To get started with selecting the proper city water filtration or city water treatment system for the home:
City Water Treatment Advice
First, you should determine if you have well water or city water. For water treatment we classify any water that is chlorinated by anyone other than the homeowner as being city water. Any unchlorinated water would not be considered city water.
The second thing you should determine is what it is about your water that you want to correct. This may be hard water, chlorine removal, taste, odors, other chemicals or a combination of these.
If you are seeing white spots on dishes or shower and sink fixtures, or if your soap does not lather up the way it should, these symptoms are typically characteristic of hard water levels and a standard water softener will resolve these issues. To determine the proper size of a water softener, please read our sizing chart on the following page:
The next thing you should decide is if you also want to remove chlorine and other impurities. This is accomplished with carbon filtration. There are two main types of carbon filtration; backwashing filter tanks and in line cartridges. In simple terms, the difference is the amount of maintenance involved. Both methods will provide the same result. The in line cartridge typically needs to be changed every six to twelve months, and the carbon media for the backwashing filter tank every three to seven years depending on usage.
It is never a bad idea to obtain a water report to know exactly what is in your water. In most city water situations, if you call the number on your water bill, they will provide you with a water quality report. Here are some other ways to get your water tested;
Testing Your Water:
One good thing you can do is get your water independently tested. There are several FREE testing suggestions below.
Paid Testing: One way to get testing is to simply look under "laboratories" in the Yellow Pages. If you choose this method be sure to call several to compare prices as labs vary greatly in their pricing. You can usually find one that will check your iron, pH, hardness and TDS quite inexpensively. Sometimes for just a few dollars more they will give you a very wide range of tests (recommended) and we understand what it all means as a rule. Tell us what is in the water and we will get the solution right every time.
CAUTION: NEVER let someone that sells water equipment test your water; especially the ones that try to come into your home. Always try to get it tested by someone that does NOT sell water equipment.
FREE WATER TESTING: Many swimming supply stores do testing for FREE and are pretty accurate. You can also send us a sample and we will test it for FREE. Just give one of our techs a call and they will tell you how to send us a sample. And while we always tell you to let someone independent test it so you can trust the results; you can trust that we will test it and be honest about the results should you need us to. There are also test kits on our site for sale if you want to test "On site" personally. You can find them on our website by clicking the link below:
Our techs can tell you which tests you need if you give them a quick call. Our techs are never allowed to ask you to buy anything or pressure you in any fashion. They just answer your questions and give you great advice. Even if you never buy anything they can tell you what you need to do to have the perfect application. Our advice for water treatment and filtration systems for city water is always free.
If you are using a water softener, we would also recommend a fifty GPD Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Purifier for $199.
Please read this page for more information on drinking soft water: Drinking Soft Water
Please don't hesitate to give us a quick call for a discussion of your situation. Keep in mind our technicians are not allowed to ask you to buy anything or pressure you in ANY way. They just answer your questions and give you great advice. We are the online leader for water treatment worldwide. We set the standard for all others to follow.
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