How to keep your water well healthy and avoid costly repairs

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Classic symptoms of water well ailments:water well

1) Declining production. Mineral scale and bacterial growth plug the well intake, including the screen, decreasing the well output.

2) Red water. Your well is probably infected with iron bacteria, which can corrode the well casing and pump.

3) Rotten egg smell. This odor indicates the presence of sulfate reducing bacterial growth and hydrogen sulfide gas, which corrodes water well, screens, plumbing and fixtures.

4) Cloudy or muddy water. This condition is usually caused by bacterial slime buildup in the well.

5) Higher electric bills. Mineral deposits that lead to loss of well capacity and increasing pump lift demands will make your water well more expensive to operate.

6) A different taste or smell. A change in taste or smell may be caused by large populations of anaerobic bacteria in the bottom of the well, which can result in water well and pump deterioration.

No one can afford to be without water. If your well displays any of six classic systomsAnnual checkup and well cleaning are good preventive medicine. You can make your well more productive and add years to its life

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The top Ten reasons to buy a water heater from a Licensed Professional Plumbing Installer

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When it’s time for a new water heater; calling a professional may be the smartest thing you could ever do!water heater

Here are 10 reasons why we believe every consumer should hire a Licensed Plumber to install a new water heater:

1) We believe in the Best for you! We know how well water heaters can work and how safe they can be when properly installed. We also know the dangers of bad installations.

2) Codes have changed. Heaters built today must comply with the new energy standards. A professional keeps up to date on code changes so he can choose the right product to meet these requirements now and in the future.

3) As your family grows so does your need for more hot water. A Professional Plumber can recommend the water heater that will best fit your needs.

4) A safe water heater is installed by a professional Plumber. A licensed plumber has the knowledge, skill and experience to get the job done right. Your peace of mind – Priceless!

5) Professional Licensed Plumbers stand behind their work. When your water heater is installed by a Licensed Plumber you can count on them to be there to back up their work and shoulder the responsibility that comes with the job.

6) Trouble shooting is for the experienced Licensed Plumber. We can determine quickly and efficiently what the problem is with your water heater and explain all your options.

7) A Licensed Professional Plumber does a complete job. We will deliver and carefully handle your new water heater, properly install the new one and remove the old water heater from your home.

8) The professional knows the importance of a properly installed T&P valve. The temperature and pressure relief valve opens to relieve pressure. Improper installation can cause damage to the water heater or a dangerous build-up of pressure in the tank that could cause an explosion.

9) A Licensed Plumber understands thermal expansion. Is your water system an open or closed? A professional will know when to add an expansion tank to your system.

10) A Licensed Plumber has the education and experience. Installing water heaters is one of the things we do for a living. When we come to your home we know exactly what to do.

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What every Homeowner needs to know about the hidden danger in their home’s water quality!

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Why did the United States Government issue a cancer warning to Americans about our water quality? water quality

Most people believe that their water quality is OK. It might smell a little bad or taste a little funny, but they still believe that it’s mostly OK! Those people are wrong! The water in our homes gets absorbed into our bodies through drinking, cooking, cleaning, bathing, and showering.

The Danger is Real! The problem is so bad that in 2010 the U.S. Government issued President’s Cancer Panel Report had this to say about our water quality (http://www.ewg.org/news/news-releases/2010/05/06/president%E2%80%99s-cancer-panel-warns-public-chemical-dangers). They finally admitted the chlorine, contaminants, carcinogens and pollutants are attacking  our water quality and causing Cancer.

If you won’t listen to your Plumber listen to the U.S. Government, they are telling all Americans to install a water filtration system in their home to improve the water quality and reduce their risk of cancer!

If you think you are  safe because you drink bottled water, you’re fooling yourself. Dangerous chemicals can leach from the plastic into the water compromising the water quality. In addition to the health hazards associated with bottled water, the average person spends more for a gallon of bottled water than they do for gas. Merely avoiding drinking tap water by indulging in bottled water is not an effective means of protection. There are over 2100 known contaminants that can make their way into our bodies not just from drinking the actual water but also from inhalation and dermal absorption.

The convenience of bottled water and water quality is out of control! You have a choice to make. You can continue to pay outrageous amounts for questionable water quality, or you can invest in a quality whole house water treatment  system that will deliver the clean water you deserve.

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We can make your well water smell better!

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Is your well water smelly? Do you get iron stains on your toilets and everything else your waterwell water touches? Eventually the well water will stain clothes and even cause towels to smell when they get wet and clothes will also smell when you sweat in them.

The solution to this problem is to have us install a chlorinator. This requires several components to be installed. The chlorinator sits on top of a 30 gallon  solution tank and beside that sits a 120 gallon contact tank. The chlorinator injects a diluted chlorine solution into the incoming line which goes into the contact tank before coming out as chlorinated well water.

Now that it’s chlorinated we need to run it through a water softener and a carbon filter to remove all the chlorine and leave you with fresh clean water.

You can expect to invest about $5,000.00 for a complete well water system.

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My ac drain pipe is clogged

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ac drainHow do you unclog your ac drain pipe? I found out the hard way how to unclog my ac drain! I came home from work last Friday to my ac blowing warm air. My air handler was running inside, but the condensing unit outside was not working. Aside from changing the filter once a month, I have had a note to clean out the ac drain line sitting on my desk in the to do pile for several months.

Immediately I’m thinking… the condensate line is clogged. Fortunately my unit has an inline safety switch that keeps the condensing unit from running when the ac drain is clogged. Now I’m sure there are other ways to clean out the drain line, I chose to cut the line apart and connect a hose directly to it and flush it out. This requires a coupling and some glue to repair, which was no problem for me, I am a plumber. I have also heard you can use a wet vac to suck the crud from the discharge line outside. The ac drain is one of those homeowner maintenance things that always gets overlooked!

I called Darcy at Comfort Service in DeLand 386-736-1426 to get a custom made aluminum frame approx $25.00 for my ac unit that has replaceable filter material. These are far superior to the disposable filters you can by at the local hardware or big box stores. You get a superior product and they are less than 5 bucks a filter.

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Benefits of hot water recirculation

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hot waterDo you find yourself standing idly by waiting for the hot water to get to your faucet? Meanwhile you are watching the cold water going down the drain, until finally the water begins to get warm. This is due to water trapped in the piping between the heat source and the fixture. When there is no demand the once hot water cools down to ambient temperature very quickly.

Adding hot water recirculation in an existing home can put an end to this waiting madness. By adding a pump with a button or even a motion sensor you can get hot water to your faucet super fast without wasting water.

 

 

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Why do I have low water pressure from my well?

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low water pressure Do you get very low water pressure if more than one faucet is turned on simultaneously? I purchased a home with a shallow well last year. This would force me to face my fears of the unknown, namely working on a well system.

Every time I would turn on the hose outside the water would literally trickle out of the faucets inside. Because of the low water pressure my first thought was that the pump was to small.

The house had a 1/2 hp Flotec all plastic shallow well pump with a 5 gallon per minute flow rate. I purchased a 3/4 hp Sta-Rite cast iron shallow well jet pump with a flow rate to 15 gallons per minute. While this made a big difference with my low water pressure issue, i still wasn’t happy.

A friend suggested hat the well screen might be clogged with sludge. I read up on the subject and found a product made by Johnson called NuWell 100 pellets. This product is made to be poured down the well shaft and left to sit for several hours, then flushed out and everything reconnected. This did the trick, no more low water pressure.

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Geothermal Energy

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Geothermal EnergyWherever you live, Geothermal Energy is present underground. Nearly half the solar energy our planet receives is absorbed by the ground. Below the surface the earth the ground remains a constant moderate temperature year round. Similar to a cave, the ground temperature is warmer than the air above it in the winter and cooler than the air above it in the winter. This provides an ideal source for heating and cooling your home. Geothermal Energy is drawn from the earth through an underground piping loop filled with circulating water. A heat pump exchanges heat and cooling between your home and the earth depending on the season. While the initial cost to upgrade an existing system may not be cost effective yet, it could be a great money saving idea if you are building a new home.

CALL NOW If you want to harness clean, renewable Geothermal Energy stored in our Earth! 386-774-8080

Germs In The Home Environment!

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GermsWe are exposed to millions of Germs everyday. Germs live everywhere. You can find Germs in the air, on food, plants and animals; in soil and water – on just about every other surface, including your body.

Most Germs won’t harm you. Your immune system protects you against infectious agents. However, some Germs are formidable adversaries because they’re constantly mutating to breach your immune system’s defenses. Infection can be easily prevented through simple tactics, such as washing your hands regularly and being careful with food and water.

Flushing the toilet is known to produce airborne Germs that are capable of causing surface contamination within the toilet and bathroom. Tooth brushes, contact lens, cosmetics and toiletries can be contaminated from aerosols as a result of toilet flushing, poor hand hygiene and natural contaminants of the mouth.

Approximately 76 million Americans develop food poisoning each year, and about 20% of reported food borne illnesses occur in the home. Certain raw foods or ingredients have a high risk of contamination such as meats, fish, poultry and eggs. Other foods may have a medium risk of contamination such as certain vegetables, which may have been contaminated during production, or which are soiled. Because washing up removes organic matter from soiled items during food prep and consumption, it is one of the main control points for preventing the transmission of Germs in the domestic kitchen. The temperature of the water used for “washing up” can influence Germ survival. Most hand washed dishes use water temperatures below 120 F, which is not hot enough to kill most Germs.

Most people think that washed laundry is clean laundry, right? Handling “clean” laundry presents a risk of exposure to potentially harmful Germs. Fabric and cloth can easily become contaminated with high levels of microorganisms that can survive for long periods of time in fabrics. You may believe that normal laundering produces clean clothes; however, this does not necessarily mean they are Germ free due to detergents having a wide range of efficacy in reducing the bacteria.

The bottom line; don’t let your guard down at home!

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How do I troubleshoot an electric water heater?

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troubleshoot an electric water heaterTrying to troubleshoot an electric water heater can be difficult. Electric water heaters have 1 or 2 metal heating elements. These elements get hot from electrical resistance. The incoming cold water is directed to the bottom of the tank via a dip tube. The lower element does the majority of the heating, while the upper element will only kick on when there is a high demand for hot water.  If you are getting no hot water or running out of hot water fast than more than likely the lower element is shot. You can test for continuity using a multimeter set to Ohms. I have had elements test good that were bad so this test is not 100% foolproof.

To replace an element in your electric water heater you need to turn off the power at the main panel (always verify the power is off with a tester!). Use the shut off valve on the cold side inlet to turn off the water. It may be necessary to turn the water off at the house main or meter if this valve doesn’t work. Finally connect a hose to the valve at the bottom of the water heater, open the valve and drain the heater. Sometimes this is easier said than done. Your electric water heater needs to be flushed periodically to remove the sediment that otherwise builds up and eventually engulfs the lower element causing it to fail prematurely.

If you need us to troubleshoot an electric water heater for you CALL NOW 386-774-8080