3/16/2012 7:26:00 AM by A-1 Plumbing Of Baltimore Llc
After thirty years, Baltimore plumber Byron Graham had seen enough plumbing pipe systems ravaged by hard water scale deposits and he made a decision to offer services to householders that will prevent the problem right from the start. As Byron notes, hard water scales are tiny mineral crystals that develop when mineral containing water is exposed to changes in temperature, pressure, and flow in the home. These crystals readily attach to the sides of pipes and plumbing fixtures and in time drastically narrow pipes, and damage the efficiency of plumbing appliances. Now plumbing company owner Byron is installing up to date hard water treatment systems that change the form of these metallic crystals so that instead of depositign on pipes they float harmlessly through the system.
The system that Byron is installing, is called the Easy Water non-salt hard water treatment system, and it doesn"t use water softeners, which have been the standard treatment for hard water scaling. This is important, becauseas Byron noted, water softeners require the use of hundreds of gallons of water with each treatment. Water softeners also replace healthy salts in the water with sodium. So the tap water is poor in levels of magnesium and calcium. The sodium rich waste water produced by water softener treatment is actually harmful to the environment and therefore the treatment has been banned in some states. Easy Water, on the other hand, uses a special template system that catalyzes the formation of a harmless crystal, which not only doesn't deposit, but it also goes on to help free metal in the water form more healthy non depositing crystal.
In the past, when Byron was called to a home to fix loss of water pressure in the upper stories of the house, he often had to inform homeowners that they needed to replace all their plumbing pipes, a job which runs into the thousands of dollars. Heavy water scales can also damage faucets, water heaters, and other plumbing appliances which amount to increased plumbing maintenance costs. Now Byron recommends that all new homeowners living in areas where there is significant concentration of heavy metals in the water to install a hard water treatment system when they first build their home so as to protect their plumbing pipes and appliances, and provide healthier water right from the start.