Your Home Water Management Guide

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We can’t live without water. It’s a crucial part of our daily lives and we have adapted our homes to use water efficiently. However, there’s always room for improvement. And, as technology improves, there are more options for optimizing your water usage.

There are ways you can become a master of your home’s water consumption. Here are some ways to manage your water at home — both the quality and quantity.

Get a Whole-Home Filter

The quality of water that is running to your house depends almost entirely on where you live. Florida has one of the poorest water qualities in the country. A way to fix this is to install a whole-home water filtration system.

Whole-home filters treat water before it reaches your tap. This removes any harmful chemicals or elements that are present, leaving you with healthy and good-tasting water. Having high-quality water at home will encourage you to reduce your plastic bottle usage, cutting down on environmental impacts. (It also costs much less to drink water from home compared to buying bottled water.)

Water filtration isn’t just to improve taste. Cleaner water will also feel better on your skin and reduce wear on your plumbing fixtures like faucets and showerheads.

Plus, when you filter out even microscopic materials from your water, it puts less strain on your plumbing pipes. This reduces potential repairs and protects your water-using appliances.

Hard vs. Soft Water

Did you know that you can have hard or soft water? It’s sometimes difficult to detect on your own, but hardness results from a balance of minerals present in the water. Specifically, hardness depends on the amount of calcium and magnesium that is dissolved in the water, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

If you feel a residue on your hands after washing with soap, it may be because your water is too hard. When water is hard, you need more soap to clean things, like your hands or even laundry. Similarly, if you get frustrated that your glasses never seem to come out clean from the dishwasher, it may be a water hardness issue.

Softer water is also better for your plumbing. As you can see, when cleaning, hard water leaves behind some of its minerals. When you have too much hard water, over time, you’ll see calcium deposits in your sink, in your showerhead, or in your water heater.

This isn’t just unsightly. Mineral buildup can cause damage to your plumbing apparatus. Mineral buildup is one of the major causes of damage for tank water heaters. Likewise, you’ll end up blocking pipes and clogging your fixtures.

Water-Saving Tips

So you’ve filtered out water and found the right hardness — now what? Water flows so fast and we use it so often that it’s easy to lose track of how much we really need. For example: do you shut off the water while brushing your teeth? It may not seem like much, but if you collected all of that water instead of letting it rush down the drain, you’d see how much is really wasted.

Here are some other tips for reducing your water usage:

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  • Reduce the time you spend in the shower.
  • Don’t walk away when you have the water running.
  • Fix leaks or drips as soon as you find them.
  • Use your dishwasher as much as possible to wash your dishes instead of by hand.

Fresh, Clean Water for Your Entire Family

When you need clean water solutions, trust the team at Aztec Plumbing & Drains for reliable service. Contact our team today at 239-932-2959 to get more information on how we can help you.

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