Hard water is an issue in many areas around the country. Whether your water resource consists of hard or soft water, it is characterized by the geology of the land that rainwater falls on.
Water Hardness is measured on a scale of “Grains per Gallon” and ranges from 3 grains (slightly hard) to 15+ grains (extremely hard.) Specifically, in our area, we tend to see “slightly hard” to “hard” water which ranges from 3 grains per gallon to 7 – 10 grains per gallon, respectively.
Improving or restoring your water to enjoyable levels is easy, but not everybody understands how easy it is.
Hard water is simply: Water with dissolved minerals, specifically magnesium and calcium.
Problems Produced by Hard Water
Some common “symptoms” of hard water include the following household signs:
The need for more soap or detergent when washing hands and clothes
Cloudiness or roughness on dishes and glasses upon drying
Mineral buildup within household appliances (i.e. coffee makers, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines) which may also decrease their efficiency.
Scale buildup in pipes which may restrict water flow to the rest of your house
Limescale buildup around faucets and shower-heads
Can affect the taste of water (person to person)
Hair may become discolored
Damage to clothes
Dry or itchy skin
How Do You Know if You Have Hard Water?
If you are experiencing any of the “symptoms” above, that may indicate you have hard water. A water test can verify the specific hardness of your households’ water to determine if you need to take further actions.
How to correct hard water issues in your home:
Here at KelTren WaterCare, we offer many solutions that can correct hard water issues within your home. Below are a few examples on how you can treat your water:
Whole house water softener
Hardness minerals such as magnesium and calcium can cause plumbing issues and reduce the efficiency of your appliances. Investing in a water softener helps extend the life of your appliances and the plumbing of your home. If you notice the telltale signs of mineral deposits on showerheads and faucets, that is a strong indication that you may need a whole house water softener. We can help with that.
Our “CareSoft® No-Stress Water Softener” can remove minerals found in both well and city water. The CareSoft® system uses high-performance resin to reduce the amount of minerals in your water.
The key to success to a water softener is the regeneration process. During this process, water is pumped into the included brine tank (which can hold up to 300 lbs of salt) to create brine solution. The tank is then automatically backwashed to disturb the resin and remove any additional debris. Next, the brine solution is drawn from the brine tank and into the main tank. During this step, saltwater flows though the negatively charged resin and causes positive sodium ions to take the place of the previously absorbed minerals. Lastly, the tank is rinsed with raw water to flush out any reaming salt.
Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System
Reverse Osmosis drinking waters systems utilize a series of filters that decrease undesirable contaminations from your water. Much like bottled water, your homes water will taste cleaner, be aroma free, and be better for you.
If you are still concerned about the quality and any additional impurities that may be in your water, the WaterCare® ClearFlo® Reverse Osmosis (RO) drinking water system can deliver up to 100 gallons of crisp, clear, clean water per day.
Our ClearFlo® RO drinking water system (right) utilizes a multi-level filtration process that removes large suspended particles that your Softener or Ion Pro did not catch, chlorine, heavy metals, or other minuscule grains.
How an RO filtration system works:
The system directs water though the first filtration stage, a sediment “carbon prefilter”, this first stage removes any particles and chlorine generate from any additional systems or from city water.
The second stage of the filtration process is where the water is directed though a membrane. The membrane isolates and traps any additional particles in the water.
Next, the system directs water though a “carbon post filter”, which removes any impurities that the membrane might have missed. The “pure” water is then stored in a pressure tank for consumption.
Lastly, the water is filtered through one more carbon filter to prevent the water from obtaining unwanted tastes and odors from the pressure tank.
If your home’s source of water comes from a well, you might be experiencing hardness as well as increased levels of pH, iron, or manganese. Usually, if you were experiencing the issues listed above, you would be advised to purchase individual systems to resolve the issues with your water. We have your All-in-one solution.
WaterCare® “TotalCare® – One Unit for Total Care” conditioner (right) contains an exclusively engineered blend called Crystal-Right™. Crystal-Right™ decreases high levels manganese, iron, and hardness, while increasing low pH levels all in one system.
Our patented TotalCare® system also comes in a dual tank system. The main benefit of our two-tank unit is the ability to provide treated water during the regeneration cycle of one (1) of the two (2) tanks.
All three methods mentioned above can be cost-effective to you and your home, and which one you purchase depends on your preferences, needs, and chemistry of your water. Here at KelTren our professionals can provide an onsite water test to see systems we recommend for you. If you think you have a hard water problem, contact KelTren WaterCare today.