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Why is My Water Softener not Using Salt?

People usually don’t really understand how a water softener works, besides the fact that it obviously needs salt. Brine is the most important part of your water softener.

Getting the perfect balance of your water and salt allows your appliance to transform hard water into soft water.

So if you started to notice that your water softener isn’t using enough salt and your water is hard, then there is a problem that you should see to right away.

There are a few possible reasons why your water isn’t using the right amount of salt, but luckily, this is very easy to fix even on your own and you probably won’t need to call your plumber.

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Why is My Water Brown? Is it Safe or Harmful?

Nowadays people often rely too much on the help of professionals when it comes to certain household issues, such as most of the plumbing problems that could occur.

While it is very important to be informed on how you can solve some of those issues on your own, there are several difficulties which can confuse a person at first, and make an impression of a serious problem so your first choice would be to hire a plumber.

One of those issues is the matter of brown water flowing from your tap.

If this happens to you, your first thought will probably be that this problem looks very serious, your water is no longer healthy to use, and you will have to hire experts and pay huge amounts of money to solve this issue.

Luckily, half of the job this malfunction requires is getting to know the source of the problem and potential ways of coping with it.

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Water Smells Like Sulfur and Rotten Eggs: Problem, Cause & Solution

If you have started noticing that the water coming out of your tap has a really bad odor, similar to rotten eggs, it’s very likely that you are facing an increase of hydrogen sulfide in your water supply.

But don’t panic, this is actually a very common problem in households, especially if your water source is a well or some other still supply.

Although it’s not necessarily dangerous for your water to have this rotten smell, it does indicate that there is probably a high level of pollution and chemicals involved.

Surprisingly, in the U.S. there have been over 316 contaminants found in water reservoirs, so it’s very important to identify the source of the smell in order to ensure safe and clean drinking water.

You will be pleased to hear that this problem is usually very easy to fix on your own, and that you won’t have to call a professional and spend a lot of money on fixing it.

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Air Gap: Installation and Importance in Plumbing

It is funny how everyone takes for granted so many little things that protect them and/or facilitates their life – clean, drinkable water being one of those things. You don’t appreciate how important it is until you don’t have it.

If you are fairly privileged, you have a constant clean water supply. This can all go away and cause contamination of clean water if you don’t have or don’t properly preserve air gaps in your home.

Such a small device is of utmost importance for our well-being. So, let’s establish what it is exactly.

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How to Remove Recessed Faucet Aerator

Have you noticed that every time you turn on your faucet the water pressure is lower than it used to be?

This is actually a quite common problem in households, and while most people’s first reaction is to call a plumber there is in fact a really simple solution to this problem.

The trick is to locate the aerator on the end of the faucet spout and remove it.

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How to Remove Calcium Deposits from Faucet

As we all know, every household needs to deal with calcium deposit stains every once in a while.

Calcium deposits, also known as limescale, usually come from water that contains softened calcium salts (calcium carbonates). Water that contains a high level of these minerals is commonly known as hard water.

Hard water is easy to notice, the first signs that you are having this problem are white stains and build-up around your faucet. The build-up may also take a yellowish tone and this could be an indicator that there is also some iron in your water and this can lead to your sink being blemished and rusty.

But before you rush and call your plumber to the rescue, you can try out this method to try and take care of the problem yourself.

All you need are a few supplies that you probably already have sitting around in your home. So, let’s begin.

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Cold Water Tap Makes Loud Noise: Causes and Fix

When problems with plumbing occur in our households we lose our minds.

As an individual living in the 21st century, you become very dependent on running water inside the house. You cannot imagine your life without it!

Even if your house is brand new, or you take good care of the pipes, faucets, and drains, you have professionals inspect them from time to time, a mishap can still happen.

Sometimes the problem is not with water supply or pressure; it’s with unusual and unexpected sounds that come out of your faucet.

No, your pipes are not haunted. You don’t need to call ghostbusters, but rather a plumber!

But firstly, you’ll need to establish whether the taps are maybe vibrating, producing a screeching high-pitched sound or banging or knocking sound. Perhaps only your cold water tap seems to make noise while the hot one is all fine.

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What to do When the Faucet Makes High-Pitched Whining Noise

When I moved into my first proper apartment with my friend, the biggest problem we faced was the “screaming” faucet in our bathroom.

We called it screaming because if one of us went to the bathroom in the middle of the night, the other one would, without fail, jump out of bed thinking someone was being murdered.

However, this seems to be more than a common problem in today’s houses. The faucets can make high-pitched sounds when turned on, and this problem is neither too complex nor too costly to fix.

You can even do it yourself and save yourself from a long process of moving out as we did. I know, it seems stupid, but the noise was unbearable and the building was quite old so we thought we might as well move out.

But guess what, this also can happen in newer buildings – usually for a different reason on which we will elaborate later.

Anyway, let’s see what the most common causes of “whining” faucets are and some possible solutions.

We should preface this by saying that if you decide to try to fix anything plumber-related in your house yourself, always turn off the water supply first, and then proceed.

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How to Clean Faucets with Vinegar

If you live in an area with hard water, it’s safe to say you’ve had to do the irritating laborious work of cleaning your scummy faucets. No one wants to clean faucets with heavy, dangerous chemicals even if they do their job.

They usually do not come cheap in price and can prove bad for our health if we spend too much time inhaling them. Not to mention that scrubbing away can be energy draining.

Many neglect the fact that some of the cheaper and safer substitutes can be found in everyone’s kitchen – such as white distilled vinegar.

Vinegar is one of the safest and most environmentally friendly way to clean almost everything in your household – from your windows, work surfaces, showerhead, and those stubborn, grimy lime scale-ridden faucets.

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How to Clean Corroded Faucet

We live in the modern age of economy, technology, and the internet, so we often rely on these tools to help us solve our everyday problems. And it is also absolutely fine to call a handyman and simply pay to solve the issue.

But do we nowadays depend too much on other people, and could we solve an easy problem like cleaning a corroded faucet on our own?

Sinks in our homes can surprisingly become the origin of all kinds of diseases, corrosion, and rust.

And of course, that is a big problem, considering how much time we spend on cooking and cleaning the dishes in the kitchen or washing our hands in the bathroom sink.

That being said, let’s see how can you clean a corroded faucet. Let’s begin.

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