The Truth about Hard Water

The Truth about Hard Water

Some reasons about the Hard Water

Hard WaterOur cousins, the Bailey’s, live on the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma, on some of the most beautiful land in the country. Although we love enjoying the beauty of the area with them, we always remind ourselves to bring plenty of bottled water with us.  Why?  Because their water tastes different… a bit salty, perhaps.

What’s happening with the Bailey’s water, we found out, is that it’s “hard water.” Hard water is water that has a high mineral content (in contrast with soft water – e.g., rainwater and distilled water) and elevated concentrations of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Typically hard water is not harmful to human health, but it can pose serious problems in industrial settings, where water hardness is monitored to avoid costly breakdowns in boilers, cooling towers, and other equipment that handles water.

So, how can you tell if we have hard water in the home? Besides the salty or overly-mineral taste of the water, you can conduct a simple experiment. Try putting liquid soap into a sink of water, and then agitate it. If suds do not form–or form well–there’s a possibility your water could be hard.

The problem with hard water is that it forms calcium and magnesium deposits that can clog your plumbing. These deposits, called “scale,” tend to be deposited as off-white solids on the surfaces of pipes and heat exchangers, and scale restricts the flow of water in pipes. In boilers, the deposits impair the flow of heat into water, reducing the heating efficiency and allowing the metal boiler components to overheat. Hard water can also eventually lead to pipe corrosion.

For these reasons, it is often desirable to soften hard water.  The professionals at Moon Valley Plumbing can conduct a simple, free sampling of your water to test its hardness and create a plan to soften your water system. Here’s to your health, and the health of your pipes!

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Stave off Pool Problems this Spring

Stave off Pool Problems this Spring

Stave off Plumbing and Pool Problems this Spring

One of the highlights of Glen Hawkins’ life of retirement is his backyard pool. He loves entertaining friends by its crystal blue waters, hosting a game of pool volleyball, and catching some rays by the pool during his lunch break. He even enjoys skimming leaves off the pool during his morning chore routine. But what he doesn’t like are the plumbing problems that have recently cast a dark shadow on a favorite hobby.

Stave off Pool Problems this Spring
In recent months Glen has noticed some issues with water circulation and filtration, and he’s received some crazy high water bills he suspects are related to the pool. Fortunately, he knows his limitations on playing Amateur Fix-It Man, and he’s called the experts at Moon Valley Plumbing. As Spring unfolds, the plumbing team at Moon Valley Plumbing offers some helpful educating and advising of frustrated pool-lovers like Glen.

First, swimming pool plumbing seeks to meet two objectives–circulation and filtration of the water in the pool. Pools are typically self-contained systems needing little connection with external sources of drawing or disposing water. Rather, water from the pool is drawn up into the pump from drains and skimmers by pumping. It then passes through the main filter and through the heater before being finally transferred to the pool via the “returns,” or the piping used for returning water. 

PVC pipes circulate water into and out of the pool, but sometimes pools have old, faulty, inadequate, or leaking pipes or fittings. A knowledgeable plumber can check to see that there are several working drains and water skimmers to facilitate water flow, circulation and filtration; they can check for and fix clogs, and they can ensure that the pool adheres to important plumbing codes.

There’s no better time than Spring to get your pool questions answered and your pool up to speed for fun and entertainment.  So call Moon Valley Plumbing now for your complimentary pool consultation, and free yourself to focus on that tan!

What You Need to Know About Toilets!

Even with new toilets averaging 1.6 gallons per flush toilets consume 27 % of the water in the home. You can save water and money by checking for leaks, replacing your flapper and installing a fill cycle diverter or upgrading to a high-effiency toilet. New low-flow toilets typically use two methods of flushing. Most consumer households use gravity flush toilets which use water weight and gravity to remove waste. but may be more prone to clogs. Consumers who lack fiber in their diet may want to consider toilets that use a pressure assisted flush. Pressure assisted toilets use pressure from the water supply to create a powerful flush to expel waste. They really get the job done but you’ll will have to put up with higher maintenance costs and a noisy flush!