Archive for October, 2015

Signs of Hard Water Easy to Spot

Posted by Rayne Water

water softener or other water treatment system in your home, you very well may. The majority of households in our region do have hard water and the signs are everywhere. If you’re wondering if you have hard water and do not have access to your water treatment company’s most recent water test results, keep reading! We can help you answer the question right now. Hard water often causes white scale buildup on dishes, pots and pans and other surfaces. It often leaves a detergent film on newly washed clothes or hair and usually is a pain to deal with. People with softened water often claim that the soft water makes their skin smoother and their hair more manageable. Would this be something you could use? Most people would love improvements like this with a water softener. Hard water is not dangerous to your health, thankfully, but is simply water that contains a high level of the minerals magnesium and calcium. These minerals make everyday chores difficult and could end up costing you more money in the long run. Dealing with your hard water now could leave you with more time to spend doing things you actually need to do apart from those pesky household chores. Often, people tell us there is a substantial reason to purchase or lease one of our water softeners  simply because they have had enough of the mineral buildup everywhere they look in their home. Hard water may cause more problems than you noticed. While white film on surfaces and dishes is embarrassing enough, hard water also creates a scale buildup inside your pipes and water appliances reducing the efficiency of your water heater. This means more energy is used to heat water which will result in increased energy expenses. It can also mean clogged pipes and breakdowns in those water appliances. Shortened lifespans mean more money. It is mostly important to protect your home with softened water to prolong the lifespan of pipes and home appliances from scale buildup and clogging. Water spots, however, as mentioned above are one of the easiest ways to check if you have hard water. If you wash your dishes well and still see the water spots when they air dry, you probably have an abundance of hard minerals. They complicate soap and detergent dissolving in water, and leave behind those water spots. Soap is also less effective in hard water because it reacts to form the calcium or magnesium salt of the organic acid of the soap. Skin washed in hard water is typically reported as feeling scratchy and dry as a result of the soap scum. There are many benefits to installing one of our water softenersEffects of Hard Water. Mostly the elimination of all of those annoyances listed above but also because the quality of your water may also improve. Although it is minerals that give water the refreshing flavor many people find desirable, our systems also produce great-tasting water thanks to advanced technology and efficiency.  You will instantly enjoy cleaner and shinier silverware and dishware, softer skin and smoother hair, reduced soap needed to clean clothing or skin, reduction in housework, cost savings on detergents, soaps and replacing water appliances, reduced costs for your energy, and less damage to appliances down the road. If you said yes to having hard water, give is a call. We have what you need!        ]]>

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Posted by Rayne Water

drinking waterDrinking water is essential to good health, but how much water should we be drinking? There are so many conflicting reports on the topic that it’s hard to decipher an exact amount; there are some common guidelines however that can help. While eight glasses of water per day has been the recommendation in the past, many dieticians are now saying it depends on your body weight and activity level; eight glasses may not be enough for some people. As a general rule, it is recommended to drink approximately one ounce of water per pound of body weight, especially if you are moderately active. More sedentary individuals should drink at least half an ounce of water per pound of body weight and extremely active individuals should drink at least an ounce and a half per pound. Your body is probably the best gage to determine if you are drinking enough water however; the following signs are a good indication that you need to increase your water intake:

Our bodies are mostly comprised of water, so it makes sense that it needs water to function properly. Every single organ is affected when we aren’t drinking enough so the first thing you should do when you aren’t feeling well is to reach for a tall glass of water – who knows it just might cure all your ills!]]>

Removing Chlorine from Drinking Water

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Chlorine is probably the most widely utilized disinfectant around the house and certainly the most commonly used disinfectant in our water supply. If your drinking water comes from a municipal water company, the odds are that chlorine or one of its compounds such as chloramine will be found in your drinking water. It is important to have clean, safe drinking water and while the Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers small amounts of chlorine safe for consumption, it is often unpalatable or produces an unpleasant odor in the water. Oftentimes the chlorine used to treat our water reacts to the pipes or faucet fittings and can cause an unpleasant or metallic taste to the water. Coffee and tea are particularly sensitive to chlorinated water and their taste can be dramatically altered. In order to alleviate this problem you can take the time to boil the water first before making your morning libation, however it is much more convenient to simply filter it out before it ever reaches the tap. There are a few different options available for chlorine filtration; a water conditioner or a drinking water system are the most favored options. A salt free water conditioner will produce cleaner, clearer water from every faucet in your home. In addition, it has the added benefit of not only filtering out chlorine but also avoiding the addition of sodium to your drinking water and waste water. Salt free conditioners will also provide scale and corrosion protection for your fixtures and water using appliances without the hassle and expense of water softener salt. Your water will taste and smell significantly better and you should get the maximum life capacity out of all your water using appliances.  There are several different options for drinking water filters; a reverse osmosis system or an ion-exchange drinking water system are your best bets. While a reverse osmosis drinking water system can produce superior quality water, filtering out chlorine and its components, many RO systems waste an inordinate amount of water to do so. With so many water restrictions in place in and around the southwest, a high efficiency drinking water system might be a better option. The LINX Drinking Water System offers the latest technology for water filtration and uses up to ninety percent less water than a reverse osmosis system to operate. The water reservoir will fill up in minutes for a continuous supply of fresh, great-tasting water. Another great option with this type of drinking water system is that it offers a Dial-A-Taste control where the consumer is able to customize the taste of their drinking water, dialing in the amount of mineral content they find most palatable. If the taste and smell of your drinking water is affected by the municipal water disinfection process, contact us and we will help you find the right water filtration system to fit your unique needs and budget. No one should have to be subjected to bad tasting water!]]>