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Water Softener FAQ's Infographic

Have you ever wondered what a water softener does and how it actually works? We have put together a helpful infographic that will answer all of your water softener questions. If you are in the market for a new water softener or if your current water softener doesn't seem to be working as well as it should, contact the water softener experts at WaterSmart. We sell the highest quality water softeners on the market and will install and set them up free of charge. We also do water softener repairs and maintenance. Contact us if you require any repairs or maintenance, or if you have any questions, even if you didn't purchase your water softener from us.

 

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543


"Purchased a water softener, price was reasonable, sales staff was very informative and not pushy. Install was quick and clean and he gave instructions on the unit. I would highly recommend Watersmart Systems." - Rob Morgan
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Infographic - Water Softener FAQ's

 

The following infographic will answer frequently asked questions about water softeners. If you have further questions, read our FAQ page.

 

 

 

 

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Water Softener Salt Series: How Water Softener Salt Helps Your Water Softener

How does water softener salt help your water softener? Is it necessary and what does it actually do? In this final segment of our Water Softener Salt Series we will answer the question how does water softener salt help your water softener? We will explain the function of salt in the softening process, tell you how you can determine the quality of water softener salt, and help you decide which type of salt to buy. The professionals at WaterSmart systems can answer any and all of your water salt or softener questions. We have been in the home water business in the Kitchener-Waterloo region for more than 25 years, so we know water. Contact us today and let us help you choose the best water softener and salt for your family's needs.

 

 

 

"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 comments

 

Do You Need a Water Softener?

 

If you live in an area that has hard water, then you may want to consider purchasing a water softener. Even though hard water is safe to drink it does have some big drawbacks such as:

  • It can cause mineral build ups in your pipes thus damaging them
  • It can cause mineral deposits on appliances such as your hot water tank causing them to wear out faster
  • It is harder on your clothing
  • It requires you to use more soap to get things clean

How Does Water Softener Salt Help Your Water Softener?

 

So how does water softener salt help your water softener? Is it necessary? What does it actually do? Your water softener is made up of two separate chambers. The first chamber is called a resin tank and it contains resin beads. The water softening actually takes place inside the resin tank. The second chamber is called a brine tank and it contains the water softener salt.

 

Resin Beads - By Bugman at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by GcG.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Ion Exchange Takes Place To Remove Hardness

 

Water softeners use a chemical process called ion exchange in order to make your hard water soft. Hard water contains minerals or ions such as calcium and magnesium and sometimes manganese, iron, and radium, which make your water hard. The water softener's job is to get rid of these hardness ions and thus leave you with softer water. But how does this happen?

 

Positively Charged Minerals Attach to Negatively Charged Resin Beads

 

Inside your resin tank, you will find negatively charged resin beads which have positively charged sodium ions magnetically attached to them. If you remember from your high school science classes, negative ions are attracted to positive ions. Your water softener pumps your hard water through this bed of resin beads. The positively charged hardness ions are then exchanged with the sodium ions.

 

Salt Brine Washes Away The Hard Ions During Regeneration

 

After a while, the resin beads will fill up with hardness ions and they won't be able to attract anymore. At this point, the beads will need "recharging" or regeneration. Your water softener will go offline and the brine tank will start to work. Salt brine from the brine tank is pumped into the resin tank during regeneration. The salt brine washes away the hardness ions and replaces them with a fresh layer of sodium ions. Once the regeneration is finished, the water softener can then go back online and start softening water again.

 

The following is a great and easy to follow video which explains using helpful diagrams, how water softener salt helps your water softener.

 

 

Do I Need To Purchase High-Quality Water Softener Salt?

 

The cheapest type of water softener salt that you can buy is rock salt. Rock salt is a naturally occurring mineral that is found underground and it contains minerals that can leave a build up in your tank meaning you will need to clean it out a few times per year. Solar salt is created when seawater is evaporated by the sun. It is more soluble than rock salt but it may have difficulty coping with extremely hard water. Evaporated salts are usually the most expensive type of salt, however, they are the purest. They are the least likely to cause a build up in your water softener.

 

 

How Can I Determine The Quality Of A Water Softener Salt?

 

You can tell the quality of water softener salt by looking at its purity. The closer the salt is to 100% pure, the higher the quality. However, the purer the salt, the more expensive it is to buy.

 

Which Type of Salt Should You Buy?

 

The best answer is to ask your water softener dealer which type of salt will work best for your particular brand of water softener. If any type of salt will work equally well then ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you on a Budget? Rock salt is the least expensive.
  • Do you want your water softener to last longer? Evaporated salt is the purest form of salt so it is less likely to leave a damaging build up.
  • Are you on a reduced sodium diet? Potassium Chloride does not contain sodium so it is the healthier choice for those who are on a restricted sodium diet.

 

Other Articles in our Water Softener Salt Series

 

Water Softener Salt Series: Other Uses for Salts

Water Softener Salt Series: What Is Water Softener Salt And What Does It Do?

Water Softener Salt Series: Top Water Salt Brands

 

 

 

 

 

 

WaterSmart - The Best Choice For Water Softening

 

WaterSmart is a locally owned, family run business that has been servicing the Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge and surrounding areas for over two decades. We know this area and the unique water challenges it presents. We understand water softeners and we know which type of softener would be the best to meet your particular needs. If you need to purchase a new water softener or if your current softener isn't performing the way it should, contact us. We sell the best water softeners available for our area and we service any other make or model that you may have, even if you didn't purchase your softener from us.

 

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Water Softener Salt Series: Top Water Softener Salt Brands

If you have a water softener, you know that you also need to purchase water softener salt to make it work properly. But what are the top water softener brands, and which one is the best to buy? Just like there are several different types of water softener salt, there are also many different brands of water softener salt that you can buy. So, which one is the best? In this article, we will describe the different types of salt: rock, solar, evaporated, and potassium chloride. We will also discuss how they are different and highlight 5 of the top brands in order to help you make the right choice of water softener salt for all of your needs. If you are interested in purchasing the very best water softener, contact the water softener experts at WaterSmart.

 

 

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

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Types of Water Softener Salt

 

Not all water softener salt is the same, nor does it come from the same source. Read on to find out the different types of water softener salts available and what the difference is between them.


1. Solar Salt

 


Solar salt, also known as sea salt, is created when seawater is collected in an area and left to dry. The sun evaporates the water leaving behind salt crystals. These crystals are gathered and shipped to markets for various uses. Solar salt dissolves very quickly in water, in fact much faster than other types of water softener salt. Solar salt used for water softeners is usually sold in pellets.

 

2. Evaporated Salt Pellets


Evaporated salt pellets are the purest form of salt. They are created by heating salt in its raw state to remove any moisture and convert it back to pure sodium chloride. Because it is the purest form of salt, evaporated salt pellets are extremely effective at softening hard water according to watersoftener.com.

 

3. Rock Salt


Rock salt comes from salt deposits that have formed underground. The salt is mined to extract it from the earth. It is the rawest form or salt and can contain other minerals as a result of soil erosion over the years. These trace minerals may not fully dissolve in water. Rock salt is the least expensive water softener salt. However, you should be aware that it may leave mineral deposits in your brine tank. The purer the rock salt the less likely that this will be an issue.

 

 

4. Potassium Chloride Pellets


Potassium chloride is not a salt but it can be used instead of water softening salt as a softening agent. It is more expensive than salt, but according to watersoftener.com, it may be a better choice for people who need to restrict the sodium in their diets.

http://www.thewatersoftener.com/best-water-softener-salt-system/

 

Brands

As there are many types of water softener salt, there are also many different brands. Below we have listed what we consider to be the top 5 brands that are available and why we think they are the best.

 

Sifto Premium Plus Rock Salt

Image Source: Sifto Water

  • Crystals that are optimally sized for use in all water softeners
  • High purity
  • Natural hard rock salt
  • Minimizes residue and bridging in water softening units

 

Diamond Crystal - Bright and Soft

Image Source: Riepert Salt

  • 99.8% Pure
  • Virtually 100% Water Soluble
  • Patented "Softener Care Additive"
  • No more clean outs
  • For all types of softeners
  • Resists Bridging and Mushing

 

Windsor System Saver ll

Image source: Riepert Salt

  • 99.5% Pure
  • Increases softener efficiency
  • Dissolves evenly/leaves no residue
  • Eliminates bridging and mushing

 

Diamond Crystal Potassium Chloride

 

 

Image Source: Home Depot

  • Can be used in most water softeners
  • Up to 99.1% pure salt
  • Low insoluble content
  • An alternative to using sodium chloride

Sifto CrystalPlus with Resin Clean

 

Image Source: Sifto Water

  • High-purity compacted salt
  • Proprietary Resin Clean additive extends the life of the water softener by cleaning the resin beads
  • High-quality, 100% natural ingredients minimize residue
  • Effective for all traditional water softeners

 

How Water Softeners Work

 

If you would like to know more about how the salt in a water softener is used to make hard water soft, you can watch the following informative and easy to understand video.

 

Other Articles in our Water Softener Salt Series

 

Water Softener Salt Series: Other Uses for Salts

Water Softener Salt Series: What Is Water Softener Salt And What Does It Do?

Water Softener Salt Series: How Water Softener Salt Helps Your Water Softener

 

 

Why Choose WaterSmart

 

WaterSmart is a locally owned business that knows and understands the hard water challenges of the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and surrounding areas. Contact the water softener experts with any of your water questions. We are always happy to answer you and help you find the best home water solutions for your family.

 

 

Sources

 

Using the Best Water Softener Salt for your System

 

Softener Salt - Your Burning Questions Answered

 

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Water Softener Salt Series: What Is Water Softener Salt And What Does It Do?

Have you ever wondered what is water softener salt and what does it do? We have put together a helpful infographic that will answer all of your water softener salt questions, such as what exactly does the water softener salt do, are there different types of water softener salt and how often should you add salt to your water softener? If you are in the market for a new water softener or if you current water softener doesn't seem to be working as well as it should, contact the water softener experts at WaterSmart. We sell the highest quality water softeners on the market and will install and set them up free of charge. We also do water softener repairs and maintenance. Contact us, even if you didn't purchase your water softener from us, if you require any repairs or maintenance or if you have any questions.

 

Contact WaterSmart

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543


"Purchased a water softener, price was reasonable, sales staff was very informative and not pushy. Install was quick and clean and he gave instructions on the unit. I would highly recommend Watersmart Systems." - Rob Morgan
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Infographic - What Is Water Softener Salt?

 

The following infographic will answer the question, "What is water softener salt." If you have further questions, read our page which talks about water softener salt.

 

 

Other Articles in our Water Softener Salt Series

 

Water Softener Salt Series: Other Uses for Salts

Water Softener Salt Series: Top Water Salt Brands

Water Softener Salt Series: How Water Softener Salt Helps Your Water Softener

 

Source: http://watersmartsystems.com/Water-Softener-Salt.htm

 

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Water Softener Salt Series: Other Uses For Water Softener Salt

In our first installment of our Water Softener Salt Series, we are going to take a look at some other uses for water softener salt. We've sourced and compiled the top 10 other uses for water softener salt and have listed them below. Of course the best use of water softener salt is in a water softener. If you are looking to purchase a new water softener or if your current water softener isn't functioning as efficiently as it should, contact the water softener specialists at WaterSmart.
 

Contact WaterSmart

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"I chose to go with Watersmart Systems. Best equipment, price, warranty, and people!!"

- Kim Pickles
 

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Killing Weeds
 

 

HomeGuidesSFGate.com recommends using water softener as an environmentally friendly way to kill weeds. This is a great way to kill weeds that come up in the cracks of your driveway or between your patio stones as well. If there are no children or pets around you can sprinkle the salt around each plant and then lightly mist it with a spray bottle. This will help the salt dissolve into the ground. If you think that pets or children may able to accidentally ingest the salt, then dissolve the salt first by bringing 2 cups of water to a boil, let it cool slightly and then stir in 1 cup of water softener salt. Keep stirring until all the salt dissolves. Pour the hot solution over each week. You may need to repeat this each week until the weeds are totally gone.

 

 

Pool Salt
 


According to Watermaid.ca water softener salt is just as pure as pool salt so it can be used in your pool; and it's usually cheaper. Remember though that there are different grades of water softener salt. If the bag says the salt is better than 99% pure sodium chloride then you are fine to use it. Also keep in mind that water softener salt takes longer to dissolve than pool salt so pour it into the shallow end of the pool and mix it around with a brush to help it disappear quicker. If your pool has a pump return jet on the step of the pool then pour the salt on the step and it will dissolve in a couple of hours.

 

 

Take the Sting Out Of A Bee Sting
 

 

Getting bee sting is an unpleasant experience. Help to alleviate the pain by putting some water on the sting and then cover it with salt. This suggestion was found at ModernSurvivalBlog.com.

 

 

Melting Ice
 


We found a great use for water softener salt on Plowsite.com. Many of the snow removal professionals have used water softener salt instead of road rock salt. They all agree that it works just as well. One plow veteran said that mixing it with sand works great as well.

 

 

Ant Deterrent

 

 

If you have a problem with ants getting into your house, you can sprinkle some salt anywhere where these annoying insects enter your home such as along your doorways and windowsills. According to ModernSurvivalBlog.com.

 

 

Killing Snails in The Garden
 

 

Snails can be a real nuisance in your garden, eating away at your beautiful plants. The Telegraph.co.uk suggests sprinkling some salt directly on the snails if they aren't near your plants to kill them. You can also mix salt with Vaseline and apply it to the rims of your plant pots to keep the snails away from your potted plants.

 

 

Removing Soot
 

 

Throwing a handful of salt on the flames in your fireplace from time to time can help loosen the soot from the chimney according to ModernSurvivalBlog.com. It will also produce a pretty bright yellow flame.

 

 

Deodorize Your Shoes
 

 

ModernSurvivalBlog.com suggests sprinkling a little salt inside your canvas shoes occasionally to absorb the moisture and help alleviate unpleasant odours.

 

 

Clean Oven Spills
 

 

If some food you are cooking in your oven accidentally bubbles over, simply sprinkle a little salt over the spill. According to ModernSurvivalBlog.com, it won't smoke and smell, but it will form a crust that should make the baked-on mess a lot easier to clean once it has cooled down.

 

 

Stop BBQ Flare Ups
 

 

Use salt instead of water to tame the flare-ups that occur when you are cooking on your barbecue. ModernSurvivalBlog.com claims that tossing a bit of salt onto the flames will reduce the flare without cooling down the coals.

 

Other Articles in our Water Softener Salt Series

 

Water Softener Salt Series: What Is Water Softener Salt And What Does It Do?

Water Softener Salt Series: Top Water Salt Brands

Water Softener Salt Series: How Water Softener Salt Helps Your Water Softener

 

WaterSmart - The Water Softener Experts

 

WaterSmart has been serving the water softening needs of the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and surrounding areas for more than two decades. We understand the special requirements and challenges faced with using the extremely hard water found in our area. Our team of water softener experts are highly trained and ready to answer any of your water questions. Contact us today and find out how we can effectively and reasonably help you solve your water issues.

 

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Is Hard Water Safe To Drink?

If the water where you live is hard, you might wonder is hard water safe to drink? That is a good question. In this post we will discuss what hard water is, the effects of hard water and whether it is safe to drink. We will also include information about the water hardness levels of the water in and around the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph areas. If you have hard water and would like to know more about how a water softener could improve the quality of your water, contact the water experts at WaterSmart.

 

Contact WaterSmart

 

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What Is Hard Water?

 

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 mg/litre. The following is a graph depicting the different classes of water hardness.

 

 

What Are The Effects Of Hard Water?

 

Hard water can cause mineral build-up in your pipes and appliances, and can affect the heating efficiency of the elements in your hot water heater. You may also notice a film forming on your dishes and residue left behind on bathroom faucets and fixtures. Some people notice that hard water makes their laundry feel stiff and less vibrant. They also complain that soaps and shampoos make less lather if used with hard water.

 

Is Hard Water Safe To Drink?

 

According to watersoftenerfacts.ca, the minerals that cause your water to be hard, namely calcium and magnesium, are safe to consume. They do however, cause other problems such as scale build up on your pipes, appliances, dishes, and water heaters.

 

Is The Water Where I Live Hard?

 

The following chart shows the hard water levels for the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph. We've also added in Toronto to give you an idea of how much harder the water in the tri-cities region is. Keep reading further to find out the hardness of the water in the towns surrounding the K-W region.

 

To view a map of the water hardness amounts in the specific areas of Cambridge, Guelph, Waterloo, or Kitchener

 

The following table lists the water hardness levels in the towns surrounding the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph areas.

 

 

Want To Solve Your Hard Water Problem?

 

A water softener can help you solve your hard water problem. The professionals at WaterSmart can help you choose the most effective water softener for the level of hardness in your particular area. We have been servicing the KW region for more than two decades, so we understand the special requirements and settings necessary to ensure that your new water softener will fundtion with maximum efficiency. Our customers have come to recognize us as a company who provides superior customer service combined with the highest quality products at the best prices. Contact the water softener specialists at WaterSmart today.

 

Sources

 

Water Softener Facts

 

Toronto Water Report Quick Summary

 

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Is Bottled Water Bad For You?

Is bottled water bad for you? The debate continues and so does the sale of individual sized bottled water. But what is the truth about bottled water? In this post we will look at the some of the facts including is bottled water better for you than tap water, the cost, health and environmental concerns, and we will also give you some alternatives to using bottled water. If you don't like the taste of tap water, but you also are not comfortable using individual bottled water, contact the water experts at WaterSmart to discuss your options.

Contact WaterSmart

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543


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The Facts About Bottled Water

 

According to the following video, the water bottle industry is huge. It is estimated that the sale of bottled water in the U/S. will overtake the sale of soda by next year. The video was recorded in 2015. For more facts about bottled water, read our post 24 Bottled Water Statistics.

 

 

Is Bottled Water Better For You Than Tap?


In the United States, 103 different types of bottled water were compared to tap water. In these tests, no evidence was found to prove that the bottled water brands were any better than normal tap water. Besides this, tap water is regulated, both in the  U.S. and in Canada to meet high safety standards. And interestingly enough about half of all bottled water actually comes from your tap.

 

The Cost of Bottled Water

 

Bottled water costs a lot more than tap water too. According to the previous video, Americans pay an average of $1.22 /gallon which is about 300 times the cost of tap water. Why does bottled water cost so much? Because you are not only paying for the water itself but also the cost of:

  • the cost of the bottle itself
  • the extra water to make the bottle
  • the cost of delivery
  • plus all of the advertisements to get you to purchase the water.

 

Health Concerns From Plastic Bottles

 

According to TheTruthAboutCancer.com, there are 3 health hazards commonly found in plastic water bottles. Some contain bisphenol A (BPA) which is a chemical which has been linked to several different forms of cancer as well as having adverse affects on fetuses, infants and children's brains, and prostate glands.

 

Other plastic bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and are BPA free. However they may contain contaminants of fecal matter, saliva and food residues. This is because their soft plastic is hard to clean and can become contaminated when re-used.

 

Finally, some plastic bottles contain phthalates which is a chemical that can leak into the water. According to The Canadian Cancer Society, this chemical has been linked to liver cancer, testicular atrophy and sterility in males.

 

Environmental Effects Of Individual Bottled Water


Less than 1/3 of plastic bottles get recycled in the U.S. Only about 70% of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles - the type that can be recycled - are recycled by Canadians according to the Canadian Beverage Association.


In addition, ground water is being overused in order to produce bottled water. Nestle pays only $3.71 to draw one million litres of water from a well near Hillsburgh, Ontario. They are allowed to draw 1.13 million litres of groundwater every day!


Added to this, huge amounts of CO2 are pumped into the atmosphere during the production of the plastic bottles.

 

Alternatives to Tap or Individual Bottled Water

 

If you really don't like the taste of tap water, then there still are other alternatives for you that are more economical and more environmentally friendly that buying individual bottles of water.

 

1. Bottled Water Coolers

 

A more economical and environmentally friendly alternative to purchasing individual small bottled water is to purchase a water cooler and use the large, re-fillable bottles. You can choose from spring, distilled, or purified water.  And if you don't like the idea of having to go and buy your own and carry it home, many companies offer a delivery service. At WaterSmart, you can order your water online and have it delivered to your home for free. Learn more about our bottled water options here

 

2. Bottle-less Coolers

 

If you don't like changing the large bottles or if you often forget to re-order bottles, you might want to consider purchasing a bottle-less cooler. This type of cooler connects directly to your water pipeline, so you will never run out of cooled water. Learn about WaterSmart's bottle-less coolers here

 

3. Reverse Osmosis Systems

 

A reverse osmosis system can improve the taste of water for people who do not like the taste of dissolved mineral solids in their water. Click here to find out more about how R/O works.  WaterSmart Systems sells, installs, and services Duro Reverse Osmosis Systems.

 

Contact WaterSmart to Discuss Your Drinking Water Options

 

If you are considering switching from small plastic bottles, but you still don't want to drink straight from the tap, contact WaterSmart. We can discuss your alternatives with you and help you decide on a water plan that best suits the needs of you and your family.

 

Sources

 

Bottle Vs. Tap: 7 Things to Know About Drinking Water

 

Against The Flow: Which Households Drink Bottled Water

 

Households And The Environment Survey 2015

 

Bottled Water 2015

 

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Top 10 Plumbing Tips To Try Before You Call A Plumber

We've compiled a list of the top 10 plumbing tips that you should try before you need to call a plumber. Many of these are easy maintenance tricks that you can perform yourself which may help you avoid bigger, more expensive plumbing repairs. They include using everyday, safe household products to unclog or speed up drains or toilets, freshening your garbage disposal, preventing frozen pipes and excess water damage, as well as some additional plumbing do's and don'ts. If you do have a plumbing problem that you need looked at by a professional plumber, why not contact the master plumbers at WaterSmart. WaterSmart offers fast, reliable, and efficient plumbing services at a reasonable rate.

 

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1. Use Hot Water To Unclog A Toilet

 

Heat up about 1 litre of water and pour it into your toilet bowl from waist-height. The temperature of the hot water can help to dissolve any nasty clogs, and the force of the water entering the toilet from a height may help to displace and push down anything blocking the drain.

 

2. Be Careful What You Flush

 

Don't be tempted to flush anything that's not human waste or toilet paper. According to plumbdoctorga.com, there is no exception to this rule. Not only can flushing unsuitable things down your toilet be harmful to your own plumbing, it can also present hazards to the environment. Watch this great video for more advice about what you should and shouldn't flush.

 

3. Use Dawn Dish Soap Instead of Drano

 

Dawn dish soap isn't just awesome at cleaning greasy dishes. You can also try pouring a quarter cup of dawn into a clogged drain or toilet and then letting it sit for 30 minutes or so. According to OneGoodThingByJillee.com, the soap will penetrate around whatever is clogging the drain and act like a lubricant so that when you run water through it again, the blockage should slide right down the drain.

 

4. Clean Clogs in a Hurry With Baking Soda And Vinegar

 

Not only is this tip helpful, but it's also fun. Remember making a volcano eruption for your school science project using baking soda and vinegar? Well according to OneGoodThingByJillee.com, the same principle can apply for unclogging a drain. Simply shake half a cup of baking soda down the drain, then pour in half a cup of vinegar. If you really want things to move quickly, follow this up by adding a little hot water.

 

 

 

5. Speed Up Slow Moving Drains With Hot Water And Salt

 

If your sink isn't totally clogged, but just slow moving, then you can speed it up by first pouring about one litre of hot water through the drain. Let it clear out and then sprinkle in half a cup of table salt. Next, rinse the salt down the drain with one more litre of hot water. According to OneGoodThingByJillee.com, the roughness of the salt will help scrape off any debris stuck to the sides of your pipes and the hot water will rinse it away.

 

6. Prevent Frozen Pipes

 

This is a great preventative piece of advice, especially for our extremely cold Canadian winters. According to plumbdoctorga.com, it is a good idea to keep a small drip of water running during the winter. Moving water takes longer and colder temperatures to freeze. You can also try wrapping your pipes with plumbing insulation.


7. Clean & Freshen Your Garbage Disposal With Lemon & Vinegar

 

Garbage disposals can get pretty smelly and backed-up. You can avoid a plumbing service call by regularly cleaning it yourself. Simply place some lemon wedges into an ice-cube tray, fill them with white vinegar and place them in the freezer. According to OneGoodThingByJillee.com, every time your disposal starts smelling bad just drop in few cubes and run it until they are broken up.

 


8. Invest in a Water Softener

 

The minerals found in hard water can be detrimental to your plumbing system. With time, heavy mineral deposits will build up in your pipes and block or damage them. A good water softener system removes these harmful minerals, thus protecting your pipes and improving the quality of your water. If you would like to find out more about how a water softener could be beneficial for you, contact the water softener experts at WaterSmart.

 

9. Know Where Your Water Shutoff Valves Are Located

 

It's important to know exactly where your water shutoff valves are located and how to turn them off. If a problem occurs like an overflowing toilet or a burst pipe, you will need to get the water turned off as quickly as possible to limit excessive water damage.


10. Take Care of the Little Problems As Soon As You Detect Them

 

Fixing a small problem early, such as addressing a leak in your bathroom faucet, could mean avoiding an expensive plumbing bill later on.

 

 

 

WaterSmart - Your Full Plumbing Service Specialists

 

WaterSmart can do any plumbing service from a faucet replacement to a complete home plumbing renovation. No job is too big or too small. Your can trust the expert master plumbers at WaterSmart to fix your plumbing problem right the first time and at a reasonable rate. Contact us today for any of your plumbing needs.

 

Sources

 

Top 10 Plumbing Maintenace Tips

 

Easy Tips To Try Before You Call A Plumber

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Help! My Tub Is Leaking - What Should I Do?

Is your tub leaking? You will want to fix it quickly before you have extensive water damage. We have compiled a series of 6 videos which will help you determine where the leak is coming from, and then fix the most common areas where leaks can occur such as the tub drain, faucets, overflow drain and trip lever, bathtub caulking, or the spout. These fixes could be attempted by a do-it-yourselfer. The time it takes for each repair will depend on the extent of the damage, but most of them can be done in under an hour.  If however, you don't have the time to do it on your own, or if you discover that the leak is coming from the actual pipes, then contact the professional licensed plumbers at WaterSmart.
 

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Video #1 How To Determine Where The Leak Is: KungFu Maintenance - 5:32 mins.

 

This first video doesn't deal specifically with a repair but it takes you through the steps that you would take in order to determine where the leak is coming from.
The sound quality isn't the best at the beginning (there is a distracting echo), but it's worth the effort to stick with it. The sound quality does get better. The host shows you easy and inexpensive tests to discover where your leak is. He also does a good job of educating the lay plumber on the various components of bathtub plumbing.

 

 

Video #2 Leaky Tub Drain: Chris Wade - Contractor - 3:31 mins.

 

The first video entitled "Bathroom Fix-It Tips: How to Repair a Leaking Bathtub," is great for the beginner plumber. It is short and simple, and the host speaks in everyday language, avoiding plumbing jargon. The video gives you a clear view of each step of the repair and details how to replace a leaking tub drain. He also includes some troubleshooting tips that you can try before you call a licensed plumber. He notes that if the problem is with the pipes then you will need to contact a licensed plumber.

 

 

Video # 3 Leaky Faucet: DIY University - 10:04 mins.

 

The third video explains how to fix a leaking bathtub faucet quickly and easily. The instructions are very detailed and the host speaks slowly and clearly. There are lots of helpful closeups of the different steps of the repair. It also does an excellent job of educating the viewer as to why the leak occurred in the first place. If you would like to read detailed instructions on how to fix a leaky faucet, click here.

 

 

Video #4 Leaky Overflow Drain Gasket & Trip Lever: Joseph K - 16:19 mins.

 

This next video demonstrates how to replace a leaky bathtub overflow drain gasket and trip lever stopper. I like how he speeds up the video during the repetitive parts, like unscrewing the screws, instead of cutting it out so you actually see every step of the repair. He also does handy close-ups. He is doing the repair in his own bathroom; he's true do-it-yourselfer. He makes you feel like it is something you also can do. He has also included helpful closed captions.

 

 

 

Video #5 Leaky Caulking: Kent Diego - 8:51 mins.

 

This fifth video shows you a repair done that was caused by a leak in the caulking around the bathtub. The video has helpful summary tips displayed on the screen and the host is very personable. He walks you through the process that he took for discovering the leak and shows you all of the common places that he looked for first. He then not only shows you how to repair the caulking to fix the leak, but he also walks you through repairing the wall that was damaged from the leaking tub.

 


 

Video #6 Leaky Bathtub Spout: JunkStar Builds - 14:27 mins.

 

The final video shows a repair in an older home. It details how to repair a leaking bathtub spout. The host is quite engaging and humorous to listen to. He does an excellent job explaining the tools required and some alternatives if you don't have the exact tool. In addition, he includes simple tips you can use to save water and money.

 

 

 

Is Your Tub Still Leaking? What To Do.

 

If after watching the videos and trying to determine where your bathtub leak is coming from, you still can't solve your problem, then it's time to call a professional. WaterSmart Systems fully licensed master plumbers can quickly diagnose and repair any plumbing issue you may be having. No job is too big or too small for them. Contact us today to get the job done right and at an affordable price.

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Home Water Kitchener - Options Comparison

There are many different drinking options you can choose from for your home water. Some people stick with drinking their tap water while others who dislike the taste or are fearful of contaminants in municipally supplied water choose different options. In this post, we will compare the various drinking water options you have for your home water and list the pros and cons of each one. We will look at tap water, small and large bottled water, pitcher water filters, reverse osmosis, and distilled water.

 

If you are currently unhappy with your drinking water and are looking to change your source of home water, why not contact the drinking water experts at WaterSmart? Our trained and knowledgeable staff would be happy to discuss all of your options and help you make an informed choice.
 

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The following chart summarizes the pros and cons of each type of home water.

 

Tap Water

 

Most municipal tap water is safe to drink in Canada, however, no system is 100% foolproof as evidenced by the Walkerton E. coli water contamination of 2000. For more information on the safety of tap water in Canada read our blog Is Canadian Tap Water Safe To Drink?

 

Pros

  • It is very convenient
  • It in inexpensive

Cons

  • Many people do not like the taste of minerals and chlorine in tap water
  • It may contain VOC's (volatile organic compounds) such as pesticides, heavy metal like lead and mercury, or endocrine disrupting chemicals which may interfere with the normal hormones in the body, and fluoride

Small individual bottles of water

 

Purchasing small individual bottles of water has been very popular for many years, however, its popularity has recently begun to decline as consumers have become more environmentally aware. Add to this the fact that according to webmed.com, many of the major bottlers of water, such as Dasani and Aquafina, simply use purified tap water.

 

Pros

  • They are very convenient
  • They may taste better than tap water

 

Cons

  • In many cases, the water itself is not different than tap water
  • It costs a lot more than tap water
  • It is environmentally unfriendly as it requires massive resources to produce and recycle used bottles
  • Chemicals from the plastic bottle itself can seep into the water

Large Bottled Water

 

If you like the convenience of small bottled water but you are concerned about the environment, you may want to consider using large, reusable bottles of water.

 

Pros

  • You can choose to purchase spring, distilled, or reverse osmosis treated water
  • More economical than purchasing smaller bottles, especially if you choose to fill your own bottle
  • Can purchase BPA free bottles
  • Better tasting than tap water

Cons

  • More expensive than tap water
  • Less convenient than tap water, however, you can order it online and have it delivered for free - learn more here 

Pitcher Water Filters

 

Pitcher water filters such as Brita are a popular choice for people looking to improve the chlorine taste of their water. According to wellnessmama.com, the carbon used in these filters is not solid so it does not remove all of the toxins. Faucet-mounted external filters use the same technology as pitcher water filters.

 

Pros

  • They are inexpensive to purchase upfront
  • They improve the taste of your water

Cons

  • They constantly need their cartridges replaced so they actually cost you more money in the long run
  • They constantly need refilling, especially if you have a larger family
  • They do not remove all of the toxins from your water such as VOC's (volatile organic compounds), heavy metals, endocrine disruptors, or fluoride.

Reverse Osmosis

DURO Reverse Osmosis

 

Reverse osmosis is a water filtration process which forces water through a semi-permeable membrane with very small holes or "pores". The pores allow clean water to pass through while trapping the impurities that are too big. These impurities are then flushed away. Read more about reverse osmosis here.

 

Reverse osmosis can remove dissolved solids, salts, minerals that cause hardness, organic chemicals, and other impurities. It can improve the taste of water for people who do not like the taste of dissolved mineral solids.

 

Pros

  • It improves the taste of your water, especially if you don't like the taste of dissolved mineral solids
  • Removes a lot of contaminants such as fluoride, dissolved solids, salts, minerals, organic chemicals, and other impurities
  • It also reduces arsenic, asbestos, and heavy metals
  • It is a great option if your drinking water comes from a private source such as a well and is not safe from microbiological, chemical, or other types of contamination
  • Treated water will not produce scale in kettles and coffee makers
  • Because sodium and potassium are removed, people on a medically prescribed sodium- or potassium-restricted diet may benefit

Cons

  • Uses more water than it produces
  • Does not reduce VOC's or endocrine disruptors

Distilled Water

 

Distilling water involves heating the water up until it becomes steam. This steam rises and is directed and collected in a cooling chamber where it turns back to water. Many contaminants are left behind in the original container.

Pros

  • It removes a lot of contaminants and fluoride
  • It reduces arsenic, asbestos, and heavy metals
  • It effectively kills bacteria

Cons

  • Does not reduce VOC's or endocrine disruptors
  • Distillation systems are large and expensive
  • They use a lot of electricity
  • They remove necessary minerals from the water and may cause long-term mineral deficiencies.

Which Home Water Option Is Best?

 

Water chemistry is complex and there is no single water treatment device that can remove all types of substances from water. Each water treatment device has its own advantages and disadvantages. You need to determine whether or not additional water treatment is needed for your household. If you are unsure, contact the water treatment experts at WaterSmart. They can help you decide which option or combination of options will best meet your home water needs.

 

Sources

 

The Best Water Filter Options

 

Best Sources Of Drinking Water

 

 

 

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