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Should You Be Filtering Your Tap Water?

May 16th, 2019

Great tasting water straight from the tap is what we all want when we reach for a glass. The water used for cooking and drinking should be sparkling, fresh, and just great tasting. How can you achieve this? With the wide selection of water filtration systems available and the experts at Lutz Plumbing, it is much easier than you may think.

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Why Filter Water?

Water quality varies from one local utility to another, so you want to make sure you select a filter that catches the contaminants in your area. You can order a report from your local utility to find out what contaminants are common in your water.

Filtering water is especially important if you are pregnant, older, or if someone in the home has a suppressed immune system. Bottled water is an option, but bottled water is not as strictly monitored as municipal water, and environmental groups discourage its use because of all the plastic waste generated. Not only that, but it is also much less cost-effective.

Using fresh filtered water also has health benefits, with the reduction in bacterial contamination and chlorine. Some water filters also provide an even more comprehensive range of contaminant removal, producing healthier water for cooking, drinking, and with some filters, bathing.

Types of Water Filters

Water filters are designed to remove specific contaminants, so check the packaging to make sure the filter you purchase meets NFS certification for substances of concern in your water. Also, check for NSF certification for the removal of lead and organic contaminants.

Calculate how much water your family uses and consumes. Factor in cooking water and your budget and you’ll get an idea of which type of water filter would work best in your home. Below is a list of the types of water filters that will introduce fresh, sweet tasting, water into your home.

Carafes work well for individuals or couples who don’t use as much water as larger families. Most of these do an excellent job of removing lead and chloroform

Faucet mounted water filters can switch between filtered and unfiltered water, but their water flow can be slow, and they don’t fit on all faucet types. (like a pull-out sprayer)

Countertop water filters sit on the counter and allow you to filter large amounts of water without altering your plumbing. They can take up a lot of space on your counter and they also don’t fit on all faucets.

Under Sink water filters take up space under the sink, but are able to filter large amounts of water. They filter all the water from your tap while remaining out of sight.

Reverse Osmosis water filters remove a wide range of contaminants from the water using a semi-permeable membrane and filters.

Whole house water filtration systems are the most comprehensive option for filtering water entering your home. They are considered point- of-entry filters because they are installed where water first enters your home and they filter all your water, both hot and cold.

Kansas City Water Concerns

According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), Kansas City area water is polluted by industry contaminants, agricultural products, general runoff, and other naturally occurring pollutants. Lutz Plumbing recommends a whole house water filtration system for the most comprehensive contamination removal, allowing your family to enjoy healthful, clean water for bathing, cooking, and most importantly, drinking!

With the help of professionals at Lutz Plumbing, you will be enjoying healthful, sweet-smelling water in your home in no time at all. Contact us to get your water tested and find out what is in your water. We will work with you to find the best water filtration system that suits your specific needs.

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When to Call for Emergency Plumbing Services

February 18th, 2019

plumber-wrenchSometimes homeowners are unsure what constitutes an “emergency,” so we’re here to clear things up a bit. Emergencies don’t always have to mean that your home is bursting at the seams with water, sometimes an “emergency” is just a clogged toilet. We’ve listed some of the most common emergencies below, if you find yourself running into a problem like this below make sure that you contact our team here today. We have a team full of conscientious, educated technicians and we always provide 24-hour emergency service for our customers. If you need emergency service in Kansas City, MO then contact our team today.   

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

February 4th, 2019

plumber-repairing-hot-water-heaterWinter in Missouri has been remarkably cold this year. The frosty windchill and teenage temperatures are enough of a problem on their own, but the side effects of these temperatures are even more of a problem. A big issue we see a lot during this time of year are frozen pipes.

Frozen pipes are an inconvenient problem (imagine turning on your faucet and getting no water) and they become an even bigger issue when the frozen pipes lead to other issues like pipe burst. Your plumbing system is so complex and delicate that it’s important to act quickly and proactively. If you do run into a problem and need plumbing in Independence, MO you can rely on our trustworthy team.

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Water Heater

January 21st, 2019

Plumber repairing an hot-water heaterNow more than ever there seem to be limitless options for technology in your home. When you’re in the middle of moving into a new home or just upgrading the appliances in your own home, there are so many options that make even simple tasks complicated. If you need help choosing the right water heater, we understand, and we can help you through this process. We offer a wide variety of water heaters, and if you need repair or maintenance services we offer service on any make and model water heater system.

If you want a great water heater in Shawnee, KS then make sure that you choose to consult our team before you buy a unit for your home. We can make sure that you pick a unit that’s the best for the needs of your home.

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Water Contaminants vs. Your Home: Why You Need Water Treatment

January 7th, 2019

water-handsYour water quality is a big issue in the overall quality of your home. Although we heavily rely on water in our daily lives, its healthfulness probably isn’t something you lose sleep over. Although it’s not a hot topic, we’re encouraging you to think about this issue.

It’s important that your water supply stays clear of contaminants and pollutants that are common to your home. When you need plumbing in Mission, KS make sure to contact our team. We’re the best in the area for all your water treatment services because we understand the science behind water treatment and the importance of clean water in your home.   

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Avoid a Disaster with These Holiday Plumbing Tips

December 24th, 2018

plumber-wrenchThe holidays are here! It’s likely that you’re hosting parties, cooking lots of food, and celebrating so make sure that you’re taking care of your plumbing system during this high impact time. The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year in the plumbing business, you need to be diligent about what goes down your drain in time for this season. If you do have a mishap and need a plumber in Olathe, KS then contact our team. If you want to know how to keep your plumbing system in top shape, keep reading below.

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How to Treat Your Water Heater

December 10th, 2018

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterWhen you think of important appliances in your home your mind probably jumps to your oven, washing machine, or dishwasher. Turn your sights to your water heater. Your water heater is an incredibly important unit in your home—you use it almost every day.

Without the proper function of this appliance, the daily operation of your home will be cumbersome. Your water heater accounts for a whopping 17% of your home’s energy usage and consumes more energy than all your other household appliances combined. Your water heater has the potential to last you anywhere from 10 to 20 years with the right maintenance. We’ve compiled some tips below to help you get the most out of your water heater. If you do need professional service for your water heater in Overland Park, contact our team.

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How to Avoid Garbage Disposal Problems

November 26th, 2018

Tapwater flowing into a kitchen sink and down the plughole.We’re fully in the swing of holiday season now. You’ve made it past the big hurdle of Thanksgiving so far but there are many other festivities to come—is your plumbing system ready? Problems with your garbage disposal system aren’t inevitable, there are many preventative measures you can take to avoid expensive and inconvenient garbage disposal problems this holiday season and throughout the year.

We’ve listed the best ways to avoid garbage disposal issues below, but we understand that mistakes happen. If you have a problem with your system, it’s important to call a plumber as soon as possible. If you need a plumber in Independence, MO contact our teams for the best services available.

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What to Look for When Hiring a Plumber

November 12th, 2018

Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.If you have a backed-up toilet or your sink is leaking, you know you need a plumber, but do you know how to hire the right plumber? There are many certifications, qualifications, and qualities that you need from your plumber that you might not realize. Luckily, since we’re on the business side, we understand what separates a good plumber from a great plumber and we’ll help you hire the best professional for the job. If you need a plumber in Overland Park, KS, you need a professional from our team. We’re always conscientious, thorough, and efficient.

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5 Ways to Ruin Your Kitchen Sink Drain

October 29th, 2018

drainHere at Lutz Plumbing, Inc. we find that homeowners get comfortable and start to treat their garbage disposal as if it can handle anything. While it might seem this way, this simply isn’t the case. You should be cautious about what goes down your garbage disposal. Even if you put harmful things 1. down your drain and it doesn’t cause an immediate problem, it can catch up to you later.

If you encounter a problem with your garbage disposal, you need the help of a reliable plumber in Independence, MO. Our team here at Lutz Plumbing, Inc. can be of assistance. We always ensure that our technicians are trustworthy and knowledgeable. If you’d like to know what things you should never put down your drain to avoid trouble with your system keep reading below.

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