Phoenix Water Is Tough On Plumbing

Did you realize that hard water can reduce the life of plumbing fixtures and appliances by as much as 50%? Hard water is generally classified by the amount of calcium and magnesium found in the water and is measured in PPM (Parts Per Million) or GPG (Grains Per Gallon).  To put PPM in perspective, the City of Phoenix says that one drop of bubble bath soap in a full tub (about 50 gallons) is roughly 1 PPM.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishes standards for drinking water which fall into two categories — Primary Standards and Secondary Standards. Primary Standards are based on health considerations and Secondary Standards are based on aesthetics such as taste, odor, color, or corrosivity. There is no Primary or Secondary standard for water hardness. In fact, the National Research Council (National Academy of Sciences) states that hard drinking water generally contributes a small amount toward total calcium and magnesium human dietary needs (National Research Council, Drinking Water and Health, Volume 3, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., 1980)
Although Calcium and Magnesium is good for the body, it’s not good for your plumbing fixtures and appliances.  The film and deposits you see on your fixtures and appliances are minerals that are left behind when water evaporates.  Hard water residue can be very difficult to remove and can build up.  This build up happens inside and outside the fixtures.  Although what you see on the outside is unpleasant, the damage occurring on the inside is worse.

What Can Be Done About The Hard Water?

There are many ways to deal with the effects of hard water but only a few ways to change hard water to soft water. Reverse Osmosis will remove almost all solids from your water.  This leaves what is technically “soft water”.  The drawbacks to reverse osmosis are a tremendous waste of water, expensive equipment, and the production time.

Reverse Osmosis generally isn’t what people consider soft water though.  People usually associate soft water with a slippery or oily feel they get after being in a bath or shower.  That feeling isn’t actually due to soft water.  That feeling is from what the calcium and magnesium ions are exchanged with in the ion exchange softening process.  When Potassium or salt are introduced to water in a specific way, they replace the minerals which make water hard.  The drawbacks to water softened this way are, higher sodium levels in the water, other chemicals like chlorine and cloromides are not removed from the water,  and the maintenance on these systems can be costly.

The World Health Organization says the minerals in hard water are actually healthy.  As a matter of fact, the average amount of calcium and magnesium in Phoenix water would actually equal about 20% of the recommended daily need for a healthy male by drinking just 6 glasses of water per day. Bottled water is usually just Reverse Osmosis water with no minerals and actually has no health benefits if you don’t have a proper diet.  There are a few exceptions and “Smart Water”™ and “Fiji Water”™ are just 2 that come to mind as I write this.

How Does The Trusted Plumber Handle Hard Water?

We believe that nature has the best mix of minerals for our body.  We also realize that that mix doesn’t work so well with our modern conveniences like dishwashers, water heaters, and kitchen sinks! We searched through hundreds of new products that claimed they could remove the problem of hard water scale and damage before we came to the products we feel comfortable installing in our customers’ homes.  There are many products which make claims that clearly defy the laws of physics. Some make sense but don’t work in real world situations where the water may sit in a tank or travel 25 feet to the exit point. Some are cheap, some are expensive.  We have found the 2 options we adopted are very pleasing to our customers and offer excellent value. They also do what they claim to do so we can back them up with money back guarantees!

 Nuvo H2O®™

chelationOur entry level system is called Nuvo®™. This conditioner uses a process called chelation to address hard water issues. Chelation 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.

Pelican Water Systems®™

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

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