August 14th, 2017 Comments Off on Why You Should Drink Less Bottled Water

Why You Should Drink Less Bottled Water

We all use bottled water at one time or another to satisfy our need for “clean and fresh”. And that’s true whether at home or on the go.

But legions of people across the land overdo it, thus creating an ecological menace.  Consider these very real and alarming statistics:

  • Plastic bottles take 700 years to begin composting
  • 90% of the cost of bottled water is due to the bottle itself
  • 80% of plastic bottles are not recycled
  • 38 million plastic bottles go to the dump per year in America from bottled water (not including soda)
  • 24 million gallons of oil are needed to produce a billion plastic bottles

Anytime bottled water is your only clean water solution, please recycle.  But for just about every other clean water need, a home water filtration system is the better choicer.  These are the two types we most often recommend and install:

  • Point-of-use (also called “under sink”) water filters remove lead and other impurities as you draw water from your faucet.  The water tank and filter are installed under your sink, and we have different size tanks to accommodate your average daily consumption.  Each point-of-use system comes with its own dedicated faucet, and we offer multiple styles and options to suit your décor and personal taste.
  • Whole-house water filters provide clean, purified water from every water source in your home, including your washing machine, dishwasher, faucets, shower, and all the rest.  This is the solution for people who want clean, soft, and filtered water – no substitutions, please!

More Benefits of Filtered Water.

  • Water filters greatly reduce the risk of rectal cancer, colon cancer, and bladder cancer by removing chlorine and chlorine byproducts from drinking water.
  • Water filters provide the healthiest water for children’s developing immune systems.
  • Water filters provide the last line of defense between the body and the over 2,100 known toxins that may be present in drinking water.

And, of course, you’ll save money on bottled water, about 40% of which is nothing more than tap water. Plus, did you know that about 90% of the cost to manufacture bottled water is for the bottle?

To learn more about your water filtration options and which type of system is best for your family’s needs and budget, contact Norhio Plumbing today. We’re your local water filtration specialists.

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October 22nd, 2015 Comments Off on Spotty Dishwasher Dishes Can Be a Real Drag

Spotty Dishwasher Dishes Can Be a Real Drag

If your dishwasher keeps producing one load after another of spotty or streaked dishes and glasses, there’s got to be culprit, right? And there’s nothing easier to blame than the dishwasher itself, your particular brand of detergent, or both!

Mother and daughter using dishwasher.And yet, the real culprit is likely hard water. That’s right: hard water, the result of higher than normal concentrations of calcium and magnesium in your water supply, city or well. What can you do to compensate for hard water conditions and start getting your dishes, glasses, and everything else inside your dishwasher clean? Here are several very workable suggestions:

  • Try using more detergent. Hard water, among other consequences, lessens the
    lathering and sudsing power of soap. One way to compensate for that is to increase the
    amount of detergent you use, although that’s a short-term solution at best.
  • Rinse aids work, too. Since hard and acidic water are the two most common water quality problems in America, there are additional products specifically designed to help get your dishes clean. One of them is a rinsing aid that helps remove any filming or spotting during the rinse cycle.
  • How about a new detergent? Since hard water is such a common problem, you can even purchase a dishwasher detergent specially formulated for homes with hard water.

Of course, it’s not just your dishes and glasses, etc., that can be negatively impacted by hard water. Over time, sediment will start sticking to the interior surfaces and could eventually cause rusting which in turn could damage the dishwasher’s motor.

That’s why Norhio Plumbing recommends a whole-house water softener to completely rid your home – and not just your dishwasher – of hard water conditions. We are water treatment and filtration specialists that have the right solution for any home water quality need – contact us today to learn more or request a free quote.

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October 2nd, 2013 Comments Off on How to Tell if there’s Iron in Your Water.

How to Tell if there’s Iron in Your Water.

Water filtration news for Aurora and Hudson Home Owners.

How pure is your Aurora or Hudson drinking water? You might be surprised to learn that most U.S. homeowners experience some type of water quality issues, and while most aren’t regarded as health risks, they can be a real nuisance if not properly treated.Hudson

One of the most common water problems that homeowners struggle with (next to water hardness) is water high in iron content. As water travels through rock and soil, it picks up minerals – like iron – along the way and holds them in a solution. Some minerals dissolve, while others turn into particles once they meet oxygen. If the water isn’t properly treated, it can cause stains on clothing, bath and shower fixtures, and simply have a less than appealing appearance, taste and odor.

Do you suspect your home’s water supply to have a high mineral content? Here’s how you can tell.

  • Does it have a metallic taste or unpleasant odor?
  • Does it appear discolored either right out of the tap or after standing?
  • Do you notice an orange or rust colored ring around your bathtub or sink?
  • Do you notice brown or yellow stains on your clothing and dishes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might need to have your water tested for iron content. If iron is present, don’t worry:  water quality specialists can offer recommendations to treat your home’s water, depending on the type of iron present.

Clear-water iron, or ferrous iron, will cause your water to appear clear when drawn from the tap, but will turn red or brown after standing. This type of iron can usually be removed with a water softener.

However, if your water comes out discolored (red or yellow) right from the tap, you probably have red-water iron, or ferric iron, present. This means that the mineral has come in contact with oxygen and essentially has begun to rust in your water supply. Red-water iron can be trapped by a sediment or carbon filtration system.

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, contact the water filtration pros at Norhio Plumbing today.  We’ll test your water and then recommend the right way to give you the kind of pure, clean, and refreshing home water supply you’ll greatly prefer.

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