Reverse Osmosis is a process of forcing tap water through a semi-permeable membrane, leaving dissolved solids and other impurities behind. These impurities are rinsed away, resulting in clean, clear, great tasting water. This same process is used by many of the bottled water companies. If your water contains abnormally high mineral content, a reverse osmosis system may be recommended.
When water is referred to as “hard” it simply means that it contains more minerals (calcium and magnesium) than ordinary water. Water hardness will typically be evident as white “chalky” deposits on hot and cold water fixtures, soap deposits/soap scum and rings around the bathtub. Hard water causes two problems.
The first problem is that it can cause “scale” to form on the inside of pipes, water heaters, tea kettles, etc. The calcium and magnesium precipitate out of the water and stick to the lining around them. The scale doesn’t conduct heat very well and it also reduces the flow through pipes. Eventually, pipes can become completely clogged. The second problem is that it reacts with soap to form a sticky scum and reduces the soap’s ability to lather. Since most of us like to wash with soap, hard water makes a bath or shower less productive. Hard water can make laundering clothing more difficult and requires the use of more soap when bathing and cleaning. To help prevent these problems, installation of a water softener may be in order.
Does your water smell; do you have rusty or brown stains on your laundry, sinks, washing machine and plumbing fixtures? These stains cannot be removed by soaps or detergents. Bleach and alkaline builders (often sodium phosphate) can make the stains worse. Over time, iron deposits can build up in water heaters, pressure tanks, and plumbing, reducing your water pressure. An Iron Curtain system guards against a multitude of water problems. Imagine . . . no more iron taste or iron stains. No more sulfur smell; longer life for your appliances, water heater, and softener. Fresh, clean, great-tasting water can be yours again with an Iron Curtain filtration system.
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