Is it time for better-tasting or harder-working water at home?
Start by learning the differences between two of the most common
types of household water filtration: point-of-use and
Point-of-Use vs. Point-of-Entry
- Point-of-Use - Commonly known as
drinking water systems, point-of-use treatment refers to any
under-sink filtration system installed at the tap level, or other
direct water-access point.
- Point-of-Entry - This refers to
filtration systems installed at the entry point of water lines to
the house. These are often referred to as whole-house systems, and
other variations on whole-home filtration terms.
Now that we know what we're dealing with, there are essentially
two questions to consider when evaluating what will work best for
you and your home.
Step 1 - What are you filtering?
Do you need to filter out fairly benign contaminants, like
chlorine, or mild dissolved solids or sediment? Is there something
more sinister, like arsenic, lurking in your water? Learning what's
in your water is the first and most important step in deciding what
kind of water filtration system is right for you, whether it's
whole-home filtration, point-of-use, or something altogether
Start by scheduling a
free water test from your local Culligan Man. He or she
will come by to sample your tap water and run tests for the most
common water contaminants, so you can find out whether you need to
address water issues right in the kitchen or throughout your home.
Your Culligan Man is also a great resource to ask for advice once
you do know what is, or isn't, in your water.
Step 2 - Why?
It's also important to isolate why you're thinking about
filtering your water. It's one thing if you have a contaminant
issue that's making water smell or taste bad, but if issues are
more subtle there can be additional factors to consider when it
comes to your drinking water quality, and its impact throughout
- Skin conditions or allergies in the family?
- Low (or zero) tolerance for house cleaning?
- Heavy coffee or tea drinkers in the household?
- Hate the way laundry feels?
- Avid gardener?
- Well or municipal water?
For example, if your household hates its scratchy laundry and
drinks a lot of coffee, you might want to consider whole-house
filtration for the added benefits it can bring to your home (softer
laundry, better-tasting coffee and tea, etc.). Similarly, families
with allergies find that treating or softening water all over the
house can help reduce some common allergy symptoms. On the other
hand, if you're strictly interested in improving the taste of your
tap water, under-sink filtration may make more sense. Talking about
these issues with your Culligan Man can help you decide what will
work best for you and your family.
When the word comes out that your area has been affected by a
boil order, it's time to take stock of affected water and manage
its reach in your home. Any place in your home that uses water is
affected, from the kitchen to the laundry room. Start by following
these guidelines to avoid contact with contaminated water.
Stay Safe from Contaminated Water
- Don't drink the water, prepare food, brush your teeth, or use
any materials that have been in contact with water.
- Throw out ice cubes, coffee, tea, and any stored
beverages made or used with your home's water.
- Turn off water or block access to refrigerator water dispensers
and faucets to provide a visual reminder and help curb normal
- Boil water for a minimum of three minutes and use that
water to clean containers to store sanitized water.
- Use boiled water to clean any dishes and utensils you
plan on using.
- Wash hands and prepare food with boiled water.
- Do not use your dishwasher.
- Have young children take sponge baths to prevent any
Culligan Man Tip:Place bottled water or
pre-boiled water containers in bathroom sinks as a visual reminder
to brush and wash hands with clean water.
Hydration Tip:A pinch of salt can help
improve the taste of "flat" boiled water for drinking.
After the Boil Order is Lifted
Keeping you and your family safe and healthy during a boil order
extends beyond the duration of the order. To make sure your home is
prepared to integrate safe, uncontaminated water back into your
routine, ensure any remnants of contamination are addressed before
you go back to business as usual.
- Run the dishwasher through an empty bleach cycle.
- Flush water lines.
- Boil faucet screens.
- Purge and sanitize water-using appliances, including the
refrigerator water line, icemaker, coffeemaker, and tea
- Change your refrigerator's water filter.
Optional but recommended:Run a bleach
cycle through your washing machine.
You'll also want to make sure you sanitize any water
filtration or water softening systems after a boil order has been
in effect. Contact your
Culligan Man to help you navigate this process, and ask
any more questions you may have about bringing your home back from
the boil order.
The single best way to know what's in your water is to be your
own best resource. We want to help you do just that by providing
tools and information to help you make smart choices about your
water. There are a lot of things you can do to find out if you have
water, the causes behind it, and what options you have for
Diagnose Problem Water
The signs that point to problems in your water are often the
most obvious, but key factors to be aware of are:
- Appearance: Water is cloudy or discolored.
Common in many states and municipalities, you can explore
water problems by state to see if the water where you live
is predisposed to run less than clear.
- Odor: Water has a sulfurous, chlorinated, or
other suspicious smell. Almost every water treatment plant in the
country uses some amount of chlorine to treat water, so you can use
guide to get a handle on whether your region has
particularly low or high levels in the water supply.
- Taste: Water can take on a variety of tastes
for a number of reasons, the most common across the country being
bitter or salty. Like the range of water itself,
total dissolved solids and minerals responsible for
unwelcome tastes depend largely on the geography and landscape of
your particular area.
- Side Effects: Often, the signal pointing to a
water problem can be what's left behind: film, soap scum,
limescale, and/or corrosion on pipes, fixtures, and appliances.
Read more about the problem
water in your city.
Do you need to address a water problem? This can be a matter of
personal preference, especially if symptoms are severe or are
causing real aggravation in the home. Consider these factors to
help determine whether it may be time to
call in a Culligan Man:
- Are symptoms getting worse?
- What is typical for water in my region? Learn
- Are common household fixes able to mitigate any effects?
Learn more about easy ways to
solve for problem water.
If water problems are getting worse, or you've determined your
home's water is atypical for the area and it's beyond simple fixes
like cleaning with vinegar, you can always
call your local Culligan Man for a complimentary water
test. He or she will be able to help you determine if a
whole-house water filter or a
water conditioner is right to fix appearance, taste, and
odor issues in your water.
Even if water is typical for your area, or some solutions are
helping, water problems can be a headache you don't have to deal
with. Your Culligan Man is the perfect resource to help you
determine what kind of solution is right for your water.
Water It Down
Water is the second most popular beverage in the U.S....after
soft drinks. This is a scary statistic, since sugary soda is a big
health hazard, increasing the risk of obesity, stroke, and other
heart problems. However, these dangers can be avoided if people
choose to drink water instead, which doesn't have any negative side
effects. So, this new year, put the sugary stuff to the side and
make water the number one drink of choice. The benefits really are
endless. (Just take a read!)
- Fluid balance. Roughly 60 percent of the body is made of
water. Drinking enough H2O maintains the body's fluid balance,
which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body
temperature, digest food, and more.
- Calorie control. Forget other diet tricks-drinking water could also
weight loss, according to WebMD (http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water?page=2).
, Numerous studies have found a connection between water
consumption and losing a few pounds. The secret reason? Water
simply helps people feel
full, and as a result consume fewer calories.
- Muscle fuel. Sweating
at the gym causes muscles to lose water. And when the
muscles don't have enough water, they get tired. So for extra
energy, try drinking water to push through that final set of
- Clearer skin. Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to
inflame, which results in clogged pores. Water can help flush out
toxins and decrease occurrence of acne.
- Kidney function. Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily,
sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet,
enough fluids to clear away what we don't need in the body.
Let's drink to that!
- Productivity boost. In order to really focus,
glass of water could help people concentrate and stay
refreshed and alert.
- Fatigue buster. Move over coffee-water can help fight those tired
eyes. One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is
tiredness. Just another reason to go for the big gulp! (Not the
7 Eleven kind.)
- Hangover help. If alcohol has got the best of you, help a
hangover with a glass of water to hydrate the body and stop
that pounding headache.
- Pain prevention. A little water can really go a long way. Aching
muscle cramps and strains can all occur if the body is
- Keep things flowing. Nobody wants to deal with
digestion issues. Luckily, drinking enough water
adds fluids to the colon which helps make things, ahem,
- Sickness fighter. Water may help with
decongestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when
feeling under the weather.
- Brain boost. A study in London found a link between students bringing water
into an exam room and better grades, suggesting H2O promotes
clearer thinking. While it's unclear if drinking the
water had anything to do with a better score, it doesn't hurt to
try it out!
So, What is Your Action Plan?
The amount of water people need per day is
up for debate, but studies suggest adults need nine to 16 cups
of H2O. This number, however, varies depending on activity level,
age, and how much water people are consuming in coffee, tea, or
water-rich veggies and fruit.
Here's how to keep yourself hydrated: Begin by drinking a glass
of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any
big meal. (This will help control
appetite, too.) Get in the habit of keeping a water bottle on
hand at all times. And spice up those taste buds with a squeeze of
citrus to the glass! Before you know it, all the benefits of water
will be right at your fingertips…. and in your body.
Investing in a Culligan water treatment solution (http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/homes/water-softener/)
is proof that one small change can have a big impact on your home's
quality, and the quality of life of the people in your home.
Besides the many benefits
of drinking more water, having fresher, filtered water in your
house can improve appliance efficiency, cut down on cleaning time,
reduces wear and tear on plumbing, and contributes in a variety of
other ways around the house.
Here are some additional ways that soft water can benefit your
- With a Culligan water softener, your silverware and glassware are
cleaner and shinier.
- Your hair and skin feels softer, cleaner and smoother with water
treated by a water softener.
Hard water treated with a water softener greatly reduces housework
by eliminating the formation of soap curd.
Hard water made soft through a water softener restores the rich
lathering of your soaps and shampoos, thus reducing the usage and
costs of these products by 75%.
Fabrics are also softer without hard minerals becoming trapped in
them. Fabrics last longer and whites stay white without the dingy
gray caused by hard water. Having your water softened will provide
softer, brighter clothes and will extend their life as well!
Soft water also preserves the life of all water using appliances
such as coffee and ice makers, dishwashers, and clothing washers.
According to Consumer Reports, a water heater protected by a
Culligan water softening system will also reduce the yearly energy
cost of that appliance by 22%-29%.
Having a water softener in the home reduces greenhouse gases
equivalent to removing one SUV from the road for one year. (Source:
So, call your local Culligan Man today to get an expert
recommendation about which product is best for your household.
Water isn’t just about staying hydrated during the dry, cold months of winter. It is truly an essential component to our overall self care from our skin to our energy level to our organs. Here are some important reasons to keep the water flowing this winter season:
- CLEARER SKIN
Bodies that don’t consume enough water have a tendency toward break-outs on the skin. Drinking water helps remove impurities from our bodies. If we don’t drink enough water, these impurities have to find a new escape route… like our pores! This reason to drink more water will help you have clearer, healthier skin this winter.
- BETTER DIGESTION
Consuming plenty of water each day helps our bodies digest the food we eat much more easily. During the winter months and holidays, many of us gain a few extra pounds. Drinking water can also reduce weight gain by helping our bodies properly process the food we consume. Drinking ice cold water is even said to help burn calories!
Did you know that the number one cause of daytime fatigue is dehydration? If you are one of those people who must have a caffeine blast mid-day, you just might be dehydrated. Without ample amounts of water, our bodily functions slow down and use up extra energy. This reason to drink more water will help you feel better during the cloudy, dreary days this winter.
- FIGHT WEIGHT GAIN
Many times, our brains misinterpret thirst for hunger, causing us to eat unnecessarily. If you feel hungry around snack-time or shortly after a meal, try drinking a tall glass of water before grabbing a snack.
Drinking more water will help to detoxify your body. Drinking water helps push impurities and waste through our bodies in order to keep us healthy and energized. As one of the best reasons to drink more water, this is especially important during the winter months when we have a tendency to be more sedentary.
- HEALTHIER & BRIGHTER SKIN
When we don’t drink enough water, our skin becomes dehydrated just like our bodies do. Dehydrated skin has a dull, scaly appearance that can be avoided by consuming plenty of water each day. Dull skin can be even more of a problem during the winter months due to the weather. The harsh, cold winter air can chap our skin and the dry air from the heaters in our homes can dehydrate and further dull our complexions.
- WATER LOSS
Just because you don’t sweat as much during the winter months as you do during the summer does not mean that your body isn’t losing water. During the winter, water vapor escapes from our bodies through our breath. Drinking water in the winter helps seal in the crucial hydration necessary to fight off sickness and boost immune systems.
So, stop what you are doing and grab a tall glass of water! It’s just what your body needs.
Source: Women’s Health, 2014; WebMD, 2014
Reverse osmosis (commonly known as "RO") serves as a great (and
simple) solution for purifying water and removing foreign
What is "RO"?
Reverse osmosis is a
process that forces water through specialized membranes and exerts a
certain amount of pressure on it to remove foreign contaminants,
solid substances, large molecules and minerals. Reverse osmosis is
a water purification system used around the world to help improve
water for drinking, cooking and other important uses.
What are the health benefits?
RO water is likely to contain fewer contaminants. Although
contaminants may not be in your water, lead can be relatively
common out of most taps. Especially in areas where the water pipes
and infrastructure are old and are in need of repair. Too much lead
in your body can lead to increased blood pressure, reduced
fertility and nerve damage. Lead toxicity can also cause brain
damage and anemia in children. An RO system is also great for
filtering out parasites such as cryptosporidium, which is a common
contaminant in lakes and rivers. Cryptosporidium infection leads to
stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea.
It tastes better!
Taste is obviously very subjective, but RO water is usually
rated as better tasting than tap water by people who directly
compare the two in blind taste tests, according to the National
Rural Water Association. Lead, iron, nitrates, sulfur-based
compounds and various chemical residues often make tap water
unpalatable. The removal of these substances by reverse osmosis can
give drinking water a cleaner or fresher taste.
What works best for
Every household and business is different. Your
local Culligan Man can test your water for free, and customize a
multi-stage reverse osmosis system that meets the needs of your
individual water. Call today!