Arsenic in private wells ! Every year in Maine more people are discovering arsenic in their well water. It is usually discovered when we are selling the house. A prospective buyer does a routine water test and everybody learns that it’s not all that routine. Arsenic ! Most likely it will need to be fixed before the sale can be closed. Most banks & mortgage companies require a home to have water that meets the EPA Safe Drinking Water Standards… before they will fund the mortgage for the buyer. Please feel free to call me (Chuck) at Mainely Water if you need help finding a “Certified Lab” to do the testing for you. Or… If you have already had it tested and are in need of filtration for Arsenic (or anything else), please check with us for water filtration or water softening needs. Chuck…. 207-907-9772
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.
Hard Water. “What is hard water?” That is a question we get a lot. The answer is simple. The problems generated by hard water are a bit more complex. It has been said that “Water is the universal solvent”. That means it dissolves just a little bit of everything it touches. When water passes through the deep underground rock deposits, it dissolves and carries with it small amounts of calcium & magnesium along with smaller amounts of other minerals. These minerals dissolved into the water, make the water “hard”. They will later fall out of solution and leave their mark all around your house in the form of “water spots”. These water spots can cause a host of problems from spots on you black car after washing to deposits in your hair making it heavy and stiff… even brittle.
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.
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