Water Treatment FAQs
Should My Water Be Tested?
Water from any source can contain microscopic organisms and pollutants that can end up making your family sick. A water test alerts you to potential dangers and helps our technicians identify exactly what type of water filtration system is best for your home.
How Often Should My Water Be Tested?
As a basic rule, you should test your water at least once a year to ensure that there are no issues with your filtration system and that no new contaminants are getting through. However, depending on your water source, we may recommend that you test your water more frequently to stay informed on the quality of the water. Our technicians will work with you to determine the best course of action.
What Causes Hard Water?
Hard water is caused by minerals, mostly calcium and magnesium, entering the water supply. This is typically a result of groundwater flowing over or through limestone. These minerals can build up over time in your pipes and appliances, causing issues like clogged pipes or appliance deterioration. Adding the appropriate amount of softening agents into your water system can help get your water back to normal.
How Do I Know If I Have Hard Water?
Examine appliances and fixtures such as the dishwasher, washing machine, faucets, sinks, and tubs for a white-colored scale that doesn’t wipe away easily. Try checking your soap’s ability to lather as well. If your soap bar doesn’t foam up but gets soft instead, you probably have hard water. Hard water will also leave rust stains in sinks, toilets, and tubs. You may even notice that your clothes are looking dingier after each wash because hard water limits a detergent’s effectiveness.
How Do Water Softeners Work?
A water softener introduces negatively charged sodium into the water, which binds to the positively charged minerals that cause hard water, nullifying their effect on your water.
How Does Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration Work?
Reverse osmosis systems can create some of the freshest tasting water by filtering out 92% of all contaminants. The system accomplishes this by forcing water from a high-pressure into a low-pressure chamber where the water passes through a semi-permeable membrane. The membrane catches contaminants while the clean water flows through.
Is Well Water Safe?
Whether you’re getting water from a public or private well, drinking well water can expose your family to chemicals, bacteria, and potentially dangerous elements such as arsenic, manganese, and uranium. And what’s worse, these contaminants can vary in concentration at different times, making it difficult to know what you’re drinking. We suggest that any home on a well water system invest in a filtration system for their families’ health.