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Spring 2014

What is Hard Water and What Can I Do About It?

Of all the problems that homeowners may face, hard water is certainly one of the most common. However, many homeowners do not realize that hard water is a problem in their home, even when the symptoms are obvious. Familiarizing yourself with the signs that you have hard water, as well as understanding what exactly hard water is and how it can be treated, can be of great benefit. We have put together some information to help you do this. Contact us if you have any further questions about identifying and treating hard water, and remember that only a professional plumber can provide the products and services that you need to resolve such problems.

The majority of the water that we deal with is groundwater. This means that this water must travel through soil and rock before it is utilized. As you can imagine, this fact can have an impact on the water in question. Specifically, this water may pick up some minerals on its travels. These minerals, mostly calcium and magnesium, may reach such concentrations in your water that they lead to the development of hard water. There are a number of different symptoms that can indicate the presence of hard water in your home. The trick is to understand what these symptoms are telling you so that you can go about treating the problem as needed.

Symptoms of Hard Water

One of the most obvious signs that you have hard water in your home is the development of a film on your bathtub or shower, as well as on your faucets. This is a sign that the minerals in hard water have accumulated on the surfaces and fixtures of your showers and sinks long after the water is gone. While this may seem visually unappealing, keep in mind that the very same thing may be happening within your pipes. Eventually this can serious reduce the flow of water throughout the system, negatively impact the integrity of your pipes, and lead to much more serious issues. If you find that it is difficult to get soap to foam or to rinse products out of your hair, hard water may be to blame. You may also notice that there is a filmy feel to your skin after bathing. Contact a professional plumber at once if you discover such symptoms in your home.

Treating Hard Water

If hard water is a persistent problem in your home, then you really need to contact a professional plumber to resolve the problem. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, this is the only way to ensure with certainty that hard water is indeed what you are dealing with. Knowing precisely what you are up against is key in finding the right solution for your water quality issues. If it is indeed hard water, you’ll want more than a point–of–use water filter. A whole house water softener will benefit you much more, as the water coming from all of your faucets and fixtures, such as those to your washing machine, dishwasher and other appliances will all be treated. There are a few different water softener systems available, the most popular method being the exchange of calcium and magnesium ions are exchanged for sodium ions. To learn more about the ways in which you can treat hard water, or to schedule your water softener installation service, contact a qualified, licensed plumber. We are happy to answer any further questions you may have.

Allergy Relief: How to Breathe Easier in Your Home

There are certain times of the year when it seems like those of us with allergies are just doomed to be miserable. As beautiful and comfortable as spring may be, it also brings on a deluge of allergens. This can really hinder your enjoyment of the season if you have allergic reactions to pollen and other substances that come with spring. All hope is not lost, though. There are plenty of allergy medicines on the market today that can help you go along your daily business. However, you don’t want to be constantly treating the symptoms, especially when you are at home. Attacking the root of the problem is a much more effective means of breathing easier in your house. Here are some ideas to help you reduce the effects of your allergy symptoms when at home.

First things first, a problem with seasonal allergies gives you great motivation for keeping up with housework. If you allow dust and dander to build up within your home, you can expect those pollutants to take a toll on your allergies. The longer you allow for these allergens to build up, the bigger the problem at hand. By maintaining a regular cleaning schedule, you can enjoy a more pleasant living environment while also keeping your home more presentable.

Another way to reduce the risk of aggravating allergy symptoms is to invest in a whole house air purifier. There is an air filter in your HVAC system, as you know, but the primary function of this air filter is to protect the inner components of your heating and cooling equipment. If you want to boost indoor air quality to alleviate your allergy symptoms, you may need a more efficient air filter or even an electronic air purifier. This is a very effective means by which to improve the quality of the air throughout your entire house so that you won’t suffer from severe allergy symptoms.

Also, while it may seem counterintuitive it is also important that your home be well ventilated if you want to maintain high indoor air quality. You may want to seal your home up to keep allergens out, but you also risk trapping allergens in your house by doing so, at which point they will just continuously make their way throughout your air distribution system. Plus, if you are running your heater or air conditioner, recycling that air over and over can lead to stale, low air quality. Proper ventilation is the key to comfortable living.

If you have any questions about the ways in which you can combat allergies by improving the quality of the air in your home, call an indoor air quality specialist. Some people are always going to have to medicate their allergies, especially if symptoms are severe. Supplementing such measures with these practices, however, is a great way to enjoy a cleaner, more healthful living environment. Give us a call today to get the products and services you need to breathe easier.