At Rayne of the Valley we’re very familiar with what people expect from good quality water. People want water that tastes clean, carries no off odors, is crystal clear, and doesn’t leave any residue when it evaporates. Whenever these expectations are shattered, Rayne gets called in to fix the situation, bringing back the peace of mind that comes with a clean, reliable drinking water source. With that, here’s a list of five common things people can’t stand to have in their water, along with a quick diagnosis of how to get rid of them.
1) Water Hardness (SOLUTION: water softener)
Got whitish scale gathering on your showerhead or doors? Suffering from spotty dishes or glassware? Are your laundry detergents not working as well as they should? If so, the most likely culprit is water hardness, typically in the form of calcium or magnesium. Hardness comes into your house with the water you use, since the hardness is picked up by the water on its way to your or from wherever it originally was drawn from. Once inside your house, water hardness can damage everything it touches: water heaters, plumbing, washing machines, faucets and fixtures. It can even prevent your soaps from working as effectively to do the work of cleaning your clothes and skin. Solving this problem is as simple as calling Rayne Water Systems, getting your water hardness level tested, and finding the right water softener for your needs. With a water softener in place, evidence of scale will be eliminated, your appliances and home infrastructure will be protected from calcium build-up, and you’ll save money on your soap budget by not having to use as much for the same effect during laundry cycles and showers.
Trivia – In an average household of four, living with a 10 grain per gallon water supply (hard water), over 200 Lbs. of dissolved rocks will come into the household piping system each year in the form of water hardness. Most of this accumulating in the water heater and plumbing system. Have you ever wondered why a used water heater weighs twice as much as a new water heater? This is why.
2) Chlorine (SOLUTION: whole-house carbon filter)
UGH! The bleachy taste of chlorine is like an annoying neighbor, hanging around long after it’s ti usefulness is gone. True, chlorine has been used for about a century by water utilities to provide protection against organic contamination in tap water, but once it gets to your home, you don’t want to be showering in or drinking that water. That’s where a whole-house carbon filter comes in. Granulated Activated Carbon (GAC) is a great solution to this problem. Rayne of the Valley installs carbon tanks of various sizes after your water main, but before the water enters your house, capturing the chlorine after it’s done the job of disinfecting the water, but before it reaches your taste buds or skin pores. With chlorine removed, your water tastes cleaner than ever, and is perfect for using to make beverages or meals with, since the ingredients you use will be able to shine through without any unintended tastes in the way.
Trivia – Chlorine is an effective and potent oxidizer, that is why it is so widely used by water utilities to kill and control water borne micro-organisms and pathogens. Chlorine exposure, particularly prolonged low level exposure like the kind associated with water disinfection, is a thought to be a carcinogen and is also suspected of being a contributor to certain illnesses that many of us are now getting in our old age.
3) Turbidity (SOLUTION: whole house carbon filter)
Turbidity in and of itself is not a health risk, but if you turned the faucet at your kitchen sink and the water came out cloudy and grey, instead of crystal clear, it’s highly likely you’d instantly be worried about taking a sip. Turbidity is what is called an “aesthetic” aspect of water, and is essentially the degree to which water is not transparent. While a water source that’s not as clear as another does not make it less safe, it does make people apprehensive about using it. Fortunately, the solution for water turbidity is the same as for reducing the presence of chlorine. Whole-house carbon filtration can reduce the cloudiness of water and make it more appealing to drink. And everyone knows that drinking more water is a key to a better well-being.
Trivia – Turbidity makes water cloudy, musty and yucky. It imparts off taste and unpleasant odor(s) in drinking water and should be avoided. Remember, at Rayne we know that you have a choice – You can either use a drinking water filter OR you can be a drinking water filter!
There are many other substances, both organic and non-organic, that can cause a drop in water quality, and specific contaminants can vary on where you are and what your water source is. The important thing is to be informed about the makeup of your drinking water. If you don’t have access to a water quality report—usually provided free by many water utilities—then you should arrange to have a comprehensive water test done, which will look for the presence of a full spectrum of possible contaminants. Rayne of the Valley can help you find a local water testing company to provide this service for a standard fee. Don’t forget, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your water!
To schedule a free consultation with a Rayne of the Valley water treatment professional on how easy it is to soften your water, and for a free, basic, no obligation water hardness test, visit www.raynedrops.com or call us toll-free: 800.594.3300