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What Is Safe Drinking Water?

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Whats in your waterDo you really know what’s in your water? The EPA sets strict standards to measure safe drinking water. But that doesn’t mean the water you drink at home every day doesn’t contain some contaminants.

Before making it to your home, your water travels a great distance. Depending on the source of your water, it can pick up contaminants that lead to hard water problems, dissolved minerals, sediment, and more that can leave your water with a foul odor and poor taste, and create lime scale and soap scum around your faucets and appliances – and that’s just the beginning.

What’s in your water?

Culligan’s EPA-certified water testing lab can perform extensive analytical testing on your water to determine what’s lurking under the surface. Sure, if your water is discolored or smells like rotten eggs that’s an obvious sign something isn’t right. But what you can’t see could be arsenic, chlorine, magnesium, or other contaminants tainting your drinking water.

While most water contaminants aren’t necessarily harmful to your health, they’re not pleasant to drink.

No matter what the root of your problem water is, Culligan sets the standard for custom, at-home drinking water systems with innovative reverse osmosis technology and multi-level interchangeable filters, so you get a customized water treatment solution that will turn your problem water into fresh, clean drinking water.

Your local Culligan Man is an expert at diagnosing water problems unique to where you live. Because all water is different, your water will require a unique solution – contact your local Culligan Man to schedule an appointment today.


Testing Well Water

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Well Water TestingWater. It’s something you use every single day. For something that’s so important, shouldn’t you know what’s in it?

Private well water isn’t evaluated by the EPA for quality, so if your home gets its water supply from a private well, it’s even more important to have your well water tested regularly.

Well Water Testing

Your local Culligan Man can identify well water issues and determine how often your well water should be tested. Typically, Culligan and the EPA advise testing well water yearly for coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels with additional testing every two to three years for tannins, hardness, chloride, sulfate, alkalinity, iron, and copper.

Certain symptoms of problem water are obvious – poor taste, bad smell, cloudy appearance, residue, and hard water stains. But other aspects of problem water don’t necessarily make themselves known – arsenic, copper, lead, E.coli, radon, and other microscopic bacteria – which is why it’s important to have your well water tested regularly.

Your Culligan Man can perform an in-home water test to retrieve immediate insights about your water quality. Based on those results, your Culligan Man can have your water undergo more extensive analytical testing in our EPA-certified lab to evaluate your water quality and uncover other hard-to-identify water issues.

Once your water has been appropriately analyzed, your Culligan Man will discuss the results and recommend the right water treatment solution for your home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with your local Culligan Man to have your well water tested and turn your problem water into fresh, clean water.

Wanted Dead or Alive - Water Softener Deal

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Wanted Dead or Alive Image No Border 2015Hard water can wear down your hair, skin, and home – you might have already noticed its effects around your house. From dull and brittle hair to dry and itchy skin, scale and grime-coated faucets, and overworked appliances, hard water may be making its presence known despite the efforts of your existing water treatment solution. So what’s the problem?

It could be your equipment. Your old, noisy, non-efficient water treatment equipment may not be enough to treat the problem water in your home.

From Old and Non-Efficient to New and Eco-Friendly

For 80 years, Culligan has turned problem water into fresh water in homes all across the nation with smart, eco-friendly technology to provide clean water that’s appealing to drink and solves hard water-related problems around the house.

In case you haven’t heard, for a limited time (until November 30, to be exact) you can trade in your old water softeners, filtration systems, or any old, clunky water treatment equipment you have – dead or alive – and we’ll give you up to $500 as a reward toward a new Culligan solution.

Contact your local Culligan Man before the end of November to schedule an appointment and find out how you can trade in your old, noisy, non-efficient water treatment system and earn your reward toward your new, eco-friendly Culligan solution.

How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?

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Good Water Machine 240It may take more than standard filtration to turn your difficult problem water into something more appealing. Certain types of water need a more advanced solution – that’s where reverse osmosis comes in.

What Is Reverse Osmosis?

Reverse osmosis is a process of water filtration that removes contaminants from water by pressurizing it and forcing it through a semi-permeable membrane. Reverse osmosis technology effectively removes impurities from your water, including sodium, chloride, fluoride, and other contaminants.

In addition to proprietary reverse osmosis membranes, Culligan uses custom technology to address specific problems identified in your water.

Culligan AC-30 Good Water Machine® This triple water filtration system uses reverse osmosis technology and three advanced filtration methods combined into one solution that, together, reduces sediment and impurities, leaving you with fresher drinking water.

Culligan Aqua-Cleer® Advanced Drinking Water System With five stages of targeted water filtration, this solution is one of our most advanced water filtration systems. Smart filtration with reverse osmosis technology addresses your problem water to provide a custom filtration solution with fewer impurities and fresh-tasting water.

Your local Culligan Man is an expert at identifying a custom solution to address your problem water. For more information about reverse osmosis technology, or to determine which water filtration system would work best to treat your water, contact your local Culligan Man today.

How Does Water Purification & Filtration Work?

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High Efficiency 240Water that has a bad odor or poor taste can be unpleasant to see, let alone drink. And that may be just scratching the surface of your problem water. Fortunately, Culligan water filtration and purification products can give you cleaner water throughout your entire home.

Water Filtration Process  

Water is a solvent, meaning it has the ability to dissolve other substances – which is great in certain circumstances, like when you need to add detergent to a load of laundry to wash your clothes. But this trait can lead to problems in your drinking water when you think about the long journey your water takes before ever reaching your home’s faucet.

Before making it to your glass, your water is diverted from a natural source, flowing through the Earth and into a treatment center where it is processed before being distributed to your home. Along its journey, your water can absorb dirt, chemicals, and other contaminants that lead to a cloudy appearance, bad taste, and unpleasant odor.

The process of water filtration and purification takes problem water and turns it into cleaner water that’s free of odor, tastes, sediment, and contaminants.

Water filtration works in one of two ways – physical filtration and chemical filtration. With physical filtration, water is strained, often through a gauze-like membrane, to remove larger particles. With chemical filtration, water is treated with patented smart technology to remove impurities.

Cleaner Water, Everywhere  

Different types of filtration are used to remove different types of contaminants. And although no measure of filtration is guaranteed to remove all particulates or problem-causing impurities, many of Culligan’s water filtration and purification systems use multiple filtration measures to work together to give you cleaner water.

Although your water quality will vary depending on where you live and where your water is supplied from, your local Culligan Man can help you choose a customized water filtration solution to treat the specific taste, odor, look, feel, and quality of the water coming from your faucets – give him a call to schedule an appointment and find the solution that will leave you with cleaner water that’s refreshing to drink.

How Do Water Softeners Work?

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 HE Softener CutawayYou may have begun to notice the effects of hard water around the house. What you may not quite understand is how exactly a water softening systems works to rid your home of these problems. The simplest answer is: Water softeners soften hard water, leaving you with better-quality water that can extend the life of your appliances, cut energy costs, and reinvigorate your hair and nails.

But that's just the beginning.

How It Works: Water Softeners

  • Hard water contains a high concentration of the minerals calcium and magnesium, which can manifest in visible problems throughout your home, including difficulty rinsing soaps and detergents, stiff laundry, reduced appliance efficiency, and dry skin and dull, lifeless hair.
  • To soften hard water, resin beads within the softener system filter out these minerals from the water. As hard water enters your home, it flows through the water softener and the resin within the system filters out hard water minerals, removing them from the water. The softened water then leaves the water softening system to flow through the plumbing all around your home.
  • To keep the system performing consistently, allowing your water softener to continually remove hardness and provide softened water throughout your home, it needs to be regularly flushed free of the minerals left behind during the softening cycle - a process called regeneration.
  • During a regeneration cleaning cycle, a brine solution is used to clean the resin tank, exchanging sodium for hard water minerals. The brine and hard water minerals are flushed from the tank, leaving the resin beads within the water softening system refreshed and ready to continue eliminating hard water from your home.

As your local water expert, your Culligan Man can help you decide which of our water softening systems is right for your home. For more information about how a water softener could work in your home, contact your local Culligan Man.

Effects of Hard Water on Hair and Skin

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Hard water contains high levels of minerals, specifically magnesium and calcium. The hardness of your water will depend on where you live, because each region will have different levels of hard water depending on its source and treatment. Although hard water is not harmful to your health overall, it can have a huge effect on your hair and skin.

How does hard water affect my hair?

The minerals present in hard water can make it difficult to achieve a thorough rinse, causing buildup in your hair, which can leave behind residue. Hard water can leave your hair feeling filmy, straw-like, dull, and limp, and your scalp feeling dry and itchy. You could wash your hair several times a day thinking it will fix the problem, but each time you leave the shower you will have the same result. The problem is coming from your water, not your rinse, lather, repeat routine.

Another effect you may be noticing is in your hair color. Hard water can cause color-treated hair to wash out very quickly, leading to more frequent color treatments, and further damaging your hair. You may also notice your hair becoming thinner and prone to breakage - this can also be attributed back to hard water.

How does hard water affect my skin?

The most common effect of hard water on your skin is dryness. Much like with your hair, hard water makes it difficult to rinse away soap from the surface of your skin, leaving your skin dry and potentially irritated - made worse if you also have sensitive skin, psoriasis, or eczema. When hard water comes in contact with your skin, some of those minerals that cause the hard water get left behind, absorbing a lot of the natural moisture and oils from your skin.

What do I do about it? 

A water softening system in your home could go a long way toward keeping your hair bouncy and bright, and your skin soft and supple. Water softeners reduce the mineral content in your water straight from the tap, leaving you with soft water throughout your entire home.

Your Culligan Man can help diagnose your water with an at-home test and help you decide if a water softening system is the right solution.