Reverse Osmosis Versus Other Water Filtration Methods

If you are considering various types of water filtration methods and systems for your home, it is important to understand how each one of these works. Some people make the mistake of not consulting with a professional plumbing repair company with knowledge of water filtration systems ahead of time. This has led to purchasing the wrong type of filtration system for their homes.

Water Filtration Methods

The first thing you need to determine is what type of water you have. The vast majority of water throughout the United States, and even here in Texas, is considered hard water. Hard water is full of calcium and mineral deposits that can cause scaling on pipes and faucets. In some cases, there can be excess iron in the water, along with certain unpleasant smells and tastes, depending on where you live.

Hard water is commonly found in homes that have “well water.” The other type of water you could have is soft water. This is water that has been treated using a water softener to remove the calcium and some of the minerals from hard water. If you have “city water,” then, in most cases, the water has been softened, but not always. In addition, not all “city water” has been properly filtered. Rather, it could have added chlorine and fluoride in it.

Now that you know about the different water types, the next thing you need to do is decide exactly what is it you want to remove from the water. Do you want to remove visible particles, sediment, and other such items from the water? Does the water have an odor to it you want to eliminate? Does the water have a funny taste to it you want to correct?

It is also beneficial to ask your plumber to do a water test. The water test will show exactly what is in your water, so you can use this information to further refine your filtration system for your home.

Reverse Osmosis Systems

Reverse osmosis filtration systems filter out just about everything from the water by forcing the water through a semi-pervious membrane. This membrane has very minute openings only small enough for a water molecule to pass through, removing between 90 and 99 percent of sediment, minerals, fluoride, chlorine, and more from the water. This method of water filtration can also help address concerns over odors and taste.

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Selective/Substrate Filtration Systems

This type of water filtration uses different substrates/filters to target specific containments in the water. For instance, a layer of carbon is used to remove chlorine, heavy metals, and other organic chemicals from the water. Selective/substrate filtration systems can be customized to fit your specific needs while improving the overall quality of your water. This method will leave a certain amount of minerals in the water, but they tend to cost less compared to reverse osmosis systems.

In the end, it really comes down to your needs and what it is you want to be removed from your water. To learn more about the different filtration methods, or for assistance in selecting and installing a system for your home, contact MET Plumbing at 281-599-3336 today!

How to Prepare for Plumbing Emergencies

We’ve all been there. One day the plumbing works just fine and the next day it doesn’t. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent unnecessary maintenance on your plumbing. Keep this handy checklist around the house as a friendly reminder of what to avoid so you can save some money in your pocket.

Plumbing emergencies

  • Keep the garbage disposal free from large chunks of food and other debris. Run the disposal daily to keep the drain clear from food and water backups.
  • Do not pour grease down the drain; dispose of it in the trash bin instead.
  • Stay away from or minimize usage of “flushable” wet wipes. Contrary to popular belief, they are not very friendly to septic tanks.
  • Check the hose behind the washing machine for any kinks in the line and straighten if necessary. It’s also best to opt for the durable stainless braided hoses over cheaper rubber types if it’s time for a replacement hose.
  • Avoid drain cleaners with heavy toxic chemicals. They are bad for the environment and there are better ways to unclog a drain.
  • Unclog drains with a snake or plunger. Wire hangers can also be used for small or shallow clogs. Finish up with some good old fashioned salt and vinegar to cleanse the drainage pipe.
  • In colder climates during the winter, turn faucets on occasionally or let them drip a little while away for longer periods of time. This will help prevent frozen pipes and bursts.

 

When all else fails, give MET Plumbing a call for your plumbing emergencies at (281) 599-3336.

What’s the Deal with Hard Water?

Let’s face it: Hard water is super annoying. Not only does it leave unsightly spots and stains on your shiny surfaces, but it can cause home appliances to go absolutely haywire. Some studies have shown that hard water can wreak havoc on your health, too. This is because it contains minerals like lime, silica, calcium, and magnesium.

After a while, these mineral deposits accumulate and often require support from local plumbing companies, and, in rare cases, a diagnosis from your primary physician.

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One of the most common problems associated with hard water involves residue. Have you ever noticed white spots and streaks on your tableware after washing the dishes? That’s because you have hard water. Luckily, there are many solutions available to tackle the problem. We recommend having a soft water system installed in your home to combat buildup. Alternatively, distilled vinegar and little elbow grease is another great option for removing some of those tougher stains.

Appliances like water faucets, dishwashers, and washing machines are also at risk because the minerals found in hard water often lead to plumbing problems. If one of your appliances is on the fritz, there’s a good chance it is related to calcium and magnesium deposits left behind.

Perhaps most alarming of all, hard water can potentially affect physical health. One study found that babies living with hard water were 87% more likely to develop a skin condition known as eczema.1  Other findings reported risk factors for:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Growth retardation
  • Reproductive failure
  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Renal insufficiency2

Needless to say, soft water is the smart way to go. However, if you are experiencing problems with your appliances as a result of hard water buildup, give Met Plumbing a call today at 281-599-3336.

Sources

  1. http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20160601/hard-tap-water-linked-to-eczema-in-babies
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3775162/

Thanksgiving Day Preventative Plumbing Maintenance

THE DAY OF (AND AFTER) THANKSGIVING IS ONE OF THE TWO BIGGEST DAYS OF THE YEAR FOR PLUMBING PROBLEMS.

Overloaded garbage disposals and overused dishwashers during the holiday season cause break downs at crucial times. Now is the perfect time to do some preventative maintenance to help ease this holiday season stress, and un not when your home is full of guests.

The most common plumbing breakdown during the holidays is blamed on the garbage disposer. Consider having you kitchen drain line snaked approximately every two years as preventaive maintenance. If your food waste disposer is over 7 years old it might be beneficial to consider having it replaced. The money is saves in plugged up drains may be well worth it.

HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL HINTS TO KEEP YOUR HOLIDAYS HAPPY AND STRESS FREE

  • Hot water is needed for your dishwasher to clean and sanitize your dishes properly. In some cases it may take some time to get hot water to your dishwasher. Try turning your kitchen faucet on until hot water is flowing steadily, then your dishwasher is ready for optimal use.
  •  Turn on a medium to strong cold-water flow before you start your disposal. Continue running the cold water for approximately 15 seconds after grinding has ceases to flush the drain line and the disposer free from food particles.
  • Do not put liquid far down the drain.
  •  Never put large bones in the disposal and if possible throw all bones in the trash.

Following these helpful tips will help reduce you plumbing repair cost.

We will be open Thanksgiving Day to service you!

Met Plumbing, Your Local Katy Plumbing Company, Wishes you a safe & wonderful, stress free holiday season.

Plumbing Seminars

mqdefaultOn Wednesday September 14thour plumbers went to a local Katy plumbing supply company for a water heater training seminar.  The Bradford White water heater reps from Houston were there to talk to all the Katy Plumbers about trouble shooting any and all possible problems we might come across with their water heaters. Keep in mind that it is possible for all water heaters to have unforeseen mechanical problems, fortunately Bradford White is an industry leading manufacturer; therefore the problems are few and far between. Bradford White manufactures the only American made water heater and has a long successful history dating back to 1881. Today Bradford White is one of the most technologically advanced manufacturers of water heating, space heating, combination heating and water storage products in the world. The seminar was very informative. All the Katy Plumbers were provided a bar-b-que dinner and it was fantastic! The other companies seemed to be enjoying this function as well. As your local Katy plumbing company we at MET Plumbing pride ourselves by staying informed on current information pertaining to the products that we install and or service.

Helpful tip when choosing the best water heater for your home.

An important factor in choosing a water heater, the 1st Hour Rating is an indicator of how much hot water a particular model can provide. The rating, in gallons of usable (desired temperature) hot water is reached by combining the amount of usable hot water stored in the tank plus how many gallons of usable hot water the water heater can generate in one hour of operation. For example, if a 40-gallon natural gas water heater will store 31 gallons of usable hot water and can deliver 41 gallons of usable hot water in the first hour, its 1st Hour Rating is 72 gallons.