Sunday, January 15, 2017

Important Items To Look At In Water Softener Reviews


Reading any review requires an eye for detail and an understanding of what the needs of the individual are. Water softener reviews are no different. When one is reading these reviews identifying the relevant material that will provide the kind of information that will be helpful is important.

There are water softener systems available for under a hundred dollars in some local discount stores and on the Internet. There are also systems that run well over ten thousand dollars available. Affordability is a factor that one must consider when looking at reviews. By setting the budget for a water softener before reading reviews, it is much easier to discard the irrelevant reviews.

Knowing the type of water that is in the area where a person lives and seeing if the review addresses that water type. Some people live in areas that have terrible water and need softeners in order to drink and use the water. Other areas have excellent water quality and have little or no need for a water softener.

All of the water softener reviews will have a long list of the benefits of their products. It is important to sort out the benefits offered from the benefits that are actually needed. When a water softener is selling for several thousand dollars to soften all of the water coming into a home it will not be a cost effective purchase for a vacation home that one spends a week at once a year.

Some systems are very small and hook up to a kitchen sink. These have been manufactured primarily to make an affordable system for people on a budget. They are effective, but only work on the kitchen sink. If that is the primary location where the household gets their drinking water then this system may be appropriate. Other system have tanks and hook-ups that can be extremely large. These systems soften all of the water coming into a home.

An important piece of information to look for in any review is the chemicals that are in the product. Some systems use organic materials to soften the water. There are no chemical additives in the softener at all. Other softeners use chemical additives to soften and purify the water that is being drank.

When chemicals are listed on the review it is important to find out what those chemical do. There are many water softener systems manufactured that use organic products to soften and purify the water that one drinks. These systems do not introduce any chemicals into the body through the water that they drink.

There are good points and bad points in all water softener reviews. Deciding on the type of review that is most relevant to one's needs and then talking to a professional who has knowledge and expertise will help an individual in finding the system that is appropriate for their needs. By talking to someone who knows the intricacies of a water system and how it affects the water in the area where one lives, it will be possible to make a knowledgeable and well informed decision about the softener they select.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Well Water Testing Ensures Safe Consumption For Private Water Supplies

By Andrew Stratton

Water is one of the most important things in human life. It is, literally, a life source protecting our organs, hydrates us, keeps us clean and cleans our belongings. It can also be an expensive commodity if you're not frugal about the usage. It is estimated that an average household in the United States uses about 80 gallons per day per person between drinking, showers, flushing, and laundry.

There are 20 million Americans who do not have access to a municipal water supply, and with it, regular and stringent maintenance. These homeowners have private wells to provide water.

A utility company is regulated by the EPA and state governments to meet specific guidelines. Private well water has very few government regulations to adhere to. When the well is installed, the water may be checked for microbiological contamination, and some local health departments are recognizing the need to require well water testing when the property changes ownership. Beyond these two instances, it is the home owner's responsibility to maintain quality through well water testing at regular intervals.

A professional laboratory can provide different analysis for well water supplies. One is for nitrates or nitrite presence to determine run off from any nearby agricultural land or contamination from an on-site septic tank.

Another test that should be an annual check is for microbiological population. This looks for for coliform bacteria, disease causing microorganisms.

A private lab can test for pesticide contamination, pH level, arsenic, gasoline contamination, radon, and water hardness.

You should do a yearly test in order to make sure that your water is at an acceptably healthy level. Also, regular testing prevents big emergencies. Preventative maintenance can avoid larger issues later on by catching problems when they're still manageable. It is also good to know, since there typically aren't state or federal guidelines that have to be followed, what you're drinking and cleaning your clothes with. There can be more risk because the filtration process is different. Because there aren't a lot of regulations, things can be easily forgotten.

It is suggested that you test every fall and / or spring so that any repairs can be done more easily. There are typical tests that cover the basics (pH level, common contaminates, etc), but if there has been any flooding or other extreme weather, or if you notice a change in color, odor or taste, you should have those things tested for as well. Again, most things won't make you ill. However, it is important to test to make sure.

Preventative maintenance is an essential part of having a well to be sure that your health is not badly affected.

Well water testing is necessary to maintain the health of your family's drinking water. Bi-annual testing is the minimum recommendation. A professional, full service, independent laboratory will provide analysis results you can trust such as Midwest Labs.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

4 Good Reasons To Use A Shower Water Filter.


Shower water filters. Now just why would you bother with one. Clearly we need to filter our drinking water so we're drinking clean water, but why in the world would you filter shower water?

After all, you don't drink out of the shower do you? You only wash.

Even so there are good reasons to use shower water filters in every shower. Lets have a look at what they are. Here's 4 good reasons to use a shower water filter.

1. Chlorine. If there's chlorine in your water, (and who doesn't have chlorine in their water), you really don't want to be drinking it. Some consider that over time drinking chlorine can even lead to cancer.

But chlorine in the shower water is still a problem. Because some of the water that lands on your skin soaks into your skin, and your body. And chlorine goes in with it. So in effect you have the same result as if you had drunk unfiltered water. And hot water opens the pores and allows more chlorine in.

2. As you shower the hot water releases chlorine gas into the air in the shower, and it stays in the shower as it cant get out, so you're breathing it.

There was a recent report in the American Journal of Public Health. It linked chlorine with cancer. And where do you think it concluded that we got 2/3rds of our chlorine? From skin absorption and breathing chlorine in the shower.

And the chlorine must eventually waft out of the shower, and when it does it contaminates the atmosphere in your home.

And there's more than that. Chlorine can damage your hair and dry out the natural oils in your skin, making it dry and itchy. Just ask any excema sufferer. Remember what your hair and skin felt like after a long swim in the pool?

3. All the above applies to many of the other chemicals and toxins that are found in our water. Nasties like pesticides and herbicides, lead, antibiotics, heavy metals and much much more.

Many of these toxins will also act like chlorine and vaporize in hot shower water, and form a gas. And of course you breathe that gas in. So even if you drink filtered water you're still ingesting the same chemicals you've filtered out of your drinking water.

4. A good shower water filter softens your water, and makes your skin and hair softer and healthier. Hair looks healthier and any colors or tips don't fade.

And the good news is that the best shower water filters will remove up to 99.99% of chlorine, so that's basically all of it. And shower water filters filter out those other 2100 toxins too.

And it's not even as expensive as you'd expect. The worlds best shower water filters cost less than $70 and even though you need to replace filters from time to time it's extremely cheap compared to the cost (and grief) of, say, cancer.

So there you have 4 good reasons to buy yourself a shower water filter. Or preferably a whole house water filter, then all the water you use anywhere is filtered and clean. But if you're thinking of a good shower water filter make sure you buy a good drinking water filter as well, that's a must.

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Rural Water Woes: Bacteria In Your Well


Living outside of the hustle and bustle of America's major cities certainly has its perks - no snarled traffic, less noise, less crime, clean air, clean water.


Most of the time these statements are true, but at an alarming rate rural homeowners are having trouble with their water supplies. More and more rural inhabitants are discovering that their once-pristine wells are now contaminated with bacteria. Interestingly, there has been no nation-wide assessment of the health of our rural water wells. But two smaller scale studies suggest that 20 - 40 percent of the private wells in any given area are contaminated with bacteria.

So what is a rural well owner to do? As it should be with any health related issue, the best thing you can do is educate yourself first, and take action second. So before you pour a gallon of Javex down your well, let's take a closer look at what bacterial contamination entails and what you can do to solve your problem.

Bacteria are everywhere. They carpet virtually all the surfaces we come into contact with and are found in every nook and cranny of the Earth. Most of them are harmless to humans, but a small percentage has the ability to cause disease.

The most common bacteria found in water supplies are coliform bacteria and e.coli. Coliform bacteria are a family of bacteria that are found in many places including soil. Coliform is not particularly concerning unless water supplies contain massive amounts. In any laboratory water test the presence of coliform bacteria is always investigated because its presence in a well indicates that there is a pathway through which bacteria can travel from the soil to your water. In a properly constructed and maintained well, there should be no such pathway. More about this later.

The presence of any e.coli bacteria in your water is a much more serious issue. E. coli has gained much notoriety because of several national outbreaks of the disease from contaminated ground beef. While most people are aware of the possibility of e.coli contamination in food, many people are not aware that it can turn up in a water test. E.coli contamination of water is common enough that all testing facilities will test for it's presence as part of their standard battery of tests.

E.coli normally resides in the guts of many mammals including humans and cattle. The presence of e.coli in your water indicates that fecal matter has made its way into your water supply. Consuming water that contains e.coli will usually result in cramping and diarrhea. However, there are some strains of e.coli that are much more aggressive. Consuming these dangerous strains of e.coli can result in liver damage and ultimately death.

The first line of defense in avoiding bacterial contamination of your well is to ensure that it was constructed properly, and that it has been maintained as required. The most critical part of well construction and maintenance is to strive to keep all surface water out of the well. Groundwater, except in rare cases, is free from bacteria. Virtually all bacterial contamination of a drilled well occurs when surface water is allowed enter the well. Note that surface water includes water that drains over the ground but also water that travels through the first few feet of soil.

When a well is constructed there are rules that well drillers must follow. These rules vary by jurisdiction but the themes are consistent. Ensuring these steps were followed will go a long way to ensuring you avoid a bacteria problem, or cure the one you've got.

First, figure out where your well is located. It sounds like an elementary step, but it's surprising how many rural homeowners can't tell you where their well is situated.

Second, it's critical that a well is not located close to a pollution source. Keep wells far away from septic tanks and weeping beds, or containers of manure. These are notorious sources of e.coli bacteria.

Third, ensure that the well is sealed. When a well is constructed, there is a space between the well casing and the hole into which this casing fits. This is known as the annular space. To ensure that no surface water is allowed to collect around the casing this space must be filled with watertight material to a certain depth. A visual inspecting will at least confirm that the top of the annular space has been filled and sealed.

Fourth, make sure the well casing extends above the level of the ground. It's important that the well casing is at least several inches higher than the surrounding ground to ensure that no surface water can run into the well.

Fifth, ensure that the top of your well is sealed with a vermin proof well cap. Some bacterial problems arise when animals climb into the well cap, fall into the well and die. The rotting material will cause bacterial levels to skyrocket.

Despite taking these measures, you may still find that a bacterial problem persists. At this point the well owner is faced with the expensive prospect of drilling another well. Fortunately, technology provides us with a very reliable and much less expensive solution: ultraviolet light water disinfection.

Ultraviolet light (UV for short) is able to render bacteria harmless. A UV system for water purification is simply a device that is plumbed on the main water line in the home. It consists of a steel chamber into which is inserted a high-output UV lamp. As bacteria move past the lamp they are zapped and eventually die. A UV system will take care of e.coli, coliform bacteria as well as most other bacteria, viruses and cysts that might be found in your water supply.

So take the time to know where your well is, and inspect it to make sure nothing is visibly wrong. Adding a UV system can solve a recurring problem or act as added peace of mind. Remember, whatever road you take, there is no substitute for frequent water testing to ensure your well water is safe to drink.

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C. Reid Thornley is a B.Sc. Biology and a former research associate for a world class water purification manufacturer. He has been a presenter for the US Water Quality Association and he now owns and operates aQuatell - Water Purification Made Easy!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Water Impurities - Top Tips on How to Clean-Up Your Home Water Supply

By Patrick Henry

While the quality of water supplied to our homes today has improved dramatically over the last few decades, there are still big advantages to installing a water filter to our domestic supplies. They are able to remove most types of chemical or mineral in the water which may be potentially dangerous or harmful. In some cases they have been able to save the user money in medical bills. Drinking unfiltered water is mainly associated with certain diseases, but with the use of water filtration systems, people are assured of constant high quality water supply.

Heavy metals

In order to remove the particles from the raw water to be treated, certain chemicals are added to the water. These include aluminium or iron compounds that help to clean up the water and remove suspended matter. While nearly all of this is removed from the process before leaving the treatment works there will always be a small amount remaining that reaches customers taps.

Zinc and Lead

These can sometimes be found in water supplies through contact with the pipes but they are certainly not wanted in drinking water. Older water pipes used to be made from galvanised zinc, which is iron coated with zinc. These pipes can break down over many years, releasing rust or zinc into the water supply. Water authorities may say that the levels are so low they are not a problem, and are only really a problem in soft water areas because they can dissolve into the water. However, a filtration system would effectively remove these chemicals and ensure the water is purified to a higher level and reduces these chemicals to acceptable amounts.


Chlorine is often added to the water to disinfect it and kill the bacteria and harmful organisms. It is very effective at this and has been used for decades to ensure that our water is fit for consumption. However, there is always a small amount of chlorine that remains and some people are especially sensitive to the taste of chlorine and can be easily detected when levels are too high.


When the chlorine is added to water and combines with natural organic matter it forms trihalomethanes (THM's). These have directly associated with cancers and certain allergies.


When a water supply is taken from an upland source that contains peat it gives a orange/brown colour to the water. This is not a health issue in itself and not a hazard but does not make the water particularly appealing to drink!

Hard Water Minerals

Calcium and magnesium present in water are the minerals responsible for the stubborn hard water stains and limescale build-up found on faucets, sinks, shower doors, glass. As anyone who has hard water in their area knows, these stains can be a pain to remove, however, these are also easily removed by water filters.

Other contaminants

In some water sources, in particular river supplies, there can be organic solvents, pesticides and fertilizers from run-off from farmland. There have even been traces of hormones and the contraceptive pill present in some cases! These are often removed during the water treatment process but there are always residual amounts that can reach the customers taps causing potential health problems.

What Can You Do To Remove These Chemicals?

One of the easiest ways to increase the quality of your water supply is to consider installing a water filter. These days they are simple to install, are relatively cheap and have been proven to eliminate harmful organisms that could cause health problems. A top tip before deciding on what water filtration system to purchase for your home is to have your water tested for impurities in order to determine which type of filtration system to purchase. This will give you a good idea of the type of water filter required to improve the quality of the supply.

Depending on the impurities contained in the water, consumers have the option of buying an in-line reverse-osmosis system or a carbon filter. Carbon based filters are mainly used to filter water that contains organic chemicals, chlorine, pesticides and trihalomethanes. Reverse-osmosis filters on the other hand are best to filter water that has organic compounds such as sodium, nitrates, ferrous iron, lead.

So if you want to be certain that your water supply is free from potential contaminants that could cause potential health problems to you or your family it can be a good idea to consider the benefits of a water filter. This not only ensures you have access to a constant supply of wholesome water to your home, but also gives you the piece of mind that your water has a consistently high quality.

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Patrick Henry

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Water softeners: A process of clean the water softener unit


Water softener provides the soft and pure water by removing the impurities from the water. If your water softener is not working with proper way and it produces the dirty water, then you have to check your water softener injector because in this case your water softener injector is not working well. If you want that your water softener produces the good result, then you have to clean your water softener injector at least two times in a year. You can use the following steps to clean the water softener injector. First you have to put your water softener at the bypass mode. This is first and important steps of cleaning the water softener unit. If you perform this action, then water will not run through the water softener at the time of cleaning.

Now due to the safety issue, you have to switch off the main power supply. If you start cleaning process without switching off the main power supply, then you will face some electrical problem at the time of cleaning process. Now you have to remove the cap of water softener injector from its place. You can find this cap at the top of the water softener corner. When you remove the cap form water softener, then a screen will appear in front of you. You have to clean it very carefully. Make sure that you clear it very carefully. If you wash it by putting your pressure, then it will damage as well. You can use boil water to wash it.

Try to clean the injector through all sides. If you find any types of dust, paper or something other, then immediately remove it from injector. You can remove paper by using the clip from injector and dust can easily remove with help of the canned air. After completing the cleaning process of complete screen, you have to put the nozzle at the exact place. Never try to change the position of the screen otherwise you softener will not working exactly.

Now put the screen at the exact place of nozzle as well as the injector cap at its original place. You have to put the cap very slowly and carefully on the screen. You have to place it tightly on the screen. After set the water softener completely, taste the water softener by starting the power supply as well as water supply. Now you will definitely get the good quality of water from water softener.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

#Watersoftener systems are simple to find and you should be able to find some that you need.


Water softener systems are an easy and simple option which will help your home stay clear of scale and limescale. Keeping your water clean is a good way to ensure it stays fresh. It's easy and simple to clean your water but water softener systems do require you to stick to a few simple rules.

No matter what sort of home you have you should consider the use of water softener systems. Limescale and scale are very harmful and water softener systems can clean this. Water softener systems are easy to use and as long as you follow steps to ensure your own safety. It's safe and simple as long as you are careful.

Mould and limescale can cause illness so you should always consider water softener systems if you are at all worried about your health. Depending on how clean your water is you will need to clean it regularly. If you have a nice new home then you will probably not need to clean your water.

Keeping your water softener systems regime regular is important if you own pets or you smoke because dirt can build up quicker. To avoid scale build up if you have a lot of appliances you should use water softener systems on a regular basis.

If you have a very clean environment then you should probably use water softener systems every five or six months. Keeping your water clean is important no matter how clean you may think it is. Just remember to be careful while you're using water softener systems.

The next thing you should think about is the kind of water softener systems you will need. There are lots available for many different uses. If you have a poor immune system then you will probably want to use water softener systems on a regular basis because they help destroy limescale and scale in the water.

Water softener systems come in many shapes and sizes and to ensure you buy the right one for your needs you'll need to do some research. Most water softener systems these days are very cheap to run and cost just pennies a day to operate. They are also very quiet.

You should definitely keep your water system clean because build up of limescale can cause leaks, mould and spores in your system. A damp or mould problem can be easily fixed by using water softener systems and this is certainly the best way to ensure a clean water environment.

Water softener systems are now very easy to install and use. They don't take up as much space as they used to either which is a bonus. The installation of water softener systems is usually taken up by the technician who delivers your water softener systems. You can also buy free standing water softener systems.

Build up of limescale is more common if you use water based appliances a lot in your home - water softener systems can help this. Keeping an eye on your water softener systems is about the only maintenance task you will have to do. It's easy to keep them running.

Water softener systems, in general, don't have to be a horrible task. If you hire a safe and practical professional then it's easy and fast. In order for water softener systems to work their best you should place them around your home in the room of the house with the water system.

Limescale build up and poor immune systems are the major reasons why people buy water softener systems and they are certainly very helpful.Water softener systems are probably popular because they're simple and easy to use and are definitely worth the trouble of installation because they work.

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Writer Sophie R Ball discusses selecting water softener systems. has brilliant information on water softeners systems, you'll easily be able to find what you want.