Why is water quality important? Your home’s water has a direct impact on your family’s health. Is it doing more harm than good? Here’s what you need to know about your water quality.

We don’t often think about water quality in our homes, at least, not in terms of health and safety. Most of us in the United States do not have to worry about it. Unfortunately, however, in some cases, we should be worried about it.

What if you found out that your water contained microorganisms, heavy metals, or minerals that could make your family sick? Your home’s water quality is an integral part of your family’s life. Your loved ones use it to cook and clean. They drink it straight from the tap to stay hydrated.

Here are some common problems that affect water quality, a few health risks from bad water, how to fix the problem before it gets serious.

Common Problems That Affect Water

Some of the most common water quality problems that affect homeowners include:

  • Hard water
  • High acidity
  • Contamination

Hard water does not cause health issues, but it can cause serious damage to your home’s plumbing. The minerals that make the water “hard” can build up inside the pipes and appliances in your home, leading to repairs that cost thousands.

High acidity in your home’s water, however, can pose a risk to your family’s health. Water with high acidity often contains heavy metals, which can be seriously detrimental if consumed in high amounts.

Water in your home may also contain decaying organic matter. If your water tastes or smells bad, you could have contaminated water that could make your family sick.

Health Risks of Poor-Quality Water

Exposure to heavy metals from acidic water over a long period of time can have serious health consequences. Among them are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, immune system suppression, and even organ damage. For young children, heavy metal exposure can result in developmental delays.

If your home’s water is contaminated, you could be ingesting dangerous bacteria, including e. coli. Some common diseases that can develop from contaminated water are Hepatitis A, Giardiasis, and Shigellosis. You can also develop respiratory infections, such as Legionnaire’s disease, by inhaling contaminated droplets.

The first step in addressing any water purity problems in your home is to have a complete test done. The test you choose should measure for pH, microorganisms, heavy metals, and hardness.

Once you have your test results, then you can start to work toward better water quality for your family.

Why Is Water Quality Important to You?

Are you worried about the quality of your home’s water? You don’t have to be. Contact Custom Plumbing of Arizona today to talk to us about your options for water filtration and water softener. We are waiting to take your call or answer your email. Don’t hesitate another second while your family’s health could be at risk.

Posted on Categories Residential Plumbing Services, Water TreatmentTags

If you notice your water softener leaking, you don’t need to panic, but you should fix it as soon as possible. In this article, I talk about some of the most common scenarios as well as some solutions that you can try on your own before contacting a plumber.

Important note: before trying to figure out where the water is coming from, disconnect the water softener’s power supply. Always remember, safety first!

Scenario #1: Rotor Valve

The rotor valve on your water softener is usually located at the top of the unit. As the source of water into the water softener, the rotor valve is often the source of leaks. Over time, it can develop cracks and need to be replaced.

If you do not notice any cracks or breakage around the rotor valve but you can see water coming from it, the problem could be the seal located on the inside of the valve. In either case, you will need to contact a professional plumber to fix the issue.

Scenario #2: Punctured Brine Tank

The brine tank is where you place the salt. In case you didn’t know, water softeners work by replacing calcium and magnesium ions in your water with sodium ions. A puncture in the brine tank usually means that you need to replace the tank altogether. In some cases, certain sealants might work, but be careful what you use—picking the wrong one could seriously damage your water softener system.

Scenario #3: Defective Bypass Valve O-Rings

Some water softeners have a valve that allows the water to bypass the system. The bypass valve is a convenience in case you need to repair or replace part of the water softener without cutting off water to your home, but if you notice your water softener leaking, it could be the cause, too.

On the bypass valve are located what are called O-rings. As your system gets older, these O-rings may need to be replaced if you do not maintain them. Replacing the O-rings requires special tools and skills, so it is best to contact a plumber with experience fixing water softener systems.

Scenario #4: Loose Hose Connection

In this final scenario, the solution is often straightforward. If you notice your water softener leaking from the supply hose, try tightening the connection. The problem could be that simple.

If tightening the connection does not stop the leak, the hose could be punctured. When this happens, you will need to replace the hose.

Is Your Water Softener Leaking? Contact Custom Plumbing of Arizona for Help

In Arizona, having a water softener is critical to protect your home’s plumbing and appliances from hard water buildup. Is your water softener leaking? Don’t wait too long to fix it. It could turn into a much more expensive problem.

Need help? That’s why we are here. Contact us today to schedule a visit from one of our expert plumbers.

Posted on Categories Residential Plumbing Services, Water TreatmentTags

Have you ever wondered do I need a water softener? If so, this article is for you.

Hard water is a common menace to many homes’ plumbing in Arizona. The only solution to this problem is to install a water softener.

But how do you know if you need a water softener? It can be difficult to tell, but if you notice either of these signs, you can bet that you need to counteract a hard water problem.

You Notice Limescale Buildup

What do we mean by hard water? What makes water “hard”? It’s the minerals that the water running through your home contains. Two minerals that create hard water are calcium and magnesium. When these minerals come into contact with a hard surface, they often get left behind as deposits. While it can be a slow process, over time these deposits build up into what is known as limescale.

Limescale is not only unappealing to look at, it can also cause damage you your pipes and fixtures that gets more difficult to fix over time.

If you notice a white substance on any surfaces that frequently come into contact with your tap water, such as sinks and faucets, you have a hard water problem.

You Notice Your Water Pressure Is Poor

Unfortunately, limescale doesn’t only build up on the surfaces in your home that often get wet. It can also build up inside your pipes. As limescale collects on the inside of your pipes and your water fixtures, it can restrict the flow of water, which leads to poor water pressure.

And is there anything worse than poor water pressure when you go to take a shower or wash the dishes?

One of the most common areas that you can see limescale building up inside your pipes is your shower. Take a look at your showerhead the next time you use your shower. Is there a white substance on it? Has your water pressure decreased over the years? If the answer to either of these is yes, you probably have a hard water problem in your plumbing.

But you don’t have to live with it. It is an easy fix for those who are in the know.

Do I Need a Water Softener? The Answer Is a Phone Call Away

Unfortunately, hard water doesn’t just go away. You have to install a water softener if you want to avoid nasty limescale buildup and poor water pressure. If you notice any of the above signs in your home’s plumbing, it’s time to call in an expert.

Not sure whether your home needs a water softener? Let us help you figure it out on our next trip to your house! To set up an appointment, contact us, or call 602-883-2761. One of our expert plumbers will come to your home and help you decide whether a water softener is right for you.

Posted on Categories Blog, Plumbing Service & Repair Phoenix AZ, Residential Plumbing Services, Water TreatmentTags

Wondering whether you need a home water filtration system if you live in Arizona? Read on to learn about a few reasons that your plumbing might benefit from installing one.

Every homeowner must decide whether pollution, outdated municipal treatments, eroding pipes, and other common issues affect their homes’ water. Those in Arizona especially have to think about how hard water affects the taste and quality of their water. To solve these problems, many households make the choice to install a home water filtration system.

If you have been thinking that water filtration might be your best choice but are not quite sure, here are a few reasons you actually do need one.

You Notice a Film Residue after Washing the Dishes, Showering, or Using the Sink

One of the most common plumbing problems that Arizonans (or Arizonians, depending on your preferences) deal with is hard water. A clear sign of hard water? Mineral deposits left behind after water dries. Perhaps you noticed it the last time you did dishes. I know, annoying, right?

But scrubbing mineral deposits from those dishes you already washed is the least of your worries if you have hard water. For instance, did you know that hard water can ruin your clothes, cause damage to your plumbing, and lead to water heater failure? These problems can lead to damage that costs you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Installing a home water filtration system can prevent the damage from occurring.

You Don’t Like the Taste or Smell of Your Water

Another sign that your water is not being filtered thoroughly enough is a bad taste or odor. While not necessarily a health hazard, foul tasting water is not exactly appealing. One reason that your water might taste bad is because of naturally occurring algae. While the algae itself is filtered out by the city, a nasty taste is often left behind.

With a home water filtration system in place, you will notice a big difference.

You Have Dry Skin or Dull Hair

You don’t have to be a beauty queen to want beautiful, healthy skin. So, why do so many of us put up with dry skin that results from hard water? In fact, anyone who has sensitive skin can also expect rashes and eczema if they continue to shower or wash with hard water.

It’s not only the calcium and other mineral deposits in water that cause damage to hair and skin, either. Chemicals used to make the water safe to drink, like chlorine, are also harsh. All of the above strip the hair and skin of their natural oils, so even if you use expensive soap and shampoo, you can still see problems.

Learn More about Installing a Home Water Filtration System

While these are not the only issues that hard, unfiltered water can cause, they illustrate what you can gain by installing a home filtration system. Are you interested in learning more? Contact Custom Plumbing today to speak to someone on our team.

Posted on Categories Plumbing Service & Repair Phoenix AZ, Residential Plumbing Services, Water TreatmentTags

Having running hot water for bathing, washing your hands, cleaning dishes, and other activities is essential for everyday use.  That’s why having a well functioning water heater in your house is incredibly important.

When your old or broken water heater stops working, the best thing you can do is call an experienced plumber. Working on your plumbing without having previous experience will lead to more problems than solutions. When installing a tankless water heater or a tank water heater, the water heater can be damaged and break if done improperly. The risk of damaging your plumbing system is not worth the extra hundreds of dollars that you’ll pay the plumber later to fix the issue with your water heater.

hot water in your home

That’s why, at Custom Cooling and Plumbing Services, we’re here to provide you with the plumbing services you need. When you want to install a new water heater in your house, we’re the best plumbers to choose from. If your water heater isn’t older than 15 year but is malfunctioning, we’ll do the repairs on your tank or tankless water heater.

We offer the installation and repair of:

  • Electric tank water heater
  • Gas tank water heater
  • Tankless water heater

At Custom Cooling and Plumbing Serivices, we’ll take care of whatever water heater problems that you may have. Custom Cooling and Plumbing Services will replace your old and broken water heater, and install a new one when you need it. Don’t deny yourself the necessity of running hot water. Contact the expert plumbers at Custom Cooling and Plumbing.

Posted on Categories Plumbing Service & Repair Phoenix AZ, Water Treatment