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Hey Tampa! What’s in your Water?

On July 26th, 2017, Tampa Bay’s ABC Action News reported that the EWG (Environmental Working Group) launched a database of what was found in your water supply.  We’ve already learned that Florida is ranked #2 WORST drinking water in America, so why would it have come as such a shock to find out what was in our local water supply?

When I entered my zip code and selected my utility provider, the information provided to me made my jaw drop!  There were 4 contaminants found in my water supply that were harmful and above the health guidelines. I have a reverse osmosis in my home that is used for drinking, cooking and for our pets.  But, I wasn’t entirely sure that it would filter these harmful contaminants in my Tampa water.  I started researching.

Contaminant #1 was Chlorate.  Chlorates are the salts of chloric acid.  It’s noted on the EWG website that chlorates can be especially harmful “during pregnancy and with children”.  It’s also said to hinder the thyroid’s function.  Unfortunately, I found that there are no known filtration devices that filter out Chlorates.  WHAT?!

Contaminant #2 were Radiological contaminants including Radium-226 and Radium-228.  These can increase your chances of cancer as well as affect the development of fetuses.  Good news though!  If you have a reverse osmosis, like me, then you’re covered!  The only way to filter out Radium 226 and 228 is with a reverse osmosis filtration system.

Contaminant #3 were Total trihalomethanes or TTHMs.  This includes chemicals dibromochloromethane, bromodichloromethane, bromoform and chloroform… also cancer-causing contaminants.  These can be filtered by a simple carbon filter, drinking water system.  So, I’m EXTRA covered with my reverse osmosis.

Contaminant #4 was Chromium (hexavalent and total).  Yep… you heard right.  Remember, Erin Brockovitch?  Someone call her and have her check out our Tampa water supply.  Chromium if you didn’t already know, is also a cancer-causing contaminant.  I was extremely comforted to know that, again, I’m in the clear a reverse osmosis is the only way to filter out Chromium.  Phew!

A reverse osmosis will provide you with the purest form of drinking water, delivered right to your point of use faucet.  We have to protect ourselves and protect our family.  Your Tampa water supply is not safe for consumption.  Please take a moment to enter your zip code into the database and see what they found in your water.

EWG’s Tap Water Database

Trust The Pampering Plumber to provide you with the top drinking water filtration systems.  Call today to schedule your consultation at 727-232-8400 or 813-926-0707.


Briana Suojanen


Trust Yourself and Your Water

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

– Erik Suojanen, CEO

Water Softeners and Filtration in Tampa

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.


Erik Suojanen, CEO

Plumbers of Suojanen Ent.

The Pampering Plumber

Taking Care of Your Garbage Disposal: Holiday Edition

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 or call 727-232-8400

Understanding PEX Piping


PEX piping is the newest and best plumbing revolution to come about in a long time. Some of our Tampa plumbers might 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.

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How To Tell If Your Stack Vent Is Leaking


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.

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The Difference Between Vent Stacks and Stack Vents


There are many differences between a vent stack and stack vents. To make sure you’re up to code, our Tampa plumbing experts have outlined these differences and the requirements that are essential to meet with each.

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What Are Plumbing Vents and How Do They Work?


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.

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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 or call 727-232-8400

Toto Washlet: A Spa For Your Bum!

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 (  We’ll get you set up and we guarantee that you will love it.      Call us today at 727-232-8400!


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Erik Suojanen, CEO

The Pampering Plumber

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