

Have you ever learned the birthday song as a way to get your hands clean? That’s one of the tricks that is now being taught to children all over, giving them the skills they need to have clean hands and wash away harmful bacteria. Lather up and scrub your hands while you sing happy birthday, and you will have done your part to prevent the spread of germs.

That keeps you scrubbing, but what temperature water should you be scrubbing in?

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Common sense says hot water. But as humans, we can’t take water at a hot enough temperature to truly do any good. You see, major medical equipment is cleaned at a boiling temperature in order for sterilization. But if you washed your hands in water hot enough for sterilization, well, you probably wouldn’t be able to feel your hands. They would be red and blistered and would make you take an emergency trip to the ER.

So the next best thing to hot water is warm water, right? Think again.

Warm water actually makes you more vulnerable to germs and bacteria. It softens your hands and allows the germs to settle in rather than wash away.

Cold water is the solution. Cold water allows you both to save energy from not having to heat the water, and it allows the soap and the scrubbing to do their jobs more effectively.

With every handwashing you do, by letting the water run for seconds, even minutes to heat up, you are sending valuable resources down the drain. And it makes you more vulnerable to germs and bacteria. Small actions make big differences. So why not change your handwashing routine today.

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When it comes to home maintenance, we tend to approach it in one of two ways.

1. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

2. Out of sight, out of mind.

That’s also why when something happens, it creates a mini disaster because we are unprepared to deal with the consequences.

While some home maintenance items are small in nature, and can take weeks, even months to become a bigger, more annoying problem, that’s rarely the case with plumbing. When a problem exists with plumbing, you know it right away, and its an instant mess that you have to deal with at once.

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Which means the more you know about plumbing up front, the more you can avoid those annoying, sometimes disastrous problems that can grow quickly when you least expect it.

Here are a few things you may have heard about plumbing in the past, things you may even be doing right now, and tips and advice on how to improve your plumbing knowledge so you can avoid problems down the road.

Use ice cubes in your garbage disposal. Online, you can find all kinds of advice on what to send down to clean and keep your garbage disposal in top condition. While some advice isn’t the best, adding ice cubes is. Chopping up ice gives your blades a workout that keeps them sharp.

Putting things in your toilet tank is not a way to reduce the amount of water used. There used to be a commonly promoted idea that placing a brick in a toilet tank was a great way to save on water. The problem is this same brick can disintegrate over time, causing rubble, sand and sediment to work its way into your tank’s flushing mechanism, causing it to leak and break faster. The best way to save on water is to purchase and install a water saving toilet. There are many options on the market today, including a water saving dual flush toilet that is perfect for the busiest room in your home.

A properly working septic tank does not require regular additives in order to improve performance. Marketing works wonders, and many companies will have you believing you need to add a variety of things on a regular basis, from odor control to solid reducing additives. False. A septic tank is designed to take care of all of those functions if working in a proper manner.

All plumbing joints should not be tightened as hard as possible. When making DIY repairs, its easy to use the wrench and tighten things as hard as you can. Yet that can actually put more stress on the threads and cause your fixtures and joints to wear out quicker than normal. A firm connection is simply a half turn of the wrench more than hand tight is just right.

The best way to get instant hot water is not by installing a tankless hot water heater. Tankless water heaters don’t store hot water; instead they heat it and supply it when demanded. However, if your tankless water heater is in one section of your home, and your shower is in the opposite corner, you will still have wait time while the hot water is delivered. If you want instant hot water the moment you turn on the faucet, you’ll need a recirculating hot water system instead.

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Every appliance in your home is an investment in keeping your home running smooth and maintenance free. It makes life easier! And if you take care of each major appliance, they can last even longer than usual.

Not only is your washer an essential household appliance, its also one of the major contributors to water usage in your home. Investing in an energy efficient washing machine can help you save money from the beginning. There are also a few ways to make sure you keep you investment in good working order with these tips.

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Metal Can Damage

Those big, clunky zippers on sweaters, jackets and pants can be dangerous in your washing machine. They can snag delicate clothes, and quickly get caught in the drum of your washer, or even crack glass on front loading machines. Coins can act in a similar manner. To avoid problems, make sure you check all pockets before washing, and zip up zippers to their full position before adding a load of laundry to your machine.

Cold Water

One of the best ways to save energy is to wash with cold water. And by doing so, you also reduce shrinkage and fading in your natural fiber clothing. Yet cold water doesn’t keep your machine operating in top condition. A washing machine needs an occasional hot water cycle to remove mineral deposits and kill bacteria that may be sitting around. If you don’t wash with hot water on occasion, at least once a month run a hot water cycle with a cup of vinegar to give it a solid cleaning.

Too Much Detergent

Soap is good; too much soap isn’t. If you wash with too much detergent, a filmy residue will be left in your clothes, and it may cause damage to the control panel in your washing machine. Different types of detergents require different amounts of soap. Make sure you measure carefully and only use the recommended amount of detergent.

Too Much Laundry

While washing with small loads of laundry will waste energy and water, the opposite isn’t a good thing either. Washing with full loads is a good thing; over-stuffing can do more damage than good. It can put excessive wear on the suspension and the bearings, and actually prevent your clothes from being cleaned. Also remember that a full load of jeans is different from a full load of blouses. Check with manufacturers guidelines to load accurately.

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Any appliance run by electricity can be damaged by a lightening strike or a severe power surge. Make sure your washing machine is grounded and is protected by installing a surge protector.

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Occasionally, somewhere across America, a town suddenly is issued a warning not to drink or use the water supply in their homes. After a test, the water quality was deemed too bad for human consumption, and until the situation is resolved, only bottled water should be used.

Then just as magically, everything returns to normal, crisis averted.

Yet we all know that its only a momentary solution to a bigger problem. And it all stems from pollution in our water supply.

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The main source of freshwater pollution is attributed to untreated waste, industrial dumping and runoff from agricultural fields. As a nation becomes more industrial and urbanized, the more problems we face in keeping up with the demands.

As water pollution takes hold, it quickly impacts aquatic life. Fish, birds, and many other animals die off and wash up on beaches. Pollutants such as lead and cadmium are eaten by tiny animals, which are consumed by fish and shellfish, which ultimately end up in our food supply. The more pollutants, the more poison ingested by these animals, the more it comes back to hurt us as we consume it as well.

It also impacts our groundwater – the water we use every day in our homes and our businesses. Its contaminated by

Pesticides – runoff from farms, golf courses, parks and your own backyard

Sewage – left untreated, it impacts surface water and spreads disease

Nutrients – increased levels of nutrients in the water supply can cause eutrophication

Synthetic organics – increasingly showing up in the aquatic environment

Water borne problems and health hazards with our drinking water are human caused and human preventable. They are mainly attributed to lack of education and improper management of water resources. And in many cases, it all starts with you.

Be conscious of what you put on your lawn. While a green lawn may make your landscaping stand out in the neighborhood, it is also causing bigger problems in our community. Be conscious of the fertilizers and enrichers you put on your lawn and throughout your garden – only use safe chemicals that won’t harm the environment.

Be aware of where your food supply comes from. If it has a high lead content, what is it doing to your overall health? Be visible in your request for food free from contaminants.

And be vocal in your community. Change happens one person at a time. The more you are aware, the more you can share with those around you. And eventually we can have a society with access to clean, safe drinking water for all.

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Is there a difference between the tap water and the bottled water you drink? In general terms, the two are comparable in terms of safety.

The FDA oversees bottled water, while the EPA regulates tap water. Both have similar safety standards in place, which means either resource provides quality drinking water.

The FDA requires bottled water producers protect all water sources from bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants; use quality control processes to ensure the chemical safety of the water; and sample and test the water supply on a regular basis.

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The EPA mandates that all water utilities provide annual quality reports to ensure consumer confidence. They must include information on contaminant levels and potential health effects. However, keep in mind that the EPA only regulates public water supplies; if you rely on a private well for your drinking water, frequent testing should be performed on your own.

Where the differences lie is in the source of where your water comes from. If you use tap water, it comes from a water source right in your own community. If you use bottled water, it comes from the source of the manufacturer.

Right now, about 55 percent of the bottled water in the United States comes from spring water, 45 percent comes from the municipal water supply. Yes, the bottled water you may be drinking may just be treated tap water.

Yet when you buy from a bottled water company, you are purchasing water taken from the community where the business is located. And in many cases, those communities are the ones with the greatest need. California is currently facing exceptional drought conditions; its also home to many of the top used bottled water companies that use both groundwater and municipal tap water sources.

While bottled water is convenient for families on the run, there are other choices. Start by investing in a reusable water bottle that allows you to fill up at home and take your own tap water on the run. This is a great way to reduce the 10 billion gallons of bottled water produced here every year, and help the drought ridden areas begin to recover their water supply in the coming years.

Then be conscious about where your water comes from. And what its used for. Water is our most precious resource. The more we think about our water supply today, the better we can make it tomorrow.

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Its August! Time for the last hurrah of summer, a time when kids head back to school … and celebration time as its National Water Quality Month.

In 2005, the United Nations declared 2005 to 2015 to be an International Decade for Action celebrating Water For Life. During this decade, it continues to emphasize the importance of water quality on everything we do and as it relates to sanitation, human rights, geography, urbanization and sustainability.

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Eutrophication – the incidence of high nutrient concentrations of phosphorus and nitrogen – is the most widespread water quality problem we face. Our water systems are carefully interlinked, and everything we do impacts other water projects down the line. When runoff from agriculture, forestry, construction and even our own personal homes and yards occurs, it has widespread effects not just on us personally, but on civilization throughout the world.

The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that 40 percent of the nations waterways suffer from water quality problems. They have detailed analysis on each watershed throughout the United States, which allows users to locate the watershed they live in and learn how polluted it is and what they can do to begin to protect it.

At a minimum, there are a few things you can do right now to begin protecting the water all around you.

  • Stop using antibacterial soaps and cleaning products
  • Stop flushing unwanted or out of date medications down the toilet or drain
  • Stop putting anything but water down storm drains
  • Fix car leaks immediately. Always place liners on driveways and garage floors to collect oil and other drippings, to prevent them from flowing into storm drains
  • Avoid using pesticides and chemical fertilizers on your lawn and landscaping
  • Choose only nontoxic household products
  • Pick up after pets and dispose of properly
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The Colorado legislature has been busy this year. This past week, they passed a variety of new laws, one of them impacting the plumbing in your home.

A newly passed plumbing fixture law will make it illegal to sell faucets, showerheads and toilets that aren’t certified by the federal government as efficient “WaterSense” fixtures. This measure will not require homeowners to change existing plumbing; it merely prevents future sales and installation of items not meeting the WaterSense standards. It takes effect in September 2016.watersense labels logos Water Efficiency: New Colorado Law Will Impact Your Plumbing

What is WaterSense?

WaterSense is a program through the US Environmental Protection Agency that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering simple ways for people to use less water with water efficient products and services. They bring together a variety of people and interests to:

  • Promote the value of water efficiency
  • Provide consumers with an easy way to save water, both through information and easy labeling on products they bring into their homes every day
  • Encourage innovation in manufacturing
  • Reduce the stain on existing water resources and our infrastructure

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When you are out shopping for new products for your home, you can begin by looking for the WaterSense label. All products with this label have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance.

By upgrading to these more efficient WaterSense labeled products, we can save billions of gallons of water throughout the US every year. Even one simple change in your home – switching out your current faucets for WaterSense faucets can potentially save a household up to 11,000 gallons of water over the life of the faucet.

That’s a huge savings! And something we can all start working on today.

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We’re a nation of convenience. We always have something on our plates, some place to go, something to do. And because of it, we’re always looking for products that make our lives just a little easier.

That’s how baby wipes were invented. What could be more convenient than having clean flushable wipes for keeping messes off of your little one? And they come in convenient pouches that mean you can take them anywhere … and dispose of them anywhere.

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People have been using baby wipes – flushable wipes – for years. Yet just because they use the terms “flushable” and “disposable” doesn’t necessarily make them so.

Talk with any municipal waste system employee, and you will hear of the perils of flushing nondispersible items. It can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars to clear clogs caused by these items, and unfortunately its becoming more commonplace every day.

What’s the difference between flushable wipes and toilet paper? Actually, quite a bit.

Toilet paper is made with paper that begins breaking down the moment its wet. Not so with flushable wipes. They are stronger with a tighter weave designed to give you strength for cleaning up. Consumer Reports tested flushable wipes against toilet paper to see the difference. Toilet paper turned into shreds just by being placed in water with a small whirlpool. Flushable wipes didn’t fare as well. After 10 minutes in an electric food mixer, the wipe was still intact.

Now imagine that in a small pipe making its way down stream. Or over a screen designed to separate particles in our municipal waste system. Big problem, right?

Flushable wipes are now one of the most common items flushed that shouldn’t be, but it isn’t the only thing. Right behind it in both amount and problems are paper towels and tampons. Both are designed with packaging that promises “disposable” yet takes time for the process to actually occur.

One may not seem like a big deal. Yet in urban areas, one turns into many very quickly, and that’s where the problem lies.

Don’t flush doesn’t mean don’t use. Instead, it simply means thinking differently when it comes to disposing. Keep a trash can handy and dispose of all nondispersible items in the trash, not by a flush. It takes very little effort, yet can save you time, money and resources down the road by avoiding a potential problem.

When in doubt, don’t flush it down.

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How much water do you think you use every day? Chances are your numbers are low. When people become aware of how much they use, its easier to find ways to reduce the amount of water, and conserve for a better future.

How many gallons of water does it take to flush a toilet?

According to Denver Water, the average gallons used per flush is 2.4. You can reduce water in two ways: flush less, or install a new toilet that uses even less water. This is especially important if your toilet was installed before 1996, when toilets used 3 or more gallons per flush. You can also consider a dual flush toilet, which allows you to choose the amount of water used depending on what needs to be flushed.

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How many gallons of water does it take to use the shower?

The average person uses about 16 gallons of water to take a shower. The most obvious way to cut down on shower water usage is to take shorter showers. You can also increase efficiency by installing a low flow showerhead. Make sure its labeled WaterSense, and it will save up to 20 percent over a more conventional showerhead.

How much water does it take to do a load of laundry?

The average clothes washer uses an average of 30 gallons per load. If you do one load of laundry per day, that can add up to a lot of water. To save, you can reduce the number of loads and make sure you always start the washer with a full tub. You can also look into purchasing a more efficient washer. By choosing an Energy Star washer, you will save up to 15 gallons of water per load, and will save on your energy bill as well.

These are the three largest water usage items a residential home will use during the year. Did you predict how much water you truly use?

That’s the first step in conserving. Start now by making a plan to do one or more things to reduce your water this year. All it takes is a little work from all of us to make a huge difference. Start today.

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What would you do is you walked into your basement and 3 inches of water covered the floor?

What is you walked into your garage after a bitter cold night to find ice hanging from everything?

What if a pipe broke in your kitchen and water began spraying everywhere?

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Not something we like to consider or even think about. Yet its something that becomes reality for many people across Colorado every day.

Things happen. And when they do, its best to be prepared and have a plan in place so you know exactly what to do in any kind of emergency situation.

When you walk into any room in your home to find standing water, or a pipe breaks and begins spraying water rapidly throughout your room, your first line of action is to turn off the water at the source so you can better assess the situation.

Every home has a water main – the point of origination for water entering your home. Most of your appliances also have shutoff valves exclusively for the appliance itself. Do you know where these shutoff valves are? Does your family? If not, now is the time to have a family meeting and show everyone where they are and how to use them.

Water is the most damaging resource we have. If you leave it sit for any length of time, mildew, mold, and rot can occur very quickly. Once you discover a water problem, stopping the water flow is the first step, the second is to find the source. Is it a leak? Is it a broken pipe? Is it a broken appliance? For instance, 3 inches of water in your basement could be a sign that your tank water heater broke, releasing all of the store water into your room. Finding the source will allow you to contact your plumber and provide a specific explanation of what the problem is.

Once help is on the way, then begin to retrieve any personal property that may be effected in the process. Remove furniture, draperies, and any other loose items that may have been sitting on the floor. Move them to a safe location and begin the dryout process. If you have severe damage issues with any of your personal items, it may be wise to speak with a restoration expert to determine the best course of action for saving them.

Do you have a plumbing plan in place?

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