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Grilling Safety: Propane BBQ Edition

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Grilled food can really hit the spot on nice Arizona days. Before you use your BBQ, make sure that you keep these grilling safety tips in mind. This helps ensure that you and your family can enjoy grilled dinners without any trouble.

Store Propane Tanks Properly

Grilling safety involves storing propane tanks properly. Tanks for gas grills can easily become a hazard. Store these tanks in a vertical and upright position. Also make sure they are kept far away from any heat or ignition sources, such as lighters or matches. If you have a gas line for your grill, you don’t have to deal with propane tanks at all.

Turn the Grill on Safely

Another important grilling safety tip is to make sure that you turn the grill on correctly. This involves opening the lid and turning the propane on. After this is done, turn the knobs for the burners, then push the ignition. Doing this the right way lowers the risk of fires and other accidents.

Never Use Lighter Fluid

Never use lighter fluid to ignite a gas grill. Lighter fluid is a major fire hazard when it isn’t used properly. You will avoid having to worry about this if you have a gas grill with its own natural gas line installed.

Check for Leaks

Gas leaks can occur when you use propane tanks for your grill. You should check for leaks by putting a solution of water and light soap on the gas tank hose. If you see bubbles, this means you have a gas leak that needs to be fixed by a professional right away. Grills with a gas line have a lower risk of ending up with these leaks.

Don’t Reignite Right Away

If your grill doesn’t ignite, don’t light it again right away. You could have gas in the air that needs time to clear out. Lighting it again immediately could result in a fire and serious injuries. Wait for 5 minutes before you try to ignite your gas grill again.

Keep Your Grill Clean

Grilling safety includes making sure that your gas grill stays in good condition. Grease and other debris can build up over time, which can increase the risk of a fire. Clean debris off your grill and from the tray under it. You should wait for your grill to cool before cleaning it. Getting into the habit of doing this after using your grill each time means you won’t have to scrape a lot of debris off later on.

Turn Your Grill Off Properly

When it comes to grilling safety, it’s important to ensure that you turn your grill off the right way. This reduces the risk of injuries and accidents. You’ll need to turn the gas tank off before shutting off the gas burners. Make sure that your propane cylinder valve is fully closed to prevent gas from leaking. With a gas line grill, all you have to do is shut it off without having to deal with any tanks.

If you’re ready to install a gas line for your grilling area, contact Forrest Anderson. We can ensure that this is done properly for your safety.

Get Rid of Limescale in Phoenix, AZ

In bathrooms and kitchens, we often face the annoying problem of limescale building up. It is such an unpleasant sight. And it makes our beautiful faucets appear as if they were built in the 1800s. So how can you get rid of limescale and restore your faucets to gleaming status?

What is Limescale?

Limescale is a build up of minerals such as calcium and magnesium which are present in tap water. These minerals originate from your home’s plumbing system. And when these minerals deposit around your faucets, they form hard crusty deposits called limescale. Unfortunately, these deposits can prove cumbersome to remove, especially when they build up over a long period of time.

Areas, such as Phoenix, AZ, with hard water (water that contains a lot of dissolved minerals) are more prone to limescale build up.

Soft water equipment can help you get rid of limescale permanently. However, what do you do if it’s already there?

How to get rid of limescale

Follow these steps to restore shine to your faucets.

Clean the area

The first step is to prepare the working area. Wipe off dust, stains, and other types of dirt from the faucet and surrounding areas using detergent or any other household cleaner. This will give you a clear view of the amount of limescale build up and the work ahead of you.

Soak the limescale

The next step is to soak the limescale in a cleaning solution. Do not immediately begin scrubbing at the faucet in an attempt to get rid of limescale. This may damage the finishing of the faucet and other surrounding surfaces.

Instead, follow a more strategic approach. Spray the area with a solution of lemon juice or vinegar. You can use lemon juice from the store, or you can cut some fresh lemons in half and squeeze out the juice into a small bowl.

Wrap the faucet

If trying to gain access to difficult to reach areas, spray a piece of cotton or paper towel and wrap it tightly around the faucet. Allow the limescale to soak in the solution for a minimum of 30 minutes. Afterward, lightly scrub the faucet and surrounding areas. This should get rid of limescale very effectively.

Dip the spout in cleaning solution

Take a cup of vinegar or lemon juice and submerge the spout of the faucet inside it. This will allow for the inner areas of the faucet to soak in the cleaning solution and soften the limescale.

Keep surfaces dry

Once you get rid of limescale, stay on top of limescale build-up by preventing water from accumulating in these areas. When you’re doing using the sink, wipe off excess water from the faucet and the sink as well.

Wipe-off residual water from the bathtub and faucets too. This will prevent the minerals present in the water from accumulating and forming limescale build-ups.

Need a long-lasting solution against limescale?

Let’s face it, keeping up with the constant wiping, cleaning, and scrubbing can be a huge pain.

Which is why Forrest Anderson is here to help.

We provide a long-lasting solution against limescale build up with a soft water system. Our smart plumbing solutions and expert knowledge mean we’re always ready to provide the best solutions for you to get rid of limescale.

Contact us today to learn more about a permanent solution to limescale.

Water Softener Benefits: Softer Skin

Softer skin makes you look and feel younger and more vibrant. There are the key ways to get softer skin, such as drinking plenty of water and sleep, staying out of the sun, and eating well. But did you know that water softener benefits can include softer skin?

Negative Effects of Hard Water on Skin

Water is considered hard when it has excessive minerals, such as calcium and magnesium.

These minerals cause bad things to happen to skin, such as:

  • Making it harder to clean skin; soap doesn’t lather well when mixed with minerals.
  • Leaving a layer of soap scum on skin; soap doesn’t rinse off thoroughly.
  • Clogged pores; soap scum clogs pores, which can lead to acne and breakouts.
  • Itchy, dry, and irritated skin; the minerals in hard water strip the body of its natural oils.

How a Water Softener Benefits Skin

When you install a water softener in your home, you can expect some pretty awesome benefits. Not only will it make it easier to get a clean home, dishes, laundry, and hair, it will also be easier to clean you!

Benefits Include:

  • Soft water enables soap to lather better, cleaning your skin more. Bonus: bubbles last longer during bubble baths!
  • You’ll get out of the shower feeling softer and smoother since your natural oils can flow freely with no soap scum.
  • You won’t need as much lotion or oils added to your skin, saving both time and money.
  • You’ll feel cleaner since the water will fully wash off.

Start Feeling the Effects of Softer Water

If you’re ready to have softer, smoother, cleaner skin, then you’re ready for a water softener! Contact Forrest Anderson to review your options. We’ll help you find the right one for your family and then install it for you.

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Water Softener Benefits: Softer Hair

We all want beautiful, soft, flowing hair and are willing to spend the money and time to make it happen. A recent survey showed that women spend, on average, $60 a month on hair care products and at least 30 minutes to get ready for a night out. Everyone wants to look their best, but your water may be ruining the effects of those products and extra time. Showering with hard water can make hair brittle. One of the water softener benefits is that it removes the minerals that can harm silky locks.

Hard Water and Its Effect on Hair

Hard water has high mineral content. In Arizona, we have hard water because of the higher mineral content in the ground water. When fresh water flows through lime stone and chalk deposits in the ground it picks up calcium and magnesium. Resulting in residue in the water which can build up in the home. This is usually the soap scum and lime scale found in sinks, faucets, and tubs.

What’s worse is that all the residue gathering in your bathroom and kitchens is also collecting in your hair. Yuck!

The residue builds a film hair and prevents moisture from entering. Making hair dry, brittle, dull, and tangled. Hair care products can counteract these effects, but only for so long. Keep hair healthier by washing with soft water.

Water Softener Benefits for Hair

When washing with soft water, hair can absorb good minerals such as zinc rather than harsh minerals like magnesium. You may well be able to slash that hair-product budget when you install a water softener. Some women have said that water softener benefits include not only softer hair but no need for leave-in treatments or styling creams. The lack of hard minerals in your hair is just one of the water softener benefits. The need for extra products to hydrate and soften hair will be much smaller, and that’s pretty huge.

Water softener hair types depend on your hair type too. Women with finer hair have reported their hair feels greasier when washed with soft water because the minerals that used to dry out and volumize their hair are now gone. Whereas women with coarser, fuller hair see huge water softener benefits and save money on hydrating hair products.

Time to Get a Water Softener?

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that 85% of the U.S. has hard water. And Arizona is one of the states hit the hardest! If your hair is suffering from hard water, you’re not alone, and there is a solution!

Contact Forrest Anderson to discuss your options for a water softener. You’ll be enjoying the benefits in your hair, on your skin, and around your home in no time!

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Protect Your Family from Chromium 6 in Arizona

We all want to protect our families. After all, it’s just part of our human nature. But have you considered the levels of chromium 6 in Arizona water supplies? You may not have even heard of this element or know how it could be hurting your family.

What is Chromium 6?

Chromium is a tasteless and odorless metallic element. It is found naturally in plants, rocks, soil, and volcanic dust. It is the 21st most abundant element in earth’s crust. A major source of chromium 6 in drinking water originates from volcanic geologic formations. The other way we get chromium 6 in Arizona water is from factories, who’s pollution contaminates our water supply.

When you add chromium 6 and chromium 3 together you create chromium, the metal. While 3 is a required nutrient with low toxicity, chromium 6 is toxic and has been known to cause cancer when consumed. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lumps them together, assuming that chromium measurements are 100% chromium 6.

The Dangers of Chromium 6 in Arizona

The movie Erin Brockovich brought concerns about chromium 6 to the forefront of America’s consciousness. Since then, studies have been conducted on the element’s pervasiveness in our water supply.

A 2013 study by the Environmental Working Group found chromium 6 in Arizona as well as in most states in the country. In fact, 31 of 35 cities tested for the element. According to the study, chromium 6 exceeded the California EPA’s goal of .02 parts per million in every city where it showed up.

How to Protect Your Family from Chromium 6

Thankfully, there is a relatively simple fix to protect your family from the dangers of chromium 6 in Arizona drinking water. The solution is as easy as purchasing a new water-filtration system.

Many reverse osmosis filters have been certified to remove chromium 6 in Arizona, in addition to other contaminants. This cost-effective solution makes your drinking water safe, plus it will taste better too.

Reverse osmosis works by filtering water through a semipermeable membrane. Think of it as a coffee filter, through which the water flows, leaving trace elements behind. In addition to chromium 6, reverse osmosis will remove arsenic, barium, copper, lead, and fluoride.

Reverse osmosis removes significantly more contaminants from water than standard carbon filters.

Contact Forrest Anderson for More Information

While the thought of chromium 6 in Arizona drinking water may be new to you, it’s not new to Forrest Anderson. We help customers choose and purchase reverse osmosis systems to protect their families. Plus, we maintain and service them as well. Contact us to learn more and to clean up your water.

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3 Ways to Get Better Tasting Water

Your family’s health is important to you, and you want to do everything you can to promote good health in your home. One of the ways to do that is to get them to drink more water. “But the water doesn’t taste good,” you may hear from the kids. Thankfully, there are a few tricks to get better tasting water.

1. Add a Carbon Filter

Filters are a must have for better tasting water. Carbon filters remove water and taste, while sediment filters remove floating particles in the water.

According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a carbon filter is the only recommended treatment for all 32 chemical contaminants, 14 pesticides, and 12 herbicides found in chlorinated tap water.

Carbon has long been used to filter and maintain water. The Egyptians first recognized this use when they stored water in charcoal. Since then, carbon has been a standard component in water treatment.

2. Get a Water Softener

Hard water is common in the Phoenix area. An overabundance of minerals in the water cause the pure water molecules to be heavier and harder. The two big causes for hard water are the minerals calcium and magnesium. One sure-fire way to get better tasting water is to install a water softener to remove these minerals. This simple device removes the majority of excess minerals and leaves water to be nearly tasteless.

But that’s not all a water softener can do for your home. You’ll spend a whole lot less time cleaning as well because it removes calcium from your tap water. You’ll have spot-free dishes out of the dishwasher, no soap scum, and lime scale will be a thing of the past. Plus, your pipes won’t suffer from scale buildup, helping them to last longer and run faster.

3. Install a Reverse Osmosis System

Reverse osmosis is used to make the bottled water you buy at the store. That’s because it’s the most effective technology known to produce better tasting water.

A reverse osmosis system forces tap water through a semi-permeable membrane (a filter), which pulls out the particles and unwanted substances that are causing your water to taste bad. The process removes nearly 90% of pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals.

Help for Better Tasting Water

If you’re unsure what’s at the core of your water issues, contact Forrest Anderson. We’ll do an assessment and provide solutions to get better tasting water, including filters, water softeners, and reverse osmosis systems. Call us today to learn how you and your family can start drinking more, better tasting water.

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Green Stuff on a Faucet: What Is It?

Is your home being invaded by something green? Cleaning bathroom and kitchen faucets in Arizona can be a constant battle. That’s because you’ll find green stuff on a faucet. What the heck is that stuff? And why can’t you get rid of it easily, even when you scrub?

What Green Stuff on Faucet Could Be

We in Arizona have to deal with hard water on a daily basis. While it might help you feel cleaner in the shower, hard water causes a host of issues. It’s considered hard because it has more minerals in the water. The minerals include magnesium, calcium, and copper. And as copper oxides, it turns green. Just one reason you could have green stuff on a faucet.

Another option is limescale. This is a thick layer of chalky stuff that covers anything where water has been. Limescale can be white, yellow, or green. It might be white on the bottom of your tub, yellow at the back of the sink, and green around the faucets. Another reason for green stuff on a faucet.

Why Green Stuff on a Faucet is Bad

Sure, it’s unsightly to have green stuff on a faucet. There’s no doubt about that. But that limescale and copper can be nearly impossible to clean or remove. Plus, limescale can cause permanent damage to fixtures, leading to a costly problem.

All of this green stuff on the faucet is a strong indicator that you, indeed, do have hard water. Of course, being in Arizona, nearly all of us do, so you’re not alone. So you have two choices to address the problem: clean up the green stuff or get the minerals out of your water.

Tricks to Clean Up the Gunk

There are three good ways to get rid of the green stuff on the faucet:

Trick 1: Commercial Cleaner and a Lime

First, clean your faucet and sink with your normal kitchen cleanser and then wipe it dry. Next, cut a lemon in half and use it to wipe down and scrub the surfaces again. The mild acid in the lemon helps to dissolve the limescale and buildup. After you are done lemon scrubbing, rinse everything off and wipe it dry.

Trick 2: Baking Soda Paste

To make the paste, mix three parts baking soda with one part water. Take your paste and rub it all over the green stuff on a faucet. Leave the baking soda paste on the faucet for one hour (or until it’s fully dry). Afterward, rinse and dry completely.

Trick 3: Deep Vinegar Soak

One of the best ways to beat lime scale and hard water deposits is with vinegar. Fill a plastic bag with 1/3 to 1/2 cup of vinegar and secure the bag around your faucet with a rubber band. Let the vinegar soak deeply into the limescale for 3–4 hours then scrub off the green stuff on a faucet. Rinse and dry when complete.

Rid Your Water of Minerals

If hard water is at the core of your green stuff on faucet problem, you need to do something to get rid of all of those extra minerals. Here are two options:

1. Install a Water Softener

The best way to beat hard water and stop limescale buildup forever is to install a water softener. Soft water has far fewer minerals in it than hard water. Therefore, when soft water dries on your faucet and inside the sink, it leaves behind much less calcium carbonate. That results in pretty much no green stuff on the faucet.

2. Have Your Home Re-piped

Old pipes in your home might be a source of minerals feeding the hard water into your home. As pipes age, water tends to become harder. Having modern plumbing installed in your home, along with a water softener, is the best way to defeat limescale.

Get the Help You Need

If green stuff on a faucet is an issue for you and your home, it’s time to contact Forrest Anderson. We can suggest the best water softener (and install it) if that’s your choice. And if you’d prefer to re-pipe your home, we can manage that project as well.

Stop cleaning your faucets every day. Ban the green stuff!

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Reverse Osmosis Makes Drinking Water Safer

Buying and maintaining your home takes a lot of care and effort, and the rewards are priceless. Feeling relaxed and safe in your little nest is something we all need, and many households spend a lot of their budget on alarm systems or video surveillance. While this can help us feel secure, there can be other dangers lurking inside your abode that are not so apparent.

Think about your drinking water.

Most Americans drink directly from their tap, and generally the EPA considers this to be safe. But nearly 70 million Americans are believed to have a toxin called hexavalent chromium-6, or chromium-6, in their drinking water. Chromium-6 is no joke.

It is considered a carcinogen and has been linked to kidney and liver damage, asthma, and cancer of the lung, stomach, and throat.

When Art Imitates Life

In Julia Robert’s portrayal of Erin Brockovich in her namesake’s film from 2000, Brockovich uncovers the dangers of this toxic chemical that was disposed of improperly by a manufacturer in Hinkley, CA.

The toxin leeched into the groundwater and spread, causing clusters of health problems in a nearby town.

Brockovich was able to expose this particular case, but chromium-6 still pervades many areas. Though cities and towns work hard to keep drinking water safe, there are levels that exceed the EPA’s public health goal of .02 parts per billion and Arizona was noted to have some of the highest levels of chromium-6 in the United States, with Phoenix being specifically impacted.

While our government allows such toxins in places like steel and thermal cutting factories, the public must rely on the safe practices of manufacturers to keep our water clean. Unfortunately, with the rising costs of labor and materials in our world today, many safety measures are overlooked as businesses struggle to produce products faster and cheaper.

Reverse Osmosis Can Protect Your Family

Fortunately, as a homeowner, there is something you can do to directly protect yourself and your family. The most effective way to reduce chromium-6 from your drinking water is by installing a filter that uses reverse-osmosis technology.

Reverse osmosis has been around since the 1970s and works by pumping water across a membrane at high pressure. The membrane filters the water of chromium-6 and other chemicals you don’t want to be drinking like lead and even arsenic. Buying a reverse-osmosis filter is easy—and you could be drinking safe water right away!

Forrest Anderson, your HVAC and plumbing company in Phoenix, will safely install the best reverse-osmosis system for you. We know we have the best technology to protect you, and we can work within your budget to get you the top system at the best value.

While many people use carbon filters, which remove a small amount of chemicals, using a reverse-osmosis system will give you the purest results by removing the most toxic particles that can result in serious health issues.

Water is our most precious resource, and our well being depends on the supply to be as pure as possible. Why not consider taking some simple steps to protect you and your family from the environmental hazards that are out there?

Reverse-osmosis filtration systems are the best way to make your household water safe so that you can relax and enjoy all the comforts of home. Forrest Anderson can provide you with a reverse osmosis water softener and protect your family.

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Why Arizonans Need a Water Softener

The Valley’s hard water is notorious. You may have noticed a cloudy white residue on your glasses, pots, and pans.

Your bathtub, shower head, and sink might have an embarrassing white film. Your whites are not as white as they once were and your clothes fade over time.

You may have also felt the difference in how your hair and skin feel, as hard water leaves a scaly film on your scalp, clogs your pores, and leaves your hair dull and damaged. Many people find hard water causes their skin to feel dry, itchy, and irritated.

Though hard water is not dangerous, it can be embarrassing and unsightly! What you may not realize is how damaging hard water is on your appliances and the hidden expense.

Hard Water’s Hidden Expense

When hard water is heated in your hot water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine calcium builds and creates problems with your pipes. This residue leads to clogged pipes, reduced water flow, and increases the cost to heat your water.

If left untreated, these deposits eventually lead to higher electric bills and may eventually lead to the failure of expensive parts, like water pumps and heating elements. In some cases, you may have to replace your hot water heater, dishwasher, or washing machine.

Benefits of a Water Softener

Once you have a water softener installed in your home, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Minimal hard water scale and corrosion
  • Longer lasting appliances
  • Cleaner dishes
  • Cleaner faucets
  • Softer clothes
  • Softer skin and hair
  • Significant savings on energy costs

Contact the Professionals at Forrest Anderson

If you’re tired of water-stained dishes, soap-scum-covered tubs, and dingy clothes, it’s probably time to add a water softener to your home. Rather than going to the hardware store, call the professionals at Forrest Anderson! We’ll provide suggestions based on your needs and then expertly install a new water softener.

Pair it with a reverse osmosis system for a complete overhaul of your water system that’s safer for you, your family, and your home!

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