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How Hard Water Can Cause Problems With Your Home's Plumbing System

Hard water can cause problems for homeowners in both increased energy usage and a shortened lifespan of appliances. The two minerals most commonly found in hard water, calcium and magnesium, make heating water less efficient. It requires more energy to heat mineral heavy water compared to clear, purified water.

Hard water can also cause limescale build-up, drastically restricting the water flow in your pipes. Steel pipes are the most prone to this problem, copper and PVC are not as susceptible to limescale build up. Over time this scale build up can lower water pressure in your home's plumbing, eventually leading to costly damage to pipes and plumbing fixtures. As the flow in pipes becomes more restricted, the limescale buildup will happen at a faster rate.

The areas that you may first notice mineral build up are in areas around shower heads, plugs, faucets and valves.  Slowly dripping faucets can cause scale build up on sink surfaces and could damage the rubber washers that are required to keep the mechanism water tight. If this occurs, the washers can sometimes be difficult to replace.

Valves that are found in various appliances, such as ice-makers, washing machines and dishwashers can also end up with scale build-up. If small amounts of limescale build up around the valves, they may not be able to completely close, which can allow water to leak.

Hard Water and Water Heaters

Heating elements in water heaters can also quickly form mineral deposits. When there is limescale between the heating element and the water it will act as a barrier, preventing the water from heating up efficiently and causing the burners to work overtime. Mineral deposits from hard water can also dramatically reduce the lifespan of a water heater by clogging pipes, valves and drains.
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 13:13

The Causes and Cures For Low Water Pressure

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Low water pressure can have a wide variety of causes, from simple to complex. Here are some tips to diagnose and cure some common causes of reduced water flow.

Clean Your Faucet and Shower Aerator Screens

Mineral deposits can often cause faucet aerators to become dirty and eventually reduce the flow of water.  By regularly dissembling and cleaning aerator screens you can keep the water flowing freely. White vinegar can be used to dissolve the mineral deposits on faucets and shower heads. Simply soak them for several hours.

Change Your Shower Head

You can find inexpensive, high-pressure shower heads at your local home center, and that may be all you need to make your shower flow better. If your current shower head has a low-flow head in place, try swapping it out with a regular shower head to increase water pressure.

Check the Valves In Your Home

If someone in your home has turned off and then turned on a water valve in your home, it may not have been returned to the fully opened position.

Professional Solutions For Low Water Pressure
Once you've tried the methods above to increase your home's water pressure with little to no success, we can help with more problematic water pressure conditions.

One solution is a water pressure booster. A water pressure booster is a water pump that works with your home's existing water supply to increase water pressure.

M/R Plumbing can also help find more serious causes of low water pressure problems. If you have just a single pipe that is leaking, it will affect the water pressure in your house significantly (and raise your utility bill). Try turning off the water supply both inside and outside your home, and then check your water meter. Check the water meter once more a few hour later, and then determine if the water usage has increased. If so, you probably have a leak that needs to be found and repaired.

Another option is to increase the size of the main pipe supplying water to your house. See if you can determine what type of water pipes you have in the home and running to your water meter. Pipe size is an important factor in the amount of water pressure you'll get in your home. The larger the pipes, the more the water pressure, so you may want to consider increasing the size of the main pipe servicing the house.
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:59

4 Reasons To Replace Your Old Air Conditioner

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4 Reasons To Replace Your Old Air Conditioner

4 Reasons To Replace Your Old Air Conditioner

Is your central air conditioner getting on in years? If the unit is more than 10-15 years old and you are considering replacing it with a newer model, you can expect to enjoy many improvements, including: 
  1. Quieter Operation - By optimizing the shape of fan blades and redesigning how compressors work, manufacturers have been able to made air conditioners operation much quieter. 
  2. Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants - Unlike the Freon® coolant used over a decade ago that caused damage to the earth's ozone layer, newer R410A are environmentally friendly and also perform better. 
  3. Reduced Energy Consumption - Years ago it was not uncommon for a central air conditioner to consume 6,000 watts of electricity each hour to cool a typical home. Today, that energy consumption has been reduced to around 1,700 watts an hour, a result of new technologies such as variable speed fans and scroll compressors. 
  4. Increased Comfort - In the past central heating and cooling systems had two fan settings – on and off – not the most efficient and comfortable way to heat and cool a home. Today, variable speed fans allow air conditioners to deliver conditioned air far more precisely. The result is less energy use, lower noise and greater comfort.
Ready to replace your old, inefficient air conditioner?  Call MR Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical. 
 
 
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