Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘water softeners’

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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What Is Causing That Drain Clog?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

bubbling-drainOur plumbers handle a huge number of different jobs, from installing new piping for homes to extensive commercial plumbing services. But we know that when most people think of “plumbers,” the first job they think of is “drain unclogging.” Drain clogs are the most common plumbing hassle, and drain cleaning to fix clogged or slow drains is one of the most important parts of our day-to-day operations.

A reason clogs are so common is that there are so many different things that can cause them to start in drain pipes. Below we’ll try to answer this most frequently asked of all plumbing questions, “What’s clogging up my drain?”

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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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Causes of Slow Drains

Monday, March 27th, 2017

A drain that’s fully stopped is something you know has to be fixed as soon as possible. But how often have you ignored a drain that’s draining slowly? This warning sign often goes without the attention it needs—and that will eventually lead to a major blockage. As soon as you notice a slow drain, take steps to fix it. (And this doesn’t mean pouring caustic chemicals down the drain! Store-bought “drain cleaners” do not do an effective job and they may cause damage to the pipes.) If a standard plunger won’t clear the drain, contact professional plumbers for drain cleaning in Silver Spring, MD.

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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 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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