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Can Your Plumbing Affect Your Water Quality?

Our indoor plumbing systems are a modern marvel that most of us could not live without. We rely on our plumbing fixtures to supply clean water for our health and comfort. But, there is a clear connection between the quality of your plumbing system and the health of your water supply. After all, the water coming into your home uses your plumbing pipes as it is distributed to each faucet and fixture. Let’s take a closer look at how your home plumbing can affect your water quality. Hard Water Issues Most homes in the US are supplied with hard water, and this will affect your home plumbing system. Hard water contains an elevated level of dissolved minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and iron, in certain cases. You can see these minerals left behind when water evaporates on your fixtures, and they cause water spots on glassware and shower stalls. This mineral content forms a thick scale inside the plumbing pipes that narrows the pipe lowering the water pressure. Eventually, this scale will cause damage to other fixtures and water using appliances too. Over time your pipes and fixtures may develop leaks, cracks, and eventually, they will fail entirely. Addressing the underlying issue by installing a water softener will make your incoming water supply easier to live with. But, the accumulated damage from those years of using hard water will have already taken a toll on your plumbing system. Contact a local certified plumber and get your plumbing checked out to see where it can be repaired and improved. Plumbing Maintenance If your plumbing system is in great shape, everything will run efficiently, and you can be more comfortable. Our plumbing pipes have a hard life, we take them for granted, but they can degrade in quality as they get older. This can lead to the release of debris, including sediment, flakes of corrosion, and other contaminants that you don’t want in your drinking water. Most people forget all about their plumbing until something goes wrong, and then they call out a plumber to fix the problem. Plumbing systems are easy to ignore because most of the pipes are hidden out of view. But, this approach is a false economy because plumbing repairs, especially emergency repairs, can be expensive. The water damage caused by a single burst pipe will be significant in a very short period of time. For these reasons, it makes better sense to schedule some regular maintenance for your home plumbing system. The plumber can identify potential issues before they develop into larger problems that may be expensive to fix. A local certified plumber can check your pipes, fixtures, and water heater to ensure that they are working efficiently. This type of pro-active approach makes good sense, and it will cost less than dealing with plumbing emergencies that are extremely disruptive. In Conclusion If you’re concerned about the quality of your water and plumbing system, contact a local certified plumber today. They can inspect your plumbing and advise you on ways to improve your plumbing system and your water quality. By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.