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Recently I was called to repair a water treatment system that had frozen and partially burst!   The water softener had been purchased and installed from a water treatment company out of the Greater Toronto Area  into a very new beautiful water front home that...

First a bit of history.   Reverse Osmosis was first invented by the US Navy during World War II to be able to purify sea water into drinking water for use on submarines.   So you know that it is particularly effective at removing sodium...

Most families shopping for a new home would not complete a purchase without a home inspection.   However, home inspectors do not check water systems to ensure your home has water that is safe or even that the water treatment equipment operates properly. On municipal...

[caption id="attachment_54" align="alignright" width="264"]Salt Clogged in bottom of Water Softener Keeping the salt from clogging the bottom of your water softener will extend its life![/caption] With the pure salt pellets most of us are now using for our water softeners we have noticed a new problem that occurs fairly often. It is usually caused by high humidity or by keeping too much salt in the softener. When the salt gets wet often without being used up the salt begins to bind together.   Over time the salt forms a solid mass at the bottom of the salt tank which stops water from flowing into or out of the salt tank.   This is a very common problem and one of our most frequent source of a  service call!  

Many people have water softeners or are considering a water softener but are not sure how they work.   The following is the basic process a water softener goes through to soften your water. Water softeners have two tanks, one that is smaller diameter and is sealed with a control valve at the top, which is called the media tank. The other tank (that looks like a garbage can) has a lid that you open that holds the salt, which is called the brine tank.   Sometimes the smaller tank is actually inside the larger tank.   All of the water in the house runs through a bed of small plastic beads that look like Honey Comb cereal but are a lot smaller.   These beads fill most of the media tank.  As the water is passing over these beads the hardness (the calcium and magnesium) sticks to the beads and is removed from your water.

These  Chemical Free Iron Sulphur Filters  have three main components.   There is an air injector and two tanks.   One tank is topped with an air relief valve and is called the off air tank and the other has a control valve at the...