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Why Do You Need Annual Service?

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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 out over …

Is Excessive Iron in Your Water?

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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 to plumb…

Hard Water Stains

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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 sink stain. Some of the pum…

Water Softener Basics

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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 (scaling) on the inside …

Dealing with Laundry Issues

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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. Please give us a call at 302…

Hard Water and Swimming Pools

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It can be difficult to maintain the proper water hardness in a swimming pool. 
If you don’t know what type of water you are dealing with, your task becomes even harder (no pun intended!).
Hard water clogs pipes and pumps with deposits. This can make your pool water appear cloudy. It can also create scales on the pool filter, impacting its functioning. 
On the converse side, water that isn’t hard enough can also cause problems. Soft water can damage metal, concrete and tile in your pool, because it can dissolve the minerals they contain.
The best solution is to test pool water regularly. Use hard water strips to test the water. This can monitor the total hardness. Water hardness below 200 ppm is too soft for pool water. Hardness above 400 ppm is too hard.
If the water is too soft, you may need to add a calcium chloride solution to your pool water to bring it within the optimal hardness range.
If your pool water is too hard, you may need a water softener. That’s where we come in. We can help.…

Is Tap Water Harming Your Plants?

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House plants need water free of impurities such as minerals and chemicals. How does your tap water rate? 
The advantage of using water from the tap is that it's cheap and readily available. However, if the tap water is loaded with minerals or chemicals, it can harm plants. 
Chlorine, for example, is bad for plants. If you smell chlorine in your tap water, let the water sit for 24 hours before using it on your plants.
If you have hard water with excessive amounts of minerals (mostly magnesium and calcium), these can also harm your plants.   
Some people buy bottled water for their houseplants, which can become unnecessarily expensive. Instead, collect rainwater for your plants, and call us. If you don’t want to feed it to your houseplants, you probably shouldn’t drink it either! 302-732-9002