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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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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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Valuable Solutions In #CleanWater - Some Questions For Consideration


Whether you know nothing about salt free softeners or not, you will clearly be satisfied with the effectiveness for removing hard water. I think just knowing that you can get fined for having a salt system is enough reason alone to not get one. Tested and university studies have shown that salt-free softeners are actually very effective at eliminating limescale build up and preventing future buildup. Not to mention that you are not hurting the environment in any single way, shape or form.

Salt-free water softener's work by changing the ion makeup of the water, which keeps the water from attaching to sinks, pipes or anything else that can cause hard water buildup and limescale. How it works is salt-free softeners change the ion make up which basically stops the hard water minerals from acting like hard water minerals. Salt free softeners don't actually remove the hard water minerals. However, the hard water loses its ability to scale and is washed down the drain. The whole reason behind using a water softener is to remove the hard water's ability to scale. Salt free softeners work in a different way than salt and they are designed to stop the hard water minerals ability to form. People keep on claiming that salt free softeners don't work because they don't understand how salt free softeners work. You don't need to remove the hard water minerals, just remove its ability to scale.

After years of comparing the best systems, read through my article and see why I recommend a certain system and why I don't recommend some. After a lot of trial and error, I have found 3 systems which seem to beat out all the competition. Out of the 3 companies that we will review, there is one company that beats out the rest and that is NaturSmart. Pelican and Nuvo come out 2nd and 3rd.

With many different products on the market, being a consumer is often quite confusing when trying to find the best salt free system on the market. Every brand seems to market their product as the best and everyone seems to claim their's does something that the other guys don't. Being in the industry I have seen and heard them all but I think that 90% of the systems out there are not even worth my or your time.

For easy installments of $49 a month, you can own a piece of the NuvoH20 system. Because they offer their systems with monthly installments, this option is very popular among those who cannot afford the one time prices of most of the other systems. For a cheap system that does not work, this choice is your best choice (sarcasm). However, this might be the only good thing about these systems because with our basic research, we have found that these systems have no research and custom reviews across the web show that they can be quite scammy, meaning that they aren't that effective at removing hard water scale.

If the installment plan is all you care about than you should go with nuvo. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for and going with this system is just a bad choice. Price should never be a factor but with this system, the only good thing about it is the installment option.

Remember, Nuvo is not certified and I recommend going with an NSF certified system like NaturSmart or Pelican. We know the system might work somewhat, but why waste money on something that just kinda works when you can have the whole cake.

Our next in line, is Pelican Water which is easily one of the most popular salt-free water softener systems. They are popular, they do work but don't get too excited. Taking a look at their warranties, I found that what they say and what they offer in terms of warranties, is completely off. Besides warranties, the cost is just too expensive for the system they are offering. For systems that we found that are basically identical, we also found that Pelican was at least $200 more expensive. Take a look at the reviews and you will see that there are countless customer reviews of having a great system than after 2 years, needing a part replaced and Pelican makes them pay for it.

If you take a look at their fine print, the warranty is basically just worthless. Customers are than required to purchase these new parts because they aren't covered in their warranty. What is the point of having a warranty if you are going to lie about it in the fine print?

I don't know about you, but I like businesses that are completely transparent. If they lie about something like their warranty to get me to buy their product, what else are they trying to hide. My opinion is to go with someone else who is transparent and honest about the product and service that they offer.

My #1 Choice - NaturSmart

Our number 1 choice which is a smart choice, is NaturSmart. NaturSmart has been the only company that I have yet to have no problems with and I have owned many different systems over the years. Similar to Pelican in terms of effectiveness, but clearly a better overall system based on price and warranties. Tested and certified, you know that these systems are the real deal when it comes to eliminating hard water. If you are looking for a company that is honest with their customers and a company that really cares about their customers, than NaturSmart is a company you can trust.

How ever high your expectations are, NaturSmart will surely exceed those again and again. You have to realize that this company is a team of trained water experts and not just marketers sitting behind a computer. I have yet to have a problem with anything and the only issue I did have was cleared up in minutes. What makes NaturSmart even better is that they do something that no competitors will actually do. They will find you an installer for free! They actually went out, searched for top quality certified installers in the area and set up an apointment with them. I couldn't believe a company would do that.

For a salt free system, the NaturSmart system has the best warranty by far and the best customer support by far. Trust me, I am not affiliated with NaturSmart. I am just a huge advocate for companies that truly go above and beyond each and every day.

With all the systems out there, NaturSmart is the only choice for your home and your family. I have yet to find a con about the product or even one negative review. Remember, it is not just the softener system. It is also the company behind the system which makes the product that much better. NaturSmart has in fact been so generous to let us offer a 5% discount code for our readers. All you have to do is add the product to checkout and type in "NaturSmart" without the quotes and get 5% off your entire purchase. And that about wraps it up. If you have any questions or concerns about anything, please feel free to leave a message below.

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Just a very simple guy who just started blogging. I have been a plumber for over 20 years and I would love to bring some of my experience to the table. I hope you all love my work and would love to get some feedback.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Wrong #WaterSoftener Reviews Can Ruin Your Home


When a individual is hunting for water softener reviews, a number of factors that must be included in the decision for which review is the nearly all truthful or will meet the requests of the household considering the review. When a individual is seeking a reviews it is significant that the reviews hold the information that is pertinent to one's desires. Many factors will need to be included in the decision for which brand of water softener will meet a person's requests.

Affordability is a important concern for generally people nowadays. Some models are obtainable for a smaller amount than a 100 dollars through local price cut stores and on the Web. The charge rises until one finds that there is a water softener that is accessible for over $10,000. Setting the parameter of affordability is the first step to seeking at any kind of review seriously.

Knowing the condition of water in the region where a person lives and seeing if the review included the water type. Some persons live in locations that have bad water and need softeners to make it be able to drink and use for other household reasons. Other areas have tremendous water quality and no need for a water softener system.

All of the water softener reviews will have a long list of the benefits of specific water softener system. Its significant to sort out the benefits obtainable from the benefits which are really required. When a water softener systems is offered for several thousand dollars to soften the water that coming into a home it will not be a cost effective purchase for a rest home that one spends a few days in a year.

There are a lot of different types of water softener systems available. Some are very slight and hook up to a kitchen's sink. Others are larger and hook up the hot water container in a garage. Others, have relations throughout a home and all of the water coming into the home has been softened.

One of the principal parts of information to make sure when hunting at water softener reviews are the chemical compounds used to heal the water. Several systems use organic resources that are not handled with any chemical substances. Other systems are contingent on numerous chemical additives that take out the iron, etc., from the water.

When chemicals are listed on the review this is essential to uncover what those compound perform. There are a lot of water softener systems manufactured use natural products to clean and filter the water. Those systems do not bring in any chemical compounds into the human body.

When reading water softener reviews, it is important to talk to the individuals who own information and expertise in these systems. They can give you details informations regarding a water softener systems that might not be exposed in a review. These individuals will be capable to assist a individual in finding the type of water softener systems that meet their needs. They will also be able to help in finding an reasonably priced water softener system that might not have a great review, but can meet all of the requirements of the household efficiently.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

What Different Types of #WaterTreatment Systems Are There? What Do They Do?


Does your drinking water taste like it has chemicals? Do you notice that your skin always feels very rough after you take a shower? Do your clothes seem to lose the vibrancy of their colors when you wash them?

Water contamination is a problem that many people are aware of nowadays. In order to reduce the amount of harmful substances that make their way into your drinking water, you may want to think about a water treatment system. Here are a few of the different types of home water treatment systems that you may want to take into consideration.

Reverse osmosis systems are known to be effective at eliminating the toxins in water. The way that it works to filter water is by drawing water through a membrane and then applying pressure to stop and reverse the process. Although reverse osmosis systems are known to be the best water treatment, it's important to keep in mind that it is often frowned upon because it may also remove healthy minerals.

Activated carbon filters are another one of the water treatment system options available to you. The way that this type of water treatment device works is by absorbing the harmful substances in the water.

Many feel that this is the best water treatment because it is very affordable. It is also known to effective at removing chemicals, such as chlorine, from water due to the fact that active carbon has an electro-positive charge. Keep in mind that this type of water treatment device does require frequent filter changes, however.

Finally, you might want to think about using a charcoal water filter. There are three different types of charcoal water filters, which are activated silver impregnated charcoal, carbon block, and micron rating. The way that this type of water treatment equipment works is by absorbing the potentially harmful components. This water treatment system is believed to be a good choice if you want to remove chlorine, pesticides, benzene, and radon from the water.

There are a number of different water treatment system options available to choose from. It's important to choose the one which seems the most suitable for you. Doing a little bit more research on all of the above mentioned water treatment devices is the best way to determine which system will be the best option for your water quality problem. Keep in mind that the sooner you choose to install water treatment equipment, the sooner you will be able to enjoy great tasting, healthful water!

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Whole-House #WaterTreatment Systems - The Biggest Bang For Your #CleanWater Buck

By Olivia Romero

If you're thinking about buying a home water treatment system for your home but aren't quite sure which direction to take, let me point you in the direction of whole-house water treatment systems. In my humble opinion, these comprehensive systems give you the biggest bang for your clean water buck.

You see, when it comes to a home water treatment system, drinking water shouldn't be your only concern. Because you also need clean water to bathe and cook its just makes sense that whole-house treatments are the better investments.

Let me explain why I'm making this recommendation.

I'm sure you're already aware that providing your family with clean, contaminant-free water helps to promote their health and well-being. Whole-house treatment systems are the most convenient way to deliver clean water from everything that dispenses water in your home.

Just think about it. By connecting this home treatment system to the main water line that comes into your house, you can have safe, pure water from faucets, baths, showers, toilets, washing machines, etc. And because the water flowing through the pipes in your home is free of corrosive chemicals, your family won't be exposed to lead or copper that has leached from the pipes.

There is also an environmental bonus attached to whole-house treatment systems. The water that leaves your home and goes back into the sewer line will be free of chemicals and bacteria, further protecting your family and community.

Last, but not least, is the cost of this type of home treatment system. At less than fifty cents a day, quality whole-house water treatment systems are, by far, the least expensive and most convenient way to filter and purify water.

Just as a comparison, you could pay between $1 and $4 a gallon for bottled water and not be sure of the true quality of the water. In my way of thinking, that's an expensive chance to take with the health of your family.

So now that you know all this, what's your next step?

My recommendation is to be a good consumer and take a look at some whole-house water treatment systems. As a starting point, I recommend looking at a home treatment system that uses a multi-stage filtration process. I have found this technology to be the best at removing a wide range of toxins, bacteria and odor-causing sediments, while lowering dangerous levels of chlorine. As an extra health bonus, multi-stage filtration leaves beneficial minerals untouched.

Make no mistake about it. Whole-house water treatment systems can give you the biggest bang for your clean water buck!

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

#WaterWell Drilling: Maintenance Tips

By Janet Slagell

Did You Know?

While the daily recommended amount of water is eight cups per day, not all of this water must be consumed in the liquid form. Nearly every food or drink item provides some water to the body.

Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the earth's surface is covered with water.

The total amount of water on the earth is about 326 million cubic miles of water.

The average person in the United States uses anywhere from 80 to 100 gallons of water per day.

15 percent of households supply their own water from private wells or other sources.

Water - we use it for every part of our lives. Consequently, we want to know that it is water that is safe. Depending on where you live, you may be using municipal water which has various additives. However, for many homeowners city water is either not an option, or perhaps not preferred. It is then that a water well drilling team will be called in.

Once the water well drilling team has put in your well, it is not simply a forget about it aspect of the home. To keep your well working properly, there are several maintenance steps you will want to take.

At least once a year, you should have your well checked for any mechanical problems, cleanliness, and the presence of chemicals and contaminates such as bacteria, nitrates, radon and even arsenic.

From time to time, take a moment to ensure that your well cover is at least one foot above the ground.

If at any point you question whether there is proper separation between your well, home, waste system and chemical storage system, call in a water well drilling professional.

To minimize the risk of chemicals entering your well, keep all hazardous materials such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil away from your well.

If you or your family members frequently get stomach related illnesses, consider having your well tested to see that there are no unwanted additives in the water.

The average well has a lifespan of 20 years. Once your well has reached this age, it is wise to have a certified water well drilling expert come decommission the existing well and then put in a new one.

Maintaining your water well is not difficult. But it is not something to overlook. Don't wait until there is a serious problem to ask for help or to call someone to look at it. Be proactive and keep your water well everything you need it to be.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

#ReverseOsmosis: Industrial Applications - Not Just for #DrinkingWater

By Lacy M. Hatcher

Reverse osmosis equipment has been used for many years to purify drinking water. It is used all over the world to desalinate seawater and bring fresh water to those with limited or no access to it. There are even household versions of reverse osmosis equipment to purify well water before it's fed into the ice maker, for example. More recently, this technology is being used in industrial facilities to recycle the wastewater from manufacturing processes.

Reverse osmosis equipment facilitates the natural osmosis process in reverse. Osmosis occurs when a less concentrated saline solution is drawn to the higher concentrated saline solution. For example, a flower's roots absorb water from the ground through osmosis. In reverse osmosis equipment, a semi-permeable membrane separates the higher concentrated water from the lower concentrated water. A little pressure is applied to the higher concentrated water, forcing it to flow through the membrane, where the salts and other particles become trapped. The result on the other side of the membrane is desalinated and filtered water.

The same reverse osmosis equipment has been scaled down for use in industrial facilities. Industrial reverse osmosis equipment uses a much higher pressure than desalination equipment, operating at 800 and 1,200 psi. Desalination equipment operates between 200 and 400psi. Because of the higher pressure, the industrial reverse osmosis equipment can treat water with up to 35,000 ppm of total dissolved solids (TDS) while the desalination equipment treats water with TDS up to 1,500 ppm. This allows the industrial equipment to remove most any dissolved solid found in wastewater, such as heavy metals.

The effluent quality exceeds discharge permit limits and is ideal for reuse. It is being used to recycle industrial wastewater at a rate of 75% to 95%, instead of treating and discharging. The purity of the effluent can even be adjusted, depending upon what the manufacturing process requires. For example, electronics manufacturers require high purity water.

The disadvantage of industrial RO equipment is the rate at which membranes can become fouled. Replacing fouled membranes is expensive and requires the unit to be shut down. That's where pretreatment comes into play. With the right physical/chemical pretreatment process upstream, the life of the membranes inside the unit will be extended greatly. Cleaning membranes regularly can also extend their life.

It is no longer just a treatment for drinking water. It enables manufacturers to conserve water in innovative ways by recycling their wastewater. A Manufacturer in Texas is using industrial reverse osmosis equipment to recycle both their industrial wastewater and the facility's sanitary water for reuse in their manufacturing process.

Lacy M. Hatcher invites you to read more about industrial water solutions at When you work with ProChem, Inc., your water solution is tailored to your facility's needs, providing you with results, customized support, and access to everything you need to meet your unique water goals.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Well #WaterTreatment - Making Your Well Water Fit For Use

By Peejay Onaps

For water to be safe for drinking it must be treated and this applies to water from almost every source maybe with the exception of natural spring water. Usually water is supplied by the municipal water services, but sometimes people find themselves in an area not covered by this service and more than often alternate water sources like wells and lakes are used as bail out. Most homes turn to the well as their alternate water source in this situation. If you happen to use the well as your water source, you will have to put a good well water treatment system in place.

Water from well does not necessarily spell problematic but more often than not, water from this source is notorious for some particular types of contaminants: bad taste, hydrogen sulfide which is responsible for the rotten egg smell, sediments, rusts, cloudiness, bacteria are just a few. Your well water will have to be treated if these impurities are found in it but well water treatment does not have to be lousy only simple and effective.

For well water treatment to be effective the first line of action is the consultation of an independent laboratory to carry out a test on a sample of your water. This will analyze the water and the contaminants that are present. This whole process will stand as guide to the kind of treatments that is required by your well water.

Disinfection using chlorination systems or just chlorine is done if there is bacterial presence. Although sometimes this is unnecessary, but again it depends on the test results.

Sediments, hydrogen sulfide which inflicts the bad rotten egg odor on water, rusts and manganese can all be removed using the right filtration systems in the house. Some filter systems target specific impurity while others are multitasking. These are the multistage filtration systems that are designed to remove most contaminants. Your specific needs and cost will be the drivers in making a choice in this situation.

By and large what this means is that if you are faced with having to do a well water treatment to make it safe for use, do not forget that it can be plain and simple.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

How Safe Is Your Home's #WellWater?

By Tom Ribe

Some 43 million Americans rely on domestic water wells for drinking water, about 15 percent of the population. A long term study by the US Geologic Survey recently found contaminants in many wells. The study points to a need for everyone with water wells to test and filter their water, especially if wells are located near agricultural areas, mines, or homes with septic systems.

US Geologic Survey scientists tested water in 2100 private wells in 48 states from about half the nation's principal aquifers, or underground reservoirs of water. The study found that 23% of those wells had one or more contaminant above levels considered safe for human health by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Most of the contaminants found in groundwater wells were chemicals that come from the breakdown of rock underground. These include radon, arsenic, nitrates (probably from farm fertilizers), and flouride. Radioactive elements like radon, strontium, and uranium were found in less than 10% of wells, especially in areas where uranium exists underground.

Bacteria were found in about a third of the wells sampled including E-coli, a bacteria that indicates that human or animal sewage is probably mixing into the underground water. Septic systems can leach bacteria into well water as can large factory farms like dairies, hog raising farms, egg farms, and feedlots which all produce huge quantities of manure. To date the government has weak regulations for factory farm waste.

"The quality and safety of water from domestic wells are not regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act or, in many cases, by state laws. Rather, individual homeowners are responsible for maintaining their domestic well systems and for any routine monitoring," said Leslie A. DeSimone of the National Ground Water Association.

Even the Safe Drinking Water Act, a law dating from the 1970s, does not regulate thousands of chemicals found in drinking water today. The USGS used the list of regulated chemicals from that law as a basis for this study so it may not have detected many possibly toxic chemicals.

Protecting Ourselves
If you own a private well, or if you are on a community well with your neighbors, it's worth having your water tested by a reputable lab to see what sorts of contaminants are in it. Since some contaminants can evaporate from hot water in your shower, you may want to filter the water coming into your home from the well so that washing water, drinking water and cooking supplies are all purified.

Whole house water purification systems can be installed on the pipes entering your house. Click the link below to learn about these sorts of systems and water testing.

To find out about top quality home water filters and to have your water tested, follow the links at []

Tom Ribe writes and science, health and the environment from his home with a well in New Mexico.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Function of a Sand #WaterFilter and Its Benefits

By V K Rajagopalan

A sand water filter has different functions. It is a filter made out of sand that helps to get contaminants out of water (H2O), including sand itself and particles similar to it. They are composed of many levels of gravel and sand that ultimately become more fine. It is ironic that sand is one of the substances that the filter takes out of drinking sources. The technology employed to make these items is over one hundred years old, and the filters are more commonly used in less developed nations today.

These filters are known for removing solid particles out of drinking supplies. People who get their water from municipalities do not need these items, as city departments already perform this function. It is people who get their supply from a private source, such as wells, who would get the most use out of a sand filter. If a homeowner's well H2O supply is thoroughly tested to be free of debris, then a sand filter would in fact be all that he or she needs.

Sand filters are not constructed to clean water that is tainted with tiny particles. These are the types that can not be seen within a clear container of liquid. Other than in the situation of a natural drinking source, this type of filter would need to be used in conjunction with another one. In a lot of cases, the second filter also needs to take out particulates, which are tiny particles not visible to the human eye.

One of the best uses of a sand filter is for a swimming pool. They are a lot less costly than cartridge filters are. Nonetheless, while some money will be saved when the initial purchase of the filter is made, having a sand filter can very well result in a higher bill for water each month. This is since it takes more H2O to clean and wash such a filter than it would otherwise.

For homeowners with pools which are near trees, a sand filter is their best bet. The dirt from the surrounding area can more easily block up cartridge filters. This would require cleaning the filters a few times each week, which can get both tedious and expensive after a while.

In conclusion, sand filters have been around for over a century. They are ideal for filtering out contaminants from wells and swimming pools, though they can lead to bigger H2O bills where pools are concerned.

And, to help you avoid water related health issues, I invite you to take a look at a pure water solution that will prove highly effective in protecting your entire family's well being. You would get more information when you visit

From Rajagopalan, A strong advocate of natural healthy living.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Basic Guide to Home #WaterTreatment

By Mike Mandell

Many people are not on municipal water systems. They rely on wells or other sources to supply their homes with water. Some people are lucky enough to have good drinking water treatment systems, or have or know those who have the knowledge to put one together. For others, searching for an appropriate water treatment system can be a nightmare, with the myriad of choices, technologies and companies to choose from.

The following is a basic guide to help you understand what to do and your first steps when selecting treatment from your home.

1.It all starts from the source

The first rule for water treatment is having the best and cleanest possible source. Choosing the best source will mean it will be less likely contaminants are in your supply, or are able to contaminate your supply. This means less treatment and it will be much easier on the treatment system that you have.

If you have an older well, it may be time to upgrade. Older dug wells are shallow and susceptible to microbiological contamination and surface water run off (which can carry E.Coli, pesticides, sodium, VOC's and a whole host of other contaminants from the surface).

Newer, drilled wells are the best solution. Your well driller will know the optimum depth for your area to get the most and cleanest water. As well, new drilled wells combine elements such as stainless steel screens, submersible pumps, well casings and an annular seal to ensure that surface water does not contaminate your ground water.

If you're unsure of the viability of your well, call your local well driller for a consultation.

2. What's in your water?

Many companies that sell home water treatment will have you believe that anything and everything is in your well water, just to sell you equipment you may not need. This is untrue. It all depends on the type of well you have, the type of overburden (or bedrock) it's in, how far down it goes, how close you are to possible sources of contamination and the geographical area you are in.

Contact the local branch of the USEPA, a Ministry of the Environment if you're in Canada, or your local municipality. They will have an idea what to look for based on your locality, and can point you towards the appropriate accredited drinking water laboratory. From there, most laboratories have water testing packages tailored to your locality and can give you a snapshot of what may be in your water that's harmful and how much is there. From there, you can go about selecting the appropriate treatment equipment.

3. Health risks first, aesthetic problems second

When you size up and design your treatment system, your first priority should be health risks. Take care of aesthetic problems second. Your treatment system should provide appropriate filtration for any sediment that might be in your water. This can be simple or complex, depending on how dirty your water is. After making the water clear, that's when your disinfection processes can work. Both chemical and other (ultraviolet light) depend on clean clear water to work effectively. A disinfection barrier is imperative to ensure you screen out any virus's, bacteria, or protozoa that may be in your water or may find their way into your water supply.

Any other issues your laboratory detects, such as chemical, can be dealt with as well. Once the safety issues are considered, then things such as hardness or taste and odour should be dealt with, as long as it does not interfere with the safety aspects of treatment.

4. Don't buy cheap crap.

Just like anything else, you get what you pay for. If what they are selling seems too cheap, looks flimsy, and doesn't give you a good feeling, don't buy it. This equipment is meant to protect your drinking water, and needs to be of good quality and effective at it's job.

5. Don't get complacent with Maintenance

If you have a treatment system, it needs maintenance just like any other mechanical machine. Many home treatment systems are designed to be low on maintenance, but it's important you don't skimp. If you don't know how or don't have time to learn it, hire somebody on a service contract. Performing the necessary preventative maintenance will go a long way to ensuring your system protects your drinking water at all times, and lasts a long time.

6. Ask around

Your neighbors and friends in the area are in the same boat as you. Find out what they have done and listen to them. They will have similar water quality to you and may have had experience with what treatment equipment to get and what not to get.

When it comes to home treatment, knowing what to do can be a daunting task. But with a little foresight and seeking the right knowledge, getting the best system for you can be easier than you think.

Mike Mandell works at a water treatment facility in Canada. As well, he runs a website providing free information and advice about drinking water, water treatment, pumps and equipment, and anything else to do with water. Visit him at []

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Monday, July 4, 2016

#WellWater Filter Systems - Even Your Well Water Needs Proper Purification

By Christian Carlsson

When you are using well water for all your needs, you might feel like there is no real need for a water filter. Well, the truth is that pollution exists in ground level water as well.

You can't escape it, no matter how hard you try. This is perhaps the reason why more people are incorrectly thinking that well water is the safest source of water today.

Regardless of the source of water today, you will need a suitably designed purification system. This is the reason there are well water filter systems being used today and more people are switching to this safer setup rather risk their lives by direct consumption.

Even though this source of water is not exposed to pollutants, there are other problems that plague them. As pollution need not be only what you see on the surface, there are problems that affect our ground as well.

Due to different levels of metals and other toxins that may be present in the ground today, it is possible that these pollutants might have affected the quality of your well water.

Since low levels of contamination are difficult to see with your naked eye, you should be aware of the fact that even well water might not be as clean as you think. Using the proper well water filter systems will ensure that you get pure water and that all the beneficial minerals are left in place.

If you are avoiding the purchase of this kind of purifier because of the cost, then you should know that these systems don't really cost a lot and can be purchased even with installment schemes if you wanted.

Since the cost of recovering from a water borne contamination is a lot more than the cost of this filter, you should seriously consider investing in one of these reputed well water filter systems.

If you're interested in learning more about the best well water filter systems [], visit my website, where I share what I personally use and recommend.

Christian Carlsson is passionate about staying healthy through natural methods. Visit his website [] today to learn more about the powerful benefits of pure water.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

#WellWater Filter Cartridges - An Important Part of Your Filtration System

By Cynthia Olga

A well is often the primary source of water to many homes. However, the water that collects into the well has traveled through the ground and on the way it has collected nitrates (both naturally occurring from nitrogen and also added on purpose to improve soil productivity) and other contaminants. It is very important to have a good system in place to filter this water before you use it. There are some good filtration systems like The Wellguru and CuZn nitrate Water Filter available in the market today.

CuZn has developed excellent filtration systems:

1. Countertop Well Water Nitrate Filter for Drinking Water - This system will work perfectly on any home or office sink countertop and filters up to 8,000 gallons of cold water. This system will remove and/or reduce bad taste, odors, algae, mold, sediment, chlorine and other unwanted contaminants that affect the quality of your drinking water. Bacteria cannot grow inside the bacteriostatic CuZn filters.

2. Refillable Well Water Undersink Nitrate Filter - This system works in a similar fashion to the one mentioned above but is meant to be attached beneath any home or office sink and filters up to 10,000 gallons of cold water.

These filters are virtually maintenance free and can be installed in about 15 minutes. They come with a 3rd faucet and saddle valve for easy installation. However the filter cartridge must be replaced periodically depending on the usage to ensure that your system continues to work in an efficient manner.

The filter cartridges that fit the above mentioned systems are:

Replacement Filter for CuZn Nitrate Removal Water Filter

Replacement Filter for CuZn 5 Micron Water Filters

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you have a standard sized water filter you have several cartridges to select from.

Standard sized 9.75" x 2.5" cartridges - This is the most common size cartridge, particularly for drinking water.

20" x 2.5" - This is a popular size for makers of light -duty whole- house filters both for sediment and chemical removal.

9.75" x 4.35" - It is the "Big Blue" size used mainly for free flowing whole house filters. It is a popular choice for wells.

20" x 4.25" - It is the famous 20" or double "Big blue" size used mainly for free flowing whole house filters. It is very often used for well water and for residential chlorine removal filters.

The best way to go about selecting your well water filter cartridge is to check if the system you have needs a specific cartridge is compatible with a standard sized one.

Cynthia Olga is the author and webmaster of a website about water filters [] and central water filter systems []

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Sunday, June 19, 2016


By William K Lawrence

As we all know, water is a vital aspect of our life and needs to be pure as well as hygienic. Various providers are available which provide water treatment options. By means of advanced technology, water purifier technologies that is found in the market provide well-performing treatment products and are also cost effective.

The water, we are all aware, must be healthy and without any unhealthy chemicals or components. Excessive water hardness and high amount of total dissolved solids (TDS) are unwanted too, especially to suit industrial requirements. The actual water treatment functions that is most essential are sediment elimination, water filtration, bacterium disinfection with ultra violet as well as hardness conditioning.

In summary, the aim of water treatment will be to get rid of contaminants which are usually found in our water supply. Irrespective of the initial source, basically no water could be believed to be absolutely pure. The most widespread method intended for water treatment consists of disinfection, filtration, sedimentation, taste and odor reduction, corrosion control, etc. Water sedimentation allows any coarse particles to leave. Filtration is the passing of the water through some sort of porous content, wherein the amount of sediment elimination is a performance of this water filtering media. Disinfection will destroy harmful organisms and germs, while chlorine is certainly one frequently used disinfecting agent, however in some instances Ultra violet is needed. Corrosion control should be used if an electro-chemical problem develops, through which metal deteriorates when it happens to come in contact with water, air, or soil. Various water treatments utilised activated carbon to get rid of coloration, radioactivity, taste, or bad odor. Filtration will eliminate turbidity and bacteria in the water given it removes every leftover suspended solids. Within water sources which are identified that they are fluoridated, one MPL of fluoride would be used.

Suspended solids as well as a variety of other microorganisms will be reduced through a process of passing the fluids via a sand bed or alternatively pulverized coal bed, or by using a cartridge of fibrous content held on a core. Soluble particles like salts and metals in ionic form do not get eliminated through filtration. Various choices of treatment of water are available to control living organisms. Use of chlorine is a very common one of them. Certain instances feature the usage of ultra violet light or ozone. Boiling their water is a frequent household emergency water treatment solution. Softening hardness for public water, the importance arises when the standard water has a hardness level greater than 150 ppm (parts per million). For the purpose of industrial high-power boilers, deionization of the hard water should be applied,.

Natural and post-treatment water should get verified for physical, microbial, and chemical measures, specifically coloration, pH, and turbidity. The National '74 safe drinking water act established maximum pollutant amounts, which are known to be the nation's tap water norms. Those same benchmarks impact any kind of water supply system that serves at least twenty five units everyday. Water Protection Guidelines could differ from state to state, but can't be below those measurements decided by the United states federal government.

Most homes that use drinking water provided through their public water source do not have to worry about POU (point of use) water filtration, because it's their water carrier's responsibility to supply biologically as well as chemically safe water to drink which has already removed objectionable taste and odor. Also, most consumers which use public water don't have to employ point of entry water filtration devices or more costly products for instance water distillation or reverse osmosis. It's important, however, to find and study your yearly water quality report that can be supplied.

A number of the contaminants found in public water which would be liable to turn out to be at hazardous or not acceptable amounts are: Residual disinfectants for example, chlorine and / or chloramines, which are usually put in which will keep water safe throughout distribution but should get removed before you begin consumption. Lookout for accidental pollution caused through microbes, for example E.coli, giardia, or similar other pollutants. Lead, while some homes may leach lead into the water from water lines and plumbing fixtures. In agricultural areas, nitrates or organic materials of undesirable levels may be found.

Many of the suppliers have conventional top notch water treatment devices on top of those working with cutting-edge technology. Any of these water treatment systems help out for improving the water quality and therefore save the population from countless illnesses like bacterial infection, toxic materials etc. Recently, a few produce magnetic water treatment units, a technique that reduces the potency of hard water and turns it to soft water which makes it suitable for general residential need. But nevertheless, be careful from scams, and examine the unit ahead of spending a lot of money for something you will not be content with.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

What Causes Smelly or Yellow #WellWater, and How Can It Be Fixed?

By Marjorie Steele

There are few things more refreshing than a glass of clear, cold, crisp water. But what happens when your tap water begins to smell or taste differently than it used to? If the water begins to carry a green or yellow tint, does that mean it's unsafe? Depending on where a home is located, problems such as a sulfur smell, or "rotten egg smell," and water discoloration can affect the quality of the well water. However, there are usually ways to address the rotten egg smell and discoloration issues, and a professional well drilling company will know best how to use water purification systems, or other methods, to make your water the best that it can be.

What Causes the Rotten Egg Smell in Water?

The primary cause of the rotten egg smell in water is hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide is caused by "anaerobic digestion," the process by which microorganisms break down organic material in the absence of oxygen. This process can occur in the mud and clay of swamps as well as sewers and wells. In addition to being unpleasant to the senses, hydrogen sulfide gas can be both poisonous and flammable in large quantities, though this is rare in domestic situations. Hydrogen sulfide also corrodes pipes, which can cause a myriad of problems in the home.

Hydrogen sulfide dissipates quickly from water. To perform a simple home test, the homeowner can fill a glass with water. If the smell dissipates in roughly ten seconds, hydrogen sulfide is likely the cause of the rotten egg smell. To make certain, the homeowner should have a professional either test the water on-site or take a stabilized sample back to the lab. Once it is determined that hydrogen sulfide is indeed the problem, there are several steps that can be taken to alleviate that nasty sulfur smell from the water.

How Can Smelly Water be Fixed?

First, the homeowner must determine whether the sulfur smell is present when both hot and cold water are running, or only when hot water is running. If the rotten egg smell is detectable only when the water is warm, the problem is likely what is called the "sacrificial anode rod" in your water heater. If this is the case, the sulfur smell is not being caused by anaerobic digestion, but is created when the water reacts with the anode rod.

If the smell is present whenever the water runs, the homeowner may want to have a professional well drilling and installation company install a fiberglass, bladderless water tank with a venting system. These systems are highly effective in removing both the hydrogen sulfide and its attending rotten egg smell from the water. If the water has a high iron concentration, and iron filter may be able to effectively remove the excess iron and smell. Yet another option is a carbon-based filter, which can remove smells from well water. Contact a professional well drilling company to determine which solution will best fit your needs.

What Causes Yellow or Greenish Discoloration in Well Water?

In addition to smelly water, discolored water can also be a problem for homeowners who get their water from underground wells. In general, there are two main causes for cloudy water. The first possibility is that iron is oxidizing in the water. This results when ground from which the well water is drawn contains a relatively high concentration of iron. A second possibility is that the cloudy water contains a high concentration of tannic acid. Tannic acid is particularly common if the well is located near or around a swamp, as tannic acid is caused by decaying vegetation near your water source.

A simple home test can help determine whether the discolored water is a result of iron or tannic acid. First, allow the water to run for about fifteen minutes. Then, fill up a clean, white bucket with tap water. If the water is immediately discolored, tannic acid is likely the culprit. However, the water is initially clear, but increases in discoloration with time, the result is probably iron.

How Can Discolored Water be Fixed?

If the water in the bucket discolors slowly, the homeowner should have the well water tested for high iron. If it turns out to be the case that the iron levels are high, the installation of an iron filter can usually alleviate the problem. If the problem is tannic acid, the solution may not be so easy. There are water conditioners that have tannin beds, but these systems are generally expensive and not extremely effective. In most cases, the best option is to drill a new well in a different aquifer if at all possible. A professional well drilling company will be able to determine what the best option is for each individual home and well.

Steve Buer is the owner of Buer Well Drilling, a well drilling company based in Caledonia, Michigan. A family owned business, Buer Well Drilling specializes in well drilling, well water treatment and many other services. Mr. Buer and his team provide water well service to Ada and its outlying areas. Visit for more information.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

#WaterSoftener Use In Mobile Auto Detailing

By Lance Winslow

What is considered hard water and what are the degrees of hardness? Well very hard water would be 10.5 grains per gallon and 180 parts per million and above. But you need to realize that even moderately hard water of 3.5 to 7 grains per gallon and 60-120 parts per million will leave hard water spots. Slightly hard water such as 1 to 3.5 grains per gallon and 17.1 to 60 part per million will not leave noticeably hard water spots that you cannot cure with a chamois. But really as a professional auto detailer you are really looking for soft water of less than 1 grain per gallon and 17 parts per million.

What Makes The Water Hard?

Hardness in water is caused calcium and magnesium ions that form insoluble compounds; sometimes iron and even aluminum. There are many ways to soften water. Some are more complicated than others; Aeration, De-Ionization or ion-exchange, Distillation, Reverse Osmosis or Softening.

Softening by use of a water softener is the simplest concept used today; water softeners replace hardness ions like calcium and magnesium with sodium or non-scaling ions. The ion exchange resin used in the process is recharged periodically with salt drawn from a storage tank. Many water treatment experts agree and Lance Winslow concurs that softening can be most cost effective when the water has as few as one to five grains per gallon of hardness. Most mobile operators will be happy with one to three grains per gallon of hardness and probably won't even purchase a softening unit until the hardness is five plus grains per gallon. Their theory is well taken because, if the total dissolved solids (TDS) is that low, there will be little water spotting on cars anyway.

One reason to put in a water softener even if your water is 5 gpg or less is because you wish to prevent scaling in the coils of your steam cleaner or save your pressure washing pump on your auto detailing rig. On a cold water machine, this is not as important because 5 gpg or less won't ruin a pump. More than five can over time.

Hardness also hinders soap from doing its job. You may notice that your soaps are not cleaning properly. That's because they are cleaning the water first and combining with the compounds in the water rather than the dirt on the car. You see, the hardness in the water has a tendency to neutralize those cleaning compounds and you have to actually use more soap to offset the neutralizing effect of the hardness minerals.

With hard water, you will use more soap and the cars still aren't clean. I encourage you to talk to your soap vendors for helpful advice on water chemistry and treatment requirements. Your soap strategy should be custom tailored to your city and the hardness of the water you put in your tank.

Most independent auto detailing professionals agree that areas with hard water will also cause a film on cars that are washed when no softener is used. They also agreed at the annual conference that the decision to purchase a softener should be based on a real water test. You might wish to contact a water treatment dealer such as: Rain Soft, Culligan, Apollo, Calgon, Rayne water Systems or the Water Man in your area. They can help you by having the local water tested or ask city water authority for information on their supply. Once your decision is made to purchase a softener, selecting the proper equipment is easy. Softener sizes should be based upon two factors: Flow Rate (GPM) and Grains Per Gallon (GPG).

Flow rate would typically be six to eight gpm (gallons per minute) with your hose at your residence. We recommend you change your pressure regulator to 90-110 PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch). This would give you approximately ten gpm. So you need a water softener that is a little bigger than the basic model.

Water softeners are basically like refrigerators; says Car Wash Guys Founder Lance Winslow;

"They could last two years or twenty years...and a lot depends on how much goes in and how often it comes out."

This is why you should monitor softening equipment. You can test the hardness with a testing kit or just pay attention when you're washing cars. Steel softening tanks last for years. Fiberglass units last well also. Plastic units crack. You may need to change resin every couple of years.

Chances are you will choose to rent softeners for $30 per month and let the exchange company recharge them for you. Be careful when hiring water softener vendors. Ask us for help. You may even be able to trade services for water softening rental plus make money on the account because water softener rental companies have lots of delivery trucks. In any case think on these issues when considering a water softening strategy for your mobile car wash or auto detailing business.

"Lance Winslow" - Online Think Tank forum board. If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; Lance is an online writer in retirement.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

3 Signs It's Time to Replace Your #WaterSoftener

By Margie Krueger

Whether you have recently bought moved into a new home or you have lived in your current home for several years, you may be wondering if it is necessary to replace your water softener. If your house is brand new or if the water softener has recently been replaced, replacing it may not be something that is high on your priority list. Still, there are certain situations when it may be a good idea to replace it even when it still appears to be in good working order. To that end, here is a look at 3 signs that it's time to replace it.

Sign #1: Your Water Tastes Bad

If your water tastes bad, this is a sign that your water conditioner may need to be replaced. While a water conditioner is not the same as a water filter, it should still remove many of the impurities that are found in your water. As such, if your water has developed a bad taste, it may be time to purchase a new water conditioner. Of course, before you invest in a new one, you might want to have a professional take a look at your softener. In some cases, bad tasting water can be resolved with a simple repair or by adding additional filtration to your system.

Sign #2: Hard Water Stains are Appearing in Your Bathroom

The main purpose of a one is to soften hard water. If you have hard water, you will find that soap does not lather as quickly and that detergents are not as effective. You will also notice hard water stains building up in your bathtub, on your faucets and anywhere else where water is used. Your clothes may even start to look dingy and appliances may start to work less efficiently as hard water builds up in your piping and within your appliances. Again, making a simple repair may help make your water conditioner work more efficiently. In some cases, however, making these repairs will cost nearly as much as replacing your water softener. Therefore, if it is no longer under warranty, it might be worthwhile to replace it rather than attempt to fix it.

Sign #3: You've Had Enough of Salt

Not too long ago, the only option homeowners had was to purchase one that used salt. Today's homeowners, however, have more options available to select from. If you are tired of buying salt each month and monitor the salt levels, you might want to consider purchasing one that is salt-free to replace your current model. Salt-free water softeners such as the nuvoH20 use lightweight cartridges that need to be replaced every six months. Furthermore, it comes backed with a lifetime warranty, which means you can say goodbye to the salt forever without worrying about ever needing to replace your water conditioner again.

Margie Krueger wanted to protect her homes plumbing and decided to invest in a salt free water conditioner. She loved the results so much, she decided to write about it. Her salt free water softener now removes hard-water buildup that clogged and corroded her water heater and appliances.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

#WellWater Filtration Systems -- What You Need To Know About Them

Author: Ashoka Taavi

Having your own independent source of water is an advantage that many people enjoy these days. If you are one of them, you may be aware of the risks that arise from the use of well water if it's not treated correctly. While municipal tap water, in most regions, covers all the requirements for safety and taste that local and world water organizations standardize, it's a different situation when it comes to well water. With the proper use of well water filtration systems you can aim to bring your water to a higher level of quality. Another benefit is that you have the freedom to customize what affects its taste and smell.

If someone tells you that you can consume your well water without chlorine treatment for an extended period of time, don't believe them. There is not such thing as decent, safe well water filtration not utilizing chlorine. Some of the best systems go to such extent as to use tri-chlorine for optimal treatment. The good news is that chlorine is removed before the water reaches your faucets, with the use of additional layers of filtration.

A very contradictory opinion exists about reverse osmosis water filters. The arguments come from the fact that this method removes all minerals from water. It has been recently discovered that some of those minerals are essential for our well being. The defenders of the method claim that public water supplies contain only bad minerals that can lead to health problems. Yet world water organizations say that there are many benefits for our organism which minerals provide, sustaining the balance of vital functions in our bodies.

Before you get confused, it is important to note that the first and fore-most thing you can do to clear up the picture is to have your well water thoroughly analyzed by a trusted local authority or laboratory. By interpreting the data and consulting specialists you will become aware of what contaminants and level of pollution your well and the water inside it have, in order to take measures.

While reverse osmosis can be used at some exit points in your house, it is not a suggested system to use for the water purification on its path from your well to the house. A great many modern methods exist that effectively remove chlorine and organic substances from water while restructuring the water on atom level to give it much higher hydration and antioxidant effects. It's good to note that these effects are short-lasting as the body is able to recover its natural pH balance, but there are still some benefits from a long-term usage.

By employing ion-resins and magnetic surfaces, and with the combination of secondary filtering units acting as pre- and post-filters, a complete purification can be achieved. At the same time the waste of water, slow speed and demineralization that accompany reverse osmosis or distillation methods are avoided.

If there is a risk for contamination to your water well or you're not so sure about the purity of water in it, you simply can't afford to save on expenses. After all you want to guarantee the long-term health of yourself and your family, right? Utilizing the correct well water filtration system is just a matter of careful research and consideration. Once made, this decision would improve the quality of your life and let you enjoy cool fresh water for years to come.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

3 Signs It's Time to Replace Your #WaterSoftener

By Margie Krueger

Whether you have recently bought moved into a new home or you have lived in your current home for several years, you may be wondering if it is necessary to replace your water softener. If your house is brand new or if the water softener has recently been replaced, replacing it may not be something that is high on your priority list. Still, there are certain situations when it may be a good idea to replace it even when it still appears to be in good working order. To that end, here is a look at 3 signs that it's time to replace it.

Sign #1: Your Water Tastes Bad

If your water tastes bad, this is a sign that your water conditioner may need to be replaced. While a water conditioner is not the same as a water filter, it should still remove many of the impurities that are found in your water. As such, if your water has developed a bad taste, it may be time to purchase a new water conditioner. Of course, before you invest in a new one, you might want to have a professional take a look at your softener. In some cases, bad tasting water can be resolved with a simple repair or by adding additional filtration to your system.

Sign #2: Hard Water Stains are Appearing in Your Bathroom

The main purpose of a one is to soften hard water. If you have hard water, you will find that soap does not lather as quickly and that detergents are not as effective. You will also notice hard water stains building up in your bathtub, on your faucets and anywhere else where water is used. Your clothes may even start to look dingy and appliances may start to work less efficiently as hard water builds up in your piping and within your appliances. Again, making a simple repair may help make your water conditioner work more efficiently. In some cases, however, making these repairs will cost nearly as much as replacing your water softener. Therefore, if it is no longer under warranty, it might be worthwhile to replace it rather than attempt to fix it.

Sign #3: You've Had Enough of Salt

Not too long ago, the only option homeowners had was to purchase one that used salt. Today's homeowners, however, have more options available to select from. If you are tired of buying salt each month and monitor the salt levels, you might want to consider purchasing one that is salt-free to replace your current model. Salt-free water softeners such as the nuvoH20 use lightweight cartridges that need to be replaced every six months. Furthermore, it comes backed with a lifetime warranty, which means you can say goodbye to the salt forever without worrying about ever needing to replace your water conditioner again.

Margie Krueger wanted to protect her homes plumbing and decided to invest in a salt free water conditioner. She loved the results so much, she decided to write about it. Her salt free water softener now removes hard-water buildup that clogged and corroded her water heater and appliances.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Simple Ways Of Keeping Your #Water Pipes Clean

By Jovia D'Souza

When it comes to maintaining your water pipes, cleaning them makes part of the important process. The truth is that your pipes are prone to becoming clogged with lime deposits, debris and in some cases roots will even grow. They are all situations that can cost you in terms of having the pipes repaired and there is therefore an importance of trying as much as you can to keep the pipes clean. It is something that seems impossible but a few simple practices can work on maintaining your pipes and saving you from the costly repairs.

Install a water softener

Most people live in areas that have hard water. This is water that contains high amounts of minerals like calcium and lime. You can easily tell that your water is hard if you can see white flakes build up around your sink basin, shower heads and faucets. The minerals can build up inside your pipes, but you can easily take care of the problem by installing a water softener. The softener works by circulating water using a pipe that contains salt filter or potassium to trap the water minerals. You will enjoy water mineral reduction and have cleaner pipes for that matter.

Use commercial cleaners

The market has a huge range of commercial pipe cleaners that you can use to ensure that your water pipes remain clean all times. These cleaners usually have strong chemicals that eliminate lime, rust and calcium deposits that have built up in the pipes over time. Usually, you would need to pour the cleaner into your main water supply pipe, but you must also ensure that you flush the water out before you can start using it again at home after the cleaning. It is very important to ensure that you get the right product because some of the cleaners are very good at cleaning your pipes, but they can also end up eating them away leading to damage and leaks. Get professional guidance if you are not too sure what cleaners are the best for your system.

Consider lime removal

Lime buildup is very common in hot water pipes. This is because the hot water dissolves the lime so it is able to freely flow into your water and when cooling takes effect, the lime settles inside your pipes of heaters and this can decrease your flow of water as a result of clogging. To handle this kind of a problem at home, get a lime remover and add into your water tank and allow it to sit for a few minutes before you then run your hot water through the faucets until you see clear water that is free from foam and bubbles coming out. It is a process that might need to be repeated after a while in case you have water with heavy lime and you use up lots of hot water in your household. You can always seek professional guidance if you feel you cannot handle the process on your own.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Can a #WaterSoftener Preserve Your Appliances?

By Jen Stott

While many natural elements exist in water, it is considered hard when it possesses a high amount of calcium, magnesium and other heavy metals. The level of hardness is measured in grains per gallon (GPG). Soft water has less than one GPG of these minerals, while hard has over 10.5 GPG. Most water supplies in the United States measure high in hardness.

Negative Effects of Scale Deposits

Water is under a significant amount of pressure as it flows through a home's plumbing. As pressure is applied to the supply, minerals separate and are left behind, coating the plumbing lines and inner workings of appliances. The initial signs of scale buildup may be minor - just a small increase in energy usage. However, as scaling escalates, the homeowner might notice the laundry is stiff, soap scum is left behind on sinks and tubs, and white mineral deposits begin showing up on dishware after a wash cycle.

Homeowners might also notice the physical effects on their skin. Their scalp might itch and they may begin noticing dry patches on other parts of their body. Eventually, scale deposits might block pipes, or an appliance may simply cease to function due to a scaling-induced clog or breakage. Installing a softener can eliminate appliance failure and reduce all other negative effects of hard water as well.

Softeners Improve Appliance Efficiency

According to a report from the Water Quality Association, not only does soft water reduce the care and maintenance required to keep appliances in top shape while reducing the occurrence of breakdowns, it also improves the appliance's efficiency and effectiveness. Laundry machines were tested using different amounts of detergent, varying temperatures and fluctuating levels of soft or hard water. The dominant factor that influenced the machine's stain removal effectiveness was the hardness. The softer the water, the cleaner the garments. Lowering the hardness was 100 percent more effective than altering any other factor in the study. In fact, the most difficult stains were removed using the least amount of detergent, the lowest temperature and soft water.

Dishwashers were also tested for effectiveness using soft water and different amounts of detergent. While the level of soiled dishes varied, soft water was 12 times more effective in dish cleaning than an increased volume of detergent. It was also six times better at eliminating spotting and two times better at removing film from dishware.

Buying a Softener

Homeowners can purchase either an ion exchange system or a salt-free system. Ion exchange involves replacing the problematic calcium and magnesium with either potassium, salt or hydrogen. Salt-free systems do not require chemicals. They reduce scaling by changing the structure of the elements using nanotechnology. Homeowners can also select a softener based on size - multi-tank systems are preferable for excessive water consumption.

For more information on how water softeners can help your appliances, contact a local appliance repair professional for expert advice.

Jen Stott is a writer and blogger, and works as the Content Director at Be Locally SEO in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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