When it comes to water filtration, in my house – we take it very seriously. As we all know, we need water to survive. Without water, we would die in pretty short order. But, we also know that tainted water or polluted water could make you very sick and potentially kill you. Consider some of the recent situations in our “advanced” country; the Flint Michigan water crisis whereas the state government knowingly supplied residents with water contaminated with lead. Recently in Florida, Mosaic Company had a gypsum pile collapse which resulted in millions of gallons radioactive contaminated water leaked into the aquifer. It took them over a week to even notify authorities. St. Petersburg, Florida just last year intentionally released raw sewage into Tampa Bay. How about the boil notices that are issued by municipalities; how long has the pipe been broken before it has been discovered? Once it is discovered, how long is it before it’s reported? Once it’s reported, how long is it before you see or hear the report?
Reverse Osmosis is the process of filtering water to its purest form. The process basically squeezes water molecules through a tightly wound membrane and pre-filters, and store the pure water in a storage tank. The waste goes down the drain. The Reverse Osmosis systems reduce most bacteria, cysts, sediment, chemicals, lead, dissolved solids, chlorine taste and odor and more!
When it comes to protection for me and my family, I choose to trust myself and filter my water with a reverse osmosis system sold by The Pampering Plumber, 13128 State Road 54, Odessa, Fl 33556 – 727.232.8400
As I plumbing contractor, I am pretty well versed in regards to water softeners and filtration. I am also an owner of and user of equipment. I am on a well and I have, in this order, two sediment filters, a 45,000 grain water softener for my four bedroom house, and a reverse osmosis system at our kitchen sink. Our water is normally pretty good, but in a well situation, the water quality has periodic changes depending on rain and other weather situations that might affect the aquifer. Typically, we will change our sediment filters about once per quarter. Our Reverse Osmosis filters will be changed about once per year. The salt in our brine tank has to be replenished about once every three weeks and more often when we have guests and are using more water.
My wife has blonde hair and can immediately tell by her hair color when the iron level changes in our water supply. How do I know when the iron in the water changes? Well, just trust me on this one, I know.. Not only do I “find out about it”, I pay for it by way of hair products and salon visits to get the color back to what it should be. Sometimes a little softener cleaner takes care of the problem, other times, using a salt with an iron inhibitor will solve the problem. In more severe situations, an iron filter will be added which can get fairly expensive. In any event, it can be treated so that everyone is happy, and we all know the old saying, “when the mamma is happy, everyone is happy”! Next week I will touch on the signs of hard water and what it does to skin, clothes, appliances, and literally everything it comes in contact with. Water is life. Clean water is clean life.
It’s that time of year again! Don’t overwork your garbage disposal or you may cause them to wear out, get clogged, etc. Here’s some tips on what NOT to do with your garbage disposal when entertaining this Holiday season.
Avoid putting any grease or oil down the disposal. It could solidify inside the drain, causing a potential clog. Don’t put potato or squash peels down the garbage disposal. They tend to get stuck within the drain and could potentially cause a stoppage or cause your sink to drain very slowly. Avoid putting rice or pasta down the garbage disposal. The rice and pasta could potentially expand within the drain. Don’t put fibrous materials such as celery, corn husks, etc. They could get stuck around the blade, causing the disposal to jam and potentially wear our your motor.
We all know that it can be chaotic when entertaining in your home for the holiday’s, so make sure you have The Pampering Plumber’s phone number just in case you run into any problems! We service the entire Tampa Bay area and have a professional, highly qualified on call for emergency scenarios 24/7/365. Visit pamperingplumber.com or call 727-232-8400
PEX piping is the newest and best plumbing revolution to come about in a long time. Some of ourTampa plumbersmight even say it’s the best thing since the flush toilet! Before you go out and buy a bundle, there are some important things you need to know about its use, benefits, and more.
If you have a leak in your roof that is causing water to come in, you could have a stack vent leak. Water coming in through the roof can be detrimental to your home since it promotes rot, attracts pests, and can damage your interior walls.
There are many differences between a vent stack and stack vents. To make sure you’re up to code, ourTampa plumbingexperts have outlined these differences and the requirements that are essential to meet with each.
Plumbing vents are essential because they lead from your plumbing appliances in your home to an outdoor area. Rather than water, plumbing vents carry sewer gases safely and effectively outside of your home since they are dangerous to breathe. Plumbing vents also bring oxygen in through the vents so that they can break down waste more quickly.
Posted on November 13, 2015 in: Maintenance Tips|Comments Off on Do’s and Dont’s: Garbage Disposals
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this time of year is when garbage disposals are typically overworked causing them to wear out, get clogged, etc. Here’s some tips on the “do’s and don’ts” for this Holiday season.
Do locate your “reset” button and the disposal key in case your garbage disposal becomes jammed while entertaining during the holiday season Don’t pour any grease or oil down the disposal as it could solidify inside the drain and cause a stoppage Do use cold water when running the disposal, instead of hot Don’t put all your potato peels from the potato casserole you’re baking for 50 guests in the disposal at once. Vegetable peels are generally not recommended to be put down the garbage disposal at all, but you may be able to get away with it if it’s just one or two items at a time Do use a disposal cleaner or grind citrus peels. This will help get rid of any odor or buildup within the garbage disposal Don’t put rice or pasta down the garbage disposal. They can expand and stick within the drain, potentially causing a nasty backup (Typically happening during the clean-up of your holiday soiree, Murphy’s Law right?) Do run the garbage disposal regularly. Like any machine, it may seize up or rust if it’s not used regularly. Don’t put any stringy vegetable (like celery or lettuce), bones, or pit and seeds (from cherries, peaches, etc) The stringy vegetables can get wrapped around the blades causing it to jam and the pits and seeds, well, they can destroy the blades Do try to cut items into smaller pieces before putting down the garbage disposal Don’t put garbage – even though it’s called a “garbage” disposal, it doesn’t want the junk mail either Do make sure you have The Pampering Plumber’s phone number on your fridge just in case you run into any problems this holiday season! We service the entire Tampa Bay area and have a professional, highly qualified on call for emergency scenarios 24/7/365. Visit pamperingplumber.com or call 727-232-8400
What is a Toto Washlet? In 4 words, a Toto Washlet is a Spa… For… Your… Bum! Yup, that’s what it is. Now some people might cringe at this but, that is essentially what it is. Why not have a spa for your bum? Think about it, this is a plumbing fixture that you will use every day. It washes your potty parts with a gentle warm stream of water, set to the temperature and flow that is most comfortable for you. When you’re ready, you change it to the “dryer” setting to finish the job. You know when you’re first on the potty in the winter, when the seat is a little chilly? Not the Toto Washlet, it’s got a heater and is set to the temperature that you appreciate.
Folks, I’m in the plumbing business so discussing this sort of thing is something I’ve been doing for nearly 30 years. I have a Toto Washlet and have had one for about 10 years. You can bet your bottom dollar that after having one for so many years, I would never go without one for as long as I have a choice. It’s that good. Temperature settings, pressure settings, angle setting, pulsation settings; folks, this thing will even cook you dinner! Just kidding on that one, but it is most definitely something you will appreciate.
Please keep in mind that the water is there for this product, but you will need to have an electrical (GFI) outlet installed near your toilet. If you’d like more information on the Toto Washlet, contact the professionals at The Pampering Plumber (www.pamperingplumber.com). We’ll get you set up and we guarantee that you will love it. Call us today at 727-232-8400!
Many people think of Tampa plumbers as expensive laborers who simply do a dirty job. Truth be told, plumbing is very technical and requires ongoing continued education. Plumbing is expensive. Responsible contractors have to have good, well-maintained equipment. They need to carry all the proper insurances and they need to provide ongoing training programs. Most of all, they need to have good, dependable people who care about the job that they do. All of these things are expensive. But, how valuable is your time and your family’s health? Plumbers protect the health in society. This is why it is so important to make sure you are dealing with a licensed contractor. Especially when dealing with water filtration and purification. Saving money is always good, but if it is potentially compromising your health, is the few dollars you might save worth the risk?
In Florida, one can install water filtration equipment, legally, by simply acquiring an occupational license. It requires no real training by the government, yet the government requires a licensed plumbing contractor to install a water heater. Makes no sense right? Water that is ingested requires no training or proven expertise and anyone can install it. Plumbing contractors must pass a very difficult test to obtain a license and they must have proven years of experience to even take the test. A water filtration installer simply requires the $25.00 it costs for the occupational license, a few tools, and basic transportation to and from the point of installation.
Consider reverse osmosis and water softening for a moment. Both systems require a drain that typically ties into the home drainage system. If the system is not installed properly, cross contamination is very likely. Cross contamination is the siphoning of sewer water into the potable water supply. It introduces sewer water into your drinking and bathing water. This is much more common than you might think.
Consider all the factors when deciding on any home service like water filtration. If you want someone who will do the job properly, show up on time, and treat your home as they would their own, call professionals at The Pampering Plumber. We have been serving the Tampa Bay area since 1990. We know what we are doing and we will be here when you need us. More than 60,000 customers would attest to that.