It’s Time for the WQA to Enforce Their Own Code of Ethics

June 26, 2018

The Water Quality Association (hereafter “WQA”) is a trade association which, according to their website… “is the leading voice of the residential, commercial, industrial and small community water treatment industry, representing more than 2,500 manufacturers, suppliers and dealers worldwide.” There is an immediate problem in that this “voice” is sometimes blurred and ethics are compromised. Let me explain… On their website (www.WQA.org), the WQA states this under their Code of…

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Do Salt Free Water Softeners Work?

May 6, 2018

Actually, before you ask that question, you really should ask “Is there really such a thing as a salt free water softener?” You see, some companies are selling what they call “salt free water softeners” as well as “salt water softeners.”  That begs the question:  If salt free water softeners worked, why on God’s Green Earth would they sell salt water softeners?  No one would buy them. Salt water softeners would…

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Pelican Water is Attempting to Change Our Understanding of the English Language

November 14, 2017

If you Google “Hard Water” you will find that it is “water that contains an appreciable quantity of dissolved minerals (like calcium and magnesium). Soft water… is treated water in which the only ion is sodium.”  One dictionary says that soft water is “Water containing little or no dissolved salts of calcium or magnesium, especially water containing less than about 85 parts per million of calcium carbonate.”  Wikipedia says this: “In the UK, water is…

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How Do You Treat Acid Water?

November 1, 2017

You might have acid water if your copper plumbing looks green and corroded, if you sometimes have “pinhole” leaks in your copper plumbing or if you see greenish-blue stains on sinks, faucets, fixtures, or inside your toilet tanks. Any or all of these issues can indicate that you have acid water. Water with a pH of 7.0 is considered to be neutral.  If the pH is above 7.0, the water…

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How to Prevent Scale in Tankless Water Heaters

August 3, 2017

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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Introducing Pulsar Modular Water Filter Systems

June 21, 2017

We live in a world where information is readily available on nearly every subject.  Water quality is no different.  More and more consumers are becoming aware of troubling contaminants and problems in their water supplies.  Flint, Michigan is but the tip of the iceberg.  There are likely 2,000+ cities with similar problems due to aging infrastructure and poor maintenance practices, as well as poor enforcement of existing rules. Allison Young…

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Don’t Get Scammed into Buying a Salt-Free Softener

May 2, 2017

… because there is no such thing as a salt-free softener, unless you want to include a whole house reverse osmosis system in that definition. Selling “salt-free water softeners” is a marketing dream, because there are no rules and conventional and usual definitions of certain words can evidently just be ignored.  That might explain why many “marketing” companies are selling devices which they call “salt-free water softeners.”  The truth is:…

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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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The Best Way Prevent Limescale in Water Heaters

Anyone who has hard water knows about “Limescale” in pipes and appliances, but did you know that limescale rarely forms in the cold water plumbing?  Ask any plumber – they can tell you that limescale is prevalent in hot water lines, hot water heaters and the hot water side of appliances and plumbing fixtures.  Why is that?  It’s very simple – when hard water is heated, the hardness precipitates to form insoluble…

December 13, 2016
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Preventing Scale in Tankless Water Heaters

Most tankless water heater manufacturers have a disclaimer in their warranty. One major tankless water heater manufacturer says this: “Warranty shall be void in the event of an occurrence of any of the following:…. Any damage caused by local adverse conditions including but not limited to hard water deposits, lime or mineral build-up…” Plbg.com has a blog on Basic Tankless 101 written by M. Scott Gregg which is very insightful…

November 24, 2016
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