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Which Type of Water Filtration System Fits With Your Home

Which Type of Water Filtration System Fits With Your Home

Making sure your home has clean, purified water is very important. In our area of Florida, hard water issues can make taking showers unpleasant and can pose serious health risks to you and your loved ones. Installing a water filtration system for your home is a great way to resolve hard water issues and ensure your home has clean, healthy water.

If you live in Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, and the surrounding areas, here are some things to keep in mind when choosing the best filtration system for your home.


Point of Use Water Filtration System

Point of use filtration systems are great for single sinks like this kitchen sink of a home in Brandon, FL.

Point of use water filtration system is great for homeowners wanting a less expensive and convenient way to filter drinking water from the faucet. This filtration system uses reverse osmosis to deliver superior water filtration from the convenience of your tap. Reverse osmosis filtration systems force water through semi-permeable membranes that filter water at a molecular level, removing harmful minerals such...

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How to Avoid Plumbing Emergencies When You're Out of Town

How to Avoid Plumbing Emergencies When You're Out of Town

Summer means fun, free time, and vacation for many Floridians. But going on vacation also means there’s a load of things to stay caught up on, especially if you’re a homeowner.

Between the frenzied last-minute packing, loading up the car, and checking for anything left behind, make sure you also ensure that your home is prepared in case any plumbing issues arise while you’re gone.

Here’s a quick guide to ensuring that you can avoid plumbing emergencies while you’re out of town, and if you do have any issues arise at your home located in Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, and nearby communities, Curtis Plumbing is ready to help.


Check for Leaks & Other Issues in Your Pipes

Before you head out of town, make sure there aren’t any visible leaks in your pipes or faucets. No one wants to come home to find a pipe has burst and flooded their home. Another place you will want to check is the hoses on your washing machine. These can ...

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Best Practices to Keep Your Kitchen Sink Maintained

Best Practices to Keep Your Kitchen Sink Maintained

It’s easy to assume that the dirtiest place in your home would be your toilet. But actually, that isn’t true.

The place in your house with the most bacteria is actually the kitchen sink. A study found that kitchen sinks contain bacteria like E.coli and salmonella. Cleaning sinks is a big part of kitchen sink maintenance, especially when you realize that this bacteria accumulates and there’s old food sitting in your drains and pipes just waiting to form a clog.

Here’s what you can do to keep your kitchen sink clean and maintained in Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, and other nearby Florida areas.


Keeping Your Kitchen Sink Clean

Using abrasive chemicals that are often found in cleaners can lead to damage to your kitchen sink’s finish. A great alternative is to use baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda on the bottom of the sink and let it form into a paste-like consistency. Make sure to then rinse it out...

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Signs Your Pipes Need to Be Replaced

Signs Your Pipes Need to Be Replaced

Older homes often have aging pipes. Mainline backups and leaks are common with such older systems. After the condition deteriorates to a certain point, pipes will need to be replaced.

In more serious cases, calcium deposits can break loose and work their way into your glass of water. Here, we will discuss when it’s time for complete replacement.


Low Water Pressure, Visible Rust, & Leaks Are Key Signs

Fixing pipes under a sink in Brandon.

The water in Florida often leads to a lime buildup in pipe systems. The clogging becomes so severe that there is not enough room for water to properly flow. In the Tampa Bay Area, it’s common for older homes to have cast iron pipes or copper pipes. Hard water can cause buildups and deposits can form, leading to impossible clogs. Eventually, the system’s pressure back builds and can cause leaks.

Another key sign is the presence of rust colored water. When rust is showing in the water itself, it’s usually a sign that corrosion is occurring...

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Why Store-Bought Drain Cleaners Are Harmful

Why Store-Bought Drain Cleaners Are Harmful

No one wants to start brushing their teeth or washing their hands only to realize their sink drain is clogged. It’s gross, it’s annoying, and it’s definitely inconvenient.

There are many drain cleaners you can buy at the store for a quick fix but using those can eventually cause more harm than good. Here are some reasons why you should not use store-bought drain cleaners to fix your drain clogs.


How Chemicals Can Affect Your Pipes

A diagram of how drain cleaners enter pipes of homeowners in Brandon, FL.

When you use these drain cleaners, they come with caustic chemicals inside them. These chemicals can actually cause your pipes to weaken over time if you keep using the drain cleaners. The chemicals work to break up the clog, but the reaction generated when these chemicals mix releases heat. If you have PVC pipes this especially is harmful to them.

Sometimes, the chemicals don’t work so well and can just end up sitting in your pipes. As they weaken, the potential for them to burst increases.

A burst pipe can...

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