How Much Maintenance Do Home Water Filtration Systems Require?

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When you invest in a home water filtration system, you want it to work well and last as long as possible. But does that mean you’ll have to spend a lot of time maintaining your equipment?

You can choose from a wide range of single-tap and whole-home filtration and water purification systems – and the amount of maintenance required depends on the system you select.

Whether you get your water from a well or the municipal system, filtration systems can be highly effective for improving the quality of your home’s water. But, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, failure to maintain a water filtration system correctly can cause more harm than good.

Maintaining a Reverse-Osmosis Filtration System

Reverse-osmosis (RO) filtration systems use a combination of filters and membranes in multiple stages to remove minerals, heavy metals, and contaminants such as bacteria and chemicals.

Depending on your system, you may have a carbon filter and a sediment pre-filter. The manufacturer typically provides a recommendation for replacement – typically every 6 to 12 months – but this schedule does not consider how much water you are actually using.

And, if these filters don’t get changed frequently enough, the reverse osmosis membrane will require more frequent replacement.

In most cases, you may not have any way to determine whether you’re changing your filters often enough until the quality of your water deteriorates. The Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station has a patented feature called MAC(Metered Automatic Cartridge) Guard, which measures the gallons of water between filter changes and will let you know when it’s time to change the filters. This allows you to get the longest life out of your filters.

What About Zero-Maintenance Water Treatment Systems?

With Utah’s notorious hard water problem, is it really possible to find a system that requires no maintenance?

When you choose Kinetico for your home’s water filtration, you will enjoy all the soft, filtered water you need, thanks to our state-of-the-art equipment that requires virtually no maintenance.

Our reverse-osmosis systems – including our revolutionary K5 drinking water station – removes more contaminants than any other system. The K5 system can be fully customized to your needs and, with its exclusive MAC Guard filter, it is easy to accurately determine when its time to change the filter.

Our whole-home water softener system is truly maintenance-free, with no settings, dials or programming to mess with. This non-electric system lasts longer than any other system on the market and provides a continuous supply of water, no matter how much you use.

We provide free water filtration estimates for Utah homes and businesses. Contact us today to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation home water quality test.

How Does Utah’s Hard Water Affect Home Appliances?

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Your water-using home appliances take a beating at the hands of Utah’s notoriously mineral-heavy (hard) water.

Understanding what excess minerals do to your water – and what that water does to your plumbing system and home appliances – is only half the battle. Figuring out what to do about this costly and annoying problem is the key to resolving it.

What Is Hard Water & How Does It Affect You?

The level of hardness is determined by the concentration of minerals in the water. Specifically, calcium carbonate is the most common mineral culprit, although magnesium also factors into the problem.

When a high level of these minerals is present in your home’s water, drinking it or cooking with it doesn’t pose any threat to your family’s health.

From a more practical perspective, hard water can also cost you time, frusteration and money.

How Hard Water Affects Your Home Appliances

Mineral scale builds up everywhere hard water flows. This includes plumbing pipes, faucets, fixtures and home appliances such as your washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, ice maker, water heater, etc. Don’t forget about countertop appliances either, like your coffee maker and electric kettle.

This accumulation – which can build up quickly – causes your appliances to work harder while reducing their efficiency. It also requires your appliances to use more electricity –almost 50 percent more, according to research from the Battelle Memorial Institute.

You also have to use more detergent to achieve the same level of cleaning as you would with soft water, as the excess minerals interact with soaps to reduce their efficacy.

What Can You Do About Hard Water?

If you don’t want to spend more money than necessary on appliance repair and replacement, excessive power bills and extra soaps and detergents, you need to take steps to resolve your hard water problem.

For most Utah homeowners and business owners, adding a water softener system is a highly effective way to resolve this problem.

Choosing a water softener system from Kinetico makes even more sense, based on their unique design. Kinetico systems are non-electric and require no programming or setting. And, no matter how much water you use, your system will keep pace, providing a continuous supply.

For more than 30 years, Kinetico has provided Utah customers with exceptional service and the highest quality water filtration and softening systems available today. Our state-of-the-art technology means healthier, better-tasting (and smelling) water with exceptional reliability and no maintenance – all at a surprisingly affordable cost.

For a free water analysis for your Utah home or business, contact us today. We look forward to helping you resolve your hard water challenges.

Avoiding Water Issues During New Home Construction

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At Kinetico, the filtration and softening of water for your entire home is a service we’re proud to provide. We’ll keep you and your family supplied with soft, filtered water at every tap.

In many cases, our clients are in the process of building a new home and want to ensure they have proper water softening and filtration systems installed from the day they move in. If this describes you lets address a few common concerns you may have about the water in your new home.

Hard Water

One of the most common water issues new homeowners in Utah have is hard water, or water containing high quantities of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Not only can hard water be rougher on the skin and, perhaps most importantly from a homebuilding standpoint, can cause significant buildup of lime scale that diminish the lifespan of appliances.

Luckily, we can provide simple water softening solutions to completely eliminate this potential problem by removing the minerals from your water before it ever reaches your skin, your appliances or your beautiful new fixtures.

Chlorine Removal

Chlorine is often found in the water supply of new homes, and it can create a few issues. It’s known to leave a poor taste and smell behind, changing the way beverages like water, coffee, tea taste. It can also leave hair and skin feeling dry, and can even be inhaled through shower vapors and adsorbed through the skin causing health concerns.

Kinetico Filter Softener Systems include chlorine filters that completely remove the chlorine from all of the water in your home.

Drinking and Cooking

Our reverse osmosis water purification systems provide clean, pure water for cooking and drinking and can be installed under the kitchen sink or in a basement. The purified water can also be supplied to the refrigerator so your ice will not only be crystal clear but it will also taste great.

For more on avoiding common water issues while building a new home, or to learn about any of our water softeners or filtration systems, speak to the pros at Kinetico today.

Cooking with Hard vs. Soft Water

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When we talk about hard water the conversation in generally about how hard water damages toilets, faucets and water using appliances. Or we talk about how hard water affects your dishes and causes dry itchy skin.

Water is a vital component of any cooking or baking process, and while you might not think the waters hardness or softness impacts your processes, but they really do. Let’s go over a few important reasons why cooking with soft water is beneficial.

Taste Considerations

It’s well known that softer, purer water helps ingredients maintain their flavors in the foods you cook. One example is if you’re baking dough – hard water has a significant impact on yeast, making the gluten structure far too tough and creating dough that’s stiff and hard. In addition, pH levels even out the standard acidity found in yeast fermentation, which will impact the final taste of your baked goods.

Liquids and Sauces

If you regularly enjoy beverages like tea or coffee, know that their taste will be significantly impacted by whether you use hard or soft water. Soft water has lower (or even no) limescale content, which can significantly detract from taste in these kinds of beverages.

In addition, research has shown that soft water will “accept” flavors more easily than hard water. If you’re using hard water when you make soups, sauces or similar liquids, then, you’re risking an impurity concentration over twice as high as if you were using soft water. Some beverages will even turn cloudy or dark when using hard water, such as when brewing ice tea.

Cooking Vegetables

Cooking vegetables can add to their flavor, but you’re limiting yourself if you use hard water. First of all, hard water makes it take longer to cook veggies – it makes their skins tougher, meaning you have to overcook them and they’re often bland in taste as a result. Using soft water, on the other hand, takes less time and brings a softer, purer flavor. It also optimizes the vitamin content you get from them.

Harder Skins

Many foods that have skins – not only veggies – are susceptible to hard water. Consider dried beans, whose skins will become much tougher when submerged in hard water and will be much more difficult to cook.

In fact, Van Camp used to advertise that their beans were better because they are cooked in soft water.

For more on cooking with hard versus soft water, or to learn about any of our water softening or water treatment solutions, speak to the pros at Kinetico today.

Removing Hard Water Stains from Toilets

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Hard water, or water containing high amounts of calcium and magnesium, can create a white or cream colored build up on any of your plumbing fixtures, water using appliances and dishes. These stains can be tough to remove and are particularly problematic on the toilet.

At Kinetico, we have water softening systems that make sure you and your family don’t have to deal with these kinds of stains. If you’re still waiting on a water softener installation and need some help cleaning tough hard water stains from your toilet there are a few methods you can try.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Using these two basic household products, you can usually get rid of most basic stains. Pour a cup of vinegar into the toilet and use a brush to swirl it around a bit, let it sit for a minute or so and add a cup of baking soda, now quickly add another couple cups or vinegar to create a fizzing solution. Let this sit for about 10 to 15 minutes.

From here, use the brush to swirl the solution around to make sure all of the stains get ample contact with the solution. Do this for about 30 minutes total, regularly moving the solution around. Many stains will go away, if they don’t, use the toilet brush or a nylon brush to scrub.

Borax and Vinegar

Borax is a common cleaning product that can help remove hard water stains on plumbing fixtures. Pour a quarter cup of Borax into your toilet and swish it around, add a cup of vinegar and let the solution sit for 20 minutes. Then scrub the bowl to get rid of the stains.

Borax Paste

If your stain is a bit stubborn and won’t come off using the above methods, consider a Borax paste. First shut off your water to the toilet and flush it, then mix a half-cup of Borax with as much vinegar as you need to form a thicker paste. Quickly spread this onto your stains in the toilet until they’re completely covered – the paste will harden fast. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then scrub the area(s) with a stiff brush.

Sandpaper Scrub

For the toughest stains, you might consider fine grades of steel wool sandpaper. You can use this either with plain water or with other household cleaners. We recommend 0000-grade wool, which is the finest grade and will not scratch your porcelain.

Chemical Cleaners

And finally, if nothing else works, you can purchase chemical cleaners like limescale remover, toilet bowl cleaner or other similar products. Make sure you know the safety recommendations and be sure none of these chemicals will damage any of your plumbing fixutres.

For more on ridding your toilet of hard water stains, or to learn about any of our water softener or water filtration systems, speak to the pros at Kinetico today.

Importance of Water Softeners in Hotels

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For many homeowners, a water softener is nothing short of a blessing. Soft water is beneficial to both people and the home’s plumbing system, and is a fantastic investment for the homeowner who cares about their water quality.

At Kinetico, however, we’re here to tell you that residential needs are far from the only ones filled by water softeners. We have water softener systems for commercial buildings as well. Let’s look at some of the ways a water softening system can benefit a hotel, from the guests to the owners.

Owner Investment and Costs

Hotel owners and managers invest in water softeners for multiple reasons: Because they increase guest comfort, of course, but also because they help with the bottom line. Hard water creates issues in plumbing systems, particularly in large industrial systems like hotels that see lots of strain on a daily basis – water filled with minerals leads to fixture failures and issues with water heaters. Showers and faucets also require a lot more cleaning to keep them looking nice.

From a cost perspective, soft water is extremely beneficial for big plumbing operations like these. It reduces operating costs in numerous ways, from requiring less soap in laundry to keeping towels and linens soft and usable for longer periods of time.

Guest Laundry

Guests often pay a premium for hotel services, and they expect everything they receive to reflect this. This includes areas like laundry – guests don’t want towels that are stiff or dingy looking, but rather soft and fresh towels that feel like new. They also want fresh sheets to sleep on, and hotels need to be able to provide these services without breaking the bank. Soft water can save hotels nearly 50 percent on their detergent costs and get the same, or better, results than when using hard water.

Guest Comfort

Laundry isn’t the only guest-related area where water treatment makes a big improvement. Guests also bath or shower and shave using the water in their rooms and are really turned off when they notice hard water stains on plumbing fixtures or in shower stalls.

To learn more about how water softeners benefit hotels and other commercial buildings, or for information on any of our water filtration systems, speak to the staff at Kinetico today.

Basics on Powdered Drinking Water Add-Ons

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For those who struggle with staying properly hydrated, using powdered drinks mixed with water can be a viable alternative. By infusing a little bit of additional taste into water, some people are able to increase their water consumption and hydrate more effectively – but is this healthy?

At Kinetico, we’re here to help with all these water-related questions. We have high-quality drinking water purifiers available to provide you with all the clean, purified water you and your family could need. Let’s go over how powdered drinks like Crystal Light and others work, how they help with hydration, and whether they’re safe.

Powdered Drink Basics

For starters, in most cases the basic answer to the question above is yes – powdered drink add-ins are generally safe. They come in a variety of styles and flavors, from protein powders to drinks using herbs, vegetables or many other ingredients. They may contain beneficial vitamins and minerals as well, including vitamins C, B-2, B-5 and B-6.

Hydration Effects

In most cases, these powders will dissolve into water quickly. This means they’re mostly made up of water – so if you enjoy the flavor, you might be able to up your water intake fairly easily.

The World Health Organization states that the average man needs 3.7 liters of water per day, while the average woman needs 2.7 liters, but you’ll need more if you play sports or live an active lifestyle. For some, these powdered drinks can help you get the water necessary to be properly hydrated.

Preventing Other Intake

Another possible benefit of these powdered drink add-ons is the way they can limit your cravings for other drinks that might not be so beneficial. Rather than sodas or dairy-heavy lattes and coffee drinks, you can fill your craving for flavor with a powdered addition that helps you stay hydrated without adding those other negatives into your system.

Staying Safe

If you’re unsure of a given powdered drink or some of its ingredients, take some basic care. Speak to your doctor about your hydration concerns, and find out whether you’re close enough to proper levels that a few powdered drinks could help push you over the edge. There may be certain powders you should limit to one serving per day, especially if they contain sugar or caffeine in higher amounts.

To learn about any of our water purification systems and how they can help with hydration for you and your family, contact the pros at Kinetico today.

How Soft Water Benefits Detergent Usage

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At Kinetico, we’re proud to provide water filtration systems and expertise that will help you and your family receive clean, healthy water at all times. Our technicians have decades of experience in the field of water decontamination and filtration.

We’re also a top provider of water softener systems, which take hard minerals present in water and remove them to give you a cleaner, less abrasive liquid. And that isn’t the only benefit of a water softener – did you realize that a water softener can also save you major costs when it comes to your yearly laundry and detergent costs? Let’s look at how a water softener saves you soap and detergent costs while also making your water more drinkable and comfortable to bathe in.

Basic Detergent Statistics

You might be surprised at how much a water softener can reduce your home’s detergent use. According to the Water Quality Association, a water softener in the home can reduce detergent use by up to 50 percent – that’s right, half your detergent use can be eliminated just by installing a water softener to remove minerals that might soak up detergent.

Water Considerations

The temperature of water you use might also play a role here. The WQA found that washing clothes using roughly half your usual amount of detergent plus soft, cold water is just as effective at removing stains as a full dose of detergent in hard, hot water – or even more so, in some cases. You also save energy by using cold water, which doesn’t force you to stress your water heater during the wash.

Dishwasher Factors

When it comes to the dishwasher, similar trends abound. Research has shown that areas with hard water can find the same cleaning results by using half the amount of soap, along with water that’s been passed through a water softener in advance.

For more on how a water softener can benefit you, or to learn about any of our water filtration systems or services, speak to the pros at Kinetico today.

Learning About PFOA Contamination

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Among many contaminants possible in drinking water, one of the most common in the US and many other countries is PFOA, a nonstick chemical that was previously used to make Teflon. PFOA has been linked to cancer, immune system damage in children, and several other major health problems.

In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency Reported that a relatively small sample of public drinking water systems around the country were contaminated with PFOA. But a bit over a year later, this data has come into question. Let’s look at the updated data, plus how a water filtering system from Kinetico might help you.

Original Study

In the original study carried out by the EPA, it was reported that just 1 percent of public drinking water samples are contaminated with PFOA. But a year later, the same company that analyzed these samples now says that over 20 percent of the samples were likely to have been contaminated.

Re-Analysis

Why the change? Well, it’s all about thresholds for reporting PFOA pollution. The EPA required utilities to report this pollution only when detected above a minimum level – this level was 10 times higher than what most labs can detect, and far higher than what many scientists believe is an unsafe level of PFOA.

During a re-analysis, Eurofins Eaton Analytical took over 10,000 samples from between 2013 and 2015. They found that over one in five were contaminated with PFOA, though research was not done to determine exactly how many additional systems were contaminated.

No Safe Level?

In effect, this gives the EPA a convenient legal excuse to take no action. The Safe Drinking Water Act allows the agency to decide whether to set a legal limit for contamination based on its spread. Nationwide levels of PFOA continue to exceed what the best independent sources have said is a safe level (1 part per trillion).

In fact, scientists in New Jersey and Germany say there might actually be no safe level of drinking water exposure to PFOA, as well as similar chemicals called PFCs or PFASs. But there are still no EPA limits for these, only advisory levels. Even replacement chemicals, meant to come in place of PFOA, were not tested fully and may be contaminated drinking water as well.

Because of this and the uncertainty surrounding drinking water, it’s prudent to install additional water filtration solutions to prevent this kind of contamination. Speak to the pros at Kinetico to learn about how a home water system can protect you from PFOA and other dangerous chemicals.

Health Benefits of Drinking Water

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Drinking water is one of the foundations of human life, but it’s also far more than that. Beyond just providing the basis for continued life, water is a big factor in several specific health areas.

At Kinetico, our home water treatment systems are here to help ensure that you and your family are never without clean drinking water. What are some of the health areas that a proper water filter system can help benefit? There are several, in fact. Here are a few to know about.

Toxins and Acne

Drinking regular water throughout the day helps the body to flush harmful toxins that build up over time. This is particularly beneficial for those who deal with acne, which is due in large part to these toxins – drinking more water will directly influence your skin’s appearance.

In addition, cold water on the face can specifically help limit the redness and visual signs that generally come with acne. First wash your face with warm water to help open up clogged pores, then finish up by putting a cold washcloth or another source of cold water over your skin to seal them and limit clogging issues.

Hair Growth

Hair growth in the body is controlled by the circulatory system, which stimulates follicles to grow. Water is a trigger for this circulatory system, meaning drinking the proper amounts of water can impact your hair growth directly.

Skin Health

Water plays a big role in hydrating the skin as well, and helps fill it in and plump it up. This can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make the skin appear younger and healthier.

Healthier Nails

Like the hair we mentioned above, nail growth in the body is simulated by the circulatory system. More water means more blood to the nails, leading to stronger and healthier nail growth.

For more on the benefits of drinking water, or to learn about any of our filtration services, speak to the pros at Kinetico today.