Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Treatment Systems’ Category

Can Hard Water Be Harmful?

Monday, May 21st, 2018

closeup-hands-under-waterDrinking water is something we often take for granted in the U.S. We turn on a faucet in our home and out pours potable water. But a large number of homes in the country face trouble with hard water, which is water that contains a high level of mineral content suspended in it. Hard water minerals include calcium and magnesium—the primary causes of hard water—as well as aluminum, barium, iron, zinc, strontium, and manganese.

All those minerals may sound a bit concerning when you read about them. If your home has hard water, does it pose a significant health risk to your family? And is there anything you can do about getting rid of it?

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The Amazing Secret of the Water Softener: Ion Exchange

Monday, March 12th, 2018

water-from-tapHard water is an unfortunate plague on the plumbing in many homes in our area. The minerals that create hard water—magnesium, gypsum, various calcites—seep into the pipes carrying water from the municipal supply to homes, which is why hard water gets past chemical treatment plants.

Hard water damages plumbing and appliances, creates a filmy residue on surfaces, and leaves skin feeling dry and itchy. If your home is suffering under the curse of hard water, the magic to make it go away is the water softener.

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The Signs You Need a Water Softener

Monday, August 28th, 2017

water-testingHard water. It’s a major problem across the country in residential water supplies, affecting approximately 85% of homes to some degree or another. For some households, the hardness won’t cause problems. But the higher the level of hardness, the more danger the hard water minerals pose to the plumbing system and the water-using appliances attached to it. If your home has a high level of water hardness, the best method to deal with it is to have our plumbers install a water softener.

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What Does a Water Softener Actually Do?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

gold-bathroom-faucetHard water is a common problem in homes across the country. In fact, studies have shown that approximately 85% of homes have hard water in their plumbing.

But what does this actually mean? What makes hard water a problem, and how does a water softener fix it?

Hard vs. Soft Water

Right from the start, the terms “hard” and “soft” water sound strange to people who aren’t specialists in water treatment. (How can water be “soft”? And isn’t “hard water” just ice?) But the concept isn’t that complicated. The hardness of water, which can be determined by professional water testing, is the amount of magnesium and calcium grains suspended in the water. The more grains, the harder the water. Water is considered hard when it exceeds 3 grains per gallon (GPG). Less than this is considered soft. Unfortunately, water hardness here in Maryland homes often exceeds 10 GPG, which is considered “very hard”!

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The UV Water Purifier: How It Works and Its Benefits

Monday, April 24th, 2017

water-and-tapPeople are more worried than ever before about the contaminants that might enter their home’s drinking water. Although lead is the first worry of the majority of homeowners, bacterial and microbial infections are often the bigger danger. Microorganisms that can lead to health problems can seep into a home’s water supply in a variety of ways, and unfortunately they often slip through water treatment systems such as charcoal filters designed to trap larger particles.

Our plumbers recommend our customers look into the installation of UV water purifiers in Potomac, MD or elsewhere in Montgomery County for their homes. We offer many types of water treatment systems, and we’ll see your home receives the protection it needs.

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The Importance of Water Testing for Your Well Water

Monday, February 13th, 2017

fresh-water-from-tapNot all homes in Silver Spring and Montgomery County have access to a municipal plumbing system. These homes instead rely on drawing their water from a ground well. Our plumbers are familiar with the plumbing systems necessary to keep water flowing from a well and into a home’s freshwater pipes. We work with well pumps, so if your home uses a well and  you’ve experienced issues with a drop in water pressure, contact our team. They can help with fixing your well pump or replacing it if necessary. Our regular maintenance will see that your well pump continues to work at its best.

Today, however, we’re going to address another important concern with wells, and one that our professionals can help you with as well: water testing.

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Ways to Tell It’s Time to Schedule Water Testing

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Water testing does a thorough job of finding out if the water in a home contains unhealthy pollutants. The testing usually takes around a week: a team of professionals comes to the house to take samples from different water sources in the house, and then sends them to a lab. A week later, the lab results return, and the professionals go over the report with the homeowners and offer suggestions for how to improve water quality.

We’re proud to offer water testing services, as well as filters, UV water purifiers, water softeners, and reverse osmosis systems to purifier a home’s water. If you aren’t sure if you should have water testing done, here’s a few ways to tell the time has come:

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Is a Reverse Osmosis System a Good Option for Clean Water in My Home?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

If you are concerned about the quality of the water that comes into your house from the municipal plumbing system, you aren’t alone… and you probably have good reason for those concerns. Even the best water treatment plant can’t prevent chemicals, minerals, and heavy metals from entering the water in the pipes as it travels to your house. When you suspect poor quality water, arrange for water testing with us, and we’ll determine what type of water treatment system will resolve the problem.

One of the most common types of water treatment solutions we recommend is the reverse osmosis filtration system.

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Is Hard Water Something to Worry about in a Home?

Monday, August 29th, 2016

You’ve probably heard the term hard water before and wondered exactly what it meant. The simple answer is that hard water is any water that has a higher mineral content than normal. For most homes that have hard water, these minerals are magnesium and calcium. If you notice that you have a hard time working up soap lather in your water, or if there are visible films left on shower and sink surfaces, then your home probably has hard water. And to answer the question in the title, yes, this is a problem.

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