Why You Should Have A Water Softener In Your Home

Why You Should Have A Water Softener In Your Home

Calgary, do you really need a water softener?  

Well, when it comes to safety, the answer in our opinion is no.  BUT, for many other health and proactive reasons, it is a definite YES!  Confused? Let us explain by some facts:

  1. Hard Water makes many people’s skin irritated and dry.
  2. Hard Water leaves deposits in piping.
  3. Hard Water scales on fixture surfaces.
  4. Hard Water plugs fixtures and appliances.
  5. Hard Water leaves a white film on glass.

And it is a resounding fact that Calgary indeed has hard water.  How do we know this? It is easy to determine with a simple test.  Even our amazing City posts the results for the public on their website.  Some of you may not know that it is different for North Calgary then South.  Either way, you have hard water with the Northside slightly less than in the South.  What is also interesting is looking at the times of year the water is harder than others.  Each year we see spikes for approximately 4 months through our winter season.

NORTH CALGARY

Bearspaw Treatment Plant Effluent Water Hardness (mg CaCO3) for 2017

Monthmg/L CaCO 3grains/gallon
January19513.6
February19213.4
March18713.1
April17612.3
May17212.1
June1429.9
July14310.0
August15510.8
September15510.8
October16111.3
November17312.1
December17812.5
Average169.011.8

SOUTH CALGARY

Glenmore Treatment Plant Effluent Water Hardness (mg CaCO3) for 2017

Month​mg/L CaCO 3grains/gallon
January25217.6
February25317.7
March24617.2
April19813.8
May20114.1
June18212.7
July19213.4
August18713.1
September18913.2
October20314.2
November22115.5
December24317.0
Average21415.0

So now that you know the facts, how can improve your situation by protecting your home and your skin all at the same time.  As a bonus you will use less soap to do dishes, in your washing machine, and be protecting expensive appliances and your water heater.  Did you know if you have a tankless water heater you are voiding the manufacturer’s warranty if you do not have a hardness level below their stated levels (Yup, Calgary is way above those levels).

Installing a true water softener is the key to ensure you are getting the soft water you want.  There are alternative’s and unfortunately most do not hold up to expectation. If you do want an alternative we suggest a unit utilizing a time-release citrus filter.  This will limit scale but will not be effective in turning water from hard to soft. The reason a water softener is able to do this magic trick is because it is performing a true ion exchange. Water Softener’s, that use salt, exchange calcium and magnesium (which makes the water hard) for sodium ions.  And voila! You have soft water. It is able to do this repeated times through a regeneration of its resin bed.

Our units are High Efficient and use almost no more electricity than a plug in clock.  They also last a long time! The cabinet and tank are even a Lifetime Warranty. With it’s upflow design it has by far the most efficient regeneration on the market, as well as a cool municipal feature which creates less regeneration required.  It even recognizes if you left town and have not been using it, so again no regeneration is need, but will keep fluid in the brine to ensure bridging and other common issues do not occur with your unit.

So, now you have the details and facts and you may decide you are just fine without a water softener.  And hey, that is totally cool with us. BUT, if you realize there is a better life for your skin and home just around the corner, give us a call at 403-205-2782 or reach out at aqualityplumber.com.  We would be happy to discuss this further.

By the way, if you made it to here, you get the best part.  At the Calgary Fall Home Show, we have a Super Special on for $500 off our regular pricing.  Just come by our booth, #441, and say Hi and we can book you in right there. And don’t forget to fill out a draw card too as someone is going to win a free unit installed valued at $1795.00!  This is by far the best price we have ever done for these units, and we pulled favors to make this possible, so take advantage.

Myth Buster: The Toilet Leak Dye-Test Doesn’t Work!

Myth Buster: The Toilet Leak Dye-Test Doesn’t Work!

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Toilet leaks may be an easy repair but sometimes detecting a leak can be the biggest part of the challenge, especially if it’s a silent leak. 

Don’t be alarmed – there are many ways for you to check to see if your toilet is leaking, but the classic ‘leaking toilet dye-test’ isn’t one of them! In case you’ve forgotten the details, the leaking toilet test, is where you drop a few drops of food colouring or dye into the tank of your toilet, and wait a few moments to see if coloured water seeps or leaks down into your toilet bowl. It may sound pretty straightforward and foolproof, however it doesn’t always produce results you can count on! 

When performing the test, we often found the dye would still leak into the toilet bowl, but it wasn’t necessarily because a leak was presentWhat most people don’t know is dye can still leak into your toilet bowl due to the differences of viscosity in the liquids and dyes. After performing the test, it might tell you that you have a leaking toilet, when you really do not!

If you want to diagnose a leaking toilet, here are a few of my insider tips and tricks you can try yourself:

1) Place your ear to the toilet tank after you’ve flushed.  Continue to listen for a minute or two after the toilet has stopped filling. If the leak isn’t silent, you will be able to hear if water is still running. If you can still hear water running, it means you’ve most likely detected a leak.

2) After you’ve flushed, wait a few moments and then look into the toilet bowl. If you can still see water movement filling from the tank minutes later, you’ve most definitely spotted a leak.

3) If you can hear your toilet filling when no one has recently used itit probably means you have a broken fill valve. This is known as the famous ‘Ghost Fill’.

Before you let your water bill double, give these tips a try to detect a leak right away. If you suspect you have a leaking toilet, contact us for a professional toilet check.

~David, Owner, Aquality Plumbing & Heating

Garburator or Compost?

Garburator or Compost?

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Ever wonder why you should compost if you already have a garburator? Doesn’t it all eventually end up back in mother earth anyway?

Kitchen waste is a major part of composting and once we own a garburator, we become conditioned to scrape plates and put everything we can down our garburator in our sink. This is still the best thing to do, right!?

At Aquality Plumbing & Heating, we want you to reconsider using your garburator for kitchen scraps! Please start composting and give your garburator a break.

Why would we suggest you compost instead of using a garburator?

Maybe you are surprised that a business that sells and installs garburators is pushing for composting, but to us, it makes complete sense. Aquality Plumbing & Heating is built on honesty and providing services for Calgarians that they actually really need. We are about being helpful – not for selling products if they won’t benefit you and make your life better.

Garburators have a place and as an owner of one in my home I see the value. In the past, I used my garburator to get rid of plate scraps and then cut up lemon or lime to keep the smell down as that kills bacteria from forming. (That’s a helpful tip for you Garb-people out there!). I also “flush” the kitchen sink once a week to keep it healthy. (Learn more about Sink Maintenance.)

Our home plumbing systems are not actually designed to have so much food debris running through them. In addition, the City’s water systems then have to work extra hard to screen this same debris out before it is processed back into our river system.

Can My Compost Bin Really Handle All Our Table Scraps?

With the City of Calgary having compost bins available, we finally have the best of both worlds. I no longer put table scraps into my sink even though I have a garburator. I get everything I can, even yogurt, into the compost as I know it will break down and create a sustainable fertilizer that will be used for so much good around the city!

In addition, I feel good knowing this saves space in our landfills: food waste is 50% of our current garbage!

Use Your Own Compost

Hey, you can even be selfish and compost at home and keep the goods for yourself and your yard! In the end, I am proud to say that my drains run clear which means I avoid a potentially costly service call for an augur service, that many garburator users and abusers will incur.

Compost. Not Garburator.

The truth is, we see a ton of people abuse their garburator by using it for items that it cannot fully break down. We even see people prepping for large meals and putting everything down the drain. To save yourself money in the long run and avoid the annoyance of a plugged line, put that food waste in the compost! It is smart and super easy!

What Should a Garburator be Used For?

In the end, I still have and use my garburator almost everyday for the little items that find a way in the sink. This ensures my drain stays clear. I just no longer use it to rid myself of all the food waste we produce in our home. Composting is designed to deal with all this material in the best way possible, our piping systems are not.
~ David H., Owner, Aquality Plumbing & Heating

Still not convinced?
Check out these compelling reasons to compost, as listed by our awesome City of Calgary!

http://www.calgary.ca/UEP/WRS/Pages/Recycling-information/Residential-services/Green-cart/Why-Green-Cart.aspx

Garburator or Compost?

DIY: Regular Sink and Drain Maintenance

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Garburator or Compost?

LITERALLY CRAPPIEST AND MOST USED PART OF YOUR HOME…..

MAIN SEWER LINES GET USED EVERYDAY IN YOUR HOME, YET WE AS HOME OWNERS TEND TO NEGLECT SERVICING THIS VITAL PART OF OUR HOME.

OUR HIGH DEFINITION DRAIN CAMERA CAN TELL YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW, SO YOU CAN PROPERLY ATTEND TO YOUR SEWER.

Drain-Camera LITERALLY CRAPPIEST AND MOST USED PART OF YOUR HOME.....

IF YOU HAVE NEVER SERVICED YOUR MAIN LINE, THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW WHAT CONDITION YOUR PIPE IS IN WITH DETAILED INFORMATION PROVIDED BY A LICENSED PLUMBER.  WE WILL IDENTIFY ROOTS, BACK GRADE, COLLAPSED PIPE, AND IF THE ISSUE IS ON THE CITY’S PROPERTY OR YOUR PRIVATE SIDE.  OR EVEN BETTER, LET YOU KNOW IT IS CLEAR AND STILL IN GREAT SHAPE!  WE CAN EVEN LOCATE THE EXACT AREA THE ISSUE IS LOCATED IF NECESSARY WITH OUR SUPERIOR LOCATOR!

INSPECT IN MARCH AND RECEIVE A FREE USB RECORDING OF YOUR LINE.

BUYING A NEW OR OLDER HOME THIS IS A SERVICE TO COMBINE WITH YOUR HOME INSPECTION!

Regular Inspection Pricing:

$379.00 includes written detailed report.

$425.00 includes written detailed report with USB recording of our inspection. (MARCH SPECIAL $379.00)

AQUALITY PLUMBING & HEATING INC at aqualityplumber.com to request an inspection or call 403-205-2782

*Locate and Augur billed separately if required.

 

Garburator or Compost?

HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!

Aquality Plumbing hopes everyone had an amazing holiday season and will have an incredible New Year!  

We launched a campaign to assist locally to someone in need at a time that can be tough.

Giant HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT! TOILET_Maxwell HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!

 

The winner received a brand new Hot Water Heater, and a new toilet for her washroom.  We included labour, material, and the fixtures at no cost.  Never forget doing something for someone else tends to get others to do the same… and with that a huge thank you to Giant Factory Manufacturers who supplied the water heater and Gerber for providing the toilet.  We were not expecting to have so much support from two amazing manufactures but when they heard what we were doing, they were on board right away.

Congratualations to Flo Shustack our 2017 winner!  

A major influence in her community for so many years and couldn’t have found a better recipient! 

We are proud to have given something back to someone who has given so much!