Arsenic Filter Experts ! There are so many things that can go wrong if your arsenic removal system is not expertly designed, installed and maintained. The picture shows an arsenic removal system in a 10 unit apartment building that was somewhat complicated by other issues with the water chemistry. This is so often the case and so often overlooked by inexperienced water conditioning contractors. Please ask to see your contractors “Certified Water Specialist” certificate. It makes all the difference ! We do residential & commercial arsenic testing & arsenic removal systems throughout Maine. Please call 207-907-9772. Thank You.
Water Softener Reviews are most useful to consumers contemplating making that kind of purchase (see ours !). These kind of customer ratings describe the products, service and general treatment customers receive from Water Softener Companies. Often Water Softener pricing is included in such reviews. Look at reviews. Check out 3rd party sources like the Better Business Bureau, Home Advisor, or Angie’s List to be sure you are getting a company that specializes in Water Softeners. Then call us…. 207-907-9772. Ask for “Chuck, The Water Guy”.
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
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.
Why do I have low hot water pressure ? Mainely Water got this question last week from a homeowner with a private well in Orono. When I got to their home, I found their water hardness test showed extremely hard water and an elevated pH. Neither of these results indicate a health related concern. However, the combination of the 2, is a problem for boilers. The extreme hardness will fall out of solution in a heated environment (like a boiler) and cause calcium build up in the coil of the boiler. This build up will eventually restrict or obstruct the flow of water through the boiler. Often, homeowners will live with the annoyingly low water pressure. Others will have an acid or vinegar flush every few months. Neither the calcium build up, nor the acid flush is good for long term operation of the coil or boiler. So… If you have good cold water pressure and poor hot water pressure, you may be a good candidate for a water softener. If you find yourself in that situation, we would like to be your first call. Call “Mainely Water” 207-907-9772 Talk to Chuck. He can help.