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Is a Water Softener Really Necessary?

27 July, 2016 (20:35) | Hard Water Solutions, Money Savings | By: admin

Water is one of the main utilities in our homes and it touches just about every activity we do in them. From drinking water to dishes, laundry and bathing, water is an integral part of the household. Due to this fact, if water quality is compromised, it makes a huge impact on all areas of the home. Untreated hard water can be especially tough on a home, and the only way to really alleviate it is with a water softener.

Hard water leaves mineral deposits on just about every surface it touches. It also produces a buildup of scale in plumbing systems and in water utilizing appliances, such as hot water heaters and dishwashers. Scale buildup is one of the main culprits of early appliance failure and clogged plumbing lines, which can cost a minor fortune to repair. In addition, it drastically reduces efficiency of appliances, leading to higher utility bills.

Another area where the effects of hard water are felt is in on the skin and hair. Homeowners who bathe or shower with hard water, oftentimes notice that their skin is excessively dry and itchy. In fact, many eczema suffers have much more severe outbreaks if they live in a house with hard water, and on the flip side they notice fewer and less sever outbreaks with softened water. Hard water can also leave a residue on hair which makes it appear dull and limp.

Since hard water reduces the effectiveness of soaps, there is a noticeable difference in clothes washed with hard water and those washed with softened water. Whites tend to gray much quicker and colors fade faster when washed in hard water. If a water softener is used to treat the water however, the laundry detergent can do its job as intended and clothes will appear cleaner, brighter and softer than before.

So is a water softener really necessary? Well, if your home has hard water, then we feel that it is absolutely necessary; the long term effects of hard water are just too many to ignore. Installing a water softener will not only alleviate all the negative effects of hard water, but will also provide some great benefits as well. Not only will your skin and hair be soft and shiny, but the utility and repair costs alone could almost pay for the water softener itself.

 

 

Water Quality in Lompoc

27 July, 2016 (17:10) | Drinking Water System, Hard Water Solutions, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Water quality varies from place to place, and is mostly dependent on environmental and ecological factors. Obviously, water coming from a remote location in the mountains up in Alaska is not going to contain the same contaminates as the water supply in New York City. A water’s hardness will depend on the mineral deposits that ground water percolates through before it reaches the water supply distribution centers. The area around a watershed will determine its water quality as well; if it is surrounded by farmland, the nitrate levels will most likely be much higher or if there are industrial plants in the area, you have to look for other types of contamination.

The water in Lompoc has reports of high levels of arsenic, selenium and nitrates and is also classified as being hard. According to Sperling’s Best Places, the water quality in Lompoc only rated a 43 on a scale of 1-100, the average US water rated a 55. So what does that mean for residents? Well it simply means that there are a few water quality issues that residents need to consider treatment for.

When it comes to contaminates such as arsenic, nitrates and selenium, you need to be really careful to make sure they are filtered out of drinking water before consumption. All three can cause some serious illnesses and nitrates in particular can be especially harmful to young children. The best water filtration for these types of contaminates is a drinking water system such as our LINX Drinking Water System or a Reverse Osmosis System. Both of these have the capability to effectively filter out these contaminates and the LINX Drinking Water System can even reduce nitrates down to a non-detect level.

As far as the hard water is concerned, this is a very common problem in our area. In Santa Barbara, for example, the water measures in at about 25 grains per gallon; the water hardness scale runs from zero grains (very soft water) to 10.5 grains (very hard water). So the 25 grains per gallon is two and a half times off the scale! Fortunately, hard water has a very easy solution – installing a water softener.  Hard water might be very common, however it is not to be ignored.

The biggest issue with hard water is that it is exceptionally hard on plumbing and plumbing fixtures. Untreated hard water will not only dramatically shorten the lifespan of plumbing fixtures and other water utilizing appliances and utilities, but it will also drastically lower their efficiency as well. This translates into high maintenance costs as well as higher utility bills.

The good news, is that even though water quality in Lompoc might not be as pure as we would like, it is very treatable. Here at Rayne of Santa Barbara we are experts in treating the water quality issues in our area, so give us a call or stop on in and we will help you determine the best options in water treatment for your unique water needs.

Ventura’s Hard Water Woes

26 July, 2016 (17:56) | Hard Water Solutions, Money Savings | By: admin

Hard water is one of the greatest, and most widespread, water quality concerns here in America. In fact, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) almost 90 percent of homes here in the US are plagued with hard water problems. Hard water is characterized as water with a high mineral content. It is created as ground water permeates through deposits of chalk and limestone, which are mostly comprised of magnesium carbonates and calcium.

Water hardness is measured in grains per gallon; very soft water contains zero grains per gallon, whereas very hard water measures 10.5 grains per gallon. Our water here in Ventura County, on the other hand, measures between 20 and 50 grains per gallon which translates into severe hard water conditions. So what does that mean for Ventura residents? Well, the short answer is that installing a water softener is pretty much a necessity if you live here.

The biggest issue with hard water is that it is exceptionally hard on plumbing and plumbing fixtures. Untreated hard water will not only dramatically shorten the lifespan of plumbing fixtures and other water utilizing appliances and utilities, but it will also drastically lower their efficiency as well. This translates into high maintenance costs as well as higher utility bills.

Another area where the effects of hard water are felt is in on the skin and hair. Homeowners who bathe or shower with hard water, oftentimes notice that not only does their hair become brittle, dull and limp but their skin also dries out easily and is often itchy. Eczema sufferers are especially sensitive to hard water and notice an increase in breakouts and irritation if they bathe in hard water.

Hard water will also reduce the effectiveness of soaps and detergents. If you have ever washed clothes with hard water, you will notice that they just don’t appear as white as they should. Over time, whites become grays and colors fade much faster than normal. Softened wateron the other hand, allows soaps and detergents to do their job as intended and clothes will be noticeably whiter and brighter and will wear much longer.

So the bottom line is that a water softener isn’t necessary for every homeowner, but in homes with hard water, they are a definite necessity. The long term effects of hard water and the wear and tear it puts on – well everything – makes water softeners a must have for hard water.

Water Filtration: Affordable Options for Everyone

26 May, 2016 (19:21) | Drinking Water System, Hard Water Solutions, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Money Savings, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Considering today’s water contamination issues, it makes sense to install a water filtration system We see stories almost every day of water quality concerns; from environmental concerns to poor infrastructure systems, our water supply is constantly at risk. With that thought in mind, we want to make water filtration systems available to everyone, not just a select few. This is one of the reasons why we offer different purchasing options and special offers for both businesses and homeowners.

Our most popular option is to purchase a system outright. Owning either a drinking water system or a water softener is a great way to not only have the best water available, but it also adds value to your home. When or if you ever put your home on the market, potential buyers see these types of systems as a good selling feature. While purchasing a water filtration system is a larger up-front cost, over time it will pay for itself. In fact, it is estimated that a water softener saves an average of $100 per month and for an average family of four a drinking water system will pay for itself in less than five years.

While purchasing a water filtration system makes sense in many cases, sometimes leasing a system is a better option. For one thing, there isn’t that large initial outlay of cash, and monthly payments are much more manageable for many individuals. Leasing is also a great option for those who live in rental properties; when they plan to move out, all they have to do is cancel their lease agreement and they are good to go. Another great benefit of leasing is that you aren’t responsible for any maintenance or repairs on the system which are typically covered under your rental agreement.

Here at Rayne of Irvine, we want everyone to be able to enjoy good quality water at an affordable and easy to manage price. We are here to answer any questions you have about water quality and water filtration, as well as help you find the perfect system for your home and your budget. You can check out our website http://www.raynewater.com/irvine/specials.php for our current specials – we have specials for both purchasing as well as leasing so either way you can’t go wrong!

A Reverse Osmosis System Fit for Your Business

12 May, 2016 (18:01) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

As a business owner, you will do almost anything to provide the best outcomes for your customers and your products. Pure drinking water or filtered water is no exception. When you want the best for your business, a reverse osmosis water system  that can handle the demands of customers and employees is an essential advantage that any business can enjoy. From wanting to provide your employees with a safer way to stay hydrated throughout the day, to wanting your customers to know you serve high-quality drinking water is now possible with our commercial RO systems.

With drinking water in the news quite often these days, there is no doubt that it could be a great asset to your commercial setting. Water that is free from impurities and contaminants makes for better water in general. That’s easy to understand. What you may not understand is just how reverse osmosis works. Passing water through a membrane, the system traps impurities and water is improved. Our commercial RO systems guarantee that total dissolved solids like organics, particulates, minerals and other harmful contaminants are removed from your water – you’ll know that your product water is pure. Plus, you can enjoy that our RO systems are efficient and economical.

Many different businesses can enjoy filtered water. Some of the best benefits are clean, great-tasting drinking water, coffee and soft drink production is improved and you’ll notice spot free rinses. Of course, you’ll want to do some research like speaking with one of our technicians before selecting a product for your particular business. Some reverse osmosis systems waste more water than others. Others are too big for certain spaces and cannot handle the demands of your business. We offer many different sizes and configurations so the quantity and quality of your water is your choice. We’ll help you select the size and model to do the specific job you need it to do. If something happens, we offer our commercial RO systems 24/7 support and customer service. We know your business is important so we want to make sure to provide all the support you need, all day and all night.

Contact us today to learn more about how your business or commercial setting could benefit from higher quality drinking water.

More Fears Surrounding Water Contamination

25 April, 2016 (21:28) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

The Flint lead water contamination crisis has topped national headlines, and now a small town in upstate New York, is afraid that they are next in line for an epic water contamination crisis. According to the NY Times, residents have called 911 asking whether the water would burn their skin off, families have lined up to have their blood drawn and their water wells tested, banks have suspended any new mortgages and even Erin Brockovich has been to town. Not good news by any means! This time the offender is an, as yet unregulated, contaminate called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a toxic chemical which is a byproduct of Teflon manufacturing.

PFOA has been linked to an increased risk for thyroid disease, cancer and some serious complications in pregnant women. Like Flint, it was discovered in the water supply more than a year and a half ago, however it wasn’t until just recently that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a warning to residents. State and local officials continued to assure the public on several occasions that their drinking water was safe, even after the EPA recommended discontinuing use of the area’s water wells. Needless to say, residents are scared, angry and looking for solutions to make their water safe again.

The state of New York has pledged $10 million to install new water filtration systems in the village and as of a month ago, officials announced that a temporary filtration system had been installed and that the village’s water mains were in the process of being flushed. However, many residents feel that the damage has already been done – tales of mysterious illnesses, strange smelling tap water and orange goo in the river are common themes in the area.

Here in America, we are privileged to have some of the cleanest and safest water in the world, the problem with this is that many Americans become complacent about water safety. Too often, residents just take it for granted that their water is safe and never even have it tested. Situations like those in Flint, and now in New York, will hopefully lead to more vigilance in water testing and installation of home water filtration systems. Many drinking water filtration systems are able to filter out lead and other harmful contaminates like PFOA before they have the opportunity to do any lasting damage.

The scariest part of these water contamination issues is that they went unnoticed or unaddressed for way too long. Homeowners need to take action and make sure that the water they are drinking and serving their families is safe and contaminate free. Installing a point of use drinking water system will ensure they are only drinking the safest water possible. Even if an unknown or unregulated contaminate finds its way into their water supply, they will still be protected. Here at Rayne of North County, we can help test your water and find the right water filtration system to fit both your budget and your water filtration needs, visit our website at www.raynewater.com/northcounty/ to see how we can help.

Water Conservation: Now We’re Cooking!

21 March, 2016 (16:56) | Drinking Water System, Money Savings | By: admin

water savingsLearning how to conserve water has become a lifestyle change. Let’s look at it in terms of a diet; a diet is a temporary set period of time where we deprive ourselves of something, a lifestyle change is a permanent new way of thinking and becomes a natural part of our everyday routine. Water conservation is a lifestyle change that Californians must embrace if we are going to survive and prosper during this ongoing water crisis. Today we are going to look at new concepts of water conservation in the kitchen – habits we can all incorporate into our daily routine.

One of the first things to consider is the food we are consuming. All food production incorporates water to produce, but some takes more than others. Beef production, for example, is one of the largest water consumers out there; it takes almost six times more water to produce one gram of beef protein than it does a gram of protein from other plant-based sources such as lentils or beans. There are even some restaurants in California that have limited beef on their menu now and some have even taken to not serving beef on certain days of the week, in an effort to conserve water.

Another change we are seeing in our kitchens is the way food is being prepared. Cooks are steaming more and boiling less, using cold water instead of hot to fill pots, recycling used water for plants and landscaping, defrosting food in the fridge instead of in water and even scraping food off plates instead of pre-rinsing them. One restaurant chef in Big Sur gained notoriety by actually rigging up an air compressor to blow food off plates before putting them in the dishwasher. Obviously this isn’t something a home cook would do, but the ingenuity speaks to a greater commitment of water conservation. 

The type and quality of food we are seeing is changing as well; if you’ve noticed in the grocery store lately, many fruits and vegetables are noticeably smaller than they were before the drought. They also tend to ripen at a much faster rate and if not eaten quickly, can be wasted. The upside of this is that their flavor is much more concentrated. When fruit doesn’t receive an abundance of water during the growing process, their cells won’t retain water, which means that they will be smaller, but more intensely flavored. Dry-farmed fruits and vegetables is actually a preferred method for some growers to gain better flavor. So when you see those smaller fruits and vegetables in the produce section, don’t pass them up – they are most likely delicious.

We realize that water conservation in our kitchens is probably a drop in the bucket in the overall scheme of things, however it does make a difference. Choosing the right water filter is another great way to conserve water; check out our LINX high-efficiency drinking water system It is just one more way to help residents gain some control over a situation that they have no control over. This is going to be a long-term issue for Californians, so committing to a water conserving lifestyle now will definitely make a difference in the long run.

E. coli in American Drinking Water

8 March, 2016 (17:25) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions | By: admin

E. coli is nothing to mess with, that’s why when bottled water is recalled to due E. coli contamination, most people pay attention. Hopefully, enough people are aware though. It’s not the first time this has happened and unfortunately, it probably won’t be the last. Drinking water that doesn’t run through a water filter first is getting quite the bad rap lately. Last year, an article from CNN discussed how Niagara Bottling LLC was removing some of its products. In fact, 14 brands of bottled water were recalled due to possible E. coli. Now, there is another article that shows how some of our home septic systems could also be adding E. coli to our drinking water.

In the first situation, the company claimed that the recall was not really due to water contamination but due to caution. There apparently were no signs of its product being contaminated or reports of consumers falling sick, it said. Either way, something sparked the recall and consumers deserved to know how to protect themselves from contaminants – especially with bottled water! The recall began when the plant was notified by the Department of Environmental Control and the Department of Agriculture of the positive test result for E. coli.

This “voluntary” recall affected water bottled from June 10 through 18 in two Pennsylvania plants only. The company’s spokesperson said those two facilities represent less than 3% of Niagara’s overall volume. Right after, there were several negative samples which led the company to believe that it was just the one bad lab result. Their claim was that water goes through a strenuous disinfection process, which “is working perfectly, because it’s killing every bacteria.” This may be such, but the circumstances showed that positive results CAN and WILL happen at some point. Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. Some kinds of E. coli can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, and other illnesses.

Septic systems are not functioning like they need to be and Michigan State ​University ​researchers ​have sampled 64 ​river systems ​in the state ​for E. coli and ​the human fecal ​bacteria B-​theta and found just that – ​freshwater ​contamination ​is stemming from ​septic systems. We now need more evaluation of ​water quality ​and health ​implications ​and the impact ​of septic ​systems on ​watersheds. ​

Too many consumers rely on bottled water because they believe it is “safer” than tap water, but this is just not true. This article stands to debunk the myth that bottled water is safer than the water from your tap. It is also way more expensive and much less eco-friendly. Skip the bottled water and consider a home drinking water system. Your tap water can benefit from a water filter  and you’ll enjoy safe drinking water without the worry of drinking water contamination, failed sample tests or adding to toxic waste in landfills. Bottled water has so many disadvantages – give your tap water the ultimate advantage with one of our drinking water systems.

Contact our water treatment technicians today and see what home water filter would be best for your household and your family. Whether your threat is from bottled water or your home’s septic system, you’ll be safer than ever.

 

 

 

The Infamous Fluoride Debate

4 March, 2016 (20:10) | Uncategorized | By: admin

Ahhh… yes. The infamous fluoridation debate that has experts grappling with whether or not adding fluoride to drinking water is good or bad for consumption. In our humble opinion, the fact that this is even a controversy in and of itself deserves some attention and concern. And if you’re living without a drinking water system in your home or if yours doesn’t filter fluoride from your tap water, you’ll want to keep reading.

The largest contributor to human fluoride intake is fluoridated water supplies which is exactly why it is a controversial issue. Fluoride is the simplest anion of fluorine. Its salts and minerals are important chemical reagents and industrial chemicals, primarily used to produce hydrogen fluoride for fluorocarbons. Supporting dental health is one of the biggest advantages and reasons for adding to tap water decades ago, but others claim that we get enough fluoride from other sources to need it on our water. Do the risks and dangers of over fluoridation outweigh the benefits? Many people aren’t sure anymore.

According to a recent article from Water Technology®, anti-fluoridation efforts have been increasing throughout the U.S. in recent years. Some communities have been removing fluoride from their drinking water through water filtration equipment. Equipment can be installed in areas with fluoridated public water supply or with private wells that have naturally occurring fluoride in the water. It is important to remember, however, that not all towns or cities have this equipment.

So why should you be concerned in the first place? The most important reasons are because water fluoridation might cause serious health problems, is not effective enough to justify the costs, and has a dosage that cannot be precisely controlled throughout the water distribution system. More adverse effects come when fluoride occurs naturally above recommended concentration levels. Unfortunately, this does happen. Over fluoridation isn’t overly common in this country, but there have been some cases that resulted in illness and death.  

So what do you do if you want to avoid fluoride in your tap water but your city’s water treatment plant doesn’t include water filtration equipment to remove the fluoride? You install a home drinking water system  that can. Our water filters and other drinking water systems are capable of removing many contaminants from your drinking water without wasting too much water and too much energy. Not all water filters are capable of removing fluoride from drinking water. Proven methods include reverse osmosis, particularly at the home level.

The fluoride controversy isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. As we move forward, developed and tested water technology can control the fluoride content of the water entering their own homes and is the best solution for individuals with their family’s health in mind. Is fluoridation worth the risk? The margin between toxic and safe is too narrow. Even the safe upper limit may be toxic to human health.

 

 

 

Do Counter Top Water Filters Work?

1 March, 2016 (17:19) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

We are fortunate to live in a country where we have somewhat unlimited access to clean, healthy, drinking water.  That being said however, there are still impurities in our water supply system that can be harmful for human consumption. From heavy metals to bacteria to pharmaceuticals, many of these contaminates find their way into our drinking water which is why we need to be vigilant in making sure we are filtering out these contaminants to protect us and our families.

There are numerous different water filtration systems on the market today, ranging from a pitcher in the fridge to high end drinking water systems; does it really make a difference which one you buy? The short answer is YES, it definitely makes a difference! It would be wonderful if we could just all go out and purchase an inexpensive counter top water filter or install a simple water faucet filter, but unfortunately they have limits on what they can do.

The biggest concern with a basic single stage water filtration system is that they give a false sense of security; homeowners think they are protecting their family from water contaminates when in fact they aren’t really filtering out much at all. Due to the fact that most of these types of water filters rely on carbon filtration only, they are ineffective in filtering out a whole host of contaminates. Carbon filtration will filter out chlorine and some other minor contaminates, but they leave behind some pretty major ones.  

Counter top water filters, water faucet filters and your basic filtration pitcher are not able to filter out many dangerous contaminates; arsenic, fluoride, nitrates, radium, asbestos, bacteria, human viruses, chromium, microbes, perchlorate and uranium can all penetrate past these simple water filters and can cause some serious illnesses and even death. They are also ineffective in filtering out inorganic minerals and pharmaceuticals which more and more are making their way into our water supply every day.

For truly effective water filtration, homeowners must look to reverse osmosis filtration or ion-exchange water filtration. Both types have the ability to filter out over 99 percent of these harmful contaminates, leaving you with the cleanest, safest drinking water available. While both are equally effective, choice tends to come down to preference and efficiency. RO systems provide superior tasting water, but with a significant amount of water waste. LINX Drinking Water Systems provide equally superior water, but with the ability to customize taste and without the water waste seen in RO systems. Whichever way a homeowner decides to go, they will be assured that their water is safe to drink.