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Why Your Water Softener Works Harder in Summer

Did you know that your water softener actually works harder in the summer?

Your water softener’s workload depends on two things: the amount of water you use, and how hard that water is. Water use tends to increase in the summer and hardness levels can fluctuate. And that means your water softener has to work harder.

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3 Things Your Hairdresser Wants You to Know About Hard Water Hair

Did you know the beginning of personal hygiene dates back to prehistoric times? In fact, the earliest humans understood that water, from the lakes and rivers they lived near, had the ability to clean things, or at least rinse mud off their hands. Realizing they needed more than just water to truly clean themselves, people began making soap as early as 2800 B.C. With the creation of soap came the problems we still face today, soap scum. It’s a problem that dates back nearly 5,000 years.

Although you use soap to clean your hands and body today, you likely don’t use it to clean your hair. But even the best quality shampoo can leave your hair feeling brittle and damaged if you use hard water. So, how do you clean your hair without damaging it or leaving buildup?

Here are three things your hairdresser wants you to know about hard water hair.

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The Science of H2O: What is Hard Water?

You've no doubt heard of hard water and what it can do to your plumbing, skin, and clothing. But if you’re like most people, you probably don’t know the science behind it. What is hard water, anyway? Why is it problematic?

Here are the hard facts about hard water.

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Salt vs Saltless Water Softener: Which is Best for My Home?

Here in Minnesota, almost everybody needs a water softener for their home because our water is naturally very hard. But what kind should you get? There are two types — salt and saltless. Would a saltless water softener be better for household use?

We consider water “hard” when it has an overly-high concentration of certain minerals — calcium and magnesium, in particular. Over time, those minerals can take a toll on our skin, hair, clothes, kitchenware, dishes, plumbing fixtures, and appliances. It’s annoying, to say the least. And it can be costly, too. Soft water prevents these problems, which can save you time and money.

But is salt or saltless a better water solution for you?

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How Often Should My Water Softener Regenerate?

We've all heard that strange noise in our utility closets or mechanical rooms. Sure, it could be your furnace, but it could also be your water softener regenerating. Once you hear it, you wonder if your water softener is regenerating too often, or not frequently enough. Then you ask yourself, how often should my water softener regenerate?

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Soft Water vs Hard Water: The Real Cost of Not Having Soft Water

It’s hard to have hard water — hard on your body, hard on your clothing and dishes, hard on your appliances, hard on your wallet. When it comes to soft water vs hard water, the choice is an easy one.   

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How Long do Water Softeners Last? Tips for Extending its Life

Whether you just moved into a new house, just bought a new water softener, or you've had yours for years, you may be wondering when you're expected to replace it. How long do water softeners last, anyway? And do they require some kind of maintenance? You want your investment to last as long as possible. So, here are some tips to extend your water softeners lifespan.

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How to Test for Hard Water in Your Home

Have you noticed your shampoo doesn't lather in the shower, your skin tends to always be itchy, and there's soap scum buildup in the bathtub? These are all signs you may have hard water. It’s definitely annoying, and here in Minnesota, it’s a common problem. But, if you know how to test for hard water, you can identify the issue once and for all and start looking for ways to resolve it.

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Pee-Yew! Why Your Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs and How to Fix it

Have you noticed a rancid smell coming from the water in your home but you're not sure what's causing it? It's likely hydrogen sulfide. Fortunately, it's not bad for you, it just doesn't smell very good. In fact, your water smells like rotten eggs. Pee-yew, indeed. Whether the problem exists all the time or only when you first turn on the water, you want it gone!

We'll explain what's causing unpleasant smell and ways to improve your water.

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What is Reverse Osmosis and How Does it Work?

Whether your water comes from a municipal water supply or your own private well, it contains impurities — contaminants that make your water less-than-desirable and, in some cases, less-than-tasty. Depending on where you live, your tap water might contain lead, chlorine, chloramine, nitrates, detergents, sulfates, pesticides, bacteria, pharmaceuticals, sediment, and even arsenic.

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