- How can I make my water better?
There are many ways to improve the quality of your water, you must first determine the most important areas you wish to improve. Is it making sure the Water is safe? Or is it making sure the water will not harm water using devices in the home? From softening to filtering contaminates or making the best drinking water possible knowing what you need is the best place to start. Not sure what you need? Give us a call we would be glad to help!
- Why should I treat my water?
The EPA currently regulates only 90 of the hundreds upon hundreds of contaminates that could be in your water. Everything from lead, copper, arsenic, chromium. viruses and bacteria to more asthetic issues like hardness, PH, etc. There is a lot of room for improvement whether you are on a city supply or your own private well.
- What is a reverse osmosis system?
Reverse osmosis is a process by which water is forced through a membrane that allows water to pass through and keeps contaminates out which are then washed to the drain. the pure water is then sent to a storage tank for your use.
- Why would I need a water softener?
As you probably know a water softener removes the hardness minerals from your water, changing from hard water to soft. If you live in an area of the country with hard water you are probably familiar with the scale caused by hard water and all the problems it can create. A good high quality water softener will eliminate this scale buildup and protect your water using appliances, fixtures, glass shower enclosures, water heaters, and also give you the added benefit of softer skin, softer hair, less soap, shampoo, and detergent usage. A softener will actuall save you money in the long run by extending the life of those other high dollar appliances and fixtures.
- Why are your softeners and filters more than the ones at the big box stores?
Great question. Our softeners and filters are far above and beyond in quality and effeciency than those sold through the big box stores and many online brands. A high quality softener or filter will last 3-4 times longer than the other brands and will have much longer warranties and better customer service. You will save money and headaches in the long run by purchasing quality equipment from a local reputable dealer.
- Is my " whole house" system really treating all of the water?
If your home was built with the plumbing "loop" installed then everything inside with the exception of the cold water side of the kitchen faucet, pot fillers, or the supply to the refridgerator will not be through the treatment equipment. Outside hose bibs, irrigation and pool supply will be on normal untreated tap water. The reasoning for this is it is expected that your drinking and cooking water will come from the cold side of the kitchen faucet and if it goes through treatment equipment there is a potential for contamination if the equipment malfunctions or is not maintained properly.
- What is a water conditioner?
A water conditoner is usually reffering to a "no salt" scale conditioner. This type of filter treats the water hardness minerals so that it does not form the hard scale on your fixtures and appliances, this process leaves the minerals in the water so you will still get mineral deposits but it will be easier to clean off. This process is commonly reffered to as T.A.C. or N.A.C. and will give effectiveness percentage around 99.6%, while there are many different names for this type of media, don't be fooled by claims that they make "soft" water. Only a true salt or potassium based softener can make soft water!
- What is this "loop" I keep hearing about?
The" loop" as it is commonly referred to is the piping necessary to install equipment to in a home, usually found in the garage or basement this is the piping that we cut and modify to install equipment to. There will also be a drain pipe of some kind and usually access to an electrical outlet. In homes that do not have the loop it is usually necessary to do a site visit to determine how to structure piping, create a drain, electrical if necessary, and where to place equipment. We can then give an accurate quote of costs involved to install your system .
- What about electronic or magnetic scale devices?
There are many of these devices out on the market today. The bottom line is they don't work for residential applications. Don't waste your money!
- What about the citrus based "softeners"?
There are some citrus based softeners out in the market, again these should only be considered conditioners as they do not actually soften the water. Most people using these claim they help the feel of the water, but in our experience they don't work very well and you get stuck in the companies autoship program for new filters every month or two as the media in the filters doesn't last very long.
- How do I find out about my water quality?
To find your water quality, if your are on a city supplied water system request a copy of the consumer confidence report. If you are on a private well you may need to test the water your self using well water test kits or through a local laoratory. you can also go to www.ewg.org and enter your zipcode in the tapwater database. Or call Arizona Water Consultants.
- We have high levels of arseinc in our well water, can this be treated?
No problem! We have had great success in treating Arsenic levels 1000 times over the recommended levels.
- What is the difference between city water and well water?
City water can come from many different sources, whether from lakes, rivers, resivoirs, or wells, it is then treated to comply with the drinking water standard set forth by the EPA. Well water from a private well does not have to meet the same standards and it is up to the well owner to make sure the water is safe for use.