Understanding Plumbing Problems

There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.

Three Aspects Of Your Water That Mean You Should Get Water Purification To Protect Your Plumbing

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Whether you have a private well or have municipal water piped in, your water supply is crucial to not only your health but also the health of your entire plumbing system. And although it may not occur to you that water could harm plastic or metal pipes, this can indeed be the case. Here are three things that indicate you should obtain water purification services because otherwise they may damage the pipes and plumbing fixtures if they exist in your water.

1. Chlorine

While chlorine is generally added to city water in amounts that are considered safe to drink, that doesn't mean it's safe for your plumbing. In fact, chlorine has the potential to speed up corrosion in your pipes, which can itself be bad for your health. If the water's PH is below 7, adding chlorine can make it quite corrosive, whereas if the PH is high, chlorine can actually cause flakes to form in the water, which can hamper the passage of the water through the pipes. These problems aren't super likely to cause dangerous water, but if you have galvanized pipes corrosion may be dangerous because the zinc coating can actually cause small amounts of lead to appear in the water. If you're worried, it may be worth having a plumbing inspection to ascertain the state of your pipes and to talk about the possibility of having a whole-house purification system installed.

2. Limescale 

Limescale is generally only a problem if you have a certain type of water. Hard water is the type in question; it contains minerals that can precipitate out of the water in the form of scale buildup, which can then gradually begin to coat the surface of your pipes. This buildup generally happens over a long period of time so hard water usually doesn't cause immediate problems with the pipes, although it can cause discoloration in your plumbing fixtures such as sinks and bathtubs. You can install a water softener to remove the minerals that cause these problems, or you can opt for a "descaler" that simply changes the minerals so they won't build up as much but are still present in the water.

3. High or low PH

Both low PH and high PH water can increase pipe corrosion. When testing your water (which you should do regularly if you own a well and at least occasionally if you use city water), you should check its PH, and if you're concerned that it's too high or too low, you can get a treatment system to protect your pipes by neutralizing the water.

These three characteristics of water can all cause damage to your pipes, meaning that in order to protect your plumbing system you may have to get a whole-house treatment system. If you're concerned that your pipes are already corroding and may be leaching heavy metals into your water, you can also get a small point-of-use filtration unit to clean your drinking water after it passes through the pipes.

For more information or assistance, contact companies like Water-Pro.

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9 December 2016