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.
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
Salt Free Water Softeners
By: Chuck, The Water Guy at Mainely Water L.L.C.
Originally posted January 2010 by Chuck Minott
Prelude: Everybody that wants a water softener would love to have a “Salt Free Water Softener:… Including me ! For that reason, folks are eager to believe what they want to hear. Therefore, they get ripped off ! What follows is my personal opinion on “Salt Free Water Softeners” developed through extensive research and many years of experience.
They Don’t Work ! That is my educated & highly experienced opinion. While there are many excellent water filtration appliances that do not use salt, I cannot include water softeners in that bunch. By definition, water softeners must remove hardness from the water. There are 3 common ways in which companies & manufacturers claim they are softening water without the use of salt…
1. Clamp a magnet to your water pipe… Sounds simple enough. They make lots of assertions about how the magnetic field changes or aligns the hardness in the water rendering it “soft”. I would certainly challenge that theory. Hardness is mostly dissolved rock. Calcium carbonates, bi-carbonates, etc. I’ve never seen magnets have much effect on rocks (unless the rocks are laced with iron). But let’s move on and imagine there is some effect. So we visualize all the little hardness ions all lined up in marching formation. Now what ? There is no mechanism in the magnet to remove anything. It is clamped to the outside of the pipe. It cannot do anything to change the hardness content of the water. Want proof ? Have the water analyzed. Use water before & after the magnet. You’ll find you’ve been ripped off. The results will be the same. But at least you have some very, very expensive magnets. Suggestion… get a real water softener or an appropriate filter for your water.
2. Wrap coils of wire around your pipe and apply electrical pulses to it. Guess what… this creates an electro- magnet. It costs a lot more than the magnet described in #1 (above). But the end result is exactly the same. Do a hardness test on your water… No Change ! These guys even advertise on national TV. Why? Because they know the 1st rule of scams. “There is a sucker born every day”. Now you have a very, very expensive electro-magnet that actually uses electricity while it’s doing nothing. Suggestion… get a real water softener or an appropriate filter for your water.
3. “Catalytic” Filter Media… This is a tank containing little granules that have been manufactured to convert hardness ions to a crystalline form. In the process of converting, the sharp edges of the crystals are rounded & smoothed reducing their scaling characteristic. Again, a hardness test will show that the water is not softened. However, this technique does have some merit. The water actually passes through the filter media. At least that makes it plausible that there could be an effect. There is some anecdotal evidence that they indeed reduce “scaling”. The scale is replaced by a light powder deposit. The only advantage seems to be it is easier for the home owner to keep clean. None of the other benefits of a water softener seem to be realized using this technology. No softer skin, no softer hair, no cleaner clothes, etc. In addition, even this limited effectiveness seems to be limited to water that is relatively soft to begin with. If the water is even moderately hard, there seems to be no practical improvement in the scaling qualities of the water. Suggestion… get a real water softener or an appropriate filter for your water.
Finally, contact a reputable independent water softener/filter company… check references. Ask every question you can think of before you buy a softener or filter. Go to the basement with them and ask about how the plumbing works. Ask about how the machine works. Look for signs that the company rep. may not know what he/she is talking about. If you see that “lack of knowledge”, find another company that gives you more confidence in their technical knowledge & skills. Good Luck !
How do i remove arsenic from my well water ? Much of Maine has Arsenic in our ground water. Therefore, many homes with private wells have arsenic contamination in their drinking water. Arsenic is known to cause many kinds of cancers and suspected of many others, as well as a host of additional health related issues. Mainely Water has Certified Professionals that know how to effectively filter water for arsenic removal. Please call us for a free quote. If you have not tested your water yet, please get it tested. Then call us, if you need help. There are a lot of temporary fixes on the market. Many can even make the problem worse if you don’t maintain them properly. Please work with a professional and do it right the first time.