Soft Water: Best Soap to Use

March 15, 2017 | Posted in Water Softener | By

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If you have been living with hard water and have recently installed a water softener, you may be in for a surprise regarding your washing habits. From hand soap to laundry detergent, hard water makes it difficult to get suds forming, and you may be used to adding more soap than you really need.

Hand Soap

When choosing a hand soap to use in your home, consider a pure soap. Pure soaps can be liquid, but should be as free of perfume and dyes as possible. Many popular brands of soap include additives meant to make them more effective when used with hard water. Now that you have soft water in your home, these additives are not necessary and can make rinsing the soap off difficult.

Aside from liquid hand soap, if you are used to using bar soap, look for a type of synthetic soap. These can usually be identified by their name. Since synthetic soaps are not the same as regular soaps, they are usually labeled differently. Instead of a soap bar, they might be labeled as a beauty bar. These are sold by several different brands, and are very effective to use with soft water. These will also minimize the feeling that the soap is difficult to wash off.

Dish Soap

Now that you have soft water in your home, you will find that you will not need quite as much dish soap as you are used to using. Some studies have shown that the amount of dish soap needed can be cut by as much as half when used with soft water. In addition, you may be familiar with dishes coming out of the dishwasher with light white streaks and drips on them. These could be removed by using a rinsing agent. Running your dishes with soft water will give you streak free dishes and glass ware without the need for a rinsing agent. Forget the rinsing agent, and look for dish soaps that are free of scent and dye, as with pure hand soap, and remember that you will not have to use near as much.

Laundry Detergent

Having soft water in your home can help make your laundry routine easier as well. For example, you will most likely not need to add fabric softener to your laundry near as often. You will also be able to change your load settings from hot to cold and still get the same level of stain removal. Soft water will help your laundry detergent create suds while using less detergent altogether. Washing your laundry in soft water could lower the energy cost of using your washing machine, and lessen the amount of detergent you will need. You will also be free of needing to add fabric softeners to keep your clothes from coming out stiff and rough feeling.

If you have any questions regarding water softeners contact Clear Water in San Marcos, TX.

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Ongoing Expenses of Water Softeners

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February 14, 2017 | Posted in Water Softener | By

As a homeowner, I’m sure all of you have faced the struggle with water softeners. People tell you how important it is to have one and you feel obliged to follow through by purchasing a water softener because you think you have to, and people keep telling you it’ll “pay for itself” in time. But let’s take a look at some of the costs that go with some common water softeners.

“But I Thought It Was a One-Time Buy”

Though technically this may be true, the fact of the matter is that there’s a lot more to be said than just the initial price tag. You have to consider that in order to maintain the system there are two main things that you’re going to constantly need: consumable salt and consistent unit service. Now, maybe that’s not a big deal for you personally, but keep in mind that every seemingly little thing does indefinitely add up over time and nobody needs any extra stress in their day-to-day life. 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 onto all other expenses. That’s an extra three hundred dollars every single year.

Servicing isn’t so bad because it only needs to be checked once every one to two years. However, that check has to be done by a professional and we all know how costly it is to get anything looked over by a professional. This is especially painful to your pocketbook if you bought a cheaper water softener, because, though they seem to be more affordable in the beginning, just like any other low priced option the quality is usually poorer. This means that your water softener will weaken sooner and will need to be checked far more often than it would if you had purchased a more expensive and better quality version.

“Okay, So What Do I Do Then?”

Glad you asked. One alternative you might consider could be purchasing a salt-free water softener instead of the typical salt based water softener. A salt-free water softener is less expensive and because it works by changing the form of the minerals, unlike salt-based water softeners, it gives the water a much slicker feel, which is commonly ideal for many people looking for an alternative to constantly buying bottled water.

In the end the choice is up to you, but keep in mind that in addition to the upfront costs of salt-based water softeners the ongoing costs make them more expensive overall than salt-free water softeners. If you’re interested in discussing if a salt-free water softener is the right choice for you, or if you’re interested in having one installed, contact Clear Water of San Marcos for more information.

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Commercial Solutions for Hard Water

March 9, 2016 | Posted in Hard Water, Reverse Osmosis, Water Conditioner, Water Softener | By

We know running a business can be difficult, and it can be even more stressful to want to provide the best for your employees. Clean and good water should be a priority for any business owner. Finding the right solution is daunting, but that’s what we’re here for! Today we’ll be discussing several options depending on your circumstances.

No-Salt Conditioner®

Scale build-up occurs in water handling equipment when there’s hard water present. This includes water fountains, sink faucets and much more, leading to expensive repairs and replacements, exorbitant energy costs, and blocked water flow. Now you can keep your water handling equipment in pristine condition and running smoothly with the EasyWater No-Salt Conditioner. The EasyWater No-Salt Conditioner eliminates hard water build-up without minimal to no maintenance, salt or chemicals.

SmartGuard®

If you’re looking for a commercial reverse osmosis system, look no further! SmartGuard RO’s integrated scale control technology is the only RO system on the market that operates efficiently without the need for a softener or chemical pre-treatment. SmartGuard RO has a plethora of customizable options for your needs, including RO, RO and remineralization, RO and deionization and much more. The thoughtful design allows for simple monitoring and maintenance. It also includes an automatic bypass option preventing you from running out of filtered water.

RevitaLife Pro®

If your company demands high purity or quality drinking water, reverse osmosis is the option for you. RevitaLife Pro delivers filtered and finished water with minerals for whatever you may need, as well as a corrected pH. This ensures you’ll get the water quality you need while keeping your water handling equipment clean and pristine.

Bacteria Shield®

Problems such as pipeline breaks, accidental sewage overflows and other incidents at work can increase the risk of contamination among you and your employees. This sort of microbiological fouling often comes with safety issues. Luckily, our Bacteria Shield offers UV disinfection, ozone disinfection, hydrogen peroxide disinfection and much more!

Iron Shield®

After years of use, iron deposits can begin to build up water-using equipment. If not properly taken care of, it will eventually turn into costly maintenance and early equipment death. Iron and manganese also create discolored water and rust-colored stains on plumbing fixtures, concrete walkways, driveways and much more. Iron Shield will protect your plumbing and keep your business in the best looking condition by oxidizing iron, manganese and hydrogen sulfide inside your tank, before they start causing problems.

Acid Shield® – PH Neutralizer

Copper and steel plumbing are easily corroded by acidic water, resulting in damage to plumbing fixtures, piping and valves. Eventually, your water-using equipment such as boilers and dish machines may prematurely fail. With Acid Shield®, a natural calcium compound and low-maintenance process to raise the pH of acidic water. Acid Shield® also protects your plumbing against pinhole leaks and disposes of blue-green staining.

Now that you know a little more about commercial solutions available to you, be sure to call Clearwater today at 512-757-1731, for an inspection to see which works best for you! We’ll work with you to make sure you get the water system you need, at an affordable price!

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Water Softeners vs. Salt-Free Water Conditioners

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January 4, 2016 | Posted in Hard Water, Water Conditioner, Water Softener | By

To soften or to condition? Is there even a difference? When you apply conditioner to hair, it certainly comes out softer, but does the same thing apply to water?

At Clearwater, the technology we offer as a solution for hard water is salt-free water conditioners. But we don’t want you to get this confused with water softeners, which use an entirely different process to produce different results. This article hopes to clear up some confusion and explain the difference between these two types of hard water treatment so that you can make an informed decision as to which product is best for you.

Misconception

First, let’s get a few misconceptions out of the way. If you’ve been on the market for water treatment options, then you’ve most likely come across the term “salt-free water softener” at least once. This term can be pretty misleading, as most salt-free water treatment appliances are technically not actual water softeners, but simply conditioners.

While both water softeners and salt-free conditioners can reduce the apparent hardness of water, soft water must have less than 1 grain of hardness per gallon (GPG) in order to actually be considered “soft”. Water softeners produce this result, but salt-free conditioners don’t. Thus, a true “salt-free water softener” doesn’t actually exist. Don’t be mislead by these claims!

What Water Softeners Do

If “soft” water must have less than 1 GPG, then a true water softener must actually remove the minerals such as calcium and magnesium that make water “hard”. This can be achieved through ion exchange with salt, reverse osmosis, deionization, or distillation. All of these processes result in water that’s been stripped of any suspended mineral that might cause apparent hardness.

What Water Conditioners Do

Salt-free conditioners, on the other hand, developed as an alternative to water softeners that use salt. Rather than removing the hard minerals, these appliances instead strip the minerals of their ability to form scale. The effects are very similar, but the water retains its minerals and no salt is involved in the process.

Benefits of Each

While both technologies achieve similar results, they each have their own benefits. Traditional softeners are most effective at improving soap lather laundry color quality, removing dishwasher spots, and making water feel slick in the shower. Salt-free conditioners, on the other hand, are more efficient, lower maintenance, and produce no waste by-products like softeners do. They can both be equally as efficient in eliminating scaling due to hard water.

Which one is right for you? As a consumer, it’s up to you to determine which technology better fits your needs. We’ve given you the facts; the choice is yours. If you live in the San Marcos area and salt-free water conditioners are best for you, give us a call and we can help you find the right hard water solution.

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Effects of Hard Water on Household Appliances

September 22, 2015 | Posted in Water Softener | By

Hard-water is harsh on your body both through ingestion and topical use, but it can also be hard on your home. Over time the build-up of minerals on your appliances and pipes can cause problems with every day usage, living, and cleaning tasks.

Calcium and magnesium salts are the major minerals considered to make water “hard.” The abundance of these minerals in our water is a widespread problem as about 85% of the country has hard water. The problem is that these magnesium salts and calcium leave deposits that can clog pipes, mechanical systems, appliances, faucets, and showerheads.

Hard water affects how well appliances function as well as their durability. One of the worst consequences of hard water is that it often decreases the life-span of appliances, causing them to require replacements much sooner than they should.

There are ways to recognize that hard water is a problem in your home.

With shower and faucet heads, the holes can clog with minerals, minimizing the force or pressure of the water spray. It can also cause water to shoo tout in multiple directions rather than straight out. Deposits can also cause hard water stains on the outside of the fixtures where the water lands such as on a shower door or the edges of a sink. Cleaning can help temporarily but after the long term use of hard water, replacement becomes necessary.

Gas and electric tank water heaters build sediment and minerals that can cause a heater to be up to half as efficient as it should be. The build-up of sediment can also begin to push down on tank seams or start corrosion, causing leaks.

Tank-less water heaters can be affected when the pipe the water comes from gets clogged with mineral deposits and the flow of water is obstructed. This is often indicated by decreased water pressure.

Dish and clothes washers won’t clean as well when they are affected by hard-water mineral build-up. Glasses will show spotting or appear dull and clothing can become stiff and fade in color. In these cases, the inlet valve and hoses are clogged. This issue causes these appliances to wear out up to thirty percent faster.

Refrigerators use water to circulate through an ice maker or to deliver water. Often the pipes and tubes transporting the water clog up with minerals and the life span of these functions greatly decreases. Water filters are intended to filter out these minerals from the ice and water themselves and are recommended to be replaced fairly regularly. The replacement of filters, however, will not prevent the tubes from clogging.

With pipes transporting hard-water in the general house plumbing, lime scale build-up can drastically restrict the water flow, causing increased problems with every single appliance. Steel pipes are the most susceptible and though copper and PVC pipes are less affected, they still will develop build-up over a long period of time.

Because of the extremely harsh effects of hard-water on household appliances, water softening systems are highly recommended. These systems will not only improve the performance of your appliances by reducing the impediment of water flow, but also increase the life span of the appliances. These results save you money by reducing the amount of water used in the first place and by reducing the frequency with which appliances will need to be replaced.

These great benefits are easily accessible through the installation of a water softener. Clear Water San Marcos has a couple option when it comes to these systems. You can contact a representative today to see about the potential for a new water softening system and quickly see the benefits of soft-water in your home.

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Soft Water Benefits for Hair, Skin & More

September 7, 2015 | Posted in Water Softener | By

There are many health benefits of soft-water when it is consumed internally, but often overlooked are the benefits it can have on your external body. Your skin and hair are greatly affected by your choice of hard-water versus soft-water. Following is a discussion of some of the benefits your skin and hair receive when you use soft-water for processes like bathing or washing your hands.

Hard water and soap do not mix well because the soap reacts with minerals in hard water creating the filmy residue often felt after the skin has dried. This sticky residue also leaves your pores clogged, inevitably doing damage to your skin. Healthy pores allow the sebaceous oil, produced within glands in the skin, to be expelled and they act as a glue which sticks to dead skin cells to shed them and keep your skin healthy and clear. When pores are clogged, as they are with the build-up of minerals when hard-water is used to bathe, skin is unable to experience this process and becomes prone to dryness and acne. Often we try to combat this sticky, pore-clogging effect by using more soap, but the problem is not the soap, it is the water.

A water softener removes most of the minerals in the water, allowing it to react properly with the soap. When using a water softener, the soap can lather up well and you prevent clogging your skin, leaving with smooth, clear skin. Added benefits of soft water on your skin are that it requires you to use much less soap, saving you money in the long run. Also, when you leave your skin unclogged and clean, it is able to keep more moisture throughout the day and absorb any moisturizers you apply much more easily.

In a similar manner, hard-water negatively affects your hair. When hard water meets your scalp, it causes your hair cuticles, the shell like part of your hair made of several layers of cells, to stand up. The effect most resembles that of scales. When your hair is healthy all the scales lie seamlessly together, like a snake. When your hair is unhealthy, due to hard-water use, it lies more like you would picture the scales of a dragon, staggered and jagged. This causes your hair to feel rough and dry and allows it to break or split much more easily. Essentially, when you wash your hair with hard-water, you are stripping it of the necessary oils used to keep it healthy.

As discussed earlier, water softeners take most of the minerals out of the water, allowing the water to leave the oils your hair needs to remain healthy, strong and shiny. Considerably less shampoo and conditioner is needed when washing your hair with soft-water and avoiding those harsh minerals, because your hair is able to maintain its own oil balance much better on its own. Not only does this save you money on basic hair care products, but also on other products as well. Because your hair is all around healthier when using soft-water, it is less frizzy and has more volume and shine naturally. This cuts out the need for products like detangler, defrizzer, gel, and even hair spray. The reduction and even removal of some or all of these products from your hair care routine saves you not only a lot of money, but a lot of time in your morning routine.

From skin health to hair health, your wallet, your clock and your body can benefit greatly from the removal of harsh minerals in your water. Eliminating the need for extra products and maintaining the natural health of your body is always the way to go and is easily accomplished through an easy switch from hard-water to soft-water.

If you’re looking for a no-hassle water softener in the Central Texas area, give Clear Water of San Marcos a call today to discuss our no-salt water softening system!

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Is Water Processed with a Water Softening System Safe to Consume?

May 6, 2015 | Posted in Water Softener | By

Of course softer water is great for your home’s pipes and household appliances, but is it safe to drink after being treated?

If you’re using a salt-based water softener, there’s a chance that a bit of extra sodium may wind up in your drinking water. The amount added is mostly negligible for adults, but could be problematic if you’re using the water for baby formula or if you have certain types of health conditions.

However, if you choose a salt-free water softening system, no salt is used, and therefore there is no change in the sodium levels.

Even though your water is softened, it is important to keep in mind that it’s not purified. There can still be traces of metals present in the water, and–more importantly, softening water doesn’t get rid of any harmful pathogens that may be present.

For the best scenario–water with no increased sodium levels, and no water with bacteria and pathogens, we recommend getting a combo of a salt-free water treatment system, and a bacteria shield to kill harmful pathogens. With this combo, you can feel assured that your water has the benefits of softened water, and lacks things that can make you sick.

If you want even more toxin protection, you can look into a Toxin Shield. It’s great for people who drink city water, as it catches contaminants such as chlorine & chloramines, pesticides, industrial chemicals, VOCs, disinfection byproducts & more.

As you can see, while soft water is great to drink, how you soften it (salt vs. salt free) can make a difference, and softening alone won’t remove other threats from your drinking water, so it’s a good idea to research what else you can do to get your water to the highest quality it can be.

For a consultation on how to improve your home’s drinking supply, call Clear Water of San Marcos today–we’d be happy to set up a consultation to discuss your needs and find the perfect solution for you!

 

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5 Benefits of Salt-Free vs Traditional Water Softeners

April 22, 2015 | Posted in Water Softener | By

If you live in Central Texas, treating your water is almost always a good idea, as it tends to be very mineral-rich–which can cause buildup and leave residue with everyday use. Luckily, there are several ways to treat your water… But which way is best? At Clear Water of San Marcos, we believe a salt-free water softener (conditioner) is the right way to go.

Five benefits of Salt-Free vs Traditional Water Softeners

Below we take a look at 5 reasons to consider Salt-Free vs Traditional Water Softeners

1) You don’t have to check the salt levels every month

Since there’s no salt, you naturally won’t have to worry about checking the salt levels every month-month and a half.

2) You don’t have to buy salt

Just like with number one above, there’s no salt, which means you save money. Who doesn’t like to save money??

3) There are no salt bridges to eliminate

You don’t have to worry about moisture causing the salt to crust (since there is none!). These are especially troublesome because once one forms and you break it apart, more are likely to form quicker–but not with a salt-free system.

4) Less chance of equipment malfunction

Salt-free systems are less prone to malfunctioning by design–there’s fewer moving parts to worry about. However, we still recommend checking your system every few months.

5) You never have to clean the brine tank

Usually with a salt-based system, you’ll need to clean your brine tank once or twice a year… and it’s not the most fun task. Once again, with a no-salt system, you’re in the clear.

As you can see, salt-free water softening systems generally require much less maintenance than their counterparts. They take advantage of newer technology, which in turn makes your life a bit easier; you can enjoy the benefits of treated water without all the hassle.

If you live in Central Texas and are interested in learning more about whether or not the Clear Water system is right for you, give us a call today (512-757-1731) to discuss your needs!

 

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Why Should I Choose a Salt-Free Water Softening System?

April 7, 2015 | Posted in Water Softener | By

Before we get into the benefits of a salt-free water conditioning system, let’s make one thing clear: salt-free water softeners are not true water softening systems, but are instead water conditioning systems. This doesn’t, however, mean they are not a great substitute for salt-based water softeners–they have a number of benefits, and both provide the benefits of softer water.

Benefits of a Salt-Free Water Softener

Salt-Free systems are designed to descale water in a different way than salt-based solutions. In salt-free solutions, the minerals are still in the water, but their form is changed in a way that makes them unable to stick and adhere to surfaces and pipes.  The minerals that cause hardness in water are converted to crystals that cannot adhere and cause build up, so you get the same benefit without the maintenance and hassles of a traditional water softener.

Saltless systems require less maintenance because they don’t need salt added to them, they don’t use electricity, and there’s no waste water to worry about.  You save money on your electric bill, you don’t need to buy bags of salt, and you don’t have to worry about making sure the electrical valve doesn’t malfunction (as one is not necessary on salt-free solutions). They prevent buildup in showers, sinks, and pipes, and can help keep your appliances running for longer. They also don’t leave your skin feeling as slick as with a salt softening system.

Click here for more information about Salt-Free vs. Salt-Based systems.

If you would like more information about getting a no-salt water softening system for your home, give us a call at Clear Water of San Marcos (512-757-1731), and we’ll be happy to set up a consultation to see if our system is right for you!

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Why is Soft Water Beneficial?

March 22, 2015 | Posted in Water Softener | By

If you live in Central Texas and don’t have a water softening system installed, you more than likely encounter hard water on a daily basis, and it may be time to start treating yourself to the numerous benefits that softer water provides.

What is Soft Water & What are its Benefits?

In a nutshell, soft water is water that has been treated to reduce the levels of minerals in the water. According to Wikipedia, “A water softener… works on the principle of cation or ion exchange in which ions of the hardness minerals are exchanged for sodium or potassium ions, effectively reducing the concentration of hardness minerals to tolerable levels and thus making the water softer and gives it a smoother feeling.”

“That all sounds nice, but how does it benefit me?” you may be thinking.  And the answer is: softer water provides a number of benefits!  From saving money, to having healthier-feeling (and looking!) hair and skin, and prolonging the lifespan for your appliances, softer water is an all-around good thing.  Let’s take a look at each of these benefits a bit more in-depth.

Cleaning for Less

With softer water, you’ll save money by using less soap in the shower, and less detergent in your dishwasher and washing machine. In fact soft water can reduce the amount of soap/detergent you need by over 50%! Furthermore, you can reduce water-heating bills by almost 30% with softer water.  Soaps and detergents don’t mix as well with hard water, so more is required to get your hair/skin/clothes clean.  So by utilizing a a water softening system, you wind up spending less on soaps and detergents.  A water softener removes the minerals from your water, which provides you with water to thoroughly clean your skin and hair. With hard water, skin pores clog with soap residue, which can leave your skin and hair looking and feeling dry and dull. Additionally, clothes washed repeatedly in hard water tend to fade faster; with softer water you’ll find you don’t have to go shopping for new clothes quite as frequently.

Longer-Lasting Appliances

Soft water prevents the occurrence of  “scale,” which is caused by a buildup of the minerals in hard water.  Scale can occur inside pipes and around sink and shower faucets.  This buildup can impede water flow, which winds up requiring more power to heat your water.  Over time, as scale builds up, it can run down your appliances, requiring more maintenance or replacements.

There are many more reasons why soft water is beneficial.  But even with all of these benefits, salt-free water softening systems are superior in several ways, which we will take a look at in our next update… stay tuned for more!

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