Signs That You May Need A Water Softener Or Conditioner

August 12, 2017 | Posted in Water Conditioner | By

How can you tell if your home would benefit from having a water softener or a water conditioner installed? Below are several signs and symptoms that you can indicate that a water filtration system might be right for you.

Strange, Smelly, Or Unpleasant Tasting Water

One symptom that you need a water conditioning system for your home is that the water tastes unpleasant or strange. It can also have an unpleasant smell in addition to an unpleasant taste. The bad taste can come from too much iron, which creates a metallic taste. Sediment, corrosion from pipes, and hydrogen sulfide gas can also give your water a bad taste or smell. Get a water conditioning and filtration system to eliminate these issues.

Staining Of Plumbing Fixtures And Soap Scum Accumulation

A good indication that your water is hard and needs to be softened is that your plumbing fixtures, such as the faucet, sink, and toilet bowl, get stained. Depending on the minerals present in your water, you could have orange, reddish, or grayish stains. Soap scum accumulation in your shower is another sign that your water needs to be softened. Hard water makes it that much more difficult for soap to become dissolved. Hence the accumulation of soap scum in the bathtub and shower.

Clogged Shower Heads, Weak Lathers, And A Soapy Feeling After A Shower

All of these are symptoms of hard water that should be conditioned. Minerals from hard water accumulate and form scale on the shower head. This clogs the head as well as the plumbing, leading to reduced water pressure. Hard water also makes it more difficult for soap to lather. In addition, hard water makes it more difficult to wash away and dissolve soap that you apply to your body. This is what causes that soapy or filmy residue feeling after showering with hard water.

Clogged Pipes, Worn Out Appliances, And Clothes That Don’t Get Cleaned

Hard water creates scale buildup which builds up overtime and will clog pipes. If you have an older plumbing system that uses steel pipes, then this problem will be especially severe. The scale from hard water will also wear out appliances that use water, such as the dishwasher, washing machine, and even refrigerator. This will lead to needs for repairs, cleanings, or even replacements that can cost you a lot of money.

If your clothes don’t seem to get cleaned or feel rough and faded after you put them in a washer then this is a good sign your water could some softening. Hard water will make your detergent less effective. It can also stain your clothes.

Introducing A Salt-Free Water Softener And Conditioning System For Your Home

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in your home, then it is time for you to get a water softening and conditioning system. Clear Water of San Marcos can install a salt-free water softener in your home that will require no salt and no back washing that wastes precious water. Call Clear Water of San Marcos today at 512-757-1731 to get a water softener system installed in your home to eliminate scaling, soap scum accumulation, and staining from your water.

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Do Water Softeners Remove Beneficial Minerals?

June 14, 2017 | Posted in Health Benefits | By

Water softeners do remove minerals like calcium and magnesium from your water, and these are minerals that your body needs. However, having them removed from your water won’t decrease your intake of these minerals, since your body does not usually get these minerals from water but instead from your diet. Let’s take a closer look.

Which Minerals Are in Hard Water?

Hard water is typically water that contains significant amounts of dissolved calcium, magnesium, and similar minerals. These are picked up naturally from the areas water has flowed over before it reaches your home. Having these minerals in your water can lead to film-like deposits left on your dishes or other surfaces. These chalky deposits may seem nothing more than annoying on dishes, but they can also build-up in your appliances and eventually cause them to need repairs or replacement.

What Happens to the Minerals?

Softening water does not fully remove calcium and magnesium from your water, but it neutralizes them by changing their form. How this is done depends on what sort of water softener you have. For example, water softeners that use salt utilize a process called ion exchange. This process essentially “trades” the calcium and magnesium for the soft mineral sodium.

However, if you have a salt-free water conditioner, the process is a little different. Salt-free systems are referred to as water conditioners rather than water softeners because they don’t remove hard minerals from water. Instead, they condition water by chemically changing minerals such as calcium and magnesium so that they no longer attach to surfaces and create build-up.

Is Added Sodium Bad for You?

If you have a water softener that uses salt, it will add sodium to your water. The amount of sodium added depends on how hard your water is. Sodium in large amounts can be unhealthy, but luckily the amount added by water softeners, even for very hard water, is incredibly small. If you are concerned about the amount of sodium that’s healthy for you, or if you have a sodium restricted diet, contact your doctor before using a water softener. You can also consider using a salt-free system instead.

Where Else Can You Get Healthy Minerals?

Whether you have a water softener or a salt-free water conditioner, both will leave your water without the original hard minerals it previously contained. Some people worry that because of this they will have an unhealthy lack of these minerals in their body. However, as mentioned earlier, your body does not get its calcium and magnesium from your water. In water these minerals exist in an inorganic state, and your body cannot even digest them.

Instead of worrying about these minerals in water, look at your diet to make sure that you’re getting a healthy amount of them. For example, digestible calcium is found in dairy products like milk. Magnesium is present in broccoli and many other vegetables. As long as you have a healthy diet with a variety of foods, you’ll get the minerals that you need. If you’re concerned about the amount of calcium and magnesium you’re consuming, talk to your doctor about a diet that’s right for you.

If you would like more information about how water softeners and conditioners work, contact Clear Water of San Marcos, located in San Marcos, TX.

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What You Need To Know About Rain Water Collectors

April 17, 2017 | Posted in Wells | By

A rain collector is a great way to get access to a lot of water without having to tap into community sources, and as long as you are not in a recharge zone, the water you use does not affect the water supply levels. A rain collector is generally not recommended to be used for a supply of drinking water, however, rain collector’s can and should be used if there is truly no other clean water available.

Here we will be going over the ways to ensure that the water you are collecting from the rain is safe (both how to filter it and the things that cause it to become contaminated). We will also be going over the safer uses of rainwater that are applicable to most, and various information about efficiency related to amount, pathogens, risks, and recharge zones. Though it isn’t required for all uses, the environmental and fiscal benefits multiply when combined with measures to conserve water, remove dangerous bacteria, and filter with equipment that does not remove the necessary minerals from the water.

Selecting Equipment for Collecting

Storage —Those looking to save some money on lawn care may opt for a simple wooden barrel, while those needing large volumes may require the use of piping that runs between multiple barrels or containers.

Collection —The most basic collection system is simply a barrel with a screen that catches a small area. The roof is commonly used, and a diverter can allow you to not start collecting rain until it has rained enough that all dirt is washed away. Uncommon enough to not warrant great detail, some use large funnels or food grade plastic pieces as a cleaner alternative to roofs.

Best Uses and Situations for Rain Collection

Best Uses for Unfiltered Non-Potable Water

  • Watering your garden plants (but still avoid watering lawns when in a drought)
  • Hosing down dirty cars, parts of your home, etc.

Best Uses for Filtered Potable Water (Assuming you are using proper equipment. Speak with a Clear Water expert to be safe). The options are for this are numerous. The ones that need fuller filtration will be marked as such, and those that can be used safely with a more basic filtration system will be marked as well.

  • If you can adjust the pipelines, you can use this water to do laundry and run the toilet (basic filtration)
  • Showering and sink water is not recommended for usage without running the proper tests, but is a possibility. Similarly, drinking water is generally saved for emergencies but is a possibility (full filtration)

Safety, Hazards, Filtering, and Equipment

Safety —Rain itself is evaporated water, which doesn’t carry any bacteria with it. But that does not mean that what you end up with in the barrel is totally safe. Especially if you do not use a screen, or let it run off your roof before collecting it. In addition, you need to make sure that the water isn’t exposed to direct sunlight and open air, as this will create the perfect breeding ground for algae, bugs and bacteria.

Filtering Equipment —What you need will depends greatly on what you use it for, how often it is used, and the collection equipment used. You may need something to make the water drinking quality, something to remove pathogens, or something to remove toxins (while retaining beneficial minerals).

We hope that this helps you with any efforts to create a rain collector, big or small. If you have any questions or interest in making your own rain collector and need help with the integration of its usefulness into your everyday life, contact Clear Water of San Marcos, located in San Marcos, TX.

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What Are The Ongoing Expenses Of A Water Softener?

February 5, 2017 | Posted in Water Conditioner | By

As Texas homeowners, many of you have faced the struggle regarding whether or not to purchase a water softener or conditioner. You have probably heard many times about the importance they can have in your home, for your health and for the life of your appliances. However, water softeners are a financial investment and researching the ongoing costs of maintaining one can help you prepare for the possible expenses. In addition to this, if the ongoing costs of a water softener are discouraging, there are also other options available, such as water conditioners, which are discussed below.

Ongoing Costs and Maintenance

Salt

When purchasing a traditional water softener, homeowners should be aware of the costs of ongoing maintenance as well as the initial price tag. In order to maintain the system there are two main things that you are going to need fairly often: consumable salt and consistent unit service. Keep these costs in mind when searching for the right water softener as they do add up. According to Industry Standard, the average family of four will need to obtain a forty pound bag of salt each month. That’s typically around $25 dollars each month added on to other expenses.

Servicing

Servicing is not as pressing of an expense because most water softeners only need to be checked once every one to two years. However, this maintenance does need to be done by a professional, and their time and the cost of repairs can add up. This can be especially painful if you bought a cheaper water softener in the beginning. While they may seem to be cheaper in the beginning, just like any other low priced option, the quality is often poorer, which means that your water softener will be weakened sooner and needed to be checked far more often than it would if you had purchased a more expensive and better quality version.

Alternatives to Water Softeners: Water Conditioners

As mentioned above, sometimes the initial cost of a water softener, plus the additional costs of maintaining it, can be discouraging. If you don’t feel that a traditional water softener is right for your home, you should consider purchasing a salt-free water softener instead. A salt-free water softener is far less expensive and because it works in a far different way than salt-based water softeners, by changing the form of the minerals instead of using salt that has to be replaced, it gives the water a much slicker feel. This is usually ideal for many people looking for an alternative to constantly buying bottled water.

In the end the choice is up to you. While some people prefer traditional water softeners that utilize salt, many decide to use the salt-free water conditioner as an environmentally friendly alternative with fewer maintenance costs. If you would like more information about water softeners and conditioners, visit Clear Water of San Marcos, located in San Marcos, TX.

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When To Consider A Whole-House UV System

December 19, 2016 | Posted in Tap Water | By

You already know about the benefits of having the water in your home softener, either through a traditional water softener, or through an environmentally friendly salt-free water conditioner. However, some homes, especially those whose water comes from a well, may need more than just a softener.

Do You Need a Whole-House UV System?

Whole-house UV systems have helped countless residences all around the United States. These systems give people access to drinking water that’s fresh, clean, and healthy. Whole-house UV systems are known as POE (point-of-entry) systems. Water softening on its own is not always a great option for homes.

If you get your drinking water from a well, you may be a good candidate for a whole-house UV system. That’s because private wells frequently have significant degrees of metals found in their water. They often have substantial amounts of contaminants of all varieties, for that matter. These contaminants have the ability to harm the purity of your drinking water. They, because of that, may even be able to harm your health. Water softeners can minimize or eliminate the hardness of water. They can’t, however, do away with the microbiologic contaminants that are so common inside of private wells.

The Advantages of Whole-House UV Systems

Installation and Maintenance

There are quite a few noteworthy advantages that are connected to whole-house UV systems. These systems don’t call for a substantial amount of maintenance. Usually the only maintenance they require is occasional replacement of the UV lamp. Whole-house UV systems are also a piece of cake to install. Drains aren’t necessary for installation purposes. These systems don’t squander precious water in any way, making them friendly toward the environment.

The Experience of UV Treated Water

As for your in-home experience, whole-house UV systems don’t negatively affect the flavor of your drinking water. They don’t influence its smell, either. Whole-house UV systems enable people to consume water that feels fresh and pleasant. They enable people to bathe in water that’s just as enjoyable and reliable. These things can lead to all sorts of benefits. Whole-house UV systems can even do wonders for people who wish to reap the rewards of hair that feels luxurious and silky. It can even help peoples’ complexions. If you want your skin to feel smooth and youthful, a whole-house UV system may do the trick.

Health Benefits

In addition to helping your hair and skin feel smoother, the real importance of a whole-house UV system is its benefits for your and your family’s health. For those using a well, or other water source with possible contaminants, whole-house UV systems can turn the water in your home from a risk to a pleasure.

Clean and fresh water is beyond important in modern society. All people have the right to water that’s both safe and dependable. If you want to invest in a salt-free water softener anywhere in the beautiful Central Texas region, contact Clear Water of San Marcos, located in San Marcos, TX.

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