Possible Reasons for Seeing Water Discoloration in Your Home

Monday, November 25th, 2019

water-handsThis isn’t something you want to see: a reddish or brownish discoloration coming from the taps in your house. Something isn’t right if you can’t get clear, non-cloudy water in your house. But what?

It’s tricky to answer that question because there are several sources for water discoloration in household tap water. Some are minor issues that will soon go away. Others may require service for your plumbing in Avondale, AZ. We have extensive experience with all types of plumbing issues, and we’ll run down a short list of the most common causes of discolored water. (more…)

Water Treatment Will Improve Your Quality of Life

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

water-filtration-systemWe’re not trying to scare you, but there are probably a ton of things wrong with your water. Harmful minerals, pesticides, too much alkaline… All of it can affect your quality of life and your health.

It’s not that your municipal water isn’t good enough, but not every city filters water the same way, and that can leave a lot of room for error. What better way to end your concerns, then, by having all your water treated before it reaches your home?

Below, we’ve listed a few benefits to having a water treatment system that will seriously change your quality of life (and even save you money).

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What Are Absorption Water Filters?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

If you want better quality water for your home, a water filtration system is one of the ideal solutions. At The Trusted Plumber, we offer installation and services for many types of water filtration systems in Peoria, AZ, and we also provide the water testing that will help you find out exactly what types of contaminants you need to have removed. Thanks to the combination of water testing and water treatment system installation, we can handle all your concerns about water quality.

Absorption water filters

Among the types of water filtration systems available, perhaps the most common is the absorption water filter, also known as a carbon absorption filter. These filters are often used to eliminate the frequent problem with chlorine in municipal water, which is a byproduct of the chemical treatment process. Absorption filters will also remove contaminants that create unpleasant tastes and smells in your water.

An absorption filter consists of carbon-based minerals in a matrix that contains many microscopic pores and pits. The raw material for this matrix comes from organic material that is high in carbons, such as coconut shells and coal. The various pores in the matrix trap unwanted particles in the water as it flows through it.

Eventually, an absorption filter must be replaced or it will become too clogged with the captured pollutants. If you have an absorption filtration system in your home, you may notice a drop in water flow or the return of contaminants into the water supply at some point. These are signs that you should replace the filter. If you are using an activated carbon filter, professionals can re-activate it when its performance lags.

Absorption filters will not affect a number of the contaminants that can get into your water, such as some heavy metals and chemicals. This is one of the reasons that you shouldn’t select and install a water treatment system on your own, but instead call on professionals to test your water first. They will know the right type of filter to use to see that you receive the purified water you want.

To get started with cleaner, healthier water in your home, call The Trusted Plumber and ask about our services for water filtration systems in Peoria, AZ.

How to Find the Best Water Filtration System for Your Home

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Today, people are more concerned than ever about the quality of the water in their homes. This explains the rise in the popularity of filtration pitchers and bottled water. However, neither of these is an effective solution for many of the issue that can lower the quality of the water in a home: filtration pitchers only filter out a few contaminants, and bottled water is expensive and usually less purified than the water that comes from the municipal system. Also, neither will benefit your plumbing, which can also suffer because of pollutants in the water.

The best way to have water you can trust is to call The Trusted Plumber. We specialize in water filtration systems in Phoenix, AZ, and offer many solutions for different types of contamination. Call us today to get started with healthier water for your family and your plumbing.

Finding the right filtration system

There are numerous types of water treatments systems available: absorbent filters, reverse osmosis systems, chemical feed pumps, water softeners, etc. How can you choose the right one?

It’s an easier job than you might think. All you have to do is contact water testing professionals. They will come to your home and take water samples from different taps. These samples then go to a lab, where they are run through a series of tests to discover issues such as acidity, alkalinity, hardness, and the presence of harmful chemicals and heavy metals. When the test results come back, you will know exactly what is in the water.

Your water quality professional can then get to the job of finding a water treatment system that will counteract the pollutants. If your water has excess magnesium and calcium, a water softener will take care of it. For pollutants like arsenic, an absorbent filter is often effective. For minute contaminants, few treatment systems will do a better job than a reverse osmosis filter.

Once you have determined the best filtration system, leave the installation job to the professionals. That way you will know that the treatment system is doing its job. Rely on the professionals for future maintenance service that will recharge and restore the filter as necessary.

The Trusted Plumber offers professional water testing as well as installation of a variety of water filtration systems in Phoenix, AZ. Get in touch with our technicians to schedule service.

What Is a Reverse Osmosis System?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Having clean water isn’t just about taste, it’s important to your health. If you are looking to add a water filtration system to your home, you may want to consider the installation of a reverse osmosis system. Reverse osmosis systems do not need a mechanical filter and can remove up to 99% of impurities. If you’ve been concerned about your water and have been considering the installation of a water filtration system in Peoria, AZ, then call the experts at The Trusted Plumber today.

The Process

Osmosis is the process by which a fluid, such as clean water, will naturally move toward water with a higher solute, i.e., more contaminants. Reverse osmosis is the opposite. By utilizing high pressure to push water through a semipermeable membrane, contaminants and impurities can be removed, leaving pure, clean water on one side of the membrane and waste on the other. Broken down into steps, the process looks like this:

  • Your turn on your water tap and water flows in your system
  • The water reaches the membrane
  • The water pressure forces the water through the membrane, but the impurities, particles and contaminants cannot get through the membrane
  • The cleaned water arrives at your faucet
  • All strained impurities and contaminants are expelled from your system to the collection tank

Reverse osmosis is used to desalinate water, so just imagine the power it can have in your home.

Kind of Contaminants Removed

Here are some of the contaminants removed by reverse osmosis:

  • Sodium (salt)
  • Calcium
  • Sulfates
  • Magnesium
  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Selenium

A reverse osmosis system will also remove bacteria from the water and any other particles that are larger than .001 microns.

The Benefits of Reverse Osmosis

  • Water that is 99% pure
  • Improved taste
  • No worries about odors or appearance
  • No mechanical devices
  • Discards captured impurities on its own
  • Blends seamlessly with your home plumbing

The Trusted Plumber has been helping customers with water filtration systems in Peoria, AZ, for a long time and we can help you, too. Call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

3 Different Types of Water Filtration Systems

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

It’s easy to assume that the water that enters your home is safe for consumption. Before water reaches your home, it goes through an intense water treatment process via your municipal water treatment facility. Chemicals such as chlorine or chloramine are added to the water to neutralize dirt, bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other contaminants. Furthermore, there is a sedimentation and filtration process to rid the water of sediment and dissolved particles.

However, many homeowners are surprised to learn that this process cannot remove every single contaminant from the water. Contaminants may continue to threaten your water supply, or additional particles can collect as water travels to your home, which is why many homeowners choose whole-home water filtration systems for extra protection. Additionally, some homeowners choose water filtration because they are dissatisfied with the chemicals used during municipal treatment, as some people are sensitive to chemicals like chlorine, chloramine, and fluoride. Let’s go over a few of your options for water treatment so your home and family members get the protection needed.

  • Whole-Home Filter: You may decide on a basic water filter to remove many of the minerals and other particles that could otherwise move into your water supply. Any whole-home filter is installed at a point-of-entry for your plumbing so that all of the water in the house is treated. Basic water filtration systems can target a large amount of contaminants, including most particles and some biological pollutants. However, smaller particles can still sometimes pass through the filter.
  • Reverse Osmosis System: A reverse osmosis system is a bit more effective at removing most types of contaminants that could infiltrate your plumbing. These use water pressure to push the water through a semi-permeable membrane. This membrane only allows pure water to pass through, so very few contaminants make their way through.
  • Water Softener: For some homeowners, hard water is the prevalent problem that plagues the home. Hard water is a condition in which there are minerals in your water that leave behind white or yellowish-green deposits near drains and faucets. These same deposits can gather in the pipes and drastically reduce your water pressure until you need costly plumbing repair or replacement. A water softener replaces minerals like magnesium and calcium with a different type of ion, most commonly salt.

Choosing the right system for your home can be difficult, unless you have the help of an experienced technician. Call The Trusted Plumber to talk to an expert about installing water filtration systems in Phoenix.

Why You Should Schedule Water Testing for Your Home

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Before water reaches your home, it is filtered and treated through your local water treatment facility. Filtration generally removes dirt and other suspended particles, while a chemical such as chlorine is added to kill bacteria and any other microorganisms in the water. However, the water still has a long way to go before it reaches your home, and it may pick up some new contaminants along the way.

Scheduling water testing is the best way to discover what types of impurities may afflict your water supply and what can be done to ward them off. Microorganisms and chemicals in the water may lead to health issues, or could aggravate an existing health problem in a family member. With water testing, you can pin down the exact problem and choose from several different water filtration systems in Peoria that meet your needs.

Water testing may reveal high levels of hard water, a common problem for homeowners. Hard water is marked by an excess of minerals, most commonly magnesium and calcium. These rarely carry adverse health effects, but they could block your pipes, leading to frequent plumbing problems and premature pipe replacement.

A greater concern for many homeowners is the potential health effects from exposure to impurities in the water. Some of these may only be a concern for people with preexisting sensitivities, while some should not be consumed by any person. After water testing reveals potential issues, a water filtration system can remove pollutants such as nitrate and arsenic. And some homeowners use whole-home filtration to rid their water of high levels of chlorine and fluoride, chemicals often added by your township that may lead to irritation.

Here are a few of the treatment systems you may choose from after scheduling water testing with a trained professional.

  • Water Softener: This type of system replaces the minerals in hard water with sodium ions.
  • Absorption Filter: This can rid your water supply of many particles as well as chlorine, but may be ineffective at removing some contaminants.
  • Reverse Osmosis System: This is one of the most effective types of systems available, using a thin membrane which only allows water to pass through.

Your family deserves access to clean, purified water. The experts at the The Trusted Plumber can install your new unit for you and answer any questions you have about water filtration systems in Peoria, AZ. Call us today!

Why You Should Consider a Whole-House Water Filtration System

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

When your water smells or tastes funny, you may purchase a single point-of-use filter that purifies the drinking water from your kitchen faucet. However, this is an isolated solution for a problem that likely affects your entire plumbing system. If all of the taps in your home have this problem, you may need a whole-house water filtration system to protect your plumbing and your family’s health from any of the following problems.

  • Chlorine: Chlorine is often added to your water at the municipal water supply for health purposes. However, for some people, chlorine may have negative effects on the skin or hair, and many homeowners simply want to remove any added substances from their water entirely. An absorption filter removes the chlorine and some other natural pollutants from your water supply, although it may not take care of every mineral or metal that could affect your plumbing.
  • Hard Water: The term “hard water” refers to high levels of minerals such as magnesium and calcium. Hard water affects the majority of homes in the United States, and it usually does not negatively affect your health. However, it may cause problems for your plumbing system or for the large appliances in your home. Hard water often leaves water spots or soap scum behind in the dishwasher, and you may notice white or yellow-green deposits around the faucets in your home. As these deposits gather in the pipes, you’ll get reduced water pressure, and it may lead to the need for pipe replacement. Your best option for prevention is a water softener.
  • Other Contaminants: Installing a whole-house reverse osmosis system is one of the most effective ways to remove bacteria, sediment, and other contaminants from your water, as few impurities can pass through the semipermeable membrane. Furthermore, a reverse osmosis system can remove the salt that is added to your water during the water softening process.

Installing a whole-house water filtration system is the best way to protect your potable water supply. But you’ll need a professional to test your water and determine the right type of system for the job. For more information about water filtration systems in Phoenix, call the experts at The Trusted Plumber today.