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!

Aesthetic Reasons To Get A Water Softener

Aesthetic Reasons To Get A Water Softener

Of course everyone needs and demands quality drinking water. But many people don’t consider the everyday aesthetic benefits to treated water. Only 1% of a household’s water is ingested. Most of the water we use in our homes is used for bathing, cleaning and cooking, not to mention our home’s appliances use of water including the water heater, dish washer, washing machine, and pipes.

You may not think about it but many of the little irritants we deal with each day is because of hard water including:

  • Dry skin
  • Brittle hair
  • Irritating contact lenses
  • Fabrics wearing out (15% faster)
  • Dingy laundry

Your house could even be cleaner with soft water, for example a water softener will:

  • Eliminate staining and residues on sinks, toilets, tubs and fixtures
  • Make household surfaces and appliances easier to clean because a softener improves the effectiveness of the cleaner’s alkalinity
  • Reduce spotting on dishes, glasses, windows and cars

And, of course, the taste and smell of your food and beverages. This is because untreated water can cause aesthetic problems with foods that require water use, for example pasta, rice, tea and coffee. Softening your water will also make your ice look clearer and taste cleaner.

FYI – Hard Water can be found in both public and well water!

Plus you can save money on cleaning supplies, appliance repairs and replacing clothes and other fabrics. A water conditioner is an affordable water treatment solution, costing as little as $50/mo.

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.