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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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- 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.

 

Sources: 

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.

 

 

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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

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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.

 

 

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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
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 Brantford city hall

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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.

 

 

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"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

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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.

 

 

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"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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Fun Facts About Drinking Water

Here is a collection of 21 fun facts about drinking water and water statistics. Water plays a big part in our daily lives; we can't live without it. You might think that you know everything that there is to know about H20, but we just might surprise you. Read on to test your knowledge about this amazingly simple yet important substance. If you have hard water or if you are not happy with the state of your home water supply, contact the water softener and home water system specialists at WaterSmart.

 


 

 

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- Rob Morgan 

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21 Fun Facts about drinking water

 

1. Out of the estimated 326 million trillion gallons of water on earth, only 0.007 percent is available to drink. Source: "How Much Water is There on Earth?"

 

2. On average a molecule of water will be 9 suspended days in the atmosphere, 2 weeks flowing in a river, 10 years floating in a large lake, 3,000 to 5,000 years sailing in an ocean, 10,000-100,000 or more years trapped underground, and 10,000 to 1,000,000 or more years frozen in an Antarctic ice cap. Source: Roddick, Anita. Troubled Water. Boulder, CO: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2004

 

 

3. About seventy to seventy-five percent of the earth is totally covered with water. Source: All About Water

 

4. Because the earth is a closed system it means that doesn't lose or gain extra matter. This means that the exact same water that was on the earth when it first came into being is still here today. Source: All About Water

 

5. There are about one million miles of pipeline and aqueducts in total in the U.S. and Canada. That is enough to go around the globe about 40 times. Source: "Stats on Tap." American Water Works Association. Accessed: June 23, 2017.

 

6.  In the network of U.S. water systems there are over 600,000 miles of pipes. Source: "Stats on Tap." American Water Works Association. Accessed: June 23, 2017.

 

 

7. Water never goes bad so why do water bottles have an expiration date? The date is actually for the bottle itself. It expires."Water Never Goes Bad, So Why Does It Need An Expiration Date?" Smithsonian.  February 15, 2013. Accessed: June 23, 2017

 

8. Seventy percent of our bodies are made up of water. Source: All About Water

 

9. It is a myth that drinking water can help keep your skin moist.The moisture level of skin is determined by external factors such as skin cleansing, the environment, the number of oil glands and how they function. When you drink water it does not reach the top layer of the skin. Source: Everyday Health

 

10. When a baby is born, about eighty per cent of its body weight is water. All About Water

 

 

11. If you are healthy, you are able to drink approximately 48 cups of water per day. Source: All About Water

 

12. If you drink too much water too quickly it can dilute the sodium levels in your bloodstream which can cause an imbalance of water in the brain. This is known as water intoxication. Source: All About Water

 

13. It is a myth that everyone needs to drink 8 glasses of water a day. The Institute of Medicine recommends that women drink about 2 liters or 8 glasses and men should drink about 3 liters or 12 glasses of any liquid per day, not just water.

 

14. Water is able to dissolve more substances than any other liquid. Wherever it goes, water can pick up and carry chemicals, minerals, and nutrients with it. Source: All About Water

 

15. By the time you begin to feel thirsty, your body has already lost more than 1 percent of its total water. Source: All About Water

 

16. After you do intense physical activity, the weight that you lose is actually water weight and not fat. Source: All About Water

 

 

17. You can live for about a month without eating, however, you can only live about one week without drinking water. Water is absolutely vital for your survival. Source: All About Water

 

18. All of the nutrients in your body primarily move through your body by water. Source: All About Water

 

19. Water is essential for proper circulation. Source: All About Water

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20. If you suffer from joint or back pain, drinking water may significantly reduce your pain. Source: All About Water

 

21. Kitchener and Waterloo have some of the hardest water levels in all of Canada. Source: Canadian Water Quality Association

 

Do You Have More Water Questions?

 

If you have more questions about your home water or you are unsure about the best treatment system for your drinking water, contact the experts at WaterSmart. We have been advising our customers in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas since 1994. You can trust us to provide your family with a line of water treatment products guaranteed to supply conditioned, clean, and safe water to your home.

 

 

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Do You Know What Is In Water?

Have you ever wondered what is in water? Is the water that you drink from your tap just water? You'd be surprised how many possible contaminants could be floating around in your water. We have put together a helpful infographic that will list all of the possible contaminants that could be found in tap or private well water. If you are interested in finding out how you can get rid of unwanted substances in your water supply,  contact the water experts at WaterSmart. We can answer all of your questions regarding water filtration systems, including the benefits of installing a reverse osmosis water system.

 

 

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Infographic - Do You Know What Is In Water?

 

The following infographic will show you most of the possible contaminants found in tap and private well water. Different substances can enter our water from different sources. Minerals such as calcium and magnesium come from underground water sources. According to the Water Quality Association, if you live close to an agricultultural area, contaminants such as pesticides and fertilizers may be present in your water. If you are using a private well as your water source, it is advisable to get your water tested on a regular basis, at least once per year.

 

 

Sources:

 

Common Waterborne Contaminants

 

Water Group - Removal Comparison of Drinking Water Contaminants Informational Handout

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Water Softeners - An Overview of Pros and Cons of Products

Water softeners are usually considered a necessity in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, as most residents find themselves having to deal with the problems associated with the extremely hard water of our region. Hard water can build up and do damage to pipes and appliances which use water, so it is important to do something to soften your water to prolong their life. But what type of water softening solution is the best? We have put together an overview of the most common water softening options, including salt-free water softeners, traditional water softeners, reverse osmosis systems, and distillation, and have presented the pros and cons of each. If you require a water softening solution for your home, contact the local experts at WaterSmart today.

 

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Salt-Free Water Softener

 

Salt-free water softeners use potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride during regeneration, using a technology called chelation. According to Hometips.com, this process is actually more of a descaling process than a water softening process. In the chelation process, the metal ions magnesium and calcium (the minerals that cause hard water) are bound to a chelating agent. These minerals are not actually removed from the water, but they are suspended in the water which prevents them from being deposited onto the surfaces of water-using appliances, fixtures, and pipes.

 

Pros:

  • If, for health reasons, you are on a sodium-reduced diet, you may want to consider this type of softener. It is important to note though that most health concerns are related to excessive sodium chloride, not sodium bicarbonate, which is the compound that results from using a salt-based softener.

Cons:

  • Scale can still build up in areas where the water sits, such as inside your water heater.
  • Potassium Chloride is usually more expensive to buy than water softener salt.
  • Generally not as effective as a conventional water softener, however it is better than having no softener at all.

Salt-Based Ion Exchange Softeners

 

Salt-based Ion Exchange Softeners are the most common type of water softener. A salt-based softener works as follows:

  • Hard water (containing positive calcium and magnesium ions) enters your water softener.
  • The negatively charged resin beads attract the positively charged calcium and magnesium ions like a magnet.
  • The positive ions attach to the resin beads as the negative sodium ions on the beads are released into the water, making it soft.
  • After a while, the resin beads will fill up with hardness ions and they won't be able to attract anymore. Your water softener will go offline and salt brine will regenerate the resin beads by washing away the hardness ions and replacing them with a fresh layer of sodium ions.
  • Once the regeneration is finished, the water softener can then go back online and start softening water again.

There are two basic styles of salt-based water softeners: side-by-side units and single canister units.

 

1. Side-By-Side Salt-Based Ion Exchange Softener

 

A side-by-side salt-based ion exchange softener uses two separate tanks: a resin tank and a brine tank. The resin tank is where the main regeneration cycle takes place. It contains resin beads which attract the hard water minerals such as calcium and magnesium like a magnet, effectively removing them from your water. The brine tank contains the water softening salt which is used to regenerate the resin beads.


Pros:

  • Water softener salt is usually less expensive than potassium chloride
  • These units are relatively easy to clean
  • Overall this is the most economical water softening solution when considering initial purchase and maintenance costs


Cons:

  • Some people are concerned about the addition of sodium to the drinking water. However, the amount of sodium added is minimal compared to a healthy person’s normal diet and most health concerns are related to excessive sodium chloride, not sodium bicarbonate which is the compound that results from using a salt-based softener

 

2. Cabinet Ion Exchange Softener

 

The cabinet ion exchange softener has all of the components of a water softener including the salt tank enclosed into a single container.

 

Cons:

  • This type of softener can be very bulky and heavy. You will not want to move it often
  • They can be difficult to clean so you should consider using a very high purity water softener salt in order to cut down on how often you need to clean it. For more information about the different types of water softener salts, check out our infographic

Reverse Osmosis

 

A reverse osmosis system uses a filter that has pores which are large enough for water molecules to pass through, yet small enough to prevent the hardness ions such as calcium and magnesium from passing through. These hard ions are left behind and flushed away with excess water.

 

Pros:

  • Reverse osmosis systems do not need to use salt or potassium chloride to produce soft water, so there are no added ions. This is a good solution for people concerned about additional sodium
  • These systems remove many other harmful chemicals from your water. Click here to find out more. http://watersmartsystems.com/blogs/best-reverse-osmosis-system-canada-2017
  • Many people find that a reverse osmosis system also improves the taste of the water

Cons:

  • The membranes used in the filtering process need to be regularly replaced
  • Uses more water than other softening systems to operate
  • RO units are usually more expensive than ion exchange softeners, but much cheaper than distillers

Distillation

 

Water can also be softened by distillation. This is the process where pure water is separated from the other components found in tap water by evaporation, condensation, and collection of the resulting pure water.

 

Pros:

  • The resulting pure water is free from any hardening minerals as well as other harmful substances.

Cons:

  • Distillers are too expensive and the process takes too long to make them a viable alternative to water softeners and reverse osmosis systems.

The Water Smart Difference

 

WaterSmart has been servicing the KW region for more than two decades, so we understand the special water softening requirements of this area. 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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Best Reverse Osmosis System in Canada 2017

If you are looking for the best reverse osmosis system in Canada, read on. In this post, we will explain what reverse osmosis is, the benefits of a reverse osmosis drinking water system, and introduce you to the best reverse osmosis system in Canada: the Duro reverse osmosis system. At WaterSmart, we have been serving the Kitchener-Waterloo region for more than two decades so we know the special challenges of the water in our area. We sell, service, and install Duro reverse osmosis systems. If you would like to start enjoying the benefits of the highest quality reverse osmosis system, contact us today.

 

 

 

 

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Why Duro Is The Best Reverse Osmosis System in Canada

 

As one of North America's largest suppliers of water treatment equipment, Duro has over 40 years of experience. They have been the leader in reverse osmosis drinking water technology and have developed cutting edge systems for both residential and commercial use.

 

Features

 

All Duro reverse osmosis systems have the following features:

  • Ultra slim, space saving profile with integrated mounting bracket
  • Simple snap fit cover for ease of service
  • Fast and easy connection fittings
  • Colour coded tubing for simple installation
  • Chrome faucet
  • Highest quality reverse osmosis membrane
  • 25, 50, and 75 gallons per day options
  • Sediment pre-filtration
  • Pre and post carbon block filtration
  • 3/8" tubing from the RO system to tank and faucet for higher flow
  • Storage tank

 

Series lll - Premier Push Button Monitored Reverse Osmosis Systems

 

This is Duro's premier model which comes with a patented Smarttap Push Button Monitor. The Series lll will alert you when it is time to change your membrane. It also includes 3 dedicated sediment and carbon filters.

 

Series ll - Advanded Four-Stage Reverse Osmosis Systems

 

The Series ll model will produce high quality and great tasting drinking water. It uses a separate dedicated sediment and carbon pre-filters which means you will get longer run times between cartridge changes.

 

Series l - Standard Three-Stage Reverse Osmosis Systems

 

Duro's Series l reverse osmosis system uses a combination of sediment/carbon pre-filter as well as a dedicated carbon post-filter. If you are looking for the most economical yet reliable system, or if space is limited, then this system may suit your needs best.

 

What Is Reverse Osmosis?

 

Reverse osmosis (R/O) is a water treatment process which takes tap water and forces it through a semi-permeable membrane that has very small holes or "pores." Clean water then passes through the membrane, however, impurities that are too big to pass through the membrane are left behind and flushed away. Click here to read more about how reverse osmosis works.

 

Benefits Of A Reverse Osmosis System

 

1. Removes Unwanted Substances


Reverse osmosis can remove dissolved solids, salts, and minerals that cause hardness, as well as organic chemicals and other impurities. These impurities include sodium, chloride, copper, chromium, and lead. They may also reduce arsenic, fluoride, radium, sulfate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, nitrate, and phosphorus.

 

The following chart shows the substances that a reverse osmosis drinking system will remove compared to other types of drinking water systems.

 

 

2. Bottled Water Quality At A Fraction Of The Cost

 

The Duro Reverse Osmosis system can provide your family with bottled water quality drinking water at a fraction of the cost. For an average family of four, this drinking water system can produce enough drinking water for about $0.23 per day as compared to delivered water which can cost upwards of $1.25 per day.*

 

*Calculations based on recommended daily drinking allowances. Prices will vary depending on location and market.

 

3. Improves Your Water's Taste


A reverse osmosis drinking system can improve the taste of water for people who do not like the taste of dissolved mineral solids.

 

4. Protects Your Appliances


Water that has been treated by a reverse osmosis system will not produce harmful scale in kettles and coffee makers.

 

5. Helps To Lower Your Sodium or Potassium


For people who are on a medically prescribed sodium- or potassium-restricted diet, a reverse osmosis system may be beneficial, because they remove sodium and potassium from the drinking water.

 

 

Why Purchase From WaterSmart

 

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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