Plumbing - Home Comfort Blog


How to Prevent Water Damage With Your Washing Machine Hose

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Water damage is the 2nd most common home insurance claim next to wind and hail. Water damage can come in many forms, but a common preventable one are washing machine hoses leaking. Burst hoses can really cause a lot of headache and thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage.

There are now special no-burst hoses on the market that we offer here at Peterman Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, Inc. No-burst hoses are encased in a woven metal sleeve that prevents weak spots in the rubber from developing into leaks. Replacing the hoses can save you a lot of time, money and frustration down the road.

If your washing machine is currently connected to bare rubber hoses, you could be risking a lot of money. They loose their flexibility over time. You should inspect it and plan ahead by scheduling to have it replaced with a no-burst hose. If you spot any blisters, cracks, bubbles, or a loose connection, replace the line immediately. When these rubber hoses are under constant water pressure,

they are prone to leaks or even bursting.  When a rubber hose breaks, water will pour into your laundry room until someone notices the water and turns off the main water supply. This can cost you thousands of dollars to clean up!

Replacing your washing machine hose is fairly inexpensive compared to the potential cost of a flood. If you would like to schedule to have your washing machine hose replaced call 317-859-4270.

 

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What is in your Indiana Water?

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Friday, August 18, 2017

The Truth About the Water in Your Home

Did you know that your local water can be filled with a variety of dissolved minerals that can cause damage to things in your home and in some instances, even your physical health?  Protecting your family and home is one of our biggest responsibilities.  You may have seen an email a few weeks ago regarding water quality, but we wanted to give some more information in this newsletter as well to make sure you are as well-informed as possible.

Get to Know your Water

Indiana water contains more minerals than ordinary water, especially calcium and magnesium.  This means that your water is considered “very hard” on the hardness scale according to Citizen’s Energy.

Pipes, Appliances and Water Heaters Beware.

Not only do calcium and magnesium cause a hard consistency, they don’t react well with other positively charged ions like soap. As a result, soap doesn’t break down easily. It clogs pipes and wreaks havoc on appliances like your dishwasher, washing machine and water heater.

Effects on your Hair & Skin

Soap & hard water are not compatible on your appliances or your skin.  When these two combine on the skin they create a soap scum, which clogs your pores.

Salt and potassium break down minerals in hard water and soap.  Soft water also dissolves soap & allows you to wash your skin without leaving behind any scum.

Hair can benefit from soft water too!  Soft water helps by smoothing out your wild hair and prevents buildup of minerals that weigh your hair down.

The Facts

According to the Water Quality Research Foundation, when softened water was used, appliances maintained their original factory efficiency rating for as long as 15 years. In contrast, hard water cut efficiency by up to 48% and some water heaters failed after just 1.6 years. Similar findings were noted for shower heads and faucets.

The study also found that in dishwashers, softened water achieves the same cleaning results as unsoftened while using less than half as much detergent. The same lathering power works in cleaning your body and hair, equating to the use of less shampoos and soaps.  (All of these benefits add up to significant monetary savings!)

Citizen’s Energy reports the hardness of the water supply in Indianapolis is between 12-20 grains per gallon.  The Water Quality Association states that anything over 10.5 grains per gallon is considered “very hard.”  As you can see, we have a major problem here in

Indianapolis that is damaging our homes, costing us money, and presenting a potential health risk.

We Are Offering a Solution

There are several different options available for water treatment,

depending on the severity of the problem and on your personal preferences.  Whether you are on a well or have city water, we have a solution for you!

We have had a huge response so far from the e-mail that we sent out to all of our customers regarding a Water Quality Test.   If you have not called yet to receive your FREE  in-home water quality test, call today!  “Water” you waiting for?  Call 317- 859-4270 to schedule your FREE in-home water quality test and ask for Lauren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all of our customers here in the Indianapolis and Columbus area!

 

If you are in need of a HVAC repair, maintenancedrain clearingplumbing work, etc., please contact us at 317-859-4270.

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Emergency Drain Service. We Have You Covered!

Posted by Chad Peterman on Sunday, September 6, 2015

clogged drain

Its our goal every day to make sure we are providing the highest quality service to our customers. Part of this is being able to do more for our customers. Our plumbing department has grown by leaps and bounds and as we have grown we have been able to offer more services. One service that we are now able to offer to our customers is drain clearing.

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Indianapolis Tank-less Water Heater Tips

Posted by Chad Peterman on Thursday, August 6, 2015

Here in Indianapolis and Greenwood, tank-less water heaters can be an extremely efficient option when heating the water in your home. However, a tankless water heater does not become efficient by simply installing the unit. There are a number of things that need to be considered before installing a tankless water heating unit. A professional plumber should be aware of these key steps that will make your tankless water heater as efficient as possible. In order to optimize your new tankless water heater, here are five quick tips to make sure your plumbing contractor is aware of when installing the new unit.

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No Hot Water: What can you do?

Posted by Chad Peterman on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

no hot waterNobody likes a cold shower, so naturally having no hot water can be a huge annoyance. Especially when you are getting ready for a date this Valentine’s Day weekend! There are a number of things that can cause you to run out of hot water. Fortunately, many of these things are fixable. So, before you give us a call, try these tips below to see if you can solve the problem yourself and have some extra cash for your date night.

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