What type of water treatment do I need for an RV?

January 22, 2014

John L. asked the following: “We have a RV and we will be living in the full-time and traveling all over the US. Not knowing what kind of water we will be getting into, what would you suggest?” First, I have to say that as you travel from campsite-to-campsite, the water will vary dramatically, usually from bad to extremely bad.  YIKES! Here are a few things you will need to…


Can I just mix hot soft and cold hard water?

December 2, 2013

Dear Water Doctor, We have very hard water (~24 gpg) and dislike the dry skin, holey clothes, and scale deposits on faucets, shower heads, and toilets.   HOWEVER, we also don’t want the slick feeling showers that come with softened water. It seems to me softening the hot water only would help (and running a softened cold water line to the clothes washer) yet leave us with showers that were half…


Water Softener or Water Conditioner?

March 15, 2013

This is a question we get many times a day.  Water softeners are one of the following: systems that use the ion exchange process with salt; reverse osmosis systems; deionization systems; or distillation systems to produce water that is below 1 grain of hardness per gallon (GPG). In the interests of full disclosure, I am not talking about companies that falsely call their products “salt-free water softeners” when in fact,…


My Personal Water Story

February 23, 2013

It’s no surprise that water supplies across the nation, from cities to small towns to rural areas, are affected by contaminates and pollutants. Water will always pose threats. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has statistics that show the number of cases reported from people who got sick from drinking tap water, as well as stats on affected water supplies. These numbers are extremely alarming, as millions get sick from…


Don’t Be Hassled With Hard Water

February 17, 2013

Do you wash your clothes and they come out feeling harsh or looking dingy? After you shower, do you feel like there is a film of sticky soap left on your skin? Is your hair starting to look dull and lifeless? Have you dishes lost their shine? If you have experienced one or all of these things, your home might have hard water. How You Can Benefit from a Water…


It’s harder to fool people than it used to be

October 23, 2012

I am an avid reader of Seth Godin’s Blog  (it’s worth the price of admission) and read this today: Everybody knows everything William Goldman famously pointed out that before Hollywood releases a picture, nobody knows anything about how it’s going to do. It’s such a black art that there are no real clues, yet every self-important exec acts as though he’s an expert. It’s easy to pretend expertise when there’s…


Salt Free Water Softeners & Sodium in Water

September 13, 2012

Water softeners add some sodium to the water. 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. Most water softeners remove the calcium and magnesium and replace them with sodium. 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.


Who Are You Buying From?

August 3, 2012

Go to any website that sells any type of water treatment and once you get there, click on “about us.”  What are they?  What are they about?  Who are they?  What do you really know about them?  Really, who are they? In most cases, you are going to read this Boilerplate BS (that’s exactly what it is).  They tell you how they have a “commitment to good water.”  They talk…


The Pelican Challenge

June 26, 2012

At US Water we sell Green Wave Salt Free Water Conditioners.  There is also a company called Pelican that sells what we believe is essentially the same thing, although they call it a “salt-free water softener” even though it does not soften the water or even approach the threshold of what would be considered “soft water.”   In case you don’t understand what I just wrote, to call something a “water…


Hard Water Causes Plugged Drains

June 10, 2012

Soap scum is a common source of clogs in bathtub drain systems. While it is not solid, it can solidify after it goes down the drain, gradually building up on your drain’s walls. As it does this, it can also stick to anything else passing through your drain, such as hair, making your other potential clogs into real clogs more quickly.