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Author: Mark Timmons

186 Posts

What is the best way to remove rust or iron?

Some people call it iron.  Others call it rust, but if it produces a brownish-orange stain, it’s iron.  Let me start by saying that there is “NO ONE BEST WAY!”  How to best remove iron depends upon a number of other  issues and levels of certain contaminants.  To effectively remove iron you will need to apply ...

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Should I Hire a Plumber?

My short and direct answer is NO! We do not recommend installers… and especially plumbers.  Most plumbers work under the idea that they need to bill you at least $500 an hour, including parts and labor.  Some plumbers are at $600 to $800 per hour.  Of course, you can’t do that charging for labor only, ...

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What is the Best Way to Treat Water to Brew Beer?

I get that question a lot, and while beer is 91 to 97% water, the answer is “It Depends!” It depends upon a number of factors, such as (1) where you are geographically located; (2) whether you have well or city water; (3) whether your water source uses chloramine or chlorine; and (4) what type of ...

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Do You Want a Made in America RO System?

We have a lot of customers who ask if our reverse osmosis systems are made in America.  We explain that our Galaxy and Aquapurion series are mostly assembled in the USA but they do not use all Made in America parts.  We also explain that our American Revolution RO system is made in America with ...

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The Hard Truth About Salt-Free Water Softeners

For about the last ten years salt-free water softeners have become the dream of many marketing companies.   It’s not like they haven’t always been out there – I’ve been in the water treatment business for 42 years and I have seen plenty of these types of companies come and go – but they are now ...

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Guardians of the Galaxy

I received an e-mail today which said: Hey Mark, After reading a bunch of your info I realized, you guys keep refering your competitors very often. Just curious, who you so worried about?? Sincerely, An Educated Consumer To which I replied: The sentence you wrote first is a fragment, but I am going to assume ...

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Customer Service is an Oxymoron for Many Companies

At US Water Systems, we have over a dozen Certified Water Specialists on Staff.  You might not find twelve total with our top 10 competitors.  We built the back-end of the business BEFORE we built the sales team.  Our employees have nearly 200 years of combined water treatment experience, and when you have a problem, you ...

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What is the Best Way to Remove Chloramines from Your Water?

First of all, before you decide to remove chloramine, you need to understand what chloramine is. Chloramines are formed when a municipality adds a mixture of chlorine and approximately 20% ammonia to the water supply.  Many municipalities are changing to chloramine from chlorine because the chloramine is more stable as it does not evaporate like chlorine, ...

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Are the Minerals in Water Good for You?

Question: I bought a 5 stage RO system from you guys a few years ago and I am finding some information that is a little concerning about RO systems. First, they lack essential minerals that are necessary to our health. Also, the water is very acidic water. Lastly, I read that the plastic membrane leaches toxic ...

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How Often Should I Change My RO Filters?

John asks: I have a water softener and a pre-filter ahead of my Reverse Osmosis System.  How often should I change the filters? The Water Doctor replied: Water quality varies so much that it is impossible to give you an accurate answer.  For example, some water is more turbid and contains more solids.  Water that ...

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