Why do I Have Pink Staining in my Bathroom

Customers have asked us why there is a pink ring in their toilet bowl and what can they do to get rid of it. Often they are concerned that something must be in the water. However, the pink ring that develops at the water line in the toilet, around drains, in the tub/shower area, and in bathroom drinking cups is actually caused by an airborne bacteria known as Serratia Marcescens. The airborne bacteria thrives in moist environments, which is why it is commonly found in some bathrooms.

Serratia Marcescens cannot survive in chlorinated tap water, but when water sits for a period of time, the chlorine is dissipated into the atmosphere. There are several things you can do to prevent the pink stains from developing. Drying wet surfaces after use will prevent the bacteria from growing. For toilet bowls, you can add a little bleach to the water in the bowl. We do not recommend bleach tablets in the tank because they tend to speed up the deterioration of most flappers.

To remove the slimy pink stain, you can use regular household bleach and a soft bristle cleaning brush to gently scrub the affected area. An old toothbrush or nail brush works great. For more stubborn stains, you can use plumber’s grit cloth and lightly rub the stain. Rubbing too aggressively with grit cloth will scratch the porcelain surface, so please exercise caution. To remove the stain from shower curtains and liners, wash them in hot water with a little bleach. For patterned shower curtains, use a color-safe bleach.

How To Clean Your Aerator

2 Channel Lock type wrenches
Mop, or long handled brush, or broom

Controlling the quality of your household water is dependent on the aerator being
cleaned regularly. Left undone will shorten the life of your water softener my fouling of the resin.
The frequency of cleaning depends on how quickly the sulfur builds up on the inside
walls (slippery sides inside the aerator). Generally, the aerator should be cleaned every 30 – 60 days.
1. Unplug the house pump cord from the wall outlet.
2. Disconnect the power supply to the aerator, (usually the 110 volt cord plugged (piggy back)
into the back of another cord which is the float switch. If unsure, pull all the plugs, or shut the circuit breaker off).
3. Remove the bottom drain plug of the aerator, with (2) two wrenches. One to hold the drain
pipe, and one to hold the drain cap as not to break off the drain.
4. Optional: Remove the top lid of the aerator, and pour in approximately ½ gallon of household bleach
(unscented laundry bleach). The important part is to remove any growth from inside.
5. Scrub the sides of the aerator, spray heads, and bottom of the aerator.
6. After all the water has drained out, turn the power supply back on. Put the lid back on , and
let the spray rinse the sides for 30 seconds.
7. Replace the bottom drain plug. HAND TIGHTEN OR ½ a TURN WITH TWO
WRENCHES. The water will shut off when the aerator is full again.
8. Plug the house pump back into the outlet.

How To Check My Pressure Tank

Most Pressure Tanks made today have a rubber bladder that is filled with water from the Well Pump. It can eventually rupture over time or from improper air pressure settings. When the Bladder ruptures, water from the well will start to steal a little bit of air from the tank with every pump cycle eventually filling the tank full of water. If you push the tank from the top slightly sideways to gauge the weight of the tank, you should be able to see if it feels full or nearly empty (which is how it should feel if it’s still working properly).

Another way to check your tank is to push the little stem within the air valve which is usually on the top or near the top of the tank. It will look just like the valve on your car’s tire. By pushing the stem in, you should be letting a little air out. If water comes out instead of air, your tank is definitely bad.

If neither of the above methods work for you, turn off your pump and open a faucet somewhere to let all the water pressure out of your plumbing system. Take a tire gauge and check the air pressure in the tank. It should be two pounds less than the turn on pressure of your pump. If it is not at this pressure but you do have some pressure left, chances are the bladder is still good and you can add the proper amount of air and continue using the tank. If you have no pressure left, there is a good chance the bladder has failed, but not necessarily. Try adding air into the tank to the correct pressure you are looking for. At this time any water left in the tank should blow out, if not tank is bad. If the water does blow out and air blows out after it, tank is bad.

Why is my water slippery?

Why is soft water so slippery?

Many customers who have water softeners installed in their houses notice that their skin feels “slippery” after a bath. Some customers say, “My water is too soft! I can’t rinse the soap off!” This reaction is normal for new soft water customers.

What causes that slippery feeling? Clean skin!

Hard water leaves an insoluble soap-curd film on you, causing your hair and skin to “squeak”. Most of us grew up with hard water, so “squeaky clean” was all we knew and what we grew to expect from our bathing and shampooing. Some of the soap manufacturers even perpetuated this misinformation with their commercials about “squeaky clean”. No wonder we all believed that we were our cleanest when our skin and hair squeaked.

But, we know now that “squeaky clean” is not clean at all. It should be called “squeaky dirty”. The fact is that we “squeaked” with hard water because there was an invisible hard water soap scum film on our hair and skin, causing our skin, scalp and hair to really be overly dry. This is bad for skin and hair. Soap scum film builds up on hair, weighting it down and making it brittle and lifeless. Soap scum film on skin makes our skin dry and itchy.

Here is one way you can prove this to yourself. Notice that hard water leaves a bathtub ring and soft water does not. That hard water bath tub ring is made of scummy, “gooky stuff” that sticks to the tub. That same scum sticks to your skin, clogging your pores and causing your skin to feel overly dry and “squeaky”. On the other hand, soft water leaves no bath tub ring. Soft water also does not leave scum on your skin, scalp and hair. Soft water leaves your skin and hair “hydrated and clean”, not squeaky. Since water is wet and there is not scummy film on your skin to cause friction, the water feels “slippery”. That slippery feeling is the indication of healthy, clean skin and hair.

With soft water, you can rinse an extra 15 minutes but the slippery feeling will not go away! The soap is long gone and your skin is very clean. Within minutes of drying off, you will notice how soft your skin feels–almost as if you applied skin lotion. Soft skin is healthy and clean! Ladies, your hair will be easier to style, keep its curl longer, be more bouncy and feel weightless.

Once you have experienced the wonderful clean feeling of soft water, you’ll never want to be without it again. And, your skin, hair, appliances and plumbing will thank you. Contact us today to see how easy and affordable it is to have soft water in your life. FAQ_HandWash

Salt vs. Salt-less Water Softeners

Think a salt-free system is just as beneficial as salt water softener?
Think again.

NO ONE WANTS TO HAUL SALT. (Unless you’re the salt delivery guy.) And you
don’t find many of them around that have done it for very long.

I’ve been in the water business for 25 years and in the past five years
there has been a great “buzz” about salt free water “softeners”. Many of
our neighbors have invested in many different products that profess to be
water softeners that don’t need salt. Hooray!!!!!!!!, at last someone has
done it. To their disappointment, that water doesn’t come out “soft”. It
comes out different on some of them. But no soft, silky shower and the
spots are still there.

The bath tub ring is still there and the water heater collects more
calcium build up and still goes out prematurely.

In the past years we’ve seen, magnets on the pipes, wires wrapped around
the pipes. The magnets and wires do change the “ion” alignment
temporarily. However, the ions go back to their preferred place when out
of the magnetic field. Some have had carbon filters with electrodes in
them. Lately some of them have purported to have a “special” resin that
makes the calcium fall out of suspension and leave spots but the spots can
easily be wiped off. It is still in there.

So how can they claim that they have a softener without salt? Well, it
sold them a lot of units and they made them a lot of money and moved on.
In the meantime we go back and reinstall their old softeners or they buy a
salt system.

In the past couple of years, with the pressure on, they’ve changed the
wording to say salt free water conditioners or filters. Or, “whole house
filtration systems. No need to haul salt any more. Get better tasting
water at all of the taps in your home, no more sticking to your pipes.
Those are true statements. The systems that have carbon in them take out
taste and odor. Most of the taste and odor comes from chlorine if you are
on a municipal water system. The chlorine is placed in there to kill the
bugs that could make you sick. The carbon does a good job of removing the
chlorine. Some of them even have placed sediment filters in them to take
out dirt and other particles. Well, the city has already done that at the
water treatment plant.

As for not sticking to your pipes, your hard water doesn’t stick to your
copper or plastic pipes. It used to stick to the galvanized steel pipes.
We don’t see that used anymore. So that is just a story to tell to make
you think that it is a benefit.

SOFTENED WATER has gone through an ion exchange process that one ion is
traded for another. So, the bad guy, calcium is traded for the better guy
sodium, (or magnesium if you prefer magnesium chloride to regenerate you
softener. It costs 4X more). Sodium ions don’t stand in the way of
cleaning and is a lot friendlier to any surface that it comes in contact

It definitely tastes different, and to some extreme cases can be less
healthy, but calcium can be less healthy in extreme cases also. Some
people don’t like the “slick” feeling that comes in the shower with soft
water. 99% of the people can get used to that. That is the body oils on
your skin to keep it supple and from cracking. When you get used to the
soft water feel, you hate going back to the hard water.

In conclusion, if I could invent a water “softener” that doesn’t use salt
I wouldn’t have to work for $ anymore. Water is the most important
commodity that you use in your home. The more people that move into an
area, the more water must be supplied to them. Our water is getting less
and less in quality because of the need for more of it all the time. One
thing that perplexes me and has for over 25 years, why a person would buy
the cheapest water system that they could find to put their water through,
and then buy the best T V that they could find to watch their program, or
the fanciest car or the biggest home. That just doesn’t make sense to me.

Water News

newsA study of raw well water at 50 homes in Golden Gate Estates found elevated levels of sodium at 70 percent of the homes, the Collier County Health Department announced Friday.

The levels ranged from 33 parts per million to 380 parts per million, according to test results. The state Department of Environmental Protection’s maximum contaminant level for sodium is 160 parts per million. The study also found elevated levels of chloride.

Sodium, a naturally occurring metal, and chloride, an inorganic ion, combine to create table salt. Limiting the amount of sodium in drinking water is designed to help people who are on a salt-restricted diet. There is generally no health threat from elevated levels of chloride, according to the health department.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that people on a no-salt diet drink water with less than 20 parts per million of sodium, according to the health department.

The DEP has established a drinking water standard for chloride of 250 parts per million. The Golden Gate Estates samples contained chloride ranging from 60 parts per million to 900 parts per million, according to test results.

Environmental Health and Engineering Director Ken Rech said in a statement released Friday that raw water often has sodium in it as it is found naturally in soils in Southwest Florida.

For most people, the higher levels of sodium are not a health risk, but people with high blood pressure or kidney problems might want to consult their physician if they drink well water on a regular basis, Rech said in the statement.

Treating water with a reverse osmosis system or using bottled water may limit the health concern, the statement said.

The health department study was prompted by a concern from a Garland Road resident that his water was killing his plants, health department spokeswoman Dep Millsap said. She said the study samples water at homes north of Interstate 75, south of White Boulevard and east of Collier Boulevard, within a 1-mile radius of the Garland Road location.