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What does a water test find?

Safe water is critical to your health. Sometimes a strange color or odor can clue you in to a problem with your home drinking water, but some of the most harmful contaminants can’t be tasted or smelled. A water test can identify contaminants and allow you to take the necessary steps to correct any problems that have developed.

There are a lot of things that can make your home drinking water less than ideal. Common contaminants include:

+Bacteria- there are two types that can be found in your water:

– “nuisance”bacteria are not necessarily harmful to your health, but they can be harmful to your well by releasing iron and sulfur into the water and forming a biofilm on the surfaces of the well.

– disease-causing bacteria are harmful to your health and should be removed from your water supply. These can include e. coli, coliform, fecal coliform, and fecal streptococci, among others. Read more

Brenneco Plumbing helps unclog drains!

Simple drain cleaning tips!

A clogged drain is a nuisance, no doubt. A toilet that won’t flush or a sink or tub that won’t drain can certainly put a damper on your day. Before we look at home remedies to clear a clog, let’s discuss ways to prevent a clog in the first place:

1. Place a strainer over each drain. This will catch food, hair, and other items before they enter the drain.

2. Keep drains and pipes clear of buildup by running hot water after every use. This will help wash away any residue and keep water flowing freely!

3. Baking soda and vinegar are great natural cleaners. Add these to your drain, followed by hot water, to keep it free of clogs.

Sometimes, though, despite our best efforts, we find ourselves standing ankle-deep in water when we step into the shower, or scrambling to shut off the water when the toilet is about to overflow. Here are some simple ways you can try to clear a clog without using potentially harmful chemicals or hiring a professional: Read more

Brenneco Plumbing fixes stinky water!

Why does my water smell?

It can be pretty unsettling to turn on the faucet and get a whiff of rotten eggs. Or to take a sip of tap water and instead of quenching your thirst, getting a metallic taste in your mouth. While bad tasting or smelling water is unpleasant, it’s not uncommon. Finding the source of the problem is the first step to returning to odorless, clean tasting water.

If the problem is the rotten egg smell, the culprit is likely hydrogen sulfide. Water absorbs this gas as it travels through the ground. The gas is vented from your tap water when you turn on the faucet. An aeration system can pump air into the water to turn the gas into elemental sulfur, which can be removed with a filtration system. And you once again have odorless water!

If the smell is more musty or earthy in nature, then Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) might be the issue. TDS are any compounds left in your drinking water after the normal treatment and filtration process. They originate from natural sources such as sewage, urban and agricultural run-off, and industrial wastewater. In addition to the musty/earthy smell, TDS can also give your water a salty, bitter, or metallic taste. Doesn’t exactly sound refreshing, does it? No worries, though, because a water filtration system can help give your family the best drinking water possible! Read more

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Why is my basement flooding?

Basements can flood at any time. There are those who know the moment the forecast shows torrential rains heading towards Lafayette, Indiana that they must roll up their sleeves and get ready for battle against the incoming water that never drains properly. We also have the overconfident homeowner who stands firm that their home has never flooded and never will. If you have a basement, you’re at risk. Don’t be fooled.

We know basements can flood during large rainfalls or when snow melts rapidly. Basements can also be at risk in the driest of weather. Storm sewer backups, clogged drain lines, foundation leaks and groundwater can all cause unwanted water to make its way into your basement. Since they occupy the lowest level of the home, basements are below ground level and, by nature, susceptible to flooding.  Sometimes, the slope of the land your home is built upon can allow water to accumulate and have nowhere to go but let gravity take over. Read more

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How do I know if I have hard water?

Hard water is typically pretty easy to diagnose. It leaves signs and symptoms everywhere you use water. Hard water is the term we use for water that has more minerals such as calcium, magnesium carbonate, and manganese than normal. These minerals are, more often than not, introduced at the water source.

Does it seem like your dish washer has a hard time getting your dishes clean? Are you seeing staining in your toilet or tub? Does it seem hard to “lather” your soap in the shower? Does it seem like your coffee maker or other appliances that depend on water seem to malfunction or quit working efficiently?

While these minerals are natural and may not expressly represent any health concerns, they can wreak havoc on your skin, clothes, dishes, plumbing, and appliances. Hard water is HARD on everything it comes in to contact with.

The good news is this, it’s not a new problem. According to the US Geological survey, 85% of homes deal with hard water.

The quickest and easiest way to tell if you have hard water is to do a water test. It’s fairly easy to get a water test, you can even do it yourself. You can buy one, online, here. Read more

Performing water heater maintenance is vital to it having a long life. Brenneco Plumbing, your Lafayette Plumber, can help!

How big of a water heater should I get?

Are you thinking about getting a new water heater? Maybe your unit is getting older or it’s just not performing the way you think it should. If you are replacing your water heater, the question of size is going to come up at some point.

In consideration of water heaters, bigger isn’t always better. A water heater tank that is too small will put you in danger of running out of hot water when you need it most. On the other hand, a water heater with a tank that is too big will waste energy on heating water that you and your family will never use.

This means that determining the right size for your situation is vital. The good news? This is easier to do than every before! All you need to do is a follow a few tips and do a little research. You should be able to find the perfect solution for your situation!

There are, essentially, two factors to take in to consideration when factoring the size of the water heater you should get, the FHR and the EF. Read more