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.
Originally posted August 16, 2012 by Chuck Minott
Originally posted April 25, 2016 by Chuck Minott
Why do I get soap scum on shower walls ? Soap scum if caused by the curd that results from HARD WATER & SOAP. There are many products that can cut through the nasty white build-up. But the best way is to prevent it in the first place. When you say ” Why do I get soap scum on shower walls ?” The answer is: It’s because of all the “JUNK” in the water. A Water Softener is a cylindrical appliance that can be installed in your mechanical area that removes the Hardness before it hits all your appliances, your shower walls, your skin & Hair. Call Chuck, The Water Guy at Mainely Water for a free estimate. 207-907-9772
Can hard water make my hair dry ? YES ! The hardness in water combines with soaps & shampoo and forms a soap scum that coats everything… including your hair. The most visible presentation of soap scum is usually that white film on your shower wall. Many salons and hair stylist will tell folks they have “mineral deposits” on their hair. It not only dries out your hair, it also clings to your hair and makes your hair heavy & flat. Soft water removes the mineral deposits and makes your hair lighter weight, full & healthy. So… Can hard water make my hair dry ? YES !
Originally posted May 2016 by Chuck Minott
Water Softener Rip-Offs
Originally Posted January 31, 2010 by Chuck Minott
Water Softener Rip-Offs are quite common. There are several ways a salesman or a company can mislead you in their sales presentation. Here’s an example of one such “Low Life”. Last week I got a call for service from an 84 year old woman living alone way out in the country. She has her own private well. Several years ago, she bought a water softener from a clever salesman. He convinced her that her water was very hard. In fact, he said it was so hard that she needed a $6,000 water softener. This very nice lady bought the softener and continued to use it and have it serviced until I got there last week. In Fact… her water is naturally soft… without the water softener. Her TDS is high, so she should have a small Reverse Osmosis for drinking water… but not a softener. It is amazing how low some folks will go.