When you shower or wash your hands, your skin comes into prolonged contact not only with tap water, but also any of the contaminants inside of that water. Some of these contaminants, such as the minerals found in hard water, can affect the look, feel and overall health of your skin. Today we’re going to talk about how hard water affects your skin and how installing a water softener can improve your skin’s health!
All tap water comes from some body of water outdoors, whether that’s a lake, a river or an underground water supply. When it rains, those water supplies can be contaminated by the rainwater that flows into them. This rainwater is known as storm runoff, and it can be a major source of water quality issues in your home. Today we’re going to talk about how storm runoff affects water quality, the types of contaminants that are picked up by storm runoff and how a water treatment system can protect your tap water from contamination when it rains!
There are some water quality issues that are hard to ignore, especially those that affect the taste of your tap water. When your tap water tastes strange, it can be difficult to drink and you might start to worry about whether or not it’s safe to consume. One common complaint about the flavor of tap water is that it tastes metallic. Today we’re going to talk about some water quality issues that can cause your water to taste metallic, the possible health issues related to metallic-tasting tap water and what you can do to remove the metallic taste from the drinking water in your New Hampshire home!
There are many benefits of installing a water softener in your home, and some of them are more well-known than others. For example, some of the most popular reasons why people install water softeners are to eliminate limescale, protect plumbing systems and improve the effectiveness of dishwashers and washing machines. One benefit of water softeners that goes slightly under the radar is the fact that they can lower many of your home’s utility bills. Today we’re going to talk about how a water softener can improve your home’s efficiency levels and decrease the amount of money you spend on gas, water and electricity in your New Hampshire home!
There are many different types of contaminants that show up in New Hampshire’s tap water, and different contaminants interact with our bodies in different ways. For example, some contaminants can be damaging to our immune systems, and exposure to these contaminants can impair our bodies’ ability to fight off illnesses and diseases. Today we’re going to talk about how unfiltered tap water can affect your immune system, the types of people whose immune systems are especially at risk of damage and what you can do to prevent your water from affecting your immune system!
Water is supposed to be a perfectly clear liquid. So when the water that comes out of your taps looks cloudy, it’s natural to wonder whether or not it’s safe to drink. The truth is that cloudy tap water can be caused both by natural processes that are perfectly harmless as well as by contaminants that can impact the safety of your home’s drinking water. Today we’re going to talk about the various reasons why you might have cloudy tap water and how you can determine whether or not you should be concerned about your water’s quality!
Water softeners remove hardness minerals from tap water all day long, and they reach a point where they need to do something with all of the minerals that they have collected. The process of draining out those minerals is known as a regeneration cycle. Today we’re going to talk about the purpose of a water softener’s regeneration cycle, how it works and the differences between regeneration cycles in different models of softeners!
One of the problems with getting your water from a private well is that the water is susceptible to contamination from any of the elements that are present in the ground where the well is dug. Manganese, for example, shows up naturally underground and is often found in elevated concentrations in well water. Today we’re going to focus on this particular contaminant by talking about what manganese is, the effects it has on your drinking water and your home and what you can do to remove it from your tap water!
One aspect of water quality that often gets overlooked is how it can affect you in the shower. But when you think about the fact that the shower is when your body is exposed to tap water for 5-10 minutes every day, it’s easy to see how poor water quality might start to take its toll. One of the most obvious examples of this is how certain water contaminants can affect the look, feel and health of your hair. Today we’re going to talk about the effects that water quality has on your hair and which filtration systems can help keep your hair healthy!
Poor water quality isn’t just bad for your health; it can also cause problems for any of the water-using appliances in your home. That’s because the contaminants in your tap water interact with the internal components of many of your appliances, which can cause those devices to malfunction and often shorten their operating lives. One such example of this issue is using a water softener with tap water that contains high levels of chlorine. Today we’re going to talk about chlorine’s effects on your water softener and what you can do to keep your home’s softener protected!
Water is used in nearly every single food or beverage that you make at home. As a result, the quality of your home’s tap water can have a direct impact on a wide variety of things that you make in the kitchen on a daily basis. Today we’re going to talk about the effects of cooking with unfiltered tap water and why filtering your home’s water can lead to foods and beverages that are both safer and tastier!
Many people use water pitcher filters as their primary source of filtered drinking water. In comparison to residential water filtration systems, water pitcher filters are cheaper and don’t require any professional installation or maintenance. However, the quality of water that you get from water pitcher filters is not nearly as good as the water that comes from residential systems. Today we’re going to talk about how water pitcher filters work, why people use them and how they compare to residential water treatment systems in New Hampshire homes!
Tap water can get contaminated in a number of different ways. Sometimes contaminants originate in the source water itself, while other times they can infiltrate water supplies due to outside forces. One example of a contaminant that falls into the latter category is nitrates. Today we’re going to talk about what nitrates are, how they get into your drinking water, the health effects they can cause and what you can do to remove them from your home’s tap water!
Water softeners can provide your home with some amazing benefits. But when some homeowners learn that salt is used as part of the softening process, they become concerned about the amount of salt that a softener will add to their daily diet. Today we want to help clear the air about this issue by talking about why water softeners use salt, what health and water officials have to say about the amount of salt that’s used by water softeners and whether or not it should be a concern for you!
The best way to know what’s in your home’s tap water is to have it tested. That’s why McBride’s offers water testing services to New Hampshire homeowners during which we measure for a wide-range of common contaminants and quality issues. Sometimes, getting your water tested once is all you need to figure out what quality issues your water faces and to choose a treatment system to take care of them. However, there are certain circumstances that homeowners should get their water tested again, even if they’ve tested it in the past. Today we’re going to talk about those circumstances by answering the question, “When should I retest my home’s tap water?”
New Hampshire homeowners choose to install water softeners for a number of different reasons. That’s because hard water can affect your home in many different ways, so softening your home’s water can lead to all kinds of improvements. In fact, you might have problems in your home that you didn’t even realize were caused by hard water. Today we’re going to help you decide whether or not a water softener is right for you by talking about seven great benefits of installing a water softener in your home!
Did you recently receive the results from a tap water test? Looking through all of the different types of contaminants and contamination levels can be a lot of information to digest, and your next course of action will depend on what kind of test was performed and what showed up in your results. Today we’re going to help you through this process by talking about what to do with water test results from both your city and your home!
The effects of poor water quality can reach much farther than you might first expect. Sure, many contaminants are harmful on their own, but some quality issues can kick off a domino effect of other problems that can be damaging to your health and your home. One example of this is having corrosive tap water, which is the number one cause of copper contamination in New Hampshire water supplies. Today we’re going to talk about how copper sneaks into tap water, the signs that your water might be contaminated with copper and how to prevent copper contamination in your home’s water!
Clean water is not supposed to give off any particular smells. So if the water that comes out of the taps in your New Hampshire home has a strange odor, that’s an almost certain indication that it suffers from some sort of quality issue. Some odors simply make it difficult to drink your water, while others can mean that your water contains contaminants that can affect the health of you and your family. Today we’re going to talk about the types of water contaminants that give off foul smells and how you can remove odors from the water in your home!
When you start to look into all of the types of contaminants that can show up in the average glass of tap water, you’ll be surprised at what you find. Sure, there are contaminants you’d expect to find like chlorine and hardness minerals, but you’ll also find some strange things like pharmaceutical drugs. The effects of having these drugs in our drinking water are largely unknown, which is sometimes even more worrisome than having a good understanding of a contaminant’s health effects. Today we’re going to talk about how pharmaceutical drugs get into drinking water, the possible health effects they can cause and how you can remove them from the water in your New Hampshire home!
There are two broad categories of water contaminants: those that are suspended in water and those that are dissolved in water. Many of the suspended water contaminants are visible to the naked eye and can be removed by sediment filters. Dissolved contaminants, on the other hand, are much smaller and are often hard to detect. That’s why dissolved contaminants are grouped into a category called “total dissolved solids.” Today we’re going to talk about what total dissolved solids are, the impacts they can have on your home’s water quality and what you should do to address this water quality issue at home!
One of the advantages of having municipal tap water is that the water is regularly tested and regulated by the EPA. Although we still suggest that New Hampshire homeowners get their city water tested independently, the EPA is able to provide a first line of defense and can notify homeowners when there is some kind of contamination outbreak. If you’re one of approximately 50 percent of New Hampshire homeowners who get their water from a private well, however, you’re not so lucky. This makes it all the more important to get your water tested. Today we’re going to talk about why well water testing is crucial for any owners of private wells and the types of contaminants you should look out for in your test results!
There are many different types of water treatment systems, and each can serve a different purpose for your home. Although there is certainly some overlap between the services that different types of water treatment systems provide, there is a clear distinction between two categories of systems: water softeners and water filters. Today we’re going to talk about the differences between water softeners vs. water filters and how they can be used together in your home!
Water quality is often associated with the water that we use for drinking. If your water contains contaminants, it can negatively affect the health of you and your family. But the effects of poor water quality reach beyond just drinking water. For example, if your home has bad water quality, it can damage your washing machine and the clothes that get washed in the contaminated water. Today we’re going to talk about how water quality affects doing laundry at home and what you can do to eliminate those problems!
Water wells are pretty amazing systems. They take water that’s already available underground and bring it up to your home for use in all of your taps. But water doesn’t naturally shoot up from underground with enough force to travel through your home’s pipes. To do that, your well needs a water pressure tank. Today we’re going to talk about how a water pressure tank works, some common problems that occur with them and what you should do if your home has bad water pressure from your well!
Unlike municipal tap water, which is treated and regulated by the EPA, the quality of well water is not monitored by any governmental agency. In addition, well water comes from under the ground, which exposes it to a different set of contaminants than water that comes from surface water supplies. This can leave some homeowners wondering, “Is well water safe to drink?” Today we’re going to talk about the quality issues that well water faces and how you can have perfectly healthy well water by installing a residential treatment system!
Fluoride in drinking water is a controversial subject. Whereas some people believe that the mineral is perfectly safe (and even beneficial) to consume, others are convinced that exposure to too much fluoride can have serious consequences on a person’s health. Either way, it’s important for people to know why the mineral is in their drinking water and what options they have to remove it if they choose to. Today we’re going to talk about what fluoride is, the potential health effects that it can have and what water treatment systems are available to remove it from your home’s drinking water!
Do you know what’s in your home’s water? There are all kinds of contaminants that can pollute the tap water in New Hampshire homes. Some of those contaminants are detectable by the human senses or the stains they leave behind on your home’s surfaces, while others are virtually invisible and have no taste or smell. The only way to truly know exactly what’s inside of your water is to have it tested. Today we’re going to talk about some of the most common signs that you should have your water tested and why testing is a good idea for every home.
One of the worst things about having hard water in your home is that it can wreak havoc in all sorts of different places. In fact, any pipe, appliance or surface in your home that comes into contact with hard water is at risk of damage. One appliance that is notoriously affected by hard water is your water heater. Today we’re going to talk about the effects that hard water can have on the performance and efficiency of your water heater and how a water softener can eliminate those problems!
There are many different ways to treat water, and each method can be used for a different purpose. The type of water treatment system that’s right for your home depends on the specific quality issues that your water faces, which can be uncovered by having your water tested by McBride’s Water Advantage. One type of water treatment system that is useful for treating aesthetic issues in water is an activated carbon water filter. Today we’re going to talk about what an activated carbon water filter is, how it works and how it can be used in conjunction with other types of water treatment systems!
Lead is one of the most dangerous contaminants that can be found in the water in New Hampshire homes. The metal can affect your health even at small doses, and it is especially problematic for young children and infants. We want to ensure you have all the information you need about protecting your family from lead-contaminated drinking water, so today we’re going to talk about how lead gets into tap water, the health effects that it can cause and what you can do to remove traces of lead from your home’s water supply!
Every home’s water is different. That’s why we here at McBride’s Water Advantage believe that the best way to know whether or not your home could benefit from a water treatment system is to have your water tested. By testing your water, we can determine what specific problems your water faces and provide you with individualized recommendations on the best treatment options for your home. The most thorough type of drinking water testing is one that is performed by a certified laboratory. Today we’re going to talk about what a drinking water testing lab does, how it differs from field testing and the details behind McBride’s two different testing services!
If tap water was perfectly pure, you would never have to worry about it flowing through your home’s pipes and being used by your plumbing appliances. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The tap water in many New Hampshire homes contains contaminants that can cause expensive plumbing problems and increase your utility bills. Today we’re going to talk about the plumbing problems that can be brought on by poor water quality and how you can avoid calls to the plumber by installing a water treatment system!
When water is pure, its pH levels are perfectly neutral. But residential tap water contains a variety of different minerals, particles and contaminants that have their own pH levels, which can alter the pH level of your home’s water. That’s why many homes in New Hampshire suffer from acidic water, which can damage plumbing systems and create problems that make your water unhealthy. Today we’re going to help you avoid these problems by talking about what acidic water is and how installing an acid neutralizer will level-out your water’s pH levels!
Out of all of the different contaminants that can affect the quality of your tap water, E. coli is one of the most talked-about. If you ever see a news story about a “boil-water advisory” in a town, more often than not the reason for the advisory is that E. coli was found in the water supplies. E. coli can be a very dangerous contaminant, so we want to keep you informed on where it comes from and how you can protect your family from exposure to it. So today we’re going to talk about what E. coli is, how it gets into tap water and what you can do to remove it from your home’s water supplies!
People install water treatment systems in their homes for many different reasons. They might want to improve their water’s taste and smell, avoid plumbing problems, ensure their drinking water is healthy, or prevent stains in their homes, just to name a few. But one benefit of water treatment systems that’s often overlooked is how they can make your showers safer and more effective. Today we’re going to talk about the problems with showering in unfiltered water and which treatment systems are best for removing contaminants from your shower water!
The quality of your home’s tap water depends on many different factors, including where your water comes from, how your water is disinfected, the condition of your city’s water delivery pipes and more. In fact, two homes in the same city can even have different levels of water quality. So how are you supposed to know if your specific home suffers from quality problems that should be taken care of by installing a water filter or water softener? Today we’re going to answer that question by talking about 10 signs that you need a water treatment system in your home!
One of the great things about water filtration systems is that they can benefit different rooms in your home in different ways. Your kitchen, in particular, is one room that can experience a wide-variety of benefits from adding a water filtration system. Today we’re going to talk about why it’s important to filter the water in your kitchen, what improvements you can expect by filtering your kitchen water and which types of water systems are best for your kitchen!
The more you learn about the types contaminants that are commonly found in tap water, the more you’ll realize that water quality isn’t just about your health. In fact, there are some water contaminants that have virtually no health consequences when you consume them, but they can cause all kinds of other annoying problems. One such problem is when your tap water creates stains of various colors around your home. Today we’re going to focus on this issue by talking about which water contaminants create stains and what you can do to prevent your tap water from staining your home!
One of the most common complaints we hear from people who get their water from private wells is that their tap water smells like rotten eggs. This problem, which occurs much more often in well water than in city water, can make it hard to drink a glass of water and causes some homeowners to worry about the health of their water at home. Today we’re going to help explain this common phenomenon and ease some concerns that you might have by talking about where the rotten egg smell in well water comes from, whether or not it has any health effects and how you can get rid of it!
Water filtration systems can use a number of different methods to remove contaminants from tap water. The type of filter that’s right for your home will depend on what’s in your water, because different techniques are designed to address different types of problems. But one type of filtration method that can address nearly any type of contaminant in your tap water is reverse osmosis. Today we’re going to talk about what a reverse osmosis filter is, how it works and why it is one of the most effective filtration techniques that exists!
There are many reasons why people choose to install water filtration systems in their homes, but one of the most common reasons is that they want to improve the taste of their water. We all know how healthy it is to drink water on a daily basis, but it is much more difficult to drink a lot of water when the water that comes out of your taps has an offensive taste. Today we’re going to talk about what types of contaminants can alter the taste of your tap water and how installing a water filtration system can ensure your water tastes great all the time!
When you’re deciding on the best type of water filter for your New Hampshire home, one decision you’ll have to make is whether you want to install a whole house or point-of-use system. There are advantages to both types of systems, and the one that’s right for you will depend on factors like your budget and what you want to get out of the filter you install. Today we’re going to help you with that decision by talking about what a point-of-use water filter is and how to decide whether or not it’s right for you!
Hard water is one of the most common water quality issues in New Hampshire. Although hard water is not a health hazard like some other water contaminants, it can cause all sorts of problems in your home. These problems extend everywhere from your kitchen to your bathroom to your laundry room and more. Today we’re going to talk about the effects of hard water in your home and how installing a water softener can defend against them!
Given the fact that approximately 50 percent of New Hampshire residents get their water from a private well, it’s important for homeowners in our area to know about the potential issues that often plague well water. By far, one of the most commonly found contaminants in well water is iron. Today we’re going to talk about how iron gets into well water, the effects of water with high levels of iron and what you can do to remove iron from your home’s water!
Nowadays, homeowners have many different options available to them to treat their home’s tap water. Different water systems use different techniques to remove contaminants from water, and each technique has its own particular advantages. One type of water treatment technique that is extremely effective in New Hampshire homes is ultraviolet water purification. Today we’re going to talk about what ultraviolet water purification is and how it kills some of the most dangerous contaminants you can find in tap water!
Hard water can cause all sorts of problems in your home, including limescale buildup, clogged pipes, inefficient water heaters, dry hair and skin and more. That’s why many homeowners install water softeners in order to remove problematic hardness minerals from their water. If you’re unsure whether or not you want to install a water softener in your home, it’s helpful to know how they work and interact with your home’s existing plumbing system. Today we’re going to help get you acquainted with these powerful systems by answering the question, “How does a water softener work?”
Over the past few years, an increasing amount of attention has been paid to the levels of arsenic in our nation’s drinking water. Although low-level exposure to the contaminant used to be considered relatively harmless, new research has shown that long-term exposure to low levels of arsenic can be the cause of a variety of chronic and life-threatening diseases. In order to shed some light on this growing concern, today we’re going to talk about how arsenic gets into New Hampshire’s drinking water and what you can do to remove it from the water in your home!
You might remember learning about pH levels back in high school chemistry class, but have you ever heard about the effects of pH levels on the water that comes out of your taps at home? Although low pH levels are often overshadowed by other water quality issues like chlorine contamination and hard water, they can be just as problematic. Today we’re going to talk about the risks of tap water with high pH levels and what you can do to neutralize your home’s water!
The growth of the bottled water industry is one of the strangest trends of the last few decades. Why would people spend money on bottled water when they can get it at home for a tiny fraction of the cost? One of the biggest reasons is that bottled water companies market their products as a healthier alternative to tap water. Today we’re going to investigate this claim by talking about bottled water vs. tap water and how they compare in regards to regulations, quality and impacts on the environment!
Although many homes in New Hampshire share similar quality issues, no two homes’ water are the same. There are many different factors that contribute to what kinds of contaminants might be in your water, and the only way to know for sure is to have it tested by a professional. Today we’re going to talk about why it’s important for every homeowner to have their water tested and the two different water testing services offered by McBride’s!
Whether or not you realize it, you’ve likely consumed water that contains chlorine, chloramine or a combination of both of them. That’s because chlorine and chloramine are the two disinfectants that are most commonly used by water treatment plants across the country. Although these chemicals are effective at what they do, they are still chemicals and they are not entirely free of consequences. Today we’re going to talk about why chlorine and chloramine are added to water, the health effects that they can cause and what you can do to remove the disinfectants from your home’s water!
Hard water is one of the most common water quality problems found in homes all across the country. In fact, according to a study performed by the U.S. Geological Survey, approximately 85 percent of homes in the United States have water that is considered hard. Given that this problem is so pervasive, you’re probably interested in knowing whether or not it’s an issue in your home. Today we’re going to help you figure that out by talking about what hard water is and how to recognize it!
Here in New Hampshire, 50 percent of homes get their water from a private well while the other 50 percent have water provided to them by their city. As it turns out, the source of a home’s tap water plays a significant role in how it should be treated and tested. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decisions about your home’s water quality, so today we’re going to talk about well water vs. city water and the role the homeowner plays in each one’s treatment process!
Radon contamination is one of the biggest water quality issues that we face here in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the contaminants that poses the biggest health risks to the people who are exposed to it. If your home’s water contains high levels of radon, it’s important to filter it out so that your home’s indoor environment can be safe. Today we’re going to help you do that by talking about how to remove radon from your water!
If you want to improve the quality of the water in your home, you have many options to choose from. A water filter can be as small as a pitcher that you stick inside of your refrigerator and as large as a standalone appliance that’s attached to your home’s plumbing system. A whole house water filter falls into the latter category, and it’s one of the best options you have for filtering your home’s water. Today we’re going to talk about what a whole house water filter is and the benefits of installing one in your New Hampshire home!
You may have heard that Reverse Osmosis (RO) water is great-tasting, very pure water and that there are two types of RO systems, but do you know how they work? And did you know Reverse Osmosis was initially developed by the U.S. Navy to produce drinking water from sea water for submarine crews?
Dug or shallow water wells are wells that have either been dug by hand or with a big piece of machinery like an excavator or back hoe. In the old days before pounding or drilling wells became popular all wells were dug wells. Deep (drilled or pounded) wells in the United states came into existence in the early 1800’s.
McBride’s Water Advantage is a New Hampshire licensed Water Pump installer.
With over 50% of New Hampshire homeowners drawing their water from private wells there is a pretty big need for quality companies like us. When everything is in proper working order these wells are capable of delivering plenty of water to run the household, the pool, irrigation and much more.
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Recently a customer asked Bill McBride about the differences between GAC (Granulated Activated Carbon) radon systems and Aeration (Bubbler) systems. Below is his reply.
Bill McBride talks about Laboratory water testing for New Hampshire and New England residents.
One of the most often asked questions we have at McBride’s Water Advantage is about laboratory water testing and what should our customers test for. Our answer is always ” You should know whats in your well water” and, ” If there are some problem water issues, you might not correct it right away but at least you will know what in your well water”. This is vital information when living in the North Eastern United States. Obviously, if you have a well and it supplies your home, whether you consume your water or not. You really need to have a professional, laboratory, State Certified water test done.
Addition the the McBride’s fleet, our new dedicated well pump truck.
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McBride’s Water Advantage was established in 2004 to give New Hampshire homeowners a professional partner for water testing, water purification, well pumps and radon in air reduction.
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