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The Top 10 Most Asked Questions About Water Treatment

The Top 10 Most Asked Questions About Water Treatment

 

You may have heard people talking about water treatment, hard water, or getting a water softener and wondered what it is all about. In this article, we are going to answer the top ten most asked questions about water treamtent. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at Watersmart.

 

 

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

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 

1. What is hard water?

 

Hard water contains a significant quantity of dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. The hardness becomes greater as the mineral content increases.  The term originated from the difficulty to work with the water. You may have noticed that hard water requires much more soap, shampoo, or detergent than soft water. This is because the minerals decrease the soap's lathering capabilities. Read more about its effects on hair here.  When water is softened, mineral ions are exchanged for sodium ions. Read more about hard water vs. soft water here.

 

 

2. Do I really need a water softener?

 

In Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and surrounding regions the water hardness is over 25 grains per gallon.  You can determine your actual water hardness level by looking at the maps of the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph regions provided here. Hard water, as explained in the video above, can be problematic in your home when it comes to plumbing, build up, and even issues with water heaters. It can also cause problems with washing dishes and even hair.  Basically, if you’re reading this, chances are you need a water softener! Check out our products here. With a water softener, your water will “feel” nicer when bathing and showering, your laundry will be cleaner, and you will use less soap. It can also increase the value of your home.

 

3. How long does a water softener last?

 

Water softeners will usually last 15-20 years depending on the use, hardness of the water, and the number of people in the household.  Water softeners are very reliable.  Our goal at Watersmart is to get the right softener for your needs so that it lasts the longest. That’s why we calculate the softener you will need based on all of these factors when you inquire. Contact the professionals at Watersmart today to see what size/type of softener you need.

 

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4.  Is the amount of salt water softeners use damaging to the environment?

 

Water softeners use far less salt than one would think.  Unless your overall water consumption is incredibly high your softener won’t use enough salt to be of concern to the environment.

 

5.  What kind of maintenance should I expect to do?

 

None! While most softeners need little care, problems may occur. If problems do occur, do not try and do any maintenance yourself. Contact one of the experienced professionals at WaterSmart. Here are some things to keep your eye out for if your softener isn’t working properly: check for salt build-up in the brine tank, check the resin tank injector, and if your water contains iron, check for iron deposits in the resin bed.  Consider machines that have controls that minimize water use during regeneration to avoid maintenance. Often, one cycling a week will be sufficient for a family of four.

 

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6.  Are there any common service problems?

 

Like any other home appliance, your softener could run into some common service problems. There are a number of problems that can occur with a water softener over time. Some of the issues you may encounter are seal kit replacement, salt bridges, problems with timers, faulty power supply, motor issues, blockages, resin problems, or leaks.  Only trust your water softener repairs to a professional plumber. If you attempt to do the repairs yourself, you will void any warranty. The experienced technicians at WaterSmart know how to repair almost every brand of water softener. You can trust our trained professionals to expertly repair any problems you may have with your water softener. We will quickly and efficiently fix it regardless of whether or not you have purchased it from us.

 

7.  Why are some water softeners expensive?

 

Some larger national brands still have commissioned salespeople out selling water softeners.  If the price is extremely high this probably means you are paying someone extra.  Shopping local and visiting a store or website from a company in your city, like WaterSmart, can and will save you hundreds of dollars.

 

8.  What is Reverse Osmosis?

 

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.

 

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According to Engineering at Dartmouth, reverse osmosis was actually invented by a French physicist, Jean Antoine Nollet, in the eighteenth century. It wasn't until 1969 though that it started to be used as a commercial application when Dean Spatz used the process to separate maple sugar from the sap. From there it has become a key process used in water filtration. If you would like to find out how reverse osmosis can improve the quality of your water, contact us at WaterSmart.

 

 

9. What is the operating cost of a water softener?

 

The purchase of salt for regeneration will be the main operating cost. Salt is sold in large bags and can be obtained from one of our WaterSmart Stores, a supermarket, or local hardware store.  Delivery is also available from Riepert Salt. The other cost will be the water and energy required for operation and regeneration.

 

10. Where can I ask more questions?

 

Please contact one of our experienced professionals. You can contact us here or by phone (519-886-7331).  Visit our store in Waterloo at 14-105 Lexington Rd Monday-Friday 8:30am - 6:00pm, or Saturday 8:30am - 5:00pm.

 

 

 

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Hard Water Vs Soft Water 

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Water Purifier Installer Kitchener

 

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. 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 sales. As a water purifier installer in Kitchener, Waterloo, and surrounding areas for over 20 years, we 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 require a water softening or plumbing solution for your home, contact the local experts at WaterSmart today.

 

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

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
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What are the customers saying?

 

In the many Google reviews, there are a number of exceptional experiences that customers have had with Watersmart.

 

Education

 

When it comes to education, at Watersmart we value educating you on the system you need based on the number of people in your household, the gallons of water per day each person uses, and the hardness of that water.

 

Reviews have proven time and time again that the Watersmart staff are experts in plumbing and water softeners.

 

“I purchased a water softener through Watersmart and I was very pleased with the whole process.  I did not know much about water softeners but the salesman helped inform me how they work and which unit would work best for me” - Steve, Customer

 

 

Sales

 

As noted above, when selling, Watersmart values what the customer needs and not necessarily what is the most expensive softener or service. Reviews repeatedly note that they are clear, accurate, and never put sales pressure on their customers.

 

“The entire team at Watersmart Systems can be commended for their professionalism, and commitment to their customers. Sales were non-pushy, didn't upsell, explained processes and models clearly and took the time to answer questions clearly.” - Rob K., Customer

 

Installation

 

Watersmart has also 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

 

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More reviews and customer comments can be found hereWhat Customers Say and product and service information can be found here: Products and Services. Find store location and hours here.

 

 

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How Does Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

How does drinking water help you lose weight? Or does it help? Losing weight is challenging for most people and often times we are looking for any additional help to make us successful. Most doctors would agree that simply going on a diet isn't a long-term solution to maintaining a healthy weight unless it is combined with a lifestyle change. Drinking extra water each day could be one of those lifestyle changes that can make a real difference in you being able to lose weight and keep it off. In this post, we will look at a number of proven ways that drinking more water can actually help you to lose those extra pounds. If you don't enjoy the taste of your home water and that prevents you from drinking more, contact WaterSmart to find out how a reverse osmosis drinking system could improve the taste of your water.

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"The entire team at Watersmart Systems can be commended for their professionalism, and commitment to their customers. Sales were non pushy, didn't upsell, explained processes and models clearly and took the time to answer questions clearly.
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 Killins
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Benefits of Losing Weight

 

Our society puts a lot of stress on self-image and the pressure to look thin can be psychologically damaging, especially for young people. However, there are definite physical benefits to maintaining a healthy weight. According to healthtalk.org  some of these include:

  • Having more energy
  • Being less susceptible to developing harmful conditions like heart disease
  • Sleeping better
  • Having fewer aches and pains
  • Breathing easier
  • Having easier mobility

 

How Does Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

 

According to Leah Kaufman, R.D., a dietitian with NYU Langone Medical Center's Weight Management Program, the amount of water that you drink plays a huge role in successfully losing weight. The following are 5 ways in which drinking water can help you lose weight.

 

1. It Fills You Up

 

This is probably the most obvious way that drinking water will help you lose weight. When you drink more, it helps you to feel full. A University of Oxford study done in 2015  found that obese adults who drank 16 ounces of water half an hour before mealtime ate fewer calories and lost 2.6 more pounds than those who told themselves that they were full before eating.

 

2. It Helps When You Exercise

 

Drinking water will help your workouts be more successful. It keeps your cells firing and it feeds your muscles with oxygen and nutrients. If you are dehydrated while you are working out, your fat loss will suffer. It is a good idea to drink half a litre of water before your workout as you won't start to feel thirsty until you have already lost about 2% of your body weight in water.

 

 

Hydrating before exercising will ensure that you don't lose your body weight in water and this, in turn, will help you maintain your performance levels throughout the workout, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The American Council on Exercise recommends that if you are a physically active woman, you should be drinking 2.7 litres of water per day. That is significantly more than the previously thought optimum of 8 glasses per day.

 

3. Drinking Water Boosts Your Metabolism

 

Simply put, drinking more water helps you to burn more calories. A study done by the Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism showed that healthy men and women who drank about 16 ounces of water demonstrated a spike in their metabolic rate of about 30%. The researchers of that study concluded that people who drink an additional 1.5 litres of water every day could burn an extra 200 calories every day.

 

*Tip: Drinking cold water will burn even more calories as your body has to work to warm the water to body temperature according to healthline.com.

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4. Drinking Water Will Help You Determine If You Are Actually Hungry

 

Believe it or not, sometimes when we think we are hungry, our body is actually telling us that we are thirsty. According to WomensHealthMag.com we often mix up the two sensations because the sensations connected to the two are very similar: an empty, grumbling stomach; low energy levels; and lightheadedness. The next time that you think you are hungry, try drinking a glass of water first. If the sensation goes away, your body was actually telling you that you were thirsty.

 

 

5. Drinking Water Instead Of Other Liquids Helps Lower Your Calorie Count

 

If you are drinking water, which has no calories, then you won't be drinking other beverages which contain a lot of calories. A study of more than 1,100 adults done by BMC Public Health found that every 3.4 ounces of water drunk resulted in a 0.7 ounce reduction in the consumption of beverages that contained calories.


Apps To Help You Remember To Drink More Water

 

If you have trouble remembering to drink more water, here are some great free apps that are designed to remind you.

 

Daily Water Tracer Reminder

Water Time Pro

Water Drink Reminder

 

WaterSmart - We Take Water Seriously

 

At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. 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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Drinking Water For Skin: Before And After

Many people claim to see and feel the difference drinking water makes for skin before and after. However, does drinking adequate amounts of water really have a positive effect on your skin? Some say yes and others say no. In this post, we will explore the claims that water can give your skin a healthy glow and take a look at some studies done to test the theory. We will also outline the benefits that keeping hydrated has on your body and in particular your skin. If you want to drink more water but find the taste of your tap water unappealing, you may want to consider installing a reverse osmosis system. At WaterSmart, we sell, service, and install Duro reverse osmosis systems. Start enjoying the benefits the highest quality reverse osmosis system; contact us today.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"Absolutely wonderful! After getting many quotes, checking quality of units, warranty and businesses through the BBB, I chose to go with Watersmart Systems. Best equipment, price, warranty, and people!! The gentlemen that came and installed the unit were professional and polite. I will definitely be recommending this company!!"

 

- Kim Pickles

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Glowing Skin - Does It Matter?

 

We've often heard the phrase "glowing skin", but what is actually meant by that and why is it so attractive? According to Healthguidance.org, someone who 'glows" looks healthy, vibrant, and well, while someone who isn't glowing may appear unhealthy, sullen, or even grey. Our society is programmed to unconsciously view healthier individuals as more attractive. The simple fact of the matter is that a glowing complexion is more attractive to the opposite sex, and whether right or wrong, attractive people often find themselves more successful.

 

Does Drinking Water Improve Your Skin?

 

There are many conflicting opinions about whether or not drinking enough water affects the quality and look of your skin. There are very few studies available that can really prove or disprove the benefits of drinking water for skin health. This could be because pharmaceutical companies are usually the ones who fund this type of study and therefore marketing water, which is pretty much free, for skin care, would not generate any revenue for them.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clinical Studies on The Effects Of Drinking Water On Skin

 

One of the few studies done to study the long-term effects of water intake on skin health published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science in 2007 found that "drinking more than 2 L of water per day can have a significant impact on skin physiology."  In the study, they found that after four weeks, the participants' skin density and thickness were altered.

 

A second study done by the University of Missouri-Columbia found that drinking 500 ml of water increases the blood flow to your skin. According to the study, underhydration lowers subcutaneous tissue oxygen, impairs healing, and increases wound infection.


Drinking Water For Skin: Before And After - The Positive Effects

 

There are many health benefits to drinking adequate amounts of water every day. Many people find that there are also very real benefits for their skin as well. Here are a few.

 

Plumps Up The Skin:

 

According to womenshealthmag.com, water "plumps up the skin, causing wrinkles and pores to, more or less, get filled in." It is important however to constantly be replenishing your body with water because the extra hydration doesn't actually remove the wrinkles; it simply makes them less noticeable. If you stop drinking water, your wrinkles will once again become prominent.

 

 


Makes Skin Less Prone To Irritations and Blemishes

 

Julius Few, M.D., and director of the Few Institute and clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Chicago says that if your skin is properly hydrated, plump and elastic, it is less likely to become cracked. Cracked skin can allow external particles to enter its layers and cause blemishes and irritations.

 

Drinking Sufficient Water Rids The Body And Skin of Toxins

 

According to the University of Wisconsin Health, drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day helps "rid the body and skin of toxins." Many people claim that since they increased their daily water intake that their acne has improved and others have found that their skin seems more radiant and glowing.

 

How Drinking 3 litres of Water Per Day Helped Sarah's Skin

 

Drinking water for skin before and after

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Sarah, aged 42, is a firm believer in how drinking lots of water can improve your skin, because she tried it for herself. She actually began her increase in water intake to help relieve her chronic headaches and poor digestion. The water did help resolve those issues, but she also experienced a bonus and much-welcomed side effect. The extra water made her look younger.  In her article from the dailymail.co.uk Sarah writes, "I genuinely can't believe the difference in my face. I look like a different woman. The dark shadows around my eyes have all but disappeared and the blotches have gone. My skin is almost as dewy as it was when I was a child. The transformation is nothing short of remarkable." Read more from Sarah's article here.

 

Tips For Drinking More Water Every Day

 

Add a lemon wedge to your bottle of water to give it more flavour.

Add extra water or ice to your sugary drinks.

Drink a glass of water after every visit to the bathroom.

Drink a glass of water before every meal

Add a filtering system to your tap water to improve the flavour.

 

 

Why People Choose WaterSmart For All Their Home Water Needs

 

Whether you would like to have better tasting water to encourage yourself to drink more or if you are looking to make your water at home softer, WaterSmart is here to help. WaterSmart is a locally owned and operated business that has built a solid reputation for high-quality products, excellent prices, and superior customer service. We can answer all of your water and plumbing questions and concerns. If you are wondering about the quality of your water, come to any of our WaterSmart locations and we will test it for you, free of charge. Contact us for all of your home water and plumbing needs.

 

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Effects of Hard Water on Hair

Effects of Hard Water on Hair 

 

You may have heard people talking about hard and soft water, wondered what is the difference, and how that difference might impact your hair. Below we will look at what hard water is, the effects it can have on your hair, and what you can do about it. Hard water can cause hair loss, damaged hair, and more. Contact us at Watersmart if you have a hard water problem.

 

 

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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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Believe it or not, hard water can have serious effects on hair. Shampoo manufacturers often spread misleading information claiming that it is the shampoo or soap that is harsh, however, the real problem in most cases is the hard water. 

 

Hard water contains high levels of minerals, specifically magnesium and calcium. Read more about hard water vs. soft water here.Washing hair with hard water can cause a number of problems, such as:

  • Hair loss
  • Dry and damaged hair
  • Eczema and scalp conditions
  • Split ends
  • Thinning of hair
  • Breaking of hair

 

Effects of Hard Water on Hair
What is the Problem?

 

Hard water is water that has a high mineral count. The most harmful of the minerals for your hair are calcium and magnesium.  The hardness becomes greater as the mineral content increases.  The term originated from the difficulty to work with the water. You may have noticed that hard water requires much more soap, shampoo, or detergent than soft water. This is because the minerals decrease the soaps lathering capabilities. 

 

How Does It Effect My Hair? 

 

The minerals in the water can cause buildup and residue to be left behind in your hair after you wash. It can leave your hair feeling dry, limp, and even damaged as a result. Some people experience a dry, itchy scalp as well.  The problem is that the minerals and oxidizers in the water weaken the hair. Scientifically speaking, these minerals are positively charged, while our hair has a negative electrical charge. When they come in contact, they are attracted like a magnet. This results in weak, damaged hair and can even cause the hair to fall out.

 

Hard water can also affect hair color. Hard water can cause color-treated hair to wash out quickly, causing a need for more treatments and therefore damaging the hair. If you are someone who cares about having healthy hair this should concern you. 
 

Effects of Hard Water on Hair

 

What Do I Do About It? 

 

You can determine your actual water hardness level by looking at the maps of the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph regions provided here

 

A water softening system in your home could go a long way toward keeping your hair healthy. Hard water can be softened relatively easily by using specially designed water softeners.  Water softeners reduce the mineral content in your water straight from the tap, leaving you with soft water in your entire home. With softened water, you will notice that you require less shampoo and soap, and your hair will be healthier and fall out less. 

The professionals at WaterSmart can help you choose the most effective water softener for the level of hardness in your particular area. We have been servicing the KW region for more than two decades, so we understand the special requirements and settings necessary to ensure that your new water softener will function with maximum efficiency. Our customers have come to recognize us as a company who provides superior customer service combined with the highest quality products at the best prices. Contact the water softener specialists at WaterSmart today.

 

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Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve 

What Hard Water Does to Hair

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Cambridge Water Hardness Issues and Solutions

If you live in Cambridge, Ontario, then this post about Cambridge water hardness issues and solutions will be especially relevant to you. Cambridge is beautifully situated at the convergence of the Grand and Speed Rivers, but it does have some unique water hardness challenges. Don't be too put off, however, because these issues can be solved! Read on to find out more about Cambridge's water hardness problems and discover some valuable solutions. If you are concerned about the hardness of your water and would like to do something about it, contact the knowledgeable and helpful staff at WaterSmart today.

 

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"We went in looking for a new water softener, your staff was informative, friendly and did not put any pressure on us. After some shopping around, we found that your store offered the best price, products, and installation. Financing options were easy and everything was done within a week or less! Our experience left us feeling confident in your product and service, thank you!"
- Phuong Nguyen
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Cambridge Water Hardness Issues and Solutions

 

As you read on, you will discover what it means when someone says that Cambridge's water is hard. We will explain how hard Cambridge's water actually is and give you a comparison to the rest of Canada. We will also discuss why hard water is a problem, and what can be done to solve this problem.

 

What Does It Mean That Cambridge Has Hard Water?

 

This means that the water in Cambridge contains large amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium.  The groundwater in Cambridge is hard, meaning that it has naturally occurring dissolved calcium and magnesium. You can learn more about water hardness by clicking here. Water hardness is measured in milligrams per litre, which can also be called parts per million or ppm. Another very common way to refer to your water hardness is in grains per U.S. gallon (gpg).

 

How Hard Is Cambridge's Water?

 

Cambridge has some of the hardest water in all of Canada. The city ranges between 20 and 32 grains per gallon (gpg) or 342 and 548 parts per million (ppm). The water hardness average across Canada is only 10.5 gpg. That means that Cambridge's water is about 2 to 3 times harder than the Canadian average! To put that into perspective, look at the following chart which shows the average water hardness levels of various cities across Canada.

 

Cambridge water hardness Issues and Solutions

Source: www.cwqa.com/

 

What Is The Water Hardness Level In My Area?

 

There is a wide range of water hardness levels amongst the different areas of the city of Cambridge. The hardest water in Cambridge is found in the southernmost tip of the city and along the west bank of the Grand River in the far south of the city. To find out the exact level of hardness for your particular area of Cambridge, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Is Hard Water A Problem?

 

 

Even though there are no apparent health risks to drinking hard water, some people find the taste unpleasant. Even though it is safe to drink, having hard water can cause a number of issues in your home. Some of these problems include:

  • Damage to your dishwasher, washing machine, and hot water heater due to mineral build-up
  • Calcium build-up in your shower
  • Sink and toilet bowl stains
  • Damage to your plumbing pipes
  • Difficulties getting your dishes and laundry clean
  • Damage to your clothing, causing it to wear out faster

Cambridge Water Hardness Solutions

 

Installing a water softener will remove the minerals and make your water soft. To find out how a water softener removes these minerals, click here.  There are many different types of water softeners on the market. It is important to purchase a water softener that can handle the amount of hardness in your water, keeping up with the amount of water that your family uses. To determine the size of water softener that you require, click here.

 

Where Should I Buy A Water Softener?

 

Plumber Series

 

Econo II Series

 

Premier Series

 

Signature Series

 

 

Because of the unique and challenging water hardness issues found in the city of Cambridge, it is a good idea to purchase a water softener from a company that is familiar with the Cambridge area. WaterSmart is a locally owned and operated business. For over 25 years, we have been helping the residents of Cambridge solve their hard water issues. We know Cambridge because we live here too.

 

The professionals at WaterSmart can help you calculate your exact water hardness level and corresponding softening needs to determine the appropriate softener for you. We will then install and program your softener so that it operates with the highest efficiency. We will also teach you how to operate and maintain it. Contact the water softener experts at WaterSmart today, and we will gladly answer all of your water-related questions.

 

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Brantford Water Hardness Issues And Solutions

If you live in Brantford, Ontario, then this post concerning Brantford water hardness issues and solutions will be especially relevant to you. Brantford is beautiful "small town" city located on the Grand River. It is famous for being the birthplace of many famous people such as the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, the hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, and the Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris, to name a few. But Brantford is also known by its residents to have hard water. Don't worry, however, hard water issues can be solved! Read on to find out more about Brantford's water hardness problem and discover some valuable solutions. If you are concerned about the hardness of your water and would like to do something about it, contact the knowledgeable and helpful staff at WaterSmart today.

 

 

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

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
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Brantford Water Hardness Issues and Solutions

 

As you read on, you will discover what it means when you hear that Brantford's water is hard. We will explain how hard Brantford's water actually is and give you a comparison to the rest of Canada. We will also discuss why hard water is a problem, and what can be done to solve this problem.

 

What Does It Mean That Brantford Has Hard Water?

 

According to the City of Brantford's website, Brantford's water hardness is rated "average to high". This means that the water in Brantford contains large amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium.  The groundwater in Brantford is hard, meaning that it has naturally occurring dissolved calcium and magnesium. You can learn more about water hardness by clicking here. Water hardness is measured in milligrams per litre, which can also be called parts per million or ppm. Another very common way to refer to your water hardness is in grains per U.S. gallon (gpg).

 

How Hard Is Brantford's Water?

 

The city of Brantford's water hardness ranges between 14 and 18 grains per gallon (gpg) or 240 and 310 parts per million (ppm). The water hardness average across Canada is only 10.5 gpg. That means that Brantford's water is about 1.5 times harder than the Canadian average! To put that into perspective, look at the following chart which shows the average water hardness levels of various cities across Canada.

 

Brantford water hardness Issues and SolutionsSource: www.cwqa.com/ and City of Brantford Website
 

 

Cambridge water hardness Issues and Solutions

 

 

Why Is Hard Water A Problem?

 

There are no apparent health risks to drinking hard water, however, some people find the taste unpleasant. Even though it is safe to drink, having hard water can cause a number of issues in your home. Some of these problems include:

  • Damage to your dishwasher, washing machine, and hot water heater due to mineral build-up
  • Calcium build-up in your shower
  • Sink and toilet bowl stains
  • Damage to your plumbing pipes
  • Difficulties getting your dishes and laundry clean
  • Damage to your clothing, causing it to wear out faster

 

Brantford Water Hardness Solutions

 

Installing a water softener will remove the minerals and make your water soft. To find out how a water softener removes these minerals, click here.  There are many different types of water softeners on the market. It is important to purchase a water softener that can handle the amount of hardness in your water, keeping up with the amount of water that your family uses. To determine the size of water softener that you require, click here.

 

Where Should I Buy A Water Softener?

 

Plumber Series

 

Econo II Series

 

Premier Series

 

Signature Series

 

 

Because of the unique and challenging water hardness issues found in the city of Brantford, it is a good idea to purchase a water softener from a company that is familiar with the Brantford area. WaterSmart is a locally owned and operated business. For over 25 years, we have been helping the residents of Brantford solve their hard water issues.

The professionals at WaterSmart can help you calculate your exact water hardness level and corresponding softening needs to determine the appropriate softener for you.

 

How To Install A Water Softener

 

The following video shows you how to install a water softener. If you don't want to do the installation yourself, let the experts at WaterSmart do it for you.

 

If you purchased the water softening unit from WaterSmart, we will install and program your softener so that it operates with the highest efficiency - free of charge. We will also teach you how to operate and maintain it. Even if you didn't purchase a softener from us, we can still install it correctly for you. Contact the water softener experts at WaterSmart today, to find out more.

 

 

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Waterloo Water Hardness Issues and Solutions

If you live in Waterloo, Ontario, then this post will be especially relevant to you: Waterloo water hardness issues and solutions. Waterloo is a wonderful city to live in with rich academic traditions and beautiful scenery, but it does have some unique water hardness challenges. Don't worry, however, these issues can be solved! Read on to find out more about Waterloo's water hardness issues and discover some valuable solutions. If you are concerned about the hardness of your water and would like to do something about it, contact the knowledgeable and helpful staff at WaterSmart today.

 

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

 

"Watersmart installed a softener at my daughter's new house and I was there during the process. The installers were fast, friendly and courteous. They explained the process to install it and gave her clear instructions on how to use it. They did not leave until they were sure that there were no issues. They did a thorough clean up after they were done. My wife and I were looking for a new softener at the same time so we went to their store on Davenport. We had the same friendly service with no effort to sell us up to a larger model. We got a great deal and they installed it the next day, removing our old tank and unit. Great service, great prices, and very skilled technicians. I would recommend them to anyone considering a new or replacement unit."
- DL Waterloo
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Waterloo Water Hardness Issues and Solutions

 

As you read on, you will discover what it means when you hear that Waterloo's water is hard. We will explain how hard Waterloo's water actually is and give you a comparison to the rest of Canada. We will also discuss why hard water is a problem, and what can be done to solve this problem.

Uptown Waterloo Ontario

Waterloo, Uptown - Image Source: By Giligone (My own work using a Sony a 200) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

What Does It Mean That Waterloo Has Hard Water?

 

This means that the water in Waterloo contains large amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium.  The groundwater in Waterloo is hard, meaning that it has naturally occurring dissolved calcium and magnesium. According to the website Regionofwaterloo.ca, it is estimated that in the Region of Waterloo there are 134,723 household water softeners using at least 2,753,738 cubic metres of potable water and 44,700 tonnes of salt per year in order to soften water. You can learn more about water hardness by clicking here. Water hardness is measured in milligrams per litre, which can also be called parts per million or ppm. Another very common way to refer to your water hardness is in grains per U.S. gallon (gpg).

 

How Hard Is Waterloo's Water?

 

Waterloo has some of the hardest water in all of Canada. The city ranges between 17 and 38 grains per gallon (gpg) or 360 and 650 parts per million (ppm). The water hardness average across Canada is only 10.5 gpg. That means that Waterloo's water is about 2 to 3 times harder than the Canadian average! To put that into perspective, look at the following chart which shows the average water hardness levels of various cities across Canada.

 

Waterloo water hardness Issues and Solutions

Source: www.cwqa.com/

 

What Is The Water Hardness Level In My Area?

 

There is a wide range of water hardness in different areas of the city of Waterloo. The hardest water in Waterloo is found in the area located south of Erb Street East, west of Weber Street South, east of King Street South, and north of Union Street East. To find out the exact level of hardness for your particular area of Waterloo click here.

 

Why Is Hard Water A Problem?

 

 

Even though there are no apparent health risks to drinking hard water, some people find the taste unpleasant. Even though it is safe to drink, having hard water can cause a number of issues in your home. Some of these problems include:

  • Damage to your dishwasher, washing machine, and hot water heater due to mineral build-up
  • Calcium build-up in your shower
  • Sink and toilet bowl stains
  • Damage to your plumbing pipes
  • Difficulties getting your dishes and laundry clean
  • Damage to your clothing, causing it to wear out faster

 

Waterloo Water Hardness Solutions

 

Installing a water softener will remove the minerals and make your water soft. To find out how a water softener removes these minerals, click here.  There are many different types of water softeners on the market. It is important to purchase a water softener that can handle the amount of hardness in your water, keeping up with the amount of water that your family uses. To determine the size of water softener that you require, click here.

 

Where Should I Buy A Water Softener?

 

Plumber Series

 

Econo II Series

 

Premier Series

 

Signature Series

 

 

Because of the unique and challenging water hardness issues found in the city of Waterloo, it is a good idea to purchase a water softener from a company that is familiar with the Waterloo area. WaterSmart is a locally owned and operated business. For over 25 years, we have been helping the residents of Waterloo solve their hard water issues.

 

The professionals at WaterSmart can help you calculate your exact water hardness level and corresponding softening needs to determine the appropriate softener for you. We will then install and program your softener so that it operates with the highest efficiency. We will also teach you how to operate and maintain it. Contact the water softener experts at WaterSmart today, and we will gladly answer all of your water-related questions.

 

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Kitchener Water Hardness Issues and Solutions

In this post, we will look at a very relevant topic for our city: Kitchener water hardness issues and solutions. Kitchener is a beautiful place to live, but it does have some unique water hardness challenges. Don't worry, however, these issues can be overcome! Read on to find out more about Kitchener's water hardness issues and discover some helpful solutions. If you are concerned about the hardness of your water and would like to do something about it, contact the knowledgeable and helpful staff at WaterSmart today.

 

 

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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Kitchener Water Hardness Issues and Solutions

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Kitchener Water Hardness Issues and Solutions

 

As you read on, you will discover what it means that Kitchener's water is hard, how hard it actually is compared to the rest of Canada, why hard water is a problem, and what can be done to solve this problem.

 

What Does It Mean That Kitchener Has Hard Water?

 

This means that the water in Kitchener contains large amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. 80% of Kitchener's water is groundwater.  The groundwater in Kitchener is hard, meaning that it has naturally occurring dissolved calcium and magnesium. You can learn more about water hardness by clicking here. Water hardness is measured in milligrams per litre, which can also be called parts per million or ppm. Another very common way to refer to your water hardness is in grains per U.S. gallon (gpg).

 

 

How Hard Is Kitchener's Water?

 

Kitchener has some of the hardest water in all of Canada. The city ranges between 17 and 36 grains per gallon (gpg) or 291 and 615 parts per million (ppm). The water hardness average across Canada is only 10.5 gpg. That means that Kitchener's water is about 2 to 3 times harder than the Canadian average! To put that into perspective, look at the following chart which shows the water hardness level of various cities across Canada.

 

Source: www.cwqa.com/

 

What Is The Water Hardness Level Where I Live

 

There is quite a large range of water hardness in different areas of Kitchener. The hardest water in Kitchener is found in the area located north of the Conestoga Parkway between Lakeside Drive and Charles Street, south of Victoria Street, and also the Hidden Valley area by Wabanaki and River Birch Street. To find out the exact level of hardness for your area click here.

 

Why Is Hard Water An Issue?

 

Kitchener Water Hardness Issues and Solutions

 

Even though there are no apparent health risks to drinking hard water, some people find the taste unpleasant. Even though it is safe to drink, having hard water can cause a number of issues in your home. Some of these problems are:

  • Damage to your dishwasher, washing machine, and hot water heater due to mineral build-up
  • Calcium build-up in your shower
  • Sink and toilet bowl stains
  • Damage to your plumbing pipes
  • Difficulties getting your dishes and laundry clean
  • Damage to your clothing causing it to wear out faster

 

Kitchener Water Hardness Solutions

 

Installing a water softener will remove the minerals and make your water soft. To find out how a water softener removes these minerals, click here.  There are many different types of water softeners on the market. It is important to purchase a water softener that can handle the amount of hardness in your water, keeping up with the amount of water that your family uses. To determine the size of water softener that you require, click here.

 

Where Should I Buy A Water Softener?

 

Plumber Series

 

Econo II Series

 

Premier Series

 

Signature Series

 

 

Because of the unique and challenging water hardness issues found in the city of Kitchener, it is a good idea to purchase a water softener from a company that is familiar with the Kitchener area. WaterSmart is a locally owned and operated Kitchener business. For over 25 years, we have been helping the residents of Kitchener solve their hard water issues.

 

The professionals at WaterSmart can help you calculate your exact water hardness level and corresponding softening needs to determine the appropriate softener for you. We will then install and program your softener so that it operates with the highest efficiency. We will also teach you how to operate and maintain it. Contact the water softener experts at WaterSmart today, and we will gladly answer all of your water-related questions.

 

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What Size Water Softener For Family Of 4?

Do you need to purchase a water softener and are wondering what size water softener is sufficient for a family of 4? This post can help. It may be a daunting task to know which size to purchase, so we have outlined an easy formula to calculate exactly which softener capacity will best suit your family's unique specifications. If you are looking for a trustworthy, local, and reliable company to buy your new water softener from, look no further than the experts at WaterSmart. Contact us today and we will answer any questions you may have.

 

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543
 

"Absolutely wonderful! After getting many quotes, checking quality of units, warranty and businesses through the BBB, I chose to go with Watersmart Systems. Best equipment, price, warranty, and people!! The gentlemen that came and installed the unit were professional and polite. I will definitely be recommending this company!!"

- Kim Pickles

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How to Know The Right Size Of Water Softener For Your Family

 

Step 1: Figure Out Your Average Daily Water Use Per Person In Gallons.

 

According to Watersoftenerfacts.ca http://watersoftenerfacts.ca/softener-buyers-guide/ the average person in the Waterloo Region consumes about 195 litres (51.5 US gallons) of water per day. You can use this number in your calculation.

 

OR

 

If you would like to be more accurate do the following. Take a look at either your fall or winter water bills. This will give you a better idea of your indoor water usage since during these months you are not using water outside. To calculate your household's average daily water use, divide your fall or winter water consumption (given in cubic metres) by the number of billing days for that billing period. You will find both of these amounts on your bill. Convert cubic metres to gallons by multiplying by 264.

 

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Step 2: Multiply Your Average Daily Water Use By The Number Of People In Your Household

 

Take the number that you calculated in step 1 and multiply it by the number of people in your household.

 

Step 3: Determine Your Water Hardness Level

 

You can determine your actual water hardness level by looking at the maps of the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph Regions provided here.  The following chart will also give you a rough idea of the water hardness level in your area. If you are using a private well you should get your water hardness and iron tested separately in order to get your hardness rating.

 

Source: Softener Buyers Guide 

 

 

Step 4: Calculate The Grains Per Day Of Hardness That Your Softener Will Need To Remove.

 

Plug your household's figures into the following equation to determine the Grains of Hardness needed to be removed daily by a water softener.

 

What Size Water Softener For Family of 4

 

Using the above formula, you can calculate what size water softener is needed for a family of 4 living in Waterloo and using 50 gallons of water per day per person as follows.

 

4 people X 50 gallons of water X 26 gpg = 5,200 grains per day

 

Suggested Softener Size

 

The following chart gives you the recommended water softener size to purchase according to the grains of hardness needed to be removed for your household each day.

 

Source: Softener Buyers Guide 

According to our sample family of 4 above using 5,200 grains per day, the recommended size of softener they should buy is one with a 40,000 grain capacity.


Why Is It Important To Choose The Right Size of Softener?

 

Choosing the right size water softener is important.  According to watersoftenerfacts.ca, http://watersoftenerfacts.ca/softener-buyers-guide/ it is estimated that "134,723 household water softeners use at least 2.7 billion litres of water and 44,700 tonnes of salt every year. To put that in perspective, it is equal to more than 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools and about one third of the weight of the CN Tower in salt!" The right sized softener will operate more efficiently, use less salt and less water, which is good for the environment and will help you save money.

 

How To Install a Water Softener

 

The following video shows you how to install a water softener. If you purchase a water softener from WaterSmart, we will install and program it for you correctly, free of charge. We will also go over how to operate and maintain it.

 

 

The Watersmart Advantage

 

At WaterSmart we carry an excellent line of water softeners that we are proud to install and maintain. We have been serving the tri-city region for more than 25 years so we understand the unique water softening challenges of this area. If you are considering installing a water softener in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, or Guelph area, contact us today for a professional consultation and installation.

 

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