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Post by : Zerob
Do you need a water softener?
Does hard water damage your health?
Is water softener at your home advisable?
Can hard water cause damage to gadgets?
Can the fittings in kitchens show stains due to hard water?
Water Softeners help in making Hard Water soft. Water in some regions are predominantly hard, chiefly due to the presence of Hard Water Ions of certain minerals.
You can easily make out whether the water supplied to your home is Hard or not from the effect it has on the various fittings you have at home, the garments you wear and even your skin and hair.
If the water supplied to your home is Hard you may find stain marks in your ceramicware or any ceramic fittings after a period of continued use. The fittings and appliances in your kitchen like the geysers or bathroom can show scales or stain marks due to these being in constant touch with water
Moreover hard water can impact your skin and hair and make them look dull and straw-like and your skin feeling dry and itchy. White clothes may start appearing grayish and colors may look faded due to the presence of hard water ions.
Though Hard Water is not found to cause very significant damage to ones health but it can cause damages to the gadgets and appliances used in ones homes. Hence for a longer life of your garments, appliances and your plumbing systems, a water softener is a must.
Know more about Water Softners
Post by : Zerob
Is RO water acidic?
Is RO water not good for health?
Is acidic water harmful?
Do all RO purifiers have pre filters?
What serious ailments are caused due to acidic water?
Some people are of the opinion that Water from an RO Water Purifier is Acidic and hence unsafe and not good for health. This is not correct. Water from an RO water purifier is the best water to drink.
The fact is, though carbonic acid gets generated to some extent in the initial stages of purification, the special cartridges, containing alkali chemicals. that are used in the later stages of purification in an RO Purifier helps in removing all traces acid from water.
Moreover, its important to note here that the Carbonic Acid that gets generated during the RO purification process is the same as the one that is present in aerated drinks we consume but in far lesser concentration. The final output water from the tap of the RO Water Purifier does not contain traces of carbolic acid as the acid gets neutralised by the alkaline cartridge before flowing out of the Water Purifier. It is worthwhile to also mention here that our stomach has far more stronger acid in the form of Hydrochloric Acid compared to the Carbonic acid that gets generated during the RO Purification Process.
All RO water purifiers also have pre-filters which help in removing dissolved chemicals and chlorine from water before the water flows through the RO membrane. The RO membrane filter out organic molecules of pesticides, herbicides and VOC’s.
For most of us having safe water means consuming water that is free from germs and viruses to prevent us from diseases like Cholera, Typhoid, Dysentery, etc. Though these are serious ailments but modern day medicines can easily cure these ailments. Also just by boiling the water one can make sure that water is free from such germs.
But much more dangerous than microbiological impurities are the impurities present in the form of dissolved chemicals, especially the salts of Heavy Metals like Arsenic, Chromium-6, Lead, Mercury, etc. which can cause lifelong damage and early death. We may not even know that we are being slowly poisoned due to heavy metal contamination, because there appears no difference in taste or smell of water. These can only be detected by chemical analysis of water.
The Heavy Metal in water tend to ‘bio-accumulate’ in our body, which means that once heavy metal is absorbed, our body cannot get rid of it. So even though there are no immediate problems the heavy metals in our body keeps on accumulating as more and more water gets consumed by us. Finally Heavy Metal poisoning symptoms start showing up. By then it usually becomes too late. Heavy metals in water causes life threatening diseases like cancer can cause nerve damage, stunted growth in children and also early death. Children suffer most from heavy metal pollution of water. Boiling the water does not remove dissolved heavy metals from water.
So how can we be absolutely safe from being poisoned by heavy metal in drinking water. The answer is to use a Reverse Osmosis or RO water filter purifier.
Only an RO Water Purifier can remove heavy metal and other dissolved salts present in water while also removing bacteria and viruses present in water to provide almost distilled quality water.
Post by : Zerob
How to select the right water purifier?
How to decide the right water purifier in your home?
What is advisable to select the right purifier in your home?
Are carbon filters effective against bacteria?
Can filters remove food taste?
Purification of water is a much discussed topic these days due to the very high levels of pollutants present in our environment.
Though there is a wide variety of water purifiers available, choosing the right purification technology is key to having pure and safe drinking water.
A normal water filter is designed to filter out the contaminants. Contaminants such as dirt, rust and dust are simple to remove from water by using sediment type water filter. These can be used on a single faucet at your home.Then there are Carbon filters.
The Carbon filters score over the sediment filters because these filters can remove foul taste and odour from water along with other dissolved chemicals that may have contaminated the supply water.
The sediment and carbon filters however are ineffective against bacterial and viral contamination by pathogens like E. coli, Coliform, Cryptosporidium and others. The best way to disinfect water or remove these pathogens is by killing them so that they do not threaten your health. The process of eliminating the pathogens or the disinfection process in water purifiers can be either chemical based as in chlorine disinfection or it can be non-chemical based like UV or ultraviolet radiation. In chlorine based disinfecting process, chemical chlorine gets added to the water supply to kill pathogens while in a UV based disinfecting system the UV rays helps in killing all pathogens instantaneously.
The advantages of a chemical free disinfecting process over a chemical based one is that with a UV system there is no need to use dangerous chemicals and.secondly, the chemical based disinfection process produces harmful byproducts known as VOC during the purification process while the UV purification process produces no such harmful by-products,
Nowadays, in most of the urban localities it is get to seen that even if the source water gets well treated to remove contaminants, the water gets cotaminated again with a variety of contaminants like chemicals, heavy metals, pathogens while getting distributed to homes. To tackle the problem of the presence of pathogens, heavy metals and chemical contaminants present in supply water, Reverse Osmosis purifiers are used to efffectvely filter out or remove all these type of contaminants. The membranes of RO Purifiers have pore sizes of around 0.001 thousands of micron and hence can effectively help remove these impurities.
In order to get high quality water one needs to be sure about the quality of supply water and basis that select the proper technology to eliminate the specific problem. A proper water purifier will help safeguard you and your family’s health against health problems caused by contamintion of water
Post by : Zerob
What are the causes of water contamination in India?
How contaminated is the water in India?
How much water is generated everyday?
What is the pesticide consumption in India?
Does agriculture have harmful effluents?
Over 26,000 million litres of wate water gets generated every day by a population of over 20 crores residing in 900 cities and towns across India.
Out of this huge quantity of waste water only about 6,000 mld(million litres per day) is treated and the balance 20,000 mld of waste water gets released without any treatment causing alarming levels of pollution in water.
If we add this up with another 50,000 polluting industries in India contributing around 5,000 mld of untreated waste water, then the problem gets further aggravated.
Domestic sewage is the major source of pollution of surface water, contributing harmful pathogens, the main cause of water borne diseases
Apart from this, the annual pesticides consumption is about 1,00,000 tonnes in India. This indirectly contributes to contamination of ground water.
Over and above, the agricultural run‐off and industrial effluents contribute to excessive nutrients in water bodies thereby contaminating water in these water bodies
Post by : Zerob
How does UV Purifier work?
What is the process of a UV purifier?
Does UV purifier require running water?
Which is the best UV purifier?
Where is UV purifier best suited for?
In an UV water purifier, a lamp is used to generate UV rays like those produced by the sun. When tap water enters the UV Purifier, it is exposed to Ultra Violet radiation. The UV radiation helps in destroying almost 100% of the harmful micro-organisms present in the water by changing their cell structure.
Though UV radiation helps in destroying almost 100% of the harmful micro-organisms present, it cannot remove harmful salts, chemicals or heavy metals present in water or change the taste, smell or the pH balance of water.
Hence most UV Purifiers combine UV technology with Activated Carbon to remove harmful salts, chemicals and other dissolved impurities present in water.
The UV Water Purifiers are best suited for areas where the water is not “hard”.
One important point to be noted here is that, UV Purifiers work on electricity and require running water. They also require timely servicing to ensure that the UV bulb and filters if any, like the Activated Carbon Filters are replaced on time.
One of the best UV Purifiers available in the market today is the UV Grande which also uses a technology known as ESS.
What are the effects of hard water?
What are some harmful effects of hard water?
Is hard water found across all regions?
What do water softeners use?
Does scale formation happen frequently?
If the water you use at your home leaves a white residue in your basins and sinks or leaves stain marks on the sanitary fittings or clogs the shower heads or if your clothes look dirty and stiff after washing then the water you are consuming might be a hard water.
Hard water is water that has a high content of calcium and magnesium salts. These salts form deposits in the pipes and appliances commonly called a scale.
Scale formation causes the utensils, appliances, fittings at your home look dirty and at the same time can harm these appliances by decreasing their life by several years while also inflating the power bills. Scale formation in the geysers or kettles can increase the time it would normally take to heat water.
Hard water is found across all regions here in India. If the concentration of calcium and magnesium salts are at 4 grains per gallon water is stated to be mildly hard, at 7 grains per gallon it is considered hard and at 10 grams per gallon water is considered to be very hard.
Water softeners like Auto Softeners can be used to reduce the hardness of water. The water softeners use ion-exchange resins in which the calcium and magnesium ions are exchanged for sodium ions.
The benefits of using a Auto Softener are plenty including the ones listed below:
– Helps skin feel softer, Hair softer and shinier
– Clothes look stainfree
– Utensils and ceramicwares look sparkling
– Prevents corrosion of plumbing fixtures and appliances
– Reduces soap and detergent use
– Reduces electricity costs
Know more about the Auto Softener or leave your behind your contact details to help us get in touch with you to help you with your hard water woes.
Post by : Zerob
Which is the best RO purifier?
What are the tips for searching RO purifier?
Where are RO purifiers best suited?
What are different parameters to compare purifiers?
When it comes to buying a Water Purifier, consumers these days are flooded with choices. With little understanding on the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of Water Purifiers, it becomes difficult on the part of the customers to choose from all these different variants.
However, due to continuous consumer education initiative by various brands of Water Purifiers, there has been some bit of awareness about the usefulness of RO Purifiers vis-a-vis the other types.
Though RO Purifiers are normally best suited for the kind of water we are supplied with, one should always do a test of the supply water before deciding on the water purifier because unless and until we ascertain the type of contaminants present in water, we would not be able to decide on the type of Water Purifier that is best suited for the quality of supply water.
One important aspect of the RO Purifiers is that these Purifiers need electricity for functioning. Also, the RO Purifiers available in the market comes in various sizes, capacities and specifications, so the choice of the Purifier should also be governed by the daily consumption requirement of water.
With so many different factors governing ones choice of the perfect RO Purifier, it becomes all the more difficult to choose from the various different options available.
To make matters simpler, what one needs to do is to create a comparison chart on the different options of RO purifiers available based on the following parameters:
1. Product specification
2. Features of the Product
3. Certification of the Products by recognized Domestic and International bodies
4. Credibility of the Manufacturer
5. Features to Benefits for given price
6. Product reviews
We hope this will help you choose the best ro water purifier for your house.
Why are RO purifiers better?
Are RO purifiers better than others?
What is the difference between RO and other purifiers?
Can the bacteria in water be neutralized?
Do heavy metal chemicals accumulate in our body?
While considering purity of drinking water we tend to consider whether the water we are drinking is free from bacteria and viruses. We are wary of water borne diseases like cholera, typhoid, dysentry, etc.
Though these diseases are dangerous and have immediate effect on our health, but at the same time we should not be ignorant of health hazzards from other more alarming impurities present in water – impurities that can cause long term health disorders.
The dissolved of salts of heavy metals and harmful chemicals present in water pose far greater dangers to our health than the micro-biological impurities. Salts of Heavy Metals like Arsenic, Chromium, Lead, Mercury, etc. can cause lifelong damage to our health and can cause early death as well.
Though the bacteria and viruses present in water can be neutralised by boiling or by uv radiation, but the harmful chemicals and heavy metals present in water cannot be eliminated by these process. More importantly we may not even know that we are being slowly poisoned with heavy metal contamination as there is no taste or smell difference in water due to the presence of these dissolved impurities.
Heavy Metal chemicals in drinking water ‘bio-accumulate’ in our body, which means that once heavy metal is absorbed, our body cannot get rid of it. So even though there are no immediate problems, the heavy metals present in water can lead to cancer, stunted growth, nerve damage, and early death. Children are affected most from heavy metal pollution.
The best way to remove such dissolved salts of heavy metals and harmful chemicals is by using an Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purifier which can eliminate micro-biological, dissolved salts of heavy metals and chemical impurities.
There are various types of water purifiers available in the market today..ranging from simple water filters to advanced purifiers.
Post by : Zerob
What are the different types of purifiers?
What are the advanced types of purifiers today?
What to do if water has high TDS?
How can water pressure be boosted?
Can RO purifiers be used at erratic electric supplies?
To help you overcome the confusion we have come up with 4 important factors that you must consider before purchasing a water purifier:
1. Water Quality
If the water supplied to your home is high in TDS, hardness and salinity then RO is the best choice for your home. RO has a semi-permeable membrane which has pore size of .ooo5 microns. Such tiny pores can remove the tiniest of dissolved salt, minerals, chemical and metal impurities.
Bacteria, nitrate, dissolved pesticides and lead are the leading contaminants present in water, these days. The thyoe of contaminants present in water can be tested from a lab. This can help you decide the type of purifier that would be right for you. better idea If water supplied to your home is high in chemical, mineral and metallic impurities then RO Water Purifier is the right one for you
Both UV and RO filters need water supply above a certain pressure. If the incoming water does not have sufficient pressure, an RO filter will not work properly. So if the pressure of water supplied to your home is not proper it is advisable to go for an activated carbon purifier. But if the water is high in TDS and contamination, then go for RO purifier. By incorporating a pump to the RO filtration unit the Water pressurer can be boosted.
RO and UV filtration are advance water purification technologies, they need electricity to operate. This means that they cannot be used in areas where the power suply is erratic. Power-supply to your home is inconsistent. So if you live in areas where electricity supply is erratic then one should go for activated
Post by : Zerob
What is the difference between RO and UF purifier?
What are RO purifiers based on?
Which is more better, RO or UF purifier?
What is the comparison between RO and UF purifier?
Can UF purifier remove dissolved salts?
The Purification by RO and UF are based on membranes. But the difference between the two is in the size of the pores in of their membranes. In an RO membrane the filtering pores are so small that it can even filter out salt molecules from the water. In the UF membrane the pores are larger and so it cannot filter out salt molecules.
Though the UF membrane is capable to filter out viruses from water, it cannot filter out the salts and metals from the water.
The advantage of the UF water purifier is that it works without electricity whereas RO Purifier requires electricity and hence is expensive compared to UF purifier. Other than the extremely small particles of salts the UF filter can filter out all other physical imppurities and is sure to filter out any disease causing germs, including the smallest of viruses. The UF membrane is also so small that it can filter out all dust and other particles and make the water safe to drink.
The only problem with UF water purifier is that in case any harmful dissolved salts are present in the water the UF membrane cannot filter it out. Only an RO water purifier can filter out harmful dissolved salts from the water. That is why the RO water purifier is considered superior to an UF water purifier.