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The Health and Home Risks of Iron in Your Water

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

A little iron in your tap water is harmless and happens all the time. But if your home taps are clearly running rusty orange water, it’s not just the color or taste being affected. Too much of anything is a bad thing and too much iron in your water can have some notable detrimental effects on both your family’s health and your pipes and appliances. Here are some of the risks of iron in your water.

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Where Does Iron in Tap Water Come From?

Oxidized, rust-colored iron in tap water almost always comes from a rusty pipe or component up the line. As the rust breaks down inside the pipe, it is washed away by the water, which then becomes rusty. If a city pipe has gone to rust, then it’s like that half your neighborhood is having the same problems. If it’s just your home, then your water mainline or a device that leads into the mainline may be rusted-through and in keen need of replacement. Until the damaged pipe or appliance producing the rust is fixed, your home tap will run rusty water. If there is nothing you can do, then a whole-home filtration system might be the answer. Let’s dive into the health and home detriments related to iron in the water.

Hair Becomes Discolored and Brittle

Drinking iron-contaminated water may not make you sick, but bathing in it is very bad for your skin and hair. Every time you shower or your children take a bath, your skin and hair are soaked in oxidized (yellow to red) or unoxidized (still clear) iron. This metal mineral leaches moisture from your body when you should be absorbing moisture to stay healthy and vibrant.

This can cause your hair to become dry and brittle as the moisture is leached out of it over and over again. Hair will eventually lose its soft texture and become rough to the touch. Oxidized (colored) iron in the water acts like a harmful peroxide. It will darken light hair and add an orangey-red tint to hair of all colors in addition to drying and roughening the texture.

Dry Skin and Early Wrinkles

Of course, one of the risks of iron in your water is that it doesn’t just dry out your hair. Each time you bathe, your skin is soaked in water that takes away moisture instead of adding it. You will notice your skin drying and needing more artificial moisturizers to stay healthy. Over time, skin over-saturated with iron will begin wrinkling early and can take long-term damage.

Clogged Pores and Acne

The iron minerals in the water do another number on your skin. They can clog your pores even if you’re using all the right soaps and cleansers. Iron in your pores stops the oil from clearing correctly which can begin to cause an increasing acne problem, especially for family members who tend toward oily skin. Watch out for acne in areas where acne normally doesn’t occur because your skin is being artificially clogged.

Clothes Discolor and Stain in the Wash

If the iron in your taps is oxidized, showing color, or oxidizes while running, then it can also damage your clothes and even your light-colored dishes. These are not simple discolorations. Clothing washed in iron-contaminated water can discolor, especially lighter colored clothing where even light yellowing becomes immediately apparent. This discoloration can become permanent, uneven staining, causing iron in your water to ruin your clothing even when your washing machine is functioning properly.

Food is Bitter and Dark When Cooked in Iron-Rich Water

Cooking with iron-contaminated water is no treat either. That rust-discoloration turns anything cooked in your tap water to a darker or blackened color. You may notice that any coffee, tea, or even orange juice looks discouragingly black or brown. Vegetables cooked in iron water turn black as they boil.

Worse, iron in the water gives everything an unpleasantly bitter taste. This is often why homes consider iron to be harmful to ingest, as it can render food inedible by taste and color alone.

Pipes Clog and Corrode More Quickly

Last but certainly not least are the risks of iron in your water to your pipes and appliances. When iron flecks are flowing through the water, they can catch and stick to the pipes and water lines along the way. This builds up to cause restriction, which can affect your water pressure and eventually causes clogs. Rusty water can also accelerate the metal corrosion and deterioration of other metal pipes so that they become both clogged and damaged more quickly.

Is there bitter, off-color water running through your home taps? If so, we can help. Contact us today to talk about solving the iron water problem in your home. Whether that entails replacing a section of pipe, replacing an aging water heater, and so on, we can help.

 

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Practical Ways of Conserving Water At Home

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Water is an essential resource in everyday life yet, a lot of it may go to waste if you do not take the necessary precautions. Reports of global warming and the scarcity of water in some regions around the globe are encouraging individuals to embrace eco-friendly living as a way of reducing wastage and to promote water conservation.

Becoming conscious of how you use water around your home will bear a significant impact on your efforts to conserve this resource, and that is why this should be part of your priorities. Some of the simple best practices you embrace today as a homeowner can save several gallons of water every day, and here are some of them.

Invest in Water-Efficient Appliances

Dishwashers and washing machines are a necessity in various homes, and they are responsible for wastage of water in one way or another. If you are planning to replace a dishwasher or washing machine, opt for the variety that is water-efficient. You should also avoid turning on your washing machine or dishwasher when it is hardly full because that suggests that you will clean your clothes or dishes frequently and that will result in the wastage of water around your home.

If possible, acquire the smallest dishwasher or washing machine for your needs because the smaller the size, the lesser the amount of water you will use at home daily.

Fix Leakages

Taps, pipes, and other plumbing works wear down, break, rust, deteriorate over time, and block up for one reason or another. Failure to check the water supply pipe to your house means that there can be unseen leakages underground, which will not only increase your monthly utility bills, but such leaks will frustrate your water conservation efforts if they remain unattended.

Inviting a plumber to check the fittings around your home at least once every year is advisable. You should also check your water meter, especially when water is not running from the taps in your house, which can help you establish whether there is underground water leakage or not. Fixing a leaking pipe will tame water wastage and eliminate potential destruction of your property.

Reduce Your Shower Time

Do you ever consider the amount of time you spend in the shower? Spending a lot of time showering while your mind is wondering contributes to wastage of water. A starting point for cutting down the amount of time you spend showering can be using a timer that will help you acquire the necessary discipline for saving water in this case.

Showering is a daily routine, and occupants of individual homes can conserve a lot of water by reducing the time they spend in the shower.

Turn Off The Faucets

You may not leave the water running from your home faucet when washing your hands, face, or when cleaning your teeth because you are conscious of the same. However, if you have a habit of cleaning fresh produce with running water, quite often you may leave the water running for a considerable period, and that may not strike your conscience at that moment.

Ensuring that each faucet within your house is off every time you are not using it can help you save several gallons of water each day, and that is one of the best practices that is worth embracing.

Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

It is quite uncommon to find homeowners reusing water where this is an option, especially if they do not have a water recycling system. Today, several industries and establishments are recycling wastewater, as part of their initiatives for supporting an eco-friendly environment. You do not have to set up an expensive water recycling plant within your home to save water because you can adopt a cheaper alternative that can help you achieve the same objective.

Instead of draining some of the water you can reuse consider collecting it in a bucket for use on your yard or lawn, which will reduce unnecessary wastage of water around your home. If you need more information on tips for conserving water at home, contact us today!

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Should You Be Filtering Your Tap Water?

Thursday, 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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Keep Your Water Line in Good Condition with These Tips

Monday, January 8th, 2018

water-lineDo you happen to know what the most important part of your plumbing system is? If you answered anything other than the water line, well, we’re afraid you’re wrong. The water line is a pipe that runs from the city water main, or from your well if you use one, to your home’s plumbing system. All water that enters your home’s plumbing system moves through your water line, which means it’s pretty important for the health of your system to keep the line in good shape. If the water line is suffering, it can dramatically interfere with the operation of the entire plumbing system. Follow the tips below to keep your water line in the best possible condition.

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Water Line Problems You Should Know About

Monday, September 4th, 2017

water-lineWhether you get your water from the city water main, or from a well, you rely on your water line to bring it to you. All water flowing into your home flows through the water line first. If the water line develops a problem, as it sometimes can, it can potentially cause your entire plumbing system to stop working.

That’s why it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the signs that there is a problem developing in your water line. The faster you can have any potential issues repaired, the less damage those issues can do and the better of the system will be. Let’s take a look at some common water line problems, the symptoms they have, and what you can do about it.

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Water Treatment Systems That can Help You

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Before water is piped into your home from the municipal supply, it goes through extensive testing and treatment. While this treatment removes a lot of the more harmful materials commonly present in water, it doesn’t remove it all. There will always be trace amounts of contaminants that make it into your home’s water supply, some of which can be quite harmful. If you want to actually protect your water supply as much as possible, it’s advisable to install a water treatment system of your own in your water line.

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Signs Your Water Line is in Trouble

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Of all the various plumbing pipes that make up your plumbing system, your water line is the most important. The water line is the pipe responsible for transporting all water from your well or water main into the home. If the water line is having issues, your entire plumbing system is going to have issues. That’s why you need to make sure that your water line is in good shape. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that your water line needs repair.

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Signs That You Need Water Filtration

Monday, November 7th, 2016

There have been a number of highly visible news stories lately about the poor water quality in some areas of the country. While the specific types of contamination issues vary from case to case, they have highlighted an important fact: your water is not always 100% clean. Even with extensive municipal water treatment, it is likely that you will end up with some contaminants in your water supply. What matters is knowing when to take steps to protect yourself from those contaminants.

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