Monthly Archive: December 2017

General household plumbing tips:

General household plumbing tips:

1- Extend the life of your hand held kitchen sink faucet sprayer or tub/ shower faucet hand held sprayer by flushing with cold water after using hot water. Whenever possible avoid letting hot water stand in spray hose for extended periods of time. This will greatly increase the life of your spray hose. See more at this website

2- For safety purposes never set your thermostat on your water heater above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures in excess of 120 degrees greatly increase the risk of scalding, especially in children and the elderly members of your household. If higher temps are wanted for particular areas of the house a mixing valve or point of use water heaters are options check with your local licensed plumbing contractor to help decide which would be best for your particular situation.water heater installation

3- Prevent your outside hose bib from freeze-up in winter by the following: Remove hose from bib prior to start of your winter season. Turn the shut off valve to the hose bib to the off position. If you presently have a stem type valve or no valve at all, a ball valve with a bleeder is strongly suggested. even if you have a frost proof style hose bib a shut off valve is recommended. The hose must still be removed to prevent hose bib from being damaged. The hose bib can than be left in an open position to allow residual water to drain and to also prevent line from filling with water. In the event that your current valve does not shut off properly if you have faucets in the house that sometimes freeze up during periods of cold, leave the cabinet doors under the faucet open to allow heat to the area. in extreme instances you can let the faucet trickle a small stream of water as moving water is less likely to freeze where possible you can insulate the pipes.Plumbing Repairs This is suggested if the pipes travel along an outside interior wall. Unfortunately in areas of extreme cold there is no guaranteed method of preventing freezing pipes 100%. If you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time during the cold season, contact your local licensed plumbing contractor to winterize your home prior to leaving.

4- unusually high water bills? First check all faucets for obvious drips. You can check your toilets for unseen leaks by placing food coloring in the tank. Without flushing, check the bowl in about 20 minutes. If the bowl watercolor has changed to match the dye color the tank is losing water & costing you $$$$$$$$$. If your water meter is located outside you can shut off main water supply inside you house. After shutting off water supply inside house look to see if you meter is turning outside. If so, you may have an underground leak in you water service. If you believe this is the problem, contact your local water authority & a licensed plumber to check for you.



NO, YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE who enjoys sneaking a late-night snack. We know how it is. Some things just taste better after midnight, right? But late-night snacking can actually have a negative impact on your teeth—especially when your orthodontic work potentially leaves even more food behind than normal when you’re finished eating.orthodontics

A 2010 Denmark study found correlations between late-night snacking and tooth loss. From a research group of over 2,000 adults, 8% were classified as “nocturnal eaters”. Over a six-year period, members of this group were found to have a greatly increased risk of tooth loss.

Why We Encourage You To Brush And Clean Your Orthodontic Work Before Bedtime
Traditionally, before bed is a good time to take care of your oral health and beauty regimes. There’s good reason for that. During the night, saliva production slows down. Saliva is pivotal in keeping your mouth clean—washing away leftover food and reinforcing tooth enamel. It’s like your mouth’s police force. Minus saliva’s full effects during the night—combined with teeth that aren’t clean—leaves bacteria and plaque to better wreak havoc.orthodontists

There’s another reason too. When you have midnight snacks, what do they typically consist of? Carrot and celery sticks? Probably not. They usually end up being something like leftover birthday cake or cold pizza! Sugars and starches are some of the worst culprits when it comes to tooth decay causes.

What To Do About It

Here’s advice from our practice for facing late-night eating temptation:

If you have a snack, rinse or brush your teeth afterward.orthodontics
Try not to eat or drink anything but water during the hour prior to going to bed.
When snacking fever strikes, opt for healthier foods—and of course, avoid those foods we’ve cautioned you about that aren’t good to eat during your orthodontic treatment period.
And if you think you have habits that are putting your oral health at risk, contact us and we’ll visit. You can also send us a direct message on Facebook, or comment below if you have thoughts or questions.

As always, thanks. Thank you for being our valued patients and friends.