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Clear Water of San Marcos has expanded to the Seguin, TX area due to the rise of New Construction and the approval for 14,000 hew homes.
Our new location can be found at:
1464 Eastwood Drive Suite # 100 Seguin, TX 78155
Kissing Tree in San Marcos, TX
Business is Booming in the Kissing Tree Housing development in San Marcos, TX and Clear Water Of San Marcos is helping new homeowners tackle their “Hard Water Problems” with our “NO SALT” treatment system. We have installed ten (10) new systems. Our Systems are space saving compact units! Here are photos of five (5) new units in Kissing Tree!
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Water makes up 60% of your body and 71% of the earth’s surface. Clean water will make you feel better and improve the cleanliness of your pots, clothing and pipes. Discover 3 tips for purchasing the best salt-free water softener.
What is Hard Water?
Not all water is the same. The water in each Texas town is slightly different in terms of chemicals, colors and odors. Generally, hard water includes high levels of calcium, magnesium carbonate and manganese.
Over time, this hard water is more likely to build up on your pipes, pans and appliances. It makes it more difficult for you to remove bacteria, dirt and deposits during washing. Soft water is better for cleaning.
But, I don’t want to deal with all that salt.
With a salt-free water softener, you can enjoy soft water without the salt. These salt free water softeners might use a physical process called “Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC),” which turns the aforementioned chemicals into hardened crystals. These crystals cannot adhere to pots, pipes or clothing.
So, what should you look for in one of these advanced water softeners? We will provide you with 3 valuable tips here:
1. Testing Water
The first thing that you should do is test your water – get a list of all the chemicals found in each gallon of water. These will list the number of grains for calcium, magnesium carbonate, manganese and so forth. You can choose from either a DIY testing kit or hire a professional water analyst.
The benefit of a water analyst is that he can help you interpret the results. He might also be able to explain any historical events that might impact your Texas water.
2. One Application or Full House?
You can buy a water softener for one room or for the full house. Perhaps, you want to concentrate on your bathroom. With a full house water softener, you can also reduce the deposits within your pipes.
3. Calculating Total Operating Costs
Determine how much it will cost you to operate your water softener, each year. Generally, water softeners should last at least 10 years. Therefore, you can take the total cost of the purchase, divide it by 10 and depreciate its value, each year.
Also, include extra costs. With a salt free water softener, you still might need to replace the filters. Experts suggest that you replace the filters every 6 months – it depends on your water quality and usage.
Compare different water softeners; you can ask the advice of experts, who have used both. Water softeners provide many hidden functions. But, these are still very important because they provide clean water for your entire family.
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Public water disinfection is among greatest health breakthroughs of the past century. Since scientists learned that adding the chemical to raw water can neutralize nearly all of the harmful organic mater it contains, getting clean, safe water to the masses has become unbelievably easier.
It’s only in recent decades, however, that scientists have begun to look critically at exactly what chemistry is going on when chlorine is added to water. And what they’ve found isn’t exactly reassuring: there are actually a number of dangers chlorine can pose to our health, and scientists are continuing to learn just how hazardous these risks can be. The list below will go over some of the negative health effects of this ubiquitous chemical.
Although chlorine has proven to be a very effective means of disinfecting contaminated water, it doesn’t remove 100% of pathogens. There have been several documented cases of dangerous bacteria such as e-coli showing up in tap water that has been treated by chlorine. Exposure to bacteria such as this can induce some serious food poisoning symptoms.
Disinfection By-Products (DBPs)
While chlorine itself doesn’t pose any notable health risks, it creates what are known as disinfection by-products, or DPBs, when it comes into contact with organic material such as harmful pathogens.
Recently, these DPBs have been shown to have all kinds of negative health effects, from heart disease to kidney and liver damage to even increased cancer risk. This is very unsettling considering every water treatment plant in the U.S. uses chlorine as the disinfectant.
Inhalation and Skin Absorption
These harmful DPBs are very difficult to avoid, as they are not only absorbed through drinking, but also through skin contact and inhalation. They absorb very quickly into the skin and enter the bloodstream directly from there.
This makes it extremely difficult to avoid the risks of chlorinated water, as its bi-products come in contact with your skin every time you so much as wash your hands.
The harmful effects of chlorine’s DPBs don’t stop at health risks. They’re responsible for the excessive drying of the hair and skin that many people struggle with, and showering in chlorinated water can result in dry, wrinkling skin and brittle hair.
So while chlorine has been a valuable part of making clean water accessible to everyone, perhaps it’s time for us to explore alternative options for disinfecting water. A few cities have begun experimenting with methods such as Ozonation but, for the time being, methods like this are too expensive to be embraced across the nation.
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The mere mention of the word acid can evoke some pretty scary associations: bubbling green goop that melts anything on contact is our first thought when we hear the word. And we’ve all heard news stories about acid rain and the damage it can do to both buildings and crops. But you may also have heard of the problem of acidic water coming out of some peoples’ taps—an idea that can sound pretty scary. What exactly is acid water, and should you even be concerned about it?
To most people, the answer is “no”. Because of the regulations on municipal water supplies, people who get their water from public sources usually don’t have to worry about this. But if you own a large amount of property and derive your water from a private well or other private water supply, read on; you may have to deal with this issue. This post will help you diagnose your own tap for acid water and take you through the steps you need to treat it.
Refresher: What is acid water?
If you remember one thing from high school chemistry, it’s probably that acids are anything with a 7 or less on the pH scale. Don’t be too alarmed if you find out you have acid water in your system, however; it’s usually just caused by natural geological processes as rain makes its way through soil. But while not all acids are as violently corrosive as others, even slightly acidic water can cause problems.
Determining if Your Tap is acidic
The problem with acidic tap water in particular is that it leeches metal from pipes. It will corrode both lead and copper, slowly eating away at your pipes until you develop leaks. You can see this leeched material in the form of blue or green stains in tubs or sinks. You might also smell a harsh, chlorine-like smell in the water, and it may taste something like soda.
If you find any of this evidence, it may be a good idea to test the pH levels of your water. If it registers less than 7, then you can be sure you have acid water! Don’t worry, though, this problem can be easy to fix.
Treating Acid Water
Neutralizing filters are the way to go to treat acidic water and, thankfully, they are readily available. They work by adding a material to the water that, through a chemical reaction, neutralizes its pH level. These filters attach to the water’s point of entry, dissolving neutralizing chemicals into the water before it enters your pipes.
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After all the recent flooding in Central Texas, you may have been warned about a boil notice that was under effect in many of the areas affected by the flood. For many people, the only public water system (PWS) available was contaminated with dangerous strains of bacteria, an idea that can be pretty scary.
While water softeners like the ones we sell here are great for ordinary circumstances, they aren’t designed to treat water that’s unsafe for consumption, and most water filters won’t do anything to organic matter that may be in water such as bacteria.
So how do you know if the PWS you use is safe after an event like this? And what can you do in the event your water is unsafe? Read on to answer these questions.
If a boil notice is issued, as was the case for many areas affected by the recent flood, then you should not ignore it. This means the entire PWS was found to be contaminated, and you should’t drink any tap water that hasn’t been disinfected by boiling until you’re notified that the boil notice is over.
To properly disinfect water, bring it to a full boil (not just a rolling boil), and let it stay in this state for 2 whole minutes. Check out the video below if you need some visual reference to tell how far you should take the water to reach a full boil (it’s actually pretty intense):
Let it cool, and it will be good to drink. Don’t assume your water filter will take care of infection; boil your water no matter what.
If no notice was issued but any part of your property was flooded above the water line, you may have contaminated water in your own pipes even if the PWS is safe to drink. In an event like this, you should flush your house’s plumbing by running water through your faucets in a systematic way.
The best way to do this is to start with outside faucets farthest from the water meter, and slowly work your way towards the meter, one faucet at a time. Each time, run the faucet until there is a noticeable change in temperature, and be sure to remove aerators from kitchen and bathroom faucets before you do this.
This procedure should be enough to make sure your own property has safe water in its pipes. So enjoy your salt-free water softener when the water’s safe, but be sure to properly disinfect your water after a flood!
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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.
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.
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!
It’s no secret that Central Texas is home to some of the hardest water in America. Studies have shown that over 80% of homes in the U.S. have to deal with the destructive effects of hard water.
Over time, hard water exposure can lead to:
A sticky film residue on everything it touches, including clothes, dishes, hair, skin, and animals
Blemishes and stains on appliances
Buildup that can be almost impossible to get rid of
Drain and pipe corrosion
Less efficient water heating appliances that become more expensive to run over time
Internal damage to many of your major appliances, including:
The best way to prevent these harmful effects is to stop hard water as soon as it reaches your home. Contact us at Clear Water of San Marcos today so you can start enjoying all of the benefits of soft, clean, delicious water in your home!
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We at Clear Water of San Marcos like to solve problems . A prospective customer called from La Vernia, TX. He has a large “RV” Trailer set up for his son’s use. The problem was, last year at this same location, he had a major issue with calcification of hard water on everything. This is a Large RV trailer and a Big investment. The Culligan people said they “Couldn’t” help him! So he called us at Clear Water of San Marcos. After driving 50 miles to assess the situation We determined we could install a “NO SALT” tankless conditioner That was outdoor approved. Within six (6) hours this unit was in and operational. The New Customer was “VERY” satisfied.
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What is calcification on my faucets and dishes? Well your water has calcium and magnesium minerals in it already! But when it is heated or is agitated by pressure and turbulence it combines and sticks to any material it comes in contact with! Therefore you will SEE the end result of a dry crusty off-white power, stuck to everything, clothes, hair, dishes, dish washer, washer/dryer, water in the refrigerator door, any place water is used. Calcium and magnesium are GOOD for us to have in our water, for health reasons. Calcium for bones, magnesium for muscles. So the best way to correct this problem? Our “No Salt” water treatment. Watch the video on this web site, then call us for your “FREE” No Obligation Hard Water TEST.