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
Quality drinking water has become a hot topic based on the many contaminants found in water today.
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
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
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
Depending on where you live, water quality and taste can vary based on where you live, the plumbing within your home, and your personal preference. A person might decide the water in your home is not suitable for drinking so they turn to bottled water. Look at the aisles in a grocery store. There are dedicated sections to bottled water. When you purchase a bottle of water, many people concern themselves with the effects of bottled water has on the environment or the extra cost to the consumer. Read more
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
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.
Did you know the average American will consume only one percent of the water that enters the home each day? It sure doesn’t seem like a lot of water, but it’s one gallon. High quality drinking water has become an integral part of everyday life. Many homes already use a filtration system including carafe filters, faucet mounted filters and/or reverse osmosis drinking water systems. The market is saturated with many types and brands of drinking water systems and choosing the best for your family is key.
A reverse osmosis drinking water systems provides the home with clean, crystal clear, worry free drinking water. Not only can water be provided at the kitchen sink, it can be hooked up to a refrigerator. There are no pitchers to fill or switches to switch between filtered and non-filtered water. These types of systems can remove a large range of contaminants. Better yet, filter replacement is needed approximately once per year. Using a reverse osmosis drinking water system in your home will not only provide great drinking water, but also provide peace of mind. Read more