Water Treatment

The Hard Truth about Water Softeners

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The term hard water is used to describe a fresh water supply that contains relatively high amounts of the natural minerals, calcium & magnesium along with a variety of trace minerals. Hard water is not bad for your health, but it can cause problems with your plumbing & your household appliances. Hard water reacts with cleaning products, creates soap buildup & can wear down fixtures & appliances more quickly than soft water. The minerals found in hard water build up over time and can take a toll on dishes, clothing, fixtures & even skin & hair.

How does water become  h a r d ? 

Although rainwater is pure when it falls from the sky, as it flows from the surface into aquifers, it absorbs minerals, primarily calcium & magnesium. This absorption changes it from soft to hard water. The amount of mineral content the water contains determines the hardness of the water.

Where does your household fall on the water hardness scale?

Problems caused by  h a r d  w a t e r :

  • Hard water minerals clog pipe work & reduce water flow
  • Small films of lime scale build up on tile & bath/kitchen fixtures
  • Difficulty rinsing off soap & shampoo completely, leaving skin or hair feeling dry or dull
  • Glasses & dishes are left with streaks after cleaning
  • Hard water makes your clothes fade faster from washing

What does hard water do to your  p l u m b i n g ?

The buildup on tubs, showers, sinks & faucets caused by hard water are only part of the problem. The minerals in hard water build-up inside pipes, fixtures & appliances over time. We don’t see this buildup and it can cause all sorts of plumbing problems including; reduced water flow, clogs & increased stress on pipes & fixtures. The mineral deposits can also cause appliances to operate less efficiently & wear down faster.

Filter out hard water with a  w a t e r  s o f t e n e r .

Installing a water softener in your home will filter out all the nasty hard water minerals, keeping your plumbing clean & efficient. Water softeners convert hard water into soft water. They work by exchanging the hardness ions in your water with sodium ions. Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc can install a water softener to filter out all the hard water coming into your home from the source. That way you have soft water running through your entire home & integrated through all your household appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines.

Benefits of  s o f t  w a t e r :

  • Increased longevity of all your plumbing & water systems
  • Better efficiency of all water appliances; dishwashers, coffee machines, water heaters, etc.
  • Softer skin & smoother hair after showering
  • Reduced monthly energy costs
  • Softer clothes & reduced colour fading after washing
  • Cleaner & shinier glasses & dishes

Contact Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc today to have your water tested and we will recommend a water treatment solution that best fits your home.

Pure Water – Pure & Simple.

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Choose Purified Water.

Nothing is more important to you and your family’s health than drinking clean purified water. The recommended daily intake of purified water is between 1.5 to 2.5 liters per day. The water you drink helps flush your kidneys of toxic substances & assists in controlling your blood pressure. Reverse Osmosis is a great way to ensure you are getting enough purified water to keep yourself healthy & well-hydrated.

What is Reverse Osmosis?

The best & most efficient method of transforming undesirable water into clean, healthy & tasty drinking water. In reverse osmosis, untreated water flows through a semi permeable membrane & carbon filters. The size of the membrane lets the water flow through the filter, but leaves behind salt, chemicals, minerals & impurities. The result is “pure” water that’s free from bacteria & minerals.

Benefits of Reverse Osmosis.

Reverse Osmosis Systems Remove Contaminants – No matter where you live, there’s a lot more than just H20 in your home’s water. However, with an RO system, you can drastically reduce many of those unwanted contaminants.

Reverse Osmosis Systems Reduce Sodium from Soft Water – Water softeners solve a lot of hard water problems, but they are not meant for purification. Your water softener uses an ion exchange process where hard minerals are replaced with sodium molecules and can leave behind a high level of total dissolved solids. These dissolved solids can impact the taste of the water. RO systems filter out the sodium that your water softener adds.

You’ll Stop Buying Bottled Water – Bottled water is expensive and those plastic bottles create a lot of waste as they all too often go unrecycled. The type of treated water most often used by bottled water companies is reverse osmosis water, so why not cut down on waste and install your own unit under your sink!

It’s Better for Cooking – The water you cook with often ends up in your food and the impurities in your home’s water are going to affect the taste of the food you make. When you boil pasta, make soups or bake homemade bread, pure water can make a big difference.

Your Ice Cubes will be Crystal Clear – Have you ever noticed when you make ice cubes, they look white and cloudy? The impurities and gasses in your water crystallize when they freeze giving your cubes this cloudy appearance. Cloudy ice cubes have been shown to be softer and melt faster than clear ice cubes made with pure water from an RO system. That means ice cubes made with an RO will keep your drinks cooler longer without watering them down as much.

Reverse Osmosis Water Tastes Delicious – Perhaps the best reason to have an RO system in your home is how great the water tastes. When you remove all those impurities, all you’re left with is clean, refreshing water.

Space Saving – Getting a reverse osmosis system can be a space saver depending on where you would like to put it. There are so many sizes to choose from, so you can tailor your decision to fit your needs.

Saving money, space and time are all attractive things that will be provided from one of our Reverse Osmosis systems. Not only that, but it will also taste better and be better for your health. What are you waiting for – contact us today!

Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Winters can be tough on your plumbing, with freezing temperatures putting a strain on your pipes and pressure on your tank, it’s no wonder homeowner’s experience unfortunate drips and leaks that didn’t exist last fall. Let Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. help you with your spring cleaning checklist to ensure your plumbing, heating, water well, septic system and drains are in good working order! Here are 10 things to check over this spring:

  1. Check over your drains – Spring is here and so is the rain and wet weather. You need to make sure the drains in your home are clog free and ready to take on anything. If you have any unused or infrequently used floor drains in your basement, fill the trap by pouring in a gallon of water. You can also do this to test your sump pump by pouring a few buckets of water in your sump pump pit. The sump pump should immediately switch on and pump out the water before turning off again. If it doesn’t do this, it is best to get your sump pump checked over by the professionals at Hunter Plumbing and Heating before it’s too late and your basement floods.
  2. Check over your exterior plumbing – Your exterior plumbing can and will have a negative impact on your home if it is not in good working order. It is not uncommon for leaks and flooding to occur. Start by cleaning out all the gutters and eaves and ensure the downspouts are directed away from your house at the right degree. Check visible pipes and faucets for leaks or erosion. Also check your roof vents to ensure the mesh surroundings are clear of leaves, ice, sticks and possibly even a bird’s nest.
  3. Check over your water heater – You will want to check for leaks before anything else. Look around the bottom of the tank for water and around the fittings at the top of the water heater. Depending on if it is a big leak or a slow leak, there may be just a few drops of water or a big pool of water. If left unchecked, these leaks can become worse, more costly problems in the future. Also, look for the flush valve on your water heater and pump out a few gallons. This will drain out sediment and allow you to look for corrosion in the tank. Doing this once a year can actually make your water heater a more effective system and protect the life span of your water heater. Not comfortable checking this out yourself? Call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing and Heating! We provide service, maintenance and repair services on plumbing and water heaters!
  4. Check your toilets – While running toilets are easy to spot and hear, you may not know how to look for a leak. Try putting a few drops of food colouring into the tank of the toilet. If the colour appears in the toilet in less than an hour, it is time to get that toilet fixed. If you also notice water around the base of the toilet or water dripping from the supply, it is time to call in Hunter Plumbing and Heating to fix and/or replace your toilet to prevent further mold and water damage.
  5. Check your faucets for drips or leaks – Look over your kitchen and bathroom taps for water leaking around the base or water dripping from the drains under the sink. Ensure that all drains are in good working order and drain properly. If they are slow, check the drains for clogged food debris and hair. Clean mineral deposits from your shower heads, toilets, bathtub tap and faucets using vinegar or CLR. If you find you cannot unclog your drains yourself, or fix the leak at your faucet, call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing and Heating before the problem worsens and becomes more expensive!
  6. Check your septic system – Septic system cleaning is important for many reasons. The primary reason cleaning your septic system is important is to ensure that your septic system lasts as long as possible in good condition. It is recommended that your septic tank should be pumped out every 2-5 years, depending on the number of people living in your household. After the tank is pumped, call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing and Heating to inspect your system for potential problems that may arise, so you can get them fixed.
  7. Inspect your air conditioner – Your furnace has worked hard all winter and now is a good time to change your air filter if you haven’t already done so to get things ready for spring. Check over your air conditioner to ensure it is clean and there is no debris, such as leaves, in and around the unit. Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. offers yearly air conditioner inspections, if you are unsure or notice a potential issue with your unit.
  8. Inspect your well – Snow and ice buildup can cause your well lid to crack, leaving areas for contaminants to enter. Inspect your well lid and casing and re-seal where necessary. Clean debris such as leaves, mulch, soil, etc. around your well and regrade the soil so water runs away from it. If you do notice any issues, or areas where bacteria and other contaminants could enter, call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing & Heating to inspect your well. We will recommend the best solution to protect you and your family.
  9. Install new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors – Now is a good time to ensure these detectors are functioning in case there is an emergency.
  10. Inspect caulking – Be sure to inspect the caulking in your bathroom around sinks, toilets, taps, bathtub and shower surrounds. In your kitchen around sinks, taps and counter tops and around windows and doors. Re-caulk where necessary to prevent water seepage and mold growth.

Spring is a busy time of year both inside and out, but your household plumbing, heating, well and septic system should not be overlooked. Drips, leaks, and floods can become costly and easily ruin your home. If you are too busy, or notice a problem but don’t have the time or know-how to fix it, call Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. at (519) 458-4488. We are here to help with your spring repairs and projects!

Equipment Rentals

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Did you know…Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. offers equipment rentals? We rent anything from water heaters to water treatment to furnaces and air conditioners! Plus, we will match and/or beat your current monthly rental payment. We take care of the removal, installation and service on your new rental equipment!

We rent anything from:Rheem-water_heaters

  • Water Heaters
  • Water Softeners
  • Iron Filters
  • Furnaces
  • Air Conditioners
  • Boilers
  • Generators
  • And More!

PLUS Enjoy 3 months no payments on a new water heater rental and enjoy 6 months no payments when you pair your water heater with a furnace and/or air conditioner! So if you’re tired of dealing with your current rental company…contact us today for a quote or call (519) 458-4488!

Water Treatment

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Have you considered a water treatment system? Maybe you currently have a water softener that isn’t working? Or perhaps you are dealing with water problems, but aren’t sure what system is right for you? Most customer’s think of us for plumbing emergencies, but very few think of us ask us for water treatment advice. We sell, maintain and install water softeners, iron filters, reverse osmosis systems and ultraviolet disinfection systems. Our team of licensed plumbers will install your unit correctly and make sure your system is working properly, giving you peace of mind.

Not sure what water treatment system you need? Why not contact us for help! We can test your water for hardness, iron and sulphur to determine which water problems you currently have and recommend the best system to solve these issues.

Are you dealing with white scale buildup on your shower doors, faucets, glasses and dishes? You most likely have a higher than normal hardness level (anything over 7gpg). Hardness is dissolved calcium and magnesium salts in water. It comes from dissolved rocks such as limestone, gypsum, epsom salts, calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. As hardness levels hit 50gpg or higher, problems can occur such as:

  1. Reduced water flow and eventual plugging
  2. Premature water heater burn out
  3. Poor laundry results
  4. Scale ring at water level in toilets
  5. Poor laundry economy
  6. Permanent water spots and deposits
  7. Poor cooking results
  8. Reduced life of laundered goods

What is the solutions to these common problems? A water softener system of course! A water softener uses a medium that serves to exchange “ions” of calcium and magnesium with sodium to essentially remove hardness. Skin will feel cleaner and clothing will feel softer, while pipes, fixtures and appliances will no longer have scale build-up. Contact us today for a quote on a water softener installed!

Do you have orange-brown rust stains on your toilet bowl? Does your water have a metallic taste and/or smell? You are most likely dealing with iron in your water. Because 5% of the Earth’s crust is iron, it is no surprise that many wells contain it in various amounts. Iron can coat the insides of pipes with hard, red scale, which reduces flow rates and plugs filter screens.

How can you remove iron from your water? With an iron filter system of course! Depending on the type of iron present (ferric/ferrous iron vs. heme iron or iron bacteria), there are two types of iron filters that can treat your water. One is an air injection system that uses no chemicals and works to oxidize the iron and filter it out. The other is a chemical injection system that uses hydrogen peroxide to oxidize the iron and sanitize your water & pipes to remove iron bacteria. Contact us today to find out what iron filter is right for you!

Common water problems can be hard to deal with and also put you and your family’s health at risk. Stop dealing with them and take action! Invest in a water treatment system through Hunter Plumbing & Heating today!