Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Common Home Water Problems At The Lake

Have you ever noticed any of the following?
  • "Floaters" in your water after ice cubes dissolve
  • Red rust stains in your toilets or on your laundry
  • Oily film on hot drinks
  • Unpleasant odor in your water

If you have, you're not alone. These are just a few of the water-related problems homeowners at the Lake experience on a regular basis. Culligan Lake of the Ozarks is here to help you overcome these types of challenges so that you and your family enjoy high quality water for cooking, drinking, bathing, and cleaning. Keep reading to learn about some of the unique local challenges we face and how our Lake of the Ozarks water treatment company can help you overcome them.

High Amount Of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

A common water challenge here at the Lake is the high amount of total dissolved solids (TDS) found in our water. TDS does not refer to bacteria, it simply refers to the total amount of dissolved solids (such as minerals) within the water. Having a high amount of TDS can result in "floaters" in beverages after ice cubes melt, oily film on hot beverages, gummy pasta, and staining of cups. 

TDS is measured in parts per million (ppm). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that water becomes "questionable" when the TDS measures 250 ppm, and "inadvisable" at 500 ppm. As a side note, it is important to realize that even with extremely high TDS measurements, that water may still be safe to drink. TDS is not a bacteria test.

Extremely Hard Water

Hard water challenges can present anywhere in the U.S., but they are especially prominent in our area since the Lake of the Ozarks sits on a massive bed of limestone (a certain type of rock). Water is a universal solvent that picks up a little bit of anything it touches, so it picks up some amounts of limestone as it travels through the underground aquifers. These trace amounts of rock are still present in the water when it enters your home, thereby putting a significant strain on your pipes and appliances such as water heaters, dishwashers, ice makers, washing machines, and coffee pots. 

Water hardness levels are measured in "grains per gallon" (gpg). The following statistics help demonstrate the remarkably hard water that plagues the Lake Area:
  • "Soft water" is water that measures 0-1 gpg
  • "Hard water" is water that measures over 10.5 gpg
  • The average water hardness in the Ozarks is 15-25 gpg - and it's not unusual to see it as high as 35-40 gpg!

High Iron Content

While high iron content is not quite as prevalent as extremely hard water and high TDS levels in our area, it is still a common issue. Private and community wells are common in the Lake Area. Because of the high iron content in our soil, it is not uncommon for wells to hit aquifers containing iron. This can cause the home's water to have a high iron content, which can result in red rust stains on laundry and in toilets. There are two types of iron in our area: oxidized iron and clear water iron. Because they are treated differently, we must identify which type of iron we're dealing with before we can take action. Many of our customers' homes must be treated for both types of iron.

Culligan Lake Of The Ozarks Is Here To Help!

No matter what challenge you may be facing with your water, your Lake of the Ozarks Culligan Man is here to help. We can install and maintain high quality water softener systems to remove the rock and other dissolved solids (including rust) from your water to make it easier on your pipes and your plumbing. 

Water softeners add a low sodium content to the water, and as a result, some people dislike the taste and are hesitant to install water softeners in their homes. A large percentage of our customers enjoy our Point Of Use Reverse Osmosis System that delivers purified water directly from a special tap in the kitchen sink. It removes up to 98% of the TDS and 97% of the sodium produced by the water softener, resulting "bottled water" quality without the bottle. If a refrigerator is equipped with an ice maker and/or drinking water, the system can be hooked up to the refrigerator to produce purified ice cubes and cold drinking water straight from the fridge. If you spend a lot of money on ice and/or bottled water, this system can offer significant savings in addition to convenience.

The longer you wait to fix your hard water issue, the greater you risk the damages becoming. If you have noticed any signs of hard water, high levels of TDS, or high iron content, contact Culligan Lake of the Ozarks today. We look forward to serving you!

277 Lower Business Park Road • Linn Creek, MO 65052 • (573) 346-5221

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Soft Water Benefits Your Home AND Your Family

How's the water quality in your home? If you've noticed buildup in or around your pipes, faucets, sinks, and other water-related fixtures/appliances, it may be time to consider installing a water softener in your home. Hard water (water with a high mineral content) is true to its name; it's harder on your home and your appliances. In contrast, soft water (water that has been purified of its high mineral content) is much easier on your home and offers several distinct advantages. As your water quality specialists at the Lake of the Ozarks, we're here to clue you in on some of these advantages.

How Soft Water Benefits Your Home

The most popular and well-known advantages of soft water have to do with your home and how it interacts with the water you use on a daily basis. Here are some of the better-known advantages of soft water.

Cleaning Is More Efficient
One of the most popular advantages of soft water is the fact that it helps you clean much more easily and efficiently. Soft water reacts better with soap and cleaning chemicals on a molecular level, enabling them to become more effective. Because it doesn't have as many dissolved minerals in it, it doesn't leave nasty hard water spots when it evaporates.

Appliances Last Longer
Soft water reduces buildup on the inside of your appliances, thus increasing their lifespan. Because most water-related appliances tend to be rather expensive (washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators with water spigots are prime examples), maximizing their lifespans can be enormously beneficial for your household budget.

Plumbing Systems Are Improved
Hard water leaves a buildup of calcium, lime, and other minerals in your plumbing. Over time, this buildup can become so advanced that both your water pressure and water flow can be diminished. Cleaning the buildup out of your pipes can be a complicated process. Proactively switching to soft water may be a much more efficient (and affordable) solution.

Less Soap/Detergent Is Needed
Because soft water reacts better with soap and cleaning products, most homeowners find that they can get the same (or even better) results with less soap after switching to soft water. Using less soap, detergent and other cleaning chemicals can help you save money at the grocery store.

How Soft Water Benefits Your Family

Your home isn't the only thing that benefits from soft water - soft water also offers numerous benefits for your family members as well. Here are some of the ways that soft water can benefit you and your family.

Skin And Hair Are More Hydrated
Without the dissolved minerals in hard water getting in the way, soft water can more easily nourish and hydrate your skin and your hair. The minerals in hard water tend to bond to soap on a molecular level, making it harder to wash away all the soap/shampoo when bathing. After switching to soft water, many people comment on their skin being much softer and their hair being much more full-bodied.

Razor Burn Is Less Common
Believe it or not, the quality of your water can affect the quality of your shave. Soft water allows the razor to glide across the skin more easily, resulting in a cleaner shave and less skin irritation. As an added bonus, it also helps your razor blades last longer!

Contact Culligan For All Your Water Needs!

If you are interested in installing a water softener in your home, your Lake of the Ozarks Culligan Man is here to help. We offer a wide variety of services, from installation to maintenance and repair. We also offer bottled water delivery and other services to ensure that you and your family enjoy the highest quality water possible. Check out our website for more information!

277 Lower Business Park Road • Linn Creek, MO 65052 • (573) 346-5221

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rave Reviews for Culligan Lake of the Ozarks

Culligan has been providing quality water solutions to customers all around the country for over eighty years and customers at the Lake of the Ozarks for over thirty-seven years. We are truly grateful to our outstanding customers who have helped us get where we are today! This week, we're highlighting some of the great feedback we've gotten from our satisfied clients over the years. Keep reading to find out what people are saying about Culligan Lake of the Ozarks!

Customer Reviews For Culligan Lake of the Ozarks

"After being without a softener for about a month while moving, I could really see why we needed it. The taste bothered me and the lime build up on sink was difficult to deal with. Did not want that build up in our new home.”
- Matt H.

"I was frustrated with having to allow time for a staff member to go to the store for bottles of distilled water. It was time consuming and took time away from patient care. The new system in our office was easily installed & has eliminated those worries. There is a special tap for the water that our assistants use when filling our sterilization equipment. It is SO easy!

Not only are the fees for the service affordable, but the relief of not having to run weekly errands is priceless.”
- Deborah B.

“Your representative came out when she said she would. She gave a good professional presentation, convincing us we needed your service. We had been thinking of buying another brand water softener and decided to use your service on a rental basis until we decide. Installer did a good job and was very informative.”
- Robert S.

“Everything went as expected, Penny was very easy to understand and did well showing me our water problems, then did very well explaining how to resolve them. She is an asset to your company. I enjoyed working with her and look forward to a long relationship with your company.”
- Leroy H.

“Everyone was very nice and professional. Penny Ruth was very nice and even gave me a call later to give me some information that she didn’t have to do! Excellent employee!”
- Nicole K.

“We have always been completely happy with all your Culligan personnel. Whenever I’ve called the office they are always courteous and helpful. When Penny came out to our house she was very informative on the test she ran on our water. Mark arrived just when he said he would and was very professional in his installation. Larry, our Culligan man, even checked our water softener when he delivered our water. We will always recommend Culligan.”
- Joyce R.

“Called the Culligan sales representative and she came the same day with full explanation of their products. Purchased the water softener and hot water heater and had it installed the very next day. Culligan couldn’t have made it any easier.”
- Steve G.

“Appointment with personal sales rep was realized same day as our call. Installation was performed next morning. Talk about service exceeding expectations! It is obvious that Customer Service is your corporate key value!”
- Bradley S.

“Sales Rep was Great – exceeded what we expected. Installer was very neat and did a wonderful job. Office staff was very friendly and helpful when contacted.”
- Susan M.

Test Us Out For Yourself!

If you are in need of a water quality professional at the Lake of the Ozarks, we hope you'll keep in mind! We would be honored to assist with any and all of your water-related needs. For more information about our water services, visit our website at www.CulliganPro.com. We look forward to serving you!

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Friday, July 8, 2016

How Can Culligan Benefit Your Business?

We talk frequently about the importance of having high quality water within your home, but what about your business? With many people working forty hours a week (or more), it is essential for business owners to ensure that their employees have clean, safe water while they are at work. Having good quality water is also important for business owners to better serve their customers and increase the lifespan of their various appliances. Culligan Lake of the Ozarks is proud to offer a variety of commercial and industrial (C&I) products and services designed to help local business owners ensure their companies have the highest water quality possible.

Commercial & Industrial Water Treatment Products At The Lake Of The Ozarks

High quality water for your business serves two primary purposes: it ensures great-tasting water for both your employees and your customers, and it also increases the lifespan of pipes, appliances, and other commercial elements that come into frequent contact with water.

Differing water sources, applications, flow rates, and treated water qualities mean that every business has different water requirements. Culligan carries a wide array of water softeners, water filters, reverse osmosis, and deionization systems available to service almost any need. Below are a few examples of our most popular commercial water products.

1. Culligan® C&I Water Softeners
If water plays an important role in your day-to-day business (and it probably does), we strongly encourage you to consider upgrading to a Culligan water softener. Businesses that use hot water heaters, cooling towers, boilers, food services, or laundry services have experienced the following savings when switching to a Culligan water softener:
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Increased lifespan of equipment
  • Reduced equipment maintenance
  • And more

2. Culligan® C&I Dealkalizers
A dealkalizer uses a process similar to a water softener, but it focuses specifically on removing anions such as sulfate, chloride, and nitrate from the water. These unwanted minerals can make your water taste bitter or salty, and can also contribute to boiler water corrosiveness and high chemical and water usage. Whether you own a car wash, restaurant, or anything in between, a dealkalizer could be a great investment for your business.

3. Culligan® C&I Portable Exchange Deionizers
Culligan manufactures multiple types of deionizers designed for any number of different tasks, such as removing unwanted minerals, treating boiler feeder water, and treating other commercial and industrial applications. Deionizers are commonly used for photo printing, glass industries, humidification, laboratory water, and other applications. If your business could benefit from a deionizer but does not have the budget to invest in an actual system, our Portable Exchange Deionized tank service provides all the benefits without the high cost.

4. Culligan® C&I Reverse Osmosis Systems
Whether distilling, filtering drinking water in restaurants, or treating a large industrial plating facility for rinse water, Culligan manufactures systems to fit the needs of a multitude of businesses and applications. Reverse Osmosis Systems are used in a variety of commercial and industrial applications to significantly reduce levels of dissolved minerals, particles, organics, and silica in water. 

5. Culligan C&I Filtration Systems
The services we have covered thus far involve a specific type of water filtration. Each of these specific filtration systems serves a unique purpose, but not all of our clients are in need of such customized services. For this reason, we also offer generic commercial filtration systems to simply remove unwanted particles from the water. By removing these particles, we can eliminate odors, tastes, colors, organic pollutants, iron, chlorine, manganese, arsenic, and other undesirable (or potentially hazardous) substances.

Contact Us To Learn More About Our Commercial & Industrial Services

The above filtration services are some of our most popular commercial water treatment services at the Lake of the Ozarks, but the list doesn't stop there. We also offer skid-mounted systems and ultraviolet water treatment. No matter what type of water-related service you may need for your business, our water treatment experts at the Lake of the Ozarks will be here to assist in any way we can. To learn more about our commercial water services in mid-Missouri, call our office at 573-346-5221.

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