Hard water in Maine…. Yes, much of Maine has hard water… especially on private water wells. Just plain hard water leaves white spots or whitish staining in tubs, showers & toilet bowls. Add Iron water and you get yellow-to-orange stains with associated odors. Manganese causes similar stains. Sometimes manganese will have a residual sulfur-like odors accompanying the staining. Many times, there are more serious (health related) contaminants. Often, filtration for the more serious problems requires the hardness, iron & Manganese be removed first to prevent damage & scale buildup on the filter for the more serious problems. Here it is critical that the consumer hire a WQA “Certified Professional”, “Certified Water Specialist”. If your Water Conditioning Contractor doesn’t get it right. You could ruin the filters and end up with a worse problem than what you started with. Mainely Water LLC will look at your water tests and make the right recommendations for mitigating hard water and any other issues with your water.
Best Water Softener Service Company in Maine. Mainely Water is that water softener service company. Chuck himself(that’s me) has more than 35 years servicing water softeners, water filters & water purification systems. He carries multiple certifications in various areas of the water treatment industry. Our technical staff is also certified, well trained & highly experienced. We have extensive experience on all brands of water softener & filter systems. We also have a tremendous inventory of parts & assemblies to fix or repair your water system quickly & efficiently with minimum time and therefore, minimum cost to you. Give us a call… 207-907-9772
Water softener Service & Repair is a rare skill set. Most companies will advertise they “service all makes & models”. When you call they come out under the guise of “service” but after 10 minutes of investigation, they just try to sell you a new water softener. Now don’t get me wrong… sometimes that is exactly the best action. But most of the time, its just a scripted “service-to sales”… sales pitch. There are only a hand full of true manufacturers of water softener control valves. Expertise in repairing them is not rocket science. Anybody with a few years in the business should be able to perform effective service if the unit is save-able. If you have a 6 year old water softener that cost you less than $1,200 that is broken down, it would probably cost more to repair than to replace. If you have a 6 year old water softener that is of a better quality it is almost always fine to invest in repairs and save the extra money. What you don’t want to do is spend $800. on repairing a control valve and replacing the resin bed just to have ongoing chronic breakdowns. That’s usually what happens with the cheaper systems. A good service company might offer additional options that make more sense. Every service call is unique. The service person should be experienced in both effective long-term repairs as well as know when it’s time to bite the bullet and get a new water softener. Please feel free to call anytime. 207-907-9772
How do I know if I have hard Water ? or “I live in Maine and I think I have hard water”. These are probably the two most common questions or comments I hear from new customers. My response is always the same… “Hardness in water is an aesthetic contaminant. Meaning, It is not considered a health problem but rather an annoyance. and in many cases a HUGE ANNOYANCE. But all you need to do is look & feel. Use the Jeff Foxworthy method…
You might have hard water if:
- If you see a white soap scum on the shower walls
- If you have a ring around the toilet bowl at the water line
- If you have a ring around the bath tub
- If your hair is dry and brittle or heavy & “flat”
- If you get “Water spots” on glasses and silverware
- If you have to have your boiler flushed often
- If you have low water pressure on the hot side but good pressure on the cold side
- If you have dry skin problems
- Your shower head has white crusties on the holes
- If your faucets leak and need frequent repair or replacement
- If you need to use a lot of shampoo just to get a good lather
- If it’s hard to make soap suds
There are lots of other Water issues in public water supplies and in private wells. This post is a little bit about Hard water. If you have any questions about hard water or other water concerns, I am happy to chat with you just about any time. Call me at 207-907-9772. or email me a chuck@Mainelywater.com
Taking care of your water filter system. Good quality water filters are large appliances that usually have electronic controllers on a cylindrical tank that is full of a special filter media designed for your particular set of water issues. There are two very broad categories of contaminants to be filtered…
- Health Related Contaminants (cause disease or other health risk)
- Aesthetic Contaminants (not health related but cause odors or staining, etc)
You must be diligent in taking care of your filter system according to recommendations from the manufacturer and you local dealer. If you don’t, bad things can happen…
- The system could get plugged up and just stop working until serviced.
- The system could be damaged due to neglect and require service plus replacement parts.
- The system could let the selected contaminants “Bleed Through” to your drinking water.
- The system could actually “dump” / “reject” the contaminant thereby dumping all of the accumulated contaminants back into your water in one giant slug.
If you have aesthetic contaminants, you usually have some kind of warning that the system is not working…
- Iron may start to stain things orange or brown.
- The bad odor may return.
- You may have those Greenish or Bluish stains coming back.
But most Health Related Contaminants have no noticeable effects. Without knowing it, you could experience….
- The return of Arsenic
- The return of Lead
- The return of Bacteria
- The return of Radon, Uranium or Radium
- The return of MTBE indicating a Petroleum base contaminant
The Bottom line is this: Make sure your Dealer is Certified with a CWS (Certified Water Specialist) from the National Water Quality Association. They contact him/her for detailed instructions on recommended routine care of your system. If you don’t know your dealer or if you just want to be sure your are working with a CWS, Chuck at Mainley Water LLC will be happy to work with you. Telephone help is free. Charges for On-site work are reasonable. 207-907-9772 ask for Chuck.