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 chemical treatment process for water. The
process 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!
The temperatures are dropping, it's getting dark early and the
air is dry, dry, dry! Winter is fast approaching.
Did you know dehydration happens just as easily in winter as in
the heat of summer? As we move around in the cold air, we may
not be sweating, but water vapor is still being lost through our
breath (that's the steam we see coming from your mouth in frigid
Winter can also accelerate dehydration because we have a
survival mechanism that constricts blood vessels in cold weather,
to conserve heat and maintain body temperature. As our blood
vessels shrink, our blood pressure increases. To lower the
pressure, our kidneys produce more urine. These more frequent trips
to the bathroom can put us at a greater risk of dehydration.
Winter Dehydration is Hard on Our Health and
Winter or summer, dehydration can cause exhaustion, muscle
fatigue, cramps, loss of coordination and even a stroke. When
dehydrated, we can also become more susceptible to winter colds and
flu as our immune system is not getting the water it needs to stay
Not drinking enough water can also make it harder to keep extra
pounds off during the shorter days when we tend to exercise less
and eat more. When hydrated, our bodies are better able to break
down the fat we need to boost energy and control our appetites.
(It's important to note that we often think we are hungry when we
are really just thirsty). Also, if we don't drink an adequate
amount of water, our bodies hold onto the water on our insides, so
sufficient hydration is key to avoiding fluid retention.
Hot or Cold, Drink More Water Through the
- Aim to
drink half of your body weight in fluid ounces - for
example, a 140-pound woman should aim to drink 70 ounces of water
per day. A great solution is to have bottled water delivered to your home and on-hand so you have a
visual reminder to hydrate regularly!
- Balance out diuretics with water. Caffeine
and alcohol are diuretics (they cause more water loss through
urine) so when drinking either, drink just as much water to balance
the dehydrating effect. Try drinking decaffeinated coffee or tea as
- Water-based foods count! Fruits and
vegetables are a natural source of water, along with valuable
vitamins and minerals. Soups too, of course!
back on sodium. Salty foods can make you excessively
thirsty and can also lead to bloating.
before, during and after exercise. This is harder
because when it's cold outside you may not sweat much or feel too
thirsty. But it's necessary to avoid dehydration!
This winter, keep the water flowing and stay on top of your
health. Schedule an appointment with your Culligan Man today and start hydrating!
Source: TrueLemon, 2014
The answer is: not necessarily. It is not uncommon for people to drink tap water laced with 20 or 30 chemical contaminants. The pollutants derive from a wealth of sources, including agriculture, factory discharges, consumer products, urban runoff and wastewater treatment plants. In fact, over 300,000 groundwater sites in the U.S. are contaminated.
The simple (or perhaps complicated) truth is that there are contaminants in our water that our natural senses cannot detect. They may go unnoticed by sight or smell, however they can impair bodily functions in our eyesight, livers and kidneys and cause other serious health risks such as gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders. Infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people whose immune systems are compromised because of AIDS, chemotherapy, or transplant medications, may be especially susceptible to illness from some contaminants.
It may be years before you even realize that you are in danger of contaminated water so it is critical to have your water analyzed by your local Culligan Man
Should you have water contaminants (see list below), you can review filtration and sanitation solutions here: http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/homes/solution-center/
. By simply clicking on the issues that have been uncovered in your water analysis, you can quickly determine which product(s) will help your water get back on a safe and clean track.
Some common waterborne contaminants include:
- Iron & Sulfur Bacteria
CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention); EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
With the recent occurrence of some of the more serious droughts in recent US history, Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about how a potential water shortage could affect their lives. Many are seeking solutions for water conservation, both in and outside of their home or business.
It is essential for each and every one of us to rethink our daily water use. Here are some additional tips and recommendations that could save your household (and the environment) thousands of gallons of water annually:Kitchen:
- Only run the dishwasher when full
- Install a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher
- Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows to less than 1 gallon per minute
- Soak pots and pans instead of running water while you scrape them clean
- Use a compost rather than the garbage disposal and save gallons each time
- Rinse fruits and vegetables in a pan of water and re-use that water to soak the plants!
- Install low-flow shower heads – this saves 2.5 gallons!
- Take 5-minute showers instead of 10 minute shower to save gallons…
- Fill the bathtub up only half way
- Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving to save up to 10 gallons/day
- Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons a month
- Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month
- Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler and save up to 25 gallons/each time you water
- Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street to save 15-12 gallons/each time you water
- Water deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes
- Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds. This will save you 20-30 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft.
Efficiency is also key to water conservation. With patented smart technology that makes water softeners up to 46% more efficient than other softeners, Culligan’s Aqua-Sensors ®can be integral to your household or business water conservation solution: http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/homes/water-softener/high-efficiency/Source: http://saveourh2o.org
Chances are you’re not a scientist. Thankfully you don’t have to be to determine what may be ailing the water in your home.
Of course, you can just call your Culligan Man for a free water test, and not only get an answer, but also a personalized solution. However, we understand there’s a certain satisfaction in coming to a conclusion on your own.
Before you can make a determination on whether your water is compromised, you’ll need a few scientific instruments – your senses.
That’s right. Sight, taste, smell and touch can sometimes help you determine if there are contaminants in your water. Pretty simple! But don’t be fooled. While water contamination can sometimes be spotted easily, it’ll require the help of your Culligan Man to solve what is actually a complex problem. Luckily we come armed with treatment and filtration systems tailored to your specific needs.
First, let’s see if we can spot the problem.
- Does your water have a red, orange, yellow, brown, or cloudy appearance? That can signal iron, rust, or other contaminants in the water mains or your home plumbing.
- Is there a blue or green hue to your water? Corroded plumbing could be causing copper to infiltrate your water.
Quality water should be clear and colorless. If it is clear and colorless, can you smell the problem?
- If the water smells or taste like rotten eggs, you may have a hydrogen sulfide situation, usually caused by a certain type of bacteria. This may also lead to salty-tasting water.
- Does your water smell more like a pool than a glass of drinking water? Chlorine is sometimes in water for disinfection purposes, but chances are you’d rather not be drinking it.
- Chemicals like mercury, lead, copper, arsenic, or iron might be in your water if it has a metallic smell or taste. The chemicals could be coming from your pipes.
Quality water should be odorless and taste refreshing. But sometimes it’s not that simple. What makes water tricky is that even clear, colorless, odorless and fresh-tasting water may have undetected problems, which is why it’s best to have your water regularly tested.
Thankfully, Culligan has your water experts. Find yours. There is better water ahead.
Ask any Culligan Man why a water softener is right for you, and he’ll explain why it’s not only right for you, but also for your home.
He is the expert, after all.
Your Culligan water dealer is intimately familiar with the type, hardness and any special characteristics of local water conditions in your community, in order to understand which water treatment solutions work best.
When it comes to protecting your home and its water-using appliances, the best defense is a water softener. The Water Quality Association (WQA
) agrees. In fact, a study in 2009 confirmed it.
“Water softeners can rightfully be positioned as one of the very highest energy-saving and best ‘green’ technology appliances that a homeowner can own,” Joe Harrison, P.E., CWS-VI, technical director for the WQA, said of the study
in an article by Water Quality Products Magazine
But what did the study tell us?
Of all the appliances tested – water heaters, low-flow showerheads and faucets, dishwashers, and clothes washers – hard water much more rapidly harmed the effectiveness of the appliances.
Over a 9-month period, the efficiency of all the water heaters tested with soft water remained constant, while those tested with hard water didn’t even last until the end of the test. The pipes and valves become blocked with scale before the test period came to a close. Similar scale buildup and clogging occurred with each of the appliances tested with hard water, while the soft water counterparts remained effective and efficient.
According to the study
, showerheads on soft water maintained brilliant luster and full flow throughout the study, while the showerheads on hard water lost 75 percent of the flow rate in less than 18 months.
You can see the trend. But the gist is this – soft water is going to significantly improve the usefulness and life of your appliances. There is no question.
With the results of the study, the WQA and your Culligan Man are asking you to FEEL the benefits of soft water:
- Function: No clogged faucets
- Efficiency: Appliances are more energy-efficient
- Extended Life: Appliances and plumbing last longer
- Look: Fixtures and appliances won’t tarnish or stain
If you’re ready to feel the benefits, contact
your Culligan Man.
A new school year is coming at us full swing, and with it, the fall sports season.
Football, swimming, cross country, tennis, volleyball. There are plenty of opportunities to keep our kids active this fall. But are your kids keeping hydrated enough when it’s most important?
The importance of good hydration isn’t news, but in case you need a reminder:
- The water you drink carries nutrients to your cells, eliminates toxins and helps to remove waste from your body.
- Water keeps metabolism in high gear.
- Water provides the necessary energy allowing you to lead a healthy, active life.
Hydration, as you can see, is the key to health and wellness. And water is the key to hydration. Proper hydration becomes increasingly more important during exercise.
An article in Parents Magazine
tells us that children are much more prone to dehydration than adults because their bodies don't cool down as efficiently.
“Perhaps the best way to keep your child hydrated is to get her used to drinking liquids regularly. Offer healthy beverages at every meal and with snacks,” the article states. “And if you know a particularly busy or strenuous day is coming up in your child's schedule, add some extra hydration in her first meal of the day or even the night before. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking the equivalent of a standard bottle of water (16.9 oz.) about 2 hours before vigorous exercise.”
Most likely your child’s coaches know the importance of hydration, and will keep water ready and available during sports practice, but be sure to encourage your son or daughter to drink plenty of water during the day when you’re not there for the friendly reminder. Maybe that means sending them off to school with a refillable water bottle each day or packing an extra bottle of water with their lunch. Also ensure your child’s school provides access to good, clean water.
Not only will proper hydration keep their minds focused, it’ll help them perform at their best.
Good hydration and better water start at home. Contact your Culligan Man
and get ahead of the game.