Does Reverse Osmosis Strip Out Minerals?

July 30, 2017

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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Should I Buy a Water Softener on Amazon?

July 13, 2017

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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Toxic Algae Blooms in Water

May 13, 2017

Many people have never heard of microcystin, but what you don’t know can harm, or even kill you.  This issue first arose when the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich has declared a state of emergency in Toledo, Ohio  in 2014, after the water treatment plant testing results showed the water contains microcystin.  Also, on May 8, 2017, residents of Summit Lake near Olympia, Washington were advised not to drink or…

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Outside Water Softener Installations

May 13, 2017

Question: Are your water softeners rated for outside placement? Here in central Florida, almost every installer is placing the units outside of the home buried 1 1/2 to 2 feet next to the city water value. If it is, does that shorten the electronics warranty? Answer: If you live in a part of the country where it does not freeze (or seldom freezes) then you probably know that sometimes the only…

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Is RO Water Good for You?

Question: I am looking for an under the sink water filter/purifier. I have well water in upstate NY. I also would like to have the water tested (it was tested for bacteria but not anything else). Do you have a water test the would check for chemicals, pesticides…etc? Also radon? We currently have an RO filter under our kitchen sink but I think RO removes too many minerals and since…

March 31, 2017
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Question About Drinking Soft Water

A reader recently asked: “Have you guys ever tested how much salt is actually put into the water supply with a salt-based water softener? How do salt-free conditioners prevent calcium and other minerals from coming out of solution? Does this prevent the body from absorbing such minerals? There are so many videos out there that say one thing or the other, but they’re all sales pitches which leaves me not…

February 23, 2017
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Water Can Cause Eczema Problems With Skin and Hair

Question:   Our city switched to chloramines two years ago, which I found out when discussing our skin issues with friends. Son has had eczema since birth, which has erupted into what looks like heat rash on the lightest parts of his body. Telling him to take yet another shower doesn’t seem to help. Baby powder does seem to help in the summer. We’ve all had terrible dandruff, brittle hair,…

February 20, 2017
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Is Alkaline Water Beneficial?

I think the better question should be:  Is Alkaline Water Safe? This is going to be the start of an ongoing discussion and several sources will be listed: Dr. Mercola has this to say about alkaline water: Many alkaline water enthusiasts are convinced its powers are unparalleled and will vehemently defend it. I am also certain that many will post vigorous objections to my position, and that is their choice….

January 4, 2017
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Does UV Disinfection Make Sense?

The obvious answer is “Yes, of course it does.” Ultraviolet disinfection or “UV” has been around for many years and is a generally accepted technology to disinfect drinking water.  More and more families are embracing ultraviolet technology as a way to disinfect their water.  The question in many people’s mind is not whether UV makes sense, but the question is whether UV technology is “the best” method to disinfect water.  Let’s…

December 26, 2016
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