Choosing the Right Water Softener

If you're concerned about calcium and mineral deposits collecting in your water, you're far from alone. These unwanted elements can build up in your pipes and eventually cause costly clogging. Fortunately, the problem of 'hard water' can be remedied by a very effective solution – water softeners. As with many other solutions, however, homeowners have various choices.

To get started, utilize a test kit to gauge the hardness level and amount of mineral deposits contained in your water. Don't worry. This won't break your budget. In fact, there are a number of inexpensive kits that get the job done exceptionally well. Once you've tested and measured hardness and mineral deposits in your water, you're ready to put a water softener into action. Here are the three basic types, each with its own advantages.

Timer Regenerated - This type is linked to a timer set to regenerate the softener at specified intervals. For instance, once a week. The timer system generally is the easiest on your budget.

Meter Regenerated - Softeners in this category actually monitor the quantity of water used, then regenerate when a need is detected. A major advantage of a meter generated system is that it automatically adjusts itself to match water usage. Understandably, this is the softener most people favor.

Manually Regenerated - No timers with these. Homeowners have complete freedom to regenerate the system when they choose to do so. Methods for manual generation vary, depending on the model.

Benefits of Video Inspecting Your Pipes

You may not be creating the next Hollywood blockbuster, but a video inspection of your pipes can provide tremendous advantages to homeowners.

First and foremost, a video inspection can save you hours of expensive digging to locate plumbing problems. Instead, a professional simply inserts a very compact fiber optic video line into a pipe and conducts and in-depth visual examination for possible problems. Once an issue is discovered, the video camera can help identify the optimum approach to repair.

Secondly, a video inspection can go beyond pipe issues to detect roots clogging sewer and drainage systems. Older homes in particular can benefit from the in-depth analysis offered by these examinations.

Finally, a video inspection can succeed in identifying problems where alternative methods such as water jetting have failed. In numerous cases, cameras have been critical in helping homeowners clear virtually any type of debris from pipes and sewer lines.

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