The Best Way Prevent Limescale in Water Heaters

Anyone who has hard water knows about “Limescale” in pipes and appliances, but did you know that limescale rarely forms in the cold water plumbing?  Ask any plumber – they can tell you that limescale is prevalent in hot water lines, hot water heaters and the hot water side of appliances and plumbing fixtures.  Why is that?  It’s very simple – when hard water is heated, the hardness precipitates to form insoluble…

December 13, 2016
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Preventing Scale in Tankless Water Heaters

Most tankless water heater manufacturers have a disclaimer in their warranty. One major tankless water heater manufacturer says this: “Warranty shall be void in the event of an occurrence of any of the following:…. Any damage caused by local adverse conditions including but not limited to hard water deposits, lime or mineral build-up…” Plbg.com has a blog on Basic Tankless 101 written by M. Scott Gregg which is very insightful…

November 24, 2016
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The Hard Truth About Salt-Free Water Softeners

February 8, 2015

For about the last ten years salt-free water softeners have become the dream of many marketing companies.   It’s not like they haven’t always been out there – I’ve been in the water treatment business for 42 years and I have seen plenty of these types of companies come and go – but they are now here en mass. I have often wondered why it seems that there are so many…

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Customer Service is an Oxymoron for Many Companies

January 26, 2015

At US Water Systems, we have over a dozen Certified Water Specialists on Staff.  You might not find twelve total with our top 10 competitors.  We built the back-end of the business BEFORE we built the sales team.  Our employees have nearly 200 years of combined water treatment experience, and when you have a problem, you will find comfort in talking with someone who has “been there, done that!”  Then, there…

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The Most Important Water Treatment Method

November 8, 2014

What is THE MOST IMPORTANT WATER TREATMENT METHOD?  Some people will guess that it is water softening or reverse osmosis, maybe ozonation or ultraviolet, but the fact of the matter is that the most important water treatment method is amazingly simple and woefully under-applied or misapplied.  That method is simple filtration,  which is commonly known as the mechanical or physical operation used for the separation of solids from fluids (liquids…

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Is Softened Water Bad to Drink?

November 2, 2014

“My husband is on a no-salt diet – he can’t drink soft water.” Well, if he’s on a no salt diet, he will be dead soon, because you can’t live without salt. “I’m on a low sodium diet and soft water makes my blood pressure go up.” OK, I can address that, but since I am not a doctor, I shall defer to one of Americans’ Respected  Medical Institutions –…

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“They Said They Would Give Us a Free Water Analysis”

October 10, 2014

“Isn’t that wonderful that Big Name Water Conditioning Company is going to send out a Water Consultant and give us a water analysis absolutely free?”  Maybe you have experienced that and it sounds great, but let me remind you that you usually don’t get anything for free without some strings attached.   There are exceptions and before I start, I would like to say that there are some very professional, wonderful…

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How Do I Really Know if my Salt Free System Works?

August 29, 2014

Lots of companies are selling salt-free water softeners and salt-free conditioners.  There are a few tests that you can perform to determine if they are indeed doing what they say. 1.  Test to see if the water really is soft This can be done by purchasing a small professional-grade water hardness test kit like this: https://www.uswatersystems.com/hardness-field-analysis-test-kit-2403.html It consists of three (3) simple steps which take about 20 seconds.  At the…

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Explain the Slimy Feeling With Soft Water

August 13, 2014

Question: Dear Mr. Timmons, You may have received questions similar to the one that I will pose to you from others, but I am quite confused as to what I have read on the internet.  Please allow me to provide you with details. When I take a shower, I want to feel as if all of the soap, body oils, and grime will come off my body immediately. I do…

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Will a Salt-Free Water Softener Work for Me?

July 14, 2014

Let’s get this out of the way immediately:  There is no such thing as a salt-free water softener!  By definition, to be called a “water softener” a device must take the water to below 1 grain per gallon (gpg) of hardness.  You have to be careful of what you believe… even on the internet (SHOCK).   Today, I Googled the words “water Softener,” and here is what came up: Nuvo H2O…

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