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How to Spot Counterfeit Water Filters

In the last several years, counterfeit products from foreign manufacturers have become common on large internet auction and shopping sites that offer merchandise from third-party sellers. While most of the questionable goods are things like clothing that present little danger to consumers, the manufacturers are now offering items like batteries, electronics, and even water filters, which could pose safety concerns if they are not manufactured to proper quality standards.

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Which Maryland Counties Are Requiring Homeowners to Test Their Backflow Preventers?

Clean, healthy water is important for both your family and the entire community. One of the most significant dangers to a public water system is backflow, or contaminated water entering the potable water system. Special devices called backflow preventers are used to stop contaminated water from flowing back into the public water system, and they are required on most new or recently remodeled homes in Maryland. For homes with testable backflow preventers, they should be inspected and tested annually—and in Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County, this is required by law.

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How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?

Whether you are making coffee, cooking a meal, or enjoying a beverage with ice, pure water is important to achieve the best-tasting results. If your home has water quality problems, one of the best, most consistent solutions is a reverse osmosis system. It goes beyond simple filtering to remove 95% to 99% of common water contaminants, from excess calcium and salt to chlorine, fluoride, and organic materials.

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Why Does My Water Smell?

Water that has an odd odor can be unappealing to drink, and it can often leave you wondering if it is healthy to consume at all. In most cases, unusual smells are perfectly harmless, but on rare occasions, they can pose health problems. Identifying the cause of the odor is an important first step in determining the risks to your health and your available treatment options.

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What Are the Sources of Water Contamination?

The quality of your water can have a significant effect on your health and comfort, and whether you are connected to a municipal water system or you have a private well, contamination is possible from a number of sources. Although private wells are especially vulnerable, as treatment is the responsibility of the well owner, even municipal water systems can contain contaminants, either from insufficient water treatment or from post-treatment contamination in the delivery system or a building’s plumbing system.

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Are Water Softeners Bad for You?

For conditions like heart disease, many patients are advised by doctors to limit their sodium intake. This often entails avoiding processed foods that contain excess sodium and minimizing the addition of table salt during meals. But if you have hard water, you may wonder about the effects of your water softening system on your sodium intake, and whether it is a significant problem. In short, the answer is “No.” Water softening systems add a negligible amount of sodium, and the foods that you eat are, by far, the largest source of sodium in the average diet.

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When to Replace Your Well Water Tank

Many homes in rural or suburban areas relay on private wells to provide water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and other household uses. A typical well uses an electric pump to bring water into the home, often from significant depths, and that water is stored temporarily in a well water tank, also known as a pressure tank. Using a pocket of compressed air, the well water tank helps to maintain water pressure between pump cycles, and it stores several gallons of water to minimize pump usage when demand is high. A problem with the well water tank can cause the pump to cycle on and off frequently, which can lead to an expensive premature failure. Continue reading When to Replace Your Well Water Tank