Why Homeowners Are Installing Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration Systems

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

Do you buy bottled water? Do you use pitcher filters or an in-fridge filtration system for your drinking water? If so, you’re not alone. Many people drink filtered water because it’s cleaner. As great as these filtration devices are, they only filter the water you drink. What about the rest of the water in your home?

Here at Santa Clarita Plumbing Service we get a lot of questions about reverse osmosis systems. How do they work? Why are they are a better option?

In this post, we do our best to answer these questions for you.

What Is Reverse Osmosis?

First, let’s discuss the process of osmosis. We’ll keep it simple because most people don’t want to revisit high school chemistry. In a nutshell, osmosis fits molecules through some type of filter to move them from low concentrations to high concentrations. The process is the same for reserve osmosis except in reverse. Reverse osmosis is ideal for filtering out bad molecules such as heavy metals and water contaminants.

Reverse osmosis water filtration is a system of tubes and canisters that are attached to water holding tanks. Each of the containers is used for a different part of the filtration process. Here’s how it works:

  • Pre-filtration – Water enters the first container that contains a carbon filter. This filter blocks debris such as chlorine, sediment, and dissolved solids.
  • Reverse osmosis membrane – This is the second canister and in this canister pressurized molecules block chemicals such as urea, copper, barium, arsenic, and virus molecules.
  • Second carbon filter – The third canister is a copy of the first, with one exception. It has an additional carbon filter to catch any debris or contaminants the first two containers didn’t catch. Once water passes through the third canister it’s clean and ready to be used.

Reasons to Install a Reverse Osmosis Water Purifying System

There are numerous benefits of installing a reverse osmosis system that it’s not just that you get cleaner water. Here are some other advantages this system provides:

  • Sodium-free tap water
  • Very little maintenance other than twice-a-year filter changes
  • Water tastes better and is better for your skin, hair, and clothes
  • Improves lifespan of water heater
  • Prevents corrosion and other problems in piping caused by sediment and other chemicals in the water

Would you like to learn more about installing a water filtration device? Contact the top-rated plumbers in Santa Clarita, CA, at Santa Clarita Plumbing Service. We’re happy to discuss your options and recommend the best solutions for you.

How to Find a Plumbing Leak

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Do you think you have a plumbing leak at your home? The team at Santa Clarita Plumbing Service can help you spot hidden leaks and fix them right away, but there are ways you can spot leaks too. Keep reading to learn the tricks for spotting a leaky plumbing system.

Monitor Your Water Bill

One of the first signs of a hidden leak can be found on your water bill. Most of the time your water bill stays the same with only slight fluctuations. Maybe you spend more in the summer when you’re watering the garden or filling up the kid’s inflatable pool.

Water bills should never skyrocket. When you have a sudden surge in water usage, this is when you should be concerned. High water bills for no apparent reason are usually caused by a leaky plumbing system. Call one of our Santa Clarita plumbers to come out to your home and take a look.

Check the Water Meter

You can also check for unusual water usage by reading your water meter. This meter is attached to the house and collects information that the water company uses to bill you for service. To read the meter to check for possible leaks, do the following:

  • Turn off the water to the house
  • Take a reading
  • Leave the water off for several hours
  • Read the meter again before turning the water back on

Did the reading change? If so, you know you have a leak because you didn’t have the water running. It’s best to perform this test when everyone is out of the house for the day. We suggest reading the meter first thing in the morning and turning the water off while everyone is at work or school.

Greener Grass

Have you noticed there are patches of greener grass in your yard? Could these patches of brighter grass be where the water or sewer lines are buried? If so, call a plumber to come out to your home to check the pipes. Often when the grass is greener in areas, this is a sign that there’s a crack or pinhole leak in an underground pipe.

Monitoring for Plumbing Leaks

There’s another way to monitor for plumbing leaks that doesn’t involve reading your water meter or getting surprised by a high water bill. We recommend that homeowners install water leak sensors on their plumbing. These smart devices alert you immediately when there’s a potential problem and give you the opportunity to act right away.

To learn more about water leak devices or to schedule a plumbing service in Santa Clarita, CA, call us today!

Is Fixing a Running Toilet a DIY Job?

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Toilet repair in Santa Clarita, CA by your neighborhood plumbing pros.A toilet that runs nonstop isn’t just an annoying occurrence. It’s wasting your money. You know you need to get it fixed, but should you make the repairs yourself or call a licensed plumber. Well, of course, we want your business but the truth is that minor toilet repairs are easy DIY jobs.

Toilets that run for an extended time after being flushed usually do so because an interior part is damaged or it isn’t installed correctly. Here are some tips for making this minor repair.

Take off the tank lid and check the chain that connects the toilet handle to the rubber disk that lets what in and out of the toilet. Many times, this chain breaks or just comes loose. If it’s broken you can find a replacement chain at your local home improvement store. If it’s just fallen off, reattach it to the arm of the toilet handle and go about your day.

You may need to replace the toilet flapper. Interior parts can start to wear after years of usage, especially if you have hard water. The flapper is a rubber disk that keeps water from flowing back into the bowl after the toilet has been flushed. If this component is damaged, head to the hardware store and get a new flapper for less than $10.

The fill valve may need replacement. Replacing the fill valve isn’t as easy as replacing a toilet handle or flapper, but it’s not so complicated you need a plumber. Make sure you read the instructions before you begin taking apart the interior parts. Of course, if you get stuck, call a plumber to help you out.

When to Call for Expert Toilet Repair Service in Garden Grove?

Some toilet leak repair needs require professional service to ensure they are done correctly. For instance, a toilet that leaks around the base probably needs the seal replace. This repair involves removing the toilet from the floor, replacing the seal, and installing the toilet tightly over the opening. So you don’t risk damaging the commode or reinstalling it incorrectly, we suggest letting a licensed plumber handle this quick repair.

Also, if you have persistent clogs or raw sewage backing up in the toilet, give us a call for 24-hour toilet repair service in Garden Grove.

Sewer Line Drainage Problems after Rain

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Sewer line repair in Santa Clarita by top, area plumbersSewer line drainage problems after rain could be a sign of various issues. One of the mitigating factors is whether your home sewer system is linked to the municipal sewer system or a septic tank. Septic tanks often develop distribution field problems with time. These problems may be caused by water saturation around the septic tanks. Our Santa Clarita Plumbing Service Pros can handle sewer line drainage problems after rain. We have the knowledge and equipment that can help solve this problem once and for all so that you do not have to worry about sewer drainage problems when it rains.

Septic Tank Distribution Field

A septic tank is a huge tank that is often installed underground on a lawn. It provides storage for wastewater and sewer. However, sewer drain lines do not function well when the soil around the septic tank is soaked, for instance, after a heavy downpour. If the water in the septic tank is not drawn off, it overflows and causes drainage problems in your home.

Other Septic Tank Issues

When a septic tank cracks and its lid is displaced, groundwater can flow into the tank and flood it. To prevent this problem, consider clearing out your septic tank regularly, especially after it rains. Alternatively, replace your septic tank with a more efficient one.

Sump Pump Problems

A sump pump helps to keep crawl spaces and basements dry. Sump pumps are usually concealed in pits and are designed to detect high ground water levels. The pump automatically switches on once water rises to a certain level. This prevents water from flooding crawlspaces and basements. Some states do not allow homeowners to connect their sump pumps to municipal sewer systems. This is because when it rains the pump drains a lot of water into the sewer system leading to overflows. If your sump pump is connected to your sewer line, consider calling Santa Clarita Plumbing Service Pros to remove the sump pump drain line and plumb according to your municipal code.

Santa Clarita Plumbing Service Pros has gained a reputation for providing quality sewer line repair services to residents of Santa Clarita and surrounding counties. Call us today to help you with sewer line drainage problems.

3 Surprising Ways to Prevent Basement Leaks

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Pipe repair in Santa Clarita, CAAt Santa Clarita Plumbing Service Pros, we help homeowners every day detect slab leaks and other plumbing problems that can result in a leaky basement. But, did you know, that there are other things that can cause a leak basement other than broken pipes? Here are 3 surprising ways to prevent basement leaks and keep your home water-tight.

Clean Your Gutters

No one likes to clean the gutters. It’s a messy job and can be scary if you’re not comfortable on a ladder. Unfortunately, dirty gutters can cause water to pool around your home’s foundation. Standing water can break down the foundation causing cracks to form and water to enter your home.

Fix Broken Sprinkler Systems

In-ground sprinkler systems are great, but if a sprinkler head is damaged and spouting water in the wrong direction, you could have a problem on your hands. At Santa Clarita Plumbing Service Pros, we get calls periodically from homeowners needing assistance with broken sprinkler heads and we’re always ready to lend a helping hand.

Periodically Check for Hidden Leaks

How do you find a hidden leak? That’s easy. You call a licensed plumber in Santa Clarita, CA. Our plumbers use electronic leak detection methods that make it fast and easy to find the smallest leak hidden beneath a home’s foundation. Periodic leak detection, once every couple of years, is a preventive measure that can save you a lot of money. Hidden leaks have the potential to be quite destructive and extremely costly. Calling your local plumber for this service can save you quite a few Benjamins.

To learn more about slab leaks and other ways to prevent leaks from forming, give us a call and schedule an appointment with one of our trust, licensed and insured plumbers.