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.

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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

Soft Water Without Salt?

There are many benefits to owning a water softener.  We won’t list them here, but one of the chores to having clean, soft water is to fill your salt tank from time to time.  We’re all busy and tend to forget to fill your salt tank on a regular basis.  When you do run out of salt, what happens?  Does it ruin your water softener?  What will my water be like? Read more

Drinking Soft Water

When you soften water using a water softener, does the sodium level increase in my water?  Is it safe to drink soft water?  Will my water taste salty from using salt and a water softener?  How much salt is added to my water using a water softener?  These questions are presented to our staff when discussing water, specifically using a water softener within a home.  As part of the water softening process, salt must be used to make soft water.  How much salt is needed depends on the hardness of your home’s water, the number of people living and size of the water softener in the home.

In an Environmental Protection Agency study, an eight ounce glass of soft water has less than 12.5 milligrams of sodium.  This falls in the “very low sodium” category according to the Food and Drug Administration.  Read more

Lead in Drinking Water

With its heightened awareness around the country in recent years, exposure to lead in drinking water has been a hot topic.  Many people know there are related health issues with lead, which causes concern.  Lead in drinking water seldom occurs from dissolved rock as water travels through the earth’s crust, like other elements.  It enters drinking water as a result of corrosion of service pipes or wearing away of the materials used in the water distribution system, and fixtures with lead solder, especially using hot water.   Homes built before 1986 Read more

Arsenic in Water

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element within the earth and when it comes in contact with water, it dissolves naturally into the water.  In Illinois, it is found in deep bedrock formations and shallow glacial materials.  If not properly tested and resolved arsenic can be harmful to the human body. Read more