Posts

Water Quality Effects on Hair and Skin

Image
Believe it or not, your dry skin and itchy scalp might be caused by the quality of your home’s water! Hard water has a high mineral content. It is filled with minerals like calcium and magnesium. While hard water is totally safe for drinking, showering and cooking, it may be harming your skin and hair. The abundance of minerals and chemicals in hard water leaves behind buildup. They prevent your water from completely dissolving the chemicals that are in your soap and shampoo, leaving a residue on your skin and scalp.   This residue that remains on your skin can cause excessive skin dryness and irritation. It can also cause skin breakouts if your skin is sensitive. Your scalp will have residue too. This can cause a dry and itchy scalp and dandruff. Your hair may feel like it still has some shampoo or conditioner in it, even after you’ve continued to rinse it. Your hair can even look dull and feel super dry. If you color your hair, hard water can dull the color quickly, requiring m

Is Your Well Water Actually WELL?

Image
  Is your well water safe to drink?  That completely depends on what’s   in the water.  Evaluating the quality of drinking water from a private well makes sense and should be done on a regular basis. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that if you have a private well, you test your water periodically to ensure it is safe to drink. Minimally, it’s a good idea to test on an annual basis for bacteria and nitrates. A consideration in keeping your well water safe is to keep all human activities a safe distance from your well. This includes things like a septic tank, livestock, farm areas where fertilizer and manure are stored, as well as fuel tanks. All of these things can leak dangerous materials into your well and ultimately into your drinking water. Know the possible threats in your area that could affect your well. Some sources of pollution are easy to detect simply by standing at the well-head and looking, listening and smelling what is nearby.  However, many ser

Why Do You Need Annual Service?

Image
  Even though you may not be currently experiencing issues with the water treatment equipment in your home or business, there are still several reasons why you should be calling us for an annual service visit. During an annual service call, we perform a thorough cleaning of your system to make sure everything is working properly. Having us service your system on an annual basis allows us to make sure all of your settings are optimized for maximum performance to save you money and give you the best water quality. Any changes during the past year could affect the settings needed on your system. For example, if you have new family members living in your home and are now using more water, your settings should be adjusted. Likewise, if a child left home to go to college, you may be using less water. We can adjust settings to reflect that change for optimum performance. An annual service appointment allows us to see if any parts on your system require maintenance. Moving parts can wear o

Is Excessive Iron in Your Water?

Image
If you see rusty, orange water coming out of your faucet, chances are that you’re dealing with high levels of iron in your water.  Even if you don’t see rusty water, you could have iron that is practically invisible or appears as tiny flakes in your glass. Even small amounts of clear water iron can cause rust stains on your sink and fixtures after the water has dried. Don’t panic if you think you have iron in your water. Iron is not considered to have harmful side effects to your health, but it definitely has negative impacts on your water quality. Iron can make your home’s water appear very unappealing and it can also cause other household problems. High iron content makes drinking water, coffee, and teas taste metallic. Food cooked in water with iron may have an odd flavor and can become discolored. Iron in your water can also affect other areas of your home. Iron can stain fabric in your laundry and can leave stains on sinks and toilets.   On a more serious note, iron can lead

Hard Water Stains

Image
Rust stains are caused by the presence of dissolved iron in water. The iron oxidizes and collects on the surface of bathtubs and sinks. This appears over time as an orange-red stain.  No matter how hard you scrub, if you are using a cleanser that contains bleach, your problem will only get worse.  The bleach chemically reacts with the iron in the water which actually creates  more  rust in your sink or bathtub. Well water as well as municipal water can have a high iron content that causes rust stains to form on bathtubs and sinks. In order to prevent these stains from happening in the first place, make sure to rinse the sink and the bathtub/shower after each use. After rinsing, wipe the tub, sink and shower down with a towel. This will help to remove any iron residue. If stains have already set in, depending on the material of your bathroom fixtures, you may be able to use a pumice stone to gently rub away the stains.  Wet the pumice stone and rub it on the tub or s

Water Softener Basics

Image
Is your water hard or soft?  That depends on how many minerals are in your home’s water. Soft water contains lower levels of calcium and/or magnesium than hard water does. There certainly is no requirement that makes homeowners decide to soften their water. It’s a personal choice. If you have hard water, you already know the signs. If you do have hard water, you may need a water softener to ensure that your appliances function properly and so that you can improve the taste, smell, or look of your home’s water supply. Home water softeners, also sometimes called ion exchange units, are appliances that remove calcium, magnesium, and other minerals from drinking water. There are advantages to home water softening that you will see right away. Water softening can immediately reduce mineral spots on your glassware. It can also reduce or completely prevent soap film in sinks, bathtubs and in washing machines. Over time, using a water softener prevents buildup of minerals (

Dealing with Laundry Issues

Image
If you have hard water in your home, chances are you are scrubbing mineral deposits off your sinks, showers, or faucets.  You may not think about how hard water affects your laundry. Even if you are using a laundry detergent with built-in water softeners, your laundry will still suffer. You may notice that some articles of clothing, even after laundering, still look dingy. Clean laundry may even have an unpleasant odor. This is because as mineral deposits build, they trap bacteria. That buildup leads to odor issues. The mineral deposits can also irritate some people’s more sensitive skin.  Hard water deposits also affect the absorbency of towels. When hard water traps residue, it can hold on to detergent like it does everything else and release residual suds. What you’re actually seeing is the effect of hard water on the fabric. If the fabric is retaining detergent residue, it’s also retaining bacteria, even after washing. We can help with your laundry issues. Pleas