It’s a strange phrase. How can a liquid be hard? The “hardness” of water refers to the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium therein. Groundwater picks up such minerals on its way into your plumbing system. The more dissolved minerals therein, the “harder” the water. But is this an issue in your household? Should you be concerned for your health or the safety of your plumbing system?
Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. Blog: Archive for July, 2015
Leaking pipes are one of the more difficult of plumbing problems to solve. The first trouble is actually locating the leak in the first place: since most pipes are disguised behind walls, floors, and under building foundations, it’s difficult to know the exact location of the leak unless water is pouring out through a crack somewhere. Usually, there are only warning signs to show that there is leak, such as elevated water bills, the water heater running at unusual times, and warping floorboards.
Backflow prevention is a necessary part of both residential and commercial plumbing systems. The purpose of a backflow preventer is to stop the bacteria and other contaminants in the wastewater side of the plumbing system from entering into the freshwater side and polluting it. A backflow prevention device makes certain that sewage can only flow one way through the plumbing system; a valve closes to prevent wastewater from rising the wrong direction when there is a change in pressure from either the freshwater or wastewater sides.
A water heater from a quality manufacturer that received a professional installation should work for many years without requiring major repairs. To help prevent crippling issues, it should also have annual maintenance sessions from experts to see that it stays free from corrosion, loss of power, the development of sediment in its tank, and other potential setbacks.