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EXCITING NEWS!!!

First, as you’re probably aware, our logo has been a staple of ours for the last 22 years we have been in business. Today we unveil an additional, abbreviated logo as a companion to
the original. Our goal is to simplify our brand, while keeping with a look the community will recognize.

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The second, even bigger announcement that we have been eagerly waiting to share is that after 10 years at our Aileron Court location, we are moving to a new building on Rt. 140! (Next to Royal Farms) Paperwork is finalized and now we are undergoing the renovation process. We expect to be moved and operating out of the new building by mid August and with our grand re-opening the second week in September. We will continue to keep everyone updated over email blasts and social media, so be sure to like us on Facebook for a look at some behind the scenes action!

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We’re exited for the future and eager to be able to better serve our customers.

Thank you again for all your support!

MYTHS ABOUT WATER SOFTENERS – 8 THINGS PEOPLE GET WRONG

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Water softeners can make life more convenient for many homeowners. Unfortunately, there are quite a few myths about residential water treatment that people believe. Some of them are just misconceptions, others are complete lies.

Here’s the truth about what happens when you use a water softener in your home as we bust eight different soft water myths.

Myth No. 1 – Water softeners put salt in your water.

It’s easy to understand why people make this mistake. However, you are not drinking salt water if you install a water softener in your home.

It’s true that you you’ll need water softener salts, but you shouldn’t taste salt in your water. Water softeners use an ion exchange process to remove minerals like calcium and magnesium, which make the water hard.

A special media stored in a mineral tank makes this process possible. That media is charged with sodium ions, which replace the hard minerals in your water. So it isn’t salt (NaCl) that gets added to your water, it’s sodium (Na).

Myth No. 2 – The amount of sodium in softened water is unhealthy.

How much sodium a water softener adds to your water depends on how hard your home’s water is in the first place.

That being said, the typical amount of sodium in softened water is too small to have any sort of negative impact on your health. The Mayo Clinic states on its website that “the added sodium shouldn’t be an issue for most healthy adults.”

Check out the chart below. It compares the amount of sodium in softened water to common foods. As you can see, soft water adds a small amount of sodium to your diet when compared to everything else we eat.

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However, not everyone likes the taste of softened water, but they don’t want to deal with hard water problems either. Thankfully, there are options. You could separate the tap you use for drinking and cooking from your system while still getting the advantages of soft water for cleaning, bathing, and laundry.

Better yet, you could install a reverse osmosis system to get pure and refreshing drinking water straight from a faucet at your sink.

Myth No. 3 – Water softeners purify water.

Water softeners are specifically designed to reduce the hardness of water. They do an excellent job of removing minerals and metals that cause scale and create all sorts of household headaches.

However, water softeners do not filter out all contaminants. This is another reason why you may need a reverse osmosis system for the water your family actually consumes. You can also look in to other types of in-home filtration systems to deal with iron and sulfur issues.

We like to remind people that “sometimes you need to get good water before you can havegreat water.”

Myth No. 4 – Water softening takes away healthy minerals.

When some people hear how water softeners remove calcium and minerals they think the softening process is taking away important nutrients. After all, calcium and magnesium can benefit things like bone health.

The truth is that the calcium and magnesium deposits in hard water are inorganic minerals, which don’t provide the same benefits as obtaining minerals from food or supplements. The calcium and magnesium in hard water cannot be easily absorbed by the cells in your body.

Plants are able to transform inorganic minerals into an organic state, which is why you need to eat your veggies, but drinking hard water won’t do much for adding minerals to your diet.

Myth No. 5 – Soft water leaves a film on your skin. 

Some people notice a different feeling on their skin when they first shower in soft water. It feels slick, and some might even say slimy.

This is not a film being left behind on your skin, and it isn’t soap that doesn’t wash away either. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. When you have hard water it does leave soap scum on your skin. What you notice after showering in hard water is not a sign you’re “squeaky clean,” but instead, that you are covered in a sticky residue.

The slickness on your skin when you bathe in soft water is actually your body’s natural essential oils. It’s how clean is supposed to feel! Think of it as having silky smooth skin instead of sticky soap scum skin.

Myth No. 6 – Water softeners waste water and energy.

It’s true that some water softeners can waste water and salt during the regeneration process. This is a cycle your system goes through to re-charge the media with sodium ions.

Today, there are high efficiency models available to homeowners which help save money and energy by learning your home’s water needs and using only the amount of water and salt that’s necessary for regeneration.

There are also other ways in-home filtration can help the environment. Soft water is more efficient at cleaning, that means you’ll use less detergent and chemical-filled cleaning products, which in turn reduces water pollution.

Plus, when you have a reverse osmosis system, you can stop buying water in plastic bottles. The environmental impact of bottled water is huge!

Myth No. 7 – Water softeners cost a lot of money.

Putting a water softener in your home will require an initial investment. However, it will save you quite a bit of your hard earned money in the long run.

Yes, your water softener will use electricity, you’ll have to buy salt, and it will need to be serviced on occasion. But in reality, water softeners put much more money back in your pocket.

Perhaps the biggest savings come from your water heater. These appliances operate much better on soft water while hard water makes them inefficient and forces you to run the water heater at a higher temperature. That’s one way a water softener will lower your utility bills while extending the life of appliances.

Water softeners help keep other appliances running longer, too. Soft water reduces the amount of laundry detergent you use to clean clothes by more than 50-percent, and prevents colors from fading.

Learn about other savings in the Water Quality Association’s (WQA) Softened Water Benefits Study.

Myth No. 8. You don’t need a water softener if you have city water.

This might be one of the biggest misconceptions of all. Water softeners are most-commonly found in homes where there is a private well using ground water. In that case, the water almost always needs softening.

However, municipal water is rarely ever perfect water. In fact, more than 80-percent of all homes in the United States have hard water. Every city has different water quality. If you’re unhappy with your home’s water – whether its drinking, cleaning, laundry, or bathing – there are things you can do that will provide an effective solution.

Ready to get some advice?

Atlantic Blue is here to help. Call us at 410-840-2583

 

 

 

Originally posted and written by Water Care on June 6th, 2016

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HOW WATER SOFTENERS WORK AND WHY YOU PROBABLY NEED ONE

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So, you’re sick of dealing with hard water problems and need a water softener… but what does that mean?

There are a lot of good reasons to soften your home’s water as hard water problems can wreak havoc on your plumbing, as well as your hair and skin, while making it harder to keep the house clean. For a list of areas in your home affected by hard water, click here.

If you’re going to install a softener in your home to take care of these issues, you might want to know what is going on inside of it.

Hard Water vs. Soft Water

There’s more in your home’s water than just H2O. Water quality differs depending on where you live and whether you’re getting water from a municipality or a private well. Both sources are known to contain hardness minerals.

Minerals in water are what makes certain water considered “hard.” Calcium and magnesium are the most common minerals found in water. Typically, minerals get there because groundwater will dissolve rock like limestone, or metals, like iron and the remnants travel with the water until it is in your home.

Those dissolved solids can cause a scaly buildup on everything from dishes, to pipes, to the heating elements of your appliances, to your own body. Soap scum and clogged, corroded plumbing are usually the result of hard water.

Water softeners remove those hard minerals making it easier to clean your home and your laundry, while prolonging the life of appliances that use water.

How Hard Water Becomes Soft – The Ion Exchange Process

So how do water softeners get the minerals out? This is where the incredible science of residential water treatment comes into play!

Water softeners use a process called ion exchange to remove things like calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese – replacing them with sodium ions.

Ions are atoms or molecules that carry either a positive or negative charge because there’s an imbalance between electrons and protons. Cations have a positive charge and anions have a negative charge.

Calcium (Ca+2), magnesium (Mg+2), iron (Fe+3), and sodium (Na+) are all positively charged cations. However, sodium has a much weaker charge, which allows for the exchange.

The Ion Exchange Process in Water Softening

 

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The media our water softeners use are either ion-exchange resin beads or zeolite, which is a special inorganic mineral that comes in the form of tiny crystals.

Each resin bead or zeolite crystal is negatively charged and has space to hold on to positive ions. The fresh media starts by holding on to the weaker charged sodium ions. As hard water passes through your water softener tank, the stronger charged calcium or magnesium are pulled to the media like a magnet. Since the hardness minerals have a higher positive charge than the sodium, they will knock the sodium ions off and take their place.

All the hardness minerals stay trapped inside the water softener tank while the H2O, with a few sodium ions, disperse throughout your home for use. No more scaly build up!

It’s important to remember that soft water is not salt water, it only contains a small amount of sodium due to the ion exchange process. Typically less than eating two ounces of cheddar cheese!

In the animation below, you can see how water flows from the external source, through the media that removes minerals, and then provides your home with softened water.

Watch How a Water Softener Works

You may be wondering what happens to the hardness minerals that are trapped inside your softener’s tank. If all the media beads or crystals are full of the calcium, magnesium, etc., how can treatment more water in the future?

That’s where the second part of the water softening process takes place: Regeneration!

Regeneration – How Water Softeners Keep Working

Regeneration is how a water softening system cleans and recharges itself so it can continue providing your home with soft water.

All water softeners will come with some kind of secondary storage tank. This is where the home owner will need to add water softener salt. Water is added to the tank to create a salt solution called brine. Therefore, this component is known as the brine tank.

During regeneration, the water softener will take the brine solution into the softener tank and the ion exchange process happens again, only this time in reverse.

The media gets a bath in the salt solution. Hard minerals caught in the resin (or zeolite) are released and the media gets replenished with sodium ions. The water softener is also cleaned and disinfected during regeneration. Finally, water containing the hard minerals and other waste gets flushed out of the system.

Ion Exchange During Regeneration

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The regeneration process usually happens in the middle of the night when your family is asleep and nobody needs to use any water.

 

Do You Need a Water Softener?

Some people think water softeners are a luxury. Others think they’re only necessary if you have a private well with extremely hard water. That’s not quite right.  If you do have a well, you will probably need a water softener, and possibly other types of filtration to improve the water quality.

However, even people living in the city can have hard water coming from the tap. Municipalities are required to treat the water for impurities, but they do not remove hardness minerals because they are not harmful to your health.

The modern home depends on soft water. High efficiency appliances can not run as designed when they suffer from hard water build up. Dishwashers and washing machines could end up with a much shorter lifespan because of hard water. If you notice a lot of soap scum around your home, if your towels are hard and stiff, or if you have a hard time getting a nice sudsy lather in the shower … you may have hard water problems.

Have additional questions or looking to schedule a free water test? Call us at 410-840-2583 or https://www.atlanticbluewaterservices.com/contact-us/

 

 

Article Originally Written and Published May 18th by WaterCare

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