Are You Going to Drink That? 5 Harmful Chemicals You Can Find in Your Drinking Water
Take a look at your glass of water? It probably looks clear and looks safe to drink. However, even the cleanest water contains particles that are too small to be seen. Water quality issues still hit the local news causing a panic over whether the water they are drinking is safe. Whether it’s industrial dumping, pesticides running into the water, or cracked and leaky storage tanks, they can all cause problems when it comes to our water. Let’s take a look at five harmful chemicals that can be found in your drinking water and what actions you can take to prevent them.
Fluoride: In the 1940s fluoride was put into the water to help prevent tooth decay. Thank goodness for toothpaste! However, fluoride can harm the thyroid gland and harden the pineal gland. Some countries have even banned fluoride from being put into their water because it’s extremely toxic. Some U.S. cities are following their lead and have rejected the process of fluoridation.
Chlorine: Most of us have heard of using chlorine to clean swimming pools, and chlorine bleach is used on everyday household items to clean, as well as sanitize certain wastes. Although it is not completely safe, chlorine has been added to drinking water as a decontamination method. When chlorine reacts with the water in your stomach, it can produce poisonous hydrochloric acid. Exposure to chlorine can also cause respiratory problems. Over time these effects can cause memory loss and diminish balance.
Lead: Lead is a huge problem in Flint, Michigan. In fact, it is the main toxin causing their water problem. Lead is a heavy metal that can be found in our environment. It is found in our soil, air, and water. Corroded plumbing pipes are the main cause of lead leaking into our water. Lead is toxic to almost every single organ, with its main target being the central nervous system. High amounts can damage your kidneys and brain, and even lead to possible death. If consumed while pregnant, it can cause premature birth. Lead has also been linked to autism and prostate cancer.
Mercury: Yes, mercury is a naturally occurring element. But just because you hear the word ‘natural’ this does not make it safe. Mercury is an extremely toxic chemical that can cause blindness, brain and nerve damage, as well as headaches, memory loss, and skin rashes.
Chloroform: Used in most spy movies to make the enemy pass out, chloroform is widely known, but did you also know it is commonly found in our water? Consuming high levels of chloroform can damage your kidneys and liver. The Department of Health and Human Services has determined that there is reasonable evidence that it can also cause cancer.
So I see that you have just put down that glass of ice water you poured yourself from the fridge earlier. Do not fret too much. Here at Mast Water Technology in Platteville, Wisconsin we offer water filtration services that keep out harmful chemicals so you can drink your local water and feel safe. A water filter captures undesirable chemicals and lets the clean water through. So stay calm and keep your water clean! Give us a call!
How to Get Your Swimming Pool Ready for Summer
We all love that first big cannon ball into the crystal-clear waters of our pool in the summer season. However, it’s a highly-anticipated event that can cause extreme stress for some. Have no fear! The Mast Water Technology pros are here! To help you keep your cool this summer, here are 6 steps you can take to get ready for those blissful and relaxing afternoons in the sun. Are you ready to dive in?
Remove Any Leaves and Winter Debris: During the fall and winter seasons your pool will pile up leaves, dirt, and other general weather buildup. Before you take the cover off, it’s always a good idea to blow off any remaining leaves or debris off the pool cover and around the deck. If you see any water on top of the cover, use a pump to remove it so that excess doesn’t get into the pool.
Remove the Pool Cover: When you take the cover off, give it some time to fully dry before you put it into storage. Try spraying it off with a hose and then lay it out to dry. Before you store it, sprinkle a small layer of talcum power over the cover which will help to prevent binding or sticking while in storage. Another helpful tip- the cooler the storage, the better.
Have a Professional Check Your Water: It is a good idea to get your water tested. Come into Mast Water Technology and bring a sample for us to test. We will tell you if your water needs to be adjusted at all and by how much.
Prepare the Pump: Clean the pump and check to make sure all your equipment looks good. Check your hoses, pumps, and filters. Allow the circulation to run for 8 to 12 hours.
Check the pH Levels: Time to put those chemistry classes to good use. You will need to balance your pool’s chemicals. The pH level indicates the acidity of the water. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14, where pH 7 is neutral. The ideal pH level for a pool is 7.4. Make sure you check the pH level, and the alkalinity. Fill the test tube from your pH kit with the water you retrieved. Add the test-specific amount of agent and cap tube and shake. Add chemicals in proper order to balance the water.
Make Sure the Water is Clear: Although you may be tempted, don’t get into the water until it is completely clear. You should clean your filter every day until you get these results. It may take up to a week. You also might have to add chlorine to keep it at the correct level. Once you can see the bottom of the pool, you’re in the clear. Cannonball!
For the remaining months of summer, make sure to keep your filter clean, test the chemical levels every day, and try to vacuum the pool once a week. It is also a good idea to have a professional test your water once per month. Give us a call at Mast Water Technology in Platteville, Wisconsin! We’ll make sure your summer is filled with games of Marco Polo, chicken, and diving board tricks. Swim on!
The Ultimate Question We’ve All Asked Ourselves – Is a Hot or Cold Shower Better?
The Benefits of Both
Oh, the great shower debate. Some of you prefer a hot and steamy shower while others like it nice and cold. Is there any better feeling than taking a warm shower after a chilly winter day? Or taking an ice-cold shower after an extensive day in the blazing and blistering sun at the beach? Well, whichever you favor, each one has health benefits. Let’s discuss!
Whether you like it hot or cold, now you know how your showering routine can affect your health!
The Final Verdict
Ultimately, soft water is the best when it comes to showering. Hard water contains minerals and calcium which can leave residue on your body, causing you to use more soap, shampoo, conditioner, and in the long-run, more money. It’s easier to keep your tub and shower clean when you use soft water and with soft water, you won’t have to worry about calcium and mineral residue or these deposits blocking up your showerheads and bathtub faucets.
Not sure if your home has hard or soft water? No problem, Mast Water Technology has you covered! Call today to request a water test!
5 Ways to Conserve Water at Home
Today there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to their home. In one year, the average American residence uses over 100,000 gallons of water without even realizing it. For example, if a faucet dripped at one drip per second, it can leak 3,000 gallons in a year.
Throughout the world, many more people are experiencing droughts, dirty water, and are wasting gallons of it every minute. How can you help? Here are 10 ways to conserve water at home. Follow these tips to do your part to help reduce your overall water consumption.
By taking one of these five steps to help reduce water, you’re not only helping the environment, you’re also saving your pocket book.
About 97% of the Earth’s water is undrinkable and 70% of the human body is made up of water. A living tree consists of 75% water. The average person can live one month without food, but only one week without water. For something that is so significant in our daily lives, it has many different components. Not all water is the same. For instance, how many of you have heard the terms hard water and soft water? More importantly, do you know the difference between the two? Let’s dive into our learning pool and take a closer look at them both and see why it is important to use a quality water softener system. “Marco!”
Hard water has a high concentration of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. This is because its journey in the earth is in contact with certain minerals, rocks and soils. Since it is rich in minerals it binds together with soap and rinses away efficiently from your body. However, this can cause buildup around your bathtub, which can leave a line of film and soap scum. If you have ever spent hours trying to clean that yellowish ring around your tub you know firsthand the effects of hard water. Hard water is also to blame for grimy looking clothes and dishes that have leftover residue. That milky look to your drinking glasses that looks so disgusting your mother has to bring out the ‘good glasses’ when company come so they don’t think her glasses are dirty.
These minerals can be hard on your plumbing and take a toll on household appliances, all equaling to the use of more energy creating more expense to you. In most instances, people prefer drinking hard water because of its taste and the fact it contains natural minerals. However, that doesn’t hold true for water that becomes too hard as it tastes metallic in nature.
Soft water is water that has had the minerals removed; which can occur or be produced by water treatment devices that are designed to remove the hard elements. When switching to soft water many people feel like they haven’t gotten all the soap off them after taking a shower. However, this is your body’s natural oils that help keep your skin moisturized. People may also notice a difference in taste when they drink soft water because most of the minerals have been removed. But the benefits of soft water are a longer lifespan for home appliances, less corrosion and wear on your homes plumbing, in addition to needing less cleaning detergent to get the job done. Soft water means a savings to you.
When looking at the facts, it is important to know that in the long run hard water can be quite pricey and the mineral buildup can cause damage to your pipes, dishwashers, laundry machines and refrigerators. With a water softener in place you can prevent all of this from happening. If you happen to have hard water, there is a way to find a happy medium. We recommend you soften all your household water except for the kitchen and the outside hose spigots. “Polo!”
Mast Water Technology has you covered! Their water experts will show you how you can improve your hard water problems with your own water softener that in the long run, will help protect your home from long term damage and expense. Your home is the largest investment you’ll probably make, taking care of it will stop your hard earned money from being poured down the drain.
“Water” you waiting for?
Water treatment systems are often taken for granted, but they are essential to our health. Having a quality water system installed in your home will not only improve your overall well-being, it will save you money. Find out what you need to know before you make the purchase on your next water treatment system.
Why does someone need a water treatment system?
Not only does contaminated water smell and taste bad, but drinking and bathing in it can be hazardous to your health. Polluted water can cause illnesses, such as typhoid, cholera, guinea worm disease, and many more. Having a reliable water treatment system in place can help prevent these diseases.
Water treatment systems help to reduce the amount of bacteria that is found in your water through reverse osmosis or shock chlorination making it safe to use. Here at Mast Water Technology, we provide services that not only make your water safe to drink, but also make sure your water no longer leaves pesky stains on your dishes.
Having hard water in your home can increase energy costs up to 48% and installing a water softener can help you reduce those costs. In addition, water softeners help to reduce the amount of grime and buildup that hard water leaves behind. Soft water is 12 times more effective at cleaning dishes than hard water is.
Mast Water offers a multitude of different water softeners. Some systems will reduce your salt usage, while others will reduce the overall energy used. Whichever system you choose to purchase, the lifespan on many household products will be increased, as they will no longer be exposed to hard water. The water softener that you choose to purchase ultimately depends on what works best for your family’s needs and budget. Mast Water offers the option to rent one for as low as $20/month.
For many people, especially those who rely on wells to get their water, too much iron in the water is an issue. Water that contains iron does not cause any major health issues, but it can destroy other things. For example, if you have too much iron in your water and try to wash your clothes, your clothes may get brown stains that are difficult to remove. Furthermore, if there is too much iron in your drinking water, it will begin to have a metallic taste.
Fortunately, people can reduce the amount of iron that is in their water by using an iron filtration system. These systems remove iron and sulfur from your water, leaving you with fresh, pure water that will keep your clothes and other household products stain-free.
Water treatment systems are becoming basic household necessities that you cannot afford to live without. Not only do they produce immediate results, many systems last over 15 years, so you and your family can enjoy clean water for years to come. Call us today to see how we can help you and your family!
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It’s time to say “goodbye” to the warm, summer days and say “hello” to winter. This also means cleaning up your pool and getting it ready for the cold, winter months. Don’t just throw a cover on and call it and make it fend for itself until spring, however. Before you close your pool for winter, check out these tips to ensure that your opening pool day goes off without a hitch:
Once the summer months begin to die down and fall is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about shutting down your pool for the winter. This is not simply throwing a cover over your pool. There are multiple steps that take place to ensure that your pool will stay healthy until spring. Some of these steps include:
Taking these steps to make sure that your pool is ready for the winter will make your lives easier when you open again in the spring.
Covering your pool in the winter will make cleaning the pool in the spring a breeze. Using a pool cover will help keep debris out of your pool during the winter, which means that you should spend less time outside cleaning your pool and more time inside reading a good book and cozying up by the fire. Although pool covers can be expensive, they will save you money in the long-run. For example, you won’t have to spend as much money heating the pool during the winter. You also won’t have to spend extra money on chemicals, since the cover will keep out leaves and other debris.
Since bacteria doesn’t do well in the winter and no one is utilizing the pool, you can reduce the amount of time you run your pool pump, as long as you are still running it. If the pump is not running, the necessary chemicals cannot be evenly distributed throughout the pool, which means that bacteria and algae can grow. Running the pump is also necessary because it heats up the motor. This evaporates moisture and humidity, which can cause damage to the motor. It is recommended that the pump runs between 3-4 hours a day in the winter.
One of the best ways to ruin opening day in the spring is by neglecting to balance the chemicals in your pool before you close for the season. This is a necessary step because chemicals prevent damage to your pool, as well as increase sanitation levels in your pool. The three main chemicals that need to be balanced are pH, alkalinity and calcium. These chemicals protect your pool in different ways, so don’t leave any of them out before you close for the winter. It is not something that needs to be done every day, but checking the chemical levels throughout winter will make your life easier in the spring.
Being able to use your pool after the long, cold months of winter is a treat for anyone, so don’t ruin that by not taking the proper precautions before you close for the winter season. Make sure you are taking the proper precautions to make sure your opening day goes off without a hitch! Check out our website for more tips about pool, spa and water treatment!
Wake up, take your kids to school, go to work, pick your kids up from school, come home, make dinner…then what? Your day is filled with you running around in fifty different directions, but what are you doing to unwind at the end of the day? Having some time to relax every day is necessary to keep a person productive and healthy. Having a hot tub from Mast Water at your home is one of the best ways to do just that.
No matter how hard you try to avoid it, stress finds you. That’s why it’s important to have some sort of getaway, especially in your own home. Hot tubs are a great way to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Listening to the water shoot out from the jets and rush around you is one sure-fire relaxation strategy. You can actually feel weight being lifted off of you, which reduces stress and decreases anxiety. While sitting in a hot tub will not magically fix all of your problems, it will help you feel stress-free, even if it is just for a short amount of time.
Not only do you feel a release from your mental stress, hot tubs have also been known to give release to physical pain that you may be having. Many Type II diabetics have turned to soaking in hot tubs to help control their diabetes, especially if they have a difficult time exercising. There are some health risks that are associated with diabetics who turn to hot tub therapy for relief, so be sure to consult with your doctor before starting this treatment.
People who suffer from arthritis have also found relief from sitting in a hot tub. The hot tub provides a feeling of weightlessness, which gives your hardworking joints a much-needed rest. There are some hot tubs that provide special jets to target specific muscles. In fact, Mast Water’s Bullfrog Spasallow you to design your own spa based on your specific needs.
Is there really a better way to prepare for a tough workout than soaking in a hot tub? Spending some time in warm water helps loosen and relax your muscles. It also increases blood flow and circulation to your legs, which is essential to a good workout. Always remember to stay hydrated during your pre-workout soak, as your body is beginning to heat up and lose water. It is advised to stay out of the hot tub immediately after a workout, but instead wait 24-48 hours to get back in. This will help your muscles rebuild themselves, as well as increase blood flow.
There’s almost nothing better than getting a good night’s sleep. It keeps you awake and focused throughout the day. That’s why if you have trouble sleeping at night, you should consider soaking in the hot tub an hour or two before you go to bed. Sitting in the hot water will relax your entire body and help your mind unwind after running around all day. The warm water helps loosen muscles and release built-up tension, which leads to a better night’s sleep.
For people who suffer from high blood pressure, soaking in a hot tub for just 15 minutes of time lower blood pressure. Spending time in a hot tub just prior to bedtime can help the body retain lower blood pressure for hours or even the entire night. As always, keep a bottle of water nearby to stay hydrated.
Not only are hot tubs great for entertainment purposes, but they also provide numerous health benefits that you can’t ignore. Stop into Mast Water today to discover the perfect spa for you!