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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.

Plumbing Repair: When to Call in the Professionals

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Many homeowners have attempted a plumbing repair only to fail and actually make matters worse. When this happens, not only do they waste time and money but also subject there home to potential water damage resulting from their faulty repair adding even more cost to the project. Running toilets, leaky sink drains or garbage disposals on the fritz are common plumbing problems handy homeowners try to tackle. The following post will outline some easy repairs you can attempt without the risk of potentially ruining your home as well as the repairs you should never attempt.

The Consequences

While repairing your plumbing yourself can save you a few dollars in repair costs, a faulty plumbing repair can result in costly water damage to your home. For instance, the water resulting from a faulty sink drain, faucet or toilet repair can ruin your cabinetry, flooring, walls and baseboard. In addition, when things get wet, there is a high chance that mold and mildew growth are soon to follow. The consequences can be severe and add thousands of dollars to a project that should have been a fraction of the cost.

Think Before You Dive In

Common household plumbing problems include both easy and difficult fixes. Often a problem that seems simple turns into plumbing nightmare, setting off a chain of events as one problem leads to another. The next thing you know, you are ripping out cabinets and cutting into walls as you discover the shutoff valve you thought was leaking is actually a leaking supply line within the wall. You can avoid adding to the cost of a plumbing repair in your home by simply staying away from most of them. In fact, if there is even a small chance that your repair could fail and allow water to pour into your home, you should call a licensed plumbing contractor immediately.

What You Can Do

There are a few plumbing repairs a handy homeowner can safely do without the risk of damaging their homes. Replacing faucet aerators, shower knobs or faucet handles is not that complicated; however, there are repairs a novice should never undertake.

  • Any repair involving electricity and water is a dangerous mix. Garbage disposal or water heater replacement both qualify as household plumbing repairs best left to the professional.
  • Any repair that could result in home flooding should the repair fail.
  • Repairs that could result in additional damage to household plumbing systems such as drain cleaning and/or snaking.

Why Hire a Professional Plumber

Professional plumbing contractors are required to undergo continuous training and education to maintain their license. They carry the experience and knowledge to make plumbing repairs correctly without the added risk of additional home damage. However, should their repair fail, they also are required to carry liability insurance that protects your home should that unfortunate circumstance occur.

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

Should You Remove the Toilet When Tiling the Bathroom Floor?

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Many homeowners often try to cut a few corners when attempting a bathroom remodel themselves. They often ask if they should remove the toilet before installing a new bathroom floor. While it is possible to install a new linoleum or ceramic tile floor without removing the toilet, it is not recommended and actually can increase the labor involved in the project. The following post will outline the reasons you should never install new flooring around an existing toilet.

Appearance

Bathroom remodeling can be expensive, even if you are doing it yourself. It just doesn’t make much sense to cut corners and wind up with a half-baked project when your hard-earned money is on the line. Tiling around a toilet to save a few dollars in labor will leave you with an unprofessional installation, and your guests will notice. It is almost impossible to cut flooring, especially ceramic tile or wood, precise enough to fit snugly around a toilet base. The finished product usually results in an uneven and thick joint around the toilet base, a joint that will require additional caulk or grout to conceal.

Difficulty

Removing the toilet before floor replacement can be quite difficult. Whether you hire your plumbing contractor to remove the toilet, or simply do it yourself, your flooring project will be much easier. Toilet bases are often oddly shaped, with many curves and rounded corners. Cutting flooring around these obstacles is difficult even for the most seasoned flooring installer. With the toilet removed, you can carry the tile all the way up to and around the toilet flange. When the toilet is reinstalled, its base will rest squarely on the new floor and cover any edges around the flange, leaving your project with a professional appearance.

Future Problems

In addition, if you fail to remove the toilet before new floor installation, you set yourself up for future problems if you must replace or remove the toilet down the road. Toilets are manufactured with a wide range of toilet base footprints and the chances of finding a new toilet with the exact footprint are slim to none. This could lead to flooring replacement or a shoddy toilet installation if your existing toilet ever fails.

Added Benefits

Removing a toilet provides additional benefits during a bathroom remodel.

  • With the toilet out of the way, you have more room to work.
  • It allows you the opportunity to inspect the wax ring and toilet flange, which can allow sewage to seep into your home when they fail.
  • Your bathroom flooring project will go much smoother and exhibit a professional look when complete.

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