At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing Maintenance’

Frozen Pipes Need a Plumber to Service

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Winter is on its way, and homeowners need to be prepared to handle the effects of cold weather on their household. That includes the pipes and fixtures in the plumbing system. When the mercury drops, water can freeze in the pipes, and when that happens you need a quality plumber to get the matter resolved. Plumbers can also take steps to help you avoid freezing pipes in the first place. This time of year is perfect to introduce such measures: before the winter begins in earnest and while you have time to schedule a session with a trained plumber.

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The Problems that Hard Water can Cause, and how to Prevent Them

Monday, March 30th, 2015

There are all kinds of issues that can affect the plumbing in your home, from leaks to blockages to horrible smells.

One of the biggest problems, however, is hard water. Hard water is water that has an unusually high mineral content, and is common in many regions across the country. While most of the harmful substances in your tap water are filtered out before they ever reach your home, the minerals that remain in hard water can still cause a lot of damage to your plumbing system. Let’s take a look at the problems that are caused by hard water, and how you can prevent them.

Lime Scale

The problem with the minerals that characterize hard water is that they don’t stay in the water. As hard water flows through the pipes in your home, it deposits small amounts of its minerals on their inner walls. Over time, these mineral deposits build to the point that they start to restrict or even block the flow of water through the pipe. These deposits are called “lime scale,” and are extremely damaging to the plumbing. If the condition is caught in time, the lime scale can be cleaned out of the pipe to restore normal function. In more advanced cases, however, the entire pipe will need to be replaced.

Water Filtration

The best way to mitigate the damage that hard water can cause is to address it before it enters your home. By installing a water filtration system in your home’s main water line, you can filter all the extra minerals out of the water before it enters your pipes. This both improves the quality of your drinking water, and protects your plumbing from the ravages of lime scale. There are several different types of water filtration systems available, so be sure to consult with a professional on which one would be the best fit for your situation.

If you think your home may have a hard water problem, call At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air. We provide water filters throughout the Salt Lake City area.

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