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Just like any other home appliance that we have, our water heating system also needs constant checking and constant monitoring to make sure that it is in good working condition. Everything has its limits and everything we own has its shelf life. When the time comes that your bathroom heater ceases to function well, then maybe it is about time to have it checked, repaired, or in worse cases — even replaced. So exactly what are the red flags that […]
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Described by NY Times as “The smallest room in the house (that) can be a dangerous place.”, our household bathroom is one of the top places where accidents and injuries usually happen.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized.

More than a third of the injuries happen while bathing or showering. More than 14 percent occur while using the toilet.

In addition, surveys shows injuries acquired by different genders vary, women take a lead having  64% compared to men having only 36% incident rate. According to the cause of injury, a whooping 80% is due to accidents by falling, and the remaining 19% is due to other causes.

Talk about being timely, even the hit series Game of Thrones reveals on its season finale that no bathroom is an exception, even those that are located in Westeros. Now I don’t want to be a movie spoiler here, but if you ARE interested to watch the best scenes of death and destruction in restroom settings, then go ahead and click the link.

In reality, and not just in fantasy television series, our home bathroom can also pose great threat to our family’s safety. SaveOurBones shares 7 wonderful tips to prevent accidents inside the bathroom. Basically, it emphasizes factors such as wet floors and rags to be a great factor why accidents happen. They highly suggest that the sink, toilet, and especially the drainage system to be in proper working condition to avoid clog and slippery surfaces.

If you are still not convinced about taking extra precautions inside the shower, maybe reading this news about the 50-something-year-old woman from San Diego will give you some thoughts to ponder on:

She lost her balance in the shower of her second-floor apartment and fell out an open 2-by-3-foot window next to the bathtub, U-T San Diego reported. The woman, identified only as in her 50s, fell to the bottom of a light shaft (pictured below), some six to eight feet below ground level.

On The Red Carpet reports the dental misfortune of 63-year-old singer Steve Tyler, when his teeth broke during an accident in a certain hotel bathroom.

Steven Tyler was recently hospitalized after suffering a fall in a bathroom in a hotel in Paraguay, which prompted the rocker and “American Idol” judge to undergo emergency dental work and for his band Aerosmith to postpone a planned concert.

There ARE many ways to prevent these bathroom accidents, of course. The bottom line is to always keep a mindful attention to what you are doing inside and avoid slippery surfaces.

Here’s a short list of 5 Ways to create a safer bathroom:

Choose Textured Floor

Make it Level

Get a Grip

Keep kids in Mind

Don’t get Burned

The bathroom can be an enjoyable place for you and your kids, especially the bath tub sessions. Keeping this place in your house accident-free is the ultimate challenge to every homeowner.
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You’ll be surprised to know that ranking third in the list of 7 Places In Your Home That Are Dirtier Than Your Toilet is your KITCHEN SINK!

The place where we prepare our food is relatively dirtier than your bathroom.

A study found that kitchen sinks have more germs than bathroom sinks. The study also found that three-quarters of American kitchen cloths and sponges are heavily contaminated with harmful bacteria, meaning proper clean-up can be difficult.

The idea of microbes lingering in our kitchen sink would raise alarm signals and would probably make you think twice of trusting your kitchen’s sanitation. Before you start condemning that area in your house, find comfort in knowing that there are several ways to significantly improve your kitchen’s hygiene.

Lifestyle.com gives us a few tips on how to use vinegar in different areas (such as dishwasher, kitchen appliances, and cutting boards) for safe, effective and budget-friendly cleaning.

 

If you want to keep your kitchen immaculate, cleaning it daily would be the perfect way to do it. A daily guide gives to us a step-by-step procedure on how to do it right and it won’t even take too much of your time since you only need 20 minutes of your time daily:

 

Here is a 30-day plan that will help you clean your kitchen in manageable chunks of time — and keep it gleaming clean without those hours of toil on the weekend.

Household expert Martha Stewart recommends that aside from keeping the kitchen appliances and countertops clean, it is highly important to keep the sink drainage system free-flowing to avoid stagnant water which are conducive for bacterial growth.

Keep drains clog-free by flushing them with boiling water once a week. Boil one gallon of water. Pour half down the drain, wait a few minutes, and then pour in the rest. Never put oils or animal fat down the drain, as they’re a major cause of clogs.

The last and most obvious tip would probably be to have regular garbage disposal in your kitchen area. Avoid piling wastes for prolonged hours, as to this would invite unwanted “guests” (or pests) in our lovely kitchen.

The bottom line is to keep your kitchen tidy to avoid contamination of the food prepared in this area. After all, the kitchen is the heart and center of the home and this is where our family’s health depends on.
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Taking a bath may seem like a typical daily routine to us, it tends to be monotonous and we no longer take pleasure in doing it. What if you found out that giving yourself a nice warm to moderately-hot bath is not just pleasurable but beneficial on your health as well. Care to find out why?

Getting in a hot tub could soothe your stress away. As stated by Mayo Clinic:

 

Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit.

 

Furthermore, the health institution also listed Relaxation Techniques (which includes taking a hot bath) as one act to effectively manage stress.

Hot tubs are therapeutic for people suffering from diabetes, Diabetes Health Journal declares:

According to a pilot study that appeared in the September 16 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), “hot tub therapy” helped a group of type 2s reduce their blood sugars, lose weight and improve sleep patterns…

It may be especially helpful for patients who are unable to exercise.

Another (maybe not-so-surprising) positive effect of warm water is that it is actually proven to relieve our body pain. An article from Arthritis Today tells us that even 20 minutes of soaking in a warm tub could do you and your body aches a lot of favor:

Soaking in warm water is one of the oldest forms of medicine, and there’s good reason why this practice has stood the test of time. Research has shown warm water therapy works wonders for all kinds of musculoskeletal complaints, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and low back pain.

“The research shows our ancestors got it right. It makes you feel better. It makes the joints looser. It reduces pain and it seems to have a somewhat prolonged effect that goes beyond the period of immersion,” says Bruce E. Becker, MD, director of the National Aquatics & Sports Medicine Institute at Washington State University in Spokane.

Don’t forget to get yourself hydrated before and after dipping into the hot tub, says Dr.Becker in an after-note.

A natural way to increase our body’s immune system is by elevating our body temperature:

Elevated body temperature helps certain types of immune cells to work better, evidence suggests. (Science Daily)

Now if words are not enough to convince you that a warm bath is beneficial to your health, watch this video showing a new bathing system, an innovation done by orthopedics and occupational therapists themselves:

 

 

Who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing time in a spa, tub, sauna or jacuzzi right? But if you are in a bit of a hurry or these utilities are simply unavailable, keep in mind that the effects of taking warm to moderately-hot shower can give you just the same results.

Since showers are different from tubs in a sense that the water from a shower flows freely and directly on you as you bathe, you have to make sure that the shower system you are using provides just the perfect water heating temperature to avoid burning you skin.

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We usually say that our Bank Account dictates our Bathroom design. According to Feng Shui though, it is the other way around. Love, Health, and even Wealth may be influenced by how we set the interior design in our home.

So what exactly is Feng Shui all about? According to a source:

Feng shui is the Chinese art of determining the most favorable design of a space such as a building, room or desk to balance the energy and increase the harmony of the flow of chi in the room. It’s believed to offer a wide variety of benefits, including but not limited to good fortune, inner peace, productivity and more.

Our bathroom is not an exception from this superstitious belief. In fact, the bathroom is one place where we need Feng Shui the most. The bathroom is an area in the house believed to be easily filled with “negative energy”, and  where good fortunes are “flushed” or “drained”. The first step listed in 8 Steps to Feng Shui Your Bathroom tells us to Plug the Drains and Keep the Toilet Lid Closed. Why?

To take care of the escaping chi keep the toilet lid closed and make a habit of popping the drains closed when you get out of the tub. You can also find plastic drain covers at any hardware store for showers which will effectively stop that chi from escaping out the drains.

 

 

Water, in Feng Shui, represents Money. This is why good water supply pipes are essential. In line with this, MindBodyGreen recommends indoor water fountains because they circulate prosperity energy in the home. (Image Credit)

 

 

 

 

Although an important aspect of Bathroom Feng Shui includes the location of the bathroom in our house, Old Construction Remedies and Cure can help us counter negative energies even if we did not get the privilege to choose out bathroom’s location.

Many homes don’t have the ideal bathroom placement, but you can counter the bad chi this creates with simple and inexpensive feng shui remedies.

If you find yourself debating whether or not to believe in this old Chinese tradition, watch this video to give you a new perspective about the 5,000-year-old art.

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Celebrities and Major Corporations Who Use Feng Shui include The Wall Street Journal, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, and Tommy Hilfiger to name a few.
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Let’s dive into Parenthood this time and discuss a sensitive issue that all parents can relate to: Potty Training.

This “phase” in every child’s life is crucial because we are actually weaning them into adulthood. They learn that some things are “worth waiting for” and it makes them realize that they can be in control of almost everything in their lives: poo-poo and wee-wee included.

N.I.H — National Institutes of Health posed a challenging question to parents who have toddlers who are yet to be potty trained:

 

 

 

Is your child ready to use a potty? The more important question may be, are you?

 

 

 

It really is not a simple task to rear a child to become an independent and responsible individual. Potty training is just one of the many things that will help children learn discipline and obedience early in life.

The bathroom: A cold dark place, somewhat viewed by toddlers as a “confined solitary” space in our house. The bathroom can be a bit scary especially if one stands 2-feet tall or less. The big, empty and unfriendly environment inside the bathroom can be changed to make things easy for your little tikes to be more comfortable inside, just like what I’ve read in The Chicago Tribune News, May 16, 2014 edition:

The balloons were hanging, the toys were wrapped, and the table was set. It was a huge day at one little boy’s home, and it was obvious that this was going to be one exciting party…

“We decorated the bathroom and the living room, and I put together a treat tray,” Crane said. “Every time he used the potty, he would get a doll.”

“Make your child feel comfortable in the bathroom.” says the American Academy of Family Physicians. Children needs to be assured that they are safe and away from harm.

Preparing them (the trainees), preparing ourselves (the trainers), and of course preparing the venue (the bathroom) is very important. Have your Home Plumbing system checked ahead of time to avoid interruptions during the course of the training: Checking your Drain Pipes, your Heating System, and your Faucet would be a great way to make sure that you and your toddlers will not have any dilemma inside the bathroom, since you will be spending most of your time there for the next week or so. Based on experience, Training Success Tips and Tricks shares 8 advices, and number 5 states:

Lots and lots of bathroom time. Be prepared to sit in the bathroom. {I totally disagree with having the potty anywhere but the bathroom. I just think it’s gross and then you have to train them to go in the bathroom all over again later.} Seriously, the first few days of training Charlie and I spent hours in the bathroom.

One of the main aim of Potty Training is to avoid wet beds at night. Plumbing, when gone wrong, could lead to Leaky Pipes, and that would mean more than wet beds.

Parenthood may be about being hands-on to almost everything in the house, but remember that when it comes to Residential Plumbing, please take my advice and leave it to the experts. Reserve your precious time in spending it with your kids, and let the professional plumbers do the plumbing work for you.
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We all love to travel. Every year, there is at least one good chance for us to go on-board an aircraft and it would be very useful to know some important facts about what could be lurking behind the closed doors of airplane lavatories. Airlines for America gives us a glimpse of how aircraft drinking water system work:

The aircraft used by A4A members employ closed-loop water systems with various size water tanks depending on the aircraft make, model and configuration. The water tanks are generally small due to the limited on-board demand for water in the galleys and lavatory wash basins (toilets are served by a separate system), as well as the need to limit excess weight…. Given the small size of aircraft water systems, water is replenished regularly from regulated airport public water supplies.

Potable Water Regulations for Common Carrier (P.W.R.C.C) has long been existing in Canada to ensure the safety of passengers consuming tap water. However, it wasn’t until May of this year — after 60 long years— that it was strictly implemented:

The Public Health Agency of Canada published new draft regulations, the Potable Water on Board Trains, Vessels, Aircraft and Buses Regulations, to modernize the regime governing the safety and quality of drinking water on federally regulated airplanes, trains, ships and buses.

So what made them bring back their attention to the regulation? According to a Canadian Press news article:

A 2004 study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that water on 15 per cent of 327 aircraft tested positive for total coliform, which is often used to indicate the sanitary quality of foods and water.

The Wall Street Journal added the reason why the water supplied in airplanes are contaminated:

Tanks are only cleaned a few times a month so it contains bacteria from wherever the plane has been and tanked up–possibly including various countries and US regions where tap water is not potable.

Crews who work for different airline companies were interviewed to complete a survey entitled 30 Flight Attendants, Pilots, And Airport Staff Share Their Best Kept Secrets About Flying. Number 11 is noteworthy, as it states:

Do not EVER drink water on an aircraft that did not come from a bottle. Don’t even TOUCH IT. The reason being the ports to purge lavatory shit and refill the aircraft with potable water are within feet from each other and sometimes serviced all at once by the same guy. Not always, but if you’re not on the ramp watching, you’ll never know.

So there you have it. Research, scientific tests, and even airline employees themselves laid down the the dirty facts that linger in airplane lavatories. This information is something that everybody must know. Passengers are only left with the hope that with the regulations being strictly imposed to airline companies, potable water would be made available from the lavatory faucets of airplanes.

This makes you thankful thinking about the bathroom plumbing at your own home and the clean safe water it provides your family, doesn’t it?
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The bathroom is one of the most frequently visited area in our house, or even in public places. We cannot go on a day without dropping by our “Comfort Room”. Of the many synthetic products we use everyday, we are undeniably exposed to different kinds of harmful chemicals that are dangerous to our health.

Maintaining sanitation in our bathroom is very important, but it doesn’t have to compromise the health of our family. The article Step Away from that Toilet Bowl Cleaner relates some chemicals found in common bathroom cleaning products that were also used in chemical warfare way back in the 1900s.

Typical toilet bowl cleaners contain sulfates which can trigger asthma attacks and chlorine which, when combined with other chemicals, can form chlorine gas. You do know what the Germans used when they first started using chemical weapons during World War I, right? If you guessed chlorine gas, you’re a winner. (Accept my congratulations and a warm smile, which you can’t see. Trust me, I’m smiling.)

Having this in mind, we have to reconsider some of the products we introduce to our household. Chronic exposure to chemicals could put you and your family’s health at risk.

There are several alternatives when it comes to solving common problems in your bathroom and it doesn’t have to involve dangerous chemicals. Cleaning your Toilet Naturally discusses 5 Natural Cleaners for Toilets, and most of them are readily available in your house.

Adopt one of the easy recipes above for cleaning your toilets, or experiment with the natural ingredients discussed in this article to make your own formula.

If you’re on a journey to living a healthier , more sustainable lifestyle – eliminating chemical cleaners from your home is probably already on your list. If you haven’t completely switched over to natural cleaners, we challenge you to take small steps until all your cleaners are natural and homemade.

To give you a step-by-step run through of how to apply vinegar on instances when your sink is clogged, watch this video:

Do-it-yourself is okay, especially when it only involves simple problems in your house, which are fixable by tools within your reach. In most cases though, especially in worst case scenario, consulting help from professional plumbers are better options to avoid aggravating the problem.

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When I was between the ages of six and twelve my family had an in ground pool in our backyard. I pretty much was a fish for the summer months. My dad, however, had to put a lot of work into that pool so that we could enjoy it each summer. Having a pool can be a huge blessing, as long as you care for it properly.

The most important thing with a pool is keeping the chemical balance right. This keeps the pool water clean and algae-free, preventing anything weird from growing in the water. You should follow these four steps for keeping your chemicals balanced:

Care for a Pool in 4 Easy Steps

Pools were made for having fun and relaxing, not working. Pool maintenance shouldn’t be a full-time job. You can simplify pool care with these four easy maintenance steps. …

It’s also important to at least once a week scrub down the sides, clean anything off the bottom, and skim leaves or other debris off the top. Unfortunately not everyone is as careful about keeping their pools as clean as they should be. Check out this article for some common mistakes:

Pool Maintenance Mistakes

If you have your own swimming pool, you are one of the lucky ones. Here in Phoenix, some people use their swimming pools all year long. Swimming pool maintenance doesn’t have to be difficult…

Finally, the pool needs to be closed at the end of the year and reopened in the spring. Closing the pool basically involves draining some of the water, adding a few extra chemicals, and covering it. To open the pool in the spring you just reverse the process. Before you refill your pool, however, talk to your local Manassas plumber about what your septic tank can handle. Some people can just refill their pools from their well, but we always felt that we needed to buy the water to be on the safe side. For some helpful tips on proper closing and opening procedures, skip to the end of the following article:

Swimming Pool Maintenance and Seasonal Care

Having a pool is great, but do you know what it takes to maintain a pool, and keep it clean and healthy for your family? …

Give your pool the proper care and maintenance, and it can bring endless joy to you, your family, and your friends.
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We’ve all done it. We’ve been told over and over that tissues, paper towels, and wipes do not dissolve in water and should not be flushed down the toilet. And yet, at some point in our lives we’ve all done it anyway. I urge you, then, to watch this news report. If it doesn’t convince you that wipes should not be flushed, nothing will:

The problem, as the video clearly illustrates, is that even things marked “flushable” take a long time to disintegrate. The Washington Post writes:

“The latest menace, officials say, is that wipes and other products … are increasingly being marketed as “flushable.” Even ever-thickening, super-soft toilet paper is worrisome because it takes longer to disintegrate …. ‘Just because you can flush it doesn’t mean you should,’ said I.J. Hudson, a spokesman for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which handles sewage for 1.8 million residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.”

The problems do not only apply to the sewer systems. The wipes can easily get stuck in your pipes, causing clogs and backups in your toilets and sinks. Fortunately, a reliable plumbing service can easily resolve the situation, but it’s going to be pricey:

‘Flushable’ Wipes Reportedly Causing Toilet Clogs, Septic Problems

The attorneys at Morgan & Morgan are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of consumers who used flushable wipes and experienced plumbing problems, including toilet clogs. …

Do the smart thing. Take the extra step to trash can instead of throwing things into the toilet. Everyone will be happier that way.

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