FAQ: Water Filtration Solutions

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Discover Answers To Our Most Asked Questions About Water Filtration Solutions

General

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Isn’t tap water safe to drink?

Yes and no. The water is treated by municipalities with chlorine which, in small doses, is safe for consumption. But safe does not mean it’s healthy for you. Chlorine can permeate your skin when showering or bathing, can get into your produce when washing it, and can enter your body through drinking tap water. The negative effects of prolonged exposure to chlorine include:

  • Skin irritations and acne
  • Increased risk of asthma or respiratory allergies
  • Premature aging

On top of putting chlorine into the water, municipalities consider small amounts of pesticides, industrial waste, lead, mercury, hydrogen sulfide, and chromium to be “safe.”

We all agree that having none of that in your water is much safer.

How do toxins get in my tap water?

According to the CDC, common sources of toxins are:

  • Arsenic, radon, and uranium, which are naturally occurring
  • Sewer overflows
  • Malfunctioning septic tanks
  • Local fertilizer and pesticide usage
  • Flushing medicine down the toilet

Our whole house water filters eliminate all of these from your water so you don’t have to wonder what you and your family are consuming.

How do I know if I have hard water?

If you live in Southern California, odds are you do. San Diego has the 9th worst water in the country and has very high levels of water hardness. An easy way to know for sure is to have your water tested. We offer a free water test, feel free to contact us!

What is the mineral that causes limescale?

That would be calcium carbonate. And yes, calcium is important for your health, but it wreaks havoc on pipes, clothes, and dishes. The best part about REVERSCALE is that it clumps the dissolved calcium carbonate together so it can’t stick to anything but still is present in the water so you can get the health benefits from it.

Why not use a water softener instead?

Salt is used to soften water and this dissolved salt ultimately ends up in drinking water stores after entering the wastewater system. This is a cause for concern on many levels, both for the consumer and the environment. Therefore, water softeners are illegal in more than 25 communities in California including Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Venture, Santa Barbara, San Marco, and Tulare.

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is caused by mineral ions, typically calcium and magnesium.  Though there are great health benefits to calcium and magnesium alike, including decreasing the chance of heart disease, hard water takes a toll on the pipes in your house in the form of scale buildup and can cause expensive problems.

Can I get rid of buildup that’s already in my plumbing?

Yes! Because the water flowing through the pipes is lime free it will pick up the lime and clean the pipes instead of depositing it.

Why is San Diego water so high in mineral content?

San Diego water comes all the way from the Colorado River. That means it has lots of traveling time before it can get to your pipes and it picks up a lot of minerals on the way there.

Whole Home Water Filtration

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Isn’t tap water safe to drink?

Yes and no. The water is treated by municipalities with chlorine which, in small doses, is safe for consumption. But safe does not mean it’s healthy for you. Chlorine can permeate your skin when showering or bathing, can get into your produce when washing it, and can enter your body through drinking tap water. The negative effects of prolonged exposure to chlorine include:

  • Skin irritations and acne
  • Increased risk of asthma or respiratory allergies
  • Premature aging

On top of putting chlorine into the water, municipalities consider small amounts of pesticides, industrial waste, lead, mercury, hydrogen sulfide, and chromium to be “safe.”

We all agree that having none of that in your water is much safer.

Is it easy to install?

Our expert installation team will install for you (otherwise – warranties are voided). We’re licensed, bonded and insured. We require a clear pathway to install as well as a power outlet. Basic installation is included but if you need us to do a custom job, including running power or installing in an unusual area, it’s not a problem. We’ll just need to snap a few photos and give you a quote.

Why do I need filtration for my whole house instead of just my drinking water?

Many people use tap water for washing produce, cooking, and preparing beverages such as tea and coffee. A whole house filter will give you peace of mind that the water you are using is free of toxins such as chlorine.

Plus, it tastes much better.

Even if you aren’t consuming it, your body is a sponge. Research has shown that you can absorb chlorine through your skin or by inhaling it when showering or bathing in water with chlorine, and San Diego county is the 9th worst water in the country when it comes to toxins. Beyond the health concerns with tap water, cleansing your water improves how your appliances work, keeps plumbing clean and lasting longer, and keeps clothes and dishes free from scale buildup. The benefits are endless!

Why not use a water softener instead?

Salt is used to soften water and this dissolved salt ultimately ends up in drinking water stores after entering the wastewater system. This is a cause for concern on many levels, both for the consumer and the environment. Therefore, water softeners are illegal in more than 25 communities in California including Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Venture, Santa Barbara, San Marco, and Tulare.

How do toxins get in my tap water?

According to the CDC, common sources of toxins are:

  • Arsenic, radon, and uranium, which are naturally occurring
  • Sewer overflows
  • Malfunctioning septic tanks
  • Local fertilizer and pesticide usage
  • Flushing medicine down the toilet

Our whole house water filters eliminate all of these from your water so you don’t have to wonder what you and your family are consuming.

How can I save money on energy bills by getting a whole house water filter?

Because tap water is “hard,” meaning it has a high mineral content,  it deposits limescale buildup in plumbing, appliances, and water heaters. This means that to work correctly, the appliances have to use extra energy to perform up to standard. This also shortens the life of the products and means more repairs and replacements. Whole home water filtration systems eliminate the lime scale buildup, meaning less money spent on wasted energy for you.

Reverse Osmosis

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What is Reverse Osmosis?

Think all the way back to biology class! Basically the unit uses water pressure to push molecules across a semipermeable membrane in the opposite direction that they naturally would cross in order to separate clean water from all the impurities quickly. It cleans your water and makes it taste amazing in a very cost effective way.

Is It Easy To Install?

Yes! Your reverse osmosis unit will be installed under the kitchen sink where it will be routed down the dishwasher line or an extra cutout will be made.

What is the difference between a Reverse Osmosis System and a Whole House Filtration System?

Reverse Osmosis Systems are specific to one sink alone, and clean the water coming out from that specific outlet.  A Whole Home Filtration System affects all the water outlets in your house, improves drinking and bathing water quality, while fighting against limescale buildup in your pipes.

Does Reverse Osmosis Make Tap Water Taste Better?

Yes it does! Using our whole home water filtration takes out the impurities that cause San Diego water to taste and smell gross. In fact, in a review by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), 25% of bottled water is simply tap water. By using our whole home water filtration you can have bottled water quality straight from any faucet.

I Heard That Reverse Osmosis Units Waste Water, Do They?

Yes and no. Reverse osmosis filters use water to clean water, and therefore need to fill its tank in order to be able to push the water across the semipermeable membrane and filter out the impurities. It’s the same as an extra three toilet flushes per month in terms of water usage and therefore you won’t see any changes on your water bill. If you’re wanting to clamp down on water usage, the whole home water filter may be more geared towards your needs.

How Long Do Reverse Osmosis Units Last?

They can last as long as 10-15 years with any necessary servicing or maintenance. They should be cleaned annually and the filter should be changed out about once a year.

UV Filter

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How do UV water purifiers work?

UV light uses radiation to kill the germs and bacteria that municipalities don’t monitor water for. A UV filter is able to produce more radiation than the sun and instantly kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria like giardia, cryptosporidium, E. coli, salmonella, typhoid, flu, cholera, and hepatitis.

Can I use a UV light along with another filter?

You can and it’s recommended. UV filters work best as the last step of water purification. It works great in conjunction with a whole home filtration system or reverse osmosis system to make sure your water is as clean as possible. Plus, if the water has floaties or is murky when passing through the UV filter, it won’t be effective so it’s important to filter out other impurities from your water before using the UV filter.

Can UV light be installed for the entire house?

Yes it can! There are specific units made for the whole house to give you water free of viruses and bacteria everywhere.

Do other filters get rid of bacteria and viruses?

No they don’t. Bacteria and viruses can pass through carbon filters and therefore UV filters are the only non chemical filter that kills all bacteria and viruses.

Does UV light only kill microorganisms?

Yes. In order to filter out harmful chemicals, pesticides, and metals from your water you need to install a whole home water filtration unit or a under the sink reverse osmosis system.

If I want to make the light last longer can I turn it off while it’s not in use?

Absolutely not. This actually has the opposite effect and causes the light to die much more quickly. Each time it’s turned off, the light loses as much as 6 hours of life.

Limescale Removal

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What is Hard Water?

Hard water is caused by mineral ions, typically calcium and magnesium.  Though there are great health benefits to calcium and magnesium alike, including decreasing the chance of heart disease, hard water takes a toll on the pipes in your house in the form of scale buildup and can cause expensive problems.

How do I know if I have hard water?

If you live in Southern California, odds are you do. San Diego has the 9th worst water in the country and has very high levels of water hardness. An easy way to know for sure is to have your water tested. We offer a free water test, feel free to contact us!

What is the mineral that causes limescale?

That would be calcium carbonate. And yes, calcium is important for your health, but it wreaks havoc on pipes, clothes, and dishes. The best part about REVERSCALE is that it clumps the dissolved calcium carbonate together so it can’t stick to anything but still is present in the water so you can get the health benefits from it.

Why should I buy a whole home water filtration system instead of a salt water softener?

Well, simply because they are illegal in over 25 communities in California. Water softeners use salt to counteract the mineral content and causes an increase in sodium in drinking water. This increase can lead to many health problems.

Can I get rid of buildup that’s already in my plumbing?

Yes! Because the water flowing through the pipes is lime free it will pick up the lime and clean the pipes instead of depositing it.

Why is San Diego water so high in mineral content?

San Diego water comes all the way from the Colorado River. That means it has lots of traveling time before it can get to your pipes and it picks up a lot of minerals on the way there.

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