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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 15:31

Choosing the Best Water Filtration System

Sarasota Water Filtration

When choosing a water filtration system for your home there are several things you will want to consider to ensure that the system provides the best solution for your needs. 

1. What's in the Water?

Most homeowners purchase a water filtration system because of a problem with their water. The water may be too hard, have poor taste or odors, or there may be concerns about contamination. The first step in choosing the right solution is to understand what's in your water. If you get your water from the city you can request an annual water quality report. The EPA requires all community water systems to deliver an annual water quality report, called a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). If you have a well, you can order an independent water analysis. Once you know what's in your water, you can make an informed decision about which water treatment option is best for your home.

2. Is the Water Treatment For Drinking and Cooking, or the Whole House?
If a water test has revealed a high level of contaminants in the water, such as bacteria, or you're experiencing iron staining, a whole house water treatment system is usually a better choice. If the water test shows no significant problems, but you're not happy with the taste of the water from the tap, installing a water filter under the kitchen sink may solve the problem.

3. Does All Your Water Come From a Private Well?
Studies have shown that more than a third of U.S. homes with private wells have E. coli and other potentially harmful bacteria. For homes with wells, we recommend a reverse osmosis or UV whole house water treatment system.Even for homes with city water, contamination is still a risk. Over 600 boil water alerts are issued every day by city water districts in the U.S.

4. How Much Water Does Your Household Use?
How much water will flow through the home during peak usage? Knowing the number of bathrooms in a home is often a quick and simple way to determine the size needed of specific water treatment systems.

5. How many people are in the household?
Generally, knowing the number of people live in your home will help to estimate the total water usage, and therefore what size water filtration system would be best suited for your home.

Have questions about choosing the right water filtration system for your home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We can help.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:51

The Advantages of UV Water Treatment

While municipal water treatment is able to meet water quality standards, many homeowners are looking for safer, more effective solutions to guard against chlorine-resistant microorganisms like Giardia and Cryptosporidium which can cause serious health problems.

Southwest Florida UV Water Purification

One of the best solutions for removing biological contaminants from drinking water is UV water purification. A UV water purifier exposes water to ultraviolet rays, effectively deactivating harmful viruses, bacteria, molds and pathogenic disease-causing microorganisms.

Here are some of the advantages of UV water treatment.

Highly Effective & Reliable – Kills 99.99% of microorganisms.

Fast and Efficient – Provides instant purification without reducing water flow.

Environmentally Friendly – UV purification requires no chemicals and produces waste byproducts.

Low Maintenance - Only the UV lamp & sleeve need to be replaced annually.

Low Energy Use – UV bulbs use approximately 60 watts of power, roughly equivalent to the average light bulb.

No Wasted Water – Unlike other water treatment methods such as reverse osmosis, which require that the filtering membrane be occasionally flushed with water to maintain effective filtration, UV water filtration doesn't waste a drop of water.

FDA Approved – UV purification is one of only a few methods approved for disinfection by US Food & Drug Administration.

Have questions about UV water purification for your Southwest Florida home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can help.

While the EPA has worked to remove lead from drinking water over the years, it can still exist in trace amounts in drinking water. Here are the most common sources of lead in drinking water.

If your home was built prior to the 1980s, it's likely to have lead solder connecting the copper water pipes. Lead found in tap water often comes from corrosion of plumbing fixtures or the solder connecting the pipes. Today's plumbing fixtures must pass rigorous tests and be certified to contain levels of lead that are below safety thresholds.

Some major U.S. utilities use lead pipes to supply water from to homes and businesses. Because the pipes have been in use for a long time, they have formed a natural oxidation barrier that prevents lead from leeching into the water. Utilities will often add lime or orthophosphates as an additional barrier to prevent lead from getting into drinking water.

If you're concerned about lead in your home's drinking water, regular testing can help ensure that levels are safe to drink. In addition, EPA has an online guide called “How to Identify Lead Free Certification Marks for Drinking Water System & Plumbing Products” that can help you choose the right plumbing fixtures for your home.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:15

Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

The odor of rotten eggs, or sulphur, in water is often a sign that it contains hydrogen sulfide gas. The smell may be noticeable only when the water is initially turned on or when hot water is running. Because heat helps the gas escape into the air, the odor may be especially strong in the shower.

In high enough levels, hydrogen sulfide can be corrosive to metals, and cause yellow or black stains (metallic sulfides) on your kitchen and bathroom fixtures. It may also affect the appearance and taste of cooked foods. Fortunately, the levels of hydrogen sulfide found in drinking water will be in low enough concentrations that they are not harmful to your health.

What Causes Hydrogen Sulfide In Water?

There are a couple of reasons your home's water may smell like rotton eggs from hydrogen sulfide, they include:

1. Decaying organic material or chemical reactions of sulfur-containing minerals in the ground.

2. Water heaters can sometimes make hydrogen sulfide gas through the magnesium anode rod, which supplies electrons that sustain the reaction of sulfate to hydrogen sulfide gas.

Solving Hydrogen Sulfide Problems in the Water Supply

When the problem is occurring with the water supply itself, installing a water treatment is usually the most effective long-term solution. If the odor is a result of the hot water system, modifying your hot water heater may reduce the odor. The process involves replacing the water heater’s magnesium anode rod with one made of aluminum or other metal may improve the situation.

Have questions about your home's water quality? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can help test your water and offer effective solutions for everything from odors and bad taste, to hard water.
The first step in selecting a water treatment system for your home is to understand what's in the water by having your home's water tested. You may be experiencing high mineral content, strange odors or have other concerns. A water test will diagnose the cause of the problem and help you select the right water treatment solution for your needs.

Because not all water filters are going to be effective for the same group of contaminants, once you have identified the specific contaminants in your water check the NSF's water filter certification page. The NSF certifies different water treatment systems by the types of contaminants they remove from the water.

There are two basic types of home water filtration systems. Whole house/point-of-entry (POE) systems typically treat all or most of the water entering a residence. They are usually installed after the water meter (municipal) or pressurized storage tank (well water). A water softener is an example of a POE system.

Point-of-use (POU) systems typically treat water at the point of consumption, such as at the kitchen sink, refrigerator or shower head. Some may install inline while others will dispense filtered water through a separate faucet.

Need help choosing a water filtration system? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We can test your home's water and help you choose the right water filtration system for your needs.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that most municipal water suppliers in Florida provide consumers with an annual water quality report. Also known as Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), the report provides detailed information about the quality of the drinking water supply during the past year. Annual drink water quality reports can be obtained by visiting the EPA's Florida Consumer Confidence site

Most Southwest Florida homeowners will receive a copy of the report annually. If you don't receive a copy in the mail you can access this information on your community's website or by calling your local water department. Because the reports contain a lot of technical information, The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) provides information to help consumers make sense of water quality. Units of measurement for concentrations of contaminants, and detailed information on interpreting the results can help homeowners make informed decisions about whether additional home water treatment is needed.

If you have concerns about your drinking water, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can perform an in-home water analysis and recommend water treatment systems to ensure safer, better tasting water.

Thursday, 10 September 2015 19:10

The ABC of Plumbing - How a Water Softener Works

A water softener is designed to remove minerals like calcium and magnesium that cause "hard water". These minerals dissolve into the groundwater from surrounding rock. When you have hard water in the home you will find that the mineral scale shows up on glassware and in your tub and shower. When severe enough, hard water scale can harm you home's plumbing system by clogging pipes and reducing the effectiveness of your water heater. It can also make laundering clothes more difficult by reducing the effectiveness of soaps and detergents.

The Answer to Hard Water is a Water Softener

A water softener is a mechanical appliance that is attached to a home's plumbing system. Using a process called ion exchange the minerals in the water are exchanged for sodium. A mineral tank filled with tiny polystyrene beads that create a negative charge. Because the minerals in the water carry a positive charge, they will cling to the beads as the water flows through the mineral tank.

Water softeners have a separate tank with a brine (liquified salt) solution. When the brine is added to the mineral tank the sodium ions, which also have a positive charge, it saturates the beads and displaces the magnesium and calcium "softening" the water.

The sodium attaches to the beads, replacing the calcium and magnesium, which get rinsed down the drain. Once rinsed of minerals, the tank is flushed of brine and refilled.

Have questions about hard water in your home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We're here to help.

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