Why Does My Home Have Low Water Pressure?

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

hand-opening-silver-faucetLately, people only want to know one thing:

Do you put the toothpaste on first and then wet the toothbrush, or wet the toothbrush first and then put on the toothpaste?

The answer won’t matter much, though, if you turn on the faucet to discover a disappointingly weak stream of water. You’ve just experienced low water pressure, and now you need to know where it’s coming from. Not just because it’s inconvenient, but because it can hinder the performance of appliances, like your washing machine.

We have a few ideas about what’s causing your low water pressure problems.

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Hard Water Is a Serious Plumbing Problem

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

hard-water-showerHere in Arizona, homeowners are often spared some of the plumbing problems that afflict homes back east. Our winters are fairly mild, for example, which means we don’t have to deal with issues like frozen pipes or burst pipes very often.

That said, desert communities like ours have lingering issues with hard water, which isn’t usually treated by municipal water systems. And while not actively harmful, it can cause a great deal of plumbing damage if you let it. The good news is that a trained plumber can help you get ahead of the problem and stop it before it does anything to impede your plumbing. (more…)

Water Softening Systems Cut Down on Hard Water in Your Home

Monday, 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.  (more…)

Signs Your Home Needs a Water Softener

Monday, 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. (more…)

How Water Softeners Protect Against Hard Water

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Millions of homes across the country have a problem with hard water, which is water with a very high magnesium and calcium content. While hard water is not dangerous to people, it can absolutely wreck plumbing systems if it’s not dealt with in a timely manner. The single best way to protect your home against hard water is to install a water softener in your home. Let’s take a look at how water softeners protect against hard water. (more…)

How to Tell if You Have Hard Water in Your Home

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Hard water is a very common problem in homes across the country. While it isn’t a threat to your health, it can cause all sorts of havoc in your plumbing system over time. As the hard water deposits calcium and magnesium particles on the walls of the pipes, lime scale forms. These large mineral deposits restrict the flow of water through the pipes, eventually becoming impossible to remove without replacing the entire pipe section. Early detection is key when it comes to protecting your home from the effects of hard water. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you have hard water in your home. (more…)

What Is Actually in Hard Water?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

The term hard water sometimes confuses people. They may know that it isn’t something they want in their homes, and perhaps they also know that it can cause damage to plumbing and make it difficult to work up a good lather of soap. But what is actually in hard water that makes it different from regular “soft” water? We’ll take a look at the minerals that cause hard water in the post.

The Trusted Plumber specializes in water treatment systems to help homes receive quality water. If you think you need installation of a water softener in Peoria, AZ, or any other type of treatment system, give us a call. We provide water testing services that will zero in on what exactly you need to eliminate from your water, and then install a system that will do the job.

The composition of hard water

The simple definition of hard water is that it is water with a high mineral content. Few of these minerals are harmful for humans to drink, but they will leave deposits on plumbing and cause serious damage to devices such as water heaters.

The major problematic minerals that make up hard water are calcium-containing minerals. The magnesium mineral dolomite is one of the minerals found most frequently in hard water. Dolomite is found in reservoir rocks, which is why it often enters the water supply for homes.

Two other common minerals that create hard water are calcite and gypsum, both of which have high levels of calcium that leaves the damaging deposits on the inside of plumbing. Calcite is often used in soil remediation, and will sometimes enter ground water. Gypsum is used in fertilizer, and run-off can enter the municipal water supply.

Water softeners counteract the ions from these minerals and remove their damaging properties by putting sodium ions into the water. Professionals can determine the best type of water softener to install in a home that so it will eliminate the problems of hard water without placing too much sodium into the water supply.

If you have noticed white, flaky deposits on your plumbing fixtures, or you’ve encounter trouble develop a decent soap lather for washing and bathing, call The Trusted Plumber. If you need a water softener in Peoria, AZ, put you trust in us.

Warning Signs That You Have Hard Water

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Hard water is the name for water that possesses a high level of minerals. It is found in many different geographical areas across the country, and can be a huge problem for people’s plumbing over a long period of time. Though not technically dangerous to humans (most dangerous chemicals are filtered out of the water supply by the city) hard water is still capable of damaging your home’s plumbing. Let’s take a look at the different warning signs that you have a hard water problem, and what to do about it.

Damage to Kitchenware

Hopefully, everyone washes their plates, glasses, and silverware after eating. That means that whether you’re using a dishwasher or washing by hand, there’s a chance you’re exposing your kitchenware to hard water. The typical signs that hard water has damaged your kitchenware include fogging in your glasses, stains on plates, and spots on silverware. If you notice any damage accumulating on your plates, glasses, and silverware, especially after washing them, then you probably have a hard water problem.

Damaged Plumbing Fixtures

Another really common place to find hard water damage is on your faucets and shower heads. Any device that regularly distributes water can have mineral deposits build up on it from repeated exposure to hard water. These deposits often look like a white, chalky crust around the outside of the faucet or shower head, and are referred to as “lime scale.” Lime scale can cause a great deal of damage if it is allowed to build up in your plumbing, eventually even causing blockages and ruptures. If you notice this substance on your plumbing fixtures, you should call a plumber to take a look at your water’s mineral content.

Dried Out Skin and Hair

Bathing in water with such a high mineral content is not as cleansing as bathing in softer water. Hard water actually makes it more difficult for you to get clean when you wash yourself in it, and you may feel dry or unclean even after taking a shower. The minerals in hard water also make hair more brittle and unhealthy. If you never seem to feel clean after taking a shower or a bath, hard water may be to blame.

The way to combat hard water is to install a water softener in your home’s water line. This is a filter that will remove much of the mineral content from the water before it reaches your plumbing. If you think you may have a hard water problem, call The Trusted Plumber. We provide expert water softener services in the Scottsdale, AZ area.

What is Water Softening and How Does it Work?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Is hard water a problem for your plumbing? Some homeowners are aware that there is a hard water issue in the home, since a majority of plumbing systems in the United States are afflicted. But since this issue likely won’t affect your health and because it should not cause any discoloration in the water, most homeowners are unsure of whether there is actually a problem present.

Although hard water does not tend to have a negative impact on one’s health, it may affect your pipes. Hard water refers to high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium in the water supply. These minerals can build up in the pipes and leave deposits behind that could ruin your plumbing. As minerals gather in the pipes, water flow is restricted, lowering the water pressure that comes in through your sink and shower. As it continues to build, it can cut off the water flow completely, and plumbers may have to replace sections of pipe or your entire piping system.

Water Softeners Eliminate the Minerals in Hard Water

A water softener is a device installed at the base of your water supply so that it can eliminate the excess minerals from your water before they reach your faucet. The water softener tank contains resin beads with a negative charge that attract calcium and magnesium as hard water moves through the tank. Now the water is free of minerals, but the resin beads are still covered with calcium and magnesium. A salt water solution in the tank cleans the beads so that the minerals can discharge from the system. The level of salt that enters your home is minimal, and should have very little effect on your health.

Water softeners not only protect your plumbing system, but also safeguard against mineral damage in all of the appliances that you rely on. This includes your dishwasher, washing machine, and your water heater, all of which would be quite an expense if they became too damaged.

At The Trusted Plumber, we can install your new water softener in Peoria, AZ and help you to understand the proper care and maintenance steps. Call us today!

Is Hard Water Unhealthy?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

We’ve all heard the term “hard water”, and there can be some concern as to whether or not it is healthy for you. The US geological survey estimates that hard water is found in at least 85% of the country, so it stands to reason that at some point you have likely come into contact with hard water. The good news is that hard water doesn’t pose any kind of health threat to people; in fact, some studies show that hard water may actually help decrease cardiovascular disease and increase calcium levels. But – hard water can be unhealthy for your plumbing. Let’s first take a look at what hard water is.

What Is “Hard Water”?

Precipitation from the sky such as rain and snow are soft – they have no added minerals. But as the water makes its way through soil, it picks up minerals as it passes through the rocks, sand and dirt, becoming heavily fortified with mineral salts, calcium and magnesium ions. The sodium in treated water softens these ions, but in areas of the country that use wells or streams for water, this water maintains the calcium and magnesium ions.

How Is Hard Water Softened?

The best way to soften hard water is to install a water softener. Water softeners work by replacing the calcium and magnesium ions with sodium molecules. Water softeners can be fully automatic, semi-automatic or manual; most people prefer fully automatic as it is the most convenient and manageable of the systems.

Problems Caused by Hard Water

These are some of the issues that can develop from hard water:

  • Reduction of water flow due to build-up in pipes
  • Clogs
  • Dry skin
  • Scale build-up problems with water heaters and hydronic heating systems
  • Residue left on dishes from dishwashers
  • Graying of clothes in washers
  • Faster wear on clothes
  • White calcium build-up on faucets and shower heads

If you have experienced plumbing problems from hard water, you may want to consider installing a water softener. A water softener is a whole-home system, so it’s important to hire experts for the installation. Ready to get rid of hard calcium build-up? Call The Trusted Plumber today to schedule an appointment for professional water softener services in the Phoenix area.