3 Residential Plumbing Services That Will Improve Your Water Quality

You have noticed that your water quality isn't quite up to par. Your water fixtures are developing hard water deposits, your water pressure is significantly lower than it used to be, and your tap water emits a strange, metallic odor. Regardless of whether or not you use your tap water as your primary drinking source, the quality of the water that flows throughout your plumbing system affects your daily life. Instead of continuing to put up with these issues, hire your plumber to perform these tasks:

Anode Rod Replacement

Your water supply contains corrosive minerals that can cause excessive damage to your plumbing system. For this reason, your water heater has a built-in anode rod. Your anode rod consists of a noble metal that neutralizes any minerals that come into contact with it.

However, since you use thousands of gallons of hot water each year, your anode rod will deteriorate rather quickly. When your anode rod deteriorates, it will no longer be able to neutralize minerals in your water supply.

Corrosive minerals will eat away at the lining of your water tank, your hot water supply lines, and your water fixtures when they aren't neutralized by your anode rod. After a few months of letting minerals run rampant through your plumbing, mineral deposits will form inside your water fixtures and reduce your water pressure.

While performing an anode rod replacement, your plumber will shut off your water heater, remove your water tank's lid, and pull out the remains of your anode rod. After inspecting your anode rod and the interior of your water tank, your plumber will install a new rod and inform you of any corrosion damage that occurred inside your water heater.

Water Softener Installation

Water softeners are filtration devices that neutralize all the minerals in your water supply before they have a chance to create deposits at any point throughout your home plumbing system. To neutralize minerals, water softeners use either sodium or potassium chloride. Either of these chemicals used by water softeners will eliminate any strange mineral odors your tap water may possess, but sodium and potassium chloride each offer unique benefits.

If any of your family members suffer from skin problems, such as eczema, then installing a water softener will significantly reduce their symptoms.

Repiping

However, hiring your plumber to replace your anode rod or install a water softener in your plumbing system won't do much to improve your water quality if your plumbing system is already severely damaged.

Years of corrosion damage will cause several problems throughout your entire plumbing system. Pinhole leaks—small holes in piping caused by years of corrosion—will allow water to leak into your home and cause thousands of dollars worth of water damage. Corroded metal piping will affect both the smell and taste of your tap water.

If you've let your plumbing system go several years without maintenance, then you may need to hire your plumber for repiping. Repiping is the process of removing damaged or mineral-filled pipes and replacing them with new piping. Repiping your home will give you the chance to maintain your plumbing system as if it were brand new.

If you are not sure which plumbing service to start with, have your plumber perform an inspection of your plumbing services and test your water quality. If your system isn't in bad shape, then you can avoid repiping your system by installing a water softener and regularly replacing your anode rod. However, if your plumber informs you that your plumbing system needs a complete overhaul, then repiping your system will be the best way to improve your water quality.

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