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!

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

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!”

Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water vs. Water Filter Pitcher

Water Filter Pitcher

What’s all the fuss about Reverse Osmosis (RO)? Why would I want to buy an RO when I could just buy a water filter pitcher? I’m glad you asked – that’s what we were just about to discuss! Let’s compare, shall we?

  1. Space. The space in your refrigerator is limited, and water filter pitchers can often be one of the biggest items in your fridge. With a reverse osmosis system, it hooks on to your sink. This frees up space in your fridge for other things – not drinking water.Culligan Reverse Osmosis System
  2. Capacity. “There are some pretty big water filter pitchers out there,” you might argue. And you’re right. There are some high-capacity pitchers out there, but no matter the size, you’ll find yourself filling them up more often than you’d like. With an RO, the only thing you’ll be filling up is your glass.
  3. Availability. If you’ve ever used a water filter pitcher, you’ve seen that the filtration isn’t instant. After you fill it up (which you’ll do often – especially when you have friends over), you have to sit and wait for it to finish filtering before pouring another glass. It doesn’t take long, but you still have to wait. Wouldn’t it be better to have a reverse osmosis system to instantly give you fresh, great-tasting water at a moment’s notice?
  4. Filtration. Perhaps the most compelling difference between a water filter pitcher and an RO is that a reverse osmosis drinking water system uses a multi-stage filtration process to remove impurities (ours are typically 3‑5 stages) from your water, while pitchers usually have a single-stage carbon filter. RO drinking water systems have a carbon filter, too, but they also have additional stages to remove everything from sediment to harmful impurities like lead, radium, aesthetic chlorine, chromium‑6, and arsenic.*

Now do you see what the fuss is about? Reverse osmosis drinking water machines provide you with superior convenience and save space in your refrigerator. Contact your local Culligan Man to get more information about a customized reverse osmosis system for your home today!

* Not everybody’s water contains these impurities; yours might not. Schedule a water analysis with your local Culligan Man to find out what’s in your water.

Culligan vs. Big Box

“Why should I have the Culligan Man come to my home and install a reverse osmosis system when I can buy one from a big box store?” It’s the question of many people who are considering a fairly large purchase like a reverse osmosis or water softener system. Big Box Retailers may often have Culligan systems beat on price, but you won’t get the same experience of buying from your local Culligan Man who is committed to both exceptional quality and service. Let’s compare:

  1. Big Box Retailers don’t typically make most of their own products. They resell products. Generally, this leads them to look for a low-price supplier so they can have a reasonable markup for profit. Suppliers, then, may have to cut costs on their products to compete for the Big Box Store business.

  2. An easy way for suppliers to cut costs is the use of cheaper materials and labor. By offshoring manufacturing to companies outside of the United States, suppliers can save on labor, and by designing simple products that utilize cheap materials, suppliers can save on materials. For reverse osmosis systems, this typically translates into using low cost plastics, materials, and components. It also can mean reducing features that enhance efficiency, such as eliminating a cut-off pressure switch and allowing waste water to run to drain constantly. These cost-cutting measures can lead to a lower-quality product with a shorter warranty period.

  3. Big Box Stores may frequently change suppliers to minimize cost and maximize profit. Since suppliers change periodically, repair parts for a product may not be available after only a few years.  Additionally, product service often requires the hassle of sending a part back to the manufacturer, not the Big Box Store where it was purchased.

  4. Big Box Stores generally outsource installation and maintenance. They may have agreement with third parties to handle installation, but this is often a competitive bid-type arrangement. The company who can do it cheapest is probably the one that gets the job. In this arrangement, the maintenance person is not usually the same as the one who installed it. When the product malfunctions, inevitably the question arises as to whether it was properly installed or is actually malfunctioning. It can be a challenge to find a maintenance person who is knowledgeable about the product beyond installation.

Culligan offers a refreshing contrast:

Culligan Man tipping his hat

  1. Culligan makes and assembles their own products. Some components may come from outside the USA, but all Culligan products are designed and assembled in the USA by strict corporate guidelines which meet or exceed industry standards.

  2. Culligan is ISO 9001 certified and no other water treatment company holds as many patents as Culligan. This ensures quality. These standards are strictly enforced on products, and operational efficiency is the driving goal.

  3. Culligan is its own supplier. Pricing standards are the same for all Culligan dealers. Dealers can control the retail price based on local market demands, but the products are consistent and can be serviced by Culligan.

  4. Only licensed dealers can sell, install, and maintain Culligan products. Dealers and technicians are specifically trained on Culligan products. Culligan International has been operating since 1934 and has more experience and knowledge than almost all other water treatment product vendors.

So how does choosing your local Culligan Man benefit you, the customer?

Only the highest quality equipment is offered at prices competitive for like quality products. The Culligan name is known internationally, and Culligan equipment adds value to your home. All of our offerings, from water softeners to whole-home systems to our various drinking water solutions are installed and maintained by experienced and trained technicians. A free water analysis is completed before any recommendation is made. We ensure the solution matches the need. Culligan offers long warranties and long-term support. Our customers get peace of mind that they have the best product and best water for home and family.