Need a Water Treatment System? Let a Professional Plumber Explain Your Options

Monday, December 11th, 2017

water-treatment-systemsYour plumbing is arguably the most important component of your home: providing safe, clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing. Our civic water systems do a decent job of keeping our water clean and potable, but no system is perfect and problems do crop up from time to time. That comes on top of less impactful but still significant issues like hard water, which is a big problem in Arizona and can cause problems in your home. (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…)

How Can Water Filtration Systems Help Your Home?

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

water-filtration-installaionThe local municipal water systems do an excellent job of rendering water potable for our use. Modern life depends on reliable water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. But even the most diligent public system can miss certain key factors – hard water, for example, is a considerable problem in our area – and everyone’s water could stand to be a little cleaner and purer. Homes with infants or similarly sensitive family members especially benefit from more pure water. (more…)

Why a Water Treatment System is a Good Idea

Monday, May 15th, 2017

waterUnless you get your water from a well, all water that’s pumped into your home is put through a municipal treatment facility first. This treatment process removes many of the harmful contaminants that are commonly found in your water supply. However, no city water treatment is 100% effective. There will always be some level of harmful contaminants that are going to make it into your home’s water supply. If you want to more thoroughly protect your home from these contaminants, you should consider installing a water treatment system. (more…)

How the Recent Chromium-6 Revelations Affect You

Monday, October 31st, 2016

A recent national report released on 10/25 has revealed that dangerous levels of chromium-6 have been found in a large chunk of the water supply. Up to 200 million Americans might be affected, more than half the population of the country. This is a serious issue that requires immediate action on both the individual and governmental level. Read on to find out more about chromium-6, and how you can protect yourself from it. (more…)

Why Lime Scale is Such a Problem

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

You’ll hear a lot about hard water and lime scale on this website. We talk about why you need to prevent lime scale from forming, that it’s bad for your pipes, and the like. What we really don’t get into that often is the extent of the damage that lime scale can inflict on your plumbing system. So we’re going to more closely examine the damage that lime scale can actually inflict on your plumbing system. (more…)

How Do Contaminants Enter My Water in the First Place?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The water supply for cities and towns today must go through a rigorous treatment in order to remove bacteria, chemicals, and other unhealthy impurities. In fact, the requirements for water from municipal supplies is much higher than that for commercial bottled water, meaning that you are likely to receive healthier water from your tap than from an expensive bottle of what is advertised as “pure spring water.”

But, despite this purification process, the water that enters homes can still contain contaminants such as arsenic, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, heavy metals, pesticides, chlorine, and more. This is why it is a wise idea to arrange for water testing and the installation of whole-house water purifiers. You can call The Trusted Plumber to arrange for the water testing that will tell you what is in your home’s water supply in Scottsdale, AZ and the water treatment systems that will take care of the problem. We offer a wide variety of different treatment systems to target the various issues that might affect your home’s fresh water.

How do these impurities enter your water?

There are a number of sources for water contamination, and one of them is the water treatment plant itself. The chlorination process used to kill dangerous bacteria and microbes in water can result in higher levels of chlorine. Excess chlorine in water has been linked in studies to an increase in cancer and damage to the immune system. Activate charcoal filters are often an effective solution to high chlorine levels.

Most other contaminants enter the water through ground seepage. The water has a long distance to travel from the treatment plant until it reaches homes. Along this stretch, ground water can find its way into the pipes, and this water often contains minerals and chemicals that have seeped into the earth. This is how water picks up pesticides, heavy metals, arsenic, and the minerals that cause hard water (magnesium, calcium, gypsum). The pollutants that will find their way into your home will vary, but water testing will discover what they are as well as the filtration or purification system that will counteract them.

Bacteria and viruses can get into the water supply due to problems with sewage treatment and backflow. Discharge of sewage into lakes can also lead to dangerous microbes in ground seepage.

If all of this concerns you, you should contact The Trusted Plumber and speak to our water treatment experts. It’s a short and easy process to test your water, and afterwards we can recommend the ideal water treatment systems in Scottsdale, AZ to see that your household receives safe, clean water.

When Is a Reverse Osmosis System a Good Idea?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Even though the water that enters your home from the municipal system goes through a treatment plant, it can still pick up contamination from groundwater in the pipes before it reaches your home. We recommend that most homes have water testing to see if there are harmful pollutants in their water, and then install the appropriate water treatment system to counteract any of the problems discovered from the testing. You can turn to The Trusted Plumber to arrange for testing and the installation of a variety of water treatment systems in Peoria, AZ.

One of the treatment systems that we install is the reverse osmosis system. These devices are among the most effective filtration systems available today: they work by creating two areas of water pressure inside them, and using the pressure difference to force the water containing contaminants through a semi-permeable membrane that will filter out very tiny pollutants.

When should you consider reverse osmosis filtration? The easiest way to answer that question is to work with a professional who will test your water and tell you if reverse osmosis is the best method to eliminate the contamination affecting your water supply. Reverse osmosis filters are effective at blocking chemical pollutants, such as radon, chromium, and fluoride, all of which will usually get through standard charcoal filters. These filters will also remove arsenic and chlorine, providing you with the cleanest water possible.

Another reason to install a reverse osmosis filter is to counteract excess sodium ions that water softeners can create. If you have added a water softener to protect your plumbing, but have found that the water has become too salty, a reverse osmosis filter will help to counteract the problem.

In general, reverse osmosis systems provide a higher level of contaminant filtration than any other kind of filter. This doesn’t automatically mean that reverse osmosis is your top choice. In some cases, you may only need a few pollutants removed, and a less powerful filter is the more cost-effective option. Let your plumber and water treatment system professionals give you the guidance necessary to find a filter that will do the job necessary and stay within your budget plans.

Give The Trusted Plumber a call today to arrange for water testing. We are proud to offer a variety of water treatment systems for Peoria, AZ, and with our skill and quality products you will receive the treatment for your home’s water that you need.

What Causes the “Rotten Eggs” Odor in Water?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

It is a smell so distinct it can’t be mistaken for any other: the smell of rotten eggs. And when it comes from your water, it can cause you momentary panic as it may seem that something has gone terribly wrong with your water. What has really happened is that hydrogen sulfide gas has gotten into your water stream. There are a few ways this can happen, as we’ll describe below, but rest assured that in most cases, the rotten egg smell is not indicative of a serious sanitary problem with your water.

Causes of Hydrogen Sulfide in Water

There are a few ways hydrogen sulfide is created:

  • Groundwater – hydrogen sulfide can be created naturally in groundwater from the decay of organic matter and/or from chemical reactions with minerals found in soil and rocks that contain sulfur.
  • Sulfur bacteria – sulfur bacteria can be found in groundwater, wells and water distribution systems. When sulfur bacteria come into contact with sulfate compounds, they have the ability to change the sulfate compounds into hydrogen sulfide gas.
  • Water heaters – water heaters can sometimes be a great breeding ground for hydrogen sulfide gas. There are two reasons for this: first, the warm water can promote the bacteria growth and second, the electrons emanating from the sacrificial anode help sulfate in the tank convert into hydrogen sulfide gas.
  • Sewage/pollution – in very rare instances, the smell may come from sewer waste or pollution that has gotten into the groundwater.

Finding the Source

One of the key steps in eliminating a rotten egg smell from your water is determining the source. Here are a few guidelines that can help:

  • Is the smell coming only from hot water taps? It is likely the problem is in your water heater.
  • Are you smelling the odor from both taps? If your water is softened, it is likely that sulfur bacteria are in the water softener.
  • An intermittent smell, or one that goes away after the water has been running, typically indicates that the bacteria are in a well or in your water distribution system.
  • If the smell comes from both taps and is persistent the entire time you run the water, it is likely that there is sulfur bacteria in the groundwater.

Concerned about your home’s water? Call The Trusted Plumber today and schedule an appointment regarding water treatment for your home in Scottsdale.

Signs That You Have Hard Water in Your Home

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

“Hard water” is the term for a condition that affects the majority of homes in the United States. In many cases, it is not a serious issue and may never cause any noticeable problems for homeowners. For most people, hard water carries no adverse health effects. But in a lot of homes, hard water can create damaging obstacles for the plumbing system.

As water moves through the water main and into your home, it can pick up some minerals along the way, the most common of which are magnesium and calcium. These minerals can collect in your pipes over time, gathering until water can no longer flow through the pipes, which may lead to the need for pipe replacement. Furthermore, these minerals can collect in the dishwasher or washing machine and cause irreparable damage.

Look for the Signs that You Need a Water Softener Installed in Your Plumbing System

Luckily, there are water treatment systems available that actually remove minerals from your water supply—water softeners. A water softener uses small beads filled with a brine solution to remove calcium and magnesium from the water, sometimes replacing them with salt ions instead. Look for these signs that you may need a water softener.

  • White or Yellow-Green Deposits around Fixtures: The telltale sign of hard water is white or yellow-green deposits around fixtures and faucets, an occurrence known as scaling. These are left behind after water evaporates and the minerals still remain.
  • Water Spots and Soap Residue on Dishes and Laundry: Hard water limits soap’s ability to lather. Because of this, a regular dishwasher load or laundry cycle may not be enough for soap to dissolve, and spots can form on dishes, or your laundry may feel sticky.
  • Reduced Water Pressure: As minerals build up in your pipes, they will begin to restrict the flow of water, leading to reduced water pressure from one or more areas of your plumbing. Reduced pressure may also indicate a serious pluming leak. In any case, it’s important to call a plumber as soon as possible.

Call The Trusted Plumber and ask about professional installation of water treatment systems in Peoria, AZ.