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Flooding and Your Home Water Softener and Drinking Water System

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Heavy rains and the recent visit of Hurricane Irene have caused flooded basements and crawlspaces in several regions this summer. In some cases, homeowners’ water conditioning equipment and drinking water systems have been exposed to flood water. Unless the equipment was inundated with flood water there is little cause for concern. However, the equipment should be examined carefully – and safely – before resuming use.

  • Use caution when approaching any electricity-using equipment while there is still water on the floor; better to leave it alone until the floor is dry.
  • If youw water softener or drinking water system appears to have been immersed in flood water, it should be inspected by a qualified technician before using it again - control circuit boards and other electrical components that have been immersed may need to be replaced.
  • Any electrical outlets that were under water will have to be inspected and may need to be replaced.
  • For partial immersion – say water rose up the side of the conditioner tank a few inches but the control valve was not touched – the equipment may need only cleaning with soap and water.
  • If you have a private well and the well head was inundated you should have the well inspected and tested and your water system sanitized before using the water again; your water treatment equipment should also be inspected, filters replaced, and sanitized separately from the supply piping.

Of course, your local Culligan Man is your best resource for questions about your water treatment systems. He can provide inspections, testing, repair, and replacement. He will also be aware of your local needs and requirements. Additionally, Culligan also provides bottled water delivery services in many parts of the country.


Water Conservation Tips from Culligan

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When the Heat is On, Smart Practices for Saving Water Are Even Hotter  

This summer’s scorching temperatures have not only been taxing on us – they’ve also stressed our nation’s water supply. High temperatures and humidity combined with a lack of overnight cooling have led to drought conditions across much of the U.S. The heat wave has also increased residential and commercial water usage, leading to water shortages in some cities and states.

In the summer heat, every drop of water counts. As the mercury rises, keep these simple summer water conservation tips in mind to reduce your water usage in – and around – your home:

For your yard…

  • Water your plants and lawn at night or very early in the morning to reduce evaporation;
  • If you must use sprinklers for your yard or plants, direct them at your grass or flower beds – not the street or sidewalk;
  • Consider installing outdoor rain barrels to capture what little rainfall is received and use the water to feed plants, grass and flowers;
  • Check plants and flowers before watering to make sure they actually need water, if the soil is wet, wait another day or two before watering.

In the kitchen and bathroom….

  • Limit running your dishwasher or washing machine to only when you have a full load;
  • Install low-flow shower heads, and replace old toilets with low-flow models;
  • Check faucets and toilets for leaks and fix them immediately;
  • Remember to turn off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your face.

In addition to these simple daily habits, homeowners looking to make a greater water conservation splash can invest in the latest high efficiency (HE) appliances. Such as HE washing machines that use lower water levels and less energy or the Culligan HE Water Softener, which helps homeowners reduce water usage by eliminating tough to clean soap scum and scale build-up.

And here’s an added bonus: embracing these daily habits and even HE appliances can also cut your home’s utility bills, as well as reduce your home’s water usage.