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       HARD WATER SOFTENING OPTIONS

WHEN IS WATER CONSIDERED TO BE “HARD WATER”?

Water is considered “hard” when your Avon water contains higher levels of dissolved calcium and magnesium. Hard water makes cleaning clothes more difficult, creates streaking on dishes and glasses, and makes cleaning your hair and skin well a challenge. Hard water can also damage your home’s piping distribution system if not corrected. Hard water makes it hard to clean. There are high efficiency filtration solutions that will condition your hard water by removing these hard water minerals through the proven ion exchange water softening process.

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While symptoms of water quality issues such as bad odors & taste, staining of laundry, bathroom fixtures, etc. are indicators of problems, the preferred starting point is to get a water test to identify the minerals or contaminants in the water and at what quantity they exist. This will lead to an effective system recommendation and route to providing your home with excellent water quality. While certain minerals & contaminants can be tested on-site (iron, hardness, pH, total dissolved solids), health threat items like radon in water, arsenic in water, nitrates and others should be properly sampled and brought to a certified laboratory for testing that requires specialized equipment.

Hard water in Avon, MA

DAMAGING HARD WATER SCALE UN-CHECKED

WATER SOFTENER SYSTEMS

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                               WATER SOFTENER SYSTEM

water softener is a type of whole house water filtration system that is designed for removing hard water minerals (magnesium & calcium) as well as dissolved iron and manganese from the water.  For water with high levels of iron or manganese (“the stainers”), an up-flow water softener is recommended to prevent mineral build-up in the bottom of the water softener.  Also, high efficiency water softeners that are more efficient with both water and salt usage are preferred.

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR OTHER CONTAMINANTS

Other contaminants found in New England well water include Radon and Arsenic.  A water softener will not remove these health threat contaminants. Radon in water is safely removed with a whole house water filtration system that aerates and agitates the incoming well water, releasing the gas from the water in a sealed chamber. This gas is then safely vented to the outside ambient air.

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RADON IN WATER WHOLE HOUSE FILTRATION SYSTEM

Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home by installing a whole house water filtration system composed of  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 as well. Speak to a water treatment professional to decide which system is right for you.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC 

In addition to the above systems described, there are many other types whole house water filtration systems or “point of use” systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water. A rotten egg smell in water in your Lincoln water is likely the result of hydrogen sulfide in your water supply.  This can be easily remedied with a whole house water filtration system.  Starting with a water test will lead to the right approach.  For more on bad odors & taste in your water, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

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 H2O Care is an established Massachusetts based, full service water filtration and testing organization originally formed in 1989 (offices in Hudson & Middleton, MA).  See our written and published articles on common regional water problems in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, www.h2ocare.com and going to the publications photo on the home page or the tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us at [email protected] or call us at 800-539-1100.

Water test – sutton, massachusetts

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  WATER TEST & ANALYSIS

ON-SITE WATER TEST IN SUTTON

An on-site water test for certain minerals and contaminants can be performed using industry standard test kits and achieve reliable readings right at your home. Upon analysis of the results, a determination can be made whether or not a water filtration or water softening system is necessary or desired to remove the unwanted minerals or contaminants. If so, options can be reviewed for selecting the preferred approach. On-site water testing can be performed for the following:

Hardness Minerals > Iron > pH > Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) > Alkalinity

For a more extensive water test and analysis of your water, we recommend pulling proper samples for testing at a certified laboratory.  In all cases, it is paramount that water testing be performed in order to determine whether or not a water filtration system or water softening system is necessary to improve or protect your home’s water supply.

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  WATER TESTING

WATER TEST THAT WILL REQUIRE A LABORATORY

For health related contaminants such as Arsenic, Radon, Lead, Bacteria, Nitrates or for more comprehensive testing, we can assist you by properly pulling water samples of the right amounts, including complying with required maximum holding periods, temperature, and other protocol.   From there, we can bring the samples to a certified lab for testing, which requires specialized analytical equipment and procedures.

We have Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 testing levels (see link just below) or we can customize testing to your needs depending on your specific situation and reason for having your water tested. We can assist you in determining which water test to have done.  The contaminants tested for under each of the three Groups are identified in detail at the following link Water-Testing-Sheet.  Testing water from a private well will require more extensive testing than water coming from a municipal supply which has already undergone a certain level of testing. If you are selling your home with a private well, your town’s Board of Health, the buyer’s home inspector or bank may dictate what must be tested for. We will assist you in determining which Group testing is right for you. Once the lab results become available, we can analyze the report, review it with you and determine if any action is required. If a water filtration or water softening system is required, we can review your options and determine the most effective approach for you.

For more information on when and how often you should pull a water test and related information, see the link at Water Testing link.

PULLING YOUR OWN SAMPLES AND BRINGING THEM TO A LABORATORY FOR TESTING

If you’d prefer to take samples and bring them to the lab yourself, we can direct you to the nearest one for instructions, etc. Once you get the results, we can analyze and review them with you.

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H2O Care is a full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989 with offices in Hudson and Middleton, 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.  We can be reached at [email protected] or by calling us at 800-539-1100

Water softener – sutton, massachusetts

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WATER SOFTENER SYSTEMS

WATER SOFTENER EFFECTIVENESS

A water softener is effective in removing some of the most common contaminants found in private wells supplying homes in Sutton.  The main contaminants are iron & manganese as well as the hard water minerals magnesium and calcium.  Small amounts of these minerals can have large affects on your home’s water quality.  The EPA maximum allowable levels for iron as a secondary contaminant is .3 parts per million.  The EPA maximum allowable level for manganese as a secondary contaminant is .05 parts per million.  As you can see, these are very small amounts, but their affects can create quite an impact. Water softening will be very effective if you have hard water, iron or manganese in your well water.  Upflow versus downflow water softeners are most effective, particularly if there are elevated levels of iron or manganese in your water.

Compare your test results to this chart:

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           WATER HARDNESS LEVELS

THE AFFECTS OF IRON, MANGANESE & HARD WATER

Hard water affects include corrosion and scaling inside pipes, major staining throughout the home’s showers, bathtubs, and sinks and destruction of hot water heaters way ahead of their useful life (scale build-up inside hot water heaters can insulate the temperature sensor inside the tank causing them to work much harder to bring the temperature up to the set level).  Iron and manganese in water can create rusty or black/brown staining and corrosion in the home as well. 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 also.  A water filtration specifically for this problem is effective in correcting this.  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 LEFT UNCHECKED

WHAT WILL A WATER SOFTENER REMOVE?

A water softener is effective in removing dissolved forms of iron & manganese and hard water 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 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 articles in Water Technology Magazine at the following link: http://h2ocare.com/publications/.

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DISSOLVED IRON STAINING

COMMON CONTAMINANTS THAT A WATER SOFTENER WILL NOT REMOVE

Other contaminants found in Sutton well water include Radon and Arsenic.  A water softener (water softening) will not remove these health threat contaminants.  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 safely to the outside ambient air.  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.  Speak to a water treatment professional to decide which system is right for you.

WATER TESTING

Having a water test performed is a mandatory first step in the process of improving your water quality.  Without a test and analysis, the most appropriate type of water softener or other water filtration system cannot be determined.  For more on water testing, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/water-testing/.

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H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989,with offices in Hudson and Middleton, 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.  H2O Care has been installing and servicing water softeners and other water filtration equipment since 1989.  We can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 800-539-1100.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM OPTIONS IN SUTTON, MASSACHUSETTS

There are different types and sizes of whole house water filtration systems available to address the various types of potential water quality issues experienced in Sutton well water or town water. Not only is matching the right technology important, but also sizing the system to meet the water usage demands of your home is also very important.  Last, but not least, a professionally plumbed system is also critical as well as maintenance of the system throughout the years to optimize the useful life and proper functioning of your new equipment.

While symptoms of water quality issues such as bad odors & taste, staining of laundry, bathroom fixtures, etc. are indicators of problems, the preferred starting point is to get a water test to identify the minerals or contaminants in the water and at what quantity they exist.  This will lead to an effective system recommendation and route to providing your home with excellent water quality.  While certain minerals & contaminants can be tested on-site, health threat items like radon in water, arsenic in water, nitrates and others should be properly sampled and brought to a certified laboratory for testing that requires specialized equipment.

WATER SOFTENERS

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER SOFTENING SYSTEMS

A water softener is a type of whole house water filtration system that is designed for removing hard water minerals (magnesium & calcium) as well as dissolved iron and manganese from the water.  For water with high levels of iron or manganese (“the stainers”), an “up-flow” water softener is recommended to prevent mineral build-up in the bottom of the water softener.  Also, high efficiency water softeners that are more efficient with both water and salt usage are preferred.

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In addition to the above systems described, there are many other types of systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water. If you are experiencing a rotten egg smell in water, you likely have a hydrogen sulfide problem. For more detailed information on common regional taste and odor issues, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR OTHER CONTAMINANTS

Other contaminants found in New England well water include Radon and Arsenic.  A water softener will not remove these health threat contaminants. Radon in water is safely removed with an aeration system that agitates the incoming well water, releasing the gas from the water in a sealed chamber. This gas is then safely vented to the outside ambient air.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR RADON

Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home by installing 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 as well. Speak to a water treatment professional to decide which system is right for you.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC

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

 

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WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

Water purification holliston, ma

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WATER PURIFICATION IN HOLLISTON

WATER PURIFICATION

Water purification is the process of removing undesirable chemicals, biological contaminants, and suspended solids and gases from water with the goal of producing water fit for a specific purpose. Most drinking water goes through a disinfection process, but water purification may also be designed for other purposes, including fulfilling the requirements of pharmacological, medical, chemical and industrial applications, or just to upgrade the drinking water supply. The methods used include physical processes such as sediment filtration, carbon based filtration, sedimentation with sand filters; chemical processes such as flocculation and chlorination and the use of ultraviolet light or ozone.

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WATER TESTING

FOR YOUR HOME 

On an individualized basis, water purification systems can be installed for the removal of almost any of the potential water quality concerns you may have. For example, lead is typically removed from drinking water with either a reverse osmosis water purification system or a carbon filter designed specifically for the removal of lead from water. Water softeners are typically installed to remove dissolved iron or manganese and hardness minerals in the water through a technology called Ion Exchange (see below for more detailed information on this).  A water softener will also remove dissolved lead from the water as well, however they are usually installed ahead of the piping where the potential for lead leaching is most likely to occur and is not recommended for this purpose. To remove particulate iron or manganese, a properly sized sediment filter is required.  Radon or arsenic in the water requires other technologies and systems. Water testing will lead to the right system design & installation.

BAD ODORS & TASTES

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In addition to the above systems described, there are many other types of systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants that may be present in the water. For more detailed information on bad odors and tastes in your water, see the link at: http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

THE AFFECTS OF HARD WATER IN YOUR HOME

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The only way to know how hard your water is by having it tested.  There are on-site testing methods that are reliable or you can have a sample taken to a certified laboratory. If you have a private well, there can be a very different hardness level than even the house across the street with a private well.  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 or streaky and a film may build up on shower doors, bathtubs, sinks and faucets. Clothes can look dingy and feel rough and scratchy. 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.  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. Hard water can also cause scale build-up in pipes that can lower water pressure throughout the home (see photo below).

The primary hard water minerals are calcium and magnesium (the hardness minerals), while iron and manganese (“The Stainers”) can also be found in 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.

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. 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.

Hard water in Holliston, MA

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TRIHALOMETHANES & HALOACETIC ACID

In addition to the above systems described, there are other types of systems to remove other contaminants in the water such as Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acid which may be present in town supplied water.  If the levels of these are above a certain level, your town is required to notify you as they may have negative health affects depending on amounts and length of exposure.  Activated carbon filtration is effective in removing these two contaminants from the water.

Any water purification system recommendation should start with a water test before an informed decision can be made.  To determine what type of water testing to have performed and how to take a proper sample, call a water treatment professional or a state certified laboratory. In summary, controlling your Holliston water quality is attainable through proper water testing and equipment specification with today’s available water filtration technologies at a reasonable price.  Proper on-going maintenance is also critical to maintain a consistent level of great water quality.

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 H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts based water filtration and testing firm, formed in 1989 with offices in Hudson & Middleton, MA.  Articles published by the Company can be seen in Water Technology Magazine or linked through the website publications section at http://h2ocare.com/publications/.  You can contact us by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 978-777-8330.

 

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