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How often should I test my Well Water?

15 October, 2016 (20:55) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions | By: admin

rayne-of-ventura-well-waterThe quality of ground water can quickly and easily change over time; even though it may smell, taste and look the same, it is highly susceptible to contamination. It is important to regularly check for changes, or contaminants in order to maintain healthy, safe drinking water. Due to its tendency for contamination, it is recommended that private wells be tested at least once a year.

Regular water testing can help you track changes over time, identify any current water problems, and make sure your drinking water is safe for consumption. Because we understand how important it is to have your drinking water tested at regular intervals, here at Rayne of Ventura, we offer free water tests. We want to make sure that you and your family are protected against water contamination, which can often go unnoticed.

The only way to know for certain if your drinking water is clean, is to have it tested by a professional. As we mentioned before, many contaminates are completely undetectable by taste, smell or appearance. A reputable water company will check for bacteria, nitrates, ions and several other dangerous substances that could unknowingly be lurking in your water supply.

Some common contaminates to test for on a regular basis are:

  • Coliform bacteria
  • Nitrates
  • Ions
  • Sulfates
  • Fluoride
  • Total dissolved solids

When it comes time to add a water filtration system in your home or office, you will want to look for a water company with an outstanding level of customer service, and performance. Here at Rayne of Ventura, we can help you choose the perfect water treatment system to match your unique water needs. We always test your water first, to determine what type of filtration or water treatment is needed, and will then recommend the correct product to alleviate any water concerns or contamination issues you may be faced with.

Remember, private wells need to be tested at a minimum of once a year, however shallow wells and surface water need to be tested more often because they can become contaminated easier. Keep in mind that many water contaminants can cause health problems that may take years to develop. You don’t want to wait too long to have your water tested, or install a water filtration system, because you could be putting you and your family in unnecessary danger.

Superior Nitrate Removal Starts with LINX®

4 October, 2016 (20:11) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin


Here is California, we know that water is a precious resource but we also know that it comes with imperfections too. After dealing with a drought for many years, we never want to take drinking water for granted. We are grateful to have access to water sources these days, but we often forget that our drinking water can contain impurities like nitrates which can pose health risks when the quantities are great enough. Just because you want to ensure the quality and purity of your drinking water for your family does not mean that you’re taking it for granted. It is important to educate yourself and advocate for safe, healthy drinking water. That is why we are so proud to be able to offer a selection of drinking water systems that lead the way when it comes to nitrate removal.

nitrates-in-drinking-waterNitrates in drinking water are dangerous when the levels exceed the standards set forth by the government and the state. Here in California, human activities such as fertilizer use and manure applications, have increased nitrate concentrations in drinking water to levels above EPA’s drinking water standard. Nitrates cause so much concern because it is considered an acute contaminant, meaning that just one exposure can affect a person’s health. Too much nitrate in your body makes it harder for red blood cells to carry oxygen. While most people recover quickly, this can be very dangerous for infants and some adults. Infants exposed to high amounts of nitrate may develop “blue baby syndrome.” All of these are important factors to consider when choosing your means of nitrate removal. Municipal drinking water treatment facilities test for nitrates, but wells are left on their own and you’ll need to test your own water for nitrate contamination frequently.

The maximum contaminant level, or EPA’s drinking water standard, for nitrate is 10 milligrams per liter mg/L, which is the same thing as 10 parts per million ppm. If a nitrate test shows levels higher than 10 ppm, you should find a safe alternative drinking water supply. The best thing to do is to install a water filtration system that will effectively remove nitrate from your water. Many people rely on reverse osmosis (RO)  to remove these contaminants from their drinking water but in areas where the levels are quite high, even traditional reverse osmosis can leave levels above what has been labeled as safe.

Our drinking water systems have an edge above the others on the market because of our LINX® technology and how much nitrate contamination they can handle. The LINX 160 is the first water filtration system certified to reduce nitrate and nitrite contamination to NON-DETECT levels in certification testing. These reduction levels are far superior to traditional reverse osmosis filtration systems and, in addition, the LINX technology also uses significantly less water – up to 90% less than a reverse osmosis system. Being concerned about your drinking water doesn’t mean you take it for granted. In fact, it means you care about your drinking water and want to make sure it is the best you can make it for your family to keep them healthy and safe, always.

Daily Chores are More Work with Hard Water

27 September, 2016 (15:14) | Hard Water Solutions, Uncategorized, Water Softeners | By: admin

1721ddb20eThere are many appliances out there that can make life easier; vacuums that move themselves, dishwashers and so many more. But there is nothing quite like a water softener to ease the load and the energy and time it takes to clean dishes, glassware, shower heads and shower walls. Living with hard water is exactly that – it’s hard! But it doesn’t have to be. Our water softeners are affordable and effective so you can spend less money on detergents and soaps and less time scrubbing down surfaces which are covered with hard water buildup.

One of the most common complaints that we hear from homeowners is that they just cannot seem to get the buildup off their surfaces in which hard water touches. It is unsightly and to be quite honest, embarrassing when you have guests over. Another complaint is the uselessness that normal amounts of soaps and detergents. Hard minerals react differently to soaps than softened water does. This hardness problem is sometimes defined as “the effect of certain elements which combine with soap to form an insoluble material known as curd.” Does this sound like something you are dealing with? Many people do!

Home cleaning operations can seem impossible. Day after day, hard water leaves soap curd and detergent deposits on fabrics. This dulls colors and gives a grey or yellow appearance to white fabrics. Also hard water soap curd clings to fabric fibers, causing threads to become brittle and shortening the life of the material. Then of course, you deal with those spots! Soap scum rings in the bathtub, cloudy spots on shower walls, spots and streaks on glasses and dishware, scale deposits in all water-using appliances and clogs hot water pipes.

A home water softener can ease the burden of all of this and more. Luckily, hard water isn’t dangerous to humans. It just creates more work, wastes more time and costs more money. Our water softeners come in different shapes and sizes so they’ll meet your household needs and demands each day. Give us a call to learn about water softeners and the different options available to homeowners. After all, you work hard enough – isn’t it time you enjoyed a home that sparkles without all the work?

Athletes Need Drinking Water – Lots of It!

26 September, 2016 (21:11) | Drinking Water System, Impurity Solutions, Water News | By: admin

Athletes come in all sizes and shapes, all ages and levels. But one thing always rings true – an athlete needs plenty of high-quality drinking water to support their health and their performance. The importance of hydration is often forgotten, but we need to make sure that athletes are drinking enough to avoid dehydration. Whether your 5-year old is playing soccer one night or you are going for a 5-mile run early in the morning, be ready to drink water. Not really sure why? Keep on reading…

Water is essential to our health. Anyone performing fitness activities, big or small, can be considered an athlete. Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. It also helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. If you’re not properly hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level. You may experience fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness, or more serious symptoms. This is true for anyone, even those who are not athletes. But athletes need more water to replace the fluids they lose through perspiration. Likewise, athletes who are dehydrated show a considerable decrease in performance.  They simply lack the energy and focus to perform well when dehydrated. According to Breaking Muscle, A reduction of just 2% of fluid can result in degraded performance by as much as 10-20%. This is a significant amount when you think about the life of an athlete. Consider for a moment the amount of effort that goes into training to improve by just 5%!

The best defense for dehydration is to be proactive.  Never wait until thirst strikes to consume water.  At that point it is likely too late. Another problem is that too many athletes rely on bottled water rather than filtered drinking water. Bottled water isn’t always safe and bottled water waste is becoming a crisis worldwide, so we encourage you to refill your own water bottles to stay hydrated, while still considering the environment. Some tap water contains contaminants and some water fountains are also found to have high levels of lead which is why filtered drinking water is a much better option.

Your best bet is a home water filter that comes with advanced technology for a low price. The athletes in your family need to stay hydrated in order to perform better and stay healthy – just make sure they’re doing it with the best water available to them. Contact us today to learn more about our home drinking water systems and how they can support any athlete in your family, recreational or professional alike.

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.