If you're an expecting parent, there's a good chance that you've already scoured through your home to remove any hazards that may potentially harm your baby. Most expecting parents only check the bathrooms to see whether they are clean enough, but fail to recognize that they also need to inspect and examine the plumbing there. If you have the time, you should get a plumber to make a quick inspection to determine whether everything is safe. Here are 3 things in particular that you should do.
Adjust the Hot Water Heater
You'd be surprised at just how easily babies can scald, especially since their skin is very sensitive. You don't want to run the risk of accidentally scalding your baby because of an overactive hot water heater. Ideally, you should make sure that the hot water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Even at this temperature, adults can get scalded by the water if they are exposed to it for over 5 minutes. Still, this should give you plenty of time to react if the water is too hot for your baby. The hot water heater settings can be adjusted via the thermostat found near the central hot water tank. If you're having a trouble finding the device, get the plumber to do the job for you. At the very least, you'll know that the hot water heater has been set correctly.
Although you might be tempted to set the maximum temperature even lower, don't. The hot water heater needs to be able to operate at those temperatures in order to prevent bacterial growth within its tanks.
Install a Water Filter on All Taps and Faucets
On top of being sensitive to the temperature of water, babies are also relatively sensitive to the contents within the water. While tap water generally is rather safe since it has already gone through several filtration steps, tap water in your home may have traces of bacterial growth or other contaminants and pollutants. These contaminants may be from a deteriorating plumbing structure within your home or may be caused by leaks somewhere in the system.
While all tap water from the public water system in the U.S. is generally free from any type of infectious bacteria, it's better to be safe than sorry by having a plumber install either a central water filter or a water filter for every tap and faucet in your house. Make sure that the water filter can remove all types of contaminants and pollutants. The water filters could prevent your healthy baby from infections that most commonly target the digestive tracts. If your baby is already immunocompromised, the water filter will play a much more essential role to their well being.
Have the Pipes Inspected
Lead pipes will leak toxins into the water. Surprisingly, some major U.S. cities still rely on 100% lead pipes in their plumbing system. Before you bring your baby home, get the pipes inspected by a plumber. If your house still relies on lead pipes, it might be time to consider replacing the pipes with new alternatives even if the lead pipes are in good condition. It's just best not to risk it. You'll need to speak to a plumber to determine which alternatives are best suited for the architectural styling of your home and which alternatives are going to be most compatible with the city water line.
There's a good chance that you'll be spending a significant amount of time cleaning and washing your baby on a regular basis, especially since babies are quite messy. As a result, it's crucial that you take a further look into your bathroom's plumbing system in order to make sure that it is ready for your baby. Visit a site like http://www.aabsoluteplumbing.com to contact a plumber who can inspect your system and make sure it's safe.Share
12 July 2016
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