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Posts Categorized: water-problems

8 Water Treatment Questions to Ask a Pro Before Buying a Water Softener

If you're in the market for a water softener, you know the right system will greatly improve water quality throughout your household. The more you know about your options before you buy, the better the investment you will make. It pays, in every sense of the word, to ask a pro. They can answer water treatment questions you might not have thought to ask.

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H2O FAQ: How Do Iron Filters Work?

There are a number of different water treatment processes you can use to remove unwanted chemicals. Here in Minnesota, one of the most common chemicals we want to get rid of is iron. One way to do that is by using an iron filter. Let's look at how iron filters work and how that process impacts the quality of our water.

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Hard Water Problems: Tips for Limescale Removal

Ugh! One of the disadvantages of having hard water is limescale buildup in your sinks, toilets, tubs, faucets and in places you can’t see. It’s more than ugly. Limescale can reduce the efficiency of your appliances, so they don’t perform well and they wear out faster. It can even peel the chrome off faucets and clog your plumbing.

Fortunately, there are some simple limescale removal options to fix this unattractive situation.

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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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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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Are Nitrates in My Water?

You may have heard of nitrates in drinking water, but may not know what they are or how they affect your home’s water quality.

Nitrates are nitrogen-oxygen chemical units that combine with various organic and inorganic compounds. According to the EPA, ingestion of nitrites – the conversion of nitrates taken into the body – above maximum contaminant levels by infants under six months of age can have severe health effects.

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Water Quality: Arsenic in Drinking Water

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element of the Earth’s crust. It’s also a byproduct of mining, coal burning and other industries, and often ends up in drinking water supplies.

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