Featured Water Treatment Equipment to Protect Your Home and Health
National Water Service and other local professional water companies often have a wide variety of water treatment equipment and solutions for you to choose from. From businesses to homes, to well water to city supplied water, each water supply has different requirements to be safe, clean, and fresh directly from the pipes.
While you rely on your local water professionals to help you select the right water treatment equipment, it can also be beneficial to know what your options may be and how the equipment functions in your home to provide you with safe drinking water.
We break down some frequently asked questions, debunk some equipment myths, and highlight some featured equipment that everyone should talk to their professional water company about.
Featured Water Treatment Equipment
How to Know if Your Well Pump or Pressure Tank is Bad: Low Water Pressure
Every week, our professional water technicians respond to many no-water or low-pressure calls. We replace broken, old, or corroded well pumps, waterlogged pressure tanks, broken control centers for constant pressure systems, and thousands of feet of pipe and wire.
Are you experiencing low water pressure, or are you and your family constantly running out of water? A service for your pressure tank may need to be scheduled, or you may need a constant pressure system, which allows you to control your home’s water pressure with the touch of a button. Constant pressure systems can provide water that has more pressure potential than city water alone, which can help if your pressure tank or well pump are functioning properly and you’re still experiencing low water pressure.
We pride ourselves for being an emergency team who can handle whatever our clients are dealing with. However, we also like to educate our clients on how to know when their well pump or well pressure tank is bad, so they can have a fair amount of warning that their equipment needs maintenance, so they do not find themselves in a no-water situation.
Common Indicators Your Pressure Tank Needs Service
Indications Your Well Pump Needs Service
Contact National Water Service or your local water company as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms. This will help restore your water pressure and hopefully eliminate a no-water, emergency situation.
For more info on water pressure and pressure tanks, visit our pressure tank gallery and pressure tank replacement information page. We will always provide an emergency response, whether for new customers or returning clients in both homes and businesses, but if given the chance, we hope we can help you sooner!
Get in touch 7 days a week, 365 days a year if you are having issues with your water.
Salt-Free Water Conditioner vs. Traditional Water Softener
Do salt-free water conditioners live up to their marketing claims? Salt-free water conditioners claim to deliver the same results as salt-based water softeners, with less hassle and reduced size. Salt-free water conditioners take up less space because there is no salt (brine) tank; there are reduced costs due to no longer needing to purchase salt bags; and back strain is reduced from no need to transport any salt bags.
The question is if these systems really measure up to their counterparts as an equal replacement that is worth the investment that will also provide healthy, safe water for your appliances and cleaning needs.
What is the Purpose of a Salt-Free Water Conditioner?
A salt-free water conditioner’s purpose is to prevent scale build-up within the plumbing. By stopping scale build-up, appliances, pipes, and water heaters are protected against maintenance or damage. Salt-free water conditioners are not water softeners, however. When using a salt-free water conditioner, hard minerals still exist in crystallized form and are still present within the water
Unlike using a traditional water softener, a salt-free water conditioner doesn’t eliminate stains, dulled laundry, or appliance maintenance. You will notice your laundry is still dulled or stained; soap scum stains will be present in your bathroom, kitchen sink, and on your dishes; and your plumbing and appliances will still have a shorter lifespan. The only way to ensure quality, stain-free, and appliance safety is to soften your water.
Water softeners prevent this scale build-up by removing the hard minerals in the water. This stops hard water damage, including stiff and discolored laundry; foggy dishes; and ineffective cleaning due to hard water reducing the effective of soap, in which lather is reduced from the hard minerals.
Hard water is also miserable to shower in, as it dries out skin and hair. Additionally, hard water also means more money spent: cleaning products needed to remove residue, shorter lifespan on dishwashers, water heaters, as well as all other appliances, fixtures, and plumbing.
The Results from Your Salt-Free Water Conditioner
The common trade name “salt-free water conditioner” is very deceptive — they do prevent scale build-up, but they do not provide all of the benefits of a traditional water softening system. Only salt-based water softeners are certified by the NSF and can meet NSF/ANS 44. In some states, only salt-based systems can legally be installed in new construction projects. If a system doesn’t meet industry standards and building codes, it should not be installed in your home.
The choice is clear, only a salt-based water softener is proven to provide softer water, healthier skin and hair, with no scale buildup or soap scum.
Is a Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Treatment System Worth the Investment?
A Reverse Osmosis (RO) water treatment system will remove up to 99.9% of all contaminants found in your water. Whether considering the investment for your home or business, an RO system can help provide sustainable, drinkable water directly from the tap, removing the need to invest in bottled water.
How Does a Reverse Osmosis System Work?
Reverse Osmosis, or RO, is a technology that is used to remove a large majority of contaminants from water. ROs remove impurities by pushing pressurized water through a semi-permeable membrane. A Reverse Osmosis water treatment system is capable of removing up to 99% of all contaminants from water. Contaminants include, but are not limited to:
- Dissolved salts (ions)
- Organic particles
- Bacteria, including e-coli
An RO works by forcing water through different pre-filters, including sediment and carbon, in order to remove all impurities. Finally, the water passes through the membrane and finally to your faucet.
The first filter is for sediment, to trap particles, including dissolved solids such as calcium carbonate. The second filter, also for sediment, has smaller pores to catch the finest of sediment. The third filter, an activated carbon filter, is to trap organic chemicals and chlorine as well as control odor. Finally, the water passes through the thin film composite membrane.
Once the water passes through the pre-filters and membrane, it is ready to use. Water from an RO is so pure it needs its own waterline and faucet that prevents corrosion. RO water is the freshest, cleanest drinking and cooking water available today.
Common Reasons to Invest in Reverse Osmosis for Your Home or Business
RO technology has many different uses. The most common reason is to desalinate ocean water into potable water for drinking and cooking. Commercial sized RO systems are commonly found on ships or in arid countries. ROs are also used in the production of concentrated juices, as well as on all produce misting bars in Whole Foods and often in similar grocery stores.
An in-home RO system can be installed under the sink for single-use, such as a faucet in the kitchen and a line to an ice maker or refrigerator. In addition, larger ROs are installed in basements or water treatment areas. Larger ROs can accommodate many water lines, including multiple faucets, refrigerators, or ice makers. In-home RO systems provide endless safe, healthy, clean cooking, and drinking water.
Reduce Plastic Waste with a Reverse Osmosis System for Your Home
ROs provide safe, potable drinking water for you and your family, without the need for purchasing bottled water. On average, the cost of a fully installed RO system matches that of the annual cost an average family of four spends on their bottled water supply — get safe drinking water directly from your tap while eliminating plastic waste that harms the environment.
Get in contact with your local professional water company to discuss if an RO system is right for your home or business.
Protect Against Surprise Floods with a Wi-Fi Flood Alarm from National Water Service
In the DMV area, floods and leaks can be a major problem, especially in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and the Frederick metro area. Even outside of these areas, floods and internal leaks can cause homeowners to be concerned about how to protect their house from rising water.
Our professional water company offers a Wi-Fi enabled messenger indoor alarm system that monitors and reports on sump pump high water levels, storage tanks levels, and over or under temperature alarms.
The alarm notifies users both locally with audible and visual alarms, and sends a remote text message or email which can be retrieved on any smartphone, tablet, or computer connected to the existing internet network. The alarm can notify up to four contacts (two email and two text) with alerts, including alarms, power lost, power restored, low battery, and alarm offline.
Our alarm system is unlike similar products in that it does not rely on cellular service, so there is no contract or monthly fee. It comes with an automatic alarm rest and a 9-volt DC battery backup with a low-battery chirp. The touchpad includes test and silence buttons for the alarm horn, a network status, and LED indicator lights: red is for alarm and the power on is green, making it simple to understand and operate.
By getting in touch with National Water Service if you are in the DMV area, you can learn more about the alarm system as well as other recommended flood and leak control and prevention methods. If you are outside of the DMV area, we encourage you to consult with your local water company for a flood or leak protection system for your home.
Chemical Feeders: Uses in a Water Treatment System
One of the most commonly used but misunderstood water treatment systems is a chemical feeder. A chemical feeder is among the most effective and economical ways to treat your water’s pH levels and odor issues.
One of the main purposes of a chemical feeder system is to control the pH of your water. The system measures the amount of water used and pumps different chemicals, including, but not limited to, sodium hydroxide (caustic) or soda ash into a mixing tank at the appropriate amount to ensure that the pH of your water is neutral or around 7.2.
Chemical feeders are also very effective in treating certain types of water contamination, including bacteria, iron, and manganese as well as eliminating odors such as hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell) that may be coming from your well water by adding chlorine to the mixing tank.
Working in conjunction with your other water treatment equipment, a chemical feeder allows you to control the pH of your water and eliminate any corrosion that may occur in your plumbing.