Water softener for plymouth, massachusetts

water softener for plymouth, ma

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WATER SOFTENER / WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

With­out a water soft­en­er, cal­ci­um and mag­ne­sium (the hard­ness min­er­als) 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.   The EPA max­i­mum allow­able lev­el 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 cre­ate very notice­able, even dev­as­tat­ing affects on your home’s water qual­i­ty.

A water soft­en­er will pro­vide very notice­ably clean­er water 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.  The pri­ma­ry hard water min­er­als found are mag­ne­sium and cal­ci­um (the hard­ness min­er­als), while iron and man­ganese (“the stain­ers”) can also be found in Ply­mouth water, most­ly in pri­vate wells.  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 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 chart iden­ti­fies hard water lev­els.  Com­pare your test data:

Water Softener or water filtration system for Plymouth,MA

THE AFFECTS OF HARD WATER, MANGANESE & IRON

Hard water scale (see pho­to below) 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 most 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.  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.  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/

Water softener for Plymouth, MA

DAMAGING HARD WATER SCALE BUILD-IP INSIDE PIPES

WHAT WILL 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 in Plymouth, Massachusetts

DISSOLVED IRON STAINING

WHAT WILL A WATER SOFTENER NOT REMOVE?

Water softener for Plymouth, MA

WATER SOFTENER

A water soft­en­er will not remove the health threat con­t­a­m­i­nants Radon and Arsenic which may be found in water and will require dif­fer­ent water fil­tra­tion meth­ods.  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, col­lects the gas from the water in a sealed cham­ber, then safe­ly vents it to the out­side ambi­ent air.  Speak to a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al to decide which sys­tem is right for you.

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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 by email at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.  Our service area encompasses Eastern Massachusetts to the Cape, Southern N.H. & Southern ME.  

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