Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog : Archive for November, 2018

Hard Water Doesn’t Have to Mean Hard Times!

Monday, November 19th, 2018

water-softenerThere are a lot of problems with your plumbing system that you may encounter. It is not all about leaks and clogged drains, however. The problem may actually be with the quality of the water coming out of your taps itself. One of the most common plumbing and water quality issues that homeowners face is that of hard water. Now, hard water is not necessarily an emergency. Not right away, at least. It can cause some serious problems, though.

In today’s post, we are going to discuss hard water in-depth. We’ll talk about what hard water is, what kind of issues it can lead to, and how best to resolve problems with hard water. In fact, we’ll come right out and say that you’ll want a whole-house water softener in Des Moines, IA if you have hard water. There is no better way in which to deal with the problem effectively and conveniently. Now, let’s take a closer look!

What Is Hard Water?

No, we are not talking about ice—though it is certainly getting chilly out there! Hard water is just regular old water that has too high of a mineral concentration. Typically, we are looking at calcium and magnesium levels. Hard water is not going to make you physically ill, the way that certain other contaminants in your water can. It may not even make it taste bad. So why the concern?

Problems Caused By Hard Water

Because those minerals don’t stay in the water, that’s why. Hard water is most commonly recognized by the deposits that it leaves behind. These ugly buildups are yellow, white, and green in color. They build up on plumbing fixtures and drains. They can stain laundry, leaving it looking yellowed even after it’s just been washed. Hard water can make it difficult to get a good lather from your soap, leaving you feeling unclean after showering, and it can make something as simple as rinsing the conditioner out of your hair more of a problem.

Perhaps the most serious issue stemming from hard water is the buildup that it leaves in pipes and appliances, though. You may hear your boiler or water heater rumbling if these buildups are present. You may have issues with narrowing drains due to increasing buildups. These are real issues that cannot be ignored!

Prevent Those Buildups from Building Up in the First Place

How do you prevent hard water deposits from building up? You get those minerals out of the water before it circulates throughout your plumbing system, that’s how. Sound time consuming and labor intensive? Don’t worry. Doing so is actually quite simple, once we have installed your water softener!

A water softener uses a brine tank to swap out hard water minerals with harmless sodium ions. It’s a whole-house solution, so you don’t have to worry about using multiple units or anything like that. Just one will take care of all the water coming into your home. All that you’ll have to do is replenish the salt tank with the appropriate product as needed.

Schedule your water softener services with Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.

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Winter Plumbing Challenges Solved!

Monday, November 5th, 2018

frozen-pipeWinter brings a lot of challenges. It makes commutes tougher. It makes taking the dogs out for their walks tougher. Heck, it makes getting out of bed in the morning tougher. All that being said, it is easy to overlook some of the worst challenges that winter has to offer, including those affecting your plumbing system. You’d be remiss to do so, though. Why? Because if you wait for problems to take hold, you’re already in a world of trouble!

Today, we are going to be talking about the classic conundrum that plumbing systems face in the winter season. You guessed it: frozen pipes. Is there a way to guarantee that you’ll never run into problems with your plumbing pipes freezing? Unfortunately, no. Is there a way to make that risk as minimal as possible? Fortunately, no.

Wait, what?

There’s not “a” way—there are plenty of them! Read on for tips regarding winter and your plumbing in Des Moines, IA.

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