Water Softening Sometimes Requires Remineralization

April 12th, 2021

water-softener-tankWe’ve written about water softeners before on our blog, because dealing with hard water is a common trouble homes in the area face. Hard water has a high mineral content, and there are many problems that these minerals (mostly calcium and magnesium) create for a household and its plumbing. As a quick refresher, here’s why hard water can be bad news for a house:

  • It creates scale deposits inside pipes, leading to clogging, high water pressure, and rapid pipe deterioration.
  • It damages water-using appliances, particularly the water heater. 
  • It leaves behind an unpleasant film on surfaces.
  • Soap dissolves poorly in hard water, which results in soapy residue on skin and hair.
  • It leeches the color from clothing.

But… there’s something else you need to know about hard water minerals. Hard water is not harmful to drink. In fact, those minerals are important ones for your body’s health—they’re part of the essential vitamins and minerals you hear advertised on food products. And this is why we need to talk about remineralization when discussing the installation of a water softener in Santa Barbara, CA.

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5 Common Problems You’ll Need a Plumber For

March 15th, 2021

plumbing-valves-and-tubesAny system as complex as household plumbing is going to run into problems at some point. Although you won’t have to worry about battling weekly issues in your home’s plumbing in Santa Clarita, CA (unless you had the worst possible initial plumbing installation), there are a few common plumbing troubles you may see in the future. In most cases, only a professional plumber can make the necessary repairs or replacements to correct the problem. 

Below is a list of five common plumbing woes that require the help of a licensed plumber. 

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Is Hard Water Dangerous for My Family?

February 15th, 2021

water-for-analysisYou’ve probably heard about hard water and the concerns it can present for a home. The term “hard water” is confusing for people unfamiliar with it, since often the only type of hard water they’re familiar with is ice. What hard water actually refers to is the mineral content of water, specifically levels of the minerals magnesium and calcium. 

The hardness of water is measured as the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. If a home’s water has 60 mg per liter of calcium or less, it’s considered soft. From 61 to 120 mg per liter is moderately hard, 121 to 180 mg per liter is hard, and more above 180 mg per liter is very hard. 

Unfortunately, in Southern California, levels of hard to very hard are common for homes. For homes with this level of water hardness, we recommend installing a water softener in Oxnard, CA, which counteracts the hard water ions with sodium ions to soften it. 

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Hot Water Just Not That Hot? Let’s See Why

January 18th, 2021

blue-question-markWhen you turn on a hot water tap in your house and no hot water comes out at all, that will set off the alarm bells. Something must be wrong with the water heater! We’ve addressed this issue before and what might lurk behind it. 

But what if the problem is that the hot water doesn’t feel hot enough? The water heater is doing something, since you can tell the difference between the cold water and hot water sides. But your showers have become uncomfortably lukewarm and washing dishes in the sink is more difficult. What might be going wrong?

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Why Not Drain Cleaning to Start the New Year?

January 4th, 2021

clearing-of-blocked-drainWe know that this may not sound like a “celebratory” way to begin 2021, but this is going to be a year of “back to the basics” for many. If you’re looking for a way to make this year easier than last, we strongly recommend you schedule drain cleaning in Santa Clarita, CA with us. It’s an important service for your home that you can easily have taken care of with a phone call. We’ll do all the hard work and you’ll enjoy the great benefits of getting your drains to almost “like new” condition.

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6 Ways to Tell You Have a Hidden Plumbing Leak

December 21st, 2020

mold-on-wallOne of the important services we offer as a plumber in Camarillo, CA is leak detection. Hidden leaks in homes account for massive water waste each year, often without the homeowners even knowing that they’re occurring. With our leak detection services, we can discover not only if your house has leaks, but where they are and the quickest and easiest way to fix them. 

We recommend customers have leak detection done every five years, especially if they live in a house built before 1970. If you’ve never had leak detection for your house, you’re probably due to schedule it. We can catch these problems before they become problems.

You should also arrange for leak detection if you have suspicions of leaks. But how can you know you have leaks if they’re hidden? There are several signs to watch for, and here are six of the most common:

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When Do I Need to Make an Emergency Plumbing Call?

December 7th, 2020

scared-womanDo you need an emergency plumber in Ventura, CA? That’s the question we’re addressing in this post, because homeowners often feel unsure if what they’re dealing with in their home qualifies as an emergency or not. Is the problem something that they might be able to fix on their own if they just know how? Is it maybe something that can wait for a few hours? Or is it serious and needs professional attention so it won’t cause extensive damage or turn into an even larger repair problem?

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How Do Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Systems Work?

November 23rd, 2020

boy-drinking-waterIf you are concerned about the quality of the freshwater entering your house, you’re not alone. People today are worried about the many types of pollutants, from bacteria to heavy metals like lead, that enter the freshwater system. 

To provide clean and pure water to a house often requires installing a water treatment system. Filters are a standard method, but they have limitations on what they remove from the water. One of the options you may wish to look into for your water treatment system is a powerful reverse osmosis system. Want to know more? We’ll get into it below.

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Is Repiping Your Home in the Near Future?

November 9th, 2020

cracked-pipePlumbing pipes age, and some pipe materials age faster than others. At some point in the history of a home that has been around long enough, the building will need some or all of its original pipes replaced with new, updated material. This is a large job, but one that professionals plumbers are familiar with and can handle in as short a time as possible—and the benefits are tremendous since it puts an end to numerous plumbing concerns, potential water damage, massive leaks, and inefficiency.

We know you’d rather not have to go through a job like this. But if it’s in your future, then now is the time to start planning and look to our Santa Barbara, CA, plumbing professionals for the job. Let’s examine some signs that a whole-house repiping is in your near future.

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Dealing With an Overflowing Toilet

October 26th, 2020

toilet-with-button-flushWe are an emergency plumber for Santa Clarita, CA, and we know what it’s like for a homeowner to run into a major plumbing fiasco at the worst possible time. There are troubles more likely to send a homeowner into a panic than others. And one of the big worrying events is when the toilet overflows.

Yes, if this happens to you, you aren’t going to like it. But it doesn’t have to be a horrible day-ruining experience. We can help solve this problem with our speedy-response emergency plumbing as well as our experience. We’ve been handling plumbing problems since the mid-1930s after all! We have advice for how to handle the trouble with an overflowing toilet so you can stay sane and see the problem is resolved with as little fuss as possible.

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