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5 Ways to Remove Hard Water Stains

Hard water stains can leave your bathroom and kitchen looking quite unsightly. Toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, and tiles can all be left looking grimy and soiled as a result of mineral deposits that remain well after hard water has dried. If you are tired of looking at the hard water stains that have collected around your home, read on to discover how to remove them. You should also consider installing a water softener in your home to avoid having these hard water stains develop in the first place - contact WaterSmart today, and we can get you set up conveniently and efficiently.

 

 

 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331
Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"Just wanted to thank Scott and Paul for the good service yesterday when they installed my new water softener. They called ahead and said they would be arriving in 10 - 15 mins and worked diligently for the 1 1/2 hrs or so they were here. Took boots off at the door and were very careful with the cart as they moved up and down the stairs. Gave my wife and I instructions at the finish and were very professional. Everything cleaned up at the end. Good job and well done!" - Bob Reith

 

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5 Ways to Remove Hard Water Stains

 

Hard water contains significant amounts of calcium and magnesium. While it's fine for drinking and gardening, hard water can cause mineral build-up in water heaters, pipes, dishwashers, and showerheads, reducing their flow and resulting in the hard water stains you're looking to get rid of. It may require a little elbow grease on a Saturday morning, plus an investment of money as well as time, but here are five suggestions on how to rid your home of pesky hard water stains.

 

 

If this is a regular sight when you shower, learn how to get rid of these hard water stains.

 

 

1. You can use white vinegar + water for light hard water stains

 

White vinegar that can be purchased at your local grocery store is the best tool you can use to combat the hard water stains that keep your surfaces from gleaming.

 

Prepare a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and when cleaning your glass shower door, sink, your floor tiles, toilets, or bathtubs, go ahead and thoroughly spray those spots with vinegar. Light hard water stains should come off with a wipe, but you can also soak a towel and let it sit on tough spots if need be.

 

Faucet aerators and shower heads can also be periodically soaked in this mixture to help maintain their flow.

 

 

White vinegar + water is a great way to get rid of hard water stains around the bathroom.

 

 

 2. You can also create a saline solution 

 

If you combine 1/2 a tablespoon of salt and water to create a saline solution, you can use the mixture to remove the mineral buildup with help of a clean cloth.

 

According to WikiHow, "The salt acts as a scouring powder and can cut through the stain. Apply the mixture to the area and use a clean cloth to rub the stain in a circular motion. Rinse the (surface) thoroughly when finished to remove all saltwater residue."

 

3. Water + baking soda can also help you get rid of hard water stains 

 

Reach into your fridge and pull out the baking soda, as this also acts as a safe abrasive that can be used to tackle hard water stains. This can be particularly useful to get rid of build up in between your bathroom tiling; dip an old toothbrush into your mixture of a 1/4 cup of baking soda and water and smear the paste over the surface of the stain and let sit for 15 minutes. After the mixture has settled in, scrub clean and rinse with water.

 

 

Baking soda is a safe abrasive that can be used to tackle hard water stains.

 

 

 

4. Try removing your hard water stains with lemon juice 

 

Additionally, you can try removing hard water stains using lemon juice. Simply spray fresh lemon juice on hard water scale build-up and rinse after 10 minutes. The benefit here is that your surface areas will come out smelling much better than if you use vinegar, although it may take a bit more scrubbing with this method.

 

5. Install a water softener in your home

 

One of the best ways to get rid of hard water stains is to prevent them from developing to begin with! To that end, we recommend installing a water softener in your home or having your existing unit repaired if you've allowed it to sit out of commission for some time.

 

A water softener may seem like an unnecessary expense, but if you see hard water stains developing in your home, it's something you can't ignore. Hard water can build up and do damage to pipes and appliances, so it is important to do something to soften your water to avoid having to prematurely replace them. A water softener can solve the hard water issue entirely. 

 

The Water Quality Association (WQA) commissioned a study in 2009 examining the impact of hard water on typical household appliances and fixtures. See some of the results below, via Water Right Group.

 

 

It's an investment, but entirely worth it when you consider the time and money you might have to spend on cleaning or replacing stained and clogged items around your house.

 

For more, be sure to check out our article on why you need a water softener in your home if hard water is an issue in your area.

 

 

Click here to get more information on installing a water softener in your home.

 

 

 

Trust WaterSmart to help rid your home of hard water stains

 

Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a water softener and full plumbing service company that you can trust. Along with our products that will serve all of your home water softening needs, we value our customers and getting them what they need and not pressuring them for sales. 

 

At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean and soft water seriously. If you are looking to be sure you have soft water, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water.

 

If you are concerned about your water supply, don't hesitate to contact us immediately. Trust WaterSmart, we know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.

 

 

 

Sources:
https://www.wikihow.life/Remove-Hard-Water-Spots
https://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Hard-Water-Stains-From-Glass
https://www.maidbrigade.com/house-cleaning-tips/how-to-remove-hard-water-stains/

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Guelph Plumbers - All You Need to Know in This Region

 

Exceptional Guelph plumbers can be hard to find! Read on to discover what you should be on the lookout for when seeking the services of best Guelph plumbers. With locations in Kitchener and Waterloo, the fully licensed and insured master plumbers at WaterSmart Systems & Plumbing are able to quickly and expertly perform any plumbing job in Guelph. You can trust WaterSmart to complete any size job with the highest quality workmanship and care - contact us today.

 

 

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331

 

"Hired their plumbers to rough in a washroom in my basement. Very skillful, knowledgeable and polite technicians. They took away the debris and cleaned the area carefully after they finished. They are willing to answer any of your questions. They took ownership of their jobs! If you are looking for a trustable plumber, this team is definitely your best choice!"

 

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Guelph Plumbers - All You Need to Know in This Region

 

If you live in Guelph, read on to discover - or be reminded of - what you need to know about plumbing in the Royal City. 

 

Guelph Plumbers Tackle Your City's Unique Water Challenges

 

According to the City website, Guelph is one of the largest Canadian cities to rely almost exclusively on groundwater for its drinking water supply. Groundwater comes from rain and melted snow that seeps into open spaces and cracks in soil and rock, and therefore contains high levels of magnesium and calcium - in other words, it's hard water.

 

Guelph has a water hardness level of 21-33 grains per gallon, which is quite high compared to the national average in Canada of 10.5 grains per gallon. To see how hard the water is in your neighbourhood, click here.

 

 

If you live in Guelph, you have some of the hardest water in Canada.

 

 

The City of Guelph maintains it "has some of the best drinking water in the world. More than 28,000 tests are completed each year on our water samples to ensure Guelph water continues to meet or exceed the provincial drinking water quality standards." While hard water is indeed suitable for drinking, it causes other issues that often require the services of Guelph plumbers. These include: 

  • difficulties getting dishes or laundry clean
  •  damage to your clothing causing items to wear out faster
  •  damage to your washing machine, dishwasher, and other appliances
  •  calcium buildup in your shower
  •  sink stains
  •  toilet bowl stains
  •  plumbing pipe damage.

To combat this, it's important to have the right water softener in your home. If you need water softener installation or repair, contact WaterSmart today. For more on the importance of water softeners, be sure to watch this video:

 

 

 

Guelph Plumbers Can Take Care of Your Backflow Devices

 

Backflow prevention ensures that drinking water is protected against the entry of contaminants, pollutants, infectious agents, and other materials or substances from homes and business. This is achieved through the installation of an appropriate backflow prevention device at the water connection where this potential exists. In order to help ensure a supply of safe, clean drinking water, the City of Guelph has chosen to take a pro-active approach with respect to backflow prevention by instituting Water Bylaw (1991)-13791, which reads:

 

"Every owner of any premises upon which is situated an industrial, commercial or institutional building which is supplied with water from the City’s water supply system shall ensure that under no condition shall there be any backflow of unpotable or contaminated water into the potable drinking water lines on said premises or into the City’s water supply system."

 

Only a certified backflow technician registered with the corresponding cities can perform the backflow prevention device test. WaterSmart is registered with Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph as an approved company to install, repair, and annually test backflow prevention devices and equipment. If you require backflow testing or device installation/repair, contact the plumbing and service experts at WaterSmart immediately.

 

Backflow prevention ensures that drinking water is protected against the entry of contaminants, pollutants, infectious agents, or other materials or from homes and businesses into the water supply.

 

 

Guelph Plumbers Can Help If You Still Have a Kitec System

 

Kitec plumbing was commonly installed in new or extensively renovated homes between 1995 and 2007 in both Canada and the United States. The manufacturers of Kitec claimed that it was resistant to corrosion and an economical alternative to copper pipes and fittings. However, in 2005, recalls began because of its accelerated corrosion rate, and they no longer manufacture it.

 

Experts believe that homes with Kitec plumbing could have premature pipe failure. These pipes may not simply develop leaks but actually burst open, causing flooding. The deterioration of Kitec pipes may be caused by using water which is hotter than the manufacturer's rating of 77 degrees Celsius or by excessive water pressure. The only solution is to completely replace this type of plumbing with copper pipes and fittings.

 

If you believe you have this type of plumbing in your home, don't take any chances. Talk to the professionals at WaterSmart today. For more information on this issue, you can read our article on Kitec Plumbing - Why You Should Replace It.

 

If you have Kitec plumbing in your home, call WaterSmart today. For more, read our article on Kitec Plumbing - Why You Should Replace It.

 

 

Other Services You May Need From Guelph Plumbers

 

A great Guelph plumber will offer the following essential services:

  • Kitchen and bathroom repair
  • Leaks
  • Toilets and taps
  • Clogged or slow drains
  • Countertop pre- and post-installation
  • Dishwasher installations and repair
  • Water softener installation and repair
  • Sump pumps
  • Tankless hot water heaters
  • Master plumber and gas fitter
  • Backflow testing or device installation

Here's something you may not know: A small leak can cause your water bill to grow unexpectedly, and there's little the City can do about it - it's your responsibility as the homeowner They say: "It is the responsibility of the homeowner to undertake all necessary plumbing repairs and maintenance inside their home. The City is not responsible for internal plumbing leaks in a private residence. If you are unable to locate the source of a leak or perform the necessary repairs, please contact a qualified plumbing professional."

 

No job is too big or too small for WaterSmart's trained and experienced plumbers. We will gladly come and fix any water or plumbing-related issue you are experiencing at a reasonable price.

 

WaterSmart offers the kind of Guelph plumbers you need and deserve. 

 

 

Even a small leak can wreak havoc on your home.

 

 

Believe in WaterSmart!

 

Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems & Plumbing has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford, and surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a full plumbing service company that you can trust, and also offer water softener installation and repair, as well as clean, environmentally-friendly bottled water options.

 

We value our customers and care about getting you what you need when you need it. 

At WaterSmart Systems & Plumbing, we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. If you have questions about your plumbing, water quality or the type of water you need, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help. If you are concerned about your water supply or general plumbing, don't hesitate to contact us immediately.

 

Trust WaterSmart: We know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.

 

 
 
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Waterloo Plumber: All You Need to Know in This Region

 

A good Waterloo plumber can be hard to find, and this region poses certain water challenges that require the highest-quality work. Read on to discover what you need to know if you own a home or business in Waterloo and are looking for a reliable plumbing service. The fully licensed and insured master plumbers at WaterSmart are able to quickly and expertly perform any plumbing job. You can trust WaterSmart to complete any size job with the highest quality workmanship and care.

 

 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331
 
Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"(WaterSmart's) plumbers are amazing! Persistent in finding the source of the problem, totally cheerful throughout, arrived right on time, eager to educate us on how to avoid the problem in the future... everything you'd want in a plumber."

- Susan Henry

 

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Waterloo Plumber: All You Need to Know in This Region

 

If you live in Waterloo, read on to discover - or be reminded of - what you need to know about plumbing in this region. 

 

Waterloo's Hard Water

 

Waterloo has some of the hardest water in all of Canada, meaning the water in Waterloo contains large amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. The city sits at around 500 milligrams per litre, while the water hardness average across Canada is only 180 mg/L. That means that Waterloo's water is about 2 to 3 times harder than the Canadian average! To put that into perspective, look at the following chart which shows the average water hardness levels of various cities across Canada.

 

Waterloo has some of the hardest water in Canada.

 

 

How does this relate to Waterloo plumbing? There are no apparent health risks to drinking it, but hard water can cause a number of issues in your home. Some of these problems include:

  • Damage to your dishwasher, washing machine, and hot water heater due to mineral build-up
  • Calcium build-up in your shower
  • Sink and toilet bowl stains
  • Damage to your plumbing pipes
  • Difficulties getting your dishes and laundry clean
  • Damage to your clothing, causing it to wear out faster.

If you don't already have a water softener installed in your home, contact WaterSmart today and one of our trained professionals can take care of that for you.

 

WaterSmart can take care of all your water softener needs.

 

 

Backflow Testing: What You Need To Know

 

If you own or manage a commercial building in Waterloo that is supplied by municipal water, a backflow device must be installed and tested annually by a by a certified backflow technician.

 

Simply put, the city's water distribution system is designed to supply drinking water into homes and businesses. Backflow occurs if the drinking water flows in the opposite direction - from homes and businesses back into our distribution system. This can result in pollutants and contaminants entering the drinking water. 

 

According to the city website, there is a backflow prevention bylaw that is targeted at industrial, commercial, institutional, and multi-residential properties to reduce the risk of backflow, and some homes may also be affected. Here's what that means for you:

 

"Property owners are responsible for installing, maintaining and testing backflow prevention devices, which require a permit to install. The first step is to get a survey completed by an approved tester to identify hazardous cross connections within a building. Approved testers must be licensed and maintain their qualifications. Once backflow prevention devices are installed, annual testing by an approved tester is required to ensure they remain in good working order. Testers will submit test reports from your property for review."

 

WaterSmart is proudly registered with Waterloo as an approved company to perform installations, repairs, and annual testing of backflow prevention devices and equipment. We will walk you through the process, submit all the paperwork required on your behalf, and show you how easy it is to comply when you work with us!

If you own or manage a commercial building in Waterloo that is supplied by municipal water, a backflow device must be installed and tested annually by a by a certified backflow technician.

 

 

Waterloo Plumber Can Help If You Still Have a Kitec System

 

Kitec plumbing was commonly installed in new or extensively renovated homes between 1995 and 2007 in both Canada and the United States. The manufacturers of Kitec claimed that it was resistant to corrosion and an economical alternative to copper pipes and fittings. However, in 2005, it was recalled because of its accelerated corrosion rate, and they no longer manufacture it.

 

Experts believe that homes with Kitec plumbing could have premature pipe failure. These pipes may not simply develop leaks but actually burst open, causing flooding. The deterioration of Kitec pipes may be caused by using water which is hotter than the manufacturer's rating of 77 degrees Celsius or by excessive water pressure. The only solution is to completely replace this type of plumbing with copper pipes and fittings.

 

If you believe you have this type of plumbing in your home, don't take any chances. Talk to the professionals at WaterSmart today. For more information on this issue, you can read our article on Kitec Plumbing - Why You Should Replace It.

 

If you have Kitec plumbing in your home, call WaterSmart today.

 

 

Waterloo Plumber: Other Services You May Need

 

A great Waterloo plumber will offer the following essential services:

  • Kitchen and bathroom repair
  • Leaks
  • Toilets and taps
  • Clogged or slow drains
  • Countertop pre- and post-installation
  • Dishwasher installations and repair
  • Water softener installation and repair
  • Sump pumps
  • Tankless hot water heaters
  • Master plumber and gas fitter
  • Backflow Testing or device installation

No job is too big or too small for WaterSmart's trained and experienced plumbers. We will gladly come and fix any water or plumbing-related issue you are experiencing at a reasonable price.

 

WaterSmart offers the kind of Waterloo plumber you need. 
 

 

 

Need a Waterloo Plumber? Trust WaterSmart!

 

Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford, and surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a full plumbing service company that you can trust, and also offer water softener installation and repair, as well as clean, environmentally-friendly bottled water options.

 

We value our customers and care about getting you what you need when you need it. 

At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. If you have questions about your plumbing, water quality or the type of water you need, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help. If you are concerned about your water supply or general plumbing, don't hesitate to contact us immediately.

 

Trust WaterSmart: We know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.

 

 

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10 Facts About Drinking Water

 

Drinking water is generally defined as water that is safe to drink or to use for food preparation. Read on to discover 10 important facts about drinking water. WaterSmart's factory trained technicians can expertly set up and install any drinking water system in your home or office, and installation is always free when you purchase a new system from WaterSmart. If you want to make the move to a better drinking water system, contact WaterSmart today to book an appointment and have one of our drinking water system installation experts do it for you.

 

 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331
Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"After getting many quotes, checking quality of units, warranty and businesses through the BBB (Better Business Bureau), I chose to go with Watersmart Systems. Best equipment, price, warranty and people!! The gentlemen that came and installed the unit were professional and polite. I will definitely be recommending this company!!"

- Kim Pickles

 

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10 Facts About Drinking Water

 

One of the facts about drinking water that can't be understated is the importance of consuming a healthy and recommended amount on a daily basis. Be sure to check out our article on 7 Tips To Drink More Water if you struggle with this, and keep reading for more interesting and important facts about drinking water.

 

1. Freshwater makes up a very small part of all water on the planet. In fact, while nearly 70 percent of the world is covered by water, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh. The rest is saline and ocean-based and therefore undrinkable. On top of that, only 1 percent of our freshwater is easily accessible, as much of it trapped in glaciers and snowfields. In essence, "only 0.007 percent of the planet's water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people." (Source: National Geographic)

 

 

The majority of the earth's water isn't able to be used for drinking.

 

 

2. Approximately 70 percent of an adult's body is made up of water. By the time you feel thirsty, your body has already lost over 1 percent of its total water amount. (Source: All About Water)

 

3. Water is absolutely essential to your survival. You can live for about a month without food, but only about a week without water. (Source: All About Water)

 

 

Drinking water is absolutely essential to your survival

 

 

4. The latest research from The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that men drink at least 104 ounces of water per day (13 cups), and they say women should drink at least 72 ounces (9 cups). You may also need to drink more water if you live in a hot climate, exercise often, or are under the weather. 

 

5. An increase in the amount of water you drink leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration. (Source: All About Water)

 

 

You can increase your energy levels by drinking water instead of relying on caffeine.

 

 

6. Drink you might frequently consume such as pop, coffee, and tea are made up almost entirely of water, but they also contain caffeine. Caffeine can act as a mild diuretic, thereby preventing water from travelling to necessary locations in the body. (Source: All About Water)

 

7. Additionally, water helps you maintain normal bowel function, as adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don't get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration, and the result is constipation. "Adequate fluid and fibre is the perfect combination because the fluid pumps up the fibre and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly," according to WebMD.

 

 

Water helps you maintain normal bowel function and frees your body from toxins.

 

 

8. Hard drinking water is generally thought to be healthy for drinking and doesn't carry any serious long-term health effects, but hard water can bring smaller risks - bowel and skin issues - that can be a real nuisance in your day-to-day living, and major issues over time. For more, refer to our article on The Facts About Hard Water and Health, and contact WaterSmart if you need to install a water softener in your home.

 

9. It takes three times the water to make a plastic bottle as it does to fill it with drinking water. According to WaterDocs, "While the bottled water industry says 1.39 litres of water go into producing each bottle, these companies do not take the entire process into consideration and have therefore underestimated: a true water footprint should include all freshwater used in production, including the water used for packaging. When you take these externalities into account, the actual number is more like 3 litres of water used in the entire production of one plastic water bottle."

 

 

It takes three times the water to make a plastic bottle as it does to fill it with drinking water.

 

 

10. WaterSmart's 18L bottles are filled and refilled with distilled spring water that is purified by a process called reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis (R/O) is a water treatment process in which water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane that has very small holes or "pores". Clean water passes through and impurities that are too big to pass through the membrane are left behind and flushed away. To learn more about the process, click here.

 

 

 

Trust WaterSmart For All Your Drinking Water Needs

 

WaterSmart's factory trained technicians can expertly set up and install any drinking water system in your home or office, and installation is always free when you purchase a new system. 

 

WaterSmart has been providing water services to our customers in the Kitchener-Waterloo area since 1994. We'll be sure to provide you with the same excellent customer service and high quality of products that we've been providing all of our customers for over 20 years. Check out some of the bottled water products we carry below and feel free to contact us today if you have any questions.

 

If you want to make the move to a better drinking water system, contact WaterSmart today to book an appointment and have one of our drinking water system installation experts do it for you. You can also visit one of our locations to get your hands on our refillable 18L water bottles.

 

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The Truth About Hard Water - Understanding Myths vs. Facts

 

When you talk about hard water and water softeners, there are often various misconceptions that arise. Here's a look at the truth about hard water, dispelling various myths and replacing them with facts. Read on to learn more, and contact the water and plumbing experts at WaterSmart if you have any questions or are looking to install a water softener. 

 

 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331  

Guelph 519-836-2543

 


"My wife and I recently purchased a home that did not have a water softener since the house was built. One company advised us to use the plumbing stack for drainage because of the location of the main water pipe, this was understandable. However, Watersmart advised us with a better alternative. Since they were licensed plumbers, they were able to find a location to cut some water pipes, and install the water softener near our laundry drain. They are very skilled professionals, and have great customer service. We also bought a reverse osmosis from them. They gave us detailed instructions on how to operate the softener and reverse osmosis. I would recommend these guys. Thank you Watersmart." - William

 

Read more customer reviews here.

 

 

The Truth About Hard Water - Understanding Myths vs. Facts

 

There are at least five myths about hard water that are worthy of our attention. Let's take a look.

 

Myth #1: Hard water is contaminated.

 

Truth: Hard water is full of “stuff” but they are not contaminants. Hard water has a high mineral content and is formed when water naturally filters through deposits of limestone and chalk, which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium deposits. Drinking hard water with abundant essential minerals can be good for your health.

 

According to the World Health Organization, calcium and magnesium-rich hard water can actually help protect against heart disease and stroke. Additionally, the Government of Canada directly states "calcium and magnesium are not of direct public health concern."

 

Having said that, an increased intake of magnesium can cause a negative change in bowel habits, namely diarrhea, and drinking water in which both magnesium and sulphate are present in high concentrations can have a laxative effect. 

 

For more, be sure to read The Facts About Hard Water and Health.

 

 

 

Contrary to what you might think, hard water isn't contaminated.

 

 

 

Myth #2: Hard water tastes bad. 

 

Truth: This one is related to the myth above, where hard water gets a bad reputation because many assume it’s contaminated when it’s really filled with minerals. Minerals can actually improve water’s taste; you can even purchase mineral water for its flavour.

 

Soft water not only doesn’t contain minerals, but the softening process can cause the water to taste a bit salty, thanks to the potassium or sodium ions used to eliminate magnesium and calcium.

 

Keeping in mind the potential irritation to the digestive system mentioned above, we recommend softer water with a filtration system for the best drinking experience. For more on that see Myth #5 below.

 

 

Hard water doesn't necessarily taste bad.

 

 

Myth #3: Hard water will clog up my piping.

 

Truth: This myth dates back to when homes were built with galvanized steel piping. Since hard water may contain magnesium and calcium, clogging was possible as those minerals can stick inside steel pipes.

 

Modern homes, however, have copper piping, which is perfectly compatible with hard water. If your home was built after 1975 or your older home has been re-piped, hard water poses less of a threat. If you have a home built from the mid-1940s to the mid-1970s that hasn’t been re-piped, soft water will be safer for your plumbing.

 

Hard water will, however, still cause limescale build up, which does affect pipes and appliances, and can also leave your dishes and glasses spotty and filmy. Over time, that build up can weaken water pressure but is relatively easy to remove.

 

 

If your home was built after 1975 or your older home has been re-piped, hard water poses no threat

 

 

Myth #4: Soft water gets your body cleaner.

 

Truth: Soft water is a better cleaner for household cleaning and laundry, as it doesn’t leave behind the mineral residue and limescale buildup that hard water does. But when it comes to your body, soft water may not be the superior option. The minerals in hard water give soap something to cling to, so it can easily rinse away. Super soft water can leave your skin and hair feeling like there is product left behind after a rinse – it just doesn’t bind with soap the way hard water does. Also, some say taking a shower in soft water makes their skin feel slippery. 

 

While you may be tempted to switch to hard water for bathing, remember this: Studies are ongoing, but this much we know about the potential risks of hard water thanks to the World Health Organization: "Exposure to hard water has been suggested to be a risk factor that could exacerbate eczema." If your skin is easily irritated, going with soft water will be better than hard water.

 

 

Hard water is better for bathing, but not for easily irritated skin.

 

 

Myth #5: You Can Filter Hard Water With a Softener

 

Truth: Water softeners convert hard, mineral-filled water into chlorinated, salty water. There is still a need to use a reverse-osmosis system to remove salt, sediment, and chlorine to produce a palatable water for drinking and cooking, and you can also invest in various Brita products to ensure you get great tasting filtered water whenever and wherever you want it. Better yet, WaterSmart offers refillable 18-liter bottles for your convenience. We've been providing water services to our customers in the Kitchener-Waterloo area since 1994. We'll be sure to provide you with the same excellent customer service and high quality of products that we've been providing all of our customers for over 20 years. Check out some of the bottled water products we carry and feel free to contact us today if you have any questions.

 

 

WaterSmart's 18L bottles are a great way to ensure the best possible drinking water.

 

 

Hard Water Issues? Trust WaterSmart

 

Having been informed of various myths and truths in regards to hard water, you may now be considering what to do next. Watersmart Systems and Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and water softening company, including both installations and repairs.  We also carry bottled water along with the best line of drinking water systems in the business. 

 

At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. If you have questions about your water quality or the type of water you need, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water.

 

Contact WaterSmart today for all of your home water needs.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.the71percent.org/hard-water-versus-soft-water/

https://www.lifesourcewater.com/myths-of-hard-water.php

 

 

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Water Softener Salt Kitchener

 

 

Water softener salt is an essential product in the use of water softeners, and this is especially true within the City of Kitchener, where unique water hardness challenges are an everyday reality. Read on to find out more about the importance of water softener salt, Kitchener. If you are concerned about the hardness of your water and would like to do something about it, contact the knowledgeable and helpful staff at WaterSmart today.

 

 

 

 

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Just wanted to thank Scott and Paul for the good service yesterday when they installed my new water softener. They called ahead and said they would be arriving in 10 - 15 mins and worked diligently for the 1 1/2 hrs or so they were here. Took boots off at the door and were very careful with the cart as they moved up and down the stairs. Gave my wife and I instructions at the finish and were very professional. Everything cleaned up at the end. Good job and well done! - Bob Reith

 

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Water Softener Salt Kitchener

 

What's The Deal With Kitchener's Water?

 

Before looking at the importance of water softener salt in Kitchener, we must examine the hard water situation that is present here. Simply put, hard water is water that has large amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. The hardness of water is measured in milligrams per litre. Water is considered hard if it has between 121 and 180 mg/litre of these minerals or very hard if it has over 180 milligrams per litre. The following is a graph depicting the different classes of water hardness.

 

 

 

 

As the video below shows, 80 percent of Kitchener's water supply is groundwater, and the remaining 20 percent comes from the Grand River. The groundwater in Kitchener is hard, meaning that it has naturally occurring dissolved calcium and magnesium. In fact, Kitchener has some of the hardest water in all of Canada - the city ranges between 291 and 615 milligrams per litre. The water hardness average across Canada is only 180 milligrams per litre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is Hard Water an Issue?

 

Even though there are no apparent health risks to drinking hard water, some people find the taste unpleasant. Even though it is safe to drink, having hard water can cause a number of issues in your home. Some of these problems include:

  • Damage to your dishwasher, washing machine, and hot water heater due to mineral build-up
  • Calcium build-up in your shower
  • Sink and toilet bowl stains
  • Damage to your plumbing pipes
  • Difficulties getting your dishes and laundry clean
  • Damage to your clothing causing it to wear out faster.

To help with all of the above and other various problems that can arise as a result of hard water, we recommend installing a water softener in your home, if there isn't one there already. And an essential element is water softener salt, Kitchener.

 

 

 

Water softeners provided by WaterSmart - See below for more details!

 

 

 

Why You Need Water Softener Salt, Kitchener

 

A water softener uses a medium that serves to exchange "ions" of calcium and magnesium with sodium and potassium. This occurs in four steps:

 

  1. To do the ion replacement, the water in the house runs through a resin bed of small plastic beads or zeolite. The beads are covered with sodium or potassium ions. As the water flows past the ions, they swap places with the calcium and magnesium ions. Eventually, the beads contain nothing but calcium and magnesium, and softening stops. It is then time to regenerate the beads or zeolite.
  2. To regenerate, the beads need to regain their sodium or potassium ions by being flooded with a salty, brine solution that is rich in sodium or potassium.
  3. Once completed, the calcium and magnesium, dirt and sediments are flushed from the beads and into the drain in a process called backwash.
  4. The final phase rinses the mineral tank with fresh water and loads the brine tank so it's ready for the next cycle.

Automatic water softeners are usually programmed to recharge at specific times that will not disrupt the occupants. It is more water-efficient to have a metered model that will regenerate only when required.

 

The purchase of salt for regeneration will be the main operating cost. Salt is sold in large bags and can be obtained from one of our Watersmart locations. Additionally, WaterSmart's water softeners have been designed and custom programmed for the water of the city of Kitchener. We only operate in a small number of cities, so this allows us to focus on and be experts within the cities we operate. Here are our four models that have been designed specifically for the city of Kitchener. 

 

Econo Series

Smart Series

Premier Series

Signature Series

 

At Watersmart we recommend that homeowners regularly check their water softener salt levels. Most water softeners should be checked at least monthly and more often if the tank regenerates frequently. Make sure that your water softener is the correct size for your property.

 

 

Trust WaterSmart!

 

Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford and surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a water softener and full plumbing service company that you can trust. 

 

Along with our products that will serve all of your home water softening needs, we value our customers and getting them what they need and not pressuring them for sales. If you decide to purchase a water softener from us, we promise to give you the best service possible, just like we would with our own family. Our factory-trained professionals are all fully insured so you can be sure that they know how to install and set-up your new water softener so that it performs at the highest level possible. They will also take the time to show you how it works and answer any questions that you may have.

 

At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. If you have questions about your water quality or the type of water you need, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water. If you are concerned about your water supply or general plumbing, don't hesitate to contact us immediately.

 

Trust WaterSmart, we know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.

 

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The 8 Most Common Causes of Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes can wreak havoc on your home, so it's important to recognize when one develops. Read on to discover eight common causes of leaky pipes, and trust WaterSmart to take care of all your plumbing needs when they arise. Contact WaterSmart today if you have leaky pipes or any other plumbing issue that requires attention.

 

 

 

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The 8 Most Common Causes of Leaky Pipes

 

Most leaky pipes develop as a result of one of the following eight causes. Recognizing and understanding these problems can help keep problems at bay, and also alert you as to when you need to contact an expert plumber like those at WaterSmart

If you have leaky pipes and feel like tackling the issue on your own, be sure to check our article on "DIY Plumbing: How To Stop Leaky Pipes For Beginners."

 

Advanced Corrosion

 

There's no such thing as indestructible pipes and none of the materials used for household plumbing last forever. Over long periods of time, corrosion such as rust can eat away at the pipes in your home and eventually create openings for water to escape through. It's important to know that your plumbing is at a higher risk of corrosion issues if the pipe was laid more than 30 years ago; the piping materials used at the time do not resist corrosion as well as modern materials. Your system could also develop corrosion if your water’s chemicals, like pH and mineral content, are off balance. A water softener is a good way to reduce the impact of those minerals in your pipes.

 

 

Corrosion such as rust can eat away at the pipes in your home.

 

 

Degraded Seals


Your plumbing system does not consist only of metal pipes. Wherever your pipes connect to a specific fixture, you’ll likely find an industrial rubber seal to keep the connection watertight. Like your pipes, your plumbing seals degrade over time, so if a seal cracks or crumbles, water may begin to seep out around it. Overly dry and old seals are particularly susceptible to corrosion, leading to leaky areas around your pipes.

 

 

Degraded seals are a major cause of leaky pipes.

 

 

Excess Water Pressure

 

The harder your water hits the inside of your pipes, the greater the risk of eventual leaks. In extreme cases, incorrect water pressure can even cause pipes to burst. More generally, excess water pressure causes fixtures to leak on occasion, especially right after you stop the water flow. If you notice this happening, have a plumber test the pressure and make adjustments if necessary. Click here to find the ideal water pressure for your home. 

 

 

Hard water pressure will cause significant wear and tear.

 

 

Fixture Cracks


If your faucet or the pipes connected directly to it develop cracks, you may notice an immediate leak. These cracks usually occur due to impact, like someone stumbling and catching themselves on the faucet or a child throwing a toy and hitting the fixture.

 

These cracks can also develop out of sight - like under your sink - due to the repeated impact of items being forced into the cupboard space. If you notice damage to a fixture or the surrounding pipes, schedule a replacement as soon as possible.

 

 

Look out for cracks around fixtures.

 

 

Incorrect Pipe Laying


Detailed plumbing work should always be handled by a professional, as many leaky pipes that result in water emergencies occur due to incorrect installation. Small mistakes that may not be noticeable immediately can cause massive amounts of water damage later. Because your plumbing system requires water to flow against gravity in many places, it’s important that pipes and connectors are laid properly and that backflow devices are used as needed. If you suspect that your pipes were laid improperly, have a reputable plumber assess the system.

 

 

Detailed plumbing work should always be handled by a professional

 

 

Pipe Joint Damage


Some of the most vulnerable parts of your pipe are the joints, or the bends that allow the water to be redirected anywhere in your home. These joints often consist of separate curved pieces that are attached to straight pipes on either side. Extreme temperatures and excess water pressure can be particularly hard on pipe joints. Your first sign of pipe joint issues may be abnormal noises, particularly when running hot water. Have a plumber investigate any banging or clanking.

 

 

Pipe joints allow the water to be redirected anywhere in your home

 

 

Shifted Connections

 

Over time, your home - and by extension the pipes that run through it - may shift. This movement can occur due to foundation issues, erosion, flooding, building settling, or even earthquakes and tremors. If a set of pipes shifts too far, one of the connections may break. If you notice any unusual changes to your plumbing after a storm or natural disaster, call a plumber. Symptoms like low water pressure, running water noises behind walls, or discoloured water could point to leaky pipes somewhere in the line.

 

Extreme weather can cause pipes to shift.

 

 

 

Untreated Clogs


Drain clogs may seem like an inconvenience at worst, but these obstructions can lead to serious issues with your plumbing. If a clog consists of corrosive substances, like household chemicals, it could speed up the damage to your pipes and eat holes through them. The danger of trapping harmful substances in one spot is one of the main reasons why you should avoid chemical drain cleaners; these solutions often do not remove the entire clog and may sit in one location in your pipes without moving for long enough to cause serious damage. Instead, have a plumber come and use a plumbing snake or hydro-jetting to remove the entire obstruction. Additionally, clogged pipes can be a sign that you need to install a water softener.

 

 

Be careful what you put down your pipes to deal with clogs.

 

 

Trust WaterSmart, The Plumbing Specialists

 

Leaky pipes are not to be ignored, lest they cause real and lasting damage to your home. If you suspect one has developed, you can trust the fully licensed, professional master plumbers at WaterSmart to fix it and any other plumbing problem you may have.

 

We have been serving the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding area for over twenty years. We have the know-how and expertise you require. 

 

Contact us today for a free estimate.

 

 

 

 

Sources: 
https://www.thecleanplumbers.com/got-leaks-8-common-causes-leaky-pipes/

https://www.thespruce.com/types-of-home-piping-materials-1824879
https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to/a1053/4202333/

 
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7 Ways to Fix A Leaky Toilet Tank

 

So you've got a leaky toilet tank - what now? Read on to learn 7 ways to fix a leaky toilet tank, covering a number of possible issues. If you feel as though the problem is too large or overwhelming to tackle on your own, contact the plumbing experts at WaterSmart. There is no job too big or too small and our fully insured licensed master plumbers are always prompt and reliable.

 

 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331

 

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7 Ways To Fix A Leaky Toilet Tank

 

Before we continue, it's recommended that you read our previous article on 'How to Detect A Leaky Toilet' in order to help you determine what's actually going on in and around your leaky toilet tank. If you're not sure how your toilet actually works, click here. Once that's settled, try out one of the following 7 possible fixes, ranked from least to most challenging.

 

1. If your leak is coming from where the tank and bowl connect:

 

If this is the issue with your leaky toilet tank, the fix involves simply tightening the nut or replacing the washer.

  • Find the nuts that connect the tank to the bowl.

  • Use a flathead screwdriver to steady the bolt.

  • Use an adjustable wrench to tighten the nut.

  • Replace the washers if water continues to seep out.

 

 

A leak springing from where the bowl and tank connect is a simple fix.

 

 

 

2 to 5. If your leak is coming from the handle:

 

Toilet tanks control water height by way of a float ball, a water-intake assembly, or a metered fill valve, and an issue with any of these may cause a leak from the toilet handle. Additionally, the overflow pipe may be too long. Here's what you can do.

  • Check to see if the float ball is too high; if so, water is running into the overflow pipe and out of the handle.
    • Bend the float ball arm down slightly so that the water comes up to about 1” below the overflow pipe.
    • Flush the toilet to ensure that enough water gets into the bowl. If the water level is insufficient, then adjust the float ball arm up slightly until the tank fills with water.
  • Lower the water level by adjusting the water-intake assembly.
    • Pinch the clip attached to the thin metal rod.
    • Slide the clip and the cup down to lower the water level. Move 1” at a time.
    • Flush the toilet to ensure that enough water gets into the bowl. If the water level is not sufficient, adjust the cup slightly upward.
  • Adjust the knob of the metered fill valve.
    • Turn the knob counterclockwise 1/4 of a turn using a screwdriver.
    • Adjust the knob 1/4 turn counterclockwise until the water is below the overflow pipe.
    • Flush the toilet to ensure that enough water gets into the bowl. If the water level is insufficient, adjust the knob slightly clockwise until enough water fills the bowl.
  • Check the overflow pipe.
    • Check to be sure that the overflow pipe is 1/2” below the handle.
    • Use a hacksaw to shorten the pipe, if needed.

 

The handle may be the culprit when dealing with a leaky toilet tank.

 

 

6. If you have a spraying refill tube

 

If your leaky toilet tank is the result of a spraying refill tube, simply replace the tube and cut it to the appropriate length to stop the spraying.

  • Purchase one replacement refill tube of the same diameter as the old tube.
  • Remove the old tube. 

  • Cut the new tube with a hacksaw, matching the length of the new tube to the length of the old tube.

  • Replace the old tube.

 

Replace the tube and cut it to the appropriate length to stop the spraying.

 

 

 

7. If your leaky toilet tank has an issue with the flush valve:

 

If you have a damaged flush valve, it will have to be replaced, and this means you actually have to move the leaky toilet tank. Again, contact the experts at WaterSmart if you need assistance.

  • Place towels on the floor to catch excess water.

  • Turn off the water supply to your toilet.

  • Flush your toilet to drain the tank.

  • Loosen the nuts for the supply tube using an adjustable wrench.

  • Loosen the nuts that hold the tank on the bowl, keeping the bolt stable with a flathead screwdriver.

  • Lift your tank off the bowl and place it on top of the towels that you have already laid out on the floor.

  • Replace the flush valve assembly by first removing the old flush valve assembly and unscrewing the locknut on the bottom of the tank.

  • Cut the pipe to 1/2” below the top of the tank using a hacksaw.

  • Place plumber’s putty on the washer at the foot of the new flush valve assembly.

  • Push the assembly against the tank opening. Scrape off any excess putty.

  • Tighten the locknut with a monkey wrench. Replace the gasket over the locknut.

  • Replace your tank by first placing the tank back on top of the bowl and tighten the nuts that connect it to the bowl.

  • Turn the water supply back on and fill the tank.

  • Flush the tank to ensure that the leak is gone.

Yes, this is quite a process, and we recommend calling a professional plumber to get the job done right.

 

 

The surest way to fix a leaky toilet tank is to call a professional plumber.

 

 

Leaky Toilet Tank? Trust WaterSmart!

 

You can trust the fully licensed, professional master plumbers at WaterSmart to fix any plumbing problem you may have. We have been serving Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas for over 20 years. We have the know-how and expertise you require. 

 

Contact WaterSmart today for a free estimate.

 

 

Source:
https://www.wikihow.com/Fix-a-Leaky-Toilet-Tank

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How To Fix A Leaky Toilet

 

 

The question of "how to fix a leaky toilet?" is a relatively easy one to answer, but it takes time and concentration to complete this particular do-it-yourself task. As you scan this article, you may decide that this isn't a job you want to take on yourself. If you don't think you are up to doing the fix on your own, or if you simply don't have the time, contact WaterSmart and one of our fully licensed master plumbers will be happy to do it for you.

 

 

 

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How To Fix A Leaky Toilet

 

Below is an outline of how to fix a leaky toilet in six steps. Before you tackle this task, be sure to gather the following tools and supplies:

Now that you're all set, here are the steps you need to follow in order to fix a leaky toilet. For reference, be sure to check our previous article on "How Your Toilet Works."

 

Step 1: Turn Off & Drain the Water

 

Locate your water shutoff valve below the tank and turn the handle clockwise. You may need to use locking pliers to get it turned off completely. Flush your toilet and hold the flap up to allow as much water as possible to drain out. Use a sponge to soak up any remaining water.

 

 

Be sure to turn off the water before starting your work.

 

 

 

Step 2:  Remove the Tank Bolts

 

Attach an adjustable screwdriver to one of the tank bolts on the underside of the toilet tank. Use this screwdriver to hold the bolt still as you unscrew the tank bolts with a screwdriver from inside the tank. Remove both bolts and gaskets.

 

Tip: If the tank bolts are rusty, you can try applying some lubricant to the top and undersides of the bolts to help you unscrew them. You may need to use locking pliers instead of a screwdriver to unscrew them. If all else fails, you will need to take a hacksaw to the underside of the tank and cut the rusted bolts off.

 

 

Step 3:  Remove Tank/Replace Spud Washer

 

You may want to ask someone to help you lift the tank from the bowl and set it aside. Once it's off, you can remove the spud washer. This is the large, rubber washer placed between the toilet tank and the toilet bowl. If it is stuck on, try using an adjustable wrench to pry it loose. Once that's off you, can apply the new spud washer. Be sure to tighten it over the spud nut. If possible, purchase a thicker spud washer. It will usually last longer and give a tighter seal.

 

 

Courtesy: http://www.rapidservicellc.com/Manchester-Plumbing/hidden-cause-of-a-toilet-leak/

 

 

 

Step 4:  Replace Bolts & Gaskets

 

The first thing you want to do here is thoroughly clean around all of the holes where the bolts were using a wire brush and white vinegar. You need a clean surface inside and outside of the tank where the new gaskets will be in order for them to seal properly.

 

Put a new rubber gasket/washer on each bolt. Make sure they are firmly seated onto the bolt, and insert each bolt into the clean holes inside the tank. On the underside of the tank, gently re-install the metal nuts onto the bolts, tightening them by hand

 

Step 5: Replace the Tank

 

Carefully place the tank back on the bowl and attach new rubber gaskets/washers to the bolts underneath the toilet bowl. Place a metal washer next and then the metal nuts. Alternating from one side to the other, tighten the nuts until the rubber gaskets are properly seated. Turn the valve back on, fill the tank and you're back in business!

 

If you do end up having to replace the toilet, refer to this article for direction.

 

Tip: Try not to overtighten the bolts; you can easily crack the tank

 

 

Be careful when tightening the bolts.

 

 

 

Fixing a leaking toilet tank is not too difficult, even for a first-time handyman. You should be able to complete the entire repair in less than an hour unless the tank bolts are badly rusted, in which case it may take you longer.

 

Watch the following video to watch step by step how to fix a leaking toilet tank:

 

 

 

 

Still Wondering How To Fix A Leaky Toilet? Trust WaterSmart!

 

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How to Detect A Leaky Toilet

 

A leaky toilet can be tricky to flush out, but if you suspect there's an issue, it's imperative that you detect it early and take steps to get it fixed in order to make sure your monthly water bill doesn't keep running up. Read on to discover some tips on how to detect a leaky toilet, and contact the experts at WaterSmart to take care of all your plumbing needs.

 

 

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"My wife and I recently purchased a home that did not have a water softener since the house was built. One company advised us to use the plumbing stack for drainage because of the location of the main water pipe, this was understandable. However, Watersmart advised us with a better alternative. Since they were licensed plumbers, they were able to find a location to cut some water pipes and install the water softener near our laundry drain. They are very skilled professionals and have great customer service. We also bought a reverse osmosis from them. They gave us detailed instructions on how to operate the softener and reverse osmosis. I would recommend these guys. Thank you Watersmart."

 

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How to Detect A Leaky Toilet

 

Here is a very quick and easy method to detect a leaky toilet.

 

1. Remove the Tank Lid

 

A basic first step, but if you're unsure, the lid is located on top, as seen to the far right of the diagram below.

 

 

 

2. Flush Your Toilet

 

With the lid off, you need to push the lever down and wait for the tank to refill to the designated water line to fully complete the flush cycle.

 

A look inside your toilet tank is necessary to detect a leak.

 

 

3. Add Some Colour

 

Next, you need to drop about 4 or 5 drops of food colouring into the toilet tank. To avoid potential confusion, use a dark colour such as blue or red instead of yellow.

 

4. Check the Bowl

 

After waiting approximately 30 minutes, check the water in your toilet blow. If the water is clear, you're in the clear; if there are shades of the food colouring present, you've got a leak. It's good practice to do this experiment in all the toilets in your home to make it's an isolated leak.

Courtesy: https://www.cityofdubuque.org/562/Detecting-Water-Leaks

 

 

5. Other Tests You Can Run

 

If the food colouring test doesn't work but you still think you may have a leaky toilet, there are a couple other things you can try via WikiHow:

 

  1. Examine the water level: Remove the toilet tank lid and take a look inside. If the water level is well above the overflow pipe, check the float. As a reminder, the float rises with the water and tells the inlet valve on the float when to shut off the water valve. If the water keeps flowing past the overflow tube, there is likely a leak.
  2. Check the inlet valve: Flush your toilet and lift the rod that holds the float as the water rises. If you hear the water stop, the problem is caused by the float, and it likely needs to be replaced. A new float and rod are very easy to replace and will only cost a few dollars at the hardware store.
  3. Test your flapper. If the water level of the tank is not surpassing the overflow tube, but you still hear or see excess water flowing into the bowl, it’s time to check the flapper. The flapper is the round rubber seal that sits at the bottom of the tank. Its purpose is to stop the water inside the tank from entering the toilet bowl. Turn off your water supply valve near the toilet, and check if the water level in the tank decreases. If there is a decrease after 15-20 minutes, the problem could be due to the flapper. There could either be a leak in the flapper or the chain may be too tight.

To guide you through these checks, here's a handy guide to the insides of your toilet tank.

 

how a toilet works

 

1.  Float
2.  Fill valve
3.  Float arm
4.  Tank fill tube
5.  Bowl fill tube
6.  Flush valve flapper
7.  Overflow tube
8.  Flush handle
9.  Chain
10. Fill line
11. Float valve
12. Flush tube

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leaky Toilet? Trust WaterSmart!

 

If you do indeed diagnose a leaky toilet, you can try to fix it on your own, referring back to our series on "How To Replace A Toilet."

 

The best option, however, is to trust WaterSmart for any and all of your plumbing requirements. Our master plumbers have been servicing the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas over 20 years. We have the experience and know-how to quickly and efficiently address any your leaky toilet, or any other plumbing issue you may have. 

 

Contact us today for your free estimate.

 

Sources:
https://www.wikihow.com/Detect-Toilet-Leaks

 

 

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5 Ways to Remove Hard ...
Guelph Plumbers - All ...
November
Waterloo Plumber: All ...
10 Facts About Drinkin ...
The Truth About Hard W ...
Water Softener Salt Ki ...
The 8 Most Common Caus ...
October
7 Ways to Fix A Leaky ...
How To Fix A Leaky Toi ...
How to Detect A Leaky ...
Plumber Brantford: All ...
September
Water Softener Repairs ...
7 Tips to Drink More W ...
Top 6 Water Videos in ...
Grants for Plumbing an ...
August
Top 7 Water Conservati ...
Kenmore Water Softener ...
Brita vs Water Softene ...
Lowe's Whirlpool Water ...
24 Bottled Water Stati ...
July
GE Home Depot Water So ...
Brita Product Review
Water Softener Kitchen ...
The Facts About Hard W ...
June
How to Save Home Water ...
Water Softeners - The ...
May
New Holiday Hours
Backflow Testing in Wa ...
April
Water Services We Prov ...
Plumber Guelph
How to Keep your Water ...
Why Do I Need a Water ...
Are Water Softeners En ...
March
5 Signs That You Need ...
How a Water Softener W ...
Water Softener Repair ...
Solutions to Water Pro ...
February
Distilled Water vs Wat ...
The Benefits of Revers ...
How To Install A Water ...
How to Maintain Sears ...
January
Kenmore Water Softener ...
Kenmore Water Softener ...
How to Make the Perfec ...
How to Make Instant No ...

2017

December
Do I Need to Boil Dist ...
Sears Kenmore Warranty ...
Kenmore Water Softener ...
The Top 10 Most Asked ...
Water Purifier Install ...
November
How Does Drinking Wate ...
Drinking Water For Ski ...
Effects of Hard Water ...
Cambridge Water Hardne ...
October
Brantford Water Hardne ...
Waterloo Water Hardnes ...
Kitchener Water Hardne ...
What Size Water Soften ...
September
Fun Facts About Drinki ...
Do You Know What Is In ...
Water Softeners - An O ...
August
Best Reverse Osmosis S ...
Water Softener FAQ's I ...
Water Softener Salt Se ...
Water Softener Salt Se ...
July
Water Softener Salt Se ...
Water Softener Salt Se ...
Is Hard Water Safe To ...
Is Bottled Water Bad F ...
June
Top 10 Plumbing Tips T ...
Help! My Tub Is Leakin ...
Home Water Kitchener - ...
The 19 Best Pieces of ...
May
The 19 Best Pieces of ...
DIY Plumbing: How To S ...
April
Toilet Repairs Part 5: ...
Toilet Repairs Part 4: ...
March
Toilet Repairs Part 3: ...
How To Fix A leaky Toi ...
Toilet Repairs Part 1 ...
Canadian Bottled Water ...
February
OMWA Guest Interview w ...
Backflow Testing In Ki ...
Kitec Plumbing - Why Y ...
Water Softener For Was ...
January
The 7 top Detox Drinki ...

2016

December
The 10 Benefits of Dri ...
Water Softener Problem ...
Why Does My Water Smel ...
November
At Our Water Depot We ...
Best Water Around the ...
September
Water Softener Repair
August
Water Softener Not Wor ...
Premier Series Water S ...
June
Water Softener - The ...
May
What Are The Benefits ...
April
Water Softener Reviews ...
GE vs Fleck vs Water B ...
March
Bottled Water vs Tap W ...
February
How to Fix Water Hardn ...
How to fix a leaky fau ...
Hard water vs. Soft wa ...

2015

September
Labour Day
July
Fridge Filters
May
Types of Water
Victoria Day Weekend
Happy Mothers Day
April
Customer Testimonials
New Softener
March
Easter Weekend Hours
January
Softener Sizing

2014

August
Welcome to WaterSmart' ...
Celebrating 20 Years

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