If you live in Phoenix, Arizona, you’ve likely been told that you should have a water softener system in your home. In fact, about 1 out of 4 homes have water softener systems in the Phoenix area. So what do water softeners do? A water softener does just what it sounds like, it softens water. To understand what that means, first you’ll need to understand what hard water is and why so many people want to soften it.
Hard water is water that has a high concentration of minerals. While water is in the ground it picks up soluble bits of whatever it passes through. This could also include contaminates but is usually just minerals from the earth. Of the minerals that water picks up, the ones to be concerned about are calcium and magnesium as they affect the ability of water to function in our homes and are what cause water to be “hard”.
One of the more annoying effects of hard water is that it causes soaps and detergents to lose some effectiveness. Normally soap would dissolve completely but with hard water it combines with the minerals and forms a coagulated soap curd. This results in needing to use more soap while the sticky insoluble curd hangs around, clinging to skin, shower walls, hair, etc.
Hard water can also have a negative effect on your laundry. While washing your laundry with hard water, the aforementioned soap curds can work their way into your clothing, causing dirt to be trapped in the fibers. This can roughen the fabric and cause it to feel stiff.
Not only does hard water affect the washing process but the insoluble soap deposits leave spots on everything you wash while also leaving a soap film that builds up on your bath and shower.
Lastly, one of the more costly effects of hard water is what it can do to your plumbing system. As calcium and magnesium deposits build up in pipes, it reduces the flow of water to taps and appliances. This build up in the pipes can also cause serious problems with water heaters, causing them to lose efficiency and reduce the life of the heater.
The basic answer behind what a water softener does and how it works is that it removes the calcium, magnesium and other contaminates out of your water.
Most water softeners are simply a mechanical appliance in your home that is connected to your water supply system. They work by replacing the unwanted minerals in your water with something else, usually sodium. This process is called ion exchange. The result: softer water.
So why do so many homes in Phoenix use water softeners? Well, that’s because hard water is much more common in desert areas. Phoenix is actually one of the top 5 metropolises in the U.S. with the hardest water. That’s why water softeners are so common in the Phoenix area and why you’ve likely been told you should use one.
The next question you may be asking is, do I really need a water softener? Many people argue that the benefits of softer water don’t outweigh the high costs of a water softener while others argue the opposite. To help you make an educated decision and better understand the pros and cons of installing a water softener, we will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of a water softener in our next article.
As explained in more detail in our previous article, a water softener works by removing contaminates and minerals from your water. As water passes through the ground it picks up different minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium which cause your water to be “hard”. Hard water can cause problems with your plumbing, reduce the lifetime of your appliances, cause skin irritations and make it harder to clean.
In dry areas, such as Phoenix, Arizona, the tap water is usually much harder than in other areas. This is why water softeners are so common in the Phoenix area. The question, though, is whether they’re really worth it and what are the disadvantages to installing one. First, we will review the benefits of water softeners and then discuss the disadvantages.
While most of the disadvantages involve salt-based water softeners, they are the most commonly used. There are, however, some that are not salt-based and would eliminate many of the disadvantages, other than cost.
In fact, Arizona State University completed a study in 2011 and discovered the most promising technology for softening water without salt is the template assisted crystallization process. It tested four types of water softener not using salt: capacitive deionization, electrically induced precipitation, template assisted crystallization, and electromagnetic water treatment.
Another route you can take to reduce the harm caused by a water softener, should you choose to install one, would be to only attach the unit to your hot water line. This would allow you to take advantage of the benefits of softer water when cleaning, while reducing the negative impact it has.
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Most conventional water heaters are fairly simple. They work by allowing cold water into the tank that is then heated using an electric element or gas burner. To regulate the temperature, a thermostat is used to keep the water between 120 to 140 degrees. As the water heats, pressure builds inside the tank. The pressure then sends hot water out of the faucet when you turn the tap on.
Since water heaters contain very few parts, only a few things can go wrong:
Repairing or replacing any of those parts is relatively inexpensive. Usually a plumber can do the job for $150 to $300. But if the tank is more than 10 years old, or if it’s leaking, a new water tank is likely in your future. If you have any of these issues or need a new water heater, we can help.
Peace of Mind Plumbing provides professional water heater repair service in Anthem, Arizona and can quickly resolve the problem at an affordable price. We provide all of the following services for water heaters:
We are a local, family owned and operated company that provides certified and licensed plumbing services in the Anthem area. With over 18 years of experience and a stellar reputation, we can get the job done right the first time.
Give us a call now for emergency service (480-304-2074) or schedule an in-home evaluation.
Have you ever attempted to fix a plumbing leak with duct tape? Most people have and learned the hard way that it never works. A proper leak repair can save you thousands of dollars in avoided water damage. So, if you know that you have a water leak, the smartest thing you can do is contact a certified plumber to professionally repair the damage and prevent water damage to your home.
Peace of Mind Plumbing in Glendale, Arizona, can quickly locate your water leak and fix the problem quickly and correctly to avoid further costs from damage. Because a water leak can quickly cause significant damage to your home – in addition to being a major inconvenience – it is imperative that you contact a plumber immediately.
We have been providing plumbing services to the residents and businesses of Glendale for over 18 years and have earned the trust of our local community. We’ve been helping resolve plumbing problems in Glendale even before University of Phoenix Stadium was built in the area. We are a local business that is dedicated to providing honest, quality work at affordable prices.
If you have a water leak and need emergency plumbing repairs, we can help. Not only do we provide 24/7 emergency repair service, but as certified plumbers we can get the job done right the first time. Experience always trumps price when dealing with a plumbing disaster but that doesn’t mean you have to pay an arm and leg with us. We keep all of our pricing competitive and at affordable rates.
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Have you been thinking about adding a reverse osmosis system in your home? A reverse osmosis system is a water filtration technology that purifies your water by removing contaminates such as bacteria, ions, molecules, and large particles from the water using a semi-permeable membrane. The system works by applying a pressure that essentially pushes the water through a filter, or membrane, with tiny pores. The membrane captures all of the large particles and contaminates, only allowing the pure water to pass through.
There are many different reasons to install a reverse osmosis system in your home. For some, their doctors may have recommended it and for others they may have just recently read about it or had a friend recommend it. For most, it is simply a simple solution to converting their tap water into safe, drinkable water. If you haven’t yet decided whether it is right for you, here are four benefits of using a reverse osmosis system in your home.
Usually the health benefits of drinking reverse osmosis water are more pronounced with cancer patients and those with weaker immune systems. Since the reverse osmosis system removes harmful micro-organisms and germs, it can be much safer to drink for patients receiving chemotherapy which drastically lowers their immune system. With a weak immune system it is much more difficult to fight off infection caused by impure water.
Reverse osmosis also removes lead and sodium which is beneficial for those suffering from high blood pressure. Both lead and sodium can result in increased blood pressure and other health problems. This can be an even bigger issue for households using a salt-based water softening system which causes increased levels of sodium in the water. Many people who use water softeners often use the reverse osmosis system to make their water potable.
As Americans have become more health-conscious many have been switching from sugary drinks to bottled water. In fact, a new report from Beverage Marketing found that bottled water consumption grew 120% between 2000 and 2015. Increasing your water intake and avoiding high calorie, sugary drinks has numerous health benefits but the large of amounts of plastic used to bottle the water can be hazardous to the environment.
While you should certainly continue to choose water over sugary drinks, you may want to consider drinking filtered water or using a reverse osmosis system rather than contributing to the plastic epidemic that is damaging the environment. And, for those who are more concerned with the health benefits, bottled water tends to be much more acidic which can cause a whole slew of other health problems.
One of the biggest reasons that many state as to why they prefer other drinks to water is because of the taste. Many people say that the reason they don’t drink more water is because they simply do not enjoy the taste and therefore resort to other drinks – many of which contain high amounts of sugar or artificial flavors.
Usually, the reason for poor taste in water is due to the particles and contaminates in the water. This is usually why bottled water tastes better than tap water. Pure water, without contaminates and particles, tastes much better. With a reverse osmosis system the water is free of these contaminates, which lower the quality of taste, resulting in a much crisper and refreshing tasting water.
If you are an avid chef or cook your own meals on a regular basis, you may have already noticed the difference between cooking with tap water versus filtered water. There is distinct difference in taste and quality. With reverse osmosis water, this improvement is amplified and even more noticeable – which is why more high-end restaurants only use reverse osmosis water for their cooking.
Not only does it make your food taste a lot better but it makes cleaning up much easier as well. Because tap and unpurified water contains more heavy metals and contaminates, it often leaves more residue on pots and pans. This makes it more difficult to clean after cooking.
Note: There are certainly many benefits of using reverse osmosis to purify your water but it is important to know that this purification method does remove minerals that can be considered beneficial. For those suffering from magnesium deficiency, you may want to avoid using reverse osmosis as it could cause further harm by removing that mineral from your water.
For assistance with reverse osmosis installation or repairs in the Phoenix metro area, please contact Joe at Peace of Mind Plumbing.
Did you know a dripping faucet can cost you hundreds of gallons of water? Just a few drips per minute on one or more faucets can waste over 100 gallons of water in a year. You may not notice it on your water bill but over time, especially if there are 2 or more leaking or dripping faucets, it can really add up. It isn’t just a waste of money either, it also adds to water shortage problems.
If your faucet is dripping or leaking, it’s important to fix it as soon as possible and not just refer to it as the nuisance you don’t feel like dealing with.
If you’re having problems with your faucet, Peace of Mind Plumbing can quickly repair or replace your faucet at an affordable price. Our certified and licensed plumber will arrive on time and can get the job done quickly to minimize disturbance so you can get on with your day.
With Peace of Mind Plumber you will get the best plumbing service available in Peoria, Arizona at a lower cost.
We care about each and every customer and take pride in building long lasting relationships with our customers. Our plumbers are friendly, experienced and will never attempt to sell you on unnecessary repairs or service.
For faucet repairs, installation or replacement in Peoria, call Peace of Mind Plumbing.
Problems with toilets are quite common and many are easily fixed or resolved. If your toilet is leaking you can usually resolve this by replacing the toilet flapper and/or filling mechanism. For toilets that are overflowing, you may just need to tighten the adjustment screw to lower the float arm so the water cuts off at a lower level below the overfill tube.
For most other repairs, you will likely need a professional plumber to address the issue in order to avoid further problems. Attempting to repair piping, for instance, could lead to additional problems that could become quite costly. If you’re unsure what the problem is, just give us a call for an on-site assessment – 480-304-2074
Peace of Mind Plumbing has been serving residents of Peoria for over 20 years and provides affordable plumbing solutions for toilet repairs and replacement.
We are a local, small business focused on providing quality plumbing service that is honest and affordable.
When it comes to plumbing, experience matters. Unfortunately, in Arizona, anyone can provide plumbing service but that doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing. It’s important that you contact a licensed, certified plumber who can get the job done right – the first time.
If you’re having trouble with your toilet and need repairs or need to replace an existing toilet, we can provide an affordable estimate and can expertly resolve any problem. Peace of Mind Plumbing is the #1 rated toilet repair service in Peoria, AZ.
We provide emergency service and can arrive quickly and on-time. Just give us a call.
Clogged drains are not only a nuisance they can also cause severe problems with your plumbing system and potentially cause flooding which would result in costly water damage restoration. If your drains, toilets or pipes are clogged, Peace of Mind Plumbing can help.
Get the most affordable price from a State of Arizona Licensed Journeyman Plumber in Glendale, Arizona.
With over 18 year’s experience, our plumber can quickly de-clog your drains and ensure the job is done right. Don’t trust an unlicensed or uncertified plumber to handle the job just to save a few bucks – you will regret it when they have to come back three times just to get the job done right.
While many drain cleaning products, like Drano, can be quite handy for minor clogs using them frequently or for tough clogs can damage your pipes and plumbing system. If you have a major clog many of the drain cleaning products won’t successfully clear the clog and the harsh chemicals will sit in the drain or pipes causing corrosion. If your plumbing system uses plastic piping, the drain cleaning chemicals can also corrode through the pipes over time, especially if used frequently or regularly.
Using drain cleaning products multiple times can cause serious damage to your pipes and plumbing system which will result in costly repairs. In most cases, these products do not fully remove the clog but simply open it up enough to drain again. This means that your drain will end up clogged again in the near future requiring additional hassle and cleaning.
Get your drains cleaned by an affordable professional by calling (480) 304-2074 for drain cleaning service in Glendale, AZ.
When you hire a plumber from Peace of Mind Plumbing you can rest assured that the plumber who services you will be a certified licensed plumber. While many companies here in the valley employ unlicensed plumbers, Peace of Mind Plumbing only employs state licensed and certified plumbers. This requires extensive training and on-the-job experience, ensuring that the job gets done correctly. In fact, 9 out of 10 plumbers in the Phoenix metro are not licensed and do not have the expertise to properly provide reliable service.
This is why so many plumbing jobs do not get completed correctly the first time, requiring them to come back a second or third time for repairs that could have been handled on the first service call if the plumber was licensed and experienced.The next time you need a plumbing repair or installation, make sure that the plumber you’re hiring is a licensed plumber who has the experience and training required to get the job done right always. Peace of Mind Plumbing provides plumbing services in Anthem in the Phoenix metro area and can provided certified and licensed plumbing services at affordable prices and will get the job done correctly the first time.
Result: Unnecessary, future costly repairs.
Water leaks are not only a nuisance, they can be quite costly – not to mention environmentally harmful for areas with low rainfall like Phoenix, Arizona. The biggest problem with leaks is that they can go undetected for such a long time that what seems like a small increase in your water bill can add up exponentially. And, sometimes, cause health problems and expensive damage to your home.
A few facts about leaks from the United States Environmental Protection Agency:
That is whole lot of water being wasted and a lot of money going down the drain – no pun intended – through higher water bills.
The first step to take in preventing leaks in your home is to first determine if you have a leak. You can check for leaks on a regular basis to ensure no new leaks occur throughout the year. Checking for a leak is as simple as checking your water meter:
You should check for leaks a few times a year to make sure that any new leaks don’t go unnoticed for an extended period of time. If you’ve found that you have a leak, the next step will be to narrow down the location of the lead to either inside your home or outside your home (such as from pipes running into your home.)
To narrow down whether the leak is coming from inside or outside your home, follow these steps:
Once you’ve narrowed down where the leak may be, you can then start looking for signs of a leak such as:
If you’re unable to locate the leak, you may need to contact a plumber for assistance.
In the next article we’ll discuss some more in-depth methods of locating a water leak in common areas of your home.