Importance of well water testing

Water Treatment 13.7.2012

While most homes in South Florida depend on well water, only a small percent understand the importance of having their well tested regularly. Proper inspection can help identify mechanical issues before leaving you without water. In addition, there are numerous other factors that may contribute to poor water quality including chemicals, coliform bacteria, nitrates, high…

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Why do I need a water softener?

Water Treatment 4.7.2012

As rain water filters through the ground into the aquifer, it picks up certain minerals from the soil and rocks, such as magnesium and calcium. So why do I need to remove these minerals? They can be harmful to the plumbing and plumbing fixtures in your home. As this water passes through your home’s water…

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How much salt should my softener use?

Water Treatment 4.7.2012

This is a tricky question. Usually softeners are set to use between 9 and 15 pounds of salt per regeneration. Given the fact that all softeners have a finite capacity for removing the hardness from your water, they must regenerate periodically in order to continue softening your water. The amount of salt that your specific…

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Water Heaters: Worst Case Scenario

Water Heaters 20.5.2011

Many people don’t know that they have a potential bomb inside their home. When safety devices on a water heater fail, bad things can happen! The thermostat on a water heater is designed to stop the water heater from overheating, but they can fail. In a closed system, this could cause pressure to build up…

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Water Heaters: Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve

Water Heaters 20.5.2011

The temperature and pressure relief valve (T&P Valve) is a crucial safety feature of your water heater. This valve allows the hot water heater to automatically release water should it get too hot or the pressure rise too high. Failure of T&P valve is the most common explanation for water heater explosions and is usually…

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Water Heaters: Corrosion and the Anode Rod

Water Heaters 19.5.2011

Water heaters can fail early due to internal corrosion of the hot water heater. Your annual visual inspection is helpful, but you can’t see everything. The sacrificial anode rod in a water heater is designed to extend the life of the heater. It is a rod that extends into the heater and is composed of…

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Water Heaters: How They Work

Water Heaters 19.5.2011

The simple function of a hot water heater is to heat the water. How does it do it? The thermostat senses the temperature of the water in the tank and turns the heating element on until the temperature of the water reaches the preset temperature. The thermostat then turns the power off to the heating…

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Water Heaters: Internal Components

Water Heaters 19.5.2011

An electric water heater is an electrically heated hot water storage tank. It has one or more elements that heat the water within the tank. These elements are controlled by one or more thermostats. The thermostats are connected to the power supply of the home through the breaker panel. The water heater comes equipped with…

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Water Heaters: Regular Defensive Draining

Water Heaters 19.5.2011

Most people already know that they should drain some water from the heater at least once per year. Because most people don’t know why, it rarely gets done. Sediment from incoming water, calcium carbonate, and particles from the sacrificial anode rod can all add to the build-up in the bottom of your hot water heater….

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Water Heaters: Small Leak or Big Problem

Water Heaters 19.5.2011

We commonly see hot water heaters that have had their life shortened due to neglect. Often a small water heater leak can lead to corrosion or even to the shorts in the wiring. A visual inspection of your hot water heater should be performed at least once annually. Observe all the pipe connections, the tank,…

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