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Hard Water Truth

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Hard water contains significant amounts of dissolved mineral content such as magnesium and calcium. The water picks up the mineral content most often as it percolates underground through porous deposits of limestone and chalk. Private wells are more susceptible to the problem, since the water derives from the ground and often enters the household untreated. Water with a high mineral content can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system and the damage is not limited to just the pipes. The following post will outline the consequences of hard water and the steps you can take to prevent it.

Health

Everyone needs a certain amount of minerals in their body to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The minerals mentioned above—calcium and magnesium—are necessary to maintain strong bones and process fats and proteins within your body. However, large doses of these minerals could have an adverse effect on your health, causing problems such as fatigue, diarrhea and even nausea.

Pipes

Water containing large amounts of minerals can cause significant damage to your home’s plumbing system, especially your pipes. As time passes, mineral and scale will stick the insides of your pipes reducing water flow and causing a loss of water pressure. In addition, the nasty scale will attach to the surface of your plumbing fixtures—faucets, sinks and tubs—and can be quite difficult to remove.

Appliances

The damage does not stop with your pipes. Your home’s water-using appliances are also susceptible to the effects of hard water. Water heaters, dishwashers, garbage disposals, washing machines and toilets use water on a daily basis. All of them incorporate tubes, pipes and valves to perform their prescribed duties. Over time, as their components succumb to scale and mineral build up, they will lose their efficiency and use more energy, water and even detergent. Not only will this drive up your utility bills, but also detergent use washing even more of your hard-earned money down the drain.

Steps you can take

Discuss with your plumbing contractor ways you can fight hard water in your home. Having your water tested to identify contaminates can help to ascertain not only the level of contaminates but also other harmful substances that could be present in your water supply. This will provide your plumber with the information necessary to address the problem. Most often, the solution is to install a high-efficient water softener to filter out the minerals and soften the water. However, in severe cases, when pipes have lost water pressure and appliances have lost their efficiency, replacing these items could be necessary.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Spring Water Heater Maintenance

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Due to increased usage during the winter months, homeowners would be wise to schedule spring water heater maintenance with their plumbing contractors. While a water heater is one of the most reliable and hard-working appliances in your home, a neglected system can fail, leaving you without hot water and facing costly repairs or replacement. And since other appliances in your home, like the dishwasher and washing machine, depend on hot water to function properly, your daily life could face a serious interruption should the water heater fail.

Heavier Workload

Most of your home appliances work harder during the winter months. During the holidays, many folks entertain with large family gatherings or endure lengthy visits from family members, which leads to increased showers and more dishes, both of which require plenty of hot water. Neglected or older water heaters can succumb to the additional strain and lose efficiency or fail completely.

Avoid Water Damage

A harsh winter can inflict major damage on your home, especially when it comes to your plumbing. Moreover, since a water heater is an integral part of your home’s plumbing system, it is susceptible to damage during cold weather conditions as well. Often, a water heater resides in an area of your home — like a garage or basement — that is not heated. If the temperature drops below freezing, water can freeze and expand inside the supply lines feeding your water heater. While you may avoid the worst-case scenario of burst pipes, you could suffer a cracked or compromised pipe that develops a leak later. Even a small leak can cause severe water damage in your home should it go unnoticed.

What to Expect from your Plumber

When you schedule spring water heater maintenance, many plumbing contractors will perform the following:

  • Drain and flush the water heater to remove sediment buildup, which can reduce energy efficiency and overall performance
  • Inspect supply lines and check for leaks
  • Inspect the anode rod, a device inside the appliance that reduces tank corrosion
  • Inspect the overall condition of the water heater
  • Refill the water heater
  • Adjust and/or verify proper temperature
  • Insulate the pipes “optional” to increase energy efficiency
  • Insulate the heater “optional” for added energy efficiency

Spring water heater maintenance will prolong the life of your appliance and ensure that it operates at peak efficiency and performance.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.