Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Treatment’ Category

Can a Water Filtration System Solve My Home’s Hard Water Problems?

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
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You have hard water problems in your home: you’ve seen the signs or you arranged for water testing and found out for certain. Don’t worry—you’re not alone! Many homes in Orange County deal with the problems of high mineral content in their water (which is what hard water is), and there are solutions to this. A proper water treatment system can counteract the hard water minerals causing this problem.

But a standard water filtration system installation, although beneficial in many ways for a home, is unlikely to solve hard water troubles.

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What Is a Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment System?

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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We offer several different types of water filtration systems in Orange County, CA that can help remove particulates, chemicals, heavy metals, and hard water minerals from the water that enters homes through the municipal system. The variety of these systems can seem bewildering to someone who has never had to go through water treatment installation.

You don’t need to worry, however, since it’s our job to help you sort through the different options and to test your water to find out what contaminants are in it that you’ll want removed. One of the most common options for homes looking for a wide-ranging solution to water quality issues is the reverse osmosis water filtration system. 

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How Hard Water Is a Problem for Your House

Monday, May 18th, 2020
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Hard water is common throughout Southern California, and Orange County is no exception. The hardness of our water averages about 300 per million or 18 grains per gallon. What does that mean? That’s already 10% of the recommended calcium for your daily diet contained within one glass of water. Sounds great if you’re looking to increase your calcium intake—but all that calcium and other minerals, like magnesium, are not good for your household plumbing or for your house.

This is why water softeners in Orange County, CA are often in demand, and why we install them. To help convince you to act to reduce the hardness of your home’s water, we’ve listed below how hard water creates household trouble.

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You May Need to Install a Water Softener for Your House

Monday, November 18th, 2019

The freshwater sent to homes and commercial and industrial buildings throughout Orange County is overseen by the Orange County Water Department. The OCWD makes every effort to ensure the water that reaches your house is thoroughly treated to remove harmful impurities. In many cases, the water in Orange County is better quality water than what you can get from bottled water—and it’s much better for the environment to leave those water bottles aside and go with water from your taps.

However, there is an exception with our local water, which is its hardness. Water is considered “hard” if it has higher than 10 grains per gallon of hard water minerals. These minerals include magnesium, calcium, and gypsum. In many parts of Orange County, the water has more than 10 grains per gallon unless it comes from a well. The water hardness occurs because of mineral seepage through the groundwater and into the pipes carrying water to your home.

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Signs You Should Install a Water Treatment System?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

showerhead-dripping-close-up“Do I need to have a whole-house water treatment system?”

This is a question many homeowners in Orange County ask themselves. Water quality is often in the news, and people are more concerned about the health conditions of the water they drink and cook with and bathe in. Simple filtration pitchers don’t seem like enough if there are high levels of impurities in the water entering a home through the water main.

We’re a plumber in Irvine, CA who handles water treatment system installation. We can provide guidance for whether putting in a water treatment system is a good idea. There are ways you can tell you have too many impurities in your household’s water.

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Why You Should Consider Water Treatment Installation

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Before water enters your home through your water line, it goes through extensive treatment by the city. Any harmful chemicals are filtered out, along with most other substances. As thorough as this treatment is, however, it is not perfect. There are a number of things that can make it through the city’s treatment and into your home, carried by your water supply. Though they are not dangerous to humans, they can cause serious issues with your plumbing system. Read on to find out more about the problems these substances can cause, and how a water treatment system can mitigate them.

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This is Why Water Treatment Systems Should Be in Every Home

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Water treatment systems are essentially filters for your entire home: screening out minerals, chlorine and other impurities from the water in your plumbing system. Here in Rancho Santa Margarita, water treatment systems used by the city are fairly effective, but they’re not perfect. The sea air and water from the Pacific can leave trace amounts of salt in our drinking water, leading to a brackish taste. Furthermore, while small amounts of chemicals won’t usually affect your health, they can still impact the quality of your life in subtle yet definable ways. A good water treatment system can prevent all of that.

Here’s a short list of reasons why water treatment systems should be in every home.

  • Cleaner drinking water. If you need a good direct example of the benefits of water filtrated, fill an ice cube tray with tap water, then fill a second one with filtered water. After they freeze, fill a pair of glasses with them. You can see how cloudy and gray the tap water cubes are, compared to the clean transparency of the filtered cubes.  That translates to improved taste not only for your drinking water, but for any cooking you do that involves water as well.
  • Cleaner bathing water. You might notice a hard, crusty deposit on your bathroom faucet or shower head. Now imagine yourself bathing or showering with the same water that created that build up. Those are hard water deposits, and they can leave your skin feeling rough and irritated over time.  Filtered water leaves you feeling cleaner, and your skin feeling softer after you’ve bathe.
  • Cleaner laundry. Similarly, clothes washed in filtered water tend to feel softer, last longer and retain their bright colors better than clothes washed with unfiltered water.

Those are serious considerations, especially in coastal areas like ours. No matter how good the civic system, the ocean still brings impurities to our drinking water that are impossible to escape (the ocean isn’t going anywhere, after all). This is why water treatment systems should be in every home. Here in Rancho Santa Margarita, water treatment systems can be installed by the experts at Saddleback Plumbing. Call us today to set up an appointment for water treatment or any other plumbing service in Rancho Santa Margarita!

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