The Best Definition of Hard Water

The Best Definition of Hard Water

Knowing what hard water is can be a challenge, but you probably already have an intuitive understanding of hard water. When you go to take a shower and your skin comes out red and irritated, you can blame the hard water. When you wash your dishes and see streaks and stains, you chalk it up to hard water. This all adds up to how irritating hard water often is to a Phoenix homeowner, given that Arizona’s water quality is very poor, and how it encourages the purchase of Arizona water softeners. In essence, the hardness of water is measuring how well it consumes soap and turns into a lather.

Along with the lather test, you can define hard water by its high quantity of minerals. Usually, the hardness of your water is measured in something known as GPG, or grains per gallon. At just 1 GPG, you’ve hit the cutoff for what’s considered normal. Above that is hard, with 10 GPG being extremely hard water. Where does Arizona fit into all of this? The typical household in Arizona receives tap water with a hardness of a whopping 15 GPG. You can define hard water technically by its rating on this GPG scale, or you can consider it qualitatively by how it interferes with your life. Either way, you should see improvements in your quality of life by installing quality Phoenix water softeners in your home.

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Things to Look for from Water Filtration Providers

Things to Look for from Water Filtration Providers

If you know anything about hard versus soft water, then you know that Arizona’s water quality trends sharply in the hard direction. It’s densely packed with hard minerals, including magnesium, calcium, and more. Having hard water in your home leads to unfortunate difficulties like streaks on dishes, faded laundry, and irritated skin and hair. The proper course of action is to look for Arizona water softeners from a company that sells water filtration systems. However, you should note that what most distinguishes one company from another is not simply the quality of their water softeners, but also the service they provide.

To begin with, your water filtration company needs to offer a good price on the kinds of quality Phoenix water softeners that you uncovered when you researched what’s available.  You want a water softener that will last a long time and not cost you a great deal of money or hassle in terms of maintenance. In addition, you shouldn’t choose a company that likes to pass along all of the financial risks to you, the consumer. Instead, the company should offer a warranty on both parts and labor, and have a reputation for honoring their warranties and promises to customers. With these things in mind, you’ll be in a position to get the best results for your home’s water quality.

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How Much Money Can You Save with Water Softeners?

How Much Money Can You Save with Water Softeners?

The initial startup cost of installing a reverse osmosis system or water softening system isn’t too expensive, but some people may be worried that the money they spend isn’t worth the benefits. They may also be concerned that these water systems may waste water and cost them even more money. However, this isn’t true. Reserve osmosis systems and water softeners will save you money in the long run. You can save money on:

  • Water appliances
  • Soap and detergent
  • Clothing
  • Energy consumption

When you use softened water, you can save an annual average of $774 on various types of soaps and detergent because, when you use softened water, you don’t need to add as much. You can save up to $90 annually on your appliances because they won’t wear down as quickly.

Save up to $180 on linens and clothing, and $64 on energy, annually, because you won’t have to run your water appliances as often and won’t need to replace graying linens or faded clothing.

These savings don’t include how much you’ll save when you use a reverse osmosis system for water. The average amount of bottled water one person uses in a year is estimated to be 167, and the average cost for one bottle of water is $1.50. When you buy a reverse osmosis system, you will get bottled water right from your own faucet, saving you hundreds of dollars every year.

Not only will you end up saving money, but the water you drink will also be much better for you, and the money you save from water softeners will protect your appliances and clothing.

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3 Myths about Softened Water

3 Myths about Softened Water

Water softeners are used to condition hard water. There are several different mediums for softening water, but one of the most popular is the salt-based softener. Softened water is perfectly safe to drink and use, but there are still many myths floating around that warn people against using water softeners. Check out these three false claims about water softeners and see the benefits of conditioned water for yourself.

1. Removing calcium and magnesium will deprive your body of the nutrients it needs.

While it’s true that softening your water does remove the calcium and magnesium that causes hard water, it doesn’t take away nutrients from your water supply. These minerals are in an inorganic form and can’t be absorbed by your body, which means that, even if you did drink them in your water, you wouldn’t benefit from them.

2. Water softeners will leave a film over your skin after you shower or bathe.

This is just plainly untrue. Water softeners don’t leave any type of film. If your skin feels smother, it’s just because your body is able to self-moisturize better after having been dried out so long by the minerals in hard water. You will also notice that your hair is softer or silkier after washing it.

3. Drinking softened water will purge your system of healthful vitamins and minerals.

This is a similar myth to the first, but it’s slightly different. The first one says that you lose out on important nutrients. This myth says that softened or reverse osmosis water depletes your system. This is untrue. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends drinking water from a filtration system or from a reverse osmosis system, since they remove harmful contaminates.

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How to Get Rid of Hard Water Stains

If you have hard water in your home, or if you’ve had it in the past, then you know how it creates those unsightly stains on your bathtub, toilet, and dishes. Maybe you’ve already use water softeners to fix your hard water problem, but what about the stains?

Soft water won’t make those stains go away, but they will prevent them from getting worse. Thankfully, those stains don’t have to be there forever. Once you’ve contacted us in Arizona for softener installation, you can begin cleaning those stains up so that your water appliances look like they’ve never been exposed to hard water.

For ceramic, tiles, and metal, fill a bucket with equal parts water and white vinegar. Then, soak a rag in the mixture. After this, apply the rag to the stained surface and let it sit for a few minutes. If the stain is on the wall, fill a spray bottle with the water and vinegar mixture, and apply it to the surface that way.

Then, remove the towel or add another splash of water and vinegar, if you’re using the spray bottle, and apply a pinch or two of baking soda. Wait for the ingredients to react, and then use a water dampened sponge to gently scrub the surface. Repeat the process until the mineral deposits are gone, and then wash the surface with clean water and dry with a clean towel.

For glass, simply apply the water and vinegar solution and scrub with a water dampened sponge before rinsing the area with clean water and drying with a clean towel.

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The Effects of Drinking Unfiltered Tap Water

The Effects of Drinking Unfiltered Tap Water

Hundreds of thousands of people drink unfiltered tap water every day and think nothing of it. They reason that everyone drinks tap water, so it can’t be that bad for you. However, drinking unfiltered tap water does come with a price, and, once you know what sorts of chemicals and contaminates your tap water contains, you may not be so eager to fill up your water bottle from the sink anymore.

The most dangerous additive in tap water is chlorine, which many treatment plants use to “disinfect” the water supply. Drinking water contaminated with chlorine every day can have long-term consequences. Ingesting chlorine has been linked to increased chances of developing bladder cancer, as well as breast cancer. It also increases the chances of birth defects and asthma.

To avoid ingesting chlorine, you can spend thousands of dollars buying bottled water, or you can just get bottled water from your tap with a reverse osmosis system. This method of water filtration removes all contaminates from your home water supply and makes the water from your tap as pure as bottled. The extra water can be collected to use in your garden or to water your lawn, so not much is wasted.

A reverse osmosis system pays for itself because of your unlimited access to fresh, clean water. Don’t spend thousands on bottled water that comes in plastic jugs which eventually need to be recycled. Get a reverse osmosis system for your home, today, and taste the difference.

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How to Tell If You Have Hard Water

You may live in an area that you know has a hard water supply, or you may live in an area that has both hard and soft water. If you’re unsure whether or not your water is soft or hard, check out a few of these methods of pinpointing hard water and see if you may need water softeners to combat the effects of hard water on your body and household water appliances.

One method is to just look at your water appliances and the effects of the water on your clothes and dishes. Are your dishes foggy and streaked even though you’ve been using quality dish detergent and cleaners to prevent streaks? Are your clothes more faded than they should be, or are they faded after only washing them a few times? These could be an indication of hard water. Another indicator is mineral deposits on your sinks and bathtubs.

If you’re still unsure, try this trick. Get a water bottle with a cap and fill it about halfway with tap water. Then add regular dish soap. Then shake the bottle hard for a few seconds. If you take the cap off and a lot of suds spill out, there’s a good chance that you don’t have hard water. However, if you shake the bottle and the water doesn’t form many suds or if the suds fade away quickly, you probably have hard water in your home.

Thankfully you don’t have to put up with the harshness of hard water. Simply use water softeners to condition your water and experience water that won’t ruin your clothes and dishes, or make your skin dry and irritated.

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Why Reverse Osmosis May Not Waste as Much Water as You Think

Why Reverse Osmosis May Not Waste as Much Water as You Think

When people think about reverse osmosis systems, they typically think about two different things: the purity of the water, and how much water is wasted. The purity of reverse osmosis water is undeniable. However, reverse osmosis may not waste as much water as you think.

Reverse osmosis is a process of filtering your tap water in order to get pure drinking water that is comparable to bottled water. When this process happens, waste water called brine is diverted away into a drain.

Many people think that this brine is gone forever, but that’s not true. The waste water isn’t what we would normally think of as waste. It’s water similar to tap water, and it can be diverted to use for your garden or it can also be used in other household applications.

When people see how many gallons of water are considered waste water, they can be shocked. It’s about four gallons to every one gallon of purified water. We understand how this might seem like a lot of waste, but did you realize that this amount of water is about the equivalent of flushing your toilet only 3-4 times? You waste more water washing dishes, especially because you can’t use that water later for your garden or other uses.

The amount of waste water produced by a reverse osmosis system only adds about 50 cents to your monthly water bill. Altogether, you’re really not wasting as much water as you think, and it doesn’t impact your monthly water bill excessively. What it does give you, however, is pure clean drinking water right in your own home.

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Getting Bottled Water Quality from Your Tap

By now, you know that Arizona’s water is much harder than the water in almost any other state in the nation. Hard water is a result of the hard minerals it contains, including calcium and magnesium. When you drink hard water, you probably find its texture and taste to be undesirable, particularly when compared to what you get in bottled water. If you like the idea of having bottled water quality, but you don’t want to have to pay through the nose for it, then an Arizona reverse osmosis system might be the best choice you can make. The water is so high-quality that you can see an ice cube from end to end, if it’s come from an RO system in Phoenix.

How do you get this quality for yourself? It starts by finding a local company that offers reverse osmosis systems for sale. These systems are designed for your refrigerator and your kitchen sink, so you’ll get crystal clear, delicious drinking water from both places, when you want it. Best of all, it’s highly affordable, as you can get a reverse osmosis system at a price of just $169 to $299. In a short time, you’ll have made up for the cost of buying all that bottled water, and you can get as much of it as you want, conveniently located in your home’s kitchen. If you like the idea of high quality drinking water at an affordable price, the Phoenix reverse osmosis system is a smart way to go.

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Clean Up Your Home Drinking Water

If your water is already soft, then you don’t need a conditioning system to filter out the calcium and magnesium. However, your soft water may also carry an unpleasant odor and taste, and may contain traces of heavy metals and chlorine. A water filtration system can easily get rid of these things and make your water pleasant tasting and smelling.

There are also water softening systems with filtration features for homes with hard water, in addition to unpleasant tasting water. These systems will not only soften your water so that it’s less harsh on your household water appliances; they will also make your water clean smelling and tasting, by getting rid of chemicals, bacteria, and pesticides.

When you soften your water, it’s important to consider all the aspects of cleaning up your water. You want soft water so that your appliances are protected against the harmful effects of hard water, and you want your hair and skin to be protected. In addition to this, you want the same water to be clean when you drink it. Even if your water is already free from pesticides, chlorine, and bacteria, it may have a highly unpleasant taste and smell. This can make drinking your tap water a disgusting experience for your family and any house guests you have.

Prevent this from happening by purchasing an all-in-one water softening and filtration system so that your tap water is as fresh and clean as bottled water and is free from harmful minerals that can permanently stain your water appliances, and cause your hair and skin to dry out and become itchy and irritated.

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