Do I Need a Water Softener?

Monday, September 27th, 2021

faucet-kitchen-modern-runningAre you wondering when you should get yourself a new water softener for your home? It’s a great question to ask yourself. Especially when this time of year rolls around. Fall is a season that provides enough relief from extreme temperatures long enough to allow you to think about the finer details of your home comfort.

One thing we’d like you to focus on is your water quality. If your water quality is a little on the lackluster side, we suggest that you consider some means of bringing it up to par. One way you can do this is through services with your water softener in Surprise, AZ. Let’s go through everything you need to know. (more…)

6 Great Things Your Can Do for Your Plumbing

Monday, April 26th, 2021

checkmark-greenHomeowners don’t often think of “preventive plumbing” for their homes. Usually, the only major planning people do for their plumbing is to avoid pipe freeze during winter. That’s not something we need to worry about here in Arizona. But there are several preventive measures you can take to stop problems, large and small, in the future. We’ll go over six of them below.

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Ways You Can Tell Your House Has Hard Water

Monday, February 15th, 2021

salt-based-water-softenerHard water is a common problem affecting residential water supplies. Even the best water treatment plants can’t prevent it, since most hard water minerals enter the water after it has left the treatment plant and is on its way toward homes. The minerals of hard water (primarily magnesium and various calcites) seep through the ground and into the freshwater pipes.

Hard water isn’t unhealthy to drink. In fact, you want some amount of these minerals in your water because they’re essential minerals for good health. But too high a level of these minerals is bad for the plumbing in a house and creates inconveniences with cleaning and bathing. It can even wreck important water-using appliances; the water heater is especially susceptible to damage due to hard water. 

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The Most Common Contaminants in Household Water

Monday, January 18th, 2021

water-hands“Do I need to have a water treatment system installed for my house?” It’s a question you may have asked yourself, as many other homeowners have. The tricky part about answering the question is there is no such thing as a “universal water treatment system” that removes all possible contaminants from the freshwater sent to a house. Some water treatment systems are more broad in scope than others, but it’s important to know what’s actually in your water so experts like our team will know the best way to treat it.

To find out what’s in your water requires scheduling water testing with us. Below we’ve listed the most common types of contaminants that we may find based on these tests:

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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…)