Fluoride: Panacea or Poison?

The American Dental Association (ADA) says this on their website: More than 70 years of scientific research has consistently shown that an optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. Simply by drinking water, Americans can benefit from fluoride’s cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation one of…

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How to Prevent Scale in Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are gaining popularity all over the country for a variety reasons, but the Top Two Reasons undoubtedly are (1) saving money on energy; and (2) never running out of hot water.  To me, unlimited hot water is the biggest deal.  If you have several persons in your family, especially teenagers who may take long showers, then you know that the last man (or woman) often gets a…

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Does Reverse Osmosis Strip Out Minerals?

QUESTION: We are customers of an RO System from US Water.  Speaking with a long time plumber familiar with these systems he stated ours is a very good unit but RO would strip the water of important minerals?  Is this true or false? Our unit is: http://www.uswatersystems.com/5-stage-usa-made-arsenic-reverse-osmosis-filter-pack-fp5a-usa.html If above is true, what is your recommendation for adding this stripped minerals back into the water prior to reaching the drinking faucet?…

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Water Deionization 101

Years ago, high purity water was used only in limited applications. Today, deionized (or “DI”) high purity water has become an essential ingredient in hundreds of applications. Just a few include the following: Medical offices Laboratories Pharmaceutical companies Cosmetics companies Large aquariums,fish tanks,and reefkeeping facilities Electronics manufacturing plants Food processing plants Plating and anodizing And even the final rinse at the local car wash! DI or deionized water is simply…

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Removing GenX and 1,4 – Dioxane From Water

Chemical contamination or water pollution is something nearly every individual is aware of unless they have been living under a rock. Two chemical contaminants that have been in the news recently have been discovered in an area of Southeastern North Carolina around Cape Fear, Wilmington and surrounding areas.  These are what we call  “emerging contaminants” because they are currently unregulated as scientists are trying to gather more definitive evidence about their…

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Removing Tannin With the Pulsar Disrupter Filter

A few months ago, I talked with a customer who wanted to buy a “tannin water softener.”  Well, it’s really not a water softener – it looks like a water softener, but instead of Cation Exchange Resin like a water softener uses, it utilizes Anion Exchange Resin that is designed to trap tannin.  In case you don’t know, tannin is what give tea its’ color.  Tannin exists in small pockets…

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Buy a Filter or Be a Filter!

Every day we read about chemical spills, problems with lead in the water, the dangers of chloramine and chlorine, Chromium 6, Rocket Fuel, Pharmaceuticals and on and on…  There are lots of problems with our water in America, leaving us with the feeling that our water is under attack.  Well, it is! We have all read about the problems in Flint, Michigan and then  find out that Flint is the…

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Should I Buy a Water Softener on Amazon?

We get that question a lot because we have a website called www.FleckSystems.com and some people think we are Fleck.  Fleck Controls is a manufacturer of water softener and backwashing filter control valves and is owned by Pentair.  The above question was propounded to us today and here was my answer: We are a dealer for Fleck, not Fleck.  However, we get many calls a day from irate customers demanding…

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Protect Yourself From Brain-Eating Amoebas

If you read this headline, a couple of things may stand out: #1 – You may think it’s right up there with Protect Yourself From the Zombie Apocalypse!  Yeah, that will never happen; and #2 – If you happen to know me, you probably believe I would be immune from such an organism, because the amoeba would likely die of starvation.  So there is that. Actually, the headline is 100%…

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