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Nashville, TN

by: BARTLEY BURNETTE

JACK WARD & SONS PLUMBING

(615) 227-2811

Local Ion Exchange Water Filtration System Installation Services – Nashville TN

Many people think that because their city water has passed through the water treatment facility, the water is clean and drinkable. Unfortunately, this is not the case. It actually provides a very false sense of security, one reason being that it is easy for water to pick up contaminants after it has left the water treatment facility. Filtering at least the drinkable water that comes through your house is important to get rid of heavy metals, bacteria, and chemicals.

There are simple and various types of water filtration systems available on the market, many of which Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. can provide for you, such as the following.

Activated carbon is one of the most common and least expensive of the many types of water filters. It is usually installed under the sink, leaving you to replace filter cartridges as needed. They are usually known to be effective in removing parasites, chemicals, and heavy metals found in water. Another water filtration system used is a cation exchange water filter system or water softener that uses positively charged ions to attract negatively charged ions that are harmful (barium, calcium, etc.). Lastly, reverse osmosis, which is considered the most effective of the home water filtration systems, forces water to pass through a semi-permeable membrane with the use of air pressure. This process of water filtration can filter out most if not all water contaminants.

With an added water filtration system from Jack Ward & Sons, you will receive many benefits right off the bat:

1. For starters, the water you drink will be safer. There will be less fluoride and chlorine, along with upwards of 2,100 other impurities and toxins that will be removed.

2. The removal of these substances will assist in improving skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, particularly with children.

3. Save money- Reduce plumbing repair bills by avoiding the harsh chemicals and heavy metals running through the pipes. Not only will be able to save money on repair bills, but you will also be able to spend less on filtered water, try $700 or more less. You will also save money on soap because the filtration acts as a softener, whereas hard water has minerals that prevent ionic action of soap.

4. Drinking water will taste better!

5. Gastrointestinal diseases will be reduced- Several parasites can be found in the water. Once these, among other microscopic organisms, are removed, GI problems improve.

6. Your clothes will smell nicer, soap scum and deposits on clothing will be lessened.

With all of these benefits in mind, it should be apparent that there are many reasons to get a water filtration system. Your health will be improved, the taste will be improved, you’ll save a lot of money, and you will have a piece of mind that your family will be taken care of. Call Jack Ward & Sons at 615-227-2811 to get a water filtration system (from our list of many systems to choose from) placed today!

Important Reasons Not To Use Drain Cleaners To Fix A Clogged Sink – Nashville TN

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are someone that tends to swing to the store to grab a bottle of drain cleaner once your sink begins to back up, this post is for you. As pesky as those clogs can be, drain cleaners aren’t always what they seem. Check out these important reasons to stop using drain cleaners, for the love of pipes! 

Can Damage Pipes

Believe it or not, drain cleaners can cause unwanted damage to your pipes that can lead to costly replacements. Drain cleaners essentially work by causing a chemical reaction that clears blockages. This might sound like a good solution to a simple issue, but is it acceptable as a long term solution? 

There are three types of drain cleaners: Chemical, Acid, and Oxidizing. Chemical drain cleaners consist of bleach, sodium hydroxide, and Potassium hydroxide which can break down aged pipes and cause leakages. Acid drain cleaners typically contain hydrochloric and sulfuric acid which releases heat during the breakdown process. This process can lead to pipe damage. Oxidizing drain cleaners have a similar effect on pipes in how they can break them down due to the release of heat and pressure. 

They could be toxic to you and your loved ones 

Drain cleaners can be very harmful not only for you but for your family as well. Chemical and oxidizing drain cleaners can be harmful, giving off fumes that can irritate the lungs, eyes, and nose. Acid drain cleaners, compared to the chemical and oxidizing types, are much more dangerous because they can react with certain metals, creating hydrogen gas. This gas is extremely flammable and can cause harm to the users’ skin, eyes, and lungs.   

They might not get the job done! 

Sometimes, when a drain is not working, it does not always mean that there is a clog. There very well could be a problem with a pipe somewhere down the line, so choosing drain cleaners right away as a quick fix could end up causing more harm than good! Situations like these call for seeking the help of your local plumbing professionals, like our team at Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. Give us a call today at (615) 227 – 2811 for any of your clogged drain needs.

Whole House Carbon Water Filter Installation Service Plumbing in Nashville, TN

At Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co., we greatly encourage measures homeowners can take to not only increase the efficiency of their home but also reduce the negative affects some of the workings can take on the environment, or our own family members! Luckily enough, there are even more homeowners out there that agree and are looking into how they can take action towards these goals every day. One such homeowner from Nashville, TN gave us a call and requested an evaluation of their home’s water supply system in their journey for an adequate water filtration system. They had discovered that the water to their home was being treated with chlorine, and discovered the long-lasting and harmful effects this was causing to their family.

After taking a look around the system their home was using to supply them with water, our team recommended a whole house carbon filter for protecting them from any organic chemicals and the chlorine that had raised such a concern. (The concern surrounding ingesting chlorine lies in the possible kidney and liver damage, potential to cause different types of cancer, compromisation of your immune and nervous system, hardening of arteries, and even birth defects. By installing a whole-house carbon filter right where the water enters the home, all water your family drinks and bathes in from the water supply will eliminate any dangerous toxins and make it safe for consumption.

Our team of dedicated plumbing professionals got straight to work on the simple installation of the whole house carbon filter for the Nashville family. After only a couple of hours of work, the system was installed and the lines were being flushed to make way for the freshly filtered water to be open for use. Certainly, the amount of work it took to install the system was much less than how much they had been putting into lugging around and refilling the large bottles of filtered water they were purchasing from their local store!

If your family is being subjected to dangerous toxins and chemicals in your water supply, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. a call today at (615) 227-2811 to request an evaluation of your current setup and to either replace or install a new whole house carbon filter today!

Local Professional Polybutylene Piping Replacement Services in Nashville, TN

Just about everyone can relate to having gotten used to doing something in their life a certain way that was preferred by the mainstream, only to find out at some point that a reason to stop doing it that way was discovered, sometimes due to the previously unknown dangerous nature of it! This is the case with roughly 6 to 10 million homes in the United States that were plumbed with Polybutylene piping. This piping material was inexpensive and simple to install, but due to a variety of safety concerns, they were discontinued for use. Knowledge like this is important for homeowners to have to help keep their homes safe, as illustrated by the following example of a homeowner from Nashville, TN. This individual called in after identifying that their family home was a prime suspect of having been plumbed with polybutylene piping and scheduled an evaluation with our team of plumbing professionals to find out for sure. 

It is our goal to help keep things in perspective with relevant information, especially when it comes to the safety of your home in regards to your plumbing. We explained to the homeowner that what makes the piping dangerous is that, over time, oxidation and the exposure to chlorine found in your water supply causes the piping to expand and crack. Our team of plumbing professionals has replaced polybutylene piping in several homes to avoid the rupturing that can occur without warning. There was a class-action lawsuit surrounding the trouble the piping caused many homeowners back in the 1980s.

Once a foundation had been established about the condition of the plumbing in their home, our technicians got to work identifying if there was polybutylene piping in their home and began the replacement process. What can make identifying these pipes difficult is how similar they can look to more conventional plumbing materials, such as PVC piping. You too can look for the signs of polybutylene piping, as listed below:

  • Usually have a diameter of 1/2″ to 1″ 
  • Most often marked with the identifier “PB21100”
  • These pipes are matte white or grey in color

Once it was identified the family from today’s case story did indeed own a home fitted with polybutylene piping, the replacement process began and the home’s plumbing was converted to use PVC piping. This included all necessary valves, risers, and more. If you suspect that your home is in the same shape, or you know for sure your home contains this outdated material, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. a call today at (615) 227-2811 and request an evaluation of your home and the potential replacement job it needs. 

Residential Clogged Sink Plumbing Service Nashville and Middle Tennessee

You just finished washing a load of dishes in the sink and when you unplug the drain, the water level is lowering at a snail’s pace, and what’s worse, you hear a loud gurgling sound coming up from the drain accompanied by bubbles of air. Needless to say, this is not an ideal situation and signals that your drains need some intervention. This was the conclusion of a homeowner that, after having tried some more conventional ways to unclog their drain, found no results and decided to call their residential Middle Tennessee plumbing service at Jack Ward & Sons Co. for assistance (615) 227-2811.

Our team of professional plumbing technicians arrived at the home that evening, ready to bust the clog at its source. From the description we had received over the phone, the most likely cause of the stopping up of the sink was coming from a buildup of grease, fats, and oils. It was then explained to the family that when these substances are sent down the drain to be disposed of, that it doesn’t work the way we might think. The substances bind to the pipes and begin to accumulate in the pipes, restricting the flow of leaving water and waste. They harden and catch other waste particles leaving through the pipes, causing the vlog to grow exponentially over time. It is strongly advised that disposing of these substances by the garbage can is the safest method for the plumbing of your home.

The importance of establishing this method was for future maintenance of the drain cleaning that was being performed, keeping the clog from happening again. Next, our team brought in the drain cleaning equipment and went to work on the clog. It wasn’t but within the next hour that a large mass of grease and fat buildup had been eliminated through the line out of the front of the home. Their sink was draining like new again- no more gurgles and bubbling!

Another important reason, aside from your drains not being able to function properly, to keep these substances from the inside of your pipes is the damage they incur from the corrosion. The pipes lose their integrity much more quickly when being in consistent contact with these substances. Making this lifestyle change is one that is much smaller than the amount of money that will need to be spent on products with claims, a drain cleaning service, and even a pipe replacement service!

Is your family experiencing drain clog and blockage issues? Give your local Middle Tennessee residential plumbing service at Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. a call today at (615) 227-2811 for assistance with clearing the clogs and giving those pipes a fresh start.

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BIO: Bartley Burnette is the grandson of Jack Ward. He has worked at Jack Ward & Sons for his entire career. Bartley’s uncle, Tommy Ward, purchased the family business from Jack securing the second generation of local plumbers. Tommy ran the company for some time and trained Mr. Burnette in the plumbing trade.

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BIO: Bartley Burnette is the grandson of Jack Ward. He has worked at Jack Ward & Sons for his entire career. Bartley’s uncle, Tommy Ward, purchased the family business from Jack securing the second generation of local plumbers. Tommy ran the company for some time and trained Mr. Burnette in the plumbing trade.