Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Risk of a Cheap Water Softener

Buying a cheap water softener system may appear to be a smart investment. However, it is important to consider the repercussions of such an investment. Saving a few bucks may wind up being very costly in the long run. Here is a look of some of the risks that come with the purchase of a cheap water softener.

Too much salt

One of the functions of a water softener is to limit the amount of salt in your water. A water softener that is working properly should add just 8 mg of salt per every individual liter of water that is treated. This is very important for those who are on low sodium diets while infants are also at risk to water with high sodium concentrations. Excess sodium can have numerous adverse effects to the health of people of all ages.

Building bridges

Cheap water softeners can build something called salt bridges. The bridge is actually a buildup of sodium, which begins to form hardened salt deposits in the bottom of the tank. These salt bridges can cause problems which can throw off the entire regeneration cycle. The salt deposits cause blockages and keep a water filtration system from functioning properly.

Lack of power

Water softeners are powered by motors. A cheaper water softener may not look different to the ordinary consumer, but internally, they can be quite different. A lot of that relates to the motor and when that fails prematurely, repair is often more expensive than buying a brand-new water softener as a replacement. The risk of buying a water softener with a cheap motor is considered a financial risk because the longevity of the product is compromised.

Plumbing protection

With a cheap water softener that doesn't function correctly at all times, your home plumbing is at risk. Because hard water is full of minerals, it can leave build-ups within your pipes. The result is a reduction in water flow and the blockage of pressure, which could lead to eventual leaks throughout the home.


The buildup of minerals within a pipe are not always directly harmful but they can produce a biofilm, which has a scaly presence. A biofilm can be a haven for bugs which can spread something like Legionnaires disease, which thrives on bacteria. Cheap water softeners have the potential to create an abundance of this biofilm. Problems may then start to arise from a seemingly unknown source.

When it comes to finding the best water softeners in Charlotte, NC, trust the professionals at Carolina Water Products. Contact us today for a free water test and find out if your home could benefit from our water system.

Monday, November 12, 2018

How your tap water may be drying out your skin

There are lots of theories as to why skin conditions develop among people of all ages. However, many people may fail to take into account that water can actually cause and trigger certain skin conditions. But it is not just any kind of water in Charlotte NC. Tap water that has not been softened can create a myriad of problems.

Tap water that is untreated is classified as hard water as the two descriptions are often used interchangeably. This means that water contains an excess amount of minerals and chlorine. These minerals can be detrimental to the skin. There is also a higher chance for cases of eczema in households where people use hard water. Eczema is a skin condition that can be irritating and sometimes painful.

There is an intricate process of how tap water affects human skin. Here is more on how it works.  Chlorine is absorbed by the skin and then acts as a type of poison to the body. It affects people differently and can cause a number of problems. Water with high traces of chlorine can make people appear to be older because of the effect it has on the skin. Those who continually use hard water, or tap water, may have skin that resembles the effects of being out in the sun for long stretches of time. Fluoride also has this effect and is commonly found in tap water. A water purification system would take care of both these issues.

One of the functions of our skin is to protect us from the environment. Chlorine inhibits that protection by drying out the skin. That leads to the appearance of dryness and often results in an excess amount of itching. While that may not give off the most appealing look, it also causes negates the primary goal of the skin, which is to protect us. Tap water essentially attacks that protective layer of our body.

Skin diseases are not uncommon as they will affect about 1/3 of the population in the United States at some point in time. There is also a high population of people with sensitive skin, which compounds the risk of using tap water. Tap water can also attack and may lead to problems with dandruff. Meanwhile, most people may be unaware that it is directly caused by the use of tap water.

Itchy, flaky or blotchy skin does not have to be a concern any longer. Simply call Carolina Water Products and check out why we offer the best water solutions in Charlotte NC.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

What Kind of Chemicals are in Your Cleaning Products?

Household cleaning products may get the job done when it comes to getting rid of grime, grease or soap scum. But that does not mean they do not have chemicals that can be harmful to people. Thus the usual emphasize on proper ventilation or air purification when using such products. Here's a look at some household cleaning products that may be more hazardous than you might think.

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners are used in many households to provide a pleasant aroma. However, these manufacturers have proprietary rights that allows them to withhold all the ingredients used in their aerosol products. Many air fresheners have something called phthalates, which can reduce sperm counts in men. Studies are limited as there are some negative associations that are still trying to be proved in phthalate-based air fresheners. 

Carpet Cleaners/Spot Removers

One of the active ingredients in carpet cleaners and spot removers is perchloroethylene, commonly called PERC. The fumes from these products can cause dizzy spells, coordination loss, headaches and other additional symptoms. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is lobbying for the removal of products that contain PERC and has labeled them is a potential type of carcinogen.

Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets

These products serve the purpose of making our clothes feel and smell fresh, but they use something called Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, which can cause certain skin conditions and dermatitis. Some studies have indicated that the cause of certain respiratory infections can be attributed to the continued exposure to Quaternary Ammonium Compounds. A Cleanstart system from Carolina Water Products can help eliminate this issue.

Bathroom Cleaners

Many products that are used to clean bathrooms have high concentrations of chlorine. This applies to sprays that remove mildew, cleaning products for toilet bowls and powder used to clean bathtubs and tile. The fumes have a negative effect on the respiratory system while making actual contact with these products can irritate the skin. There are natural home products that can be used as an alternative, such as vinegar and baking soda.

Dish Detergents

Some of these products contain an ingredient called triclosan, which is used to attack bacteria. However, studies have shown that certain bacteria can develop a resistance to products with triclosan. That results in the growth of new bacteria. Therefore, it is a good idea to read the labels when shopping for dish detergent and be aware of products with triclosan.

If you are looking for ways to make the air and water in your home much healthier, contact Carolina Water Products as we have a variety of solutions available in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas.