Author Archives: Bryce Linton, CWS I

Removing Chlorine and Chloramine from Tap Water

Understanding chlorine

Chlorine vs. Chloramines: What is the difference?

Ideally, you want your water to be clean, pure and tasteless. Yet, often times it can have disinfectants, like chloramines and chlorine that cause foul odors and leave undesirable tastes behind.

Since the majority of us receive our water from a public water supply, we understand that chlorine and chloramine is in our drinking water is there for a reason. For more than 100 years, chlorination has saved lives and played a critical role in defending America’s drinking water supply from pathogens that can cause waterborne diseases such as typhoid and cholera.

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How do I Improve the Taste of my Tap Water?

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In the last 40-plus years, I’ve lived in six different states. With each move, it’s taken some time to get used to taste of my tap water in the new location. Sometimes the water coming from my tap has had a very strong chlorine odor and taste. Other times the water has had a bitter taste or ‘rotten egg’ odor.

Like most people, my water has always come from a municipal water source. In fact, most of us (about 86 percent) receive our water from a public water supplier where water is treated and monitored at a municipal water treatment plant and then piped to individual users for consumption.

Why the Bad Taste In My Water?

There are a number of different reasons why your water might have an unpleasant taste.

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Is Soft Water Safe for Swimming Pools?

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Those of us in “hard water” areas of the U.S. know what’s it’s like to have gritty scale from water hardness at the bottom of a swimming pool. So the idea of filling swimming pools and hot tubs with soft water sounds fantastic.

Although there are pool owners who have successfully filled and maintained their pools with softened water, pool owners should understand that filling a pool with soft water is not simple.  It involves a very delicate balance. In fact, maintaining the right levels of hardness AND softness is essential for a healthy pool.

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I’m Moving. Can I take my Water Conditioner with me?

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Yes. You absolutely can take your WaterTech Reionator or SoftMAX water conditioning system with you to your new house.

As the original purchaser, your warranty will still be in force as long as you follow the owner’s manual and warranty guidelines.  However, many Reionator owners elect to leave their water conditioner in the home as a selling point with buyers.

If you do decide to take your system, here are a few things to keep in mind in order to keep the warranty valid:

  1.  AN AUTHORIZED WATERTECH PRODUCT DEALER MUST UNINSTALL AND RE-INSTALL THE SYSTEM.
  1. Systems cannot be carried, transported or stored on their side:

Although the Reionator and SoftMAX are both quite heavy, the systems cannot be tipped over or laid on their side during moving or transporting, but must remain upright in order to maintain the integrity of the resins.  If you’re moving locally, it is preferred that your local authorized WaterTech dealer move the system.
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Is Soft Water Safe to Drink?

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Occasionally the question comes up, “Is it OK to drink softened water?” and “How much salt does a softener add to my water?”

Let us tackle this question head on:  It is true –salt is involved in the water softening process.  Through an ion exchange process, water softening systems replace calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions. 

What most people do not realize, is how little sodium is in softened water.

The amount of sodium in your drinking water from a water softener system can vary depending on the hardness of your water, but you are certainly not drinking “salt water”. In fact, on average, less than three percent of your daily sodium intake comes from drinking softened water. 

So while some may worry that drinking softened water will increase their salt intake, in reality nearly all sodium in our diets comes from the food we eat. Did you know that eight glasses of softened water contains about as much sodium as would be found in a typical piece of white bread?
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Why Not Buy a Water Softener from a Big Box Home Improvement Store?

Why buy a softener from an authorized dealer instead of a Big Box store

It’s true. The Big Box home improvement stores sell water softeners for a fantastic price. We get it.

So why would anyone choose to purchase a water softener from a local independent water treatment professional and pay more money?

Let us give you FIVE reasons why you’ll come out ahead when you choose to call a professional:

  1. Quality:  How do big box stores get the price so low? By using lower-quality components and parts, they can get the price of the softening equipment down quite low.  At WaterTech, we use only high-quality components, state-of-the art valve, and premium water softening resins.  We’ve seen a lot of companies in the water business come and go over the years. But our dedication to only produce top-quality equipment has kept us in business. Thousands of happy customers have partnered with us to buy a water softener.  WaterTech products also carry the Water Quality Association Gold Seal to show our components and/or systems have been Third-Party Tested for quality and performance.

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How Hard Is My Water?

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So how hard is the water in my home?

Did you know that hard water affects more than 85% of homes in the United States? Odds are your family’s home is affected by hard water. With the varying levels of hardness, how do you know if your part of the country or your state–all the way down to your local municipal water source is being affected?

Learn more about the causes of Hard Water in our Hard Water Guide

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