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Everything You Need To Know About Improving Your Home’s Water

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If you live in Phoenix, Arizona, then you’ll be familiar with hard water and how obnoxious it can be. You probably wouldn’t be surprised to know that Phoenix has some of the hardest water in the United States! What does that mean for homeowners in our beautiful state? It means having to put up with a whole list of issues, ranging from mildly annoying to potentially damaging.

Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to stop hard water from leaving its mark on your life and your home. Water treatment systems have been around for a long time in one form or another, from sand-and-gravel-filled bags in ancient Egypt to the modern technological marvels of the present day.

With over 14 years in the plumbing business, Robins Plumbing, Inc. is Phoenix’s local expert on selection, implementation, and installation of water treatment systems. No matter the circumstances, we can get your new water treatment system up and running with professionalism, expediency, and courtesy.  Please let us know if we can help you

What Is Hard Water?

Hard water is, simply put, potable water that has a high concentration of minerals. When groundwater travels through mineral deposits like gypsum, limestone, or chalk, it collects particles from those minerals. When the groundwater reaches your location, it deposits the particles into your well. From there it percolates into your plumbing system, where it starts to collect and harden in the joints, curves, and cracks of your home’s pipes. 

Hard water by itself is not dangerous to the human body, and may even have health benefits depending on the mineral content. Hard water only poses a problem when it starts to affect the plumbing and appliances in your home. 

Signs of hard water damage can include:

  • Clogged or corroded pipes
  • Water stains in your sink, toilet, and bathtub
  • Water that tastes or smells bad
  • Crusty deposits on your faucets
  • Poor water heater performance
  • Malfunctioning plumbing appliances
  • Irritation to your skin
  • Soap or detergents that do not lather properly
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If you’ve encountered any of the above in your house, chances are good that you’ve got a case of hard water syndrome.

So, what can you do about it? If the effects of hard water buildup are fairly minimal in your home, and you’re not noticing a negative impact on you and your family’s day-to-day lives, you can generally ignore it. However, keep in mind that it often takes years, or even decades, for hard water to make itself into an overriding nuisance; the lack of damage you see today may turn into a major problem in the future, especially if you let it slide.

For those immediately concerned about hard water damage in their homes, there is a very effective option: a water treatment system, installed and maintained by a licensed plumber.

Fortunately, there are a variety of water treatment systems that can fit all kinds of budgets, installation needs, and family lifestyles. To start, let’s take a look at the benefits of installing one of these wonderful devices in your home.

How Can A Home Water Treatment System Make Your Life Easier?

As you can see from the graphic above, installing a water treatment system in your home to combat hard water can be very helpful indeed!

Even in those situations where you may not be experiencing an impact from hard water buildup, it can still be quite beneficial to install a system for the perks alone. If you enjoy the taste of crystal-clear water, and you like the smell and feel of cleaner clothes, you may want to consider a water treatment system for you and your family

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The Different Types Of Residential Water Treatment Systems

If you’ve finally decided to invest in a water treatment system for your home, you’ll need to know about the various styles that are available for residents like you. Each style handles water treatment with its own special process, ensuring that you get the cleanest water possible. The type of treatment system you choose will depend upon the actual contaminants found in your local well water and your desired filtration.

Water Softener Systems

The most popular water treatment system in use today in the United States is the water softener. The water coming into the average home generally has trace amounts of heavy minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium in it. While you may not be able to see or taste these minerals, they can cause damage to appliances and leave hard deposits in your kitchen and bathrooms. Water softeners work by removing a significant amount of these trace minerals from the water, which results in a cleaner taste and easier maintenance around the house.

A standard water softener typically uses sodium or potassium ions to “replace” the calcium and magnesium ions that cause hard water. Are you familiar with those big bags of salt pellets you find piled in huge stacks at grocery and hardware stores? Those are produced exclusively for use in sodium-based water treatment systems.

Because they are so widely used today, water softeners are usually the cheapest option when it comes to treating your water. They do require some maintenance over their lifetimes (just like any other home appliance), but a water softener properly cared for will last around 10-15 years.

Filtration Systems

Filtration treatment systems, also called “whole house water softeners,” are pretty similar to the smaller water filter you might have installed on the end of your kitchen faucet. Whole house filtration systems are available in a variety of styles, all designed to purify water through a different process:

Alkaline/Water Ionizer-

Using a process known as electrolysis, water is passed over electrically-charged plates and separated into two streams — one alkaline, the other acidic. The acids and alkalis are then filtered from the water, which becomes much cleaner as a result. Ionizing treatment systems are aimed at situations where hard water is the primary issue.

Activated Carbon-

Also known as a carbon filter, this type of filtration method works by using carbon sheets to attract and absorb larger particles like silt and sediment from your water. The result is water that tastes much better than you can get through other means, because it reduces the amount of chlorine and other contaminants that can give water a bad taste.

UV Filtering-

One of the newer technologies available, ultraviolet filtering is aimed specifically at eliminating viruses and bacteria that can be dangerous to your health, all without the need for additional chemicals. Because of their singular use, most homeowners will never need to install a UV whole house water filter.

Reverse Osmosis-

This type of filter is very popular mainly because it has the ability to remove all sorts of contaminants that can be a health hazard, as well as making sure the end result is clear and odor free. Basically, reverse osmosis works by forcing water through a semipermeable membrane that captures the contaminants and flushes them out using a pressurized system.

Infrared Filtering-

Like alkaline treatment systems, infrared filter systems are aimed at eliminating hard water symptoms. Using heat and light to negatively charge water, it reduces mineral buildup and gives the water a softer feel.

pH Systems

Relatively new in the home water treatment market, pH filtration systems work by targeting acid levels in water. By using a variety of chemicals such as soda ash, calcite, or citrus, pH filtration is extremely effective at destroying the mineral buildup that can clog pipes and stain appliances.

Another method that some pH filtration systems use is called “proportional polyphosphate injection.” It works by treating water with polyphosphate, a naturally-occurring compound that, when implemented through a treatment system, deposits a protective layer on the inside of your pipes and plumbing fixtures. As a result, the water running through your pipes cannot leach metals out of them, leading to a reduced pH level.

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Let Robins Plumbing, Inc. Help You Choose And Install A New Home Water Treatment System

No matter what your particular needs are when it comes to cleaner water in your home, the top-rated plumbers at Robins Plumbing, Inc. can help you in choosing the right water treatment system for any given situation. In addition to advising you on the best system to look for, we can also make any required adjustments to your home if they are needed, such as clearing space in your basement to fit your brand new plumbing appliance.

Already own a water treatment system but aren’t quite ready to replace it yet? We can troubleshoot and repair your existing unit if it’s having problems.

Whether you choose a standard water purifier or decide to go with a more advanced Nuvo Water System, Robins Plumbing will be there every step of the way.

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