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

Which Water Treatment System Would Serve Me Best?

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

If you’re using a city water main to provide fresh water to your home, then all of the water you use is heavily filtered before it gets to you. Municipal water treatment facilities are pretty good at their jobs, removing the majority of harmful substances from your water long before it gets to your home. However, the process is not 100% effective. There are still many different kinds of contaminants that can make it into your home, harming you or your plumbing or both. A water treatment system is the best way to deal with these issues, but there are many different kinds on the market. Read on for a brief outline of a couple of the more common water treatment options.

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Should I Install a Water Softener in My Home?

Monday, April 4th, 2016

A water softener is a great thing to have in your home, providing that you need it in the first place. Not all homes in the country struggle with hard water, though many of them do. If you do happen to have a hard water problem in your home, you are setting yourself up for a lot of issues down the road if you don’t have a water softener installed. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can tell if you need a water softener installed in your home.

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How to Tell if You Have a Hard Water Problem

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Hard water is one of the biggest threats that your plumbing system can face. It’s caused by water percolating through layers of limestone before being pumped into your home, carrying with it large amounts of calcium and magnesium. Prolonged hard water exposure leads to lime scale, large mineral deposits that can restrict the flow of water. This is especially dangerous for the various pipes in your home. Since you probably can’t physically examine the inside of your pipes on a regular basis, take a look at some of the other ways you can tell if you have a hard water problem in your home.

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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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