Do You Need Water Filtration or Purification?

Does your California tap water taste funny to you? Does it sometimes come out a funny color and you’re wondering if it’s safe to use or to drink? Have you had a water purification or filtration system in your house before and you’re not sure if you need one now that you’ve moved to Santa Cruz?

Give us a call at Rosenthal Plumbing and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers out to evaluate your water quality. We’ll let you know if we find anything dangerous or unusual and we’ll advise you as to the system that might work best for you. 

Purification vs. Filtration

About 90% of the water supply, at least in the United States, is safe to drink from the tap. It may not taste the way you want it to, but it’s not going to harm you. This is true even if it comes out an unusual color. Color changes are usually the result of harmless algae growth in your Santa Cruz pipes. 

water filtration systems Santa Cruz

However, if your water is somehow dangerous, that’s where water purification comes in. Purification is a process that involves removing dangerous chemicals or compounds from your water so it is safe to drink. Purification may change the taste or color of your water, too, though that’s a side effect of the chemical removal. People who need to consider water filtration include:

  • Those with high levels of chemicals like radon in their water. If your home tests high for radon and you get your water from a well pump dug into the same area, you should have your water tested, too. 
  • Those with high levels of lead in their water. There are some simple tests that we can do to check your water for lead, though this tends to be a problem in the water supply for a large area, not just for one home. 
  • Those with damaged immune systems, like people who are HIV positive or who are on certain medications. They may need chemicals removed from their water that others can tolerate. 

Water filtration, while it may remove dangerous things from the water, can also serve to remove chemicals and compounds from your water that you simply find irritating or annoying. Some people don’t like the taste of water when it contains certain minerals, for instance, even though those are perfectly safe to consume. Similarly, compounds that cause water to be hard can cause problems for appliances like the dishwasher and the washing machine, and some people will choose to install a filter to avoid these problems. 

What Do I Need?

If you’re concerned about your water quality, call us at Rosenthal Plumbing to examine your water and install a whole-home water purification or water filtration system in Santa Cruz. There are many ways to test your water for chemicals, both those that are dangerous and those that may just annoy you. 

We’ll determine what is going on with your water supply and what we can do to mitigate that. Once you’ve chosen your solution, we’ll get it installed for you. We’ll show you how everything works, and we won’t leave until you’re satisfied with your water solution.

Is Plumber’s Putty the Solution You Need?

Are you looking for a way to create a watertight seal in or around your plumbing system or a leaky pipe? Then plumbers’ putty may be the solution you need! Here’s all you need to know about this useful substance, or you can call us at Rosenthal Plumbing for more information.

What is Plumber’s Putty?

Plumber’s putty is a white, soft substance that creates a watertight seal around sinks and faucets, between pipes, and other places in your plumbing system. It’s easy to use and can be a quick solution to some plumbing problems. 

What is Plumber’s Putty Used For?

While many plumbers turn to caulk for most sealing needs, plumber’s putty still has a place. It is not an adhesive, so it creates a seal without sticking. If you may need to remove the seal later, plumber’s putty is a great choice.

You’ll also never have to ask, “How long for plumber’s putty to dry?” because it’s supposed to stay soft. This makes it useful in places where drying caulk would not be appropriate.

How to Use Plumber’s Putty

Here’s how to apply plumber’s putty:

  1. Take a small piece of putty and roll it into a ball in your fingers.
  2. Roll the putty into a cord or a rope.
  3. Put one piece of whatever you’re sealing in place.
  4. Lay the plumber’s putty where the seal will be.
  5. Place the other piece of whatever you’re sealing in place. Let it push and squash the putty until everything fits.

Now you have your seal! 

You may want to test your seal before you trust it, though plumber’s putty has a long history of getting the job done the first time!

Call Rosenthal For More Help

If you’re not comfortable using plumber’s putty on your own or need more involved plumbing repairs, call your “plumber near me” at Rosenthal Plumbing today. We’re your Santa Cruz plumber for burst pipes, drain cleaning, and even applying plumber’s putty!

Get Plumbing Help Now!

How Does Water Purification Work?

Do you need a solution for poor water quality at your property in the Santa Cruz area? If you don’t like the taste of your water or you’re concerned that there’s something in it that shouldn’t be, water filtration can put your mind at ease. Rosenthal Plumbing has experts who can test your water and then build you a water purification system that is designed to get things clean and clear – just the way you want it.

It Makes Your Water Taste Better

Some people want water filtration because they don’t like the way the regular tap water tastes. Since the water has to meet certain safety standards, you can rest assured that your water is safe if it comes from the city. However, it may taste a little funny due to the treatments they use to make it drinkable. A water purification system can take out any additives or chemicals so that you end up with more pure tasting water.

It Fixes Hard Water Problems

You may also want to install a water purification system if you are struggling with hard water problems. If your towels don’t last long, your dishes come out of the dishwasher with spots on them, or your faucets get clogged with mineral deposits, then you likely have hard water at your property. We can test for that, too, then set you up with a system that will remove all of those minerals from your water.

Call Us For Water Quality Help!

You don’t have to live with water that isn’t up to your high standards! Call us at Rosenthal Plumbing today and we’ll talk to you about your options for water filtration or purification. Our team of plumbers in Santa Cruz are dedicated to making sure your water is safe for drinking, so you can enjoy life again!

Call Now For Water Purification!

Do You Need A Whole House Water Filter?

Do you think that the tap water at your residence tastes or smells funny? Is it sometimes a murky color, or not clear? This may lead you to have concerns about your water quality and if it is safe. If this is the case, don’t worry. The answer is simple: install a whole home water filtration system that removes toxins and impurities. Our staff can walk you through how these work and whether or not one is a good idea for your property!

What Whole House Water Filter Does

Most tap water in the US is considered safe to drink, but around 10% of it is not. If the water supply in your area is tainted, it could be posing several risks to you and your family’s health.

A whole home water filtration system can remove the dangerous chemicals and compounds from the water before it comes out of the faucet. This means that the water is much safer to drink cook with, bathe in, wash dishes/clothes with, and more. It can also reduce things like minerals that do not affect your health but that can affect the color or taste of the water, or cause it to be “hard” water.

When to Consider a Whole Home Water Filter

If you’re not sure if you need a whole home water filter in your Santa Cruz home, you might want to consider one if:

  • You have high levels of chemicals like radon in your water. If your home tests high for radon and you get your water from a well that is dug into the same area, you should have your water tested, too.
  • You have high levels of lead in your water. There are some simple tests that we can do to check your water for lead.
  • You have a damaged or compromised immune systems, like people who are HIV positive or who are on certain medications. They may need chemicals removed from their water that most people can tolerate.

We’ll send someone out to evaluate your water and let you know if we find anything dangerous or unusual. From there, we can advise you as to if a whole house water purifier would work well for you.

Questions About Water Filtration in Santa Cruz?

If you’re concerned about your water quality, call the experts at Rosenthal Plumbing to come examine it for you. There are many ways to test your water for chemicals, and we can determine what is going on with your water supply and what we can do to mitigate that. Reach out now to learn more information!

Call Now for Water Filter Help!

How to Unclog a Drain without Drano

When your drains get clogged up, the first thing most people do is reach for some Drano. While it usually is a trusty source for fixing the problem, sometimes things are so bad that it doesn’t. There are a few other methods to unclog drains that you can try before you have to call a plumber for drain cleaning. Give these a shot to see if they remediate the issue at your property.

Plunge The Drain

Try grabbing a plunger if Drano won’t go down the drain. It doesn’t even need to be for a toilet! This method can work on any kind of clog, as long as it is sealed tightly around the drain.

Household Remedies

If there is even a slow amount of drainage happening, that is a good sign that you may be able to fix the issue. Wait until everything has gone down the drain, and then mix together equal parts baking soda and vinegar and let it sit in the drain. If the problem is very stubborn, you can use ½-1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar, plus a bit of water. After letting it sit there for 30-60 minutes, things should be flowing again.

Plumbing Snakes

A plumbing snake is a tool that looks like a long cable with a claw or hook on the end. You can get one at your local hardware store, and use it to thread down into the drain and break up or pull out the blockage.

Professional Drain Cleaning

If you’re not comfortable trying out these methods, or if they are not working, you need to call in a professional plumber for drain cleaning. The team at Rosenthal Plumbing is able to solve all your worries and concerns regarding clogged drains. Our experts are available now, so give us a call!

Call Now for Drain Cleaning Help!