Wednesday, December 13, 2017

What is Your Water Doing to Your Laundry?

Are you tired of your clothes coming out of the laundry all stiff and hard? The calcium and magnesium in your water can cause your laundry to stiffen. When you have hard water, a number of problems can arise with your laundry. Hard water is the result of mineral buildup in your city or well water, most commonly from calcium and lime. It can reduce the quality of water in your home and may also be driving up your water bills, cleaning costs and more.  Our quality water company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to go over some of the problems that can happen and give you a solution to those problems.


Possible Laundry Problems Due to Hard Water


Your Clothes May Be Hard or Stiff


You spend your hard earned money on your clothes, so when you wash them, you want them to still be at good quality by the time they're done. As stated earlier, the magnesium and calcium in your water hard water can make your clothes hard.


Your Clothes May Lose Their Brightness


When you have hard water, those once bright shirts that you loved so much can turn dull or even gray. Hard water can have a significant affect on your wardrobe.


Your Clothes May Tear


Hard water can be so harsh on your clothes that it can even cause them to tear at times. No one wants to pull their favorite shirt out of the dryer and find a bunch of holes and rips in it.


Your Colored Clothes May Have White or Gray Streaks


The mineral build up in your hard water can cause your colored clothes to have white or gray streaks on them. How embarrassing would that be to walk into work with a gray streak down your top?


What Can a Culligan Water Softener Do For You?


A Culligan water softener can not only help the overall quality of your clothes but can also reduce your detergent use. With a Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener, you'll have the world's most efficient water softener. It can save you up to 46% on operating costs including energy, water and cleaning products, including soaps and detergents. It is about more than energy efficiency - it's about intelligence. While using up to 50% less salt, the HE lets you know how many days remain until you need to refill it with salt. Our Aqua-Sensor® technology automatically detects changes in your water conditions and makes softening adjustments accordingly. You can even install an optional modem that will tell your Lake of the Ozarks Culligan dealer directly if salt or service is needed. If you're ready to have your water problems solved, call your Culligan Man at 573-346-5221. He can recommend a water softener that works for you and your family. The Culligan water softener is the Lake of the Ozarks preferred choice.



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Friday, December 8, 2017

Possible Problems with Your Dog’s Drinking Water

Our dogs are like family. If we have quality drinking water, why shouldn’t they? Dogs are drinking less than quality water more than you might think and it could lead to health problems you don’t want for your furry friend. The good news is there is a solution to this problem. Your quality water company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to give you a few possible examples of problems that could be associated with your dog’s water. To get quality water for your four legged family member, call Culligan at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Possible Problems with Your Dog's Drinking Water


Having quality drinking water on a day to day basis is a must for your dog's health. Without water, your dog could get dehydrated, which could lead to serious health issues for your dog. Water makes up 80 percent of your dog’s body. Your dog may be dehydrated if you notice one of the following signs:

Depression
Sunken eyes
Dry mouth
Lethargy
Loss of appetite

Too often dogs are getting water from the wrong sources and preventing your dog from reaching water from these types of sources can improve their health.

Poor Sources for Your Dog’s Drinking Water


Toilet

Keep your toilet closed! Not only is the water in there bad for your dog, but if your dog gets stuck there is a possibility he or she could drown.

Dirty puddles

You clearly wouldn’t want to drink from a dirty puddle so why should your dog? There could be all sorts of bacteria and germs in that water that your dog could be assuming.

Tap water

Your tap water could have chemicals in it that are harmful to your dog. To see what’s in your tap water, try our free water test. To schedule a free water analysis with your Culligan Man, visit http://culliganpro.com/free-in-home-water-test.

The Lake

Most people know not to drink lake water, but your dog doesn’t necessarily know. The lake could contain many harmful bacteria that could make your four legged friend sick, so it’s best to keep him or her away from the lake water.

Garden Hose

The garden hose is using your tap water. See above for why your dog shouldn’t drink tap water.

Public dog bowls at dog parks

You never know what dogs have drank out of the public dog bowl at the dog park. They could have been sick and spread their germs/illness through that bowl a number of times. Carry a spare source of water for your dog when you go to the dog park, bring a portable dog bowl and a bottle of quality drinking water.


Looking to Bring Quality Water into Your Home?


Culligan has just the thing! Culligan offers a variety of contemporary, stylish cooler designs. Culligan Coolers are the most convenient way to have Reverse Osmosis drinking water for your home or office. Lake of the Ozarks Culligan offers a variety of options based on your needs and budget. If you are interested in building your own bottled water plan, visit http://culliganpro.com/products/bottled-water. We offer a competitive price match guarantee. If you have questions about any of our quality water products at the Lake of the Ozarks, call 573-719-1314.


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Why You NEED to Test Your Water

Have you ever found your water smelling funny or noticed your water looking somewhat cloudy? Your water could be contaminated! Who wants that? Noone. The best quality water company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to give you some key information on testing your water for possible contaminants and our free in-home water test.



Check out this great article we found on the United States Environmental Protection Agency website. You will find a table that describes nearby activities and how they can affect your water.

Source: https://www.epa.gov/privatewells/protect-your-homes-water

Testing Wells to Safeguard Your Water

Consider testing your well for pesticides, organic chemicals, and heavy metals before you use it for the first time. Test private water supplies annually for nitrate and coliform bacteria to detect contamination problems early.

Test your well more frequently if you suspect a problem. Be aware of activities in your watershed that may affect the water quality of your well, especially if you live in an unsewered area.



Conditions or Nearby Activities:                                               Test for:

Recurring gastro-intestinal illness                                             Coliform bacteria

Household plumbing contains lead                                            pH, lead, copper

Radon in indoor air or region is radon rich Radon

Corrosion of pipes, plumbing Corrosion, pH, lead

Nearby areas of intensive agriculture Nitrate, pesticides, coliform bacteria

Coal or other mining operations nearby Metals, pH, corrosion

Gas drilling operations nearby Chloride, sodium, barium, strontium

Dump, junkyard, landfill, factory,
gas station or dry-cleaning operation nearby Volatile organic compounds, total                                                                                                              dissolved solids, pH, sulfate, chloride,                                                                                                       metals

Odor of gasoline or fuel oil, and near gas station
 or buried fuel tanks Volatile organic compounds

Objectionable taste or smell Hydrogen sulfide, corrosion, metals

Stained plumbing fixtures, laundry Iron, copper, manganese

Salty taste and seawater, or a heavily
salted roadway nearby Chloride, total dissolved solids, sodium

Scaly residues, soaps don’t lather Hardness

Rapid wear of water treatment equipment pH, corrosion

Water softener needed to treat hardness Manganese, iron

Water appears cloudy, frothy or colored Color, detergents



Unsure of What May Be in Your Water?


Culligan of Lake of the Ozarks offers a FREE In-Home Water Test so you can find out exactly what is in your tap water! (No purchase required, no obligation, it is absolutely FREE). Testing of your water by a licensed Culligan water expert is the perfect solution to determine if you have any water problems. Rest assured, if any problems are found, we will properly solve your water problem with Culligan backed equipment and services that may be necessary to have high quality water.

How Your Free In-Home Water Test Works:

Your Culligan Man® will come to your home and provide a complete analysis of your water, fixtures, plumbing and water-using appliances. They will answer any questions you have about your water and provide a detailed report and equipment estimate. The whole process takes about 30 minutes and will be scheduled at a time that's convenient for you. Remember that this is a free public service — there is no cost or obligation associated with a Culligan Free Water Analysis.

If you decide a Culligan Water Treatment option is best for you, a trained and certified Culligan service professional will install your new unit to your satisfaction. Schedule your free in-home water test here: www.CulliganPro.com/free-in-home-water-test.



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Friday, November 24, 2017

Have Quality Water With Your Christmas Meal

Culligan at the Lake of the Ozarks hopes everyone had a HAPPY Thanksgiving. Before you know it, Christmas will be here. Our quality water company at the Lake of the Ozarks wants everyone to be able to have quality drinking water with their Christmas meal. You will often find yourself cooking with water, so it's important to have quality water in the kitchen. Here are a couple of GREAT Christmas recipes we found that contain water. We hope you enjoy them!



Have Quality Water With Your Christmas Meal


Source: http://makinglemonadeblog.com/best-christmas-punch-recipe-santas-little-helper/

BEST CHRISTMAS PUNCH RECIPE: SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER!

1 bottle of champagne (OR use a lemon-lime soda like Sierra Mist to make it non-alcoholic)
1 bottle of Cranberry Juice Blend
1 cup of sugar (try to use superfine sugar if you can find it)
1 c. frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed)
1 c. frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
ice
water (for amount, see below)
garnishes: lemon slices, cranberries, fresh rosemary sprigs


INSTRUCTIONS

Combine the champagne and the cranberry juice blend. Add the sugar, and stir vigorously until combined. Add the thawed concentrates, stir. If you want a strong punch you can leave as is and just add some ice. You may wish to dilute with up to three cups of water (add water to taste) depending on your personal preference. Remember adding ice will also dilute the punch a bit so don't go overboard on both ice and water. :) Add your garnishes-- a bag of fresh cranberries, lemon slices (wash the lemons well if including the peels), perhaps a sprig of fresh rosemary or two for a fresh kick.

** Note: You can also make this ahead of time-- simply add all ingredients EXCEPT the garnishes and bubbly (either champagne or soda). Refrigerate for a few hours and add the remaining ingredients when guests arrive. **


Who doesn't love a good Christmas stew?

Source: https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-beef-stew/38aa1b3f-3f9b-44d8-a9c6-2f4e879613de

Classic Beef Stew

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil or shortening
1 lb boneless beef chuck, tip or round roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large unpeeled potato, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium stalk celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon salt
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 cup cold water
2 tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

Steps

1 In 12-inch skillet or 4-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes. Add beef; cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown on all sides.

2 Add water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes or until beef is almost tender.

3 Stir in remaining ingredients except cold water and flour. Cover; cook about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf.

4 In tightly covered jar or container, shake cold water and flour; gradually stir into beef mixture. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute until thickened.




Culligan at the Lake of the Ozarks hopes you have enjoyed these 2 fantastic Christmas recipes. Everyone deserves quality water at the Lake of the Ozarks, so call your Culligan Man today!





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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Have you ever wondered why you keep getting headaches throughout the day or why you just feel unenergetic most of the time? If this sounds like you, consider drinking more water. Many people probably don't realize they are not drinking enough quality water at the Lake of the Ozarks each day. Culligan at the Lake of the Ozarks found this fantastic article by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that we think may help people to understand when they may need to drink more water and how they should go about doing so.



Source: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/nutrition/index.html

Getting enough water every day is important for your health. Healthy people meet their fluid needs by drinking when thirsty and drinking with meals. Most of your fluid needs are met through the water and beverages you drink. However, you can get some fluids through the foods that you eat. For example, broth soups and foods with high water content such as celery, tomatoes, or melons can contribute to fluid intake.

Water helps your body:


  • Keep your temperature normal
  • Lubricate and cushion joints
  • Protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
  • Get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements


Your body needs more water when you are:


  • In hot climates
  • More physically active
  • Running a fever
  • Having diarrhea or vomiting


If you think you are not getting enough water, these tips may help:



  • Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work of running errands.
  • Freeze some freezer safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
  • Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories. For example, during the school day students should have access to drinking water, giving them a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.


  • Choose water when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
  • Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. This can help improve the taste and help you drink more water than you usually do.


"Drink more water - Acts like an appetite suppressant, keeps you hydrated, helps flush out toxins, zero calories." - MotiveWeight




Drink Quality Water with Culligan at the Lake of the Ozarks



Culligan at the Lake of the Ozarks is here for all of your quality drinking water needs. Whether you are in the office or sitting at home, you deserve to have quality drinking water any time of the day. Culligan can provide that to you with the best customer service around. Just ask our clients! Browse through our website to see all of the products we offer that can help make your home or work better. You'd be amazed by how much happier you can feel by simply drinking more quality water. Call 573-346-5221 for the best water company at the Lake of the Ozarks.


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Friday, November 10, 2017

Have Quality Water In Your Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! We can't wait for this fantastic holiday. Thanksgiving can motivate people to reflect on what they are thankful for. Our quality water company at the Lake of the Ozarks is thankful to have been able to solve this area's toughest water problems for over four decades. We are also thankful to have the support of Culligan International, who actually invented the water softening process in in 1936. Quality drinking water is such a commodity and Culligan at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to tell you that you will want quality water available to mix in with those delicious Thanksgiving recipes. In honor of Thanksgiving, here are a couple of great recipes you can try.



Thanksgiving Recipes That Include Water


Who doesn't love a good chicken or turkey gravy to pour over your mashed potatoes or stuffing?

Source: How Sweet Eats

HOW TO MAKE GRAVY


yield: I'D SAY THIS SERVES ABOUT 8 PEOPLE GENEROUSLY (TOTALLY DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH YOU LOVE GRAVY)
total time: 15 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS:

the drippings from a turkey, chicken, etc (be sure to add extra stock BEFORE roasting if desired)
16 ounces cold water
3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
salt and pepper!!!

DIRECTIONS:


Strain the drippings from the roasting pan into a large pot or saucepan and set it over medium heat. Add the cold water to a shaker bottle (or water bottle/mason jar) and add the flour on top. Shake the heck out of it for 30 to 60 seconds, until the flour seems completely incorporated and creates a slurry. With a whisk or fork in one hand, pour the slurry into the drippings, sitting constantly with the other hand. Continue to stir to avoid any lumps and stir until the gravy has thickened, anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. Make sure you are scraping the bottom of the pan.

Taste the gravy and season it to your liking. Set it over low heat for serving. Like soups and sauces, it often tastes better the next day!

Wash down all of that yummy home cooked food with this awesome apple tea recipe we found!

Source: Serious Eats


Sparkling Apple Tea Recipe


Sparkling apple cider, black tea steeped with cinnamon sticks and a few drops of lemon juice make up this tasty grown up version of a non-alcoholic punch.

YIELD:
Makes 1 large pitcher

ACTIVE TIME:
5 minutes

TOTAL TIME:
15 minutes

Ingredients:

2 black tea bags
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish if desired)
One 25.4 ounce bottle sparkling apple cider
1 ounce fresh juice from about 2 lemons
Garnish: additional cinnamon sticks

Directions:

1. Place tea bags and cinnamon sticks in a large heatproof measuring cup, fill with 2 cups (16 ounces) boiling water. Let steep for at least 10 and up to 20 minutes. Remove tea bags and cinnamon sticks and chill in the refrigerator.

2. In a large pitcher combine sparkling cider, tea, and lemon juice. Stir gently and serve immediately with ice. Garnish with cinnamon sticks if desired.



Culligan at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the time with your family and friends and reflect on what you are thankful for. We also hope you enjoy the recipes listed above. If you have any questions about bringing quality water at the Lake of the Ozarks into your home, call 573-346-5221.



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Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Feature: Culligan® High Efficiency Water Softeners

One of the best ways to tell if you need a water softener is if you continue to see spots on your glasses. If you are tired of seeing a fogginess all over your dishes, it may be time to start thinking about adding a water softener to your home based water system. The best water quality company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to about a product that can help solve this problem you are having, the Culligan High Efficiency Water Softeners.


Friday Feature: Culligan® High Efficiency Water Softeners


Benefits of a Culligan® High Efficiency Water Softeners:



  • Slashing your salt, water and electricity costs.
  • Allowing you to control your softener from anywhere in the house.
  • Provide customizable water softness.
  • Automatically alerting your Lake of the Ozarks Culligan Man when it’s due for periodic maintenance.
  • Let you know how long your salt will last.
  • Providing benefits such as shinier hair, brighter clothes and cleaner skin
  • Extending the life of all your household appliances by stopping the effects of corrosion


Product Overview:

Hard water is the result of mineral buildup in your city or well water, most commonly from calcium and lime. Hard water can reduce the quality of water in your home and may also be driving up your water bills, cleaning costs and more. The signs of hard water are not always obvious, but can have detrimental effects on your home. Hard water can cause corrosive build of scale from mineral deposits in your pipes. Over time, your pipes can clog, water flow can diminish and water pressure will be reduced. Your local Culligan water expert offers range of water softener products that fits your needs, wallet and for every size of household.

Savings:

The Culligan® High Efficiency Water Softener is the most efficient water softener in the market. You save more on water, salt, and electricity with patented smart technology that makes our high-efficiency water softeners up to 46% more efficient* than other softeners. Not only will you be saving your wallet by reducing water and electricity costs, but you will also be decreasing your home’s environmental footprint.

Intelligence

It is about more than energy efficiency - it's about intelligence. While using up to 50% less salt, the HE lets you know how many days remain until you need to refill it with salt. Our Aqua-Sensor® technology automatically detects changes in your water conditions and makes softening adjustments accordingly. You can even install an optional modem that will tell your Lake of the Ozarks Culligan dealer directly if salt or service is needed.

Ease

Reduce trips to the basement as the Culligan® HE's remote display alerts you to any problems and gives you control over various functions, like activating the electronic bypass valve. And the Dial-a-Softness® control ensures that your water is always just the way you like it, never too soft or too hard.

If you are in need of a water softener you can count on, call your Culligan man at 573-346-5221 today. We are happy to help you with any of your water needs. We have been serving the Lake of the Ozarks for over 4 decades and we are proud to continue to do so.



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