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Water Quality Inspections - Atlas Plumbing In DallasAtlas Plumbing considers hard water to be any water that has picked up minerals while flowing through soil or rock to get to you.  When hard water passes through your pipes and appliances, sinks, drains, showers, commercial kitchen appliances, ice machines, and laundry facilities and the like; this type of hard water always leaves part of these minerals behind in it's journey to you. You may see a white chalky residue/deposit most likely in your dishwasher or washer.  The residue is easily seen on everything glasses and even kitchen gadgets made of aluminum.The most common residue, lime scale, which is a buildup of calcium carbonate, is the most common example of this and the most common places in your home or business can be examined quickly. The buildup of lime scale or other mineral based deposits can block drains or pipes, damage pumps in appliances, and wear out or damage faucets and surfaces like that of your sink and shower.

Atlas Plumbing has some good news for you about this condition. Did you realize that a simple solution like using a water softener or filtration system can help prevent all of these problems? If conditions are even worse than you thought, and pipes, shower heads, faucets, and general plumbing parts need replacing then you now have an advantage you didn't have before. Replacement and introduction of filtration and softeners from this point forward mean you can start saving right away. Water softeners purpose to remove the trace minerals before you use the water. Water softeners for larger-scale applications like commercial laundry facilities, restaurants, country clubs, special athletic facilities, ice machines,  and the like can use reverse osmosis to filter out trace minerals, while household water softeners often use an ion-exchange resin. This resin replaces ions in the water like calcium and magnesium with sodium.

In today's markets, many laundry detergents already use ion-exchanging materials so they are more effective. Once you begin to use a water softener, you will begin to see a major difference in your washer, dishwasher, ice maker, and even inside the water heater. You clothes will be cleaner, no white residue inside the dishwasher, less spots on the dishes, and overall cleanliness of your clothes and even in the condition of your own skin and hair.

If you serve beverages in a commercial restaurant, bar or grill location, water quality highly impacts equipment performance and maintenance as well. Regular inspections of ice machines, beverage dispensers, commercial sinks, commercial dish machines, and bar dishwashers can easily show unnecessary signs of wear and tear. The taste of beverages and foods is also a big issue. If you have ever had a glass of water that tastes bad when it's been served to you at a meal, remember that water quality may adversely effect the taste of the food prepared in the kitchen as well. Here are some resources and information that is critical to make sure you never have this type of problem.

Water Challenges You Can Overcome

  • Hard Water Converter - Hardness of water is measured for the content of calcium and magnesium in the water. The small contribution of magnesium usually is expressed as calcium as in the degrees of hardness (at the top) and the concentrations of Ca2+, CaO and CaCO3 (at the bottom). Here in the United States,  the classification of the degrees of hardness to water quality (soft, slightly hard, hard, very hard) is somewhat a standard, but not so  in many countries.
  • Hard Water Hardness Calcium Magnesium Water Corrosion Mineral Scale - Water described as "hard" is usually high in dissolved minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium. Hard water is not a health risk, but a nuisance because of mineral buildup on fixtures and poor soap and/or detergent performance. Unsightly mineral deposits and the high costs associated with removal means you can save money right away by implementing hard water converters. Atlas can examine and let you know if this is an issue for your home or business location.
  • pH of Water - Water with a pH < 7 is considered acidic and with a pH > 7 is considered basic. The normal range for pH in surface water systems is 6.5 to 8.5 and for ground water systems 6 to 8.5. Alkalinity is a measure of the capacity of the water to resist a change in pH that would tend to make the water more acidic. The measurement of alkalinity and pH is needed to determine the corrosivity of the water. Atlas can provide this type of testing if you need to confirm a problem with buildup or residue in your current plumbing pipes, showers, laundry facility, or pool areas.
  • Check Out Sources and Causes of Corrosion - All types of corrosion mean that reactions between the water and metal surfaces and materials in which the water is stored or transported is not being handled properly. The corrosion process is an oxidation/reduction reaction that returns refined or processed metal to their more stable ore state.
  • Call State Certification Officers for Drinking Water Laboratories - If you want to know what contaminants are in your drinking water,  here is what you need to do. Check your annual water quality report from your water supplier or call the water supplier directly. If you want to have additional tests on your water, EPA recommends that you use a laboratory certified by the state. Call the state certification officer where you have your business or look up and view the list of certified labs.
  • Total Dissolved Solids - Elevated total dissolved solids can also result in your water having a very bitter or salty taste; and can result in incrustations, films, or precipitates on fixtures; corrosion of fixtures, and reduced efficiency of water filters. Any of these may be researched by us here at Atlas  and resolved at each location in question.
  • Water Quality Diagnostic Tool - A very useful resource developed by the Water Quality Association and NAFEM’s Technical Liaison Committee designed to help diagnose water problems, possible causes and potential treatments. If you have questions, please go to the NAFEM website and find out more now. Then pick up the phone and call us here at Atlas to confirm your findings and find a solution option that works with your budget.
  • Water Quality Reports - Each year by July 1st you should receive in the mail an annual water quality report (consumer confidence report) from your water supplier that tells where your water comes from and what's in it. As a commercial business entity this can be easily obtained. Atlas can help you with making sure all reports come to you properly.
  • Water Filtration & Softeners -  Atlas Plumbing, your favorite Dallas plumber, invites you to consider installing your options in your home or commercial building or restaurant locations. Water quality can shorten the life of your plumbing pipes, plumbing parts, and dramatically effect your overall health if left unchecked for extended periods of time. If you are concerned about the quality of the water you drink, the water you use to cook with, or make ice with in your commercial setting, then you have come to the right Dallas plumbing company. Dallas city water is already treated before it arrives at your home, restaurant, commercial facility, hospital, clinic, country club,  or office. However, this initial treatment could still leave a contaminant behind. Standards in most cities are high, but substances like chlorine, which is intentionally added to water to disinfect it, are not ideal for drinking, and more and more people have decided to filter it out. What specific solutions available to you is part of the Atlas Plumbing inspection plan.

There are a variety of reasons you may want to consider checking into all of the items we have discussed. Keeping your health, decreasing costs, and preventing damage to pipes and appliances will go a long way toward efficient and ongoing savings daily life in your home, business, or institution.

Call Atlas Plumbing today and let us help you extend the life of your appliances and pipes with an inspection for you home, commercial laundry, commercial kitchen or industrial location. We can also help you with any heating, electrical and plumbing repairs that you might need.

Atlas Plumbing in Dallas has qualified technicians available 24/7 to assist you with any water plumbing issues. Contact us for all you plumbing needs. Atlas Plumbing Company is located at 11311 Harry Hines Blvd. Suite 505 in Dallas Texas. Trust The Best and call us today: (972) 243-8051 Fax: (972) 243-8096.

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The owner of Atlas Plumbing called to provide the cost estimate for installing a new Rinnai tankless water heater. He was very knowledgeable and instilled a sense of trust that the job would be done right. I scheduled the installation as soon as possible.
  -- Angela M. - Plano, TX