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The Truth Behind Water Softener Myths

The Truth Behind Water Softener Myths

It is not uncommon to have new questions in regards to water softeners, even after purchasing one.  At times we have some of our loyal customers with questions brought up friends or families. We’ve summed up our answers to these questions.

Myth #1 –  Water softeners add lots of salt to your water. Water softeners operate on an ion exchange process. Calcium and magnesium salts which cause scale are replaced with other salts that do not.  Basically, it’s a salt exchange.  Most people who are on sodium restricted diets find they can have softened water.  Compare, an 8-ounce glass of milk may have 150 milligrams of sodium.  The same 8 ounces of softened City of Waterloo water might have only 60 milligrams.

Myth #2 –  Removing calcium and magnesium by water softening will deprive your body of necessary nutrients. Minerals in your water are in an inorganic form that your body cannot digest. Think of it like ingesting dissolved rock. Your body would simply pass what it cannot digest. The majority of all nutrients your body needs will come from foods and nutritional supplements.

Myth #3 –  Salt-free systems work the same as a typical water softener that uses salt.  Companies that represent these products promote them as scale inhibitors. Their claim is they will decrease the scale that builds up in appliances, but not soften the water. Unfortunately, most of these companies offer no validated laboratory testing to confirm their claims. The best way to remove mineral hardness is by ion exchange water softening!

Myth #4 – You can never rinse the soap off in softened water. Soap rinses faster in soft water. When calcium and magnesium in hard water combine with soap it creates a sticky soap crud that plugs the pores of your skin. This stops the natural flow of body oils providing what some people refer to as a squeaky clean feeling. Water softening removes the debris that plugs your pores naturally allowing your body oils to come to the surface. This helps leave your skin soft and smooth naturally.

Myth #5 – Drinking purified water from a reverse osmosis system can leach essential minerals from your body.  Nothing can be purged from your body by drinking purified Reverse Osmosis water. The EPA actually recommends R.O. systems to treat many water concerns.

To learn more about water softeners, schedule a free water test by either calling us at 319-233-2038, or fill out our form 

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The Truth Behind Water Softener Myths

It is not uncommon to have new questions in regards to water softeners, even after purchasing one.  At times we have some of our loyal customers with questions brought up friends or families. We’ve summed up our answers to these questions.

Myth #1 –  Water softeners add lots of salt to your water. Water softeners operate on an ion exchange process. Calcium and magnesium salts which cause scale are replaced with other salts that do not.  Basically, it’s a salt exchange.  Most people who are on sodium restricted diets find they can have softened water.  Compare, an 8-ounce glass of milk may have 150 milligrams of sodium.  The same 8 ounces of softened City of Austin water might have only 60 milligrams.

Myth #2 –  Removing calcium and magnesium by water softening will deprive your body of necessary nutrients. Minerals in your water are in an inorganic form that your body cannot digest. Think of it like ingesting dissolved rock. Your body would simply pass what it cannot digest. The majority of all nutrients your body needs will come from foods and nutritional supplements.

Myth #3 –  Salt-free systems work the same as a typical water softener that uses salt.  Companies that represent these products promote them as scale inhibitors. Their claim is they will decrease the scale that builds up in appliances. Unfortunately, most of these companies offer no validated laboratory testing to confirm their claims. The best way to remove mineral hardness is by ion exchange water softening!

Myth #4 – You can never rinse the soap off in softened water. Soap rinses faster in soft water. When calcium and magnesium in hard water combine with soap it creates a sticky soap curd that plugs the pores of your skin. This stops the natural flow of body oils providing what some people refer to as a squeaky clean feeling. Water softening removes the debris that plugs your pores naturally allowing your body oils to come to the surface. This helps leave your skin soft and smooth naturally.

Myth #5 – Drinking purified water from a reverse osmosis system can leach essential minerals from your body.  Nothing can be purged from your body by drinking purified Reverse Osmosis water. The EPA actually recommends R.O. systems to treat many water concerns.

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Airmaster Ultra

 

With the COVID-19 pandemic happening, I know we are all very concerned about VIRUSES in the air!  So, what can you really do to clean the air inside your home?  Most people will say replace your furniture filter regularly, but that isn’t enough!  Did you know that EPA studies indicate that air quality in the average home can be 4 to 40 times dirtier than the outside air. When you think about all the time your family spends indoors, doesn’t it make sense to give them the best quality air you can?

  • Reduces airborne contaminants
  • Helps eliminate household odors
  • Leaves your air fresh and clean
  • Treats the entire house, not just one room.

Features

  • Uses less power than a standard light bulb—draws only 47 watts of power.
  • Automatic airflow sensor means the ozone lamp is operating only when air is flowing.
  • Plugs into any standard outlet.
  • Operational status is easily determined at a glance with the LED indicators.
  • Lid interlock safety switch.
  • Remote status indicator available.
  • External odor control adjustment makes it easy to adjust for changing home air quality.
  • “J” lamp kit available for smaller ducts.

airmaster2How Does the Airmaster Ultra Work?

Installation. The Airmaster Ultra is installed in the air duct in your home’s heating/cooling system. The system works using two safe and time-tested technologies, ultraviolet light and ozone.

UV Purification. Air passes by the light of the
UV lamp, where many common bacteria and molds are reduced.*

Ozone Purification. The air then passes by a specially designed lamp that produces a very small, controlled amount of ozone. Ozone is a strong oxidizer that reduces problem odors from cooking, pets and other sources, leaving behind fresher, cleaner air.

Continuous Air Quality. Whenever your heating/cooling system is on, the Airmaster Ultra works silently and continuously, leaving fresher, cleaner air throughout your home.

Low Maintenance. The only maintenance the Airmaster Ultra requires is periodically changing the UV and ozone lamps, a service that your RainSoft dealer will perform for you.

*Test performed by independent lab. Test results are available upon request.

Understanding Air Purification

You may be familiar with air filtration products, but the Airmaster Ultra is actually an air purifier. The diagrams below help explain the difference. Air filters are also called “mechanical filters.” They work by trapping particles that are too large to pass through (Fig. 1). They collect larger particles, but may not be as effective for many smaller particles. The filters must be changed on a regular basis, as they fill up with the collected debris (much like the bag on a vacuum cleaner).

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Air purifiers, on the other hand, actually sterilize or kill most contaminants. Both UV and ozone are purification methods. In the Airmaster Ultra, when air passes within the UV light zone (Fig. 2a), most airborne viruses, bacteria and molds are killed or sterilized. From there, the air passes by the ozone lamp (Fig. 2b) where odors are neutralized. The process happens continuously and silently as your heating/cooling system runs, and there are no messy filters to change.

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RainSoft of NE Iowa Water Treatment & Plumbing COVID-19 Protocol & Response 3-24-2020

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1-319-233-2038

customerservice@rainsoftneiowa.com

www.rainsoftneiowa.com

 

March 24, 2020 

 

Dear RainSoft of NE Iowa Water Treatment & Plumbing Customers, 

 

RainSoft of NE Iowa Water Treatment & Plumbing has been serving our community for over 39 years and we are prepared to continue serving your needs, while doing our best to protect the community at large.   Customer centeredness and safety is the top priority at RainSoft of NE Iowa Water Treatment & Plumbing every single day.   RainSoft of NE Iowa Water Treatment & Plumbing provides a vital role in maintaining the health and safety of our community, therefore, we will remain open during this time. If your water treatment equipment is broken, we will be there to fix it.  If your plumbing has a leak, we will be there to repair it. 

 

The Department of Homeland Security recognizes our role in safeguarding America’s drinking and processing water to households, businesses, industrial operations, hospitals, bottled water providers, pharmaceutical and other critical manufacturing.  DHS’s guidance has urged us to commit to the maintenance and continuation of our nation’s infrastructure supporting water, the life sustaining resource.   Our water industry business should remain open and operations and our water industry workers should commit to this critical work as they are able – following all CDC guidance on safe practices, social distancing and awareness.    RainSoft of NE Iowa Water Treatment & Plumbing is defined as an “essential business” by The Department of Homeland Security and we will continue to serve our customers and communities in the safest, most morally conscientious way.

 

In this climate, we know having a technician in your home may be a concern, but we want you to know that the health and safety of our customers and team members is our highest priority. We want to thank you for trusting us with your Water Quality and indoor Air Quality needs.  If you need service, please call our main line at 1-319-233-2038 for service.   We also have a line for emergencies only, which is 1-319-231-1362.  We have local staff handling the phones from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and we have an after-hours emergency phone service so that you are always speaking with a person to meet your needs. You can also reach us via email at customerservice@rainsoftneiowa.com.

 

 

Here is an update on what we are doing during this crisis:

 

When You Schedule an Appointment with Us & Before We Arrive:

We are monitoring all team members for any relevant symptoms and are acting accordingly.  Any team members that have a fever, show signs of illness, or have been known to be exposed and not protected will be asked to stay at home. 

 

When We Arrive:

Our technicians are supplied with hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, gloves, and as always, shoe covers. These items are in high demand right now and can be difficult to obtain in bulk, but we are doing our best to keep these items in stock.  Other Measures we are implementing for our technicians are limiting time in groups, as we have cancelled all staff meetings until further notice. Technicians already work in isolation for most of the day and are rarely exposed to large groups. We will be limiting face to face interaction between our office team members and field technicians.  We greatly appreciate your patience with our team during this time, as it allows us to provide the best service possible to those in need of our services. We need your support in order to provide the services needed while keeping safety at the forefront. 

 

While in Your Home:

We are still scheduling and running service and maintenance calls during this time. We have asked our technicians not to shake hands and to keep a safe distance from our customers. We don’t mean to be unfriendly, but we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to take reasonable precautions during this health emergency. In a lot of cases we can troubleshoot equipment from your basements or kitchens with minimal face to face contact.  If you are already on the schedule for maintenance, we plan to provide service, however you are welcome to reschedule.  As mentioned above, we can often work on equipment with minimal contact. Filters inside the home will need to be changed and we intend to do so with your permission. System maintenance is still very important and does not need to be put off for too long or ignored all together. Obtaining signatures for work is our normal process is for repair work to be approved, if you do not feel comfortable with this, we can forego getting your signature at this time.  Also, if you want to avoid hand to hand transactions while paying, you can read off your debit or credit card information to the technician at this time.   If you do not wish to provide this information to a technician, you may call our office to submit your payment.  

 

Indoor Air Quality Basics:

COVID-19 is spread through airborne particles as well as other means.  As experts in indoor air quality, we recommend a few things:

 

  • Change your air filter regularly 
  • Invest in a Whole-House Ultra-Violet Light system to kill viruses and bacteria in your home. Ask our technician about our Airmaster Ultra Air Purification System.  This system kills viruses, molds and bacteria in the air.
  • Change your Airmaster UV bulb if it is over 2 years old.
  • Make sure the humidity in your home is between 35% – 50%.

 

Updates from RainSoft of NE Iowa Water Treatment & Plumbing:

At this time we will send out communication via email and social media. We greatly appreciate our customers and team members here at RainSoft of NE Iowa Water Treatment & Plumbing.  We understand the value of doing our part to reduce the spread of this virus so that our healthcare system is not overwhelmed and those in need can receive the best care possible. We are confident that we will be able to handle this predicament as quickly as possible and return to normalcy soon.  I know having a technician in your home during this trying time can be a concern. But please rest assured that we are taking measure we can in order to keep you and our team safe. 

 

Thank you for putting your trust in us, and please stay safe.

 

Sincerely, 

 

The RainSoft of NE Iowa Water Treatment & Plumbing team

 

1-319-233-2038

customerservice@rainsoftneiowa.com

www.rainsoftneiowa.com

Is Your Tap Water Safe to Drink?

The tap water you use in your home for drinking, cooking, and bathing could come from lakes, rivers, reservoirs, or other surface or underground water sources. This water can be contaminated with various pollutants like lead, e. coli, sulfur, and general dirt. That said, how can you ensure that the water you’re using at home is really safe for you and your family? Continue reading “Is Your Tap Water Safe to Drink?”

How to Tell if You Have Water Quality Issues at Home

Water quality issues can be quite easy to notice. Since most of their telltale signs can be perceived by the senses, you can easily know that there’s a problem once you smell, taste, or see them. Rainsoft of NE Iowa, a trusted provider of plumbing services and home water treatment products, lists some of the symptoms of water quality issues that you might encounter in your home. Continue reading “How to Tell if You Have Water Quality Issues at Home”

What Contaminants Can Water Treatment Systems Remove?

It’s practically impossible for just one water filter to remove all of the contaminants in water. For a water treatment system to produce safe drinking water, it’d need to use several filtration methods. The water treatment experts at RainSoft® of NE Iowa give you an overview of the different filter types and the contaminants they can remove below.  Continue reading “What Contaminants Can Water Treatment Systems Remove?”

Safe and Pure: Ways to Purify Your Drinking Water

There’s nothing wrong with drinking tap water—the Safe Drinking Water Act as well as strict guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency makes sure it’s safe to drink. Still, there’s no way to know what’s in your water, and that might bother some people.  Continue reading “Safe and Pure: Ways to Purify Your Drinking Water”