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When it comes to purchasing the next home for yourself and your family, considering the water source is usually the last consideration of all. However, this needs to be on the checklist for several reasons.

Common water problems in the area

If you are moving into a completely new environment, neighborhood or area, it is always a good idea to understand the problems associated with the area. Soft water, hard water and arsenic are just three of many possible potential issues. Depending on which one, your budget might be in for a surprise when it comes time to correct the issue.  

Get water tested by a local professional

While do-it-yourself tests can certainly detect certain issues, having a local professional who can do an in-depth analysis which can offer a full lab analysis is always the best choice. Water testing is inexpensive, yet can ensure the safety of you, your family and anyone who will be digesting the water for any and all types of use.

Test regularly and keep a log

As the EPA states, "The first step to protect your health and the health of your family is learning about what may pollute your source of drinking water. Potential contamination may occur naturally, or as a result of human activity."

Testing regularly will ensure the long list of contaminants are not lurking in your water. Between the atmosphere, human influence and other outside contributers, water is always at risk for being contaminated.

Aqua Pump takes great pride in working with new homeowners and real estate agents by offering testing as well as the knowledge regarding areas all throughout Connecticut. If you are a new homeowner or thinking about moving, call Aqua Pump today for more information regarding your home, your well and new location!  Call us today at (860) 684-5349.

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It's hard to drink clear, odorless water and think that there are problems with it at all.  Water has the ability to look and smell normal, yet have underlying problems not noticeable to the eye..or nose!

When it comes to the pH levels of your water, it is so important to test as extreme levels on the spectrum can cause havoc on your home and appliances. When water has "low pH" that is also known as "soft water".  On the other end of the spectrum, where water has "high pH", is considered "hard water". 

Low pH aka "Soft Water"

When water has a low pH, it is considered soft, which is more acidic. The acidic level can be extremely harmful as it can corrode metals it may come in contact with. The most dangerous part is the corroded metal and if it has the ability to seep into the water source whether that be your pipes or some other appliance or area within your home.  In addition, soft water will noticeably stain clothing or other garments due to the corrosion of metal.

High pH aka "Hard Water"

Water with high pH levels are considered to be "hard water". Hard water is known to create a bad taste in water as well as causing a lime scale build up on pipes and plumbing fixtures within the home or building connected to the water source. Another trait of high pH is the scum build up noticeable on clothing and other items such as dishware

While it might not sound urgent, over time, these two levels can cause harm to homes and appliances making for costly repairs. At Aqua Pump, our company has solutions including pH Neutralizers and softeners for correction of water.

For more information, call your friends at Aqua Pump for all of your water needs in Connecticut!

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Thanks to several heat waves Connecticut and New England have faced thus far, conserving water is more important than ever. While there havent been many complaints of shortages, it certainly doesnt mean that it won't become an issue. Thats why our team at Aqua Pump have come up with suggestions on how to save every drop of water we can, in the case of a drought or shortage in the near future.

Water around the house:

  • Water plants and lawn early in the morning or at night to reduce evaporation;
  • If its necessary to water your yard or flowers, make sure the water is directed at the plants and/or grass of choice. 
  • Check your plants prior to watering.  If the soil is moist enough, the plants may not need the water at that moment.

Indoor use:

  • Run dishwasher only when there is a full load
  • Make sure faucets and toilets are leak free
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

In addition to these tips, some homeowners may want to consider taking a further step by having Aqua Pump install a water softener system to combat hard water and the trouble caused by it. Evolve Series® EVRC water conditioners are a great and efficient way to combat hard water while spending less water on soap scum and stains often associated with hard water.

For more info, call our team at Aqua Pump today at (860) 684-5349.

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Hard Water? Sounds simple, right?

No so fast. In fact, anything that comes in constant contact with your hard water, can suffer greatly.

Here are some signs of hard water:

Dishwasher

With hard water, you will notice spotting on the items in the dishwasher due to the minerals within the water.

Clothing

Those with hard water will notice several side effects in regards to clothing. Clothes that have been washed in hard water can feel scratchy along with dingy. If clothes are already soiled before entering the washing machine, more minerals will be included into the water adding to the issues. With continuous use, your clothes' life span can diminish up to 40 percent.

Bathing

As stated from the hard water website, "Bathing with soap in hard water leaves a film of sticky soap curd on the skin. The film may prevent removal of soil and bacteria. Soap curd interferes with the return of skin to its normal, slightly acid condition, and may lead to irritation. Soap curd on hair may make it dull, lifeless and difficult to manage." 

Probably the most costly effect of hard water is the damage to pipes and appliances. Also stated in the hard water website, "Hard water also contributes to inefficient and costly operation of water-using appliances. Heated hard water forms a scale of calcium and magnesium minerals (limescale deposits) that can contribute to the inefficient operation or failure of water-using appliances. Pipes can become clogged with scale that reduces water flow and ultimately requires pipe replacement. Limescale has been known to increase energy bills by up to 25%

While hard water is a serious issue, the team at Aqua Pump is prepared to help solve your issue in the most efficient manner. Evolve Series® EVRC water conditioners are ideal for reducing levels of hardness while also handling common odor and taste problems associated with municipal water.

For more information, or to have your water and home checked for signs of hard water, call our team today at (860) 684-5349. Aqua Pump proudly serves the state of Connecticut including towns such as Stafford, Tolland, Somers, Franklin, Norwich, Colchester, Cromwell, Portland and all other town in CT. 

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As Connecticut finishes the week in yet another heat wave,  some might be wondering about drought regarding well water and how to prevent or handle the situation. If the weather pattern persists, we might be faced to find answers to some of these questions.

The State of Connecticut has offered some tips and help regarding this topic. Aqua Pump will also be extremely busy answering questions and going to houses throughout the state to handle these situations properly.

Here are some Q&A for CT Homeowners from the State of CT:

What are some signs of a drought issue with my well?

"If you hear your pump going on more frequently than normal or experience water outages, or if air bubbles come out of your faucet, you well may be having trouble keeping up with your demand for water."

Where is my well located?

  • Where is it?
  • How deep is it?

These are some basic questions. If you do not know the answers, call your local health department. The well driller who installed your well may also be a useful source of information. 

No matter what, some private wells will run dry every summer, while others (even houses next door) will not have an issue to speak of.  This is partially due to the location of the well and the conditions of soil and rock around it.

If you are experiencing problems and would like some clarity on the issue, Aqua Pump is one phone call away.  Our office has been extra busy this summer with various issues, which makes our knowledge or areas throughout Connecticut extensive.

Call our team today at (860) 684-5349.

For complete article from the State of Connecticut, click here to the Private Well Guidance Drought site.

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Early in the year, We shared an article regarding higher levels of arsenic throughout the state along with the health hazards that are associated with unsafe levels of arsenic.

As the EPA states, "Parts of the Midwest and New England have some systems whose current arsenic levels are greater than 10 ppb, but more systems with arsenic levels that range from 2-10 ppb. While many systems may not have detected arsenic in their drinking water above 10 ppb, there may be geographic "hot spots" with systems that may have higher levels of arsenic than the predicted occurrence for that area."

Arsenic is found natrually throughout rocks and soil, air and water as well as plants and animals. In addition to theses natural sources, arsenic can also be found in items such as paint, wood preservatives, soaps, fertilizers, drugs and more.

As the EPA also states, arsenic is a silent hazard

"Because you cannot see or taste arsenic in water, it is up to the well owner to test for arsenic. Arsenic tends to occur more frequently in ground water supplies, especially when demand causes significant drops in water levels in certain areas."

HEALTH EFFECTS

Long term exposure to arsenic has been linked to:

  • cancer of the
    • bladder
    • lungs
    • skin
    • kidneys
    • nasal passages
    • liver and prostate.
Short term exposure to high doses of arsenic can cause other adverse health effects, but such effects are unlikely to occur from U.S. public water supplies that are in compliance with the arsenic standard.

If you get your water through a private source such as a well, it is ultimately up to you or the homeowner to get the water tested.

To get more information or have your Connecticut water tested, call Aqua Pump today at (860) 684-5349.

 

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Whether its your house or someone else, at one point or another We've seen the stains caused by low pH or iron in water. The unfortunate part is how expensive it can be to replace fixtures or even plumbing within the household.

We don't always think of the long-term effects our contaminated water can have on our appliances over time, however it can be extremely expensive and problematic.

So what can you do to prevent further damage from happening? Luckily, a simple, efficient fix that is afforable and will correct your problem!

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  • Built from the ground up using special media and media mixes to treat one or several water quality problems.
  • Your Evolve dealer can perform basic water testing right in your home to determine the proper media formula for your household.
  • They can then recommend the right EVBF configuration or combination system needed to provide the best water quality possible.

EVBF metered units offer the flexibility to treat many water quality issues, including chlorine removal, iron removal, neutralizing acid (EVBF-AN) and turbidity removal

Golden Eagle Neutralizers

  • Are needed to raise pH. A neutralizer is a closed vessel filled with limestone. The water passes through the neutralizer and dissolves the limestone raising the pH.
  • The blue or green stains are a result of copper plumbing being dissolved by water and re-oxidizing on the fixtures. By raising the pH you will extend the life of the plumbing and prevent the development of leaks.

Golden Eagle Neutralizers are needed to raise pH. The blue or green stains are a result of copper plumbing being dissolved by water and re-oxidizing on the fixtures. By raising the pH you will extend the life of the plumbing and prevent the development of leaks.

 

Luckily, Aqua Pump and their technicians are ready and prepared to help you with your needs when it comes to your water issues and preventing future problems with plumbing and fixtures within the location. Call our team today at (860) 684-5349.

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When we discuss drinking water and the visual aspects of contaminated water, there are threats that are odorless and undetectable by sight. The problem is, these are often the threats that we forget to check for primarily because it escapes our memory.

The truth is, a large percentage of homeowners simply do not check their water often enough because if there are no indicators, it must not be a big enough issue...right?

WRONG.

The EPA states, "The major sources of copper in drinking water are corrosion of household plumbing systems; and erosion of natural deposits."

it goes on to say, 

"Copper can leach into water primarily from pipes, but fixtures and faucets (brass), and fittings can also be a source. The amount of copper in your water also depends on the types and amounts of minerals in the water, how long the water stays in the pipes, the amount of wear in the pipes, the water’s acidity and its temperature."

The Health Effects

The health effects from copper is nothing to joke about either. As the EPA website suggests, the following are some side effects may experience the following:

  • With long-term exposure may experience liver or kidney damage
  • People with Wilson's Disease should consult their personal doctor if the amount of copper in their water exceeds.
  • With short term exposure, some may experience gastrointestinal distress

Because copper is widely used in plumbing materials in households as well as a metal found in natural deposits, its important that you get your water tested for this silent metal for its possible existence in your water.

For more information, call our certified professionals at (860) 684-5349.

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With hurricane season just around the corner, along with the amount of rain we have received this spring, making sure our well water has not been contaminated is a must.

Floodwater has the ability to travel great distances and from areas less than desireable such as farms, industrial locations, flooded septic systems and other places know for contamination from chemicals. So when we think about water seeping into our source of clean drinking water, its enough to raise an alert. With the amount of rain Connecticut has seen, it might only take a few more downpours or a big storm to create havoc on our water supplies.

Water wells can even show signs of contamination regardless if the surface is covered with water. It's incredible how many different contaminants can enter your well water.  

Aqua Pump offers water testing throughout the state of Connecticut to homeowners who have dealt with this problem and for regular testing which is always the safest bet.

For more information, contact our team at (860) 684-5349.

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Are you sick and tired of avoiding your water source due to taste or smell? Our solution is simple, efficient and affordable and the best part, its available at from AQUA PUMP!

Configured with high-performance resin media and activated carbon, this system not only serves to soften water but also acts as a filter, removing chlorine and other unwanted tastes.

The environmentally-friendly tank design eliminates the need for two systems by combining two medias into one tank. The carbon also protects the resin from highly chlorinated water, helping avoid unnecessary mineral replacement, saving you time and money.

The Efficient Solution for Hardness and Unwanted Minerals

  • Evolve Series® EVR water conditioners are ideal for reducing levels of hardness and unwanted minerals.
  • the EVR passes a precise level of free chlorine through the media bed with each regeneration. While the amount of chlorine is harmless to the media, it is very effective in killing the nuisance bacteria that produce unwanted tastes and odors.
  • The revolutionary IQ Controller™ allows your EVR system to be fine-tuned to your specific water treatment needs. 
  • The result is crystal clear... superior performance and efficiencies, with the best water quality possible for you and your household.

For more information regarding this and our other water filtration systems, call us at (860) 684-5349.

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