Plumbing tips for Families
John the Plumber and his team are family oriented and safety minded, so we though it might be a great idea to talk about some specific needs your family may have and how the plumbing in your home relates to it. Protecting the most vulnerable people in your household is of utmost importance, and Ottawa is known as being a family city. Our team of licensed and professional plumbers have families of our own, and we are here to share what we think is important.
Though this is now code on new builds, many homes in the Ottawa area have hot water tanks without mixing valves. A mixing valve ensures that the water in your electric or gas hot water tank stays hot enough to prevent bacteria growth, but not so hot that it will scald you when you turn on the shower or kitchen tap. This is vital to seniors who may have slower reflexes, and for younger children who can get burned very easily.
Pressure and temperature regulating valves are also very important in older homes. This prevents the water from suddenly going very cold or very hot when a toilet is flushed or a tap turned on elsewhere in the house while a shower or tap is being used. Just the shock of a change in water temperature can cause falls in bathtubs and burns on bodies.
Right height toilets are a must if you have elderly folks in your home, or if a member of your family has issues with their back, knees or hips. Right height toilets are more comfortable and easier to rise from, and as this is something that basically all people use on a multi daily basis, it is worth the cost to switch over.
Visually inspecting there are no leaks coming from your tub or toilet are also a great habit to get into – water can be slippery and cause falls, as well as seep into walls and ceilings and cause mold to grow – that equals more money to spend on home renovations you may not want to take on, as well as a hazard to the health and safety for your growing Ottawa family.
At John the Plumber, we care about your family in Ottawa. New babies, toddlers, seniors and everyone in between can all benefit from these tips to ensure your home’s plumbing fits your needs.
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