The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Water Filtration’

What Can Cause Poor Water Quality?

Monday, February 8th, 2021

sunny-plumber-vanOh boy. So, so much. We’d all love to think that the water coming from the taps in our homes is of the highest possible quality, right? Sure, of course. But that simply is not the reality of the situation. There is definitely a solid chance that your water quality in Phoenix could be improved. That’s nothing to be frightened by. After all, there are a lot of water quality issues that are not going to cause serious health issues.

But some can.

So regardless of what your concerns may be, remember that our Sunny Plumbers are here for you. Whatever the problems you run into, we’ve got the solutions you need. Our goal is to ensure that you have the exceptional water quality we know you deserve. So reach out if you have concerns, and see what our water quality pros can do for you!

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What Water Testing Is Looking For

Monday, December 30th, 2019

water-testingNot all homes in Phoenix need to have special water treatment systems, but many do. You may have already noticed signs in your house of subpar water quality, such as unusual odors from the water, cloudiness, mineral deposits, or an unpleasant taste. Even if you don’t see any warning signs, it’s still a good idea to have the water tested every few years. If you’ve never arranged for water testing in Phoenix, AZ, we strongly advise calling us to arrange for this service. If the reports we receive from the lab show high levels of impurities, we can offer whole-house solutions such as water filters, a reverse osmosis system, a chemical feed pump, or water softener.

Water testing runs samples of water from around the house through a series of laboratory test so we can present you with a detailed report. If you’re curious what, exactly, water testing is actually looking for, we’ll go over some of the details below.

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Choosing a Water Treatment System

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

baby-hands-under-faucetSome homeowners think that because they are not using a private water source means that they really don’t have to worry about the quality of the water in their homes. In truth, though, this is completely false. Sure, water from a well definitely has to be tested and almost always treated in some way. But because that your water comes from a public supply does not mean that you have nothing to worry about.

Fortunately for you, our plumbers are here to help. Among the many great services that we offer is the installation of great water quality systems. That begs the question, though, of precisely which type of water treatment system is right for you. There are many different problems that could affect your water quality, and you want to be certain that you are addressing the right problems with the right water treatment system in Apache Junction, AZ.

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Why You Should Rely on Professionals for Water Filtration Installation

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Many homeowners keep a filtered water pitcher in the refrigerator that strains particles out of the water they drink. But what about the water throughout the home? You and your family members deserve clean water no matter what faucet or fixture you happen to be using. The same contaminants in your drinking water may exist in your dishwasher, washing machine, shower, and the water you use to brush your teeth. But a whole-home water filter is installed at the point-of-entry for your water supply, which means your entire home is protected.

What Makes Water Filtration Necessary

As you may already know, water from your municipality does go through a treatment process in an attempt to make water safer for human consumption. However, the treatment process mostly targets contaminants common to your area, so some particles and organisms may remain, or they may collect in the pipes along the way to your home. Furthermore, water treatment plants add chemicals like chlorine and fluoride to the water, to which many people are sensitive.

Water filtration is important because there may be any of several contaminants in your water supply that could affect your health, skin, hair, and even your pipes. This includes contaminants like arsenic, which can lead to skin damage and has been linked to cancer, legionella, an organism known to cause pneumonia, and nitrates that are especially dangerous for small children. For whole-home filtration, you may select filters that target particular contaminants, reverse osmosis systems for nearly comprehensive protection, or a water softener which prevents pipe damage and other issues caused by “hard water.”

Professional Installation Is Key

The important thing to keep in mind is that installing any type of water filter will be quite a process. It will require you to shut off the water and dismantle your pipes in just the right way. A skilled technician will first make some complicated calculations, followed by a careful assessment of the state of your plumbing. The right technician will have all of the equipment for the job and should test the filter for accuracy, all of which cannot be guaranteed if you attempt the job on your own.

Calling The Sunny Plumber for water filtration installation and service in Gilbert, AZ gives you some peace of mind that your new system will operate as needed and protect your family for years to come. Call us today!

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Contaminants That Water Filtration Will Remove

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

If you are concerned about the quality of the water in your home because of unpleasant tastes or odors in it, then you should contact water treatment specialists right away to see if they can help you with the installation of a whole-house water filtration system. Although you can reduce some contamination levels from your water with filtered pitchers and point-of-use filters attached to faucets, the best way to ensure that you target the contaminants you need removed is to have professionals provide you with water testing followed by installation of a filtration system that will do the job necessary.

One of our specialties at The Sunny Plumber is matching homes in Chandler, AZ to water filtration systems that will provide them with clean, healthy water. We offer water testing to make sure that your household receives the ideal filtration system for its needs.

Here are some of the more common water-borne contaminants that professionally installed water filters will remove:

  • Asbestos: Derived from natural ground deposits and from the cement in fresh water systems. Known to cause cancer.
  • Chlorine: One of the most common types of contaminants that can infiltrate a fresh water supply, chlorine is a byproduct of water disinfection through chlorination.
  • Giardia: A naturally occurring contaminant that can cause gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Hydrogen sulfide: This is a familiar contaminant, since it creates the unpleasant “rotten egg” smell that sometimes occurs in municipal water. Rarely harmful, but not something you want entering your home.
  • Iron: Although not hazardous for your health, excess iron can stain laundry and damage plumbing and appliances.
  • Mercury: Mercury can enter the municipal water supply due to crop runoff and natural deposits. Excess mercury can lead to kidney troubles and nervous system disorders.
  • Microbiological contaminants: A general term that applies to bacterial infections from sewage and septic leakage. Responsible for a variety of illnesses.
  • Radon: A well-known carcinogen that can enter homes in a variety of ways, including through the water system.
  • Turbidity: This is dirt that enters water through soil runoff, resulting in murky water.

Your home’s water could suffer from one or more of the above problems, and some are harder to detect than others. It takes skilled water treatment experts to test the water and find out exactly what sort of pollution it contains. Once this is done, the professionals can recommend the type of filter (activated carbon, sediment, iron reduction, carbon block, etc.) to counteract the contaminants so that you receive healthy water at every tap and appliance in your home.

Along with water filtration in Chandler, AZ, our knowledgeable team at The Sunny Plumber offers water softeners, reverse osmosis systems, and chemical feed pumps. Whatever is affecting your water, we will find a way to eliminate it. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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Do I Need Water Filtration Maintenance in Scottsdale?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

If you own a water filtration system, you’ve already taken one of the most important steps in keeping your family safe and healthy. Whole-home water treatment systems like specialty filters and reverse osmosis systems help protect your family members from contaminants like arsenic, chloramine, bacteria, and other health hazards. However, installation isn’t the only step towards eliminating or lowering the number of contaminants in your home.

Here at The Sunny Plumber, we recommend that a plumber inspects your water filtration system every year to keep your water pure and contaminant-free. You may choose to do this as part of annual plumbing maintenance so that all of the other components of your plumbing system are protected as well. Here’s why you should consider water filtration maintenance from us in Scottsdale.

Inadequate Filtration

One of the largest consequences of neglecting water filtration maintenance is inadequate filtration. In general, a whole-house water treatment system should last for many years with very few problems. However, like any component of your plumbing system, there is a chance of leaks, clogs, or general failure that allows untreated water to make its way to your tap. With maintenance, your unit is thoroughly cleaned and any potential problems are caught early on.

Maintenance is particularly important if you own a well and rely on a chemical feed pump to treat the water. For those who get their water from a water main, it is already somewhat treated at a municipal water treatment facility. For families that own a well, chemical feed pumps are essential for your family’s health as they treat the contaminants that are common to your area, and untreated well water can be particularly harmful to your health.

Low Water Pressure

Another reason to schedule regular plumbing maintenance is to avoid low water pressure. A water filtration system is installed at a point of entry for your water line so that all of the water that enters your home is filtered. As a filter becomes clogged with particles and debris, your water pressure may drop, and you may wake up one day to find that very little water can make its way into your home.

For more information on water treatment systems in Scottsdale, call the experienced installation and maintenance experts at The Sunny Plumber and schedule an appointment today!

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The Steps in Water Filtration Installation

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

If the water in your home has a strange color, odor, or taste, you may not know about the wide variety of whole-home and localized water filtration systems available on the market that may solve the problem completely. Often, harmful chemicals, minerals, or other contaminants may enter your water system, either because they are added by the city or they are picked up as water moves through the underground water lines. Sometimes, there are visible signs of contaminants, but often this is not the case.

If you’re a homeowner in Scottsdale, a water filtration system may take care of the contaminants in your home that you can see and some that you cannot, like harmful nitrates and even arsenic. But first, you’ll need an experienced plumber to help you choose from the multiple systems available. To prove that professional installation can help make the process simple and accurate, we’ve listed the steps involved in water filtration installation.

  • Water Testing: The first step of water filtration involves testing your water for common contaminants that may affect your health, your plumbing, or just the taste of your water. When the plumbing company determines the exact problem with your water, a technician can discuss your water filtration options.
  • Water Filtration Installation: There are many different options for water filtration systems. While some are installed directly onto a sink’s tap, a whole-home filtration system may be the best option for you, particularly if a contaminant poses a risk to your plumbing system. Whole-home systems are attached directly to the main water line, ensuring quality for every drop of water that comes into your home.
  • Ensuring Proper Operation: After installation, a technician should test the various taps in your home to ensure the system is running properly. This may include testing the water pressure and taking further samples to check whether the contaminants have been eliminated. Finally, it’s important for homeowners to ensure the filtration system works properly by scheduling plumbing maintenance once a year.

If you believe you need water filtration in Scottsdale, call an expert at The Sunny Plumber who can test your water today and help you find the right system to keep your water system under control.


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3 Ways Water Filtration Makes for a Healthier Home

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Here in Chandler AZ, water filtration systems are often used to help purify the water that comes into your home. Our civic water cleaning systems work quite well, but even they can’t account for everything. You can use a whole-house filtration system to help clear some of the trace minerals and similar contaminants out of the water. How, specifically, can that help you? Here are 3 ways filtration treatment of your water makes for a healthier home.

  • Clean water
    As an experiment, fill an ice cube tray with tap water and another tray with filtered water bought from the store. You’ll be able to see a difference in the clearness and the crispness of the ice cubes when they’re done freezing. The filtered cubes are much clearer and cleaner. That results not only in better tasting water, but tastier foods that require water as part of their preparation.
  • Clean bodies
    Water filtration systems can create cleaner water for bathing and showering. This tends to reduce the amount of abrasion your skin feels in the shower, sine it reduces trace minerals and similar components. Your skin doesn’t feel as red or raw, and your soap won’t leave a greasy film on your body when you’re done.
  • Clean clothes
    Filtered water helps keep clothing soft and comfortable when you wear it. His further reduces irritation on your body, as well as leaving your clothes, cleaner and softer. To top it all off, clothes washed with filtered water tend to last longer (though admittedly that’s not a direct health care issue).

All of which means that water filtration makes for a healthier him in multiple ways and across a wide spectrum of everyday life. Water filtration systems are a natural means of keeping desert dust and similar contaminants out of your home. The Sunny Plumber is on call to discuss possible water filtration and other plumbing service options in Chandler with you and to implement whatever you decide it best for your home. Call us today to set up an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

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