Whole Home Water Softening and Conditioning Systems

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Phoenix Water Is Tough On Plumbing

Did you realize that hard water can reduce the life of plumbing fixtures and appliances by as much as 50%? Hard water is generally classified by the amount of calcium and magnesium found in the water and is measured in PPM (Parts Per Million) or GPG (Grains Per Gallon).  To put PPM in perspective, the City of Phoenix says that one drop of bubble bath soap in a full tub (about 50 gallons) is roughly 1 PPM.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishes standards for drinking water which fall into two categories — Primary Standards and Secondary Standards. Primary Standards are based on health considerations and Secondary Standards are based on aesthetics such as taste, odor, color, or corrosivity. There is no Primary or Secondary standard for water hardness. In fact, the National Research Council (National Academy of Sciences) states that hard drinking water generally contributes a small amount toward total calcium and magnesium human dietary needs (National Research Council, Drinking Water and Health, Volume 3, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., 1980)
Although Calcium and Magnesium is good for the body, it’s not good for your plumbing fixtures and appliances.  The film and deposits you see on your fixtures and appliances are minerals that are left behind when water evaporates.  Hard water residue can be very difficult to remove and can build up.  This build up happens inside and outside the fixtures.  Although what you see on the outside is unpleasant, the damage occurring on the inside is worse.

What Can Be Done About The Hard Water?

There are many ways to deal with the effects of hard water but only a few ways to change hard water to soft water. Reverse Osmosis will remove almost all solids from your water.  This leaves what is technically “soft water”.  The drawbacks to reverse osmosis are a tremendous waste of water, expensive equipment, and the production time.

Reverse Osmosis generally isn’t what people consider soft water though.  People usually associate soft water with a slippery or oily feel they get after being in a bath or shower.  That feeling isn’t actually due to soft water.  That feeling is from what the calcium and magnesium ions are exchanged with in the ion exchange softening process.  When Potassium or salt are introduced to water in a specific way, they replace the minerals which make water hard.  The drawbacks to water softened this way are, higher sodium levels in the water, other chemicals like chlorine and cloromides are not removed from the water,  and the maintenance on these systems can be costly.

The World Health Organization says the minerals in hard water are actually healthy.  As a matter of fact, the average amount of calcium and magnesium in Phoenix water would actually equal about 20% of the recommended daily need for a healthy male by drinking just 6 glasses of water per day. Bottled water is usually just Reverse Osmosis water with no minerals and actually has no health benefits if you don’t have a proper diet.  There are a few exceptions and “Smart Water”™ and “Fiji Water”™ are just 2 that come to mind as I write this.

How Does The Trusted Plumber Handle Hard Water?

We believe that nature has the best mix of minerals for our body.  We also realize that that mix doesn’t work so well with our modern conveniences like dishwashers, water heaters, and kitchen sinks! We searched through hundreds of new products that claimed they could remove the problem of hard water scale and damage before we came to the products we feel comfortable installing in our customers’ homes.  There are many products which make claims that clearly defy the laws of physics. Some make sense but don’t work in real world situations where the water may sit in a tank or travel 25 feet to the exit point. Some are cheap, some are expensive.  We have found the 2 options we adopted are very pleasing to our customers and offer excellent value. They also do what they claim to do so we can back them up with money back guarantees!

 Nuvo H2O®™

chelationOur entry level system is called Nuvo®™. This conditioner uses a process called chelation to address hard water issues. Chelation involves the binding, or stabilization, of the magnesium and calcium found in hard water.  I’m going to try my best to explain in non-scientific language what that means.  When the water hits the chelant agent (the Nuvo H2O®™ product uses citric acid as the chelant), the mineral ions “attract” to the citric acid and form a sort of “ring”.  Once this occurs, the minerals cant “cling” to your fixtures and pipes to form scale.  In addition, because the process actually reduces alkalinity in water, it has the added effect of removing any existing scale over a period of time.  Citric acid is in many fruits naturally and is approved for use by the FDA.  Although the scientific principles ares sound, we don’t have actual scientific testing on this product.  We offer the Nuvo®™ with a full 90 day money back guarantee and our customers have all been very satisfied with the product.

Pelican Water Systems®™

product_saltfreesoftener4_295x306Our premier water conditioning system is manufactured by Enviro Water Solutions, Inc.  Their process involves a patented media that essentially crystallizes the hardness molecules in your water and restricts them from adhering to surfaces.  Not only does it stop them from attaching to fixtures and appliances, it also removes existing deposits.  The most attractive part of this system is the lack of need to replace media or filters.  The system uses no electricity, does not have to regenerate and waste water, it does not damage the environment, and is completely maintenance free.   The Natursoft®™ product actually has independent scientific documentation that confirms it does exactly what the manufacturer says it will do.  It also has a lifetime warranty on the tank and the media.  We feel so confident in the product that The Trusted Plumber offers the Natursoft®™ with a 2 year 100% satisfaction or your money back guarantee.  For further information on the NaturSoft®™ product you can visit their website at www.PelicanWater.com

Financing is available if desired. Just as your technician for details.




When to Consider the Installation of a Water Treatment System

Friday, August 8th, 2014

At The Trusted Plumber, we strongly believe that it is every homeowner’s right to enjoy clean, pure water in their homes. That is why we are happy to provide a great selection of water treatment systems in Phoenix, AZ. You see, the water that comes from the municipal water supply or your own private well is not necessarily going to be of the great quality that you deserve. In order to boost the quality of any subpar water, a water treatment system may be necessary. Here are some tips to help you determine if you need a water treatment system in your home. If you notice any of these problems, simply contact us to have them resolved promptly.

Why Water Treatment Systems are Sometimes Necessary

Because there are so many potential problems with your water quality, it stands to reason that there should also be a number of different solutions. This is great, but it also means that choosing which water treatment system to go with can be complicated. Only a trained, professional plumber can help you make that decision with confidence. If you notice an unpleasant taste or odor coming from your water, for instance, you may have specific deposits in that water leading to this issue. With the use of specialty cartridges, you can remove the offending substances from your water. It is vital, though, that you target the right problems. When you work with us you’ll have no doubts about it.

Another problem that you may run into with your water is hard water. This issue comes about when there is too high a concentration of certain minerals in your water. It can leave a scummy buildup on fixtures and shower doors, and may also make your skin feel filmy. A water softener is the best way in which to resolve this problem. Again, though, only a professional plumber can find the right one for your needs.

Let us know if you think you need a water treatment system in Phoenix, AZ. We’ll ensure that you are using the appropriate equipment for your unique situation.

No matter what problems you notice with your water, from foul odors or smells to unappealing buildups at points of use, The Trusted Plumber is here to help. Call us today. 

How To Choose Between Salt or No-Salt Whole Home Water Conditioning System?

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Today there are thousands of products claiming to solve the problem of “lime-scale”.

How do you choose from so many products and methods of treating “hard” water?   The original way to treat hard water has been around for decades.  That process involves removing magnesium and calcium from the water and replacing it with salt or potassium.   Now we have “activated water”, “Activated Hydrogen Systems”,  magnetic water treatment, oxygenated water, electromagnetic water treatment, ultraviolet light treatment,  sound wave treatment,  depressurization, precious metal catalytic treatment, and many many more.  Most are scams.  Some have validity in specific situations.  Some actually work in a lab but in practicality, fail to perform past a momentary reaction. They range in price from $100 or less to $9000 or more. Let’s narrow it down to some legitimate few that The Trusted Plumber has done in depth research on and found to be worthy both scientifically and from the customer’s reviews.

 

Salt and Potassium Systems

This is definitely the ONLY way to get “soft” water without reverse osmosis.  If your purpose in treating your water is so you can “feel” the difference in the water, this is the way to go.  The slippery feel after a shower can only be duplicated with salt or potassium systems.  There is a substantial trade off though.  You need to filter this type of softened water to drink or cook with it.  The beneficial minerals that are needed by your body are removed from the water during the softening process.  It’s chemically impossible to remove those minerals without replacing them, so salt or potassium are the replacements.  Salt also negatively affects your plumbing.  Water heaters are quickly damaged by the salt in a salt water softener. In addition, most people do not need additional sodium in their diet. To regenerate, these systems also need to flush between 50 and 200 gallons of water weekly and dump it into the public waste water system or the ground water.  This affects our water supply negatively.

Chelation

chelationChelation involves the binding, or stabilization, of the magnesium and calcium found in hard water.  I’m going to try my best to explain in non-scientific language what that means.  When the water hits the chelant agent (the Nuvo H2O®™ product uses citric acid as the chelant), the mineral ions “attract” to the citric acid and form a sort of “ring”.  Once this occurs, the minerals cant “cling” to your fixtures and pipes to form scale.  In addition, because the process actually reduces alkalinity in water, it has the added effect of removing any existing scale over a period of time.  Citric acid is in many fruits naturally and is approved for use by the FDA.  Although the scientific principles ares sound, we don’t have actual scientific testing on this product.  We offer the Nuvo with a full 90 day money back guarantee and our customers have all been very satisfied with the product.

Template Induced Crystallization

product_saltfreesoftener4_295x306Our premier water conditioning system is manufactured by Enviro Water Solutions, Inc.  Their process involves a patented media that essentially crystallizes the hardness molecules in your water and restricts them from adhering to surfaces.  Not only does it stop them from attaching to fixtures and appliances, it also removes existing deposits.  The most attractive part of this system is the lack of need to replace media or filters.  The system uses no electricity, does not have to regenerate and waste water, it does not damage the environment, and is completely maintenance free.   The Natursoft®™ product actually has independent scientific documentation that confirms it does exactly what the manufacturer says it will do.  It also has a lifetime warranty on the tank and the media.  We feel so confident in the product that The Trusted Plumber offers the Natursoft with a 2 year 100% satisfaction or your money back guarantee.  For further information on the NaturSoft®™ product you can visit their website at www.PelicanWater.com

Financing is available if desired. Just as your technician for details.

 

Why Does Phoenix Water Taste So Bad!?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

“Every system in your body depends on water. Its roles are impressive. Water regulates your body temperature, removes wastes, carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells, cushions your joints, helps prevent constipation, lessens the burden on your kidneys and liver by helping flush some of the toxins, and helps dissolve vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to your body.”    MayoClinic.com

“The water may not be aesthetically pleasing, but it is safe to drink because disinfectant remains in tap water.” (Bill Reed, coordinator of the state Department of Environmental Quality’s Safe Drinking Water Program)

Okay…that clears up answers a few questions.  Why does our water taste so bad?  There are no laws that control the TASTE, ODOR, TURBIDITY (clarity), or HARDNESS of treated water.  Don’t worry though because there is plenty of disinfectant in that water.  The most commonly used disinfectant used is Chlorine.

“Gaseous chlorine is the most common and cost effective disinfectant used by approximately 95% of the water industry. Phoenix has used gaseous chlorine for about 50 years.” (Phoenix water Quality services Department Q&A)

That makes sense.  Chlorine would probably not add a pleasant flavor to the water we drink.  I’d like to make it clear to everyone that drinking chlorinated water is unlikely to cause a dangerously high level of chlorine in your body.  As a matter of fact, it would require drinking approximately 5 gallons of tap water to equal the amount of chlorine your body absorbs in just 1 ten minute shower.

So why doesn’t the city do something about this?  Why do we spend billions on water treatment plants and testing our water if we know there is chlorine and other DBPs (disinfection byproducts) being delivered into homes? Well the city has an answer!

“Taste, odor and hardness are not regulated under drinking water health standards. It could be that the water doesn’t taste good or look good, but that doesn’t mean it’s not safe.” (Phoenix water Quality services Department May 2013 report)

They also say:

“While your drinking water meets EPA’s standard for arsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic. EPA continues to research the health effects of low levels of arsenic, which is a mineral known to cause cancer in humans at high concentrations and is linked to other health effects such as skin damage and circulatory problems.” (Phoenix water Quality services Department May 2013 report)

So, the city meets or exceeds the national standards for the drinking water that is delivered to your home over 99% of the time.  The government has assured us that we can be comfortable in the knowledge that our cloudy, smelly, poor tasting water, is not affecting us negatively.   As for me, even though I believe there is every effort made by municipalities to deliver the best water they can afford to deliver, I would rather restore that water entering my home to clean, clear, drinkable water that exceeds the quality of bottled water.  I agree with Dr. Oz, the Mayo Clinic, and many other health professionals that insist that the right filtration is important to the way we treat our bodies.  With the thousands of available systems to choose from, what factors make a difference?  How much will it cost? How do you know it will work? Are there any guarantees or assurances to protect you?

To get the answers to your questions, call us for a free evaluation, water test, and demonstration.  Then, if you like, enjoy a system for 90 days with absolutely no risk. Iif you don’t like it, return it for a full refund…no questions asked!   We haven’t had one returned yet! Financing Available!

“ I will tell moms right now…I don’t think you should be bathing your kids in the tub unless you know that water is clean. All those chemicals get absorbed through the skin, and therefore your child has been contaminated… A filter is an easy fix.”
– Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz. Show