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

What is Hydrogen Sulfide?

Have you ever turned on your faucet and a rotten egg smell is so strong you have to plug your nose.  It can happen.  Known as hydrogen sulfide, it will make anyone not want to turn their faucet back on.   This gas colorless and the good news is we dissect this odor and how you can rid it from your water. Read more

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?

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