Water Softening Systems Cut Down on Hard Water in Your Home

October 16th, 2017

water-softening-systemWe live in the desert, and that means that hard water is a common problem for most local households. Hard water isn’t necessarily threatening: it’s simply water with a higher mineral content the normal. Such minerals usually consist of calcium and magnesium, which the human body can absorb safely. Just because it isn’t dangerous, however, doesn’t mean it can’t impact your life in damaging ways.  Continue Reading

How Can Water Filtration Systems Help Your Home?

October 2nd, 2017

water-filtration-installaionThe local municipal water systems do an excellent job of rendering water potable for our use. Modern life depends on reliable water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. But even the most diligent public system can miss certain key factors – hard water, for example, is a considerable problem in our area – and everyone’s water could stand to be a little cleaner and purer. Homes with infants or similarly sensitive family members especially benefit from more pure water. Continue Reading

Flush Your Water Heater This Fall

September 18th, 2017

water-heater-maintenanceWe live in a desert community, and that means that hard water is a problem that every homeowner needs to deal with. Arizona drinking water often carries high amounts of calcium carbonate in it, and while that’s not actively harmful (the body can absorb it), it can be awfully hard on your plumbing system. This includes the water heater, which can suffer from sediment build-up and similar issues that can cause a great deal of damage if you let it. The good news is that you can take a simple step to minimize the issue with your water heater: flushing it periodically to remove the sediment. The process is simple and straightforward, and can be accomplished in just a few minutes.  Continue Reading

The Benefits of Trenchless Technology

September 4th, 2017

trenchless-technology-sewerFew plumbing issues in the home are as daunting as a leak or a clog in your main sewer line or water line: the pipes that bring potable water in from the Sun City civic system and remove wastewater from your home via the drains. They’re usually buried underground, which affords them some protection from the elements. But that makes them very hard to reach in the event they spring a leak or develop a clog. Continue Reading

What Are the Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters?

August 21st, 2017

tankless-water-heatersPeople in our area are used to traditional tank water heaters in their home. They’re easy to use and perform their duties quietly and efficiently. But they’re not the only type of water heater out there, and depending upon your needs, you may want to consider an alternate model. Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About Backflow Prevention

August 7th, 2017

drainThere are a lot of different systems that comprise your plumbing system, all of them working together. Some of these systems are vital to the operation of the entire plumbing system. Some are not. You may not even be aware that you have some of these systems. Nevertheless, they need professional services every once in a while if they are to stay in good shape. Let’s have a look at one of those more subtle systems, and why you need to schedule maintenance services for it. Continue Reading

What to Do if You Have a Pipe Rupture

August 2nd, 2017

flooded-roomPipe ruptures are among the worst problems a plumbing system can deal with. They’re essentially large leaks, with the potential to cause immense amounts of water damage in a short amount of time. Most often, homeowners notice that they have a pipe rupture when part of their carpet becomes a bog, or when they notice a waterfall on their stairs. If you have a pipe rupture in your home, stay calm and follow the steps below. Continue Reading

Signs Your Home Needs a Water Softener

July 24th, 2017

pipe-lime-scaleYour city water treatment facilities might be quite good, depending on where you live. They also might be pretty horrible. The effectiveness with which cities treat their water supplies varies more than it should, honestly. Regardless of how good or bad your water is treated before it gets to you, though, you should know that it will never be perfect. There is always a chance of trace amounts of harmful materials making it into your home’s water supply. One of the less dangerous contaminants to you, but more dangerous to your plumbing system, is hard water.

Hard water is water with a very high amount of magnesium and calcium particles in it. As it flows through the plumbing system, it will deposit small amounts of these contaminants on the pipe walls. Over time, the mineral deposits will grow large enough to restrict the flow of water through the pipes. This kind of deposit is called lime scale, and it can be a nightmare to deal with. Hard water can be treated with a water softener, which neutralizes the magnesium and calcium content in it. First, though, you need to know if you have a hard water problem at all. Have a look at some of the signs that your home needs a water softener. Continue Reading

Call for Plumbing Repairs if Your System is Acting This Way

July 10th, 2017

ruptured-pipeIt can be pretty difficult to tell if your plumbing system is in good condition at any given time. Most people prefer not to think about their plumbing system at all, provided it continues to work for them the way it always does. Out of sight, out of mind is not the best way to deal with plumbing issues, though. Sooner or later, your plumbing system is likely to develop a problem of some sort. When that happens, it’s important that you be able to address it quickly so that you can prevent most of the damage. Have a look at these warning signs that your plumbing system is in need of repairs. Continue Reading

Beware These Water Heater Problems

July 3rd, 2017

water-heater-repairWater heaters are built to withstand quite a bit of strain. That’s a good thing, since they cope with a significant amount of demand 24/7. While water heaters are more resistant to developing issues than, say, an air conditioner, they can still have problems crop up every now and then. It’s a good idea for you to know the signs that your water heater is in trouble, so that you can call for repairs as soon as possible. Faster repairs means more damage prevented, which is good for you in the long run. Have a look at some of the most common signs that your water heater is having issues. Continue Reading