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The Benefits of Reverse Osmosis: All You Need to Know

The Benefits of Reverse Osmosis: All You Need to Know

 

Reverse osmosis (R/O) is a water treatment process in which water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane that has very small holes or "pores." Clean water passes through and impurities that are too big to pass through the membrane are left behind and flushed away. Reverse osmosis has a number of health benefits as well. As a water purifier installer in Kitchener, Waterloo, and surrounding areas for over 20 years, we at WaterSmart have learned that education is more important than making a sale. We want to equip you with the knowledge so that your family can be equipped with the right tools and information to keep your water soft and your home's plumbing in order. If you are interested in reverse osmosis as a water solution for your home, contact the local experts at WaterSmart today.

 

 

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Guelph 519-836-2543

 

 

"I just want to thank you, Derek, Paul, and Ben for your continuing support with my house of horrors. I wouldn't know what to do without you. You've been professional, available for all my plumbing and osmosis system needs, and I am so grateful to have found such a great company who does solid work; even with a smile when the work is not the nicest." - Tarryn Chan


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What is Reverse Osmosis?

 

Reverse osmosis, as mentioned above, is a water treatment process in which water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane that has very small holes or "pores." Clean water passes through and impurities that are too big to pass through the membrane are left behind and flushed away. According to Engineering at Dartmouth, reverse osmosis was actually invented by a French physicist, Jean Antoine Nollet in the eighteenth century. However, it wasn't until 1969 that it started to be used as a commercial application when Dean Spatz used the process to separate maple sugar from sap. From there it has become a key process used in water filtration.

 

 
Check out this video to see how reverse osmosis works:

 

 

Health Benefits of Reverse Osmosis

 

Because reverse osmosis uses a chemical treatment process to apply pressure to the water, through a series of specialized membranes, it allows foreign substances, molecules, and minerals to be removed. This process creates pure water that leads to a number of health benefits.

 

1. Free of Lead

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reverse osmosis can effectively remove lead, making highly contaminated water safe for drinking. Lead can be very dangerous in high amounts, and can even lead to brain damage in children. However, in smaller amounts it can lead to increased blood pressure, problems with fertility, nerve and muscle damage, and more. Be sure to have your water tested and install a reverse osmosis system if you believe you may have a problem with lead in your water.

 

 
2. Safe For Cancer Patients

 

Cancer patients can consume reverse osmosis purified water during and after cancer treatment. During chemo and radiation, cancer patients have weakened immune systems. Untreated water, while often deemed harmless, can cause serious infections when immunity is compromised in cancer patients. Reverse osmosis purifies the water to the point that it is safe for cancer patients before, during, and after treatment.

 

3. Filters Cryptosporidium

 

Cryptosporidium is a parasite found in contaminated water. According to the CDC, reverse osmosis removes this contaminant. If water is not treated and this parasite is ingested, it can affect the small intestines causing nausea, fever, and diarrhea. In children, symptoms can be more severe.

 

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4. Removes Sodium

 

Because of the special membranes that are a part of the reverse osmosis filtering system, large sodium molecules cannot pass through the membranes. If you have high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, or any other cause for sodium restrictions, you will want to ensure to have a reverse osmosis system installed in your home.

 

 

What Is The Best Reverse Osmosis System To Purchase?

 

There are many different brands of reverse osmosis systems to purchase. It is important to buy one that is high quality and also includes a carbon filter to block dangerous chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and chlorine which are small enough to pass through the reverse osmosis filter. At WaterSmart we sell, install and service Duro Reverse Osmosis systems. These high-quality systems come with both a pre and a post carbon filter. Click here to learn more about our high quality Duro system or contact us today to see what is the best system for you. 

 

 
"I chose to go with Watersmart Systems. Best equipment, price, warranty and people!!" -Kim Pickles

 

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How To Install A Water Softener

How To Install A Water Softener

 

If you have determined that you have hard water and need to install a softener as a solution, you’ve come to the right place. This article will outline a step by step explanation of how to install a water softener and explain the pros and cons of doing it yourself versus hiring a professional. Waterloo Region specifically has some unique water hardness challenges. Don't worry, however, these issues can be solved by installing a water softener.  To learn more about how to install a water softener, read below. If you are concerned about running into issues, contact the knowledgeable and helpful professionals at WaterSmart today to have your softener installed for you.

 

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Guelph 519-836-2543


"Purchased a water softener, price was reasonable, sales staff was very informative and not pushy. Install was quick and clean and he gave instructions on the unit. I would highly recommend Watersmart Systems."

- Rob Morgan 

 

Water Softeners

 

There are several different types of water softening systems that you can install in your home. Depending on your home, your pipes, and the location in which you intend to install your softener, the difficulty of the install can vary. We recommend that you hire a professional if you don’t have any plumbing experience. Jobs that involve pipes can be difficult and are something that you won’t want to tamper with if you aren’t sure what you’re doing.

 

 

However, if you are an avid DIY-er and have experience with plumbing and cutting pipes, you may want to tackle this yourself. Whole house softeners may require soldering pipes so be sure to read through the entire article before you begin your installation.

 

Location of the Water Softener

 

Another aspect of the install is where you are going to install your softener. If you are unsure where to place it then it is likely you should hire a professional instead of trying to do it all on your own.  Because of the skill set required to make this kind of decision, it is often better to hire plumbers. If you are looking for plumbers to install your water softener contact the professionals at WaterSmart today

 

If you do wish to proceed in installing your own, please read on and consult the video below.

 

 

 

Tools and Materials for Installation

  • Tape measure
  • Pipe cutters
  • Pipe wrench
  • Tee valves
  • Gate valves
  • 2 compression fittings
  • Tubing or copper pipe
  • Flexible tubing
  • 2 union fittings
  • PVC solvent or flux
  • Teflon tape
  • Torch and solder

Steps to Installing a Water Softener

 

1. Read all the directions that came with your water softener before you began the installation.

 

2. Shut off the water to your house at the main line as well as your hot water. Drain your pipes by opening up the lowest valve in the house and letting the water run out. For the hot water, be sure to turn off the power leading to it.

 

3. Find the area along the main water line where you want to install the water softener. This needs to be before the line feeds into the hot water tank.

 

 

4. Cut into the main line using a pipe cutter. Afterwards, tighten the cutter onto the pipe, then rotate it around until the pipe is cut through. Please use safety precautions when doing this. Place a bucket under the location of the pipe cutting so that you catch any excess water.

 

5. Install an elbow fitting in the line. This will allow you to feed the filter and have a bypass valve in case you need to use water outside of the softener for some reason.

 

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6. Measure the pipes that will lead to the bypass valve. Take measurements from the unit and cut the pipes to fit. Solder on fittings before you connect the pipe to the bypass valve.

 

 

7. Attach the pipes to the water softener using compression fittings, which should be supplied with the unit.

 

8. Clamp the hose to the unit, then feed it to where it will drain. Options include a floor drain, utility sink, or a sump pump. Ideally, the end of the hose will be at least two inches above the drain hole to prevent backflow of the water. Make sure the hose is securely clamped.

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9. Connect the overflow tube to the brine tank. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for further instructions on this step.

 

 

10. Plug in the unit and set the valve to the backwash position. Open the valve very slowly to let water in while releasing any air in the pipes. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer for setting up the flushing schedule and adding salt to the tanks.

 

If you have a well you will need to consult the professionals at WaterSmart. There may be additional minerals that need filtering. Have your water tested to see if this is the case for you today!

 

Check out the video below for further step-by-step instructions: 

 

Reviews 

 

 

Watersmart has been commended for their clean, professional, fast, and courteous installation process. The reviews speak for themselves:

 

Installation was done by clean, professional and courteous technicians. They were on time, and took ownership and responsibility for their work. When an unexpected issue came up, the installer and Watersmart staff took control, took responsibility, acknowledged our inconvenience and worked quickly to resolve the issue not even related to their installation activity. Highly recommend Watersmart Systems. A great example of exceptional customer service.” - Rob K., Customer

 

The installation was efficient and the gentlemen were very professional.  I would highly recommend  Watersmart to anybody looking for a great softener and great customer service.” - Leah, Customer

 

Install was quick and clean and he gave instructions on the unit. I would highly recommend Watersmart Systems.” - Rob M., Customer

 

 

Consult a Professional

 

If you are uncomfortable doing it yourself, trust WaterSmart with your water softener installation. We have been in operation for over 20 years and have seen just about everything when it comes to water softener installations. Our team of experienced plumbers can get the job done.  Simply give us a call or send us an email today, to book a free estimate to have it repaired or visit one of our locations today. We service the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas. 

 

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How to Maintain Sears Water Softeners Without Warranty

How to Maintain Sears Water Softeners Without Warranty

 

At WaterSmart, we have been repairing Sears water softeners for over 20 years. We have extensive experience repairing Sears water softeners and can often complete repairs very quickly and inexpensively. Since Sears is closing its doors officially, many customers will be left with questions and void warranties, especially customers of appliances and household items, such as water softeners. If you are having issues with your Sears water softener we would be pleased to help solve your issue. Give us a call to learn more or to set up a time for us to take care of whatever issue you are having.

 

 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331  

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"I just want to thank you, Derek, Paul, and Ben for your continuing support with my house of horrors.  I wouldn't know what to do without you.  You've been professional, available for all my plumbing and osmosis system needs, and I am so grateful to have found such a great company who does solid work; even with a smile when the work is not the nicest." - Tarryn Chan


Read more customer testimonials here.

 

 

If you have any questions about the problems you are having with your Sears water softener feel free to give us a call or send us an email as we would be happy to help. You can also review the information below on some of the common problems with Sears water softeners to self-diagnose the problem and determine the solution. To clarify, if you have purchased a water softener from Sears, it is most likely a Kenmore branded unit as Kenmore is the only water softener brand Sears sells. Kenmore is Sear's own brand that they own, sourcing suppliers to design and build the units for them. 

 

Common Problems with Sears Kenmore Water Softeners

 

 

One way to maintain your Sears/Kenmore water softener Is to regularly monitor it for common problems.

 
Leaky Softener Tank - Learn More

 

Check out this video.

 

No Soft Water - Learn More

 

If your system is just no outputting soft water you know you have an issue that needs to be solved. Here is a great video on a quick way to tell if your water is hard or soft.

 

 

 
Salt Tank Fills With Water - Learn More

 

If you have an issue with your Kenmore water softener being full of water, you are experiencing one of the more common problems with the Kenmore models. When this happens you will usually experience that you don't have soft water.

 
Water In Salt Tank About Half Way Up The Tank - Learn More

 

Another common concern we get calls about often is that people tell us that water is about halfway up their salt tank. If you have this issue, there is something wrong with your water softener. The good news is that most of the time if you have this issue it can be fixed easily. 

 

 

If you have a problem that needs fixing, feel free to give us a call or send us an email today, to book a free estimate to have it repaired. We can also replace your water softener with a completely new one if you choose not to repair the unit. 

 

Sears Water Softener Common Problems Online Troubleshooting

 

Decrease In Pressure - Learn More 

 

No Soft Water - Learn More

 

No Soft Water, Replace Or Repair - Learn More

 

Unit Full of Water - Learn More


How To Troubleshoot A Kenmore Water Softener - Learn More

 

 

Still stuck with your Kenmore water softener? WaterSmart can help
 

Trust WaterSmart with your Kenmore water softener repair. We have been in operation for over 20 years and have seen just about everything when it comes to Kenmore water softener repairs. The average lifespan of a water softener is about 10 years, however, if it is maintained well by professionals like the employees at Watersmart, it can last up to 20 years. If you have a problem with your water softener not using salt, we can fix it.

 

If there are other issues with your softener, whether it be a motor issue, resin issues, blockages, leaks, or some other less common problem, we are also able to fix them. Since Sears is going out of business and all warranties are void, it is better to maintain the softener now than wait for a problem to occur. Simply give us a call or send us an email today, to book a free estimate to have it repaired or visit one of our locations today. We service the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas. 

 

 

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Kenmore Water Softener Problems: No Water Flow

Kenmore Water Softener Problems: No Water Flow
 

Since Sears is closing its doors officially, many customers are left with questions and void warranties, especially customers with appliances such as water softeners. There are a number of common problems that occur over time with Kenmore water softeners, one of them being a lack of water flow. If you have any questions about the problems you are having with your Kenmore water softener, feel free to contact us as we would be happy to help. We often get calls about Kenmore water softeners with no water flow. No matter the nature of the problem, trust the professionals at WaterSmart to fix it. 

 

 

 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331  

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"I just want to thank you, Derek, Paul, and Ben for your continuing support with my house of horrors.  I wouldn't know what to do without you.  You've been professional, available for all my plumbing and osmosis system needs, and I am so grateful to have found such a great company who does solid work; even with a smile when the work is not the nicest." - Tarryn Chan


Read more customer testimonials here.

 

No Water Flow in Kenmore Water Softener 

There are a number of reasons your water softener could have limited to no water flow. Some of these reasons are:

 

1) Broken water flow meter
2) Nozzle and Venturi are dirty and/or blocked
3) Salt tank is full of water
4) Failed turbine
 

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What to do if my water flow meter is broken?

A common problem with Sears/Kenmore water softeners is that there is no water flow. If this is the case, one reason for the problem could be that the water flow meter is broken. To find out, check the bypass valve to see if it's in the bypass position; the water flow meter won’t detect any water flow if the water softener is bypassed. According to Sears, if the water softener is not bypassed, then it’s likely the water flow meter is defective.

 

The water flow meter measures water usage. If this is defective, the water flow meter won’t detect water flow. Contact the professionals at WaterSmart to replace the water flow meter today.

 

 

Blocked water softener nozzle and venturi

The most common reason for the salt tank being half full of water, affecting water flow, is that the nozzle and venturi are dirty or blocked. This is a process that Kenmore provides instructions on how to do on your own at www.kenmorewater.com. It does require a significant dismantling of the unit, so if you are not very mechanically inclined or patient, it will probably be best to contact an expert like the expert water softener technicians at WaterSmart to save you a bunch of frustration. If you are brave you can read up on the process and attempt to clean the nozzle and venturi. 

 


Salt tank is full of water

There are a wide range of possible causes for this issue. There are a number of things that need to be considered and examined to determine the cause of the issue. The solutions require significant water softener tank dismantling. To save yourself time and from damaging the parts of your unit, it is best to get a trained professional to fix the unit. Our trained professionals here at WaterSmart can quickly and inexpensively fix this issue saving you time and money. 

 

Failed turbine

The turbine is located in the water outlet and spins due to the flow of water passing by it. If it is failing, the control unit will not keep track of the total water flowing through the unit and therefore never reach a point where enough water has passed through to signal for a regeneration.

 

To see if it's working properly, push select and hold until you get 000, then turn on the nearest cold water faucet. If the turbine is working properly, the counter will start to count up, 000 to 200 (which is one gallon). If it "is not" counting up, either the turbine is faulty or the harness is faulty. Contact the professionals at WaterSmart today to verify what the issue is and have them repair it efficiently and effectively.

 

 

See it live 

We have covered a lot of ground quite quickly here - if you still aren't sure how to fix the water flow issue, see here for the full video:

 

 

The Video above is referenced from LohnnieJohnson1 via Youtube.
 

Are there other problems affecting the function of my water softener?

 

Here are some best practices and clues to other issues that could affect your Kenmore water softener:

 

 1) Allow the salt to be completely depleted before adding more salt

 2) Check both valves that mediate the entry and exit of water from the salt tank for issues

 3) Use a mirror and flashlight to help you look closely at the valves

 

Still stuck with your Kenmore water softener? WaterSmart can help

 

Trust WaterSmart with your Kenmore water softener repair. We have been in operation for over 20 years and have seen just about everything when it comes to Kenmore water softener repairs. The average lifespan of a water softener is about 10 years, however, if it is maintained well by professionals like the employees at Watersmart, it can last up to 20 years. If you have a problem with your water softener not having water flow, we can fix it. Be sure to call as soon as yo have the issue. As mentioned above, if well maintained, water softeners can last twice as long.  If there are other issues with your softener, whether it be a motor issue, resin issues, blockages, leaks, or some other less common problem, we are also able to fix them. Simply give us a call or send us an email today, to book a free estimate to have it repaired or visit one of our locations today. We service the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas. 

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Kenmore Water Softener Problems: Salt Tank Full of Water

Kenmore Water Softener Problems: Salt Tank Full of Water

 

Since Sears is closing its doors officially, many customers are left with questions and void warranties, especially customers of appliances and household items, such as water softeners. If you have any questions about the problems you are having with your Kenmore water softener, feel free to contact us as we would be happy to help. We often get calls about Kenmore water softeners not using salt.  No matter the nature of the problem, we can fix it. kenmore water softener not using salt

 

 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"My wife and I recently purchased a home that did not have a water softener since the house was built.  One company advised us to use the plumbing stack for drainage because of the location of the main water pipe, this was understandable. However, Watersmart advised us with a better alternative. Since they were licensed plumbers, they were able to find a location to cut some water pipes, and install the water softener near our laundry drain.  They are very skilled professionals and have great customer service. We also bought a reverse osmosis from them. They gave us detailed instructions on how to operate the softener and reverse osmosis. I would recommend these guys. Thank you Watersmart."
- William
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How do I tell if my salt tank is filling with water?

There are 3 signs that could indicate that your water softener's salt tank is being flooded:

1)Water is coming out salty
2)Brine is appearing in water lines
3)Faucets begin to clog or water flow begins to weaken
4)Toilets are getting clogged
 

Why is my salt tank full of water?

A common problem with Sears/Kenmore water softeners is the salt tank or brine tank getting filled with water. Often times there isn't enough outflow or there is clogging that results in the brine tank being filled with water. Let's look at the different reasons why a brine tank may get filled.

 

 

Water softeners begin to degrade/ become unusable after 8 years

The life expectancy of a water softener starts to rapidly decline after 8 years. This may be the main cause of your water softener beginning to malfunction. 

Replace a water softener if the tank is cracked, you can repair it if a non-essential component like an o-ring is damaged.
 


The valve that controls water entry in the home is broken

If the valve that controls the water is broken it may not be able to stop water from entering into the compartment. This is a major cause of the brine tank being filled with excess water.

water entry valve at the back of the kenmore unit
The entry valve can be found on the back of the unit and unplugged to inspect for debris and other issues.
Water entry valve unplugged from a Kenmore unitOnce the valve has been cleaned and placed back in its original position, water will begin entering again at normal rates.


The float valve is set too high resulting in excess water

kenmore water softener water level indicator

The float valve controls the water levels in the brine tank. If it is set too high, excess water may build up as your unit may not be able to release all the water after each discharge cycle.

water level indicator being disembled

Remove the water level indicator (entire component in the image above), disassemble it, and determine if the valve itself requires cleaning due to clogging.

 

water brine valve with debris

After the water level indicator is disassembled, check the water level valve to see if it needs to be cleaned or has debris within it.

water level indicator placed back into Kenmore unit
Once it is clean, reassemble the water level control valve and place it back into the water softener.


 

 

 

See it live 

 

We have covered a lot of ground quite quickly here - if you still aren't sure how to fix the brine tank issue, see here for the full video:

 

 

Images and video are referenced from LohnnieJohnson1 via Youtube.
 

Are there other problems affecting the function of my water softener?

 

Here are some best practices and clues to other issues that could affect your Kenmore water softener

  • Allow the salt to be completely depleted before adding more salt
  • Check both valves that mediate the entry and exit of water from the salt tank for issues
  • Use a mirror and flashlight to help you look closely at the valves

 

Still stuck with your Kenmore water softener? WaterSmart can help

 

Trust WaterSmart with your Kenmore water softener repair. We have been in operation for over 20 years and have seen just about everything when it comes to Kenmore water softener repairs. The average lifespan of a water softener is about 10 years, however if it is maintained well by professionals like the employees at Watersmart, it can last up to 20 years. If you have a problem with your water softener not using salt, we can fix it. If there are other issues with your softener, whether it be a motor issue, resin issues, blockages, leaks, or some other less common problem, we are also able to fix them. Simply give us a call or send us an email today, to book a free estimate to have it repaired or visit one of our locations today. We service the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas. 

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How to Make the Perfect Pizza: Use Water as Your Secret Ingredient

How to Make the Perfect Pizza: Use Water as Your Secret Ingredient

 

Many have wondered what makes pizza from Sicily, Naples, and New York so great: is it the toppings, the sauce, or rather something in the dough? Here are 10 great ways to make pizza taste better for your family, friends, and loved ones. If you've tried everything and are stuck on how to make the perfect pizza, you might just be missing the most important ingredient ... WATER! Eat and live WaterSmart contact us today to bring new zest and life to your pizza, soups, and even produce.
 

Contact WaterSmart to heighten the flavour and richness of your favourite dishes at home

 

Get filtered water to bring your home cooking to a new threshold of quality and nutrition.


 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331  

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"I just want to thank you, Derek, Paul, and Ben for your continuing support with my house of horrors.  I wouldn't know what to do without you.  You've been professional, available for all my plumbing and osmosis system needs, and I am so grateful to have found such a great company who does solid work; even with a smile when the work is not the nicest." - Tarryn Chan

 

Read more testimonials here

 

No More Wondering How to Make the Perfect Pizza


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In this article, we look at many great strategies for the perfect pizza. Learn from pros and people who have been working for ages to perfect their pie.
 

1. Changing the game with frozen pizza crust

Frozen pizza crush is typically floppy when it leaves the oven because it has been in the store for a long time, during which it has collected a ton of ice crystals. Once the heat turns on, the ice turns into water and adds excess moisture to the pizza.

 

Game changers for frozen pizza crust

  • Elevate your pizza by avoiding the use of a baking tray or pan, instead use the oven rack directly or an elevated pan.
  • Man Made DIY also suggests brushing with garlic butter in the last 2 minutes so that the crust can crisp and brown

2. If you want good pizza make your own dough

 make your own dough

The main game changer for pizza is actually not trying to salvage or improve a frozen pizza but to make your own pizza dough.

 

Making your own dough also allows you to embed your own unique flair into the crust, not to mention adding extras like cheese and stuffed crust.

Mario Batali uses flour, yeast, extra virgin olive oil, and water at 96-98.6 degrees.
 

3. What separates great and legendary pizza is the water
Use filtered water to create New York pizza

It is well known that some of the best pizza comes from Naples, Sicily, and New York.

Both Mario Batalli and a writer at Pur agree that water is huge when it comes to replicating great tasting pizza from around the world. This is especially true because the dough contains water that facilitates the mixture of flavours between sauce, topping, and cheese to bring new and heightened flavours. That is why quality water is so important for pizza.

This means that serious pizza makers should consider a water filtration system if they're looking for the perfect pie.


4. Store your dough for up to 3 days



Based on tests by Food Lab, storing and cold fermenting dough can increase its flavour and texture. Results point to a peak after 3 days, so get started early on that perfect pizza. Use a fridge or temperature controlled storage room for optimal results.

 

5. Restaurant style flavour with olive oil poached ingredients
Olive oil poached ingredients a great way to do pizza

Poaching your ingredients with olive oil makes your ingredients pop with flavour and gives great visual aesthetics also.

 

If you're wondering how to poach, see here:

 

6. Less is more when it comes to toppings
 

Pizza master chefs warn that you should avoid adding too many toppings, make sure there is lots of space for the dough and sauce to show through. Choose 2-3 ingredients and don't over-do the cheese as the final topping.


7. Use raw tomatoes in your sauce

Use uncooked tomatoes in your pizza sauce
The secret to restaurant level pizza sauce, says Cheat Sheet, is to use uncooked canned tomatoes for the sauce. The most common mistakes in making pizza sauce are accidentally using pasta sauce or cooking your crushed tomatoes.
 

8. Kick up the flavour with thinly sliced garlic
 

Adding additional flavour and boldness to your pizza is a great way to perfect your homemade pizza or to truly animate a frozen pie. Founders of Mimi Cheng's suggest adding thinly sliced garlic before putting it into an oven.

 

9. Make sure the oven is HOT

Use a hot oven for best pizza
Food Labs points out that the pizzeria's pizza is usually better because their ovens tend to hotter than the conventional kitchen's. This is because the temperate helps better push out the difference between crisp and fluffy which are two of the great things about a pizza. Learn about the chemistry with Food Lab's article.
Make sure to bring your oven to at least a 550 F or use a skillet-boiler approach for even more precision.


Image by bengt-re from Sweden (Inside the oven.  Uploaded by Josve05a) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


10. Finish with hand torn herbs


 The most traditional way to make pizza is to hand tear some fresh herbs over the pizza. Batalli notes that a grandma would never use a knife to hack her herbs - tear them instead so that the herbs don't get bruised.

 

 

Great pizza doesn't have to be complicated, but the final result is always worth the work. So whether it is adding a bit of garlic or finding the ideal water filter to create a symphony of flavours, pizza at its heart is great comfort food to share.

 

 

 

WaterSmart: restoring the quality and simplicity of water

From Kitchener and Waterloo WaterSmart has been helping people rediscover the joy of water, from making perfect pizza to extending the lifespan of appliances. Water helps move all the essentials of life, from combining quality ingredients in life to a fun and carefree afternoon in the pool. Live WaterSmart and rediscover the quality and simplicity of water.

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How to Make Instant Noodles Better: 10 Delicious Ways

How to Make Instant Noodles Better: 10 Delicious Ways

 

Whether you're a student on a budget, a working professional with no time, or a mother trying to juggle all the aspects of life, we all have those days where instant noodles are the only option for dinner. Did you know that there are many ways to dress up instant noodles so that they're healthier and tastier? Check out 10 different and delicious ways to make instant noodles better here. You may have also heard people talking about how water can affect the taste of your food. This article will not only explore different ways of preparing ramen but also how water effects the taste of your noodles. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at Watersmart.

 

 

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"Purchased a water softener, price was reasonable, sales staff was very informative and not pushy. Install was quick and clean and he gave instructions on the unit. I would highly recommend Watersmart Systems."

- Rob Morgan 

 

1. Ram n’ Cheese

As it sounds, ram n’ cheese is a combination of ramen and Mac n’ cheese.

 

Ingredients:

8 oz Cheddar Cheese

1 Tablespoon Cornstarch

¾ Cup Milk

2 Packages Ramen Noodles

 

Find the full recipe here

 

 

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2. Cheddar Broccoli Ramen

 

Looking to add some vegetables to your ramen and make it healthier? Check out this fun recipe.


Ingredients:

2 Packets of Rice-a-Roni Cheddar Broccoli Powder Mix

Ramen

Water

 

Find full recipe here.

 

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3. Ramen Pizza

 

Looking to make ramen noodles in a whole new way? Try not cooking the noodles and using them as a crust to this great pizza recipe.

 

Ingredients:

Ramen Noodles (uncooked)

Pizza Sauce

Cheese

Pepperoni


Find out how the restaurant Marco Polo Pizza does it here.

 

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4. Ramen Cacio e Pepe

 

Wanting gourmet on a budget? Try making this famous Italian dish with ramen.

 

Ingredients: 

2 Cups Water

3 Tablespoons Butter

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

2 Cups Parmesan Cheese

1 Tablespoon Black Pepper

2 Packages Instant Ramen 

1 Handful Oyster Mushrooms 

 

Check out the Cacio e Pepe recipe here

 

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5. Ramen Salad

 

Needing some vegetables and wanting to add a crunch to your salad? Check out this salad recipe.

 

Ingredients:

Lettuce

Carrots

Raw Ramen

Salad Dressing

 

Check out the instructions here.

 

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6. Hot and Spicy Chili Ramen

 

Needing a heartier meal than traditional ramen? Try this hot and spicy recipe.

 

Ingredients:

Campbell’s Chunky Chili Hot & Spicy Beef and Bean Firehouse 

Ramen

Water

 

Find the full recipe here.

 

 

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7. Peanut Butter Sriracha Ramen Noodles 

 

Ever tried peanut noodles at a restaurant, or perhaps your favorite take-out place? Try making your own easy peanut dish with ramen.

 

Ingredients:

Instant Ramen Noodles

Soy Sauce

Chunky Peanut Butter

Sriracha Hot Sauce

 

Full recipe available here.

 

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8. Egg Drop Ramen Soup

 

Needing a warm, cozy soup to warm up during the winter? Try this spin on ramen.

 

Ingredients:

Ramen

Two Eggs

 

See full Egg Drop Soup recipe here.

 

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9. Ramen Stir Fry

 

Needing a healthy alternative to the classic ramen? Make Ramen Stir Fry, filling it with your favorite vegetables and protein. 

 

Ingredients:

Ramen Noodles

Onion

Broccoli

Carrots

Celery

Peppers

Chicken or Beef

Teriyaki

 

See the full recipe here.

 

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10. Filtered Water
 

Did you know that your water will actually affect the taste of your food? There could be a number of issues with your water. Check out our Water Problems page to learn more. 

 

The problem could be: 

 

Hard Water

Hard water is caused by calcium and magnesium buildup. Certain areas tend to be more susceptible to these minerals. Check this link to see if your area is particularly affected. Thankfully, removing these minerals from your water is not an intimidating process. 

 

Bad Smell in the Water

Homeowners often complain of water that smells and tastes odd or unpalatable. Often the cause is chlorine or other chemicals that are present in the water. Chlorine has been added to municipal water for decades as a disinfectant that helps to kill bacteria throughout the system.

 

Both the minerals in hard water and the chemicals present in municipal water can affect the taste and quality of the food that you are cooking. To improve the quality of your food today check out the solutions above. 

 

 

WaterSmart - We Take Water Seriously

 

At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. Whether you're looking to refresh with a glass of water, cooking up a feast, or making Ramen, we want to ensure that the taste and quality of the water is top notch. Drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water and the quality of your health. If you are concerned about your water supply, don't hesitate to contact us immediately. We know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.

 
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Do I Need to Boil Distilled Water for Baby Formula?

Do I Need to Boil Distilled Water for Baby Formula?

 

Are you parents to a new baby and wondering what water is safe for their formula? Have you asked yourself what is tap water, what is distilled water, what water should I be using to mix formula? This article will explore what is safe and what is not when it comes to mixing baby formula. A common question is “do I need to boil distilled water for baby formula?” A great place to start is getting your water quality checked. We want to equip you with the knowledge you need so that your family can be equipped with the right tools and information to keep your water soft, safe, and keep you and your kids healthy. Contact the local experts at WaterSmart today to check your water quality.

 

 

 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331

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"Purchased a water softener, price was reasonable, sales staff was very informative and not pushy. Install was quick and clean and he gave instructions on the unit. I would highly recommend WaterSmart Systems." - Rob Morgan
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Types of Water
 

There are 3 main types of water: spring, distilled, and purified.

 

Spring water has all the naturally occurring minerals in the water.  It is good for drinking straight because the minerals in the water give it a little more taste.

 

Distilled water has all the minerals or impurities removed.  It is excellent for use in appliances because it won't cause any mineral build up. Some people also enjoy drinking it.

 

Purified water is a happy mix between spring and distilled.  It is very close to the same quality as distilled with the impurities removed but still has oxygen in the water. It makes excellent tea, coffee, and juices.  

 

 

Hard Water vs. Soft Water

Hard water is defined as water that "contains an appreciable amount of dissolved salts of calcium and magnesium," according to the freedictionary.comThe Encyclopedia Brittanica describes it as "water that contains salts of calcium and magnesium principally as bicarbonates." Testing the pH level in the water will show the hardness level of the water. Another measurement frequently used is the ppm or (parts per million) measurement scale. The higher the number, the harder the water.

 

Soft Water: Rainwater is soft water as it is pure, other than some acidic elements that it may have picked up in the air. However, when soft water comes into contact with the ground it picks up some of the elements present as it flows through an area. Distilled water is also soft as it has had the levels of calcium and magnesium significantly reduced. The levels of minerals in the water can be measured scientifically. Soft water is recognized as having a mineral content less than 17.1 mg/l.

 

If you live in the Kitchener - Waterloo, Cambridge or Guelph areas, check your water here

 

 

Helpful Tips for Safe Preparation of Baby Formula

Whether you’ve chosen formula or need to supplement with formula because breastfeeding isn’t going as smoothly as planned, it’s important to pay careful attention to the safe preparation of your baby’s formula. 

 

Sterilization

It is crucial to emphasize cleanliness before, during, and following preparation of the formula.  The bottle and all equipment should be sterilized using distilled (boiled) water before using.

 

Boiled Water

For formula, it has been shown that you should use distilled water. Boil your water and let it cool to 70 C, then add the formula mixture. According to Health Canada, any water you give a baby under four months of age should be brought to a boil for two minutes and then cooled to make sure it is sterile and you should always boil water to make powdered formula milk, whatever age your baby is. Once your baby is over 6 months old you can give them tap water to drink, however be sure to use distilled cooled water for formula.

 

Store Properly - Never Freeze 

Do not store the bottle of formula in the back of the refrigerator where it’s coldest, and never freeze formula.

 

 

Be Aware of Water Make-Up

The American Dental Association recommends that you do not use water that contains high levels of fluoride when mixing powdered or concentrated formulas. Too much fluoride can put babies at risk for enamel and gum problems. Distilled water is known to be low in fluoride.  Aside from mixing it with formula, babies do not need to consume water until at least six months of age.  

 

Well vs. City

If your home’s water supply is provided by a well, you are responsible for the water quality and treatment. Meanwhile, city water is treated before it reaches your home. Either way, both city and well water can have calcium, magnesium, flouride, iron, etc. Be sure to have your water checked

 

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WaterSmart - We Take Water Seriously

Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a water softener and full plumbing service company that you can trust. Along with our products that will serve all of your home water softening needs, we value our customers and getting them what they need and not pressuring them for sales. At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. If you have a baby and are looking to be sure you have a ready supply of distilled water, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water. If you are concerned about your water supply, don't hesitate to contact us immediately. Trust WaterSmart, we know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.

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Sears Kenmore Warranty Refund and Repair Options

Sears Kenmore Warranty Refund and Repair Options

What happens to your Sears warranty now that the long-time Canadian retailer has gone into liquidation?

 

Unfortunately, the Canadian retailer continues to disappoint customers with the teams of their closure. According to a recent article in the Toronto Star, “A reader [customer] had an extended warranty on a Kenmore stove close to expiry. Sears called to offer a three-year extended warranty for $219.82 and he said yes, paying in full… I was going to cancel, but the media were reporting that the warranty would survive any potential bankruptcy proceedings. Now I know the warranty will not be in force, I want a refund.” This is, unfortunately, the case for many Sears customers, and the disappointment continues to increase as all warranties are now void and only eligible for in-store refund if purchased within the last 30 days. Are you the owner of a Sears/Kenmore water softener that needs repairs or maintenance? Contact the experienced professionals at Watersmart today.

 

Sears Kenmore Warranty Refund and Repairs

 

 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331  

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"I just want to thank you, Derek, Paul, and Ben for your continuing support with my house of horrors.  I wouldn't know what to do without you.  You've been professional, available for all my plumbing and osmosis system needs, and I am so grateful to have found such a great company who does solid work; even with a smile when the work is not the nicest." - Tarryn Chan

 

Sears Refund Options

As noted above, if you purchased your warranty within the last 30 days you are eligible for an in-store refund. Unfortunately, the store is not providing any compensation for the other void warranties. So what are the other options? This article will explore the options available to you.

 

Contact Your Credit Card Provider

CTV News Vancouver contacted American Express, Visa, and MasterCard and confirmed that there is, in fact, a case to dispute the charges for Sears Protection Plans. You are able to file a dispute with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and others if your warranty was paid for in the last year with the card for services not delivered. Some have said your money could be returned to you in as little as 8 weeks.

 

 

According to the same article, here’s what representatives from the three biggest credit card companies in Canada had to say:

 

“Basically just tell everyone to contact the bank. We have been working out if it’s the month to month one – we’re getting those ones prepared to start disputing. If it’s two years to five years, we’ve been working out the prorated amount and disputing the rest,” said a Visa customer service representative.

 

“If the merchant wasn’t able to provide the service for the extended warranty at all, we also have a dispute case for that. So yup we can dispute it here at American Express,” an American customer service representative responded.


“If a customer has paid for an extended warranty with their HSBC MasterCard, and are not able receive the full value of the service due to circumstances as you’ve described, we are able to provide a prorated reimbursement as long as the company continues to operate,” stated Aurora Bonin with HSBC media relations.

 

File a Claim

Another option for disappointed customers is to file a claim as an unsecured creditor.  There is no guarantee that this will get you a refund, however, this will give you the opportunity to be considered after all of the secured creditors. FTI Consulting is the court-appointed monitor and they will provide claim forms at their website or by phone at 1 (855) 649-8113.

 

After all of the secured creditors such as landlords, lenders, and tax collectors have been paid out, the unsecured creditor claims will be considered.

 

 

Use Local Repair Companies

After going into bankruptcy protection, Sears continued to sell warranties this year. So, what can customers do who need servicing regardless of their void warranties? Turn to local repair companies. Since 1994 Watersmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a water softener and FULL plumbing service company that you can trust. That trust extends to our products and the expertise to better the quality of your home's water. Watersmart’s experts have been servicing and repairing Kenmore and Sears water softeners for years and their customers have come to recognize them as a company that provides superior customer service and high-quality repairs/maintenance at the best prices. Contact the specialists at Watersmart today.

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Kenmore Water Softener not Using Salt

Kenmore Water Softener Not Using Salt 

 

Since Sears is closing its doors officially, many customers are left with questions and void warranties, especially customers of appliances and household items, such as water softeners. If you have any questions about the problems you are having with your Kenmore water softener, feel free to contact us as we would be happy to help. We often get calls about Kenmore water softeners not using salt.  No matter the nature of the problem, we can fix it. kenmore water softener not using salt

 

 

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"My wife and I recently purchased a home that did not have a water softener since the house was built.  One company advised us to use the plumbing stack for drainage because of the location of the main water pipe, this was understandable. However, Watersmart advised us with a better alternative. Since they were licensed plumbers, they were able to find a location to cut some water pipes, and install the water softener near our laundry drain.  They are very skilled professionals and have great customer service. We also bought a reverse osmosis from them. They gave us detailed instructions on how to operate the softener and reverse osmosis. I would recommend these guys. Thank you Watersmart."
- William
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Why is my water softener not using salt?

 

 

Kenmore water softener may be passed its life span

Here are the top reasons why a water softener salt tank will be filled with water.

A water softener from Kenmore is expected to last about 8 years, the first thing to note is whether your softener is going past is life span. Online experts have cited this to be a fair life expectancy, if your softener is above 8 years old it may very well be time to replace it entirely.

You can attempt to self-diagnose the problem by reviewing the Sears website directly or contact our professional team to fix it quickly and inexpensively.

 

 

What is a salt bridge?

 

According to Water Doctor, a salt bridge is a situation that occurs when the moisture in the brine tank or salt compartment moistens the salt. If the salt is there for an extended period of time, it can harden all the way across the diameter of the brine tank or compartment and form a ledge or shelf. Once the salt has hardened it will not drop down to the bottom of the salt compartment, resulting in the salt not being able to be dissolved. 

 

What can I do about the problem?

 

If you’re looking for a DIY fix, an easy solution is to have a rubber mallet available and gently tap on the lower portion of the brine tank area, about one foot up from the bottom of the tank.  When you do this, if a salt bridge has formed, you will notice salt dropping down to fill in the bottom of the salt compartment. This will get you back on track with providing the needed salt to clean or refresh the resin in the water softener. However, there can often be other problems affecting the function of your softener and therefore affecting the softness of your water.

 

 

Are there other problems affecting the function of my water softener?

 

Along with a salt bridge, there are a number of problems that could be affecting the function of the water softener. Many homeowners with Sears/Kenmore water softeners have questions about salt brine and low levels in the main tank, the salt not being used at all, and even about trying to fix it yourself and running into recurring problems. Check out our page Common Problems and Solutions for Kenmore Water Softeners to see if there are other issues affecting your softener.  

 

Kenmore water softener repairs

 

Trust Watersmart with your Kenmore water softener repair. We have been in operation for over 20 years and have seen just about everything when it comes to Kenmore water softener repairs. If you have a problem with your water softener not using salt, we can fix it. If there are other issues with your softener, whether it be a motor issue, resin issues, blockages, leaks, or some other less common problem, we are also able to fix it. Simply give us a call or send us an email today, to book a free estimate to have it repaired or visit one of our locations today. We service the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas. 

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