Water softener for methuen, mass.

water softener in Methuen, MA

              WATER SOFTENER OPTIONS  

WATER SOFTENER TO ELIMINATE HARD WATER, IRON & MANGANESE

The main hard water min­er­als, mag­ne­sium and cal­ci­um, are found in Methuen pri­vate wells along with iron and man­ganese (“The stain­ers”).  Water soft­en­ing will great­ly improve your water if you have hard water min­er­als, iron or man­ganese present. These com­mon con­t­a­m­i­nants can be removed with a water soft­en­er and/or a prop­er­ly spec­i­fied sed­i­ment fil­ter depend­ing on whether the con­t­a­m­i­nants are in par­tic­u­late form or in solu­tion (dis­solved). There are dif­fer­ent types of water soft­en­ers, such as up-flow ver­sus down-flow which can make a big dif­fer­ence, par­tic­u­lar­ly if there are ele­vat­ed lev­els of iron or man­ganese in the water.  Also, there are high effi­cien­cy water soft­en­ers that are designed to use less water and salt.

The table below iden­ti­fies hard water lev­els — com­pare to your water test:

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Cal­ci­um and mag­ne­sium can have dev­as­tat­ing affects on your home’s plumb­ing as well as your abil­i­ty to clean, even though the EPA has no pub­lished lim­its on these.  Hard water inter­feres with almost every clean­ing task, includ­ing laun­dry, wash­ing dish­es or tak­ing a show­er. Clothes can look dingy and feel rough and scratchy. Dish­es and glass­es get spot­ted and a film may build up on show­er doors, bath­tubs, sinks and faucets. Hard water may leave your hair feel­ing sticky and look­ing dull.  Hard water can also cause a residue to build-up in pipes that can low­er water pres­sure through­out the house.

The EPA max­i­mum allow­able lev­els for iron as a sec­ondary con­t­a­m­i­nant is .3 parts per mil­lion and for man­ganese is .05 parts per mil­lion as a sec­ondary con­t­a­m­i­nant. Small amounts of these min­er­als can have very large and notice­able affects on your home’s water qual­i­ty.  Iron and man­ganese bac­te­ria, although much more rare, can be found in well water.  The pres­ence of these con­t­a­m­i­nants would require a dif­fer­ent type of water fil­tra­tion sys­tem to cor­rect.

THE AFFECTS OF HARD WATER, IRON AND MANGANESE

Hard water build-up inside water heaters will insu­late the tem­per­a­ture sen­sor inside the tank, trick­ing it to per­form unnec­es­sary extra work to bring the tem­per­a­ture up to the set lev­el.  This reduces the life of your hot water heater and will like­ly reduce it’s esti­mat­ed use­ful life.  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 out­side lawn irri­ga­tion, iron and man­ganese can cause major stain­ing of out­side walk­ways, house sid­ing and any­place the water touch­es.  See the link at http://h2ocare.com/lawn-irrigation/.

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DAMAGING HARD WATER SCALE BUILD-UP IN PIPES

WHAT A WATER SOFTENER WILL CORRECT?

A water soft­en­er is effec­tive in remov­ing dis­solved forms of iron & man­ganese and hard­ness min­er­als. To remove par­tic­u­late iron or man­ganese, a car­tridge fil­ter with prop­er micron rat­ing will be effec­tive. Depend­ing on the spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tion, this could require a series of water fil­ters with dif­fer­ent size micron rat­ings to han­dle heav­ier lev­els in the water.  Select­ing the appro­pri­ate micron rat­ing and style of water 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/.

METHUEN, MA iron staining

   DISSOLVED IRON STAINING

WHAT WON’T A WATER SOFTENER CORRECT?

Radon and Arsenic are oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants that may be found in Methuen pri­vate well water.  A water soft­en­er will not remove these health threat con­t­a­m­i­nants and will require oth­er water fil­tra­tion tech­nol­o­gy. Radon is safe­ly removed with an aer­a­tion sys­tem that agi­tates the incom­ing well water, releas­ing the gas from the water in a sealed cham­ber, then vent­ing it to the out­side ambi­ent air.  Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home with water fil­tra­tion 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, how­ev­er, the oth­er water in the home will require a point of entry arsenic removal sys­tem. Speak to a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al to decide which sys­tem is right for you.

BAD TASTE & ODORS chlorine smell and taste in water IN mETHUENfishy smell in water in Methuenrotten egg smell in water in Methuen

Hydro­gen Sul­fide is evi­denced typ­i­cal­ly by a rot­ten egg smell in 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.  Water test­ing and analy­sis will help deter­mine the best approach for you.  For more infor­ma­tion on var­i­ous bad odors & tastes in the water, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

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H2O Care is a full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, with offices in Middleton and Hudson MA.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call 800–539-1100.