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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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When to Call for Emergency Plumbing Services

Monday, 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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All the Ways Your Toilet Can Ruin Your Life!

Monday, October 15th, 2018

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If you’re not careful about keeping your plumbing system healthy, you can easily run into problems. Your toilet is easily one of the most used fixtures in your home, so when things have gone awry with it, you’ll notice immediately, and it will greatly impact your daily life.

With a plumbing problem like this, you shouldn’t try to alleviate the problem on your own. Always make sure that you have a professional plumber like ours fix your system. When you need Kansas City toilet repair, make sure you call our team here at Lutz Plumbing, Inc.

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Why Pipe Inspection is a Good Idea

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

ruined-pipesThe plumbing issues that tend to cause the most damage are the ones that tend to sneak up on you, unfortunately. You might be able to catch warning signs of a problem with your plumbing in time to do something about it, but you probably wouldn’t be able to prevent all of the damage to the system. There are ways to mitigate damage more completely than simply waiting for a problem to present itself, of course. Read on to find out more about pipe inspection, and why you should be scheduling it at least once every year or two.

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Time to Replace Your Water Heater if It’s Doing These Things

Monday, August 6th, 2018

plumber-wrenchWater heaters can last a long time, but they don’t last forever. If your water heater is getting close to the end of its life, it’s a good idea to call for a replacement installation as soon as possible.

You don’t want to suddenly find yourself without a working water heater while you’re taking a shower, for example. If you’re not sure whether or not you need a new water installed in your home, have a look at the signs below.

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How Often Should I Schedule Drain Cleaning?

Monday, April 16th, 2018

drain-pipe-replacementWe’re going to go out on a limb, here, and assume that you don’t think about the drains in your home very much. That’s okay. Most people don’t. The drains aren’t exactly the most attention-grabbing part of the home, or even the home’s plumbing system. Still, they serve a vital role in the plumbing system and need to be kept healthy. One of the best ways to make sure that your drains keep functioning properly is to schedule drain cleaning services. Read on for some prime indications that it’s time to schedule drain cleaning services.

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Tank or Tankless? The Great Water Heater Conundrum!

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Tankless-Water-HeaterOkay, so your old water heater finally gave up the ghost (or is close enough as to make no difference) and you find yourself in need of a new system. What do you go for? Well, there are actually a few different kinds of water heater types available on the market, some of which appeal to a wider group of homeowners than others.

The two that we’re going to focus on in this post, though, are the broadest categories. Let’s take a look at tank and tankless water heaters, the pros and cons of each, and which you might want to install in your home.

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Is it Time for a New Water Heater?

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

plumber-wrenchWater heaters can last quite a long time, especially if you take proper care of them. Most of them are built to operate 24/7 in some capacity, after all, and it takes some really sturdy construction to be able to last for years that way. However, no amount of care or maintenance is going to be able to get your water heater to last forever. You need to be able to recognize when your system is coming to the end of its life, so that you can have it replaced before it fails completely. If you’re not sure whether or not your water heater needs to be replaced in the near future, read on for some tips.

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Common Water Heater Problems to Watch for

Monday, December 11th, 2017

tank-water-heaterWater heaters are pretty tough systems, compared to a lot of various home appliances. They have to be, in order to cope with the constant strain of providing hot water multiple times a day, 24/7.

Even with regular maintenance, though, you are almost certainly going to have to deal with some kind of problem with your water heater if you own it for long enough. How quickly you identify the problem and get it repaired will determine how much damage to the system is prevented. Have a look at a few common water heater problems below, and the indications that you should call for repairs as soon as possible.

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How to Tell if You Need a Water Softener

Monday, August 21st, 2017

drainHard water is one of the most common, and damaging, issues to affect plumbing systems across the country. It also happens to be an issue that most homeowners aren’t even aware of. If you have hard water in your plumbing, and you don’t do anything to treat it (like installing a water softener,) you may end up replacing large parts of your system. Let’s have a look at the various indications that you have a hard water issue in your home, and what to do about it.

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