What does a Water Quality Association Gold Seal Tell Me?

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If you’ve done any research on water softeners, you’ve come to realize that there are a lot of choices when it comes to selecting a water softener for your home. In making the purchase decision, you can be sure you’re getting a top-notch water conditioner that has gone through rigorous testing and meets industry standards when you see the “Gold Seal”.

What does a Water Quality Association (WQA) “Gold Seal” Mean?

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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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It’s Time to Think About the Water You Drink

What's in the water we drink?

We all know drinking water is essential for good health. We’re also aware that most of us don’t drink enough water each day and should try to drink more.

But do we give much thought to what is in the water we do drink?  If not, it’s time we did.

An Unexpected Culprit

In the United States, most of us get our water from a public water supply. We trust that this water is clean and ready for drinking, showering, cleaning and cooking. 

Although regulations and monitoring are in place, the quality of our drinking water can change daily.  

Municipalities work hard to provide clean water for their customers, but contaminants can infiltrate aquifers and springs, and corroded pipes can introduce impurities into the water lines even after water has been processed at a water treatment plant.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Best Tortilla Soup Recipe

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a delicious Tortilla Soup

Looking for a great Cinco de Mayo recipe to help you celebrate this year?

While it’s true that Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated mostly in the U.S., May the 5th gives me an excuse to try a new recipe, as well as create a little family FIESTA at home! Some years I’ve decorated our kitchen with green, white and red streamers, other years I’ve simply brought out the sombreros and noise-makers. Either way—my kids like the excitement at dinner time. 

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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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Keep Produce Fresh Longer with Filtered Water & Vinegar

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Can filtered water and a little vinegar really keep produce fresher, longer?

Summer will soon be here and I’m looking forward to fresh berries from my local farmer’s market.  Early last summer, I came home with 10 pounds of strawberries with grandiose plans to make fresh strawberry jam. When I finally started my jam project (only 36 hours later), I was sick to find that many of the berries were already covered with a fuzzy mold.

A great tip that really works!

I’ve since learned a great tip for keeping fresh produce longer–and it really works!  Each time I come home from the market with fresh fruits and vegetables, I rinse the produce in a vinegar and filtered water solution.

This idea seemed counterintutive at first, because in the past, once I had rinsed fruit in water, the fruit seemed to go bad more quickly.  

I learned that the water and vinegar solution has the opposite effect and the fruit actually lasts longer because the acid in the vinegar kills mold spores and bacteria on the food. With the bacteria eliminated, produce does not decompose as quickly.

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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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What type of salt should I use in my water softener

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As a water softener owner, you can see the salt in your brine tank is running low and it’s time to pick up some more. Like many people, you may be baffled by all of the water softener salt choices you see at the store: crystals, block, table, rock, and pellets. What is better: solar or evaporated salt pellets? What about salt pellets vs. potassium chloride pellets? What should you buy? What is best?

First of all, only salt or potassium chloride specifically designed for water softeners should be used.  Do not use dicing or table salt.

Softener Salt vs. Softener Potassium Chloride

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