WATER SOFTENER ACTON, MA

Acton Water Softener

WATER SOFTENER FOR  ACTON, MA

The primary hard water minerals are calcium and magnesium (the hardness minerals), while iron and manganese (“the stainers”) can also be found in Acton water, mostly in private wells.  Depending on whether the contaminant’s form is in solution or particulate, these contaminants can be removed with a water softener and/or a properly specified sediment water filtration installation.

Water testing and analysis will determine the best course of action.  A water softener will improve your water greatly if you have hard water minerals, iron, or manganese in your water.   If other impurities are confirmed in the water test, they can be removed with other types of water filtration systems.

Hard water interferes with many cleaning tasks, from doing the laundry to washing dishes to taking a shower.  Washing your hair in hard water may leave it feeling sticky and dull.  Dishes and glasses get spotted and a film may build up on shower doors, bathtubs, sinks and faucets.  Clothes can look dingy and feel rough and scratchy.   Hard water can also cause a residue to build-up in pipes that can lower water pressure.

Water softener Acton, MA

DAMAGING HARD WATER SCALE UN-CHECKED

Magnesium and Calcium may have major affects on your home’s plumbing and your ability to clean, even though the EPA has no published limits on these. The maximum allowable level (per the Environmental Protection Agency) for iron as a secondary contaminant is .3 parts per million and for manganese is .05 parts per million. Small amounts of these minerals can have very noticeable, even damaging affects on your home’s water quality.

Water softeners vary, including up-flow versus down-flow which can make a big difference, particularly if there are elevated levels of iron or manganese in the water.  In some cases where the water chemistry is more complicated, a different type of water filtration system may make more sense to remove iron or manganese.

The following identifies hard water levels.

Water Softener for Acton,MA

 

THE AFFECTS OF IRON, MANGANESE AND HARD WATER

Scale from hard water can build-up inside water heaters insulating the temperature sensor inside the tank creating extra work to bring the temperature up to the set level.  This reduces the life of your hot water heater and will likely require early replacement.  Some other affects of these contaminants include corrosion and scaling inside pipes and major staining throughout the home’s showers, bathtubs, and sinks.  For those using their well water for lawn irrigation, iron and manganese can cause major staining of walkways, siding and anyplace the water touches.  See the link at http://h2ocare.com/lawn-irrigation/.  Hydrogen Sulfide is evidenced typically by a rotten egg smell in your water, however this may also be caused by high Manganese levels in the water as well.  A water filtration specifically for this problem is effective in correcting this.

WHAT A WATER SOFTENER REMOVES

A water softener effectively removes dissolved forms of iron & manganese and hardness minerals from the water.  To remove particulate iron or manganese, water filtration utilizing a cartridge filter with proper micron rating will be effective.  Depending on the situation, this could require a series of filters with different size micron ratings to handle heavier levels of different sized particles in the water.  Selecting an appropriate micron rating and style of filter can be determined by a water treatment professional based on water test results and other symptoms. For more information on Iron and Manganese in water, see our published articles in Water Technology Magazine at the following link: http://h2ocare.com/publications/

Acton ,MA iron staining

DISSOLVED IRON STAINING

WHAT WON’T A WATER SOFTENER REMOVE?

water softener Acton, MA

WATER SOFTENER

A water softener will not remove the health threat contaminants Radon and Arsenic which may be found in Acton and will require different water filtration technologies.  Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home with tanks filled with arsenic specific resin that captures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water supply.  Point of use systems for drinking water can use reverse osmosis technology to effectively remove arsenic.  Radon can be safely removed with an aeration system that agitates the incoming well water, releasing the gas from the water in a sealed chamber, then safely venting it to the outside ambient air.  Speak to a water treatment professional to decide which system is right for you.

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WATER SOFTENER FOR ASHLAND,MA

water softener Ashland, MA

WATER SOFTENER FOR HARD WATER, IRON & MANAGANESE

The primary hard water minerals are magnesium and calcium (the hardness minerals), while iron and manganese (“the stainers”) can also be found in Ashland water, mostly in private wells. These contaminants can be removed with a water softener and/or a properly specified sediment filter depending on whether the contaminant’s form is in solution or particulate.

A water test and analysis will determine the best course of action.  A water softener will improve your water greatly if you have hard water minerals, iron, or manganese in your water.   If other impurities are confirmed in the water test, they can be removed with other types of water filtration systems.

Hard water interferes with many cleaning tasks, from doing the laundry to washing dishes to taking a shower.  Washing your hair in hard water may leave it feeling sticky and dull.  Dishes and glasses get spotted and a film may build up on shower doors, bathtubs, sinks and faucets.  Clothes can look dingy and feel rough and scratchy.   Hard water can also cause a residue to build-up in pipes that can lower water pressure.

Water softener ASHLAND, MA

Hard water build-up inside pipes unchecked

Calcium and magnesium may have major affects on your home’s plumbing and your ability to clean, even though the EPA has no published limits on these.   The maximum allowable level (per the Environmental Protection Agency) for iron as a secondary contaminant is .3 parts per million and for manganese is .05 parts per million. Small amounts of these minerals can have very noticeable, even damaging affects on your home’s water quality.

Water softeners vary, including up-flow versus down-flow which can make a big difference, particularly if there are elevated levels of iron or manganese in the water.  In some cases where the water chemistry is more complicated, a different type of water filtration system may make more sense to remove iron or manganese.

The following identifies hard water levels.

Water Softener for Ashland,MA

AFFECTS OF IRON, MANGANESE AND HARD WATER

Scale from hard water can build-up inside water heaters insulating the temperature sensor inside the tank creating extra work to bring the temperature up to the set level.  This reduces the life of your hot water heater and will likely require early replacement.  Some other affects of these contaminants include corrosion and scaling inside pipes and major staining throughout the home’s showers, bathtubs, and sinks.  For those using their well water for lawn irrigation, iron and manganese can cause major staining of walkways, siding and anyplace the water touches.  See the link at http://h2ocare.com/lawn-irrigation/.  Hydrogen Sulfide is evidenced typically by a rotten egg smell in your water, however this may also be caused by high Manganese levels in the water as well.  A water filtration specifically for this problem is effective in correcting this.

WHAT A WATER SOFTENER REMOVES

A water softener effectively removes dissolved forms of iron & manganese and hardness minerals from the water.  To remove particulate iron or manganese, water filtration utilizing a cartridge filter with proper micron rating will be effective.  Depending on the situation, this could require a series of filters with different size micron ratings to handle heavier levels of different sized particles in the water.  Selecting an appropriate micron rating and style of filter can be determined by a water treatment professional based on water test results and other symptoms. For more information on Iron and Manganese in water, see our published articles in Water Technology Magazine at the following link: http://h2ocare.com/publications/

aSHLAND ,MA iron staining

Dissolved Iron Staining bathtub

WHAT DOES A WATER SOFTENER NOT REMOVE?

water softener Ashland, MA

Water Softener

A water softener will not remove the health threat contaminants Radon and Arsenic which may be found in Ashland and will require different water filtration technologies.  Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home with tanks filled with arsenic specific resin that captures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water supply.  Point of use systems for drinking water can use reverse osmosis technology to effectively remove arsenic.  Radon can be safely removed with an aeration system that agitates the incoming well water, releasing the gas from the water in a sealed chamber, then safely venting it to the outside ambient air.  Speak to a water treatment professional to decide which system is right for you.

WATER SOFTENER Ashland, MA

 

H2O Care is an established Massachusetts based water filtration and testing firm, formed in 1989.  Articles published by the Company can be seen in Water Technology Magazine or linked through the website publications section at http://h2ocare.wpengine.com.  Contact us at [email protected] or by calling us at 800-539-1100.

WATER SOFTENER FOR UPTON, MASSACHUSETTS

water softener or water filtration for Upton, MA

WATER SOFTENER OR OTHER WATER FILTRATION FOR UPTON,MA

The primary hard water minerals are magnesium and calcium (the hardness minerals), while iron and manganese (“the stainers”) can also be found in Upton water, mostly in private wells.  A water softener will improve your water immensely if you have hard water minerals, iron, or manganese in your water. These contaminants can be removed with a water softener and/or a properly specified sediment filter depending on whether the contaminant’s form is in solution or particulate.   If other impurities are confirmed in the water test, they can be removed with other types of water filtration systems.  A water test and analysis will determine the best course of action.

Hard water interferes with many cleaning tasks, from doing the laundry to washing dishes to taking a shower.  Washing your hair in hard water may leave it feeling sticky and dull.  Dishes and glasses get spotted and a film may build up on shower doors, bathtubs, sinks and faucets.  Clothes can look dingy and feel rough and scratchy.   Hard water can also cause a residue to build-up in pipes that can lower water pressure.

Water softener or water filtration Upton, MA

DAMAGING HARD WATER BUILD-UP UNCHECKED

Calcium and magnesium may have major affects on your home’s plumbing and your ability to clean, even though the EPA has no published limits on these.   The maximum allowable level (per the Environmental Protection Agency) for iron as a secondary contaminant is .3 parts per million and for manganese is .05 parts per million. Small amounts of these minerals can have very noticeable, even damaging affects on your home’s water quality.

Water softeners vary, including up-flow versus down-flow which can make a big difference, particularly if there are elevated levels of iron or manganese in the water.  In some cases where the water chemistry is more complicated, a different type of water filtration system may make more sense to remove iron or manganese.

The following identifies hard water levels.  Compare your test:

Water Softener or water filtration for Upton,MA

THE AFFECTS OF HARD WATER, IRON & MANGANESE

Scale from hard water can build-up inside water heaters insulating the temperature sensor inside the tank creating extra work to bring the temperature up to the set level.  This reduces the life of your hot water heater and will likely require early replacement.  Some other affects of these contaminants include corrosion and scaling inside pipes and major staining throughout the home’s showers, bathtubs, and sinks.  For those using their well water for lawn irrigation, iron and manganese can cause major staining of walkways, siding and anyplace the water touches.  See the link at http://h2ocare.com/lawn-irrigation/.  Hydrogen Sulfide is evidenced typically by a rotten egg smell in your water, however this may also be caused by high Manganese levels in the water as well.  A water filtration specifically for this problem is effective in correcting this.

WHAT DOES A WATER SOFTENER REMOVE?

A water softener is effective in removing dissolved forms of iron & manganese and hardness minerals. To remove particulate iron or manganese, water filtration utilizing a cartridge filter with proper micron rating will be effective. Depending on the specific situation, this could require a series of filters with different size micron ratings to handle heavier levels in the water.  Selecting the appropriate micron rating and style of filter can be determined by a water treatment professional based on water test results and other symptoms. For more information on Iron and Manganese in water, see our published articles in Water Technology Magazine at the following link: http://h2ocare.com/publications/

water softener or water filtration for Upton ,MA

DISSOLVED IRON STAINING

WHAT DOESN’T A WATER SOFTENER REMOVE?

water softener or water filtration Upton, MA

WATER SOFTENER

A water softener will not remove the health threat contaminants Radon and Arsenic which may be found in Upton and will require different water filtration technologies.  Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home with tanks filled with arsenic specific resin that captures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water supply.  Point of use systems for drinking water can use reverse osmosis technology to effectively remove arsenic.  Radon can be safely removed with an aeration system that agitates the incoming well water, releasing the gas from the water in a sealed chamber, then safely venting it to the outside ambient air.  Speak to a water treatment professional to decide which system is right for you.

WATER SOFTENER UPTON, MA

 

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ARSENIC IN WELL WATER REMOVAL, CARLISLE

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ARSENIC IN WELL WATER REMOVAL

REMOVE ARSENIC IN WELL WATER

All of Carlisle, Mass. residents get their drinking water from a private well, but 20 percent of private wells in Massachusetts produce water that exhibit unhealthy levels of naturally occurring arsenic in well water. Inspecting your well and testing well water is the best way to make sure that your water is clean and safe to drink, but well owners often don’t have the right kinds of tests done or do not use accredited laboratories.

Arsenic in well water occurs naturally and is a tasteless, odorless and colorless contaminant.  Some activities that could have left arsenic residuals include apple orchard spraying, coal ash disposal, and use of some pressure treated wood.   Many Carlisle, MA homeowners are very surprised when they get their laboratory water test results back and see they have arsenic in their water.  While there are serious health threats associated with ingestion, there are effective methods for removing arsenic in well water.  For detail on potential health affects, see the link at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs372/en/

remove arsenic from water in Carlisle   The two primary forms of Arsenic in well water are Arsenic III and Arsenic V.  Many Arsenic removal media have a low capacity for removing Arsenic III from the water, therefore, converting it to Arsenic V for removal is a common approach.  Therefore, determining the ratio of Arsenic III versus Arsenic V in the water is critical. This will allow the design and implementation of a water treatment system that will effectively remove it from the water.  There are methods to oxidize the Arsenic III and convert it to Arsenic V for ease of removal.

Arsenic removal from well water in Carlisle, MA

Arsenic removal tanks with media inside

WATER TESTING & ANALYSIS AND OTHER FACTORS

Water testing for Arsenic in well water Carlisle, MA

Having a complete laboratory water test and analysis, including parameters that can negatively impact arsenic removal media, is critical to a well designed, safe water treatment system that will remove arsenic in well water.  pH can significantly affect Arsenic media performance along with other competing ions such as Iron, Manganese, Hardness, Vanadium, Sulfate, Phosphate, Silica, Total Dissolved Solids, Suspended Solids and Hydrogen Sulfide.  For a full article on this topic which we’ve had published in Water Technology Magazine, go to our publications section and click on the Arsenic removal article at http://h2ocare.com/publications/

WATER USE MONITORING

Water meter for arsenic in well water monitoring Carlisle, MA

Determining water usage is also critical to designing an effective arsenic in water removal system that will have the proper capacity.  Key information would include well pump size, well pump flow rate, size of the incoming water line, number of residents in the home, the number of bathrooms, space availability for equipment installation, electrical availability and water discharge location or restrictions, among others.

TRACKING WATER USAGE POST INSTALLATION IS VERY IMPORTANT

A couple of key components for consideration when designing this type of system include:

  1.  Utilizing a meter to track flow rate and total gallons processed is critical to determine the home’s water demand.
  2.  Gallons used readings also assist in uncovering any potential leaks in the home such as running toilets, which will unnecessarily prematurely deplete the arsenic media’s capacity.

LEAD/LAG TANK SET-UP INCREASES SAFETY

Because Arsenic in well water is a tasteless, colorless and odorless contaminant, it is particularly important to have two tanks in series in case the first tank is depleted  prior to scheduled service with your water treatment company.  Service should be scheduled at intervals determined by the water use tracking data accumulated. This combined with appropriate water testing intervals are added safeguards to prevent Arsenic from getting into the treated water entering the home.

In summary, finding Arsenic in well water may first come as a shock, however , if you are contemplating buying a home that has it,  a safe, effective system can be installed to eliminate this problem.

arsenic in water Carlisle, ma

 

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H2O Care is an established Massachusetts based water testing & filtration company formed in 1989.  The company has been published multiple times in Water Technology magazine.  See our publications section link on our home page at www.h2ocare.com.  Contact us at [email protected] or call 800-539-1100.

ARSENIC IN WATER – BOXBOROUGH, MA

REMOVAL OF ARSENIC IN WATER

Boxborough arsenic in water

ARSENIC IN WATER REMOVAL SYSTEM

While there are serious health threats associated with ingestion of arsenic, there are effective and safe methods for removing arsenic in water.  Arsenic in water occurs naturally and is a tasteless, odorless and colorless contaminant.  Certain activities that could have left arsenic residuals include apple orchard spraying, coal ash disposal, and use of some pressure treated wood.  Many Boxborough homeowners are quite surprised when getting their lab test results back and find they have arsenic in their well water.   For detail on potential health affects, see the link at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs372/en/

remove arsenic from water in Boxboro   Primary forms of Arsenic in water are Arsenic III and Arsenic V.    Many arsenic removal media have low capacities for removing Arsenic III from the water, therefore converting it to Arsenic V (which is easier to remove) is a common approach.  Determining the Arsenic III versus Arsenic V ratio in water is critical as this will allow the design and implementation of a water filtration system that will effectively remove it.   There are methods to oxidize the Arsenic III and convert it to Arsenic V for ease of removal.  While not all towns have detected arsenic in their well water, pockets have been found in Boxborough which elevates the importance of proper testing, follow-up, etc.

Arsenic removal from Boxborough, MA well water

Arsenic removal filtration tanks with media inside

WATER TEST & ANALYSIS AND OTHER FACTORS

Water testing for Arsenic in well water Boxboro, MA

Having a complete laboratory water test and analysis, including parameters that can negatively impact arsenic removal media, is critical to a well designed, safe water treatment system that will remove the arsenic in water.  pH can significantly affect Arsenic media performance along with other competing ions such as Iron, Manganese, Hardness, Vanadium, Sulfate, Phosphate, Silica, Total Dissolved Solids, Suspended Solids and Hydrogen Sulfide.  For a full article on this topic which we’ve had published in Water Technology Magazine, go to our publications section and click on the Arsenic removal article at http://h2ocare.com/publications/

WATER USAGE MONITORING

Water meter for arsenic in well water Boxborough, MA

Determining water usage is also critical to designing an effective removal system that will have the proper capacity.  Key information would include well pump size, well pump flow rate, size of the incoming water line, number of residents in the home, the number of bathrooms, space availability for equipment installation, electrical availability and water discharge location or restrictions, among others.

TRACKING WATER USE AFTER SYSTEM INSTALLATION IS IMPORTANT

A couple of key components for consideration when designing a system to remove arsenic in water include:

  1.  Utilizing a meter to track flow rate and total gallons processed is critical to determine the home’s water demand.
  2.  Gallons used readings also assist in uncovering any potential leaks in the home such as running toilets, which will unnecessarily prematurely deplete the arsenic media’s capacity.

LEAD/LAG TANK DESIGNED FOR ADDED SAFETY

Because Arsenic in water is a tasteless, colorless and odorless contaminant, it is particularly important to have two tanks in series in case the first tank is depleted prior to scheduled service with your water treatment company.  Service should be scheduled at intervals determined by the water use tracking data accumulated. This combined with appropriate water testing intervals are added safeguards to prevent Arsenic from getting into the treated water entering the home.

To summarize, while finding Arsenic in water may first come as a shock, if you are contemplating buying a home that has Arsenic in the well, you can have a safe, effective system installed to eliminate this problem and provide safe drinking water.

arsenic in water bOXBOROUGH, ma

 

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H2O Care is an established Massachusetts based water testing & filtration company formed in 1989.  The company has been published multiple times in Water Technology Magazine and other periodicals for water contaminants of concern. Note: New Hudson, MA office opening on Main St. (rte. 62) in May, 2017.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 800-539-1100.