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

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

 

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

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

 

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


 

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

 

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No More Wondering How to Make the Perfect Pizza


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

1. Changing the game with frozen pizza crust

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

 

Game changers for frozen pizza crust

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

2. If you want good pizza make your own dough

 make your own dough

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


4. Store your dough for up to 3 days



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

 

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

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

 

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

 

6. Less is more when it comes to toppings
 

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


7. Use raw tomatoes in your sauce

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

8. Kick up the flavour with thinly sliced garlic
 

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

 

9. Make sure the oven is HOT

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


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


10. Finish with hand torn herbs


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

 

 

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

 

 

 

WaterSmart: restoring the quality and simplicity of water

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

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How to Make Instant Noodles Better: 10 Delicious Ways

How to Make Instant Noodles Better: 10 Delicious Ways

 

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

 

 

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

- Rob Morgan 

 

1. Ram n’ Cheese

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

 

Ingredients:

8 oz Cheddar Cheese

1 Tablespoon Cornstarch

¾ Cup Milk

2 Packages Ramen Noodles

 

Find the full recipe here

 

 

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2. Cheddar Broccoli Ramen

 

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


Ingredients:

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

Ramen

Water

 

Find full recipe here.

 

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3. Ramen Pizza

 

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

 

Ingredients:

Ramen Noodles (uncooked)

Pizza Sauce

Cheese

Pepperoni


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

 

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4. Ramen Cacio e Pepe

 

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

 

Ingredients: 

2 Cups Water

3 Tablespoons Butter

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

2 Cups Parmesan Cheese

1 Tablespoon Black Pepper

2 Packages Instant Ramen 

1 Handful Oyster Mushrooms 

 

Check out the Cacio e Pepe recipe here

 

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5. Ramen Salad

 

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

 

Ingredients:

Lettuce

Carrots

Raw Ramen

Salad Dressing

 

Check out the instructions here.

 

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6. Hot and Spicy Chili Ramen

 

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

 

Ingredients:

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

Ramen

Water

 

Find the full recipe here.

 

 

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7. Peanut Butter Sriracha Ramen Noodles 

 

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

 

Ingredients:

Instant Ramen Noodles

Soy Sauce

Chunky Peanut Butter

Sriracha Hot Sauce

 

Full recipe available here.

 

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8. Egg Drop Ramen Soup

 

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

 

Ingredients:

Ramen

Two Eggs

 

See full Egg Drop Soup recipe here.

 

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9. Ramen Stir Fry

 

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

 

Ingredients:

Ramen Noodles

Onion

Broccoli

Carrots

Celery

Peppers

Chicken or Beef

Teriyaki

 

See the full recipe here.

 

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10. Filtered Water
 

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

 

The problem could be: 

 

Hard Water

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

 

Bad Smell in the Water

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

 

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

 

 

WaterSmart - We Take Water Seriously

 

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

 
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Do I Need to Boil Distilled Water for Baby Formula?

Do I Need to Boil Distilled Water for Baby Formula?

 

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

 

 

 

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Types of Water
 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Hard Water vs. Soft Water

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Helpful Tips for Safe Preparation of Baby Formula

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

 

Sterilization

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

 

Boiled Water

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

 

Store Properly - Never Freeze 

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

 

 

Be Aware of Water Make-Up

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

 

Well vs. City

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

 

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WaterSmart - We Take Water Seriously

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

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Sears Kenmore Warranty Refund and Repair Options

Sears Kenmore Warranty Refund and Repair Options

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

 

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

 

Sears Kenmore Warranty Refund and Repairs

 

 

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

 

Sears Refund Options

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

 

Contact Your Credit Card Provider

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

File a Claim

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

 

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

 

 

Use Local Repair Companies

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

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Kenmore Water Softener not Using Salt

Kenmore Water Softener Not Using Salt 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Kenmore water softener may be passed its life span

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

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

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

 

 

What is a salt bridge?

 

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

 

What can I do about the problem?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Kenmore water softener repairs

 

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

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The Top 10 Most Asked Questions About Water Treatment

The Top 10 Most Asked Questions About Water Treatment

 

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

 

 

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

- Rob Morgan 

1. What is hard water?

 

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

 

 

2. Do I really need a water softener?

 

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

 

3. How long does a water softener last?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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6.  Are there any common service problems?

 

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

 

7.  Why are some water softeners expensive?

 

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

 

8.  What is Reverse Osmosis?

 

Reverse osmosis (R/O) is a water treatment process in which water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane that has very small holes or "pores". Clean water passes through and impurities that are too big to pass through the membrane are left behind and flushed away.

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

10. Where can I ask more questions?

 

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

 

 

 

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Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a water softener and full plumbing service company that you can trust. Along with our products that will serve all of your home water softening needs, we value our customers and getting them what they need and not pressuring sales. As a water purifier installer in Kitchener, Waterloo, and surrounding areas for over 20 years, we have learned that education is more important than making a sale. We want to equip you with the knowledge so that your family can be equipped with the right tools and information to keep your water soft and your home's plumbing in order.  If you require a water softening or plumbing solution for your home, contact the local experts at WaterSmart today.

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543


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

 

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

 

Education

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Sales

 

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

 

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

 

Installation

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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How Does Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

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

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

"The entire team at Watersmart Systems can be commended for their professionalism, and commitment to their customers. Sales were non pushy, didn't upsell, explained processes and models clearly and took the time to answer questions clearly.
Installation was done by clean, professional and courteous technicians. They were on time, and took ownership and responsibility for their work. When an unexpected issue came up, the installer and Watersmart staff took control, took responsibility, acknowledged our inconvenience and worked quickly to resolve the issue not even related to their installation activity. Highly recommend Watersmart Systems. A great example of exceptional customer service"

- Rob Killins
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Benefits of Losing Weight

 

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

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

 

How Does Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

 

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

 

1. It Fills You Up

 

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

 

2. It Helps When You Exercise

 

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

 

 

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

 

3. Drinking Water Boosts Your Metabolism

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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


Apps To Help You Remember To Drink More Water

 

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

 

Daily Water Tracer Reminder

Water Time Pro

Water Drink Reminder

 

WaterSmart - We Take Water Seriously

 

At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. Drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water and the quality of your health. If you are concerned about your water supply, don't hesitate to contact us immediately. We know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.

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Drinking Water For Skin: Before And After

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543

 

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

 

- Kim Pickles

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Glowing Skin - Does It Matter?

 

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

 

Does Drinking Water Improve Your Skin?

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clinical Studies on The Effects Of Drinking Water On Skin

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

Plumps Up The Skin:

 

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

 

 


Makes Skin Less Prone To Irritations and Blemishes

 

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

 

Drinking Sufficient Water Rids The Body And Skin of Toxins

 

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

 

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

 

Drinking water for skin before and after

Image Source: Pinterest originally from dailymail.co.uk

 

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

 

Tips For Drinking More Water Every Day

 

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

Add extra water or ice to your sugary drinks.

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

Drink a glass of water before every meal

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

 

 

Why People Choose WaterSmart For All Their Home Water Needs

 

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

 

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Effects of Hard Water on Hair

Effects of Hard Water on Hair 

 

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

 

 

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

Guelph 519-836-2543


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

- Rob Morgan 

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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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