What’s In Your Water? Scary Facts & Not So Scary Solutions

What’s In Your Water? Scary Facts & Not So Scary Solutions

October is the beginning of the holiday season starting with Halloween. Scary movies and costumes are in the forefront of everyone’s mind. However, people don’t want to hear that their water could be scary to drink and use for cleaning. Even the water quality professionals don’t want to scare you into thinking your water quality is less than clean or safe. The fact is that if you have city water, the municipal water treatment facilities ARE meeting the EPA/DEP standards for water quality. However, your water could be cleaner! Individual contaminants like Lead and PFAS are a reality even after being treated at the municipal level.

PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a large group of human-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s. These chemicals are used to make household and commercial products that resist heat and chemical reactions and repel oil, stains, grease and water. PFAS chemicals include PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid). SOURCE: https://www.healthvermont.gov

So, are these contaminants in our water enough to hurt us? Some believe that we NEED these so-called minerals in our water for health reasons. The levels of chlorine and fluoride as well as other elements that are not filtered out at the municipal level are not benefiting your health. You can filter out more of these microscopic particles before the water comes out of your faucet with water treatment equipment. Why not have peace of mind you are without a doubt drinking, bathing and cooking with cleaner, healthier water?

If you have a well, you should have water treatment equipment installed. If you already have equipment installed for your well but it hasn’t been inspected in a while, be sure to contact a certified water quality expert soon. The DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) recommends that homeowners with well water test every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels. Trust a water treatment professional with a WQA (Water Quality Association) certification to help you choose the right UV system, neutralizer, and other well water treatment equipment for your home.

By the way, the price tag for water treatment equipment is not scary either! Installing a water treatment system is less expensive over time than purchasing water bottles, and you are saving the environment. Plus, most water treatment companies offer rental programs and financing.

Contact SchgrainGAS for more information or to consult with one of our water treatment specialists to provide you peace of mind that you water is a clean and safe as possible.

The Water Color Wheel

The Water Color Wheel

Color is all around us. Rainbows. Art. Water? Yes, the water in a pool, lake and ocean is actually colorless but reflects color based on the environment around it and particles within it. So then what color is the water in your home or business? It may look colorless when it comes out of the tap or in your washing machine, but the color it leaves behind on your bathtub, faucets and even clothes can determine the quality of your water.

BLUE GREEN stain is a sign of pipe erosion from copper deposits within your plumbing due to low alkalinity (low pH) in the water. It could also be a sign of high chloride content from saltwater.

GREEN stains could be caused by algae, naturally-occurring microbes that can appear when a blockage in a filter or other part of your water system builds up over time.

BROWN ORANGE (Rust Color) water with high concentration of iron causes staining on freshly-washed clothing, sinks and plumbing fixtures. Another sign of iron is a metallic flavor or smell from the faucet water and/or your beverages become inky or black, for example coffee and tea.

WHITE residue in your bathtub, sink or dishes is a sign of “hard water”. Limescale is the white, chalky residue left behind by dissolved minerals (primarily calcium and magnesium) in your water.

PINK, BROWN, BLACK residue could be signs of mold accumulating around wet environments.

Should You Hire an Expert in Water Colors

Of course, you can purchase cleaning supplies to remove the color stains around your faucets, sinks, tubs, toilets, dishwashers, washing machines and clothes BUT the rainbow will return if you don’t fix your water quality problem. For more information or to consult with a water treatment specialist, please contact SchagrinGas to schedule an appointment.

Better Than Bottled

Better Than Bottled

With the recent voluntary recall of bottled water from popular grocery and big box stores including Whole Foods, Walmart and Target, we wanted to remind you that there are other, more confident and less expensive choices than bottled water when choosing quality water for yourself and your family.

If you haven’t heard the news, levels of the toxic metal Arsenic were found in two brands of bottled water – Starkey and Peñafiel (Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc.) unflavored mineral spring water. Very high levels of Arsenic have been known to be associated with numerous chronic diseases*. The levels of Arsenic found in recent samples of Peñafiel and Starkey brands were well below those dangerous health levels, however, they exceeded the federal standards. The companies announced a voluntary recall, even though the Center for Environmental Health had not mandated it.

Control What You Are Drinking

DID YOU KNOW about one-quarter of bottled water is TAP WATER that has been processed and repackaged. Also, once it is bottled water, it is the FDA – not the EPA – who regulate it.

The only way to give you the peace of mind of what is in the water you are using for drinking, cooking, bathing and cleaning is by filtering your tap water. Whether you have municipal or well water, your tap water is still exposed to many elements that are not filtered before coming out of your faucet.

QUESTION: If someone put a noodle in the water at the municipal plant and it flowed with the water through the pipes and out of your faucet, would you eat the noodle?

PLUS, a water treatment system is ultimately less expensive than purchasing bottled water as individual bottles from the convenient store, gallons from the grocery store, or jugs delivered to your home or business. American consumers spent $1 billion on all manner of home water-filtering gear last year – 1/3 of that was bottled!

Quality Water Alternatives

A Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water System is cheaper than bottled water delivered to your home. Let’s do the math…

RO Water System = $0.30-$0.50 per gallon


Bottled Water = $0.89-$2.00 per gallon

If the average price for a 1-gallon jug of water is $0.89, in one year, you will spend $214 for drinking water. Add $325 MORE per year if you want it delivered to your home.

Not to mention, you will save money on the following other water usage that is not bottled with a water treatment system in your home:

  • energy bills from water heater
  • detergents, household cleaners, soaps and shampoos
  • hair coloring treatments
  • contact lenses (wear and tear)
  • conditioners and lotions
  • replacement of clothes (colors fade and stiffen faster with hard water)

Why? Because hardness in water counteracts the alkalinity of a cleaner. Also, the hardness build-up requires more cleaning so even more cleaning agents are required.

Consequences Of Putting Water In Plastic:

We all know the environmental effects of bottled water. In addition, depending on the type of plastic used, putting the water in a plastic bottle can affect taste. This is usually caused when a bottled water company uses polycarbonate jugs which can leave residues of the endocrine disrupter, bisphenol A (BPA).

Break your bottled water habit and be confident that you’re drinking and using quality water with a water treatment system from SchagrinGAS. For more information or to consult with a water treatment specialist, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

*SOURCE: Center for Environmental Health.

Are You Staying Hydrated This Summer?

Are You Staying Hydrated This Summer?

Sunscreen – CHECK!

Sunglasses – CHECK!

Quality Water – MAYBE?

You protect your skin and your eyes from the summer sun, but do you protect your body with quality water?

We’ve all heard that you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. However, studies show that youth only drink an average of 15-ounces of water per day and adults drink an average of 39-ounces. This is well below the 64-ounces recommended*.

During the summer months, your water consumption needs to be half of your body weight* in ounces of water, for example:

Your weight = 180 pounds

Drink 90-ounces of water (3 liters) daily

Approximately 3 more 8-ounce glasses of water each day!

Your mood, energy levels, sleep and cognitive function can all drop if you are dehydrated. Your body is about 60% water. If you lose even 1.5%, your body becomes dehydrated and you begin to feel some of these side effects. Especially during the summer months, the sun and additional outdoor activity can increase your body’s use of water and speed up the opportunity for dehydration.

BUT, not all water is the same. Did you know that the quality of your water can also increase your chances of dehydration? If you have hard water, you have an increased chance of being dehydrated. Hard water contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium ions. Studies show there may be a relation between hard water and the risk of cardiovascular disease and other health problems*.

Too much calcium may cause a person to urinate more often. In addition, magnesium can provide a laxative effect. Therefore hard water can lead to dehydration.

You can enjoy the summer and stay hydrated with water treatment solutions including a water softener and/or a reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration system. The installation of water treatment equipment in your home will also save you money (not to mention the environment) versus buying several dozen water bottles this summer.

Contact Schagrin GAS for more information on quality water treatment for your home. Enjoy your summer!

*SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; International Journey of Preventative Medicine.

April Showers Have Brought More Than Just May Flowers To The Country’s Water Quality

April Showers Have Brought More Than Just May Flowers To The Country’s Water Quality

The recent wet weather has affected more than the trees and flowers. States all over the country are experiencing new and added compounds in the water impacted by runoff from these rain events. For example:

  • Bacteria: lives in soil/vegetation and in the gastrointestinal tract of wild and farm-raised animals.
  • Nitrates: fertilizers, manure, septic systems and natural decomposition of organic matter posing the highest health risks to pregnant women and infants less than six months of age.
  • Pesticides (herbicides): Garden and lawn irrigation that runs down streets through gutters into the storm drains and directly into creeks, rivers and oceans.
  • PFOA & PFOS: used in production facilities or industries and found in commercial household products including waxes, paints, cleaning products and fire-fighting foams (commonly used at airports and military bases where trainings occur).
  • Cadmium: runoff from waste batteries and paints can cause kidney damage.
  • Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products, Metabolites: flushing of unused or expired products from sewage overflows and agricultural runoff.

Because rivers, lakes and oceans are not sterile bodies of water, they can be contaminated by outside sources. When we have an aggressive rainy season, the runoff carries unusual wastes and other pollutants like lawn and farm chemicals, street debris, sewage overflows and boating wastes into water sources.

Whether you have municipal or well water, if you have never had your water tested NOW IS THE TIME. If you have a water treatment system in your home, we recommend contacting your water quality specialist to find out if there are certain contaminants in your area that should be tested for or treated with added filters or other water treatment solutions like Reverse Osmosis. Remember, city water does not filter out everything!

Your health is the priority but be sure to consider the effects of these unfamiliar contaminants on your home’s appliances as well. Without proper filtration in place, the life expectancy on your washing machine, dishwasher or water heater may be shortened.

Learn more about the water quality solutions Schagrin Water Systems offers for your home.

Contact Schagrin Gas today and speak to one of our water experts to learn more on how we can improve the quality of your water.

Language Barriers In Water Quality

Language Barriers In Water Quality

Have you had your water tested recently? Did it seem like the Water Treatment Expert was speaking in a different language when they told you what was in your water? Many homeowners feel like they are back in high school chemistry class with words like:

  • Radium 226 & 228
  • Selenium
  • Chromium
  • Arsenic
  • Alkalinity
  • Magnesium
  • Chlorine
  • pH
  • Hardness
  • just to name a few…

It can be intimidating and make you wonder about the effects from these chemicals. Every person is different and may have different sensitivities to elements in their water. For example:

  • Allergies
  • Using medications
  • Contact lens users
  • Dry skin and/or hair

DID YOU KNOW, the majority of the water used in your home is not ingested but does come in contact with your body in some form:

  • Bathing
  • Brushing teeth
  • Washing hands/face
  • Shaving
  • Dish washing by hand

The average person can use up to 101 gallons of water per day, and only 1 gallon is used for consumption. And don’t forget your furry family members. Pets drink more water than humans, and not always from the water bowls!

Actually, your house itself is the largest consumer of water. Below is a breakdown of daily household water use:

  • toilet 24%
  • showers 20%
  • faucets (kitchen, bathroom) 19%
  • washing machine 17%
  • bathtubs 3%
  • dishwasher 1%

BOTTOM LINE, if your home and your body is dependent on the consumption of water, don’t you think the quality of your water is important? Over time, those chemistry terms can have negative effects on your body and your household appliances/devices.

Knowledge is power! You don’t need a degree in water quality or even speak the language if you trust the Water Treatment Expert to advise you on how to improve the quality of your water.

But, how do you know WHO to trust?

Easy! WQA (Water Quality Association) proudly serves as an educator of water treatment professionals, certifier of water treatment products, public information resource and voice of the water quality improvement industry. Ask your local water treatment professional if they are members of WQA or a regional affiliate and if they are a Certified Master Water Specialist and/or Certified Installer. These professionals keep their certifications up to date to be sure they can test and treat the variety of water contaminants for municipal and/or well water sources. Visit their website to learn more about how involved WQA is at a regional and national level with the EPA and municipalities.

But what is the cost of water treatment equipment?

Don’t worry. There are cost efficient solutions to adding a final barrier between the outside elements seeping into your water and your tap. But, isn’t your health and the health of your appliances worth the peace of mind? You can expect to save up to 20% on energy costs over a few years. Hard water alone has a 4% efficiency loss. Plus, you will save in your detergents and repair or replacement costs for your appliances.

Learn more about the water quality solutions Schagrin Water Systems offers for your home.

Contact the water quality experts at Schagrin Gas. They will clearly explain what type of water treatment solution you need for your home or business – no language barriers!