3 Problems That Hard Water Can Cause in Your Home

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Hard water is a quite common problem in homes across the country. For those unfamiliar with the term, “hard water” is water with high levels of minerals present in it. This is contrasted with “soft water” which has a much lower mineral content. There are varying levels of “hardness” in a home’s water supply, depending on a number of factors including geological location. Any kind of hard water will eventually create problems in your home, though. Here are three of the most common problems that hard water can cause.

Kettling

If you have a boiler system, the biggest issue with hard water is that of kettling. Over time, the hard water that flows through the heat exchanger of your boiler will leave mineral deposits behind. After enough time, depending on the hardness of your water, those mineral deposits will build up and severely restrict the flow of water through the heat exchanger. This causes the water in the heat exchanger to boil and evaporate, causing a spike in pressure in the heat exchanger. This is often characterized by a deep rumbling sound when the boiler is on. This will eventually cause your boiler to break down if it isn’t fixed.

Lime Scale Buildup

Mineral deposit issues are not limited to boilers. Lime scale deposits can clog practically any water pipe over time, often requiring that large sections of it be replaced. Just like above, this varies depending on the actual level of mineral content in your home’s water supply. Regardless of the level, however, if it’s bad enough to form lime scale you’re going to want to pursue options for treating it. Water softeners that can remove the mineral content from your water are available on the market.

Unsightly External Buildup

Perhaps the least damaging, but most obnoxious side effect of hard water use is the ugly deposits that build up on faucets, shower heads, and in bathtubs. This is what causes the discolored ring in many homeowners’ bathtubs, as well as the white powdery substances on the walls of a shower. This can degrade the metal in your faucets and shower heads over time, so it pays to clean it off as soon as possible.

If you’re having problems with hard water in your home, call The Trusted Plumber to schedule an appointment. We  professionally install water softeners in the Peoria area.

Will a Water Softeners Make My Home’s Water Too Salty?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

“Hard water” is a term that you may have heard before, but most homeowners don’t know the full impact of this condition. It’s marked by a high mineral content in the water, namely calcium and magnesium. Many people discuss the impact of hard water on their hair or talk about the fact that soap cannot easily lather in the presence of these minerals. However, a more important reason to treat hard water is the potential damage it can do to your pipes and large appliances as minerals gather inside and inhibit water from passing through. In this guide, we’ll talk about how water softeners work and a common question that comes up for homeowners: will a water softener make by water taste salty?

What Is a Water Softener?

A water softener is a system that essentially replaces the magnesium and calcium in your water with sodium ions, which won’t do any harm to your plumbing system. This is installed at a point of entry for your water supply so that the water that flows through every pipe and fixture in your home is softened. It contains a tank full of small polystyrene beads containing positively charged sodium ions. As water flows past these beads, the sodium and magnesium or calcium switch places, and the tank flushes the beads during a regeneration cycle.

So What about the Salt Content?

Sodium do not pose any potential threat to your pipes and appliances, but what about the taste of your water? In general, most homeowners do not report a problem with the salt content in their water. The amount of salt that makes its way into your home is so minimal, you probably won’t be able to taste it and you’re unlikely to notice any health effects over time.

Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule. The amount of salt that enters your water supply is obviously dependent on the amount of minerals that were there in the first place. Still, the amount of sodium that enters your home should be minimal, but there are many people who are sensitive to salt or are very attentive to their sodium intake. In this case, you may decide to install an additional system to filter out the salt. A reverse osmosis system uses a thin membrane to filter out sodium or other impurities in your water and can be used in conjunction with a water softener.

Call the experts at The Trusted Plumber and ask how you can get a skilled professional to install your new reverse osmosis system and/or water softener in Scottsdale, AZ.

How Do Water Softeners Work?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

If your water supply is like the majority of plumbing systems in the U.S., it may be affected by “hard water.” Hard water is a condition in which some minerals enter into the water line and move into your home. These minerals may be in your drinking water, but never fear—these don’t have much of a health effect on most people, notwithstanding some who may have immune system disorders.

However, hard water does pose a threat to your home in other ways. You may have seen mineral deposits around your plumbing fixtures in the form of white or yellowish-green buildup around faucets or near the drains. This is due to an excess of minerals, generally calcium and minerals which contain magnesium, such as limestone. When these pass through the pipes, they may begin to collect in the lining, leading to a pile of minerals that may grow to restrict the pipes.

As minerals block the pipes, you may get reduced water pressure or no pressure at all. This may lead to pipe replacement, and these same deposits can ruin fixtures and large appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. When you notice hard water in your Phoenix home, it’s time to schedule a visit with a plumber to install a water softener at your water supply.

Water softeners work under a simple principle: replacing the minerals in hard water with something else, generally with sodium ions, although potassium is sometimes employed. As water moves from the water supply to your home, it first goes through the softening tank, which contains resin beads filled with a brine solution with a negative charge. These beads attract the magnesium and calcium, using salt to clean off the beads in a process known as “regeneration.” This allows the beads to discharge the magnesium and calcium ions as waste so that they can do their job over again. While only a small amount of salt should enter your water supply, you can install further water treatment systems to rid the water of any remaining sodium.

If you notice the signs of hard water, don’t wait for buildup to destroy your pipes. Call the experts at The Trusted Plumber to install a water softener in Phoenix today!

Hard Water: What It Is, Why You Need to Treat It

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Sometimes, the water in your home contains chemicals or minerals that may be added to the water by your town’s water department, or the water may pick up contaminants from the ground. Some of the most common contaminants found in water form a condition known as hard water, for which a water softener is your best protection.

Hard water is a buildup of minerals, most often calcium and magnesium. These minerals may collect in your water supply as water travels through the ground. Hard water affects a majority of homes in the U.S., but, luckily, there are usually no health concerns associated with these minerals. However, hard water can do serious damage to your plumbing system without a water softener installed.

As hard water moves through the pipes, mineral deposits may gather on the insides. As deposits build up, you may notice reduced water pressure. But your water supply is kept pressurized, so when this drops you may have an imbalance within the pipes that causes them to leak or burst. This means you may have to make major repairs or replace some pipes entirely.

Furthermore, hard water can cause problems in your home. White mineral flakes form near faucets and showerheads. The minerals in hard water make it difficult for soap to lather, so you may have difficulty cleaning. Often, soap scum remains in washing machines, or residue coats the dishes in your dishwasher. And hard water may affect the large appliances in your home. This issue may cause dishwashers or clothes washing machines to become damaged beyond repair.

But there is a solution. A water softener is a device that uses a tank filled with sodium ions to replace the minerals with a less harmful substance. And while this will not damage your plumbing, some people may be sensitive to sodium, in which case a reverse osmosis system may be added to keep the sodium out of your drinking water.

If you decide you need a water softener in Scottsdale, AZ call one of the experts at The Trusted Plumber. We can give you more information about hard water and test your water for other contaminants. Give us a call today!

How a Water Softener Helps Your Plumbing

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The water that flows from your tap may cause problems for your plumbing. When you turn on a tap, water usually appears clean and clear. But, if you’re like many homeowners, this water actually contains added minerals that may do major damage to your pipes. If you live in Glendale, AZ and experience problems with “hard water,” consider a water softener to help your plumbing. Here’s how it works.

Sometimes, minerals are added to the public water supply in order to protect homeowners. Fluoride, for example, is a commonly added mineral used in many municipalities in order to prevent tooth decay. However, other additives enter the water supply by accident. As water moves through the ground, it may attract minerals that stay in the water supply, and these include calcium and magnesium. While calcium and magnesium won’t pose a threat to your health, the “hard water” created by these minerals may be harmful to your plumbing system.

You may have seen signs of hard water if you notice that soap doesn’t lather or dissolve quite as well as you’d like. A frequent buildup of soap scum in the sink or tub, water spots on dishes, or soapy residue in the washing machine or dishwasher may all indicate a problem with hard water. And the problem extends to your pipes as well. The minerals in your hard water may build in the pipes over time. If these mineral deposits build up too much, your plumbing system may need repair.

A water softener helps eliminate this problem by replacing calcium and magnesium ions entirely. The water softener is installed at your home’s water source so that hard water will never reach your home. The tank includes a brine solution of water and salt (or potassium) contained in small beads which attract the harmful ions. These are then replaced with the salt or potassium ions, depending on the type of system installed.

A water softener can protect your plumbing and your appliances from harmful mineral deposits. However, be sure to trust you water softener installation in Glendale, AZ, to the professionals at The Trusted Plumber. Give us a call 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