Cascade, McCall & Donnelly Area Water Information

by Admin on September 12, 2017

Cascade, McCall & Donnelly Area Water InformationWater is one of the necessities of life, and people may take it for granted unless they experience a shortage of water or do not have access to clean, pure water.

Water quality in different areas of the country varies for several reasons.

Concentrations of minerals and toxins are higher in places, and air or water pollution may be greater in some areas.

Due to the natural minerals and contaminants found in the mountainous rock & ground in the Cascade, McCall and Donnelly areas of Idaho, we find ourselves helping these residents frequently with well water quality issues.

The main water quality issues we find in the Cascade, McCall & Donnelly areas well water are:

1.) Iron Contamination

Iron is a naturally occurring mineral from corroding metal, industrial waste, mining or rocks and sediment.

Although iron in water is not harmful to your health, it can create a need for expensive repairs and produce a bad taste in food and beverages. Too much iron produces a brownish color on plumbing fixtures and laundered clothing, and the iron can accumulate and clog washing machines, dishwashers and other appliances. When cooked in water containing iron, foods like vegetables turn dark and have a metallic, bitter taste, and that taste affects beverages like coffee and tea as well.

2.) Sulfur (rotten egg smell) Contamination

Sulfur in water produces the smell of rotten eggs, making the water unpleasant to drink.

Sulfur water is a condition where the running water contains a high amount of hydrogen sulfide gas that escapes into the air when the plumbing line is opened, giving a distinct “rotten egg” smell

In most cases, sulfur water is caused by “sulfur bacteria” found in the water. It is not normally harmful to health, but in some cases it can be. It is best to have your water tested and treated to be sure.

Sulfur bacteria produce slime and can promote the growth of other bacteria, such as iron bacteria. The slime can clog wells, plumbing, and irrigation systems.

3.) Particulates

Particulates are particles of sand, dirt, rust and sediment in water, and those particulates make the water appear cloudy and taste and smell dirty.

Although they may not cause health concerns, particulates can carry other microbiological, inorganic and organic contaminants. They are also bothersome to drinking water and can cause sink aerators and screens to clog.


We provide proven, dependable, affordable solutions for the iron & sulfur water issues found in the Cascade, McCall and Donnelly areas.

Whether it is your home or business, we’ll be happy to analyze your water and recommend the system best suited to fix your specific water problems.

After installation of your new system, you’ll be able to enjoy drinking wholesome, healthy, great-tasting water without buying expensive, bottled water. Also, your appliances will not be damaged further and will last longer. Your quality of life increases.

Simply contact us:

Call to Schedule Your FREE “No Pressure” Water Analysis
& System Needs Assessment!

Also feel free to call if you simply have water problem or equipment questions…

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Serving: Boise, Nampa, Eagle, Meridian, Caldwell, Garden Valley, McCall, Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Weiser, Council, Cambridge, Payette, Ontario, Horseshoe Bend, Idaho City & Surrounding Areas. Also serving Southeast Oregon: Baker City, Nyssa, Ontario & Vale.

How a Water Softener Works

by Admin on August 25, 2017

water softenerHard water is good for plants, animals and humans. It is the easiest form of water to find, whether it is raining from the sky or being provided by local utilities.

However, hard water is full of calcium and magnesium which can build up in water pipes and appliances, wreaking havoc on plumbing, skin and clothing and preventing soap from doing its job. A good water softener is the least expensive and most effective means of ridding hard water of these troublesome minerals.

What A Water Softener Does

Most water softeners work on the basic principle that the undesirable calcium and magnesium ions in hard water can be traded for softer ions, such as those in sodium. Most softeners rely on resin or zeolite beads that bond to the calcium and magnesium ions. These beads are already bonded to sodium ions in the tank, and as the water washes over the beads, the sodium switches places with the calcium and magnesium. This leaves the calcium and magnesium bonded to the resins and the sodium left in the water, providing softer water for showers, laundry and other household chores.

The problem is that eventually the water tank is full of calcium and magnesium bonded to resin beads, and there is no sodium left to filter through the water. When this occurs, the softener is no longer useful, so it must go through a regeneration cycle. The regeneration cycle soaks the beads in a sodium chloride solution that forces the calcium and magnesium ions to drop off the beads, re-establishing the bond of sodium to resin. At the conclusion of the regeneration, the softener flushes the unusable calcium and magnesium brine out of its system, leaving a sodium-rich solution behind for more water softening.

Some home softening systems utilize an electric timer that initiations the flushing of the unusable ions, while others rely on a sensor that detects sodium depletion. The most efficient systems are equipped with two mineral tanks that allow one to be in the regeneration cycle while the other softens water.

Benefits of Having  a Water Softener

Buying a Water SoftenerA good water softener can make a difference in many aspects of the household:

1. It improves the cleaning ability of soaps and detergents. – Many soaps, shampoos and detergents are insoluble in hard water, causing them to lump together and be unusable.

2. It keeps plumbing, pipes and appliances cleaner. – When the soap or detergent is clumped up due to hard water, pipes and appliances can become clogged and unusable.

3. It makes hair and skin softer and smoother. – When shampoos and soaps are dis-solvable, they more easily rinse from the body and prevent residues.

4. It keeps fabrics softer and more vibrant. – Detergents wash more easily from fabrics with soft water, allowing them to last longer.

5. It cleans silverware and glassware more thoroughly. – Dishwashers with soft water keep kitchenware looking clean and sparkling.

If you are researching water softeners and have any questions you’d like answered, the experts at Idaho Water Solutions are ready to assist you.

Call to Schedule Your FREE Water Softener System
Needs Assessment!

Also feel free to call if you simply have water problem or equipment questions…

Call Now: 208-475-4046

Or use our Quick Contact Form

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Serving: Boise, Nampa, Eagle, Meridian, Caldwell, Garden Valley, McCall, Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Weiser, Council, Cambridge, Payette, Ontario, Horseshoe Bend, Idaho City & Surrounding Areas. Also serving Southeast Oregon: Baker City, Nyssa, Ontario & Vale.


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