Find Out if Your Home’s Water is Safe

 

How do you know if the water coming out of your faucet is safe?  You’ve heard all the stories recently in the news about contaminated water with bacteria, lead, and pollutants.  There is a wealth of information from verified organizations you can access to better educate and resolve water issues you face within your home.  It’s a matter of knowing where to research to find what is in your home’s water.

  • If your home is on city water, the city is required by law to test the water on a regular basis.  Every water supplier is required by law to provide each homeowner a Consumer Confidence Report before July 1st each year, which is an annual water report detailing any contaminants in the water and at what level they tested and what health risk they pose for your family.  Another method to find a CCR is to go to the water supplier’s website or contact your water supplier directly and request a CCR.  Keep in mind, water testing is tested at the water plant and test results may be different then what is supplied at your home.  Why? Read more

Needing a Sediment Pre-Filter

Have you ever wondered if you need a sediment pre-filter with your water softener?  It all depends on the type of water entering your home.  Homes on private wells are more likely then city supplied homes to need a pre-filter in conjunction with their water softener. Your best bet is to have your water tested by a local water professional.  They will be able to tell you if you need a pre-filter installed before your water softener. 

It is often recommended a sediment pre-filter be installed with a water softener, not because the water softener can’t do its job, but to remove particulate from the water the water softener won’t remove.  A sediment pre-filter, acts like a furnace or oil filter, in that it traps sediment, sand, and debris the well might kick up from entering the water softener.  It acts as a protector from sediment entering and plugging the water softener and causing an unnecessary service call.   It will also help with iron reduction in that it will catch particles of iron too.  The filter will need to be changed, on average 3-6 months, depending on the water entering your home and the volume of water used.

Watering Plants with Soft Water

Like humans, plants all need water to grow and oftentimes need specific soil conditions in order to grow healthfully.  When you are watering your household plants, it is best to use the watering information for the specific plant.  We offer general information in this blog post.  No matter the water you use, watch for stunted growth of your plants.  If this is the case, it may be necessary to change the type of water used. Read more

Cloudy Water

Have you ever poured a glass of water and seen hundreds of tiny bubbles in the glass, maybe even a milky color?  Within a minute the water clears up from the bottom to the top and the glass of water looks normal again.  The cloudy water is due to tiny air bubbles in the water.  These tiny air bubbles are completely harmless and not pose a health risk.  Read more

Staying Hydrated in Winter

In the warm summer months, we are outside enjoying the warmer weather playing in the park, getting exercise, or working around the yard.  It’s an automatic thought to drink water and stay hydrated because we sweat and feel hot.  As the weather turns cooler for fall and during the winter months, many think because the weather is cooler, our bodies don’t need as much water to stay hydrated.  What we don’t realize everything tends to dry out, even our body, and the air is much drier. It’s equally, if not more, important to stay hydrated in winter months because dehydration is less noticeable.  Read more

Softening City Water

My home is on city water so my water is just fine to use, right?  I don’t need a water softener in my home, right?  I won’t get any buildup on my water fixtures because I’m no city water, right?  The answer is no to these three questions.  Please don’t be alarmed, city supplied water is safe to use and drink.  We are discussing the effects of hard water within your home.  City water does have hardness, even when the supplier softens the water.  There is a misconception of being on city water, your water is good to use.  Read more

Longevity of Water Softeners

For many homes, using a water softener and having soft water throughout the home is necessary.  A water softener is considered an appliance of the home.  Much like any appliance, a water softener will tire out, parts wear out or, stops working.  There becomes a point in time when how much money needs to be put into the appliance versus reconditioning or replacing.

A properly maintained water softener can last for several years Read more

Signs a Water Softener Needs Service

Life is great when your water softener is working and you’re enjoying clean, soft water throughout your home.  Considering a water softener is an appliance, there is always a chance it can go awry.  It may be difficult to sometimes know when your water softener is not working properly.  Understand signs you may need to have service on your equipment. Read more

Cleaning Your Brine Tank

How often do you clean your water softener’s brine tank?  I’m sure not often.  It’s a household chore homeowners don’t often think about or perform until there is an issue with their water.  This isn’t a household chore that needs to be completed often, but maybe once a year.  Since all water softener salt has impurities or water insoluble matter, these impurities will settle on the bottom of the brine tank. They will sit on the bottom of the brine tank and during regeneration will enter the water softener potentially causing a malfunction with your water softener.

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Calculating Salt Usage

Living with soft water in your home has many benefits and it often saves homeowners money in the long run.  Whether it’s at the time of installation or after many years living with soft water, customers ask how much salt they should expect to use on a monthly basis?  There are many variables in salt usage such as th hardness of the water, family size, and type of unit. Keep in mind, every water softener is set differently and vary with usage.   Read more