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

Water Quality in Baltimore Affects More Than Just Your Tap Water

water quality in Baltimore

 

Have you thought about your water quality in Baltimore lately? August is National Water Quality Month, so break out the reverse osmosis filters and water softener and have a cold one (glass of water) on Culligan Mid-Atlantic!

The Baltimore Metro Area is served its water by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works.  The city is known to have decent drinking water from its surface water that feeds into the Liberty, Loch Raven and Pretty Boy reservoirs.

While these places might be good for a boat or a swim, and the tap water is mostly safe, have you considered the quality of water that runs through your home, and how it affects more than just your drinking choices?

Water isn’t just a naturally occurring element that has been sustaining all living beings in the Baltimore area since before the Inner Harbor was around. Having the correct water softener and filtration system can help maintain and sustain a number of everyday items around your home.

Your Home is Taking a Beating

Hard water, a build-up of calcium and magnesium in your water system, can affect many other aspects of your everyday life. According to the Water Quality Association, water quality affects 85 percent of all homes in the United States.

Your plumbing system and its external parts are at risk with hard water. It can create buildup in your pipes that leads to low pressure and, perhaps worse, cause corrosion in your water heater, ultimately causing it to fail. That’s thousands of dollars in repairs!

Hard water can also cause exterior fixtures such as your faucets and shower heads, to form an aesthetically unappealing buildup of calcium deposits.

It also has a tendency to leave water spots or fade on clothing during the wash. That might be the reason your black and orange Baltimore Orioles jersey is faded to a grayish-tangerine hue.

These spots can also occur in the form of an ugly residue of spots on glass or silverware. So, if you’re planning on entertaining company, you should entertain the thought of purchasing a water softener, or else just head out for crabs and seafood.

Baltimore water quality affects your plants. Your perennials may turn into “occasionals” if your water source is from the city, where calcium deposits coat the soil and eventually repel the water.

Your body will thank you after installing a water softener and your skin is not dry and flaky. Your daughter will thank you after installing a water softener when she goes to school without frizzy hair. Your significant other will thank your water softener for not having to hear you complain about it!

Is your fresh-baked bread a little flat, is your fresh-brewed coffee a little bitter? Hard water may shoulder the blame. Dissolved minerals in hard water can affect the performance of yeast and change the structure of gluten. The minerals in hard water also can reduce your coffee’s flavor.

Take Action in National Water Quality Month!

The Public Works Department of Baltimore releases an annual water quality report at the direction of the EPA, which requires water systems to issue yearly Consumer Confidence Reports.

The EPA designated August National Water Quality Month to encourage citizens and municipalities alike to be more cognizant of the caliber of water that comes in and goes out of all aspects of their respective everyday activities.

Contact your local, family-owned Culligan Mid-Atlantic water expert to get a FREE in-home water test to help protect your family and home from poor quality water.

Is Your Drinking Water Safe for Your Pets?

 

Are you considering, or recently brought home, a pet from your local humane society or breeder? Animal owners think that drinking water is good enough for their pets, when in reality it could be harming them.

It is normal for people to be worried about what they eat and drink, as it can affect their health and overall well-being. But what about the water that your pets are consuming as well? You wouldn’t want lead and other contaminants* in your body. So don’t give it to your beloved animal. Most veterinarians advise you to not give your pets city water since it is commonly known to have chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride added during the water treatment process.

Culligan has a solution for all of your pet’s drinking water needs. Install a Culligan High-Efficiency Drinking Water System and begin giving your family (even your furry friends) high-quality drinking water. Water quality can differ from town to town. With this in mind, Culligan developed the innovative under-sink Culligan Aqua-Cleer®, one of our most advanced filtration systems. Customized to individual homes and offices, experience the enhanced taste and performance of smart filtration that addresses the unique needs of your water type.

By installing a Culligan Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System in your home, you’re contributing to eliminating bottled water waste and harmful impurities that could be lurking in your home’s drinking water. You’ll also be saving a ton of money in the long run. It’s like having a bottled water company right under your sink!

 

 

*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.

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

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.

The Importance of a Culligan Inspect n’ Check on Your Water Softener

Besides the occasional refill of salt, your water softener system is not something you think of regularly maintaining. Like most salt based water softeners, the process of how they work is pretty simple. Your hard water flows into the resin tank, the resin tank, which holds resin beads, absorbs all of the “hard” water minerals as they pass through which then allows only “soft” water to go through the system. After some time of this process, the tank does become full of these minerals and needs to be cleaned or “recharged.”

Some signs of your water softener system beginning to lose its momentum may include dry skin, water build up in your sink and bathtub, as well as having to use more soap to get your clothes and dishes spotless. If you are experiencing these symptoms, the best way to resolve the issue is to call your local Culligan Man. Your Culligan Man will come to your home, inspect your system, and diagnose the best solution. Having a Culligan water professional inspect and check your system on a regular basis can prolong the life of your Culligan Water Treatment system as well as save you money. When your water softener system works like it should, it cuts back on money spent on cleaning products and energy bills.

Even if you have a system from a big box store, Culligan will still service it. Culligan will service ANY make and ANY model because Culligan cares about the water in your home! Call your local Culligan water professional at 855- Hey-Culligan-Man!

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!