Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘water softeners’

Contaminants That May Be in Your Home’s Water

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

boy-drinking-waterDo you know what is in the water you and your family drink every day and use to bathe, cook, and clean? Maybe you don’t want to know—but it’s vital for the health of your household to have any harmful contaminants removed.

Below is a list of some of the more common waterborne pollutants that may be traveling through your freshwater plumbing at this moment. As you read these, keep in mind that there are solutions to these problems.

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Is Hard Water Unhealthy for My Family to Drink?

Monday, June 4th, 2018

water-softener-tankWe offer installation of many residential water treatment systems. One we install frequently is the water softener. But when we mention water softeners to homeowners, they often become concerned. They know hard water is “not a good thing,” and their mind first goes to possible health problems. While strongly recommend installing a water softener in Farwell, TX for any home that has hard water problems, this isn’t necessarily because of health concerns.

Let’s take a closer look at hard water, what it does, and if it poses a health risk to your family.

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The Top 4 Reasons You Have a Clogged Drain

Monday, March 12th, 2018

tapwater-sink-drainWhen you think of problems with your home’s plumbing, what’s the first one that pops into your head? We’d bet it’s probably “clogged drains.” As professional plumbers, we’ve seen all types of drain clogs, and we know how common they are. Everybody runs into a clogged up bathroom sink drain or a shower that drains so slow the water is up past the ankles before the shower is over.

One of the reasons that drain clogs are so common is that there are many causes behind them. We’re going to list the top four reasons you’ve got a clogged drain making life a bit more difficult and much more annoying:

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Some Consequences of Hard Water You May Not Have Realized

Monday, September 25th, 2017

water-and-tapIn a previous post, we looked at the trouble with hard water in a plumbing system. Hard water is unfortunately a common occurrence in the U.S., and it’s difficult to prevent through municipal water treatment plants because the minerals in hard water (magnesium, calcium, gypsum) tend to enter the water after it leaves the plant. The minerals seeps through ground water into the municipal pipes and continues on to homes and businesses.

The biggest threat from hard water is to the fresh water pipes and appliances in a home, the water heater in particular. But there are some other consequences of hard water we haven’t discussed.

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What Exactly Is “Water Softening”?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

golden-facuet-bathroomHere’s a frightening fact about water quality in homes: around 85% of the homes in the U.S. have hard water in their plumbing. One of the areas where hard water is most common and most pronounced is right here in New Mexico.

We said this is a frightening statistic, but we want to remind you not to panic about health concerns. Hard water isn’t actually harmful for people to drink. What hard water actually means is there is a larger than normal concentration of the minerals magnesium and calcium. These are naturally occurring minerals and are found in many food and beverage items you consume regularly. (And you’ve no doubt heard about how important calcium is for developing good strong bones.)

However, you don’t want magnesium and calcium in your water supply, because while it may be fine for you and your family to drink, it isn’t fine for the rest of the plumbing. Hard water creates limescale along the inside of pipes, a leading cause of an increase in water pressure as well as eventual clogging and leaks. Hard water will also significantly reduce the service life of appliances such as water heaters. It creates nuisances as well, since hard water makes it tough to work up soap lather, stains clothing in laundry machines, and leaves unpleasant film behind on surfaces—including your skin and hair!

The solution to hard water is to have professionals install a water softener in Clovis, NM.

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How Do Water Filters Work?

Monday, February 27th, 2017

faucet-clean-waterOne of the jobs that we offer to homes in Clovis, NM is water treatment system installation (as well as repairs and maintenance as needed). Our team first performs water testing in a house, then offers a homeowner a rundown of the various impurities in the water coming from the municipal system or ground well. These impurities can include hard water minerals, pesticides, sulfur, heavy metals, and high acidity. Our water treatment experts can then offer solutions that will target these pollutants and clean the water.

The most common type of water treatment system is the water filter. In many cases, a basic water filter is all that’s necessary to prevent harmful pollutants from entering a home’s plumbing and reaching the fixtures. (Point-of-use filters, such as filters attached to individual faucets, are not as effective and they don’t protect the rest of the plumbing system.) There are a number of different types of filters, and in this post we are going to take a look at how the adsorption filter, which is the one most frequently installed him homes, does its job.

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

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Today homeowners are more concerned about the quality of the water that enters their homes than ever before. Even though the water from the municipal system goes through extensive treatment, many impurities can enter through ground water seepage that then gets into the pipes. A wide range of minerals, heavy metals, pesticides, and other pollutants can end up in the water that your family drinks and uses to cook and clean.

There are treatment options available to purify your water. But first you need to contact professionals to do water testing. In order for our water treatment specialists to know how to purify your water, they need to know what is in it.

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Hard Water: What It Is and Why You Don’t Want It in Your Plumbing

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Hard water is a common problem in residential plumbing today, but many homeowners aren’t exactly sure what it is and why it’s a serious issue that needs to be remedied. We’ll go into detail about hard water and what we can do to eliminate it from your home.

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