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Why Should I Buy a Home Water Treatment System?

Do you have hard water in your home?  Maybe your not even sure. One sign could be plumbing troubles caused by mineral build up clogging your pipes. Hard water results from high levels of calcium and magnesium in your water supply, it is the most common water problem in the United States.

Hard water is water with a high mineral content. Specifically, high concentrations of calcium and magnesium ions. Hard water doesn’t just wreak havoc on your pipes. It also reduces the lifespan of water-using appliances – like your water heater. Hard water can also reduce the life of appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines, and can add additional wear to your clothes.

Hard on your water heater: Minerals can accumulate in your water heater, decreasing your heater’s efficiency. Every three months drain a quart of water from the water heater. That’s going to help get that sediment working through the water heater and give it a much longer life.

How To Recognize Hard Water

Probably the most recognizable symptoms of hard water are soap scum in the tub and shower, and hard water spots on faucets and fixtures. According to an Ohio State University study, the average person cleaning the home spends more than six hours a month cleaning up tap water spots, streaks and scum alone. Hardness minerals react with soaps and detergents to form an insoluble, sticky residue that’s difficult to rinse from bathtubs, sinks, faucets and fixtures. This soap residue is often left on hair, skin and clothing as well. Although not highly visible in these instances, the substance can cause drying and itching of skin, and premature fading and wearing of clothing.

Removing Hard Water

A water softener is a water treatment system that uses salt to remove minerals responsible for creating hard water, like calcium and magnesium, and replaces them with soft minerals, like sodium and potassium.

Some homeowners prefer alternative softeners because they are concerned with the salt in their water. Salt-free units are often called “water conditioners” or “descalers.” Water conditioners typically fit around a pipe and claim to change the chemical structure of minerals in water as it travels through the pipe, by using magnets, electrical current and crystallization polymers. The descalers prevent those solids from being deposited inside pipes and on fixtures. They’re not entirely effective, as places where water sits, like in your hot water heater, will still get a build up of scale. The advantage is that there are no chemicals added to the water and there is no waste water.

How Do I Select The Right Water Treatment System?

Select the water treatment technology that suits your water conditions and delivers the amount of treated water your family needs. Generally, water treatment systems reduce concentrations rather than remove 100% of the contaminant. The system should be capable of reducing contaminants to a level that meets drinking water standards. The initial concentration of contaminants in your water will affect how much is removed and how soon your system will need service. Higher initial concentrations will probably result in higher levels in the treated water and will shorten the lives of filters and membranes. Check the manufacturer’s specifications to determine if your water supply meets their operating conditions for that unit. Operating conditions include water temperature and pressure, total dissolved solids (TDS), iron, hardness, and chlorine.

Water treatment systems require monitoring and regular maintenance. For example, chlorinators require monitoring, distillation units need cleaning, and carbon filters must be replaced. Some systems have monitors or meters that indicate overall performance or how many gallons of water they have treated. Periodic water testing must be done for specific contaminants such as nitrate and coliform bacteria. It is important that you find out what type of maintenance is needed, by whom, and how often.

Find Out What Types of Water Treatments Are Available

• The right water softener will leave your clothes cleaner after washing and will provide you with a bath or shower that you never dreamed could be so refreshing and stimulating.
• A water purification system will turn your tap water into a desirable drink and save you thousands of dollars and untold inconvenience in buying and hauling bottled water home.
• An iron or water filtration system will pay for itself in no time by removing minerals and sediment that shorten the life and efficiency of your water heater and eventually clog and corrode pipes, joints and valves leaving you with horrible problems and costly repairs.

If you live in the suburbs of Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and Edina you draw your water primarily from the Prairie du Chien-Jordan aquifer and might be astounded at how “hard” your water is and how much you might benefit from simple forms of water treatment.

The test is inexpensive and will not only provide you with peace of mind concerning your family’s drinking water, but it could very well offer you a higher quality of life in regard to your water use.

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