Posts Tagged: Dover

How Installing a Water Softener can improve Your Home’s Efficiency Levels

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… Read more »

Can Unfiltered Tap Water Have Negative Effects on Your Immune System?

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… Read more »

What are Chlorine’s Effects on the Water Softener in Your New Hampshire Home?

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… Read more »

How Do Water Pitcher Filters Compare to Residential Water Treatment Systems?

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… Read more »

How do Nitrates Get into New Hampshire Drinking Water and How Can You Remove Them?

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… Read more »

When Should I Retest My Home’s Tap Water?

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… Read more »

Pharmaceutical Drugs in Drinking Water: Where They Come from and How to Remove Them

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… Read more »

What are Total Dissolved Solids in Water and What Does it Mean About Your Home’s Water Quality?

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…. Read more »

Water Softeners vs. Water Filters: What Purpose Does Each Provide and Which One Should You Install?

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… Read more »

Is Well Water Safe? Common Issues with New Hampshire’s Well Water and How You Can Avoid Them

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… Read more »

What Are the Possible Health Effects of Fluoride in Drinking Water and How Can You Remove It?

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… Read more »

What is an Activated Carbon Water Filter and What Water Quality Problems Does It Address?

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… Read more »

Want to Know Exactly What’s In Your Water? Get it Tested by a Certified Drinking Water Testing Lab!

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… Read more »

Plumbing Problems Caused by Poor Water Quality in New Hampshire

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… Read more »

What is an Acid Neutralizer and How Does It Fix Tap Water with Low pH Levels?

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… Read more »

Why Should You Consider Filtering the Shower Water in Your New Hampshire Home?

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… Read more »

What is Ultraviolet Water Purification and What Are Its Advantages in New Hampshire Homes?

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… Read more »

How Does a Water Softener Work? A Guide for New Hampshire Homeowners

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… Read more »

Arsenic in New Hampshire’s Drinking Water: Where Does it Come From and How Can it Be Removed?

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… Read more »

Why are Chlorine and Chloramine Added to Water Supplies in New Hampshire?

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… Read more »

What is Hard Water? A Guide for New Hampshire Homeowners

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… Read more »