Plumbing Tips

water conditioner

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Question I am thinking of getting a water softener can you tell me the advantages and disadvantages and how does it work? 


A-1 Plumbing – without getting too technical 

Hard water is formed by when water infiltrates through deposits of limestone and chalk which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates.


And as you know we have plenty of limestone here at the lake making the water here to be higher on the hardness scale


Advantages;

  • Saving your existing plumbing
  • Fewer chemicals needed cleaning
  • No calcium build up in hot water heaters or other appliances, 
  • Cleaner, softer brighter laundry and healthier skin

Let me explain

Plumbing- soft water can extend the life of your plumbing and avoid costly pluming repairs down the road. Bad for us but good for you


Better for the environment– you will use less cleaning supplies, less scrubbing and less chemicals down the drain and into the soil


Cost effective- save your appliances from your coffee maker to washing machine to the hot water heater -soft water can prevent the buildup of lime meaning they will run more efficiently


Healthier skin- soft water can soften your skin and hair by removing the hard minerals that cling using hard water


Disadvantages

According to the University of Kentucky, drinking soft water can be harmful to individuals that are sensitive sodium levels. These include diabetics or those with high blood pressure. 

The sodium level is typically much higher in soft water.


Plants can be extraordinarily sensitive to sodium levels

Soft water cannot be safely used in aquariums. 

Fish require very strict pH levels to remain healthy in their environment, 

If you own a septic system, you should consider the additional load on your drainage field from backwashing and regeneration. 


Bottom line?

the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. You however may need a separate source for drinking water and plants. We can always run a frost free faucet for watering and a bypass for just drinking water.

The illustration above shows how a typical water conditioner works

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Electrical

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 More than just outlets, we tackle larger project too

Installing a new hot tub?

Wanting to make sure your electric to the dock is safe ? 

We can do that !    

Did you know?

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Did you know?
According to the EPA, leaky pipes and fixtures can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water every year.
If you have plumbing issues call A-1 Plumbing
573.216.0035
If water runs through it - we do it

When you need to call plumber

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We will ask you several questions

Name and address

  1. Your name and address
(so we know the location to contact one of our technicians and also to get you on the list)

Is it an emergency?

2. Is it an emergency?
(Is water filling up the bathroom? Or is it something that can wait?)


What have you done so far?

3. What have you done so far?
(That way can help you to prevent further damage) 


When will you be available?

4. When will you be available?
(How soon should we dispatch someone?)

A-1 Plumbing - we not only work at the lake we live here just like you.

  

A-1 Plumbing & Electrical 573.216.0035

Plumbing Problems Caused By Cold Weather

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Leaking or Busted Pipes

 There’s no need to water grass in February 

Water Heater Working Overtime

  

Waking up on a cold morning only to find no hot water can make for a bad start of the day

   

Clogged Drains

 The holiday season might be over, but your kitchen sink’s drain probably doesn’t think so.  It may be slow with left overs that have been hanging on as hard as the 5 lbs. you gained during the holidays. .