Your home has hard water. If you look at your options, you will note two main ones that can help protect your pipes from hard water damage – a water conditioner and a water softener. Finding the right one for your home starts with knowing more about each of these water filtration systems.
What Is a Water Conditioner?
A water conditioner does not use salt to counter the effects of dissolved minerals. Instead, it conditions the water to reduce chlorides that can cause microscopic leaks in copper pipes. Additionally, this system prevents scale build-up inside your water heater and pipes. Because it does not require salt, you can use it even if you have a severely salt-restricted diet.
Our whole home water conditioner will also filter out particulate matter and chemicals, thereby improving your home’s water quality. With a self-cleaning system, maintenance for this system is at a minimum.
How Is a Water Conditioner Different from a Water Softener?
A water softener chemically counters the dissolved minerals in water by replacing the ions of calcium and magnesium with sodium or potassium ions. This type of system reduces the mineral concentration in water to less than one grain per gallon, which reduces the need for soap and detergent.
A water softener will also protect your plumbing from mineral build-up and scale deposits, the same way that a water conditioning system can.
Which Should You Purchase?
The right one to purchase for your home depends on your needs. If your home’s water is exceptionally hard and you find that you need to use soap, shampoo, or detergent in large amounts to get clean, you may need a home water softener. However, for homes that need to protect their plumbing without the added salt of a water softener, a water conditioner works well.
Find Out More About Whole Home Water Filtration at Best Home Water Treatment Systems
Get either a whole home water conditioner or a water softener from us at Best Home Water Treatment Systems. Contact us onlineor by dialing our office at 951.737.1500. We’re here to guide you to find the right solution to getting better-tasting water and protecting your plumbing from the inside.
The type of ice that you use in your drinks does make a difference. This is especially true if you are serious about producing bar-quality cocktails or having better tasting beverages. Clear ice is the coveted form of ice found at restaurants but rarely attained from home freezers. The secret behind getting this type of ice at home is knowing what makes ice cloudy and how to prevent it.
What Is Clear Ice?
Clear ice does not have any cloudiness. You can see straight through it, like glass. Cloudy ice happens due to using water with air and minerals trapped in it. Therefore, starting with the purest water will make it possible to reduce the cloudiness in the ice from your freezer by eliminating the minerals.
Advantages of Using Ice
Using clear ice has several advantages. These all relate to the composition of the ice. First, clear ice does not melt as quickly because it is denser. The density of clear ice comes from its lack of air trapped inside. Without air, the water is the only thing that freezes, ensuring longer-lasting, denser ice cubes.
Second, the denser ice cubes do not shrink over time in the freezer. Clear ice does not have air bubbles trapped in it to leave and cause shrinkage.
Lastly, because the clearest ice does not have impurities, it tastes better than ice with dissolved air and minerals in it. In the same way that purified water tastes better, pure ice also has a better flavor than ice made from impure water.
How to Make Ice in Your Freezer
To get clear ice in your freezer, you want to use the purest water. Start with a reverse osmosis water purification system that removes nearly all the impurities in the water. Pure water without minerals dissolved in it will have a greater chance to produce clearer water. Next, boil the water twice to eliminate as much dissolved air as possible before freezing it.
You can try skipping this step and freezing the water directly from the reverse osmosis system to save time. Even if your ice isn’t perfectly clear, using purer water will still make it taste better than standard ice cubes made from untreated tap water.
Get a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification System from Best Home Water Treatment Systems
If you want to have clear ice from your home’s freezer, contact us at Best Home Water Treatment Systems online or by phoning us at 951.737.1500. You will find out how to have a reverse osmosis purification system installed in your kitchen to purify water going directly to your freezer’s ice maker. Better tasting ice that lasts longer and looks better is a matter of using the purest water. Make it possible by choosing a reverse osmosis system for your home today.
Getting your skin clean is important every time you shower, bathe, or wash your hands. However, if you recently purchased a whole home water softener, the process will feel very different to your skin compared to when you had hard water. Once you understand the reasons behind the differences in cleaning with hard and soft water, you will be able to make changes to ensure that you feel just as clean after a shower with soft water as you did when you used hard water.
Why Does Soft Water Make Washing Off Soap Harder?
Water hardness comes from the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. The more of these minerals the water has, the harder it is. Soft water replaces these solids with salts, which reduces the number of minerals in the water, making it softer.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Water Science School, the reason that soap doesn’t rinse off as well with soft water comes down to the salt ions used to replace the dissolved solids. When washing with soft water, the soap does not bind with these ions as well. Therefore, it takes more effort to rinse it off. The problem worsens if you use the same amount of soap that you used when you had hard water.
However, soft water makes creating suds from soap easier. Therefore, you need less soap to clean because it lathers up better. You may use up to 50% less soap with softened water compared to hard water.
Is Hard Water Better for Cleaning?
While hard water rinses off soap better, it is not better for cleaning. To get soap to lather with hard water, you need much more of it. Therefore, you waste money on soap, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, and shampoo because you need to use more of these products to get the same lather creation capabilities that you would with softer water.
Hard water also creates a new problem that softer water doesn’t have – soap scum creation. The minerals in the hard water can deposit onto the sides of the shower or tub, creating a slimy layer of soap scum. Softened water doesn’t produce this scum because it lacks the minerals to produce it.
How to Improve Cleaning with Soft Water
To improve cleaning with softened water, use less soap. Start by cutting back to half the amount of soap or other cleaning products that you used with hard water. If this amount does not provide enough lather, increase it slightly until you find a good balance between lathering and clean rinsing.
Make the Change to Softer Water with a Whole-Home Water Softening System from Best Home Water Treatment Systems
Having a water softener for your home means making some changes to how you clean your clothes, dishes, and yourself. However, once you learn to adapt to using soft water, you will begin to appreciate its benefits of requiring less soap and protecting your pipes from scale. For a whole-home water softener system installed, contact us at Best Home Water Treatment Systems.
We have water softeners that also filter the water for showers and bathing that have fewer chemicals and contaminants compared to untreated water. To schedule a consultation to find the best solutions for your home’s water treatment, contact us by phone at 951.737.1500 or online on our website.
What Is a Boil Water Advisory?
A boil water advisory is a special announcement from the local municipality warning residents against drinking from their tap. This type of warning may stem from a problem with the water delivery system that could introduce pathogens, such as from water main breaks or times of severe, system-wide low pressure.
According to the CDC, households under a boil water advisory must boil all water used for eating, drinking, or personal use for a full minute before using. However, after letting the water reach a full, rolling boil for a minute and letting it cool, you can use it safely.
There are two other types of advisories that homes may encounter, though these are much rarer. The “Do Not Drink” advisory means that boiling water will not make the water safe for personal consumption. Therefore, for drinking, washing hands, brushing teeth, and cooking, only bottled water should be used.
The last type is the rarest, the “Do Not Use” advisory. This means that even for non-personal uses, such as cleaning or watering plants, the water is unsafe. Therefore, bottled water must replace all water use in the home until this type of notice ends.
Can You Drink Filtered Water from the Tap During a Boil Water Advisory?
During a boil water advisory, even filtered water needs boiling. The advisory warns against germs that could be in the water and most filtration systems, even whole-home filtration options, typically do not remove all pathogens. Therefore, if you use filtered water, follow the standard boil water advisory guidelines.
Is Water Treated with Reverse Osmosis Safe to Drink Under a Boil Water Advisory?
For homes with a reverse osmosis purification system, the water may be safe to use during a boil water notice. However, some caveats exist. The purification system must have good maintenance with regular filter changes. Additionally, small units from home improvement stores typically don’t filter out pathogens. Check the information for your home’s reverse osmosis treatment system to find out what it can and cannot remove from the water. If in doubt, boil the water to be safe.
Find Water Solutions for Your Home from Best Home Water Treatment Systems
A water filtration system improves water taste. However, if your home goes under a temporary boil water advisory, you will still need to boil the filtered-water. Reverse osmosis purifications systems, though, typically remove more contaminants from the water, including viruses, bacteria, and Cryptosporidium parvum. For whole home water filtration solutions, including high-quality reverse osmosis systems, contact us at Best Home Water Treatment Systems.
A home water softener system can prevent plumbing damage and reduce the amount of soap needed for personal and household cleaning. The advantages of using this type of water treatment system are clear. However, for first-time water softener users, there may be some surprises.
Don’t Use as Much Soap
One complaint that new water softener users often have is that cleaning with the softened water makes their skin feel slimy. This probably happens because they are still using as much soap as they did when they had hard water. Cut back soap usage in increments of 25% of the original amount until you can find a balance in cleanliness and not feeling slimy.
Don’t Forget to Recharge Your Home Water Softener with Salt
One major issue that can happen with new users is forgetting to recharge the home water softener system with salt. The salt is how the system operates because it takes ions from the salt and exchanges them for those in the minerals in the water, neutralizing their effects.
You can use either potassium chloride or sodium chloride, both of which are technically salts. For the DR70 softener, recharge the unit with 11.5 pounds of salt. Increase the amount to 12.5 pounds for the DR 90 model.
Do Check the System for Problems when Refilling
When refilling the water softener with salt, check the system. If you notice that the tank has filled with water, do some troubleshooting to determine the cause and a possible solution. However, if you cannot fix the softener after doing some minor changes, contact us at Best Home Water Treatment Systems for help.
Do Feel Free to Use Softened Water for Drinking and Cooking
Yes, the softened water is safe for use in both drinks and cooking. In fact, even sodium chloride softened water still has much less salt in it for a day’s worth of water than a single olive. However, if you do feel concerned about the sodium levels you intake from the water softener talk to your doctor, and let them know about the type of water softener you want to use. You may need to find an alternative, such as the Healthy Home System that produces similar benefits as a home water softener without the added salt.
Do Ask Us Any Questions You Have About Your Home Water Softener
If you still have questions about using your home water softener or would like to have one installed, let us know at Best Home Water Treatment Systems. We provide equipment, installation, and assistance for our water treatment products. We want your home to have the best water possible. And we will be here to help you get it with our great home water filtration, purification, and softening solutions.
Do you hate the taste of tap water so much that you grab for a bottle instead? You may be making a mistake for your wallet and your taste buds. Do you really know where your bottled water comes from? Most people don’t, which explains the continued sales of commercially packaged water. However, would you still buy water bottles if you knew that 64% of bottled waters come from tap water?
The Problems with Bottle Water
Bottled water has several problems with it that consumers rarely notice due to its convenience. While drinking water instead of sugary, caffeinated sodas is a preferable choice for health, choosing a bottle of water could be potentially detrimental to your wellbeing and that of the planet.
First, bottles of water have a high cost compared to pouring your own drink from the tap. The costs include the use of the bottling plant, plastic, and packaging. You will save money by skipping bottles of water and using your home’s water supply.
In some cases, bottled water can have a bad taste because much of the supply comes from municipal water sources. That means that you’re basically drinking tap water from another part of the country when you drink many brands of bottled water. If you don’t like the taste of your own tap water, why would you pay more to drink someone else’s?
One of the most concerning problems with bottled water today is its wasteful nature. Though many areas accept these bottles for recycling, few actually get reused. In fact, as many as 70% of water bottles end up in landfills, as litter, or burned.
Did you know that bottled water could pose a serious risk to your health? If you or someone in your family has a compromised immune system, they should not drink most types of bottled water due to the chance of ingesting the parasite Cryptosporidium. Though not common, this parasite can cause a fatal illness in those on chemotherapy or with compromised immune systems. Even healthy people can become ill from it though they recover more easily. The only way to avoid this type of parasite is through drinking water purified by reverse osmosis or distilled water. Avoid drinking the latter, though, of its bland taste.
How to Correct the Problems with Bottle Water
The best way to avoid problems with bottled water is to pour your own tap water into reusable bottles. However, if you want better-tasting water without the risk of Cryptosporidium, use a reverse osmosis water purifier on your home’s main drinking water tap.
A reverse osmosis water purifier fits easily under a counter and can remove almost all impurities from your water at a fraction of the cost of purchasing bottled water. Plus, you don’t have to worry about waste. Unlike bottled water, there are no bottles to throw away. Even the operation of our reverse osmosis system uses a more efficient method to lower water wasted during purification.
Find Out How to Get a Reverse Osmosis Water System for Your Home from Best Home Water Treatment Systems
Learn how to get better water and stop putting money into the bottled water producers’ pockets by getting a reverse osmosis system installed in your home. Call us at 951.737.1500 or message us online at Best Home Water Treatment Systems to schedule a consultation with one of our water experts. You can get better water from your home with a reverse osmosis water system.
You probably know the frustration of seeing stains inside your toilet or spots on your clean dishes. These hard water spots come from the type of water that you have supplying your home. In fact, the majority of homes across the country, including in Southern California, have hard water. So, what can you do about it? You can react or be proactive in handling hard water and the spots caused by it.
What Are Hard Water Spots?
First, you must understand hard water before exploring why it causes spotting. Hard water, found in 85% of homes across the United States, happens when local minerals dissolve naturally into the water supply. These minerals tend to be calcium and magnesium from limestone and similar rocks. However, the exact composition depends on your local geology. Regardless of the specific minerals in the water, all hard water can cause spots and has the same treatment.
Spots come from minerals left behind on the surface of dishes and water fixtures when the rest of the water evaporates. The spots you see on your dishes, though, indicate another issue inside your plumbing that you cannot see.
For example, inside the water heater, the minerals build-up to create hardened layers inside the unit, covering the heating elements of an electric water heater or the lining of a gas model. These buildups reduce the heating capacity of the appliance, shortening its life. You have two options for addressing hard water spots, cleaning them off, or preventing them.
How to Clean Off Hard Spots and Stains
Cleaning hard water spots requires elbow grease and a paste of baking soda and vinegar. You need to scrub off the spots with this mixture using a toothbrush for small areas or a cleaning brush for larger spaces. After deeply cleaning off hard water stains from toilets, faucets, showerheads, and dishes, you should take steps to prevent these spots.
How to Prevent Hard Spots
One way to prevent hard water deposits on fixtures is to wipe them dry. Therefore, after turning off a water faucet or shower, you should dry the fixture with a towel. However, this does not help to prevent hard water buildup inside the plumbing or on your dishes.
The most thorough way to prevent hard water stains is by investing in a whole-home water softener. These systems use sodium or potassium salts to counter the minerals in the water. In fact, with our Oceanus whole-home water filter and softener, hard water minerals reduce to less than one grain per gallon. After installing a water softener you will save money by reducing the cleaning products you use, less time to remove hard water spots, and eliminating the replacement of plumbing appliances with mineral buildup.
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If you are still relying on a coffee maker to brew your coffee, you don’t know what you’re missing. Pourover coffee is the best type of coffee that you’re likely not making. However, to get the most from this delectable beverage, you need to focus on the ingredients, including the water. Once you’ve tried this coffee yourself, you’ll never go back to instant or coffee machine-made drinks again.
What Is Pourover Coffee?
Pourover coffee is a way to extract the most flavor from the grounds. Plus, you don’t need expensive equipment to make it. The money you save, you can invest in buying the best beans you can find to further improve the flavor.
What sets this coffee apart from a coffee maker brew is the use of a single stream of near-boiling water poured over the grounds. This single stream instead of several drips from a coffee maker’s water dispenser keeps the temperature of the grounds better controlled. The more control you have over the coffee’s temperature and time it spends in the water, the better the flavor you can from the coffee grounds.
How to Make Pourover Coffee
To make pourover coffee, you need a coffee grinder, means of heating water precisely, a timer, filter holder, coffee filter, and a large cup. This method from Serious Eats further explains the importance of each step and how to make slight adjustments as needed to improve your brew.
First, grind the coffee beans to resemble large sugar crystals. Grind just enough to fill the filter halfway with grounds. Add the grounds to the filter inside the filter holder. Place the holder on top of the cup.
Next, you need hot water, just off the boil, around 200 to 207-degrees Fahrenheit. Choose water at the lower end of the temperature ranks for darker roasts and hotter water for lighter roasts. You can boil the water in a kettle or use an instant hot water dispenser and let it cool for 30 seconds before adding it to the coffee for darker roasts. Generally, use 60 grams of grounds per liter of water.
Third, wet the coffee and let the grounds absorb the water for around half a minute.
Finally, pour the rest of the water in an even stream over the water. Stop pouring to ensure the coffee grounds stay in contact with water for around three minutes. Decrease the time by 30 seconds for darker roasts or increase the time by up to a minute for lighter roasts.
Wait after pouring all the water into the coffee for it to drip through for another minute.
Remove the coffee filter holder and enjoy the coffee.
Speed Up the Process of Your Pourover Coffee Routine with an Instant Hot Water Dispenser
The longest part of the pourover coffee process is heating the water to a boil in a kettle and waiting for it to cool. Instead of taking time for this process, consider having an instant hot water dispenser installed in your kitchen instead. These provide water at 200-degrees Fahrenheit instantly without waiting. Plus, the water has already been filtered for the best flavor.
Contact Best Home Water Treatment Systems for Instant Hot Water Dispenser Installation
If you want to improve your morning routine by incorporating pourover coffee into your day, contact us at Best Home Water Treatment Systems. We can install a hot water dispenser in your kitchen to speed up the pourover process and make it almost as easy and fast as using a coffee maker.