Water is something that we use every day without thinking about where it is coming from. Many times one just knows that it comes out of a faucet while providing the many advantages of water in modern homes and businesses. Below are a few options for obtaining the very best water from your current home plumbing system.

Water in San Marcos, Texas

San Marcos obtains raw surface water from the Guadalupe River and from Canyon Lake. These bodies of water are the result of a number of springs and other groundwater sources. The water is treated by the new City of San Marcos’ water treatment plant which was established in January of 2000. When the raw surface water from the Guadalupe River arrives at the treatment plant it goes through a series of treatments to ensure San Marcos customers receive water that is clean and safe to drink. The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) is responsible for watershed resource management. Their goal is to assure a safe, sustainable and reliable water for all users.

The Effects of Hard Water

Dealing with hard water build-up can be expensive, as well as time-consuming, for both homes and businesses. Not only does hard water affect plumbing but it can also affect water heaters, laundry equipment, ice makers, and other appliances throughout a building that use water. Mineral build-up in these appliances can reduce the flow of water and increase the overall cost of energy for running appliances. If scale build-up because serious enough, it can even cause water blockage in appliances.

Using a Water Softener

Unfortunately, San Marcos water contains hard manganese, iron, and hard minerals. Exposure to hard water often results in a buildup of these minerals in plumbing and appliances. Hard water can also reduce soap lather, cause water spots, and other problems. A regular water softener will remove manganese, iron, and various minerals from the water and replace them with potassium or sodium. However, a water softener will not remove existing hard water build-up.

Using a Water Conditioner

An alternate option is salt-free water conditioners. This product is not a water softener but rather a water conditioner. Salt-free water conditioners retain the calcium, magnesium, and other minerals present in water while converting them so that they no longer stick to surfaces. Whether you have regular plumbing or a septic system, a salt-free water conditioner will protect your plumbing as well as soften your water which makes it possible to save money on soap and other cleaning products.

For more information about hard water solutions, contact Clear Water of San Marcos, a water treatment company in San Marcos, TX. We’ll be happy to test your home water, or to help you determine which type of water conditioner would work best for your home.

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If you’ve recently found out that your home has hard water, and want to do something to soften it, you may be wondering what size of water softener you will need. The size of water softener that your home needs depends on several variables, which we’ll look at below!


When shopping for an appropriate water softener to use for your home, you’ll want to find one that has a high efficiency. Efficiency generally has to do with how much salt a water softener uses. The most efficient water softeners can remove a high amount of hardness using as little salt as possible. This can save you both money and effort since more efficient softeners will not require salt to be replaced as often.

Hardness of Your Home Water

You will also need to know how hard your home water is, or how much dissolved calcium and magnesium is present in your water. There are test kits available that will let you determine your water’s hardness level yourself, or you can have a professional test your water for you. You may also be able to get the hardness level from your water utility service if you use city water. It’s important to have this level available in order to choose a properly sized water softener system.

Daily Water Consumption

After the water hardness level, the next thing you’ll need to know is your household’s amount of water consumption. There are two common ways to find this amount. One is to check the consumption amount shown on your water bill. The total amount is often shown per month, but you can calculate how much that amount would work out to per day by dividing the total by the number of days in the month. However, if you do not have a total consumption amount available from a water bill, you can still get an approximate daily consumption estimate. To do so, multiply the number of people in the household by 75 gallons. The resulting number should be an approximate estimate of your household’s daily water consumption.

Softening Requirement

To make the final decision about what size water softener your household needs, you’ll need to know an estimate of how much water hardness (usually expressed in grains) that it needs to remove per day. To get this estimate, you’ll use the hardness level you had tested, and your daily water consumption amount. Multiply the number of grains of hardness your water has by the number of gallons of your household’s daily water consumption. The resulting number will be the number of grains your water softener needs to be able to remove from your home water per day. This number will help you choose a water softener of an efficient size for your home.

Don’t want to deal with the salt? Consider getting a salt-free water conditioner for your home! For more information about what type of water softener or salt-free water conditioner would benefit your home, or to schedule a consultation, contact Clear Water of San Marcos, located in San Marcos, TX.

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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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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


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 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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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.


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 Clear Water of San Marcos 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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Once you’ve installed your water softener, you probably think that’s the last of your worries. While by itself, the water softener will completely change the way your water feels, there’s one more thing you want to consider now. Does it matter what type of soap is used after a water softener or conditioner is installed?

Why Hard Water Requires More Soap

The reason hard water requires more soap is because of the minerals within it, making it tougher for detergent and soap to dissolve in water.

Calcium and magnesium are the culprits to be exact. These minerals make water “hard” happen to interfere with the soap’s cleaning properties. Soap is sticks easier to these hard minerals and that’s why soap produces fewer suds and is less effective in hard water.

It is also difficult to rinse soap from clothing dipped in hard water. You’ve probably felt your clothes that come out of laundry and thought they felt stiff. This is because limescale hardened and is stuck on your clothes! When washing your laundry in soft water, you can clean with less soap, and will also keep your clothes from getting stiff from limescale hardening.

What Type of Soap Should I Use with a Water Softener?

Once installed, you’ll want to use the purest of soaps that you can find. Softened water greatly increases the effectiveness of soaps and detergents. Liquid soaps free of dyes or perfumes are usually the best choice for soft water.

Oftentimes, soap manufacturers add water softening agents and fillers to soaps, shampoos and detergents expecting the consumer (you) to be using hard water. Meaning, you’re paying for filler or additive that you don’t need! It’s best to look around for pure soaps once you have a water softener installed. If you can’t find any in your local supermarket, there are a plethora of online sites that sell pure soaps and detergents. Alternatively, you can make your own soap by checking out at DIY site, if you want something homemade.

Remedy “hard water” problems with soft water

When it comes to laundry stain removal, an independent study funded by the Water Quality Research Council showed huge savings on energy costs. The study concluded that laundry detergents usage was reduced by 50% and dishwashing soap usage by 70% when washing with soft water. Additionally, they found that washing machine temperatures could still maintain the same stain removal efficacy when washing on cold instead of hot water with water softener.

You’ll even be using less shampoo to create even greater lather with soft water, and you’ll no longer a need “rinsing agents” for spot-free glasses and dishes!

If you’re unsure whether you have hard water in your home, call Clear Water San Marcos for an at-home inspection. We’ll help show you all available water treatment solutions for your home.

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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.


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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