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The Truth About Hard Water - Understanding Myths vs. Facts

 

When you talk about hard water and water softeners, there are often various misconceptions that arise. Here's a look at the truth about hard water, dispelling various myths and replacing them with facts. Read on to learn more, and contact the water and plumbing experts at WaterSmart if you have any questions or are looking to install a water softener. 

 

 

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

 

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The Truth About Hard Water - Understanding Myths vs. Facts

 

There are at least five myths about hard water that are worthy of our attention. Let's take a look.

 

Myth #1: Hard water is contaminated.

 

Truth: Hard water is full of “stuff” but they are not contaminants. Hard water has a high mineral content and is formed when water naturally filters through deposits of limestone and chalk, which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium deposits. Drinking hard water with abundant essential minerals can be good for your health.

 

According to the World Health Organization, calcium and magnesium-rich hard water can actually help protect against heart disease and stroke. Additionally, the Government of Canada directly states "calcium and magnesium are not of direct public health concern."

 

Having said that, an increased intake of magnesium can cause a negative change in bowel habits, namely diarrhea, and drinking water in which both magnesium and sulphate are present in high concentrations can have a laxative effect. 

 

For more, be sure to read The Facts About Hard Water and Health.

 

 

 

Contrary to what you might think, hard water isn't contaminated.

 

 

 

Myth #2: Hard water tastes bad. 

 

Truth: This one is related to the myth above, where hard water gets a bad reputation because many assume it’s contaminated when it’s really filled with minerals. Minerals can actually improve water’s taste; you can even purchase mineral water for its flavour.

 

Soft water not only doesn’t contain minerals, but the softening process can cause the water to taste a bit salty, thanks to the potassium or sodium ions used to eliminate magnesium and calcium.

 

Keeping in mind the potential irritation to the digestive system mentioned above, we recommend softer water with a filtration system for the best drinking experience. For more on that see Myth #5 below.

 

 

Hard water doesn't necessarily taste bad.

 

 

Myth #3: Hard water will clog up my piping.

 

Truth: This myth dates back to when homes were built with galvanized steel piping. Since hard water may contain magnesium and calcium, clogging was possible as those minerals can stick inside steel pipes.

 

Modern homes, however, have copper piping, which is perfectly compatible with hard water. If your home was built after 1975 or your older home has been re-piped, hard water poses less of a threat. If you have a home built from the mid-1940s to the mid-1970s that hasn’t been re-piped, soft water will be safer for your plumbing.

 

Hard water will, however, still cause limescale build up, which does affect pipes and appliances, and can also leave your dishes and glasses spotty and filmy. Over time, that build up can weaken water pressure but is relatively easy to remove.

 

 

If your home was built after 1975 or your older home has been re-piped, hard water poses no threat

 

 

Myth #4: Soft water gets your body cleaner.

 

Truth: Soft water is a better cleaner for household cleaning and laundry, as it doesn’t leave behind the mineral residue and limescale buildup that hard water does. But when it comes to your body, soft water may not be the superior option. The minerals in hard water give soap something to cling to, so it can easily rinse away. Super soft water can leave your skin and hair feeling like there is product left behind after a rinse – it just doesn’t bind with soap the way hard water does. Also, some say taking a shower in soft water makes their skin feel slippery. 

 

While you may be tempted to switch to hard water for bathing, remember this: Studies are ongoing, but this much we know about the potential risks of hard water thanks to the World Health Organization: "Exposure to hard water has been suggested to be a risk factor that could exacerbate eczema." If your skin is easily irritated, going with soft water will be better than hard water.

 

 

Hard water is better for bathing, but not for easily irritated skin.

 

 

Myth #5: You Can Filter Hard Water With a Softener

 

Truth: Water softeners convert hard, mineral-filled water into chlorinated, salty water. There is still a need to use a reverse-osmosis system to remove salt, sediment, and chlorine to produce a palatable water for drinking and cooking, and you can also invest in various Brita products to ensure you get great tasting filtered water whenever and wherever you want it. Better yet, WaterSmart offers refillable 18-liter bottles for your convenience. We've been providing water services to our customers in the Kitchener-Waterloo area since 1994. We'll be sure to provide you with the same excellent customer service and high quality of products that we've been providing all of our customers for over 20 years. Check out some of the bottled water products we carry and feel free to contact us today if you have any questions.

 

 

WaterSmart's 18L bottles are a great way to ensure the best possible drinking water.

 

 

Hard Water Issues? Trust WaterSmart

 

Having been informed of various myths and truths in regards to hard water, you may now be considering what to do next. Watersmart Systems and Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and water softening company, including both installations and repairs.  We also carry bottled water along with the best line of drinking water systems in the business. 

 

At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. If you have questions about your water quality or the type of water you need, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water.

 

Contact WaterSmart today for all of your home water needs.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.the71percent.org/hard-water-versus-soft-water/

https://www.lifesourcewater.com/myths-of-hard-water.php

 

 

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Water Softener Salt Kitchener

 

 

Water softener salt is an essential product in the use of water softeners, and this is especially true within the City of Kitchener, where unique water hardness challenges are an everyday reality. Read on to find out more about the importance of water softener salt, Kitchener. 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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Just wanted to thank Scott and Paul for the good service yesterday when they installed my new water softener. They called ahead and said they would be arriving in 10 - 15 mins and worked diligently for the 1 1/2 hrs or so they were here. Took boots off at the door and were very careful with the cart as they moved up and down the stairs. Gave my wife and I instructions at the finish and were very professional. Everything cleaned up at the end. Good job and well done! - Bob Reith

 

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Water Softener Salt Kitchener

 

What's The Deal With Kitchener's Water?

 

Before looking at the importance of water softener salt in Kitchener, we must examine the hard water situation that is present here. Simply put, hard water is water that has large amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. The hardness of water is measured in milligrams per litre. Water is considered hard if it has between 121 and 180 mg/litre of these minerals or very hard if it has over 180 milligrams per litre. The following is a graph depicting the different classes of water hardness.

 

 

 

 

As the video below shows, 80 percent of Kitchener's water supply is groundwater, and the remaining 20 percent comes from the Grand River. The groundwater in Kitchener is hard, meaning that it has naturally occurring dissolved calcium and magnesium. In fact, Kitchener has some of the hardest water in all of Canada - the city ranges between 291 and 615 milligrams per litre. The water hardness average across Canada is only 180 milligrams per litre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is Hard Water an Issue?

 

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.

To help with all of the above and other various problems that can arise as a result of hard water, we recommend installing a water softener in your home, if there isn't one there already. And an essential element is water softener salt, Kitchener.

 

 

 

Water softeners provided by WaterSmart - See below for more details!

 

 

 

Why You Need Water Softener Salt, Kitchener

 

A water softener uses a medium that serves to exchange "ions" of calcium and magnesium with sodium and potassium. This occurs in four steps:

 

  1. To do the ion replacement, the water in the house runs through a resin bed of small plastic beads or zeolite. The beads are covered with sodium or potassium ions. As the water flows past the ions, they swap places with the calcium and magnesium ions. Eventually, the beads contain nothing but calcium and magnesium, and softening stops. It is then time to regenerate the beads or zeolite.
  2. To regenerate, the beads need to regain their sodium or potassium ions by being flooded with a salty, brine solution that is rich in sodium or potassium.
  3. Once completed, the calcium and magnesium, dirt and sediments are flushed from the beads and into the drain in a process called backwash.
  4. The final phase rinses the mineral tank with fresh water and loads the brine tank so it's ready for the next cycle.

Automatic water softeners are usually programmed to recharge at specific times that will not disrupt the occupants. It is more water-efficient to have a metered model that will regenerate only when required.

 

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 locations. Additionally, WaterSmart's water softeners have been designed and custom programmed for the water of the city of Kitchener. We only operate in a small number of cities, so this allows us to focus on and be experts within the cities we operate. Here are our four models that have been designed specifically for the city of Kitchener. 

 

Econo Series

Smart Series

Premier Series

Signature Series

 

At Watersmart we recommend that homeowners regularly check their water softener salt levels. Most water softeners should be checked at least monthly and more often if the tank regenerates frequently. Make sure that your water softener is the correct size for your property.

 

 

Trust WaterSmart!

 

Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford and surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a water softener and full plumbing service company that you can trust. 

 

Along with our products that will serve all of your home water softening needs, we value our customers and getting them what they need and not pressuring them for sales. If you decide to purchase a water softener from us, we promise to give you the best service possible, just like we would with our own family. Our factory-trained professionals are all fully insured so you can be sure that they know how to install and set-up your new water softener so that it performs at the highest level possible. They will also take the time to show you how it works and answer any questions that you may have.

 

At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. If you have questions about your water quality or the type of water you need, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water. If you are concerned about your water supply or general plumbing, don't hesitate to contact us immediately.

 

Trust WaterSmart, we know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.

 

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The 8 Most Common Causes of Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes can wreak havoc on your home, so it's important to recognize when one develops. Read on to discover eight common causes of leaky pipes, and trust WaterSmart to take care of all your plumbing needs when they arise. Contact WaterSmart today if you have leaky pipes or any other plumbing issue that requires attention.

 

 

 

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The 8 Most Common Causes of Leaky Pipes

 

Most leaky pipes develop as a result of one of the following eight causes. Recognizing and understanding these problems can help keep problems at bay, and also alert you as to when you need to contact an expert plumber like those at WaterSmart

If you have leaky pipes and feel like tackling the issue on your own, be sure to check our article on "DIY Plumbing: How To Stop Leaky Pipes For Beginners."

 

Advanced Corrosion

 

There's no such thing as indestructible pipes and none of the materials used for household plumbing last forever. Over long periods of time, corrosion such as rust can eat away at the pipes in your home and eventually create openings for water to escape through. It's important to know that your plumbing is at a higher risk of corrosion issues if the pipe was laid more than 30 years ago; the piping materials used at the time do not resist corrosion as well as modern materials. Your system could also develop corrosion if your water’s chemicals, like pH and mineral content, are off balance. A water softener is a good way to reduce the impact of those minerals in your pipes.

 

 

Corrosion such as rust can eat away at the pipes in your home.

 

 

Degraded Seals


Your plumbing system does not consist only of metal pipes. Wherever your pipes connect to a specific fixture, you’ll likely find an industrial rubber seal to keep the connection watertight. Like your pipes, your plumbing seals degrade over time, so if a seal cracks or crumbles, water may begin to seep out around it. Overly dry and old seals are particularly susceptible to corrosion, leading to leaky areas around your pipes.

 

 

Degraded seals are a major cause of leaky pipes.

 

 

Excess Water Pressure

 

The harder your water hits the inside of your pipes, the greater the risk of eventual leaks. In extreme cases, incorrect water pressure can even cause pipes to burst. More generally, excess water pressure causes fixtures to leak on occasion, especially right after you stop the water flow. If you notice this happening, have a plumber test the pressure and make adjustments if necessary. Click here to find the ideal water pressure for your home. 

 

 

Hard water pressure will cause significant wear and tear.

 

 

Fixture Cracks


If your faucet or the pipes connected directly to it develop cracks, you may notice an immediate leak. These cracks usually occur due to impact, like someone stumbling and catching themselves on the faucet or a child throwing a toy and hitting the fixture.

 

These cracks can also develop out of sight - like under your sink - due to the repeated impact of items being forced into the cupboard space. If you notice damage to a fixture or the surrounding pipes, schedule a replacement as soon as possible.

 

 

Look out for cracks around fixtures.

 

 

Incorrect Pipe Laying


Detailed plumbing work should always be handled by a professional, as many leaky pipes that result in water emergencies occur due to incorrect installation. Small mistakes that may not be noticeable immediately can cause massive amounts of water damage later. Because your plumbing system requires water to flow against gravity in many places, it’s important that pipes and connectors are laid properly and that backflow devices are used as needed. If you suspect that your pipes were laid improperly, have a reputable plumber assess the system.

 

 

Detailed plumbing work should always be handled by a professional

 

 

Pipe Joint Damage


Some of the most vulnerable parts of your pipe are the joints, or the bends that allow the water to be redirected anywhere in your home. These joints often consist of separate curved pieces that are attached to straight pipes on either side. Extreme temperatures and excess water pressure can be particularly hard on pipe joints. Your first sign of pipe joint issues may be abnormal noises, particularly when running hot water. Have a plumber investigate any banging or clanking.

 

 

Pipe joints allow the water to be redirected anywhere in your home

 

 

Shifted Connections

 

Over time, your home - and by extension the pipes that run through it - may shift. This movement can occur due to foundation issues, erosion, flooding, building settling, or even earthquakes and tremors. If a set of pipes shifts too far, one of the connections may break. If you notice any unusual changes to your plumbing after a storm or natural disaster, call a plumber. Symptoms like low water pressure, running water noises behind walls, or discoloured water could point to leaky pipes somewhere in the line.

 

Extreme weather can cause pipes to shift.

 

 

 

Untreated Clogs


Drain clogs may seem like an inconvenience at worst, but these obstructions can lead to serious issues with your plumbing. If a clog consists of corrosive substances, like household chemicals, it could speed up the damage to your pipes and eat holes through them. The danger of trapping harmful substances in one spot is one of the main reasons why you should avoid chemical drain cleaners; these solutions often do not remove the entire clog and may sit in one location in your pipes without moving for long enough to cause serious damage. Instead, have a plumber come and use a plumbing snake or hydro-jetting to remove the entire obstruction. Additionally, clogged pipes can be a sign that you need to install a water softener.

 

 

Be careful what you put down your pipes to deal with clogs.

 

 

Trust WaterSmart, The Plumbing Specialists

 

Leaky pipes are not to be ignored, lest they cause real and lasting damage to your home. If you suspect one has developed, you can trust the fully licensed, professional master plumbers at WaterSmart to fix it and any other plumbing problem you may have.

 

We have been serving the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding area for over twenty years. We have the know-how and expertise you require. 

 

Contact us today for a free estimate.

 

 

 

 

Sources: 
https://www.thecleanplumbers.com/got-leaks-8-common-causes-leaky-pipes/

https://www.thespruce.com/types-of-home-piping-materials-1824879
https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to/a1053/4202333/

 
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7 Ways to Fix A Leaky Toilet Tank

 

So you've got a leaky toilet tank - what now? Read on to learn 7 ways to fix a leaky toilet tank, covering a number of possible issues. If you feel as though the problem is too large or overwhelming to tackle on your own, contact the plumbing experts at WaterSmart. There is no job too big or too small and our fully insured licensed master plumbers are always prompt and reliable.

 

 

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

 

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"Their plumbers are amazing! Persistent in finding the source of the problem, totally cheerful throughout, arrived right on time, eager to educate us on how to avoid the problem in the future... everything you'd want in a plumber."

 

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7 Ways To Fix A Leaky Toilet Tank

 

Before we continue, it's recommended that you read our previous article on 'How to Detect A Leaky Toilet' in order to help you determine what's actually going on in and around your leaky toilet tank. If you're not sure how your toilet actually works, click here. Once that's settled, try out one of the following 7 possible fixes, ranked from least to most challenging.

 

1. If your leak is coming from where the tank and bowl connect:

 

If this is the issue with your leaky toilet tank, the fix involves simply tightening the nut or replacing the washer.

  • Find the nuts that connect the tank to the bowl.

  • Use a flathead screwdriver to steady the bolt.

  • Use an adjustable wrench to tighten the nut.

  • Replace the washers if water continues to seep out.

 

 

A leak springing from where the bowl and tank connect is a simple fix.

 

 

 

2 to 5. If your leak is coming from the handle:

 

Toilet tanks control water height by way of a float ball, a water-intake assembly, or a metered fill valve, and an issue with any of these may cause a leak from the toilet handle. Additionally, the overflow pipe may be too long. Here's what you can do.

  • Check to see if the float ball is too high; if so, water is running into the overflow pipe and out of the handle.
    • Bend the float ball arm down slightly so that the water comes up to about 1” below the overflow pipe.
    • Flush the toilet to ensure that enough water gets into the bowl. If the water level is insufficient, then adjust the float ball arm up slightly until the tank fills with water.
  • Lower the water level by adjusting the water-intake assembly.
    • Pinch the clip attached to the thin metal rod.
    • Slide the clip and the cup down to lower the water level. Move 1” at a time.
    • Flush the toilet to ensure that enough water gets into the bowl. If the water level is not sufficient, adjust the cup slightly upward.
  • Adjust the knob of the metered fill valve.
    • Turn the knob counterclockwise 1/4 of a turn using a screwdriver.
    • Adjust the knob 1/4 turn counterclockwise until the water is below the overflow pipe.
    • Flush the toilet to ensure that enough water gets into the bowl. If the water level is insufficient, adjust the knob slightly clockwise until enough water fills the bowl.
  • Check the overflow pipe.
    • Check to be sure that the overflow pipe is 1/2” below the handle.
    • Use a hacksaw to shorten the pipe, if needed.

 

The handle may be the culprit when dealing with a leaky toilet tank.

 

 

6. If you have a spraying refill tube

 

If your leaky toilet tank is the result of a spraying refill tube, simply replace the tube and cut it to the appropriate length to stop the spraying.

  • Purchase one replacement refill tube of the same diameter as the old tube.
  • Remove the old tube. 

  • Cut the new tube with a hacksaw, matching the length of the new tube to the length of the old tube.

  • Replace the old tube.

 

Replace the tube and cut it to the appropriate length to stop the spraying.

 

 

 

7. If your leaky toilet tank has an issue with the flush valve:

 

If you have a damaged flush valve, it will have to be replaced, and this means you actually have to move the leaky toilet tank. Again, contact the experts at WaterSmart if you need assistance.

  • Place towels on the floor to catch excess water.

  • Turn off the water supply to your toilet.

  • Flush your toilet to drain the tank.

  • Loosen the nuts for the supply tube using an adjustable wrench.

  • Loosen the nuts that hold the tank on the bowl, keeping the bolt stable with a flathead screwdriver.

  • Lift your tank off the bowl and place it on top of the towels that you have already laid out on the floor.

  • Replace the flush valve assembly by first removing the old flush valve assembly and unscrewing the locknut on the bottom of the tank.

  • Cut the pipe to 1/2” below the top of the tank using a hacksaw.

  • Place plumber’s putty on the washer at the foot of the new flush valve assembly.

  • Push the assembly against the tank opening. Scrape off any excess putty.

  • Tighten the locknut with a monkey wrench. Replace the gasket over the locknut.

  • Replace your tank by first placing the tank back on top of the bowl and tighten the nuts that connect it to the bowl.

  • Turn the water supply back on and fill the tank.

  • Flush the tank to ensure that the leak is gone.

Yes, this is quite a process, and we recommend calling a professional plumber to get the job done right.

 

 

The surest way to fix a leaky toilet tank is to call a professional plumber.

 

 

Leaky Toilet Tank? Trust WaterSmart!

 

You can trust the fully licensed, professional master plumbers at WaterSmart to fix any plumbing problem you may have. We have been serving Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas for over 20 years. We have the know-how and expertise you require. 

 

Contact WaterSmart today for a free estimate.

 

 

Source:
https://www.wikihow.com/Fix-a-Leaky-Toilet-Tank

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How To Fix A Leaky Toilet

 

 

The question of "how to fix a leaky toilet?" is a relatively easy one to answer, but it takes time and concentration to complete this particular do-it-yourself task. As you scan this article, you may decide that this isn't a job you want to take on yourself. If you don't think you are up to doing the fix on your own, or if you simply don't have the time, contact WaterSmart and one of our fully licensed master plumbers will be happy to do it for you.

 

 

 

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"If there was an option for 10 stars, I would give that to Ben today! He installed our sink, replaced the tap and drain plumbing and it looks absolutely fabulous! Incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. Watersmart was recommended by K-W Countertops and we agree 110% that they provide excellent work at an honest and fair price. Thank you! Thank you!" - Elana Gibbs

 

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How To Fix A Leaky Toilet

 

Below is an outline of how to fix a leaky toilet in six steps. Before you tackle this task, be sure to gather the following tools and supplies:

Now that you're all set, here are the steps you need to follow in order to fix a leaky toilet. For reference, be sure to check our previous article on "How Your Toilet Works."

 

Step 1: Turn Off & Drain the Water

 

Locate your water shutoff valve below the tank and turn the handle clockwise. You may need to use locking pliers to get it turned off completely. Flush your toilet and hold the flap up to allow as much water as possible to drain out. Use a sponge to soak up any remaining water.

 

 

Be sure to turn off the water before starting your work.

 

 

 

Step 2:  Remove the Tank Bolts

 

Attach an adjustable screwdriver to one of the tank bolts on the underside of the toilet tank. Use this screwdriver to hold the bolt still as you unscrew the tank bolts with a screwdriver from inside the tank. Remove both bolts and gaskets.

 

Tip: If the tank bolts are rusty, you can try applying some lubricant to the top and undersides of the bolts to help you unscrew them. You may need to use locking pliers instead of a screwdriver to unscrew them. If all else fails, you will need to take a hacksaw to the underside of the tank and cut the rusted bolts off.

 

 

Step 3:  Remove Tank/Replace Spud Washer

 

You may want to ask someone to help you lift the tank from the bowl and set it aside. Once it's off, you can remove the spud washer. This is the large, rubber washer placed between the toilet tank and the toilet bowl. If it is stuck on, try using an adjustable wrench to pry it loose. Once that's off you, can apply the new spud washer. Be sure to tighten it over the spud nut. If possible, purchase a thicker spud washer. It will usually last longer and give a tighter seal.

 

 

Courtesy: http://www.rapidservicellc.com/Manchester-Plumbing/hidden-cause-of-a-toilet-leak/

 

 

 

Step 4:  Replace Bolts & Gaskets

 

The first thing you want to do here is thoroughly clean around all of the holes where the bolts were using a wire brush and white vinegar. You need a clean surface inside and outside of the tank where the new gaskets will be in order for them to seal properly.

 

Put a new rubber gasket/washer on each bolt. Make sure they are firmly seated onto the bolt, and insert each bolt into the clean holes inside the tank. On the underside of the tank, gently re-install the metal nuts onto the bolts, tightening them by hand

 

Step 5: Replace the Tank

 

Carefully place the tank back on the bowl and attach new rubber gaskets/washers to the bolts underneath the toilet bowl. Place a metal washer next and then the metal nuts. Alternating from one side to the other, tighten the nuts until the rubber gaskets are properly seated. Turn the valve back on, fill the tank and you're back in business!

 

If you do end up having to replace the toilet, refer to this article for direction.

 

Tip: Try not to overtighten the bolts; you can easily crack the tank

 

 

Be careful when tightening the bolts.

 

 

 

Fixing a leaking toilet tank is not too difficult, even for a first-time handyman. You should be able to complete the entire repair in less than an hour unless the tank bolts are badly rusted, in which case it may take you longer.

 

Watch the following video to watch step by step how to fix a leaking toilet tank:

 

 

 

 

Still Wondering How To Fix A Leaky Toilet? Trust WaterSmart!

 

WaterSmart not only sells and services water softeners, but we are also a FULL plumbing service company. We are a company that you can trust. That trust extends to all of our products and services. For more than 20 years we have brought our expertise to Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas. We are confident that you will be completely satisfied with our exemplary customer service. Contact us today and remember - no job is too big or too small for us.

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How to Detect A Leaky Toilet

 

A leaky toilet can be tricky to flush out, but if you suspect there's an issue, it's imperative that you detect it early and take steps to get it fixed in order to make sure your monthly water bill doesn't keep running up. Read on to discover some tips on how to detect a leaky toilet, and contact the experts at WaterSmart to take care of all your plumbing needs.

 

 

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

 

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How to Detect A Leaky Toilet

 

Here is a very quick and easy method to detect a leaky toilet.

 

1. Remove the Tank Lid

 

A basic first step, but if you're unsure, the lid is located on top, as seen to the far right of the diagram below.

 

 

 

2. Flush Your Toilet

 

With the lid off, you need to push the lever down and wait for the tank to refill to the designated water line to fully complete the flush cycle.

 

A look inside your toilet tank is necessary to detect a leak.

 

 

3. Add Some Colour

 

Next, you need to drop about 4 or 5 drops of food colouring into the toilet tank. To avoid potential confusion, use a dark colour such as blue or red instead of yellow.

 

4. Check the Bowl

 

After waiting approximately 30 minutes, check the water in your toilet blow. If the water is clear, you're in the clear; if there are shades of the food colouring present, you've got a leak. It's good practice to do this experiment in all the toilets in your home to make it's an isolated leak.

Courtesy: https://www.cityofdubuque.org/562/Detecting-Water-Leaks

 

 

5. Other Tests You Can Run

 

If the food colouring test doesn't work but you still think you may have a leaky toilet, there are a couple other things you can try via WikiHow:

 

  1. Examine the water level: Remove the toilet tank lid and take a look inside. If the water level is well above the overflow pipe, check the float. As a reminder, the float rises with the water and tells the inlet valve on the float when to shut off the water valve. If the water keeps flowing past the overflow tube, there is likely a leak.
  2. Check the inlet valve: Flush your toilet and lift the rod that holds the float as the water rises. If you hear the water stop, the problem is caused by the float, and it likely needs to be replaced. A new float and rod are very easy to replace and will only cost a few dollars at the hardware store.
  3. Test your flapper. If the water level of the tank is not surpassing the overflow tube, but you still hear or see excess water flowing into the bowl, it’s time to check the flapper. The flapper is the round rubber seal that sits at the bottom of the tank. Its purpose is to stop the water inside the tank from entering the toilet bowl. Turn off your water supply valve near the toilet, and check if the water level in the tank decreases. If there is a decrease after 15-20 minutes, the problem could be due to the flapper. There could either be a leak in the flapper or the chain may be too tight.

To guide you through these checks, here's a handy guide to the insides of your toilet tank.

 

how a toilet works

 

1.  Float
2.  Fill valve
3.  Float arm
4.  Tank fill tube
5.  Bowl fill tube
6.  Flush valve flapper
7.  Overflow tube
8.  Flush handle
9.  Chain
10. Fill line
11. Float valve
12. Flush tube

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Klork (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Leaky Toilet? Trust WaterSmart!

 

If you do indeed diagnose a leaky toilet, you can try to fix it on your own, referring back to our series on "How To Replace A Toilet."

 

The best option, however, is to trust WaterSmart for any and all of your plumbing requirements. Our master plumbers have been servicing the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas over 20 years. We have the experience and know-how to quickly and efficiently address any your leaky toilet, or any other plumbing issue you may have. 

 

Contact us today for your free estimate.

 

Sources:
https://www.wikihow.com/Detect-Toilet-Leaks

 

 

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Plumber Brantford: All You Need To Know

 

Local homeowners need a quality plumber in Brantford they can trust, whether it be for water softener installations or repairs, any type of emergency, or even for planned bathroom and kitchen renovations. In this article, we will examine some plumbing services that Watersmart can provide for our customers living in the Brantford area. If you require plumbing services in Brantford, give us a call or visit one of our locations in Kitchener and Waterloo.

 

 

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"Hired their plumbers to rough in a washroom in my basement. Very skillful, knowledgeable and polite technicians. They took away the debris and cleaned the area carefully after they finished. They are willing to answer any of your questions. They took ownership of their jobs! If you are looking for a trustable plumber, this team is definitely your best choice!"

 

Read more customer reviews here.

 

 

Plumber Brantford: All You Need To Know

 

Household Plumbing Services in Brantford

 

A fully insured licensed master plumber in Brantford should be able to do anything in your home from faucet replacement to a complete renovation. Their work should include but not be limited to the following (as outlined by the experts at WaterSmart):

  • Kitchens and Bathrooms
  • Leaks
  • Toilets and Taps
  • Clogged or Slow Drains
  • Countertop Pre and Post Installation
  • Dishwasher Installations
  • Sump Pumps
  • Tankless Hot Water Heaters
  • New Plumbing and Renovations
  • Master Plumber and Gas Fitter
  • Backflow Testing or Device Installation

 

The Alexander Graham Bell homestead is one of Brantford's most notable sights.

 

 

 

Plumber Brantford: Commercial Buildings

 

In 2007, the City of Brantford adopted a Backflow Prevention Bylaw that is applicable to industrial, commercial, and institutional properties, as well as multi-residential buildings having 4 or more stories. This bylaw was enacted to protect the potable water supply from incidences of cross-contamination due to backflow.

 

As the city website notes, "Under certain conditions, the flow of water in a supply line can be reversed, and if this happens when connected to something containing non-potable water or chemicals, contaminants can flow backwards into the drinking water supply line, otherwise known as backflow."

 

The bylaw states a backflow device must be installed and tested annually by a certified backflow technician that is registered with the city as an approved company to perform installations, repairs and annual testing of backflow prevention devices and equipment. They will walk you through the process, submit all the paperwork required on your behalf and show you how easy it is to comply when you work with us.

 

Brantford City Hall needs plumbers too!

 

 

 

Brantford Water Hardness

 

Water hardness refers to the amount of certain minerals, mainly calcium and magnesium, in the water flowing into your home. Brantford's water is "average to high" for water hardness; the average hardness level in Brantford's tap water ranges from 14 to 18 grains per US gallon or 240 to 310 milligrams per litre. 

 

That is actually 2 to 3 times more than the national water hardness average, and it means you should be looking to obtain the best water softener available, one that can handle the water hardness levels of your water and eliminate the problems the water in Brantford can cause.

 

Hard water can cause a number of problems in your home, including:

  • difficulties getting dishes or laundry clean
  • damage to your clothing causing it to wear out faster
  • damage to your washing machine
  • damage to your dishwasher
  • calcium buildup in your shower
  • sink stains
  • toilet bowl stains
  • plumbing pipe damage

 

Don't let hard water wreak havoc on your fixtures.

 

 

WaterSmart sells four models that have been designed specifically for cities like Brantford: the Econo Series, Smart Series, Premier Series, and Signature Series. Click here for more information on each.

 

 

 

Need a Plumber, Brantford? Trust WaterSmart!

 

Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford and surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a water softener and full plumbing service company that you can trust. 

 

Along with our products that will serve all of your home water softening needs, we value our customers and getting them what they need and not pressuring them for sales. 

 

At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. If you have questions about your water quality or the type of water you need, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water.

 

If you are concerned about your water supply or general plumbing, don't hesitate to contact us immediately.

 

Trust WaterSmart, we know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.

 

 
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Water Softener Repairs - Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford, Brantford

 

 

If you live in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford, or Brantford and are in need of water softener repairs, the experienced technicians at WaterSmart are here for you. We know how to repair almost every brand of water softener, and you can trust our trained professionals to expertly fix any problems you may have with yours. We will quickly and efficiently fix it regardless of whether or not you have purchased it from us. Read on to discover some of the water issues pertaining to each city, and contact us today to get your water softener working again in no time at all!

 

 

Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331
Guelph 519-836-2543


"I have recently purchased a water softener from Watersmart Systems and I am very pleased with their product and their professional and prompt service. I will certainly contact Watersmart again if I need help with water-related problems in the future." - Nguyen Vo

 

Read more customer reviews here.

 

Water Softener Repairs - Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford, Brantford

 

If you live in any of these cities, chances are you've got hard water flowing into your home, and that can become a problem over time. While 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.

What Does It Mean to Have Hard Water? 

 

Hard water is water that contains large amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. The hardness of water is measured in milligrams per litre. Water is considered hard if it has between 121 and 180 mg/litre of these minerals or very hard if it has over 180 mg/litre. The following is a graph depicting the different classes of water hardness.

 

 

With that in mind, here's a look at the hard water levels in the cities listed above:

As you can see, these areas have what is considered to be very hard water, and therefore water softeners are recommended for area residents. 

 

Cities along the Grand River - like Cambridge pictured above - generally have hard drinking water.

 

 

How Does a Water Softener Work?

 

A water softener uses a medium that serves to exchange "ions" of calcium and magnesium with sodium and potassium. This occurs in four steps:

  1. To do the ion replacement, the water in the house runs through a resin bed of small plastic beads or zeolite. The beads are covered with sodium or potassium ions. As the water flows past the ions, they swap places with the calcium and magnesium ions. Eventually, the beads contain nothing but calcium and magnesium, and softening stops. It is then time to regenerate the beads or zeolite.
  2. To regenerate, the beads need to regain their sodium or potassium ions by being flooded with a salty brine solution that is rich in sodium or potassium.
  3. Once completed, the calcium and magnesium, dirt, and sediments are flushed from the beads and into the drain in a process called backwash.
  4. The final phase rinses the mineral tank with fresh water and loads the brine tank so it's ready for the next cycle.

Automatic water softeners are usually programmed to recharge at specific times that will not disrupt the occupants of the home. It is more water-efficient to have a metered model that will regenerate only when required. Be sure to check out our water softener calculator to discover the ideal model for your home!

 

Contact WaterSmart for all your water softener repairs.

 

 

How To Avoid Serious Water Softener Repairs

 

While most softeners need little care and will last for many years, problems may occasionally occur, requiring water softener repairs. To ensure smooth sailing, the water softener should regenerate at least once a week to assure its longevity. If your softener is not working properly, here's a few things to watch for:

  • Check for salt build-up in the brine tank. If a crust has formed, remove it using a vacuum, clean with soap and water, and rinse well.
  • If your water contains iron, check for iron deposits in the resin bed. If it is present, use an iron-removing product to clean the softener.
  • Check the resin tank injector. If it is plugged with "dirty" salt, shut off the softener's bypass plug, run a manual regeneration, and then clean the injector and injector screen.
  • If your salt tank is over 1/2 full of salt and no water, pour 5-10 gallons of warm to hot (NOT BOILING) water in the salt tank.

Check our FAQ page and our article on 'How to Keep your Water Softener in Great Condition' for further information, and watch this video for some guidelines in regards to water softener maintenance.

 

 

 

 

 

Water Softener Repairs - Trust a Professional

 

Like with any other home appliances, there may be a time when you need some water softener repairs. 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 needs replacing
  • Salt bridges
  • Problems with timers
  • Faulty power supply
  • Motor issues
  • Blockages
  • Resin problems
  • 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, and 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. 

 

Contact us today and we will have your water softener working again in no time at all!

 

 

 

 

WaterSmart Knows Water Softener Repairs!

 

We have been in operation for over 20 years and have seen just about everything when it comes to water softener repairs. If you have a problem, trust us to fix it, whether it be a motor issue, salt bridge, resin issues, blockages, leaks, or some other less common problem. 

 

If you require water softener repairs, feel free to give us a callsend us an email, or visit one of our locations today for a free estimate to have it repaired. We service the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas.

 

We also have bottled water services for those in need of fresh drinking water.

 

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7 Tips to Drink More Water

 

 

The latest research from The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that men drink at least 104 ounces of water per day (13 cups), and they say women should drink at least 72 ounces (9 cups). You may also need to drink more water if you live in a hot climate, exercise often, or are under the weather. Following through on these recommendations can be a challenge, so read on to discover 7 tips to drink more water, and parents should also check out our article on how to get your kids to drink more water. Trust WaterSmart to provide high-quality drinking water in our refillable 18L bottles, which are delivered free of charge. Contact us today!

 

 

 

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"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

 

Read more customer reviews here.

 

7 Tips to Drink More Water

 

1. Set a Timer

 

Sometimes we need that extra reminder to accomplish a task, so set an alarm with a "drink more water" notification on your mobile device or computer, and be sure to follow through!

 

2. Download an App

 

To take it a step further, and as Self.com points out, "keeping up with how many glasses you’ve finished can be easy (and fun) with the help of a free app." Download Daily Water Free or Hydro Coach to your phone to set daily reminders and alarms. For more options, here's Healthline's recent list of the best hydration apps.

 

 

Your smartphone is a perfect tool to keep track of how much water you are drinking.
 

 

3. Track Manually

 

If you're not technologically inclined, here's more of an old-fashioned way to make sure you drink more water, and all you need is a bottle and a sharpie!

 

 

 

4. Invest in a Good Bottle

 

In a recent Brita Product Review, we discovered that Brita offers a 590 mL portable squeeze-bottle with replaceable water filter, as well as a 700 mL hard sided bottle that comes with a firm exterior, built-in straw and filter to allow for easy drinking and portability. Both are BPA free and dishwasher safe and are said to replace up to 300 (500 mL) plastic water bottles. Keeping one on hand and refilling as soon as it's empty is a handy and convenient way to drink more water through the day.

 

Invest in a good bottle to ensure you're drinking enough water.

 

 

5. Enjoy the 18L Experience

 

Having a small water bottle is handy, but you want to make sure you're filling it with high-quality drinking water. Enter WaterSmart's 18L bottle, available for $6.75 + $10.00 refundable deposit per bottle. WaterSmart offers spring, distilled, purified (through reverse osmosis) water, as well as free delivery. For 20¢/litre, you can refill your own bottles at either store location. Prepaid water plans are available at huge discounted prices and you can bring in your own bottles or purchase in store.

 

WaterSmart's 18L bottles are a terrific investment.


 

6. Keep a Pitcher on Hand

 

Here's a great tip from To Vogue or Bust: Have a clear pitcher or large vessel (containing at least 1L) right at your work desk! "First of all, ensuring it’s clear (a pitcher like Brita’s or a glass bottle) will give you an easy visual cue to see how you’re doing with your water intake, and it encourages you to finish it. Ensuring it’s a larger vessel means that not only can you take stock of how much you drank (knowing you got through a good 2L over the course of the day if you went through 2 big bottles), but also means you won’t get up and down so much to fetch water - in other words, it minimizes the inconvenience factor so that you just keep drinking water instead!"

 

Keep a pitcher of water at your desk and keep filling your cup or bottle all day.

 

 

7. Add Some Flavour

 

As Self.com rightfully states, "Chugging several glasses of water a day can seem like torture when every cup is tasteless. Add a bit of excitement by dunking fresh fruit (grapefruit, strawberries, lemon), veggie slices (cucumber, ginger, celery), and herbs (basil, mint, lavender) to your carafe." For further inspiration, read "27 Fruit-Infused Waters to Stay Hydrated This Season."

 

Water flavour


Fruit slices are a great way to add flavour to your water.

 

 

Remember: Overhydration can lead to water intoxication, which occurs when the amount of salt and other electrolytes in your body become too diluted. So while it's important to drink water, don't overdo it.

 

In order to remember these tips, here's a handy graphic that you can download or print:

 

 

 

Need to Drink More Water? Trust WaterSmart!

 

Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a bottled water, drinking water systemswater softener and plumbing service company that you can trust in.

 

You can trust our products and expertise to better the quality of your home's water. With an array of exclusive features, WaterSmart Systems' line of water treatment products is guaranteed to provide your family conditioned, clean water by treating and filtering the water that enters your home.

 

If you have questions about your water quality or the type of water you need, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water.

 

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Top 6 Water Videos in North America

 

Water usage and conservation is an important topic these days, and it's important to be informed and act to make sure this valuable resource is protected and used properly. Keep reading to see our picks for the top 6 water videos in North America, and be sure to also check out WaterSmart's top 10 conservation tips. If you have any questions or inquiries, trust the experts at WaterSmart to meet all your water needs and contact us today.

 

 

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I have bought my water at Watersmart for years and when I needed a softener I asked about their products in the showroom and the staff member impressed me with his knowledge about their softeners. I purchased a softener which they installed a couple days later exactly as they had promised. The installer did a very clean installation and told me some information about softeners that the service person from my old softener company never told me that would have saved me a lot of aggravation with my old softener. I would recommend this company to anyone.

- Jon Zuk, WaterSmart customer

 

Read more customer reviews here.
 

Top 6 Water Videos in North America

 

The Reality of Drought

 

When looking up water videos in North America, the topic of drought is sure to come up. The drought in California has specifically attracted much attention, but America’s water shortages spread even farther. Which other U.S. states are also running out of water? Click to find out.

 

 

 

5 Facts You Need to Know About America's Water Crisis

 

To piggyback on the previous video, here are 5 facts you need to know about America's water crisis.

 

 

 

Learn About The Great Lakes

 

Here's a fun one for the whole family where you can learn about the Great Lakes in North America! Educate yourself about all kinds of interesting facts and the location of Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie.

 

 

 

Protecting Canada's Drinking Water

 

While we're thinking about the Great Lakes and looking for other great water videos in North America, here's a great one from Ecojustice, Canada’s only national environmental law charity. Ecojustice is building a case for a better earth; check out this video to learn why we need to protect water at its source, and learn more about their work to keep water clean for all Canadians.

 

 

 

The Story of Bottled Water

 

Here's the description for this thought-provoking mini-documentary: "The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry's attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces."

 

Watch and then read our article on "24 Bottled Water Statistics" to learn the benefits of 18L bottles which you can refill at either WaterSmart location for 20¢/litre, or set up a prepaid water plan at huge discounted prices.

 

 

 

 

Meet the Millions of Americans Without Clean, Running Water | George McGraw | TEDxNashville


Did you know that approximately 1.7 million Americans don't have access to clean, running water? George McGraw's TEDxNashville talk addresses what it is like to be an American without access to water, what we should be doing to help resolve the problem, and what lessons we can learn from this issue.

 

 

 

Trust WaterSmart!

 

After having watched these water videos in North America, you can trust the experts at WaterSmart to help determine your water needs, supply the right products, and install them properly. 

 

Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service.

 

Along with our products that will serve all of your water softening and drinking water needs, we value our customers and getting them what they need and not pressuring them for sales. At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean and soft water seriously.

 

If you are looking to be sure you have soft water, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your drinking water and the performance of your water softener. If you are concerned about your water supply, don't hesitate to contact us immediately.

 

Trust WaterSmart - we know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.

 

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