Ways You Can Handle the Hardships of Hard Water This Winter in New Orleans
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Old Chrome Tap Dripping WaterWinter is hard enough without having to deal with hard water! Chilly temperatures cause dry, itchy skin and lackluster hair, and hard water only makes these issues worse. It also leaves your laundry in rough shape and causes it to look dingy no matter how clean it is. The same goes for your dishes! Hard water leaves behind spots or a filmy residue even after dishes are washed. All of these problems are because soaps and detergents simply cannot work as well in hard water.

But these problems aren’t the hardest or worst part of having hard water. The minerals in hard water can damage plumbing pipes by depositing along their interior walls and forming a buildup of scale. Not only does this decrease water pressure throughout your home, but it also shortens the lifespan of appliances such as dishwashers, water heaters, and washing machines and causes them to work improperly.

While “soft” water has no mineral impurities, hard water has large amounts of calcium and magnesium. You may be surprised to know that the majority of American homes have hard water. Hard water statistics from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) show that 85% of American households have hard water. Could your home be a part of that percentage?

After being in business for four generations, we’ve experienced our fair share of plumbing problems caused by hard water. You can rely on our expertise in dealing with these issues to get the job done right! We offer a number of different plumbing services to address problems caused by hard water, including our new faucet installation service and water softening and conditioning.

Water softeners use salts to rid hard water of its excess mineral content and are highly effective at preventing scale buildup in plumbing pipes and appliances. Their initial cost may be high, but many consumers believe their benefits outweigh the cost.

An easy and affordable alternative to water softeners is to install point of use water filters in your bathroom and kitchen. These can be fitted over your faucets and showerhead and are still effective in treating hard water, but they won’t prevent scale buildup in your plumbing. If you’re concerned about your drinking water, water pitcher filters are another simple, effective, yet affordable water treatment option.

There are always home remedies that can be used to combat the effects of hard water. Did you know good ol’ fashioned distilled white vinegar is an excellent way to combat the effects of hard water? Use it in your washing machine’s rinse cycle for softer and cleaner looking clothes. It can also be used as a rinse aid in your dishwasher for sparkling dishes and to remove buildup from your coffee maker. Skip the expensive hair masques and use diluted apple cider vinegar to revive hair that’s been made dull by hard water!

Home remedies and water filters are great ideas, but for a permanent and comprehensive solution for your hard water problems call Bienvenu Brothers so we can design the best treatment plan for you.



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We have used Bienvenu Brothers several times over the last few years, and we have always been extremely satisfied with the service and quality work. Bienvenu always makes every effort to get someone out as soon as possible. They just finished a job that has increased my respect even more. Seven weeks ago, to the day, one of our bathrooms backed up in the early afternoon. Bienvenu had a sewer cleaning truck out later that day. Unfortunate, they were unable to clear the line and it was determined that we needed video inspection to determine the problem. When the video crew came out they determined that there was a problem with the parish sewer line. The parish would come but couldn’t clean the line because of a lift station problem. This repeat every couple of days for weeks. Keith and Louis made calls and did all they could to try to get the problem resolved. Finally, the parish fixed the lift station, cleared the line and corrected an issue with our connection to the main line. The next day, today, Bienvenu had Frank and his crew out, and they made the necessary repair to my line in a couple of hours. FINALLY, we can again use our own shower and toilet. Keith and Louis were persistent in trying to keep things moving, and Frank did a quick and great job of finishing up. I can’t imagine ever using anyone else!

Raymond Perry

Dear Bienvenu Brothers, I am way behind in my correspondence, but I wanted to thank you for the quick, efficient, honest service I received on December 19, 2011. My hot H2O heater went out. I called Bienvenu Brothers because of a recommendation. It was so close to the holidays, but yet you made it possible for my family to take hot showers that night. The computer board went out, and Kirk said it was under warranty and only charged me for the service fee. Since I had never used you before, I was amazed. Thanks for everything!

Desiree E.

I just wanted to thank you for the outstanding service on my new State water heater. I bought the unit from Coburn’s and my husband and a friend installed it. It kept coding out and would not work. I called the manufacturer (State) and they recommended that I call you guys. Vint came out and did some troubleshooting. He contacted State Technical Support, and they sent the part over-night to me. Unfortunately, when the new part was installed, it still did not work, so I called Vint, and he called State again for another part. I have never had such wonderful customer service and was very impressed with the employees’ diligence in staying on top of the matter. Vicki called me to set up my appointments and was so sweet and friendly. Louis Bienvenu originally took my call and was very attentive to my problem and made everything happen. It was a very pleasant experience all the way around, and I just wanted to say “THANKS!”  Next time I have a plumbing problem, I will definitely be giving you guys a call. Thanks again and may God bless you, your family and your business!  

Jana H.

To Louis and all the Bienvenu Brothers: A very gracious thank you! Your help over this last weekend with my grandmother’s house is sincerely appreciated by our family. Everyone we spoke with was kind and very helpful. The no charge for the service was over the top! Bless you and your family. 

April DiGiovanni & Family

Louis & Crew: Thank you so much. Your workmanship is among the best. We are very happy with the new bathroom.

Leo & Paul F.

Dear Keith: A brief thank you note for your help with our recent plumbing problems. We were appreciative of your prompt attention. You, Kirk, Louis, Robbie and Chris were all extremely professional, good attitudes and were very efficient. We would recommend you highly to anyone we know needing plumbing-heating-cooling repairs. Again, thank you.

Martha & Al A.

Dear Mr. Bienvenu: Thank you so much for allowing us to pay off our new hot water heater. I also appreciate your help with this costly bill, and also with the excellent service we received from your Technicians. We look forward to doing business with you again in the future.

Albert W. C Jr.

Dear Sirs: Just to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all did a wonderful job and people have given you praise. 

Janie F.

Dear Mr. Bienvenu: I wish to commend your entire staff for helping me get my mom’s sewer problem handled in an efficient and effective manner. Your office assistant (I’m sorry I don’t remember her name listened to my plight and relayed my concerns to the plumber. Louis Jr worked with me over the course of two days assuring me that he would give the problem his best effort but could not guarantee we wouldn’t have to dig up the entire front yard. His integrity and dedication got the job done! And then the gentleman (I think his name was Rick) who my mom talked with, assured her that her bill could be paid over a few months’ time, which is “life saving” to an elderly person on a fixed income, who wishes to remain independent. I could not have asked for more. 

Mrs. F.

Just wanted to pass on my sincere appreciation for everything you did with my tankless water heater. Hope I don’t have to call anytime soon.

Gina V.
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