Renting vs. Purchasing Equipment

Hard water is the pits.  The time will come when a homeowner will need to replace water treatment equipment or purchase new.  The tough decision is to rent or buy and the decision depends on each homeowner’s situation.  Purchasing is not the only option.  Companies do rent water softeners for a short term lease, which can be cost effective for a homeowner.  We’ll dive into the pros and cons of each option to help make a decision, which is best for each family. Read more

Water Softener Myths

MYTH: A WATER SOFTENER IS A WASTE OF MONEY

There can be sticker shock for some consumers at the cost of a water softener.  They then don’t think they need soft water, not for that price.  It’s like any other appliance in your home … useful.  The fact is a water softener is one of the only home appliances that can save you money.  Why? A water softener removes hardness (calcium and magnesium) from the water reducing your water heating bills and extends the life of water using appliances.  A water softener also saves money because less detergent is used when washing clothes as well as less soap is needed when bathing.  Since hardness is removed from the water, there’s no need to buy harsh chemicals to remove any hardness buildup from your water fixtures. Read more

Black Specks in Water

When you turn on the faucet and notice there are black specks floating in the water, what do you do?  First, don’t panic and don’t drink the water from that particular faucet. Please know,it’s not uncommon to find black specs in your water on occasion. Let us explain black specks in  water to help alleviate your concerns, identify the causes, and offer solutions to improve your home’s water..

Water Heaters
If you’re experiencing black specks in the hot water and occasional specks in the cold water, the specks are coming from your water heater.  Over time, your water heater will wear down and corrode. The small black specks are pieces of the water heater. Don’t rush out and replace your water heater.  The best solution is to flush the bottom of your water heater and run any faucet lines to and from the water heater. Flushing a water heater is also a good practice because, over time, mineral will settle on the bottom of the heater causing iron staining on your fixtures.   Read more

Low Water Pressure

Have you ever turned on the faucet in your bathroom or kitchen only to find water trickles out?  It’s irritating for you and inefficient for your home. Low water pressure makes your appliances work harder and takes longer to fill the bathtub, wash machine, or dishwasher.  If you are on a private well it can also cause issues with your well system. You’ll want to find the issue and solve it as quickly as possible.

The first area to check is to the main shut off valve.  This is either by your well pressure tank or your city supplied water meter.  You’ll want to check the main valve to see if it is partially turned off or turned off just enough to decrease water pressure.  Read more

Chlorine in Water

How many times have you been to a restaurant, grabbed for a glass of water, and the water smells like a swimming pool?  Probably too often. You can also experience this obnoxious smell at your home when filling a glass of water. Homes on city water will experience a chlorine odor.  It is mandatory for municipalities to add certain levels of chlorine to keep the water safe from bacteria and contaminants as it travels from the water plant to homes.  The closer a home is to the local water plant, the stronger the smell. The reason the smell is higher in certain homes then others is they have to add certain amounts of chlorine so it is able to treat water as it reaches its farthest point within the piping system.  Read more

Drinking Water at School

August spells school is back in session.  We all have memories of getting on the bus or sending our little ones on their first day.  Parents concern themselves with school supplies, clothes, and packing lunches.  What is oftentimes not considered is the quality and amount of water their child drinks during the school year.

Recently and in the past, stories have been reported about schools having contaminants, specifically lead, in the drinking water.  Schools are not legally required to test their drinking water unless the school maintains their own water supply.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates there are approximately 98,000 public schools Read more

Safe to Drink Smelly Water

Have you ever turned on your faucet to grab a glass of water and the water smells like rotten eggs?  I’m sure it’s happened to many people on private well water.  It is likely hydrogen sulfide in the water.  Even a few tenths of sulfur in the water can cause your water to smell.  We’re often asked if it is safe to drink water with the odor.  While the EPA does not regulate hydrogen sulfide, it is important to test levels of sulfur within the water and treat it properly.  Small amounts of sulfur in your water Read more

Water Usage in Summer

When the temperature rises, so does water use outside for watering lawns and gardens.  A lush lawn, landscape, or garden looks great when it’s green and growing.  It’s great for the kids to run through a sprinkler to cool off. It’s estimated the average home will use two to four times as much water during the summer then other seasons. Below are simple tips a homeowner can use to help conserve water, our precious resource. Read more

Boil Orders

An alert goes out to residents in which a boil order is in effect for their area.  Many residents scramble to understand what a boil order means.   A boil order takes effect when a water supplier has tested the water and testing has shown any presence of organisms that can result in an illness.  It can also mean there are technical and/or physical problems within the water system that can affect the water with bacterial contamination.  A boil order specifically means bacteria containing fecal and/or E. Coli bacteria. Read more

Understanding PFAS in Water

Have you heard of the chemical PFAS?  It’s been a hot topic within the water industry over the past several months.

PFAS stands for Per- and Polyflouroalkyl substances and within the PFAS family tree are chemicals PFOA and PFOS.  They are man-made and gaining traction within the water industry Read more