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Bottled Water Delivery Service

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Bottled Water Delivery 120At this point, we probably all know we should be drinking more water. What's standing in your way? For many of us, it can be as simple as a lack of access to fresher, great-tasting water, quickly and easily. This is why so many of us pay for bottled water - out of sheer convenience. What if there were a better way? We like to think there is.

Bottled Water Taste, Tap Water Convenience

It really is the best of both worlds when you sign up for Culligan's Bottled Water. Not unlike our Salt Delivery Service we covered last week, bottled water delivery makes accessing fresher, better-tasting water in your home simple.

Why Bottled Water Delivery?

The answer really is: Why not? Bottled water delivery fits into your schedule as easily as it fits into your home. If you've been looking for ways to drink more water, look no further, since our bottled water cooler set up and delivery brings you everything you need, right when you need it, enabling you to reap the benefits.

  • Drink more water
  • Cut down on bottled water-related waste
  • Better taste for drinking and in beverages and food prep
  • Pre-scheduled deliveries mean you always have water when you need it, without having to think about it

Want fresher, great-tasting water at your place of business? You can choose to skip the bottle entirely and have a bottle-free cooler installed - these plug directly into your water line, so there's no bottle necessary, no delivery, and only periodic maintenance to make sure your cooler and filters are working properly.

Schedule your first delivery so you can drink up - simple.

Water Softener Salt Delivery to Your Home

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Between grocery store trips, work, soccer practices, school, and those errands you just have to do before your friend's birthday, it's no surprise we wonder where all the time in our day goes.

Notice how "thinking about your water softener" or "remembering to pick up water softener salt" didn't make the list? We did too, and we want it to stay that way. We've offered Salt Delivery Service to our customers as a way to help cut down on all those little nagging things we sometimes forget to remember.

We also know, with an investment as large as your water softener, you really don't want to leave it up to sometimes, occasionally remembering to replace the salt. To get the very best in terms of performance and longevity from your water softener or filtering system, it's important to be on top of regular salt refills and maintenance. It just makes sense that we'd bring both the salt and the maintenance to you, on a schedule that works for you, and your water softener.

Salt Delivery Service

For any kind of water softener that uses salt, we've got a salt delivery solution. Besides the added convenience of replacement salt that comes to your door, right when you need it, there are additional benefits of using a salt delivery service for your water softening system:

  • The right type and grade of salt for your softener, every time. (So you're not stranded in the store, scratching your head about the type of salt you bought last time, or wondering where that owner's manual is that might tell you.)
  • Better service for a longer-lasting, more efficient softener.
  • Automated delivery system and scheduling lets you set it and forget it.
  • Skip the heavy lifting - salt bags can weigh 40 lbs. or more! Let us handle it for you.
  • Includes a basic maintenance check. (We promise not to tell if your water softener is in better shape than you are when it comes to getting regular checkups.)

So sign up with your local Culligan Man to start salt delivery today, or learn more about the program if you have any questions - we're happy to help!

The Fail-Proof Way to Find Out What's In Your Water - Culligan Water Testing

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Free water testing from Culligan can reveal a lot about what's going on with your water. The stuff that comes out of our taps each and every day is maybe something we take for granted - how often do we stop to think about it, or maybe more importantly, what's in it?

The answers may surprise you, as many people discover when they sign up for a free water test from their local Culligan Man.

What is Free Water Testing?

Culligan offers basic water testing that's complimentary and usually as simple as scheduling a time for your Culligan Man to visit your home. Once there, he or she will take a sample from your tap and test it right in your kitchen. They'll be ready to discuss the results with you and whether it makes sense to treat any common water problems that may be in your supply.

Our basic water test makes it easy to identify some of the more common problems homeowners experience with their water, and how to treat any problems that do come back from the test. The best part? It usually only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish. You can also learn more about the water in your area to see what you might expect from the test.

What Results Does a Water Test Provide?

The basic, free version of our water test can identify water's pH levels, and whether you have dissolved solids and minerals present in your water that may be making it look, taste, or smell off.

Your Culligan Man can also conduct a standard, EPA certified test to identify a greater variety of minerals like:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Sodium
  • Fluoride, and others.

There is an additional charge for this type of comprehensive water analysis, and you can check with your local Culligan Man for pricing to give you an even more complete picture of what's in your water.

What is Laboratory Water Testing?

An expansion of Culligan's testing offering, laboratory water testing at EPA certified Culligan labs is a more sophisticated method used to diagnose more nuanced water problems. In the event a preliminary water test comes back inconclusive, your Culligan Man may recommend further testing that requires sending off your water sample to the Culligan laboratories where we can use our advanced technology to further evaluate the quality of your water.

For more information about water testing, or to get started scheduling yours today, contact your local Culligan Man for details.

Hydration Celebration Continues

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There's still time to take advantage of great deals on the water treatment products you know and trust during Culligan's Hydration Celebration.

All you have to do to get in on the fun is give up your old water pitcher or water filter, and we'll give you a great discount on a more economical and environmentally friendly Culligan solution. With so many flexible drinking water solutions to choose from, you'll be celebrating more than just great tasting water - you'll be celebrating all that money you're saving, too!

Take Back the Tap

Our state of the art reverse osmosis drinking water system, for example, costs just pennies per glass to get cleaner, fresher drinking water right from your kitchen faucet. You'll also be thanking yourself that you don't have to deal with remembering to change the filters, or take up space in your refrigerator with bulky pitchers.

Now through June 30th, you'll be able to enjoy discounts on other Culligan drinking water systems as well, so you can get the water you want, just the way you like it. Whether it's a point of use system like the Aqua-Cleer® tucked neatly under the sink, a water cooler for home, or a convenient bottle free cooler for the office, you'll find there's never been a better time to start drinking better tasting water.

Our customers are often surprised that the benefits don't end there - whether you like coffee, tea, or something else, any beverage made using water will come out tasting better than before when you start with cleaner, more pure Culligan water. Many people also find it improves the taste of foods prepared with water and makes clean up a much easier process since there's less limescale buildup and residue.

Turn in your pitcher or water filter today for discounts, or contact your local Culligan Man to learn more.

A Pre-Visit Checklist for Meeting your Culligan Man

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Maybe you're just thinking about making an appointment with a Culligan Man, or maybe you've already scheduled a time for your local Culligan Man to visit your home ­- you might be wondering what you need to know or do to be prepared. Expect your Culligan Man to have a lot of questions for you, like:

  •  What are the biggest problems you have with your water?
  •  Have you noticed any strange smells or tastes recently?
  •  Does your water look and feel the way you think it should?
  •  Do you have limescale buildup or rust stains anywhere?

You'll also want to think about the kinds of things you're curious about ahead of time, just to be sure you don't forget anything when it comes right down to it. Consider talking over these important topics:

  •  What's best for my home ­- whole-house filtration or a point-of-use system?
  •  Will the unit produce enough treated water to meet daily household needs?
  •  What are the expected maintenance costs for specific units?
  •  Is there a maintenance schedule & will I need to monitor it?
  •  Any disposal or waste materials (salt, etc.) & who handles that?
  •  Expected impact to utility costs?
  •  Will I know if something goes wrong?
  •  How different can I expect my water to look/taste/feel with a softener?
  •  What are my water softener rental options?

It's also always a good idea to be prepared to talk about your budget since it will help you and your Culligan Man feel better about getting the right water treatment solution for your needs. Think about this ahead of time, and have the conversation with spouses/significant others so you know your household is on the same page, you know what you're looking to spend, and how that aligns with everyone's expectations.

Learn more about what to expect from Culligan house calls, schedule a free in-home water test, or start diagnosing your water problems today.

What are your Hard Water questions?

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Life is hard enough without having to worry about whether your water is. Here are some simple answers to those hard water questions.

What is Hard Water, Exactly?

Hard water, simply put, is water with higher-than-average mineral content. What "average" is may depend heavily on your area (find out what the water is like near you) but generally refers to water with between 120-180 ppm of dissolved minerals like iron, calcium, manganese, or others. Typical freshwater can range between 15 and 385 ppm, though anything over 180 ppm is considered very hard.

What Causes Hard Water?

Geography has a lot to do with it - since water accrues its hardness passing through mineral deposits and sediment present in soil, the properties of your local water generally depend on the properties of the landscape around you. Mountains outside town known for their high iron or limestone content? There's a good chance you'll have dissolved minerals tagging along to your tap.

Infrastructure can also impact the mineral content and overall hardness of water by the time it reaches your faucets. For example, aging pipes and municipal water systems can leach iron or magnesium into water as it travels through the system.

How Can I Tell if I Have Hard Water?

There are a few easy ways to tell if your water is hard, and while you'll probably need an  expert water test to determine the extent, signs that things may be harder than normal can be relatively simple to spot:

  • Limescale buildup on fixtures and drains
  • Reddish color or stains left on sinks and tubs
  • Scratchy laundry or dry skin
  • Soap that doesn't lather easily or requires a large amount to do so
  • Taste, odor, or feel that's "off"

What Can I Do to Fix it?

The solution depends on what bothers you most about your hard water. If there's a taste or odor that's bothersome while other hard water symptoms aren't as big a deal, an under-sink or other  point-of-use filterprovides treatment where you're most commonly drinking and using water. If it's the scratchy laundry or the burned-out dishwasher or residue all over your coffee maker you just can't stand, then a  whole-home water treatment solution will be able to target the source of your problems.

The best way to know for sure is to have a  Culligan Man test your water, so once you know how hard it is - and what exactly is making it that way - you can discuss the best option(s) for addressing it.

Salt Free Water Conditioning Process

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What's in a Name?

As it turns out, quite a lot. Salt-free water softeners have been walking a line between vaguely misleading and downright confusing since their emergence into the water treatment market. Where the confusion starts is the "softener" portion of their name. By definition, softeners remove hardness from water, which typically includes minerals like calcium and iron that give water its hard qualities. So, if we follow this definition and understanding of what a water softener is, a salt-free softener is a bit of a contradiction.

What Do Salt-free Softeners Do, Then?

Most salt-free softeners rely on the process of ion exchange to reduce sediment, odor, and chemicals from water, so the taste and smell of treated water ends up being much more agreeable, but won't actually provide the benefits most people are looking for from a water treatment system, like removing scale buildup or increasing the efficiency of washing machines and dishwashers.

In salt-free processes, the actual minerals remain in the water; their chemical form is simply manipulated so that it is less likely to adhere to surfaces. Technically, this process falls under the category of water treatment referred to as "water conditioning." This solution may also provide some results in terms of scale reduction and softer laundry, but not to the extent most people think of when they think about water softening.

Benefits of Salt-free Softeners

While salt-based systems will generally outperform their salt-less counterparts when it comes down to salt conditioning, there are some advantages to a salt-less system:

  •  Relatively maintenance-free
  •  Some reduction in scale buildup

The best way to know which type of system will be right for you and your home is to talk with your Culligan Man after he or she tests your water. Once you know what kinds of minerals you'll need to address, you can discuss the most optimal options for your water.