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

Good Water Quality? Are You Sure About That?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

logoWe are not here to alarm you or to stir up your fear in order to propel you into action you don’t need to take. We are here to share some facts related to plumbing with you, though, and one of those facts is an unfortunate one—that your water may not be anywhere near as high of a quality as you think. If you are serious about enjoying great water quality in Tucson, AZ, then you may need to work with some water treatment system experts.

Thankfully, our Sunny Plumbers are never more than a phone call away. Whatever problems may be setting your water quality back, we’ll find the solutions you need to get it back on track. Of course, before we can do that, you need to alert us to any concerns you may have so that we can go about determining what the precise nature of your water quality issues may be. So read on, and remember to call The Sunny Plumber Tucson if you have any concerns about the quality of your water.

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Do You Really Need a Water Softener?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

water-softener-do-you-needToday, most municipal water supplies have a good amount of filtration and conditioning they go through before reaching your faucets, and the Tucson area is no exception. If you use ground water instead, you likely have a water treatment system on site, too. But something many people don’t realize is missing in all of this when they hear about water treatment system installation in Tucson, AZ, is protection from hard water.

This is the name for water that has a high concentration of minerals in it—namely calcium and magnesium. No, these minerals are not harmful to ingest, to get that out of the way. However, they can do a world of damage to your plumbing system, and therefore your quality of life. Hard water should be taken care of with a professionally installed water softener, which can treat the water before it has a chance to negatively affect your pipes.

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Why Is Hard Water a Serious Problem?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

shower-head-runningCertain issues with your plumbing system will very obviously be serious problems. Think about a burst water line, flooding your front yard, or a toilet backing up into your home—not that these are situations that you really want to think about, of course. Other issues that you may encounter, such as hard water in Tucson, AZ, may not seem as urgent. It is important to remember, however, that hard water is indeed a very serious issue.

Hard water won’t make you or your family members sick, the way water contaminated with certain pollutants can. It will, however, make itself known in a number of ways. If you are concerned with any aspect of your water quality, you can count on our plumbers to find the right system for your home. In the event of hard water, that means using a water softener.

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The Problem of Lime Scale

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Before the water you use is piped into your home, it undergoes an extensive treatment process at a city plant. That process gets rid of the vast majority of harmful materials in the water. However, it’s not a perfect process. There are still materials that can escape the treatment plant and make it into your home’s plumbing. Hard water is the result of some of those materials. Read on to find out more about hard water, lime scale, and what you can do about them.

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Why You Should Consider Installing a Water Treatment System

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Before water is piped into your home and out of your taps, it is treated by the city to remove harmful substances from it. High levels of harmful chemicals, minerals, and even biological agents are all removed in order to make your tap water safe to drink.

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What Water Testing Can Tell You About Your Home’s Water

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Your home’s water supply is incredibly important to your daily life. You use it to cook, clean, bathe, do laundry, run the dishwasher, and, most importantly, to drink. So when there’s something wrong, you want to solve the problem as soon as possible. If you smell rotten odors in your water, notice residue or strange colors from your tap, or if it tastes unpleasant, there may be contaminants in your supply that can be found with water testing. When you ask a professional to test your water in Catalina, you may be able to find a solution that keeps your water clear and refreshing. Here are some of the problems a professional plumber may find in your home when you schedule water testing.

Common Problems with the Water Supply

  • Chlorine/Chloramine:  These chemicals are often added to the public water supply for disinfection. However, some homeowners react negatively to these additives, so you may want to know if chlorine or chloramine is affecting your health.
  • Other Contaminants: Other contaminants may enter your water supply through the ground or well water. These may include arsenic, insecticides, fertilizer, and petroleum products.
  • Hard water: Another common problem is a high level of calcium and magnesium, called “hard water.” Hard water is usually not a health hazard, but it may cause mineral deposits to build up in your pipes and damage your plumbing. It can also cause problems for appliances in your home such as dishwashers and washing machines.

How Does Water Testing Work?

When you call The Sunny Plumber for water testing, our experts will collect samples from different parts of your water supply. The samples are sent to a laboratory, and our technicians will discuss your results with you. Then, we’ll help you find the perfect water treatment solution for your home.

Whatever your water testing needs are, we can help you decide which system is right for your water supply. To talk to a professional about water testing in Catalina, call us today!


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What Is Soap Scum and How Can I Get Rid of It?

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Cleaning commercials like to talk about soap scum: that hard, powdery residue left over when you’ve used the shower or bathroom for a while. But they rarely go into what creates it; they mostly want to sell you a generic cleanser in order to temporary alleviate soap scum as a symptom, rather than getting to the root of the problem. Benson water treatment facilities actually play a large role in the creation of soap scum, and you won’t be able to affect what they do. You can, however, inoculate your house against its effects with a water treatment system. “Soap scum: what is it and how do I fight it?” you ask. The answers can be found below.

Soap scum mainly arises due to the influx of hard water – or water with a high mineral content – into your system. Those minerals will mix with dirt from your body and the soap you use to clean it off to create a hard, filmy surface on your shower tiles and walls. Soap scum doesn’t appear overnight; it can take months or years to fully manifest and tends to arrive so slowly that you hardly notice until your bathroom is covered in it.

You can clean it off with store-bought cleansers, and indeed some products out there work solely to remove soap scum from your bathroom. But the conditions that created it in the first place will remain: hard water, your need to regularly clean yourself, and the mixture of dirt, soap and minerals that accompany it. A more permanent solution entails the installation of a whole-house water filter, which severely reduces the mineral content in your water. Not only does that remove one of the key components in the formation of soap scum, but it helps you feel cleaner and fresher after showering, as well as making laundered clothes feel softer and foods cooked with tap water taste better.

If you’re asking “what is soap scum and how can I get rid of it?” The Sunny Plumber can help. We offer Benson plumbing services like water treatment methods, and are skilled at the installation of quality water filtration systems to address them. Give us a call today. We serve all of the Tucson area and we’re ready to find a long-term solution to the soap scum problem.

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Which Type of Water Filtration System is Best for My Home?

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

In towns like Green Valley, water filtration can make a big difference in your quality of life. While tap water is moderately clean, it can’t always clear the myriad minerals, chemicals and other detritus that slips in. A water filtration system not only provides you with cleaner water for drinking and cooking, but also makes bathing and showering a more pleasant experience, as well as softening laundered clothes. They make a lot of sense out here in the desert, where dust and minerals can creep into even the most well maintained public water system. “But which type of water filtration is best for my home?”, you ask? It depends on your individual circumstances, but a list of the more common options are detailed below.

  • Under-sink filters. These are designed to be fitted onto a single faucet, placed in the plumbing beneath the sink and filtering the water form that unit alone. They’re very cost effective and because their bulk is hidden under the sink, they don’t take up any counter room. This is a good option if you have a small house or apartment with only a few faucets to take care of.
  • Reverse osmosis filters. Reverse osmosis is a process by which water passes through a permeable filter at high pressure. They’re very effective at removing contaminants, though you must periodically sterilize the filter and they tend to create a lot of waste water.
  • Whole house filters. These are attached to the main water line and cover water for the entire house. Their comprehensive nature means you don’t have to do anything piecemeal, and there will be no changes to your sink or other faucet. The down side is that they can’t always catch certain types of contaminants, though they’re quite good and removing sediment and chlorine.

If you’re asking “which type of water filtration system is best for my home,” the experts at The Sunny Plumber can help. We offer plumbing service to Tucson area towns like Green Valley, water filtration systems are a standard part of our service plan, and our staff conducts themselves with courtesy and professionalism at all times. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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This Is Why You Should Test Your Water

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Getting your water tested is one of the most important things you can do for the health and comfort of your household. Water testing doesn’t cost much and can detect the presence of nitrates and other minerals in ostensibly clean drinking water. Catalina water testing service men can also check for components unique to the Tucson area, such as microbiological contaminants and local pesticides. Our local water companies usually do a fine job of filtering out those contaminants, but formal water testing can help you be sure. Water testing is also important if your water comes from a local well or some other source away from the local civic water supply. Beyond those general reasons, this is why you should really consider testing your water:

  • Your plumbing shows signs or corrosion or is composed at least partially out of lead. In those cases, the water may contain traces of lead, copper and other minerals. The pH balance may also be off, leading to water with an unpleasant acidic taste.
  • Your water looks or smells strange. Fizzy or colored water likely contains some contaminants, while minerals, bacteria and/or hydrogen sulfide can give it an unusual taste.
  • You live near an environmentally hazardous location. Homes located near industrial factories, mining operations, gas-drilling sites or heavy agriculture should have their water tested regularly for chloride, minerals or industrial chemicals. Such elements are more likely to seep into the local water supply of nearby residents.
  • You’re expecting a baby. If you’re pregnant. You want your water to be clear of nitrate, which can adversely affect your new addition. Test for nitrate as soon as possible after learning about the pregnancy, then again just after you’ve had your baby.

If you have reasons why you should test your water, call upon the experts at The Sunny Plumber for help. We can test the water for you, and install a top-quality water filtration system if you require it. Catalina water testing is our area of expertise and we serve other communities throughout the Tucson area as well.

Contact us today and let us show you what we can do for you!

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