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Is It Safe For Pets to Drink Soft Water?

By Karen | May 23, 2022

Your four-legged friends likely have a water bowl sitting out so that they have constant access to water. But have you ever wondered if the soft water you provide them is safe? Hard water has a high level of dissolved minerals, mainly magnesium and calcium, and while these minerals are harmless, they can build up … Read more

Popular Misconceptions About Reverse Osmosis Water

By Karen | May 2, 2022

If you’ve been researching reverse osmosis systems before getting one installed in your home, you may have noticed articles and videos discussing the health and safety of reverse osmosis water. This information may have made you hesitant about getting a reverse osmosis system. The truth is that this information is misleading and inaccurate. Reverse osmosis … Read more

A Guide to Choosing the Best Water Softener for Your Home

By Karen | April 30, 2022

If you’ve been thinking of installing a water softener in your home, you’ve likely realized that there is no shortage of options, making it a tough decision. When shopping for a water softener, keep in mind that the manufacturer’s job is to make you feel like their product will solve your problems. But will it? … Read more

The Unseen Dangers of Water Pollution

By Karen | April 28, 2022

All living things need water. However, water pollution remains a significant problem. Groundwater systems can quickly become polluted by chemicals and other toxins, making the water unhealthy not only for drinking but also for cooking and bathing. People have even gotten sick by eating food (animals and plants) raised or grown using contaminated water. Most … Read more

How Do You Maintain a Water Softener?

By Karen | March 26, 2022

Your water softener requires regular maintenance to keep it running at top performance like any other household appliance. And with water continuously running through it, rust and other residues can build up if you don’t clean it and have it serviced regularly. This is especially true if you have hard water. Although you should regularly … Read more

Blue and Green Water Stains – What Do They Mean and Are They Dangerous?

By Karen | March 19, 2022

You may have noticed a yellowish-brown or dingy stain on your plumbing fixtures or the darker stains resulting from rust, but have you ever seen blue or green stains? These stains occur when the pH level of your water is too low. Although it’s a very common problem, you should get it resolved quickly to … Read more

Best Ways to Save Water During Summer (And Avoid a High Water Bill!)

By Karen | March 12, 2022

Did you know that 30% of the water used in U.S. households is used outdoors? In drier parts of the country, that number is even higher. Tasks such as filling your pool, washing your car, or watering your lawn, can cause a spike in your water bill during the summer months. Learning to conserve water … Read more

Pressure Tanks and Your Well System: What You Need to Know

By Karen | March 5, 2022

Having a modern well, whether for residential or commercial use is a convenient resource. It produces excellent-quality water, with little servicing.  The well system consists of different components such as a pressure tank, pressure switch, pump, and the well. The pressure tank has the primary purpose of storing water from the well, then distributing the … Read more

How to Know If You Need a Water Softener at Home

By Karen | March 2, 2022

Several factors influence the quality of your tap water, including where the water comes from, how it’s thoroughly cleaned, the location of your well or treatment center, the state of your city’s water delivery pipes, and so on. In many households, hard water, which contains plenty of minerals and can cause buildup in pipes, is … Read more