Chlorine Water Treatment – Should You Be Concerned?

Chlorine Water treatment

Think of chlorine water treatment as a giant disinfectant tablet on a massive scale – because that’s basically what it is.

Adding chlorine to a drinking water source has been popular for more than a century, and it continues to be the most cost-effective, dependable method of water disinfection today.

Though this is true, many do not like the taste or smell of chlorine in their water, and furthermore, chlorine itself is a known carcinogen, proven in some forms to be even deadly. Chlorine gas is the first chemical weapon known to have been used in warfare, by the Germans in World War I.

So how can such a harmful substance prove to be so helpful, and what should you be concerned with about the chlorine in your water source?

The Superman of Disinfectants

As a halogen, chlorine water treatment is highly efficient at ridding water of most pathogens – microorganisms in your water that can be harmful to your health.

Though chlorine in large doses can produce harmful health effects, the amount in your water is not typically harmful. In addition, chlorine does something other disinfecting methods do not – it provides a residual effect.

After chlorine water treatment, water still may need to travel long distances to storage tanks and distribution systems. In places where water is not used, the chances of pathogen regrowth increases. This can cause a major mess, include slime and biofilms that could contaminate all of the clean water being distributed through the system. The residual effect of chlorine helps to prevent this from happening.

Health Issues

Current studies show that drinking water with a small amount of chlorine does not cause harmful health effects. While this is true, some people are more sensitive than others to chlorine and other environmental differences, and there is a concern of long-term risk due to chronic exposure of trihalomethanes, which is a byproduct of the disinfection.

This has some communities looking at other options. Las Vegas has emulated many European and Canadian cities in switching over to harmless ozone instead of chlorine.

Ozone is effective over a wide pH range and is very powerful, however, there are higher operational costs and it does not have a residual effect.

What’s That Smell?

While chlorine is safe to drink up to 2 mg/L, it can be smelled easily at anything close to half of that. Sometimes the water can smell or taste over-chlorinated.

Many times, particularly if there is a warm front in the spring, bacteria/algae blooms near the water source makes it necessary to add more chlorine to the water to reduce the growth of microorganisms and keep the bug population low.

What Can I Do?

The best idea for the long run is a Culligan Reverse Osmosis System, which is like having a bottled water company under your sink. The system requires maintenance; however, Culligan takes care of this for you.

Point-of-use water filtration is also popular for absorbing chlorine out of the water. While activated carbon can absorb chlorine, disinfection bi-products and organics, these devices are not privy to your specific water situation and can require extensive maintenance.

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

Baby Eczema and The Effects of Hard Water on Children

baby eczema

 

According to the CDC, July and August are the most popular months for babies. It’s no coincidence September is Baby Safety Month! If you are lucky enough to have a precious little new inhabitant of your house, you want to make sure they are properly nourished.

But what about the effects of hard water on your baby’s skin? From the bathtub to the laundry, the water used during these essential life events can have an adverse effect on your child.

High levels of hard water are directly associated with atopic dermatitis (eczema), an itchy inflammation of the skin. Hard water can be a catalyst that triggers this reaction. According to a new study led by King’s College London, living in a hard water area was associated with an up to 87% increased risk of baby eczema at three months of age, independent of domestic water chlorine content.

Though eczema is largely known as a genetic condition, environmental triggers in household items such as water, detergent, and a mix of the two can cause symptoms.

While it is not known if calcium carbonate buildup is directly linked to causing these issues, or whether the pH levels or other factors at play, what is known is that having hard water is not good for adults, let alone the tender skin of a young child. Installing a high-grade Culligan® water softener can ensure the health of your child’s skin is at a limited risk.

Furthermore, washing your baby’s clothes with the rest of your laundry probably won’t irritate your baby’s skin unless he or she suffers from allergies or eczema. However, don’t wash cloth diapers along with your regular load, as harsh detergents can cause diaper rash, regardless of water hardness.

Water itself doesn’t have an all-encompassing ability to effectively cleanse skin gently. If you are living in a hard water area, consider using a liquid baby cleanser. Though more studies are needed to attribute the specific contributions of ingredients of these formulations, the correlation between using such a product and your child experiencing less effects of dry skin is positive.

Healthy Water & Assisted Living — What You Should Know

Assisted Living

When you think of a place where delicate hearts and minds need special care, what is your first thought?

If you were thinking about a school, you’re likely not alone. But there is a certain faction at the opposite end of that spectrum where such a need also applies.

Seniors in assisted living are typically less resistant to potential contaminants in water. Because of this, they are at a higher health risk.

Today is National Senior Citizen’s Day, and we are taking a little time to show our love and support to those that helped build our country into what it is today.

Whether you already have a loved one residing in one of these homes, or you are in the phase of choosing one, what questions should you be asking about the facilities and its water supply?

Lead Pipes

How old is your targeted assisted living establishment? Many nursing homes are built on private well sites, which do not require any regulation from the EPA. While the majority of documentation as related to lead poisoning is with children, lead is not good for anyone, particularly seniors with weaker immune systems.

Ask the provider if the facility is on municipal water or if it has its own system. If the nursing home does use well water, does it have proper prevention measures in place, such as backflow prevention devices, updated well caps that are vented, insect and vermin proof.

Contingency and emergency planning for possible contamination is also important, as there should be alternative options available in the event of a well problem.

Legionnaire’s Disease

Legionnaire’s is an atypical pneumonia caused by bacteria found in fresh water. Outbreaks of the disease in nursing homes have been well-documented over the past decade in the news, particularly when deaths are involved.

A study in 2015 of more than 2,800 cases of the disease found that 533 (19%) of cases occurred specifically in a health care facility, such as a hospital and nursing home.

The CDC has openly requested that all health care facilities do more to protect its plumbing systems from possible contamination. Ask your facility provider to provide you details on how regularly the disinfectant and chemical levels are monitored.

Filtered Water Quality

Other naturally-occurring pathogens can cause issues with impaired immune systems, such as the elderly. Generally, Americans are growing worried about polluted drinking water. Many nursing homes use on-tap filtered water systems and/or have Culligan® bottled water delivery on hand for its residents to have easy access to.

Ask if the assisted living establishment your loved ones are considering are residing in uses a filter system. Taking care of one of the most essential elements for sustainable human life can help establish trust between all parties involved. A facility that invests in the health of its residents is a good sign that it takes itself seriously as an establishment.

Why Staying Hydrated This Summer Is So Important

The summer heat is officially here, which means there’s even more reason to have refreshing water in your home, office, or on the go. Increased activity in the summer makes our body lose additional water. Drink Culligan water to keep hydrated.

A Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water system is one of the most efficient ways to reduce impurities in water.   Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water systems is an under-sink filtration station that makes it feel as if there is a bottled water company right under your sink. Fill up a glass, or eight, of Culligan® high quality drinking water and feel at ease as you enjoy your summer months without having to worry about bad tasting or smelly water. Have peace of mind knowing that you are drinking crisp, clean water.

 

Studies have shown that only 22 percent of Americans drink the recommended eight or more cups of water a day and 7 percent of people don’t drink water at all. Here are three reasons why is key to a healthy lifestyle.

 

  1. Water combats fatigue and dehydration.
  2. Water promotes weight loss and increased mental health.
  3. Water hydrates your skin and hair.

A Culligan® Water Softener is your homes solution for cleaner skin, shinier hair, and brighter clothes. Not only does this solution reduce soap residue on clothes, skin, and dishes, a Culligan® Water Softener can reduce water heating bills and make cleaning easier and more cost effective. Paired with a Culligan® Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System, Culligan has your total home water solution.

No sink? No problem. Ask your Culligan Man about Bottled Water® and Bottle-Free Cooler® Delivery!

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

Maintain Your Culligan Water System

Here’s how Culligan can help you maintain your systems:

Does your water treatment system need service, repaired, or just need regular maintenance? Who better to trust than your certified local Sharp Water Culligan water expert! Whether your water system needs a multi-point system inspection or just a simple salt delivery, your Culligan man is here to help you every step of the way. Even if you don’t have a Culligan water system, Culligan can still help with:

  • Multi-point system inspection
  • Water quality check
  • Inspect water flow and check for salt bridging in the tank
  • Adjust regeneration frequency
  • Set or re-set timers and sensors
  • Refill Salt
  • Sanitize System

Culligan Man Delivering Salt for water system

What is included in my plan?

At Culligan, we know that sometimes your water treatment system needs serviced. If you need one service call or want to start a hassle-free maintenance plan, your Culligan man is the one to trust for all of your water filtration needs. We offer:

  • System service & repair
  • Regular maintenance
  • Performance tune-up
  • Installation
  • Replacement parts
  • Salt Delivery
  • Emergency service

Sharp Water Culligan offers a variety of service plans that will fit your needs. One of these service programs is the Salt Delivery Program. This program helps with automatic water softeners, get the salt that they need in a timely manner. The Culligan Man will even fill your salt tank so there’s not more lugging around those heavy bags of salt.

Another great program that Sharp Water Culligan offers is the Maintenance Agreement. This plan is perfect for those of who have water softeners, chemical feeders, and neutralizers. With this plan comes with a reduced labor rate. The labor includes: water tests, verifying the proper operation of equipment, batch cleaning of the resin with Res-Up, resetting time clocks if needed, filter changes, and refilling of salt and other chemicals if needed.

Lastly, Sharp Water Culligan offers the Platinum Care Program. This program is meant for systems that are 5 years old or newer. For a monthly or annual cost, everything is covered by the Platinum Care Program. This includes things such as labor, parts, filters, chemicals and so much more! Systems that are covered under this program include, water softeners, chemical feeders, reverse osmosis, whole house filters, UV lights, and Big Blue Filters.

 

Give The Gift Of Culligan!

HE Water Softener

It may sound a little odd to gift someone a water softener for the holidays but a Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener is the gift that keeps on giving. The benefits of a Culligan water softener are simple. It improves the taste and overall quality of your water throughout your entire home. It makes your skin and hair feel amazing as well as making your clothes cleaner. Not to mention, it helps eliminate the amount of soap scum build up on your tubs, sinks, and faucets. Don’t bother having to replace your appliances every few years due to hard water buildup and soap scum, get a Culligan HE Water Softener today!

Culligan HE Water Softeners not only save you money, they are the most efficient product on the market! This means that your system will pay for itself in no time. Our High Efficiency softener has been proven to be 46% more efficient than any other brand. Why waste your hard earned cash on a less efficient, system? Choose Culligan instead! Contact your local Culligan Man today for special offers in your area!

“I was completely surprised by the way my hair felt after getting it washed and knowing a Culligan water softener was installed. It looked healthy and voluminous!” – Amanda, PA.

 

Culligan Puts Safety First

Recently at Sharp Water Culligan, we’ve enrolled our vehicles in the Safety First program to reduce the possibilities of accidents. The purpose of the Safety First program is to ensure roadway safety and to reduce the amount of vehicular accidents every year. By enrolling in this program, managers are able to provide constructive feedback to those of whom are operating our vehicles.

“The overwhelming majority of the studies concluded that the investment in safety through the SafetyFirst program produced measurable results; reducing automobile accidents, saving money, saving time and saving lives.” – SafetyFirst Systems, LLC.

Our goal at Sharp Water isn’t just to provide people with great-tasting, purified, water but it’s also to ensure the safety of those around us. If you see a Culligan vehicle like the one pictured above, please let us know how we are driving. Good or bad, we want to know.

Culligan Van

Wanted Dead or Alive!

Wanted Dead or Alive

$500 Reward

Wanted Dead or Alive! Your old water softener that is. Is your hair or skin drab and dry? Are your clothes and dishes spotty or lackluster? Well, it may be time for you to trade in your old water softener for a new one. We want your old or broken water softening system even if you are not a current Culligan customer! Simply trade in your old system for a cash reward towards a brand new Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener. Switching to a new Culligan water softener will not only give you cleaner water, it will also save you money. By installing a Culligan water softener in your home you are able to lower your monthly water, salt, and electricity costs. On top of all that, your Culligan Man will receive automatic service notifications so you never have worry about making an appointment ever again. Who doesn’t want fresh water from the most reliable and efficient water softening system around? Come into any of our Sharp Water locations between 9/1/16 and 10/31/16 and trade in any water softener and earn your cash reward.