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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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3 Steps Toward Better Drinking Water in Tucson

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Does your water taste funny? Does it make you suspicious that there could be something wrong with it? It’s important that your drinking water be absolutely safe for the entire family, but also that it taste good. That’s not too much to ask. Here are 3 ways to improve the overall water quality of your home. 

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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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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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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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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 Benefits of Water Testing

Friday, April 25th, 2014

It’s an unfortunate fact that sometimes the water that enters our homes from the municipal supply is low in quality. However, using bottled water is not a good option: this water is frequently nothing more than lightly filtered municipal water. Also, using bottled water doesn’t help a home’s plumbing, which is usually at greater risk from low quality water than the people who live there.

One of the better solutions to this problem is to have water testing done in your home and find a way to address the issues in the water supply with a whole-house treatment system. Water testing is a service that some plumbing companies offer: a plumber collects water samples from different parts of your home, sends them to a laboratory for testing, and then reviews the results with you to see what can be done to improve the water entering your home.

The Sunny Plumber has a staff that offers water testing service in Green Valley, AZ for your home. Call us today and start on the path toward healthier water.

Benefits of water testing

  1. Water problems are difficult to identify: …at least if you aren’t a trained expert. Poor-tasting or smelling water can have many different causes behind it, and water that seems to have no problems at all could harbor serious issues; for example, sediment and high sodium aren’t easily detectable to your senses. Just because your water doesn’t taste or smell odd doesn’t mean it’s free from impurities.
  2. Detect hard water: Hard water is water with minerals suspended in it, principally magnesium and calcites. Although not usually bad for humans to drink, hard water is destructive to plumbing and can lead to clogging and high pressure. Hard water requires a specific type of water treatment device, a water softener, to alleviate.
  3. Determine other types of water treatments systems needed: There are many different kinds of water treatment systems available: particle filters, chemical feed pumps, reverse osmosis systems, and specialty cartridges designed for specific contaminants. Without professional water testing done through a lab, you won’t know what kind of treatment system you should invest in to receive the best water possible.

Water testing is a simple process: leave the job to your plumber to collect samples, and then wait for the results from the lab. Your plumber will know which treatment systems will attack the troubles discovered in your water supply and will install them as well.

Call The Sunny Plumber today to schedule water testing or other plumbing service in Green Valley, AZ.

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3 Reasons to Have Your Water Tested Professionally

Monday, January 20th, 2014

We all want to think the best of our civic water systems and in many cases, that trust is well justified. However, problems arise from time to time and you can never be sure where they’ll come from. This is doubly true if you get your water from a private source such as a well, which isn’t uncommon here in Arizona. If you have concerns on that front and you live in the vicinity of Benson, water testing services are available. They can take samples and check for anything from bacteria infestation to the presence of unsafe materials such as lead. But that doesn’t change the circumstances under which you might want to retain such a service. Here are 3 reasons to have your water tested professionally.

  • You have a baby on the way. Babies are more vulnerable to bacterial infections, as well as nitrate and other chemicals that could seep into a water supply. You should have your water tested as soon as possible after you learn you’re pregnant, then again during the first six months of the baby’s life.
  • There’s been a chemical spill near you. Any kind of chemical leak or toxic spill in your area can leak into the ground water and contaminate the supply. That could eventually make its way back to your household, especially if you have private water supply. If news ever arises of a spill or leak in the area, it’s a good idea to have your water tested.
  • Unusual tastes or smells in the water. If your water suddenly tastes strange, if it has bubbles or other odd features, or if there are unusual smells coming from it, you should probably have it tested.

A qualified plumber can also ascertain if the problem comes from the water supply itself, or if it’s caused by something inside your system. The Benson water testing specialists at The Sunny Plumber can help. We have years of experience and we’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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How Is Water Testing Done?

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Are you concerned about the quality of water in your home? Have you noticed residue on your drains and faucets? Is a foul odor like rotten eggs coming from your water supply? Does your drinking water have an unpleasant taste? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should consider scheduling water testing in Vail, AZ for your house’s water supply. The water coming to you through the main line from the municipal system might have a large amount of particles and contaminants suspended in it. Additionally, water can pick up pollutants from the ground around your house. Some of these chemicals and particles in your water can cause health problems, while others will cause damage to your plumbing.

Water testing in Vail from an experienced company like The Sunny Plumber will determine what issues are plaguing your water supply and what treatments will best alleviate them.

Water Testing: The Basics

Water testing involves more than using a single sample. A professional plumber will take samples of water from different parts of your home in order to get a general idea of the extent of the contaminants. This sample then goes to a laboratory where chemists put the water through a variety of tests to identify specific pollutants in the water. The tests will look for magnesium and calcium (“hard water”), petroleum traces, insecticide that might have come off the water table, fertilizer that seeped down from the lawn, and chlorine. Your plumber will then contact you with the findings and discuss the ways you can treat your water.

Nothing seems wrong—should I get testing anyway?

Yes, you should. Not all poor quality water is easily detectable. The smell of sulfur will warn you that something is wrong, but traces of fertilizer and chlorine are not as obvious. Hard water can start creating trouble deep in your pipes before you can see it.

Call the Vail plumbing specialists at The Sunny Plumber to determine if you have problems in your water supply that are creating issues without you knowing it. Thorough and professional testing is a good way to make certain you are getting the most from your running water every day of the year.

Schedule your Vail, AZ water testing today with The Sunny Plumber. Once we’re done with testing, we can install a variety of different water treatment systems that will alleviate the trouble.

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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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