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How Your Tap Water May Be Drying Out Your Skin

There are lots of theories as to why skin conditions develop among people of all ages. However, many people may fail to take into account that water can actually cause and trigger certain skin conditions. But it is not just any kind of water. Tap water that has not been softened can create a myriad of problems.

Tap water that is untreated is classified as hard water as the two descriptions are often used interchangeably. This means that water contains an excess amount of minerals and chlorine. These minerals can be detrimental to the skin. There is also a higher chance for cases of eczema in households where people use hard water. Eczema is a skin condition that can be irritating and sometimes painful.

There is an intricate process of how tap water affects human skin. Here is more on how it works. Chlorine is absorbed by the skin and then acts as a type of poison to the body. It affects people differently and can cause a number of problems. Water with high traces of chlorine can make people appear to be older because of the effect it has on the skin. Those who continually use hard water, or tap water, may have skin that resembles the effects of being out in the sun for long stretches of time. Fluoride also has this effect and is commonly found in tap water.

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One of the functions of our skin is to protect us from the environment. Chlorine inhibits that protection by drying out the skin. That leads to the appearance of dryness and often results in an excess amount of itching. While that may not give off the most appealing look, it also causes negates the primary goal of the skin, which is to protect us. Tap water essentially attacks that protective layer of our body.

Skin diseases are not uncommon as they will affect about 1/3 of the population in the United States at some point in time. There is also a high population of people with sensitive skin, which compounds the risk of using tap water. Tap water can also attack and may lead to problems with dandruff. Meanwhile, most people may be unaware that it is directly caused by the use of tap water.

Itchy, flaky or blotchy skin does not have to be a concern any longer. Simply call Carolina Water Products and check out why we offer the best water solutions in Charlotte, NC.

Groundwater Shows Traces of Pollution in North Carolina

Throughout the entire United States, there is the constant threat of pollution to groundwater. This means there is a strong chance that some of the water you drink could be polluted. It is also the same water used to bathe. This can lead to a number of negative health effects.

The state of North Carolina is not immune to this threat. Recently, an environmental report confirmed those threats as very real and legitimate. Those reported threats have stemmed from the presence of coal ash contamination.

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This particularly hit home in the city of Belmont, N.C., as it had the second highest contamination of coal ash in the entire county. Belmont was listed among sites in 39 other states in the report. However, one particular area was worse off.

Duke Energy’s Allen Steam Station was the location where the coal ash contamination was at its worst. That comes as no real surprise to residents as there has been a growing concern about contamination for several years. The results were identified after a pair of environmental groups provided reports of their findings to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The report states that the Belmont area features coal ash dumps that are contaminating the groundwater with cobalt. Tests confirmed that this contamination was 500 times beyond the acceptable level. Thyroid damage has been linked to excessive exposure to cobalt. Meanwhile, other pollutants were also identified. In fact, the findings showed that pretty much all the water beneath coal plants showed signs of contamination.

This is a major concern because coal plants typically have higher levels of arsenic, which can cause a variety of cancers. Moreover, lithium has been identified in 60 percent of coal plants. The presence of lithium can damage the human neurological system, in addition to causing other health risks.

This latest report could not make an exact determination on drinking water due to the fact that there were no tests conducted on private drinking water sources. Once again, this comes as no surprise to many people who reside near the Allen Steam Station. Consequently, residents have been buying bottled water in bulk for years.

Groundwater could be threatened no matter where you live and that is why it’s important to purify your water with one of the filtration systems offered through Carolina Water Products. For the best water systems in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas, contact Carolina Water Products today.

The Risk of a Cheap Water Softener

Buying a cheap water softener may appear to be a smart investment. However, it is important to consider the repercussions of such an investment. Saving a few bucks may wind up being very costly in the long run. Here is a look of some of the risks that come with the purchase of a cheap water softener.

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Too much salt

One of the functions of a water softener is to limit the amount of salt in your water. A water softener that is working properly should add just 8 mg of salt per every individual liter of water that is treated. This is very important for those who are on low sodium diets while infants are also at risk to water with high sodium concentrations. Excess sodium can have numerous adverse effects to the health of people of all ages.

Building bridges

Cheap water softeners can build something called salt bridges. The bridge is actually a buildup of sodium, which begins to form hardened salt deposits in the bottom of the tank. These salt bridges can cause problems which can throw off the entire regeneration cycle. The salt deposits cause blockages and keep the system from functioning properly.

Lack of power

Water softeners are powered by motors. A cheaper water softener may not look different to the ordinary consumer, but internally, they can be quite different. A lot of that relates to the motor and when that fails prematurely, repair is often more expensive than buying a brand-new water softener as a replacement. The risk of buying a water softener with a cheap motor is considered a financial risk because the longevity of the product is compromised.

Plumbing Protection

With a cheap water softener that doesn’t function correctly at all times, your home plumbing is at risk. Because hard water is full of minerals, it can leave build-ups within your pipes. The result is a reduction in water flow and the blockage of pressure, which could lead to eventual leaks throughout the home.

Biofilm

The buildup of minerals within a pipe are not always directly harmful but they can produce a biofilm, which has a scaly presence. A biofilm can be a haven for bugs which can spread something like Legionnaires disease, which thrives on bacteria. Cheap water softeners have the potential to create an abundance of this biofilm. Problems may then start to arise from a seemingly unknown source.

When it comes to finding the best water softeners in Charlotte, NC, trust the professionals at Carolina Water Products.

Chlorine in tap water – how much is too much?

Too much chlorine in drinking water is understood to be a common problem. However, it is important to understand why this is such a problem. Chlorine is actually a gas found in the environment and it is poisonous. When chlorine is in its purest form, it takes on the appearance of a green gas. Inhaling chlorine in that form can be extremely harmful to humans.

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Chlorine has historically been used in small doses in water treatment plants to rid water of contaminants and make it safe for drinking. The harm in using chlorine comes when levels exceed a certain amount. When water is tested regularly, it is done in order to find traces of chlorine that are above the accepted amount as established by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

Many people rely on tap water for most daily household activities, which includes drinking, cooking, washing clothes, and showering. It’s not common for most families to conduct daily tests on the amount of chlorine in their water. However, the acceptable amount of chlorine in drinking water should not exceed 4 parts per million. When testing water for chlorine, any reading above that amount should be addressed immediately. A failure to do so could cause a variety of problems.

When there is too much chlorine in your drinking water, signs and show up rather quickly. Symptoms are very similar to those that are experienced when someone contracts the flu. Nausea, headaches, cramping and even vomiting can be a result taking in too much chlorine. Also, Studies have indicated that women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer showed higher levels of chlorination settled within their fat tissue. This connection can result and frightening consequences.

So what is the answer?

It is impractical to test water every day. But even in the midst of a busy lifestyle, many people may neglect to test their drinking water on an annual basis. It is just something most people take for granted. Now, one sip of water with a chlorine level just above 4 parts per million is not going to kill you. However, its effects can be felt on a long-term basis. And the higher the level, the more risk you run. That is why any chlorine reading above 4 parts per million should not be overlooked. There are solutions and the health of you and your family is too important to neglect.

For all your water solutions in Charlotte, NC, check out everything that Carolina Water Products has to offer.

Testimonials From Customers

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Good people very kind God bless this business

Good people very kind God bless this business

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Mendosa came out to service our whole home water system RO system. He did a great job, was very professional, and represented Carolina Water in a terrific way. We appreciate his service and will request him on any future needs.

Mendosa came out to service our whole home water system RO system. He did a great job, was very professional, and represented Carolina Water in a terrific way. We appreciate his service and will request him on any future needs.

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Great tech service from Bill Weber. Was prompt, checked my water, and softener system, did the needed repairs. Also explained to me the issues so I can prevent future problems. Great company and great service.

Great tech service from Bill Weber. Was prompt, checked my water, and softener system, did the needed repairs. Also explained to me the issues so I can prevent future problems. Great company and great service.

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I have used Carolina water for my filtration system for quite a few years now. They are very responsive when needed and Deb Marcum is very professional and friendly on the phone. Bill Weber was very professional and was in and out in no time to handle what needed to be done.

I have used Carolina water for my filtration system for quite a few years now. They are very responsive when needed and Deb Marcum is very professional and friendly on the phone. Bill Weber was very professional and was in and out in no time to handle what needed to be done.

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Super helpful and fast service Thank you Bill Weber for coming out and servicing our system

Super helpful and fast service Thank you Bill Weber for coming out and servicing our system

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Always on time, always professional and knowledgeable. Learned some great tips today from tech Bill Weber about preventing rings and residue. And Debbie at the office will always call or email you to schedule your service when it comes due about every 6 mos.. Great company

Always on time, always professional and knowledgeable. Learned some great tips today from tech Bill Weber about preventing rings and residue. And Debbie at the office will always call or email you to schedule your service when it comes due about every 6 mos.. Great company

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We have always been please with our service by Carolina Water Systems. Our tech Bill came out today for the annual checkup. As always, he was kind and pleasant to talk with. Bill Explained what he was going to do and let me know everything looked great when he was finished. We would recommend CWS for clean health and a positive experience

We have always been please with our service by Carolina Water Systems. Our tech Bill came out today for the annual checkup. As always, he was kind and pleasant to talk with. Bill Explained what he was going to do and let me know everything looked great when he was finished. We would recommend CWS for clean health and a positive experience

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We have always been please with our service by Carolina Water Systems. Our tech Bill came out today for the annual checkup. As always, he was kind and pleasant to talk with. Bill Explained what he was going to do and let me know everything looked great when he was finished. We would recommend CWS for clean health and a positive experience

We have always been please with our service by Carolina Water Systems. Our tech Bill came out today for the annual checkup. As always, he was kind and pleasant to talk with. Bill Explained what he was going to do and let me know everything looked great when he was finished. We would recommend CWS for clean health and a positive experience

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We have always been please with our service by Carolina Water Systems. Our tech Bill came out today for the annual checkup. As always, he was kind and pleasant to talk with. Bill Explained what he was going to do and let me know everything looked great when he was finished. We would recommend CWS for clean health and a positive experience

We have always been please with our service by Carolina Water Systems. Our tech Bill came out today for the annual checkup. As always, he was kind and pleasant to talk with. Bill Explained what he was going to do and let me know everything looked great when he was finished. We would recommend CWS for clean health and a positive experience

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We have always been please with our service by Carolina Water Systems. Our tech Bill came out today for the annual checkup. As always, he was kind and pleasant to talk with. Bill Explained what he was going to do and let me know everything looked great when he was finished. We would recommend CWS for clean health and a positive experience

We have always been please with our service by Carolina Water Systems. Our tech Bill came out today for the annual checkup. As always, he was kind and pleasant to talk with. Bill Explained what he was going to do and let me know everything looked great when he was finished. We would recommend CWS for clean health and a positive experience

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We have always been please with our service by Carolina Water Systems. Our tech Bill came out today for the annual checkup. As always, he was kind and pleasant to talk with. Bill Explained what he was going to do and let me know everything looked great when he was finished. We would recommend CWS for clean health and a positive experience

We have always been please with our service by Carolina Water Systems. Our tech Bill came out today for the annual checkup. As always, he was kind and pleasant to talk with. Bill Explained what he was going to do and let me know everything looked great when he was finished. We would recommend CWS for clean health and a positive experience

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They have incredible service. Very courteous and friendly. Our technician was Bill, he was polite and very quick. He also was kind and sociable to my three inquisitive children.

They have incredible service. Very courteous and friendly. Our technician was Bill, he was polite and very quick. He also was kind and sociable to my three inquisitive children.

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Bill did a great install and was very easy to work with during the process. Unfortunately we are having hot water issues since the install. The valve wasnt turned back on when he left and also forgot our products.

Bill did a great install and was very easy to work with during the process. Unfortunately we are having hot water issues since the install. The valve wasnt turned back on when he left and also forgot our products.

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Justin B. was professional and efficient in changing my water filters throughout the house. I recommend this service

Justin B. was professional and efficient in changing my water filters throughout the house. I recommend this service

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Great Company Service Technician, Bill, was wonderful Bill was able to diagnose a problem that we had been experiencing which other techs were unable to detect. I highly recommend Carolina Water Company for new installations and for service after purchase for longevity on the system. Excellent team to work with in general.

Great Company Service Technician, Bill, was wonderful Bill was able to diagnose a problem that we had been experiencing which other techs were unable to detect. I highly recommend Carolina Water Company for new installations and for service after purchase for longevity on the system. Excellent team to work with in general.

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We are very pleased with the quality service that we have received for the many years we have used Carolina Water Systems. Debbie and William have been courteous and very dependable

We are very pleased with the quality service that we have received for the many years we have used Carolina Water Systems. Debbie and William have been courteous and very dependable

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We have lived in our home for 3 years and one of the things we love most is the Rain Soft system that is installed. Carolina Water Systems has serviced our system and they are so nice to deal with. Debbie in the office is so friendly and our service tech Bill Weber does an excellent job.

We have lived in our home for 3 years and one of the things we love most is the Rain Soft system that is installed. Carolina Water Systems has serviced our system and they are so nice to deal with. Debbie in the office is so friendly and our service tech Bill Weber does an excellent job.

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Bill is very nice and is very punctual, he does a great job, also explains what he has done, answers what ever questions no matter how stupid they are .

Bill is very nice and is very punctual, he does a great job, also explains what he has done, answers what ever questions no matter how stupid they are .

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I have been with Carolina Water for over 13 years. I have had nothing but a great experience working with them. I highly recommend them

I have been with Carolina Water for over 13 years. I have had nothing but a great experience working with them. I highly recommend them

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Awesome company with exceptional customer service Always willing to give informative information and take care of all my needs with my Rain Soft system.

Awesome company with exceptional customer service Always willing to give informative information and take care of all my needs with my Rain Soft system.

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These guys are great They keep track of when you need a service and call promptly to schedule, always able to work in within a few days. Jesse D came out to our house and was fantastic, very friendly, let me know exactly what he was going to do, asked if I had any questions and even made friends with my rambunctious dog. Wonderful experience

These guys are great They keep track of when you need a service and call promptly to schedule, always able to work in within a few days. Jesse D came out to our house and was fantastic, very friendly, let me know exactly what he was going to do, asked if I had any questions and even made friends with my rambunctious dog. Wonderful experience

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New Build. Products in use for almost 4 years. We have experienced product failures unfortunately. Both filters EC4 QRS in garage and the air master unit installed in the air handler. The company is very responsive to the issues and resolved our issues immediately. To be fair, the products work well, when they work. I have not had them lab tested for accuracy, but I feel they do what they claim. Considering the cost point of these products, I have expected better life, but we will see the longevity of the replacements. Of course with replacements even under warranty, their are additional costs associated from the failures for labor.There will always be defects in manufacturing so I understand this business all too well. Product wise, I unfortunately give 2 star just because of the expense relative to mean time between failure rate and labor costs associated with warranty replacements. As far as the company, I will hold a 5 star rating. They support me and continue to work to make sure we are satisfied with our purchase.The service techs have always been professional and very attentive to our needs.

New Build. Products in use for almost 4 years. We have experienced product failures unfortunately. Both filters EC4 QRS in garage and the air master unit installed in the air handler. The company is very responsive to the issues and resolved our issues immediately. To be fair, the products work well, when they work. I have not had them lab tested for accuracy, but I feel they do what they claim. Considering the cost point of these products, I have expected better life, but we will see the longevity of the replacements. Of course with replacements even under warranty, their are additional costs associated from the failures for labor.There will always be defects in manufacturing so I understand this business all too well. Product wise, I unfortunately give 2 star just because of the expense relative to mean time between failure rate and labor costs associated with warranty replacements. As far as the company, I will hold a 5 star rating. They support me and continue to work to make sure we are satisfied with our purchase.The service techs have always been professional and very attentive to our needs.

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Great job Bill

Great job Bill

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I've used Carolina Water since we put in a wholehouse softening system in 2014. Their technicians are timely, polite, and thorough. They not only take care of maintenance, they also anticipate our upcoming needs and leave extra salt when needed. Jesse did a great job today. I'm grateful that Debbie calls when it's time for service too.

I've used Carolina Water since we put in a wholehouse softening system in 2014. Their technicians are timely, polite, and thorough. They not only take care of maintenance, they also anticipate our upcoming needs and leave extra salt when needed. Jesse did a great job today. I'm grateful that Debbie calls when it's time for service too.

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