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.

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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.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Margie_Krueger/1120902
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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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