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Signs that You Should Consider Installing a Water Treatment System in Your Building

Monday, March 30th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

Commercial plumbing installation can be a pretty big deal, considering its size and scope compared to residential plumbing. For that reason, it can sometimes be difficult to justify adding or altering your building’s plumbing unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Well, in some cases it is absolutely necessary. Hard water treatment is one of those cases. Read on for the signs that you should consider installing a water treatment system in your building.

Calcium Deposits

The biggest plumbing problem for many residential and commercial properties is that of hard water. Hard water is water with a very high mineral content, which it deposits on the surfaces that it flows over. Over time, those mineral deposits build up to become a pretty serious problem. One way to know for certain that you have a hard water problem is by examining the faucets in your building. If there is a white, crusty substance around the head of the faucet, you have calcium deposits. Calcium deposits build up around the head of the faucet as hard water flows out of it. If you have deposits around your faucet, then there’s a pretty good chance that you have them elsewhere in your system, which brings us to our next sign.

Decreased Water Pressure

The biggest problem with hard water is the effect it has on plumbing pipes. As the mineral deposits from the water start to build on the inner walls of the pipes, they will eventually start to restrict the flow of water. This will lead to decreased water pressure when you turn on a faucet in your building. If the deposits are not cleaned out in time, they can eventually block the flow of water completely. These deposits are known as “lime scale,” and can cause quite a bit of damage to your plumbing system.

The best way to combat hard water in your building is to install a water treatment system. This is a device that connects to the water line running into your building, and filters all the extra minerals out of the water flowing through it. This will both improve the quality of the water in your building, and protect your plumbing system from problems caused by hard water.

If you think you may need a water treatment system, call Butter Plumbing. We provide commercial plumbing installation throughout Clark County.

How Hard Water Can Damage Your Home’s Plumbing

Friday, February 27th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

The term “hard water” gets tossed around a lot in our culture. Some people believe that it affects their beauty routine, damaging hair and increasing instances of acne. Many people even believe that hard water can have an impact on the taste of their pizza crust. But most plumbers would say that you should be far more concerned with how hard water may affect your plumbing system.

What is hard water? And how do you get rid of it?

“Hard water” is marked by a high concentration of minerals in the water. Not to worry—this is incredibly common and most of the time, these minerals don’t lead to any illnesses. However, the magnesium and calcium in your water can leave behind deposits that can have a major impact on any plumbing system, from the pipes to the appliances.

These deposits build up in the pipes, and may continue to build up until the opening in a pipe becomes smaller and smaller. This restricts the water pressure flowing through the pipes, an effect which you may slowly begin to notice over time in your shower. If the deposits continue to build up, you might find yourself in need of plumbing replacement, as the pipes may become too clogged for a plumber to effectively descale them. Hard water can damage appliances like dishwashers and washing machines beyond repair as well.

Taking Preventative Action

A plumber may detect hard water during an annual maintenance visit or you may notice hard water in a couple of ways. Soap scum left behind in your dishwasher or washing machine are sure signs that you have hard water in the home, as is low water pressure.

Take preventive action by having a technician install a new water treatment system at your water supply. The best system for the job is a water softener. This unit contains a resin beads which attract and retain the calcium and magnesium. Some salt may make its way into your plumbing system during this process but the amount is relatively minor. If you’d like to eliminate salt entirely, a reverse osmosis system may be a good choice.

Call us today at Butter Plumbing for professional plumbing installation, maintenance, or repair of all types of water treatment systems in Clark County.