Hard waterAt McLeod’s EcoWater, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have about water treatment. Below you’ll find the questions we are most often asked. If you can’t find the answer here, don’t hesitate to contact us!

What causes yellow or rust coloured stains in toilets, sinks, and tubs?

Some water contains dissolved iron. When water is heated or exposed to air, the iron is oxidized and leaves a stain. There are different types of iron filters available to correct this problem. A high iron capacity water softener may remove the iron as well as soften the water. Your water treatment specialist can determine the proper type and size of system for you.

Why does my laundry have yellow or rusty blotches?

Iron in the water is oxidized in the wash and stains the laundry. Using chlorine bleach only makes the problem worse. An iron filter or water softener may solve the problem.

Why are my whites dull and my colours hazy in the laundry?

Most water contains various levels of limestone. When soap is added to untreated water, it binds to the limestone and creates a sticky residue that won’t rinse away. A water softener will eliminate the limestone from the water and will allow the soap to work properly. Whites will be bright, colours vibrant, and soap usage will be reduced by at least 50%. A McLeod’s water treatment specialist can determine the proper type and size of system for you.

Why does my dishwasher leave spots and streaks on my glassware and cutlery?

As in the laundry process, soap binds to the limestone in the water, leaving behind a residue that won’t rinse away. A water softener will correct this problem as well as reducing the amount of dishwashing detergent required to about 1 tablespoon.

What causes scale to build up in kettles and coffee makers?

Limestone dissolved in water reverts to rock form when heated. This scale is visible in kettles and coffee makers. It is also present in your indoor plumbing and water heater. In fact, scale can cause up to 23% more energy to be used to heat the water. A water softener removes limestone and prevents damaging scale build-up. A McLeod’s water treatment specialist can determine the proper type and size of system for you.

Aren’t water treatment systems expensive?

A good water treatment system will pay for itself over time. Conditioned water helps your water heater run more efficiently, reducing energy bills and increasing appliance life and premature replacement. It requires 75% less detergent to wash clothes and dishes. Even a pot of coffee requires fewer coffee grounds.
Drinking water produced by an R.O. filtration system is far more economical than even the cheapest bottled water.

Why does my water smell like rotten eggs?

Hydrogen Sulfide (sulfur) may be present. There are a variety of treatment options available depending on the severity of the problem and the type of pressure system. Your water treatment specialist can advise you.

What should I do if my last water test shows that E.coli and/or total coliform bacteria are present in my water?

Bacterial contamination can originate from many sources. A bacteriological analysis from your nearest provincial laboratory will determine the presence of bacteria in your well water. This analysis should be performed at least twice per year. An ultraviolet sterilizer is very effective in killing bacteria.

Why does city water smell and taste bad?

Most municipalities chlorinate the water supply. Chlorine often combines with organisms in the water creating unpleasant tastes and odours, as well as potentially hazardous chemical compounds. A reverse osmosis drinking water system will remove tastes, odours, and chemicals from household water, ensuring an improved taste!