By Terry Meany
Do not allow these plumbing difficulties bankrupt you-- discover ways to do it your self! With the total Idiot's consultant to Plumbing, you are going to know about instruments, security, clearing clogs, repairing leaks, home improvement kitchens and lavatories and outside plumbing. It even promises suggestion should you should still rent a professional!
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And you might have a newfound appreciation whenever you open a tap. < previous page page_1 next page > < previous page page_3 next page > Page 3 Chapter 1 Open Tap, Get Water Some of the greatest inventions and discoveries are the ones we take the most for granted. We turn a faucet handle and expect to get clean, safe water. Because we don't have to carry it inside by the bucket from a well in the backyard, we rarely think about the systems that bring in potable water and take waste water out of our homes.
In chemistry, a compound is a combination of elements and an element is a substance composed of similar atoms that cannot be separated by chemical interaction. Metals are elements, which allows me to segue ever so coolly into the subject of hard water. Hardness, in this case, simply means the concentration of magnesium and calcium ions present in the water. Both of these are metallic elements. Sometimes the presence of metals in water is confused with sediment. Small, loose < previous page page_4 next page > < previous page page_5 next page > Page 5 particles of silt, clay, sand, and eroding soil are what make up sediment, any of which can be carried great distances by wind and water currents.
This is where water treatment facilities and their counterparts, waste treatment facilities, come in. Early plumbing systems emphasized bringing water into populated areas. Waste removal, on the other hand, was pretty much approached as out of sight, out of mind, which didn't work too well for anyone downstream. Water treatment plants vary in their complexity, depending on the condition of the water and local regulations. Treatment can range from chlorination (the addition of chlorine to kill germs) to screening, filtration, the use of activated carbon to remove odors and objectionable tastes, and even irradiation.