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 Central Pennsylvania, Northern Maryland or Baltimore 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 affect your 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

Last Call! Wanted Dead or Alive!

Wanted Dead or Alive - $500 Reward

Wanted Dead or Alive – $500 Reward

We all know that the purpose of a water softener is to reduce or completely get rid of the minerals that make our water hard. Winter is just a couple months away which not only means fresh snow and the holidays, it also means dry skin and dull hair. With a Culligan HE Water Softener, now you don’t have to deal with those problems. A Culligan water softener will eliminate all of those dreadful winter symptoms while saving you money. Culligan can help decrease the amount of money spent on hair products, detergents, dish soap and water usage. Let’s face it, no one likes calcium build up in their tubs and sinks. A Culligan HE Water Softener will reduce the hard work put in to keeping your bathroom spotless by reducing the amount of calcium build up.

 

The Wanted Dead or Alive promotion is still running for most Culligan dealers throughout the month of October. This is definitely a deal you do not want to miss! Culligan will take your old, crusty water softener off of your hands even if it doesn’t work. The best part is, it doesn’t even have to be an old Culligan unit! They’ll take any make and any model. Don’t get stuck with nasty skin and hair for another winter. Call your local Culligan Man and get a new Culligan HE Water Softener today!

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.

Stay Hydrated & Save Money with Culligan’s Hydration Celebration


Beginning this May, Culligan will be kicking off it’s Hydration Celebration! What is a Hydration Celebration you ask? It’s Culligan’s way to raise awareness about the importance of hydration while offering the lowest prices of the year. If you were contemplating improving your drinking water or upgrading from the pitcher to a Drinking Water System, now is the time!

As the weather warms up and the sun shines for more hours each day, now is the most important time to monitor your water intake and to stay hydrated. The warmer weather outside is going to take a greater toll on your body than the past cooler months have, so if you are partaking in outdoor activities like working in the yard, playing sports, or even just relaxing in the sunlight, hydration is essential.

Hydration is necessary at all times of the day, at home, at work and on the go. Culligan offers ways to get and stay hydrated wherever you are. The best way to ensure that the water you and your family are imbibing to maintain proper hydration is the best it can be, contact your Your Local Culligan Man to test and assess the water that comes into your house. Your Culligan Man can also recommend the best solution to get you great-tasting water – whether it’s a Drinking Water System installed under your sink, or a Whole Home Water Filtration System.

Not sure about Drinking Water Systems? Here are some of the benefits that come along with installation:

  • Endless supplies of filtered water from your professionally installed Culligan® drinking water system.
  • Valuable refrigerator space freed up from pitchers and bottled water.
  • Less fuel is required to manufacture bottles, which reduces greenhouse gases, and fewer plastic bottles end up in landfills.
  • Great tasting, healthy water at the cost of only pennies per glass.

Although hydration is important all year round, now is the most crucial time to stay hydrated with great tasting, healthy water. Just say, Hey Culligan Man!

Chloramine vs. Chlorine Water Treatment

Information On Chlorine & Chloramine

All municipalities are required to make sure their water is treated for bacteria and safe for human consumption. Historically, chlorine has been the chemical used for this purpose, but in recent years, many municipalities have moved to chloramine for anti-bacterial protection. Chloramine is a combination of chlorine and ammonia. Both chlorine and chloramine add a noticeable, distinct taste and odor that many people find distasteful.

How Do You Treat Chlorine & Chloramine?

Culligan Water TreatmentTypically, carbon-based filters can be used to remove both chlorine and chloramine in the home before the water is used for drinking or cooking. This removes the taste of the chlorine and chloramine, while still allowing them to act as antibacterial agents in your water. However, home owners must be careful to choose the correct type of carbon filter. While standard carbon filters will treat chlorine, these standard carbon filters will not remove chloramine. A special type of carbon is required to treat chloramine, and most local big-box and hardware stores do not carry these types of carbon filters.

Culligan Treats Chlorine & Chloramine

Culligan knows how to treat both chlorine and chloramine, and it also knows what treatment solutions to use in your area. The removal of chlorine and chloramine can be accomplished with either a Culligan “point-of-use” (POU) filter – typically under sink – or a Point of Entry Whole House Filter  – attached to your home’s main water supply. Let Culligan make a recommendation as to which is best for your situation, and trust Culligan’s expertise to know how to treat your local water. Contact your local Culligan Man to make sure you get the best possible water for your home and family.

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!”

Recommended Reads: Water Treatment For Dummies

Water Treatment For DummiesIf you’re looking for great information on Water Treatment, we recommend checking out Water Treatment For Dummies from the Water Quality Association. This is a great resource for people interested in learning what water treatment is all about. It discusses topics ranging from where your water comes from to the benefits of good quality water. It also discusses how to determine what’s in your water, whether your water is hard or soft, and when you should call in the experts for help with your water treatment. The book concludes with questions you should ask your water treatment company.

In addition to checking out the book to learn about water treatment, you can also check out the resources we’ve provided on our website. Whether you want to learn about water softening, drinking water, or why your water smells like rotten eggs or leaves rust-colored stains in your sink, your local Culligan Man can help. You can also use our website to schedule an in-home water analysis to get water treatment recommendations from your local Culligan Man himself, in person. Check out our website’s content and fill out a form or give us a call to learn about the best water treatment options for you, your family, and your home.

Trade In Your Old Water Softener, Trade Up To Culligan!

Culligan Man Standing With High-Efficiency Water Softener

You may know that your local Culligan Man offers some of the best premium water softening systems and service around, but did you also know that you can trade in your existing system for hundreds of dollars*? That’s right, your local Culligan dealer could be participating in the nationwide campaign to give customers and non-customers alike big savings whether they currently own a Culligan Water Softener or a competitive brand. Since Culligan has been an industry leader in the home water treatment industry for over 75 years, their dealer network makes it possible to switch out an old water softener for a brand new Culligan Water Softener – including a Culligan High Efficiency Softener, the world’s most efficient. Better yet, Culligan will even remove that old system that may not even be working. Check with your local Culligan Man for complete details.

If you haven’t been a Culligan customer before, now is the time to take advantage of this limited-time, nationwide promotion. Put that 75+ years experience to work in your home and make your water the best it can be. Remember, soft water makes hair and skin softer and laundry brighter and fluffier while making cleaning easier and soaps and detergents last longer. It will even enhance the life expectancy of all your water-using appliances. What are you waiting for? Schedule an in-home water analysis to learn about water softening solutions that fit your needs, and if you already have a water softener, talk to your Culligan Man about trading in your old one, trading up to Culligan today!


* Special offer measured in total value to the customer.

Dover Grand Opening Celebration

Join your local Sharp Water Culligan Man for a grand opening neighborhood celebration! Saturday May 24th from 10am til 2pm at 624 Main Street in Cheswold!

Stop by for free water testing on-site and special pricing on new and reconditioned water softeners!

You could even WIN a BRAND NEW Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener!

PLUS a chance at Oriole ticket giveaways, a Bouncy Castle for the kids, a Young Marines car wash station and MORE!

It’s a Great Day at Sharp Water Culligan!

City Water and Water Treatment (Final Barrier)

It’s generally accepted that, if you have city water, you don’t need in-home water conditioning. But is it true? Certainly municipal water treatment centers do a good job of cleaning up your water, but is that all you need?

These are worthwhile questions. So let’s ask them. What’s to be done with contaminants that may enter your water between the treatment facility and your home? What about the recent concerns that water fluoridation, sometimes added to water in hopes of preventing tooth decay, may be harmful to brain development?

Culligan Lady with Great-Tasting WaterThe Water Quality Association (WQA) recommends that consumers adopt a Final Barrier way of thinking about water treatment. With this kind of system in place, you, your family, your appliances, and your home are better protected from contaminants that can enter your water between your local municipal water treatment center and the point at which you use your water in your home. The Final Barrier strategy in water treatment also helps to remove aesthetic contaminants – those funny tastes and smells in your water that aren’t necessarily harmful to your health, but that aren’t desirable in your water either. After all, your water shouldn’t smell like a swimming pool, and you wouldn’t want to make tea out of rotten-egg-smelling, sulfur-laden water.

Culligan can be the provider of your Final Barrier solution. Culligan offers a variety of systems to help remove everything from the bad tastes and odors of aesthetic contaminants to the removal of chlorine that can be harmful to your skin, hair, and clothing. These solutions range from Point-of-Use (POU) Reverse Osmosis (RO) drinking water systems (some of which are WQA Certified!) to High-Efficiency (HE) Municipal water conditioners.

Want to learn more about what we’ve discussed? Contact your local Culligan Man. Your local water expert can perform a water analysis at your home to be able to recommend the best Final Barrier solution for your particular situation.Culligan Aqua-Cleer Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System With so many aspects of your life reliant on your home’s water, isn’t it better if you talk to the experts about the best way to get the best water for your home? Even if you already have a water softener, you may be able to get a special deal on a trade-in. Call your Culligan Man to find out more. Just remember, “Hey Culligan Man!”