Water Filters & Softeners in Maine. What’s with that !? So… here it is. Maine cities & towns that take their water from the earth’s surface tend to be “softer” than water taken from deep wells. Well water tends to be “Harder”. So if you live in Portland Maine, your water probably comes from Sebago Lake. Sebago is a “surface water”. Therefore, it is relatively soft compared to a private well in neighboring Windham Maine. Most folks living in Portland Maine and being served by Portland’s city water supply, would see no need for a water softener. The same can be said for Bangor’s water supply and their residential customers. However, there are 10’s of thousands of Mainers that get their water from their own private well. These folks need to look at things differently… very differently. We will discuss Maine well owners in the next post. Meanwhile, if you live on Portland or Bangor city water, be cautious if you are approached by a water softener sales person. Not all folks in this industry are looking out for your best interest. If you want to just chat about your water, feel free to call me… Thank you…. Chuck…. 207-907-9772.
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”.
Is it true that folks may need Water Softeners in Glenburn Maine ? Yes. Glenburn Maine is a town of private wells. Most folks get their water from their own water well rather than a city water supply. So there are frequently problems with water quality. Many times we see Iron staining, sulfur smell, even arsenic in Glenburn well water. Often… just a good water softener will do the job. Sometimes it takes a little more than a softener. The process is quick & simple. Call Mainely Water (207-907-9772). We will come out, do a quick water test for inorganics, review any other test results you may have, evaluate the installation site and give you a quote for any work that needs to be done. That quote & evaluation is free. So 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
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.