Hard Water Problems: Common Myths of Water Softeners

With the amount of news available to us today, seemingly endless amount of information broadcasted to us about water quality issues in different places around the world, and here locally in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area, it’s difficult to understand what exactly you might need to do about your hard water problems.

Needs can vary from area to area, and home to home based on what possible contaminants are in your water, whether you use well or municipal sources, and a variety of other factors. You might require a water filter and a water softener, but it’s important to know that a water softener will not filter out certain harmful contaminants, and likewise, a water filter will not make your hard water soft.

Water Softeners Are Too Expensive

quality water softener from Culligan® can pay itself off, and actually save you money the more you use it. It can help reduce water heating bills, extend the length of your other household appliances, reduce your laundry and dish detergent usage 50 to 75%.

Water Softeners are Difficult to Install or Maintain

For as little as $10/month, you can buy, lease, or rent a water softener from Culligan, then sit back and relax! Let us take care of the installation and maintenance for you. A Culligan Water Softener is also backed by a comprehensive warranty. Don’t settle for a transactional approach online or run off to your local big box retailer. Your water is more precious than that. Trust the water experts at Culligan, with more than 80 years in the industry.

Water Softeners Make Your Water Taste Salty

Just because you need salts to operate your water softener does not mean the taste of table salt will permeate your drinking water. Salt is needed for ion exchange, a process that takes minerals that make water hard such as calcium and magnesium out of your water system.

Likewise, some people worry – particularly those on low-sodium diets – that softened water is not healthy for you. According to the Mayo Clinic:

Regular tap water contains very little sodium. The amount of sodium a water softener adds to tap water depends on the “hardness” of the water. Hard water contains large amounts of calcium and magnesium. Some water-softening systems replace calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions. The higher the concentration of calcium and magnesium, the more sodium needed to soften the water. Even so, the added sodium doesn’t add up to much.

 An 8-ounce (237-milliliter) glass of softened water generally contains less than 12.5 milligrams of sodium, which is well within the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of “very low sodium.” Thus, it’s unlikely that sodium in softened water would pose a risk for most healthy people.

 However, if you’re on a very low-sodium diet and you’re concerned about the amount of sodium in softened water, you may want to consider a water-purification system that uses potassium chloride instead. Another option is to soften only the hot water and use unsoftened cold water for drinking and cooking.

You Need Sodium to Soften Water

If any level of salt in any of your water concerns you, you can consider one of Culligan’s salt-free solutions that use potassium chloride. Although these do not eliminate the minerals that cause hard water, a salt-free system transforms the minerals chemically so they will not scale.  This is technically called “water conditioning,” though it identifies as a “Salt-Free Water Softener.”

Water Softeners Filter Lead and Other Harmful Impurities

Water softeners can get rid of certain minerals that harm your Philadelphia area home, but that doesn’t mean your water is safe from other dissolved solids or harmful bacteria. If you would like all the benefits of a water softener with the best quality tap water, consider adding a Culligan Reverse Osmosis drinking water system or Whole House Water Filter for as little as $10 a month*.

 

*prices, rules and restrictions vary with dealer location

Three Common Myths About Drinking Water

Our entire lives we are told that drinking plenty of water is important. Well, all of those stories that your parents, teachers, and health educators talked about is true…or is it? Below we break down three of the most common drinking water myths to help you understand what is fact and what is fiction.

Myth #1: When you feel thirsty you are considered dehydrated

When your body notices that your water is depleting, your brain sends a signal that you need to rehydrate. This does not mean that you are dehydrated but you can be if you ignore the signal. If you are working outside or playing sports, then you will need to drink more frequently to replenish the liquid that you lose when you sweat.

Myth #2: You need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day

This myth dates back to 1945 when the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board suggested that people needed to drink 2.5 liters of water a day to be considered “healthy”. This myth was debunked when researchers began to find holes in the Food and Nutrition Boards claims. Water is more than just clear liquid you get from the sink. It is also found in fruits, vegetable, coffee, and tea. This can all contribute to healthy water intake without needing the traditional 8 glasses a day. Each person needs a different amount of water in the daily diet so there is not one overarching answer as to how much a person really should drink in a day. Your doctor can help you determine the right amount for your body and lifestyle.

Myth #3: Sports drinks are a better source of hydration than water

While well-known sports drinks are meticulously advertised and endorsed by athletes, they can often be costly and not offer the hydration your body actually needs. Not only can sports drinks provide empty calories, they can also contain mass amounts of sugar. Water delivers superb hydration with no extra sugars or carbohydrates. Water is easily absorbed by your body unlike sugary sports drinks that do not absorb into your blood stream as quickly thus delaying hydration.

Culligan cares about the quality of your drinking water. We offer a FREE water test and various systems that can help filter out contaminants* that may be in your water. From the Culligan Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System to whole house water filtration, we offer the best products to ensure that you have clean drinking water.

 

*Contaminants may not be in your water

It’s Time to Trade-In and Trade-Up!

Have you noticed your water softener not working the way it should? Does your hair feel gross, skin feel dry, and do your clothes and dishes not seem as clean as they use to? Well, it’s probably time to trade in your old water softener for a brand new one.

By trading in your old water softening system for a brand new Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener, you will notice how soft and radiant your skin and hair will feel. On top of that, you will also be saving money in the long run! That’s right! By trading in your water softening system, you will begin to notice a decrease in your utility bills as well as an increase in the life expectancy of all your home’s appliances.

Right now, Culligan is wants your old water softener: Dead or Alive. Even if you’re not a current Culligan Water customer, you can still trade in your old, broken, or run-down water softener system for a cash reward towards your brand new Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener. Your local Culligan Man is your water expert and will be able to determine what system will work best for you and your home. Call Culligan at 855-Hey-Culligan-Man to get rid of that old softener system and upgrade to Culligan Water today!

Dry Skin In The Fall? Hey Culligan Man!

Fall is in full swing and is bringing colder weather with it. That colder weather is bringing dryer air, and that dryer air means dryer skin. Everyone knows that dry skin can be a pain, but did you know that there’s something you can take to help prevent your skin from drying out? Treat your water.

Hard water can be a nuisance. It can smell bad, it can taste bad, and it can leave unsightly stains in your house. It can also exacerbate the effects of the cold, dry air in these cooler seasons, only making your dry, itchy skin worse. But Culligan has a solution: its renowned water softeners.

Culligan Lady Saying 'Hey Culligan Man!'For the past 70+ years, Culligan has been an industry leader in providing homes across the nation with leading water softening solutions and technology. And your home can be the next one to feature one of Culligan’s leading solutions.

But how would one get one of Culligan’s water treatment solutions in his or her home? Easy! Contact your local Culligan Man to schedule a free water test. Your Culligan Man will then be able to make recommendations on a personalized solution for your home. Connect today and say, “Hey Culligan Man!”

Culligan – Global Leader, Local Neighbor

Who Is Culligan?
Culligan is a global leader in the Water Treatment & Filtration Industry, but it’s also your local water expert. From drinking water solutions to water softening to removing impurities from your water with a whole home filtration system, Culligan has some of the best water treatment solutions in the industry. Culligan’s premium product is paired with the top-tier service of your local Culligan Man; these qualities combined embody Culligan’s commitment to excellence.

Who Needs Culligan?
The short answer is, “everyone.” The Water Quality Association (WQA) recommends the “final barrier” philosophy of water treatment: that every home should have some kind of in-home water treatment system. The kinds of water treatment systems available provide solutions for all sorts of different problems, from the removal of harmful micro-organisms and bacteria, to the removal of excess minerals like iron and sulfur and the reduction of chlorine in your water. They offer solutions to help your appliances run more efficiently and solutions to help your water taste better. Do all these options sound overwhelming? They don’t have to. Your local Culligan Man is fully equipped to make a recommendation specific to your living situation. You may even be able to rent your equipment if purchase is too great a financial burden at the time.

Contact Your Local Culligan Man.
Want to learn more about water treatment for your home? Contact your local Culligan Man to schedule a water test and learn about the best options for your home. When you’re looking for better water for your home, just remember, “Hey Culligan Man!”