The Sunny Plumber Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Treatment Systems’ Category

Where Hard Water Comes from, and Why It’s a Threat

Monday, October 12th, 2015

You’ve probably already heard quite a lot about hard water, and the kinds of damage it can do. What you probably don’t hear as often, though, is what hard water actually is. Hard water is a very common problem across the United States, and is largely focused in areas with certain geological features. Let’s take a look at why those areas have a hard water problem, and why you should care.

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Signs That You Need a Water Softener

Monday, September 14th, 2015

If you get all of your fresh water from the city in which you live, then your water goes through extensive treatment before being piped into your home. This treatment is to remove harmful materials from your water, and while thorough it is not perfect. Every so often a few things slip through the treatment process and into your home. One of those things is hard water. Let’s take a look at how hard water affects your home, and some of the signs that you need to call for water treatment.

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The Benefits of Installing a Water Softener in Your Home

Monday, August 17th, 2015

All of the water that enters your home goes through pretty extensive treatment by the city first. This water treatment is meant to remove any harmful chemicals, minerals, or organisms that might otherwise enter your home. However, it is not a perfect process. Hard water is a very common threat to the plumbing in a home, and often makes it through municipal water treatment. Read on to find out more about the dangers associated with hard water, and how a water softener can mitigate them.

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Chlorine: One Reason to Schedule Water Testing

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Scheduling water testing for your home is a wise idea, even if you don’t have any specific reason to suspect that your fresh water supply contains contaminants. There are issues that can occur in your water that you may not be able to detect at first; testing will locate these hidden health and plumbing hazards and provide you with advice on how best to deal with them.

The Sunny Plumber provides comprehensive water treatment system services, starting with water testing. Call our water treatment professionals today to arrange for our quality water testing service in Catalina, AZ that will find out you have water quality problems and what you can do about them.

The problem with chlorine

One of the more common contaminants that can enter the municipal water system is chlorine. Although chloride ions are necessary for life, high concentrations of chlorine are poisonous. Fortunately, the quantities that can get into the municipal water are not at a lethal level. However, studies have linked high chlorine levels in residential water supplies with increased cancer risks (particularly colon cancer) and damage to the human immune system.

How does chlorine get into your water in first place? Water chlorination is a basic part of municipal water treatment, since it eliminates many dangerous bacteria and other microbes that can contaminate a water supply. Although chlorine is essential for seeing that the water that enters into your home is free from some of the most harmful contaminants, too much chlorine poses long-term risks.

A whole-house water filtration system using activated carbon can eliminate unhealthy levels of chlorine from your water. Water testing will determine the chlorine concentration in your water and if you should invest in a filtration system to remove it. Although you can place point-of-use filters onto faucets and shower heads, a whole-house chlorine filter is more effective and will take care of all the taps in your home.

Because chlorine levels are difficult to detect through taste and smell, you should arrange to have testing for your home’s water supply even if nothing outwardly seems wrong with it. The water testing specialists at The Sunny Plumber will be glad to take care of this job for your home. If we do discover issues with chlorine, we will help you get the right filtration system to deal with it. Call us today to schedule water testing in Catalina, AZ.

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Will a Water Filtration System Reduce Water Flow and Pressure in My Home?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Even with the best water treatment plants removing pollutants from the municipal water supply, the fresh water in your residential plumbing may still contain a variety of contaminants, minerals, and chemicals that it picks up from ground seepage on its way to your home. To protect the health of your household as well as its plumbing, you may need to have a water filter system installed. Call The Sunny Plumber and speak to our professionals experienced with water filtration in Benson, AZ today, and they will help you find the right type of water treatment system to provide your home with clean, healthy water.

A common question that people ask about adding water filters to their plumbing is if it will cause a drop in the water flow from the faucets and other fixtures, or a decrease in water pressure. The answer to this question is in two parts: a) yes, it can; and b) no, it shouldn’t.

This is one of the reasons that it is very important to call on professional plumbers with knowledge installing a variety of water treatment systems for homes. Water filters and reverse osmosis systems must be properly matched to the plumbing so they are not too powerful and end up obstructing water. If you have skilled professionals take care of selecting the unit for your house, you should not experience any noticeable drop in water pressure, and you can enjoy clean water with any interruptions.

We need to point out that water filtration systems that malfunction or are left without routine maintenance will lead to a drop in water flow. Repair troubles in a reverse osmosis system that lead to a depressurized tank will cause water flow to drop to almost nothing; this problem requires professional repairs. Standard filters that trap contamination must have routine maintenance to clean and change the filters, or else the excess particles trapped in the filters will obstruct water flow.

The Sunny Plumber specializes in services for a wide variety of water treatment systems: reverse osmosis, specialty cartridges, water softeners, and water filters. If you are looking for quality water filtration in Benson, AZ that won’t negatively affect your water flow, give us a call to set up an appointment. We also provide water testing services to make sure that we target the specific problems in your water supply.

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Contaminants That Water Filtration Will Remove

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Everyone knows that tap water tastes a bit…different…from the water they buy in supermarkets or get from a filter. There are chemicals and minerals present in tap water that are mostly filtered out from other sources. What’s the harm, though? Surely, the government wouldn’t allow anything into the tap water that wasn’t safe, right? Well…not exactly. Read on to read about some of the contaminants commonly present in tap water, and how a water filtration system can remove them.

Water Contaminants

In 2009, a three year study found that tap water in 45 states contained over 200 chemicals that were unregulated by the federal government. That means that at the time of the study there were no federal safety standards governing any of those chemicals. Any of those chemicals could be present in your tap water, in virtually any amount, and it would be legal for you to be exposed to it. Some of these chemicals include pesticides, disinfection byproducts, and even components found in rocket fuel.

While the EPA is still considering drafting new rules to cut down on some of these chemicals, you probably don’t want to wait for them to enact new rules before taking steps yourself. That’s where water filtration comes in.

Water Filtration

A water filtration system is essentially a canister filter that is spliced into the home’s main water supply. As water flows into the home, it must first pass through this filter before going on to the rest of the house. A whole-house filtration system allows you to drink out of your tap without having to worry about all the horrible things that might be lurking in unfiltered tap water.

Some of the contaminants that a whole-house water filtration system can remove include: E.coli, arsenic, chlorine, calcium, magnesium, copper, lead, mercury, and many more. Whether living, metallic, or mineral, a whole-house water filtration system is the best solution for a homeowner concerned about the state of his or her tap water.

If you think your tap water tastes strange, call The Sunny Plumber. We professionally install water filtration systems throughout the Benson area.

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What is Water Testing and Why Do I Need It?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Think about all of the things you use water for in the home. You need it for preparing food, hydration, bathing, washing your hands, brushing your teeth, cleaning the dishes, doing laundry, washing the floors—the list goes on! Because water is used for so many of your daily activities, you certainly hope that it is safe for your family members.

Water is treated at your municipality’s water treatment center (or with a chemical feed pump, for homeowners with wells) to protect your family members from illness. However, many homeowners are surprised to learn that the treatment process does not remove every possible contaminant, and that the water can pick up other additives on the path to your home plumbing system. This is why many people choose to filter their water before drinking it with a faucet attachment or a pitcher with a supplemental filter. But shouldn’t you keep all of the areas of your home that use water free from contaminants?

A water treatment system is a type of unit installed at a point-of-entry in your water supply pipes so that all of the water that makes its way into your home receives the proper treatment. There are a number of different filtration systems out there, from reverse osmosis systems to basic filters and several different types of specialty cartridges. How do you pick the type of filter that’s right for your home?

Water testing is a service in which a plumber visits your home to take samples of your water at various points of the plumbing system in order to run tests and determine what types of contaminants threaten your potable water supply. They then discuss their findings with you and recommend treatment options such as a water softener for excessive mineral content or a specialty cartridge when one contaminant appears in particularly high concentrations. Technicians may discover extreme levels of any of the following, all of which can be hazardous to a person’s health:

  • Arsenic
  • Chlorine/Chloramine
  • Insecticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Petroleum Products
  • …and many more!

Don’t let your family ingest, shower, or bathe with harmful chemicals or contaminants any longer. Schedule water testing if you notice cloudy or discolored water, strange smells or taste, or if you simply want to protect your family from potential illness. Call The Sunny Plumber and schedule an appointment for professional water testing in Benson today!

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Do I Need to Test the Water in My Home?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The water coming into your house through the municipal system is referred as “fresh” water to distinguish it from the “waste” water that goes into the sewer system. But fresh water doesn’t always live up to the implications of its name. This water can contain a number of different contaminants that will affect taste and smell and that can cause health problems. It could also have calcium and magnesium minerals in it (“hard water”) which can inflict serious damage on your plumbing.

To counteract water quality issues, you can have a whole-house water treatment system installed onto your plumbing. Since there are many types of systems that address different issues in water, you need to know what specifically is in your water. You can arrange for water testing service in your home to find this out. Call The Sunny Plumber today and arrange for water testing in Sahuarita, AZ that will help our water treatment systems professionals find the right system to help you get the best quality water possible.

Is It Really Necessary to Have Water Testing?

Unless you have an immediate reason to suspect that your water is seriously contaminated, then no, you don’t need to have it tested. But we strongly urge that you do, since some water contamination is hard to detect at first. And even if you already suspect that something is wrong, you need to know the specifics so you can arrange to have the correct water treatment system installed.

There are a number of signs that will give you warnings that you should have testing done soon. One of these is indications of hard water in your plumbing, such as white, flaky material appearing on fixtures and inside sinks and bowls. Water softeners are a good solution to this problem, but the technician will also need to know how much sodium the softener should place into the water, and if a reverse osmosis system to help balance out the sodium levels will be helpful.

The size of the particles will also help the technicians learn what sort of filter they should use. In some cases, standard charcoal filters will do the job, but in others the fine filtering of a reverse osmosis system will remove a higher number of contaminants.

If you receive your water from a well, instead of the municipal system, water testing is something you should schedule as soon as possible because of possible ground contamination, such as acidic water. Chemical feed pumps can help remove high acidity.

Schedule Water Testing Today

Water testing is a simple process that will not disrupt your daily life. When you arrange for testing with The Sunny Plumber, we send trained plumbers to your home to take water samples from different parts of your home. The water goes to a lab, which then returns the results to us so we can give you suggestions for what water treatment system in Sahuarita, AZ will aid you the most. Get started with cleaner water for your future and call us today to have your water tested.

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3 Reasons to Install a Whole House Filtration System

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Your plumbing system is arguably the most important component in your home, providing safe, clean water for drinking and bathing. Here in Benson, AZ, water filtration is provided by the city and it usually does a good job. It’s not perfect, however, which is why you might want to consider a whole-house filtration system for your home. It will reduce hard water (mineral deposits such as calcium and magnesium) to a minimum as well as keeping more harmful components out of your water completely. That can provide innumerable benefits to your family and household. Here are 3 reasons to install a whole house filtration system.

  • Cleaner water. You can see how much of a difference a filter makes with a simple test. Fill an ice cube tray with your faucet and then a second tray with filtered water bought from the store. The filtered ice will look clearer and taste crisper than the unfiltered tray. Apply that to any piece of cooking that uses water – to say nothing of ice and drinking water – and you can see the impact a filtration system will have on the quality of your food.
  • Cleaner clothes. Hard water can do a number of clothes over time. The more washes your clothes endure, the more their colors will fade and the harsher their fabric will feel. A water filtration system keeps your clothes feeling soft and their colors bright, as well as extending their lifespan over the course of many washes.
  • More pleasant bathing. Hard water can leave your skin feeling raw after a shower, and might even leave a film on your skin when you’re done. Filtered water is much softer on your skin resulting in a cleaner and more satisfying shower overall.

For more reasons to install a whole house filtration system, talk to the experts at The Sunny Plumber. Water filtration and other plumbing services in Benson, AZ shouldn’t be left to a less-than-qualified company. We have the skills and experience to handles the job properly, and we won’ rest until you are completely satisfied with your work. Pick up the phone and give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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3 Benefits of Water Filtration Services in Catalina

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Here in Catalina, water filtration services are in very high demand. The frequent dust and dirt of Arizona means that we can get a lot of contaminants in our water, particularly mineral build-up that leads to hard water. (If you’ve ever noticed a crusty white deposit on your faucets or shower heads, you can see what hard water does.)  Civic filtration systems do a very good job of keeping the water clean, but you can help them further along by installing a water filtration system in your home. Here are 3 benefits of water filtration services in Catalina.

  • Cleaner drinking water. Filtered water is not only safer for drinking and cooking, but tastes better too.  You can perform an easy experiment to confirm this. Freeze a tray of ice cubes with water from the tap, then freeze a second tray with bottled water from a store. The bottled water produces cleaner ice cubes, which the tap water cubes are likely cloudier and less transparent.
  • Softer bathing water. Hard water has a way of taking it out on your skin when you shower or bathe. You may notice a certain redness or irritation after you’ve bathed and your water may even leave a slight film on your skin. A filtration system can fix that, leading to cleaner, softer water to help you bathe.
  • Longer lasting clothes. Hard water can age your clothes artificially, as well as reducing their softness. With a filter, your clothes will look brighter, feel softer and last longer than they would without such measures in place.

The benefits of water filtration services in Catalina are doubly important because of our environment. In another part of the country, it may be a little easier, but with our hot and dusty Arizona climate, you really can improve your water with the addition of a filtration system. For more advice, or to set up a consultation, give the experts at The Sunny Plumber a call. Water filtration systems and other plumbing services in Catalina, AZ are some of our plumbing specialties, and we won’t rest until you are completely satisfied with our work. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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