Archive for December, 2017

Are You Always Tired? Water may be the Problem!

Posted by Rayne Water

It is a proven fact that not drinking enough water during the day can cause you to become tired. But what if it is your drinking water that is MAKING your tired? Every year, thousands of Americans seek out medical intervention due to excessive fatigue. Most physicians will typically send them to the lab for blood work, and one of the most common tests they order is a thyroid function test. Thyroid issues can cause a wide assortment of health problems and excessive fatigue is one of the main symptoms. An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) fails to produce the required hormones needed to regulate many parts of the body. Some symptoms of hypothyroidism are fatigue of course, along with depression, memory loss, weight gain and sensitivity to cold, just to name a few. But what causes the thyroid to go haywire? There are numerous reasons why thyroid function can become compromised, but according to several studies, dissolved lithium in drinking water is one potential reason behind hypothyroidism. Lithium is an alkali metal that is found in nearly all igneous rocks (rocks formed from lava and magma) and in mineral springs. Lithium is the lightest metal with a density about half that of water. It is found in varying concentrations in the ground across the world. The element is most commonly used in making batteries as well as being used in medicine, such as for the treatment of bipolar disorder. So, not only does lithium seep into our groundwater from nature, but also from manufacturing and other people’s medications. The problem with lithium being present in groundwater is that while many municipal water treatment plants filter out many harmful water contaminants, not all of them treat their drinking water for lithium. The result? Your tap water can be contaminated with dissolved lithium. So what can we do? The answer is simple.  When it comes to safe water, perhaps the safest water, is water that we have treated ourselves. Home water filtration systems, such as our reverse osmosis systems, do a remarkable job of filtering out harmful contaminants such as lithium. There is no reason you should have to worry about drinking the water from your tap! Drinking water is supposed to be healthy for you – and we can help make drinking water healthy again!]]>

How Many Hard Water Problems Do You Have?

Posted by Rayne Water

North County area is scale. Scale is one of the most serious problems caused by mineral deposits in hard water. Scale is a by-product of water hardness that can put many water-using appliances out of service. It clogs hot water pipes and can sharply reduce the heating efficiency of a water heater and other household appliances and fixtures. Another common problem with hard water is the way it interacts with soaps and detergents. For the homemaker, water hardness makes home cleaning operations more difficult. Hard water leaves spots and streaks on glassware and dishes. Ever wonder why you get ugly soap scum rings in the bathtub? Hard water is the culprit, and it is hard to clean off. In the laundry, hard water leaves soap curd and detergent deposits on fabrics. This dulls colors and gives a grey or yellow appearance to white fabrics. Also, hard water soap curd clings to fabric fibers, causing threads to become brittle and shortening the life of the material. Besides scale, the buildup of sludge can cause issues with your pipes. Sludge and scale forms to places you can’t see, like your water heater and dishwasher. Hard water can decrease the working life of water-using appliances by up to 50%, causing the need to seek out replacement appliances much sooner. Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. It’s a natural result of minerals like calcium and magnesium accumulating during the water cycle, and it can happen with well water and even city water. The more calcium and magnesium dissolved in the water, the harder the water becomes. Therefore, certain cities and counties within the same state can have varying degrees of water hardness. If you think your home has hard water, it is time to find the right appliance for your home. 85% of American homes have hard water and you need to start treating it in your home. It will save the life of your pipes and appliances for years to come.]]>

How to Keep Your Water Softener in Great Condition

Posted by Rayne Water

One of the things you might have in your home if you live in a hard water state is a water softener. Abrasive ‘hard’ water contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, causing lime scale buildup and interfering with soap’s ability to clean.  Water softeners can save you money, and increase the lifespan of many of your home appliances. In hard water states, the build-up of scale on the insides of pipes, water heaters, showerheads, and faucets can create a headache for homeowners. This often leads to costly repairs and maintenance.

Maintaining a water softener

There are two main components of a water softener: a brine tank and a resin tank. Some of the water softener models are both tanks in one, and some have the two tanks separate. Both need maintenance.

Right amount of salt

The main thing you should do to maintain your brine tank is to make sure you have the right amount of salt inside of the tank. Don’t let the tank run out of salt, but also don’t overfill it. That’s what creates annoying salt clogs or bridges, that will need to be taken care of.  A good rule of thumb for brine solution is to put salt into the tank when it has dwindled to about a fourth of a tank.

Right kind of salt

Know what kind of salt to add. Your water softening unit manual will tell you whether your machine runs on granular, tablet, or block salt. Granular salt is the most common type of salt because it dissolves most easily. Buy it in pellet form if possible, since ordinary salt crystals can easily clog the tank.

Salt bridges and piles

Break up salt bridges. Salt can form a solid layer or “bridge” in the brine tank. This prevents the loose salt on top from mixing with the water down below, preventing the softener from working. Push a long broom handle several times around the center of the tank, all the way to the bottom, to break up any solid layers that have formed.

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This type of salt can also form a soft pile at the base of the tank, causing the water to rise around it instead of mixing in. You can use a broom handle to break this up if it forms a large mound.

Keep the tank clean

It’s also important to keep the tank clean. Modern water softeners can go without cleaning for 5–10 years. Clean them only if your water has turned hard and the basic maintenance above doesn’t fix the problem within a couple days. Older water softening models can benefit from an annual cleaning.

When it comes to water softener cleaning, first empty all the water from the tank, then scrub and rinse the tank well before refilling with water. You can use a scrub brush and dish soap to scrub away dirt and residue.

Check the valves

Another item to check is the valves. About once a month, adjust the bypass valve in to temporarily cut off the softener from your water supply. (The bypass valve is usually a rod you push in to block water flow.) Twist the intake and outtake valves to the off position, then back to their original position. Return the bypass valve to its old position. This keeps the valves in good working condition. If a valve leaks or drips, take it apart and replace any washers or seals that are damaged. 

Closing thoughts

It is important to take care of your water softener appliance so that it can perform in top condition. Taking care of your hard water issues is important. Having a water softener system will save you time and money down the road.