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Benefits of a Home Drinking Water System

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Are you and your family drinking more water during quarantine?

Having a water system eliminates the need for bottled water and ensures that you are drinking the best water at home.

With stay-at-home orders, it’s more important than ever to venture out as infrequently as possible. If you have had to search for bottled water, you know it’s not always easy to find at this time.

At Haferman Water Conditioning, we believe everyone should have access to high-quality water. We have many drinking water systems that will be able to remove harmful contaminants such as arsenic and lead from your water and provide your family with purified drinking water.

Here are three compact water systems that deliver clean, high-quality water:

MACguard

The MACguard is a single-stage system that fits and operates under your sink or in your basement to conveniently deliver you purified drinking water. It utilizes a carbon filtration system that cleans water to make it taste and smell better. After it is filtered, the water will be dispensed from a lead-free faucet. The “MAC” stands for Metered Automatic Cartridge, meaning this system will measure the amount of water the unit has already filtered and will shut down when it reaches 500 gallons. After 500 gallons, the MACguard filter will need to be changed, which is easy and hassle-free.

AquaKinetic A200

The Aquakinetic drinking water system uses a reverse osmosis system that has three stages. First, the water travels through a high-capacity pre-filter. Next, the water goes through the main filtering process, a high-performance reverse osmosis membrane. Lastly, the water goes through a carbon post-filter. This filtering process is highly effective and removes a wide variety of contaminants from your drinking water. The system has a compact size and design and will fit easily under your sink, in your basement, or even in your garage.

Kinetico K5

The Kinetico K5 provides the best of both worlds and is certified to remove more contaminants than any other reverse osmosis system on the market! By using the same technology of the MACguard and adding in the reverse osmosis filtering, you won’t have to worry about your water. Having to buy bottled water will become obsolete because the K5 delivers a steady stream of purified drinking water all day, every day. In addition to high-quality water, there are other benefits to the K5:

  • It is customizable, offering optional filters that successfully tackle your specific water filtration needs.
  • This water system can go under your sink or be run to your utility room or basement. Either way, maintenance will be a breeze. It only needs a filter change every year or every 500 gallons of water usage.

Whether you have questions about the right water system for your home or if you have a water system and need us to ship filters, please call Haferman Water Conditioning! Curbside pickup and technician appointments are also available!

Pros and Cons of Chlorine in Water

Chlorine is an efficient disinfectant, but it is also the No. 1 contaminant in drinking water. Chlorine is added to public water supplies to kill disease-causing bacteria that the water or distribution pipes might contain. Because of this, billions of people drink chlorine contaminated tap water every day. When chlorine was first introduced to the water supply, it brought a rapid decline in the spread of disease and other water-borne illnesses. Now, however, we worry about the adverse effects chlorine can have on our health.

At Haferman Water Conditioning, we want to make sure that you know the pros and cons of putting chlorine in the public water systems.

Why chlorine?

The addition of chlorine in drinking water began in the 1800s and turned into the standard water treatment in 1904. Before the addition of chlorine, people battled a variety of ailments that were spread through water, including diseases such as typhoid, dysentery, and cholera. After scientists found that adding chlorine in small amounts to drinking water could kill bacteria and stop the spread of disease, it quickly became popular. Now chlorination is the most common water treatment method worldwide, especially in the U.S.

Pros 

Due to its high toxicity, chlorine can effectively kill disease-causing bacteria in public drinking water. Chlorine is an ideal sanitizer and prevents much waterborne illness and disease every day. 

Cons 

While chlorine does an excellent job of destroying most toxins in the water supply, it also introduces other types of toxins, such as trihalomethanes (THMs). THMs from when chlorine is introduced into the water supply and reacts with other naturally occurring elements. If THMs make their way into our bodies, they can cause asthma, bladder cancer, and heart disease. Other issues associated with chlorine in your drinking water are: 

Bad smell and taste 

Dries skin and hair

Fades clothes 

Dries out rubber seals in appliances, shortening their lives

Chloramine

Chloramination is the process of adding chloramines to drinking water to disinfect it. This kills or inactivates bacteria, viruses, and other potentially harmful organisms in the water. Chloramine is an inorganic compound created with a combination of ammonia and chlorine. Chloramination is sometimes used as an alternative to chlorination for disinfecting public water systems because chloramine retains its effectiveness longer.  

What can you do?

While chlorine might be essential at the treatment plant and in the water distribution system, it is no longer necessary once the water reaches your home. There are many systems that can reduce the chlorine in your water, but before choosing one you need to have a water test. A water test will tell you the amount of chlorine in your water to find the best system for treatment. Both a whole house carbon filtration system or a reverse osmosis purification system can remove chlorine and chloramines. 

Whole House Carbon Filtration 

Whole house filtration systems use activated carbon to remove chlorine, organic compounds, chemicals, lead, and other contaminants in a process known as adsorptions.

Reverse Osmosis System

Reverse osmosis systems have carbon filters to remove chlorine and chloramines. Reverse osmosis systems are one of the most popular water filtration systems because not only are they capable of removing chlorine and chloramines but also many other contaminants in your water. 

Kinetico Dechlorinator 

A dechlorinator can attach to a water softener and will remove chlorine with activated carbon. A Kinetico Dechlorinator can be customized to reduce chloramines and many other chemical contaminants. 

At Haferman Water Conditioning, we have a full line of Kinetico water filtration systems that will eliminate the chlorine from your water. If you’re not sure what filter or system is right for you, contact us today for free water analysis and we will be able to select the best treatment system for your home and budget.

Benefits of A Reverse Osmosis System

There are many ways to filter your drinking water, and one of the most popular ways is with a reverse osmosis system.

How Does it Work?

Reverse osmosis is a water filtration process in which water pressure pushes tap water through a membrane to remove impurities. There are many reverse osmosis systems out there but the Kinetico K5 Water Station is a state-of-the-art system, designed to solve even the toughest water quality challenges. The K5 has three stages, with each stage becoming more thorough. Stage 1, which is the prefilter stage, prepares the water for the reverse osmosis process. During Stage 1, the five-micron filter captures particles such as dust and silt and reduces chlorine. (more…)

Bottleless Water Coolers Are Really Cool for the Environment

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Do you know how much you spend on bottled water each year? According to the International Bottled Water Association, on average, one person in America spends about $100 each year on bottled water. Some experts have suggested that buying bottled water is 2,000 times more expensive than drinking directly from the tap. As more and more consumers become aware of the impacts water bottles have on the environment, bottled water is becoming less appealing. With a bottleless water cooler, there will be no need to purchase bottled water and it will eliminate the inconvenience of bottles. 

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Why is My Water Softener Not Using Salt or Using Too Much?

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You might say that, to your water softener, brine is the elixir of life – that perfect balance of water and salt that allows your appliance to transform hard water into soft. So, if your water softener is not using salt, or it’s using too much, things won’t go well. There are a number of possible reasons your water softener might not be using the right amount of salt, and fortunately, most are easy to fix.

Here are some common problems related to salt, along with our tips on how to correct them. (more…)

How to Remove a Water Softener Salt Bridge

Have you noticed your water softener isn’t working as efficiently as it used to? Look inside. If you see a crusty salt buildup in the brine tank, that’s a salt bridge and it’s a common issue. Fortunately, there’s a fix for that, and you can easily do it yourself!

Especially when the humidity is high (hello, Minnesota summer!) or if there is too much salt in your brine tank, salt pellets will stick together, forming a solid crust that creates an empty space between the salt and the water in the bottom of the tank. Now the water softener cannot make brine because the salt cannot reach the water to dissolve. When there’s no brine, the resin bed cannot regenerate effectively. The salt just sits there, and your water is no longer softened. That won’t do! So here’s how to remove a water softener salt bridge. (more…)

What is a Water Softener Pre-Filter and Why Does My System Need One?


You may know that the resin beads in your water softener attract hard minerals and remove them from your water, but did you know that your water softener may also have a pre-filter? And if it doesn’t have one now, should it? What does a water softener pre-filter do, anyway? The answer (and that pre-filter) may lead you to even better water quality. (more…)

8 Water Treatment Questions to Ask a Pro Before Buying a Water Softener

If you’re in the market for a water softener, you know the right system will greatly improve water quality throughout your household. The more you know about your options before you buy, the better the investment you will make. It pays, in every sense of the word, to ask a pro. They can answer water treatment questions you might not have thought to ask.

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5 Factors That Influence Water Softener Cost

Replacing a water softener is an investment, and you’re certainly not the first person to experience sticker shock. After all, like most appliances, water softener cost varies dramatically, as does water softener quality. You could simply purchase the cheapest unit available, but will that really save you money in the long run? And will it do everything you need?

Before you make your final decision, it’s important to consider all the factors that influence water softener cost. Those same factors also affect water softener performance and longevity.

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Why is There Standing Water in My Water Softener Salt Tank?

Seeing standing water in your brine tank can be a little disconcerting. Isn’t it supposed to just be salt? Well, that depends. For some households that don’t go through much water, this can be a common occurrence. Although you may need to add a bag of salt in the near future, it’s nothing to cause alarm.

However, standing water can also be a sign of a problem. The components that regulate water intake might be allowing the tank to overfill, or water is not being drawn down after regeneration. How can you tell? Let’s troubleshoot.

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