What is Chloramine in Water?

If you are on city water, it is likely your water is treated with a disinfectant.  It is common for municipalities to use chlorine and it is what homeowners will smell when they turn on their faucet.  There is a new disinfectant that some municipalities are using and it’s chloramines.  What are they?  Why are they being used?

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What is Tannin in Water?

Have you ever turned on your bathtub and the water is yellow.  It looks gross.  You think to yourself my water is rusty.  Is it or could it be tannin in the water?  Tannins are not a common  in our region, but there are specific areas where we’ve found tannin in the water. 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

Drinking Softened Water

There is a myth that drinking softened water will increase the sodium levels within you.  There is some truth to this myth, but mostly a false narrative.  The sodium level is slightly elevated with softened water, but there is more salt in your diet than one will drink in 2 quarts of water.

What is this pink slime?

Have you ever seen a pink substance in your bathroom toilet, shower, or tile? Don’t be alarmed, you’re not alone. Many homeowners experience this issue. What is it? It is known as serratia marcescens, otherwise known as “pink slime”. It is an airborne bacterium, not harmful to humans or pets, with an abundant supply in our environment. The bacteria will grow in wet areas, such as bathtubs, toilets, sinks, and tiles, with materials containing phosphorus or fatty substances. It is more commonly seen in the summer months when windows are open and the air has moisture. The bottom line, it’s a complete nuisance. Read more

How Does a Water Softener Work?

Did you know 85% of the homes in the United States are affected by hard water?  Even homes supplied with city water have hard water.  The best way to rid hard water in your home is to use a Kinetico water softener.  Having a water softener in your home provides many benefits, but did you […]