2018 Road Cleanup

It’s that time of year where we clean our adopted road, Johnsburg Road.  Our company has been doing this for over 5 years twice a year.  Every year, our employees find interesting trash and they all look for the best find.  This is one way to give back to our local community who has given us the opportunity for many years to grow as a business.  We’d like to thank all those who drove by, honked at us, and gave us a wave.

What is Iron in Water?

Known as the universal solvent, water dissolves a little bit of everything as it enters the ground and seeps into the earth.  As it does this, water dissolves minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.  Iron is the mineral which stains our clothes, toilet, shower, and bathtub.  High amounts of iron will turn our hair an orange color.  It’s not pleasant and does not clean up well.  It can be one of the most troubling and unstable contaminants we as water professionals deal with.  Read more

What is Chloramine in Water?

What are chloramines?
Chloramines are the combination of chlorine and ammonia used to disinfect water.  This type of disinfectant has been used dating back to the 1930’s.  The EPA estimated in 1998 some 68 million Americans were using water with chloramines.  The main purpose of using chloramines is to provide long-lasting protection when water travels through piping since chloramines don’t break down or dissipate as quickly as other disinfectants such as chlorine. Read more

What is Tannin in Water?

What are tannins?

Tannins can be found in peaty soil from vegetation decay breakdown.  They are a natural and organic matter in nature.  When they are in water, they give a tea-like, faint yellow, color.  Tannins will even cause an unpleasant after taste when drinking water.  They will occasionally leave a yellow staining in fabrics, fixtures, and laundry.  When smelled, tannins have a musty, earthy odor.  When filling a bathtub with water, the bathwater will have a yellow tint and look dirty.  Read more

Are Salt Free, Saltless Systems Worth It?

Salt Free, Saltless Water Systems.  We’ve received more inquiries in the past few years about these types of systems with customers wanting to install them in their home.  They seem convenient, easier to maintain, and are environmentally friendly.  Do they work?  Do they remove the hardness (calcium and magnesium ions) from the water?  The main question about salt free, saltless systems is do they provide the same benefits as a water softener? Read more

Benefits of Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water

We’ve always been told to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Many more Americans are picking up a glass of water instead of carbonated beverages. A 2016 Beverage Marketing study found water consumption grew by 120 percent between 2000 and 2015 while over the same period carbonated drinks fell by 16 percent.

Even with drinking more water, there are many choices in the kind of water you drink like tap, bottled, filtered, or natural spring. A choice many homeowners are choosing today is reverse osmosis water. These systems are highly rated Read more

Soft Water vs. Hard Water

Would you rather have water that will make your skin feel soft and smooth or dry and itchy?  Most people would choose soft and smooth.  Not everyone experiences the soft and smooth feel because not all homes use a water softener to treat their water.  The U.S. Geological Survey states 85% of the water in the United States is hard water.  Even when homes are supplied with city water, the water is hard. Read more

Iron Bacteria in Water

Not all iron is the same. Many homes on well water in Northeastern Illinois are subjected to different types of iron such as ferrous iron, ferric iron, and iron bacteria. Many people are familiar with ferrous and/or ferric iron because it will stain clothes and water fixtures. Both ferric and ferrous iron in your water are easily removed using Read more

Etching on Glassware

Have you ever noticed your glassware looks like it has scratches all over the glassware?  This is all part of a process called etching.  Etching is caused by pre-rinsing glasses to many times, using too hot of water in the dishwasher, and/or using too much detergent with soft water.  This process