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Acid Water (low pH) Top

pH is a measure of how acidic or how basic the water is. The range goes from 0-14, with 7 being neutral. pH values of less than 7 indicates acidity, whereas a pH of greater than 7 indicates a base. pH is really a measure of the relative amount of free hydrogen and hydroxyl ions in the water. Water that has more free hydrogen ions is acidic, whereas water that has more free hydroxyl ions is basic. pH is reported in logarithmic units. Each number represents a placement of 10 points in the change of acidity/basic-ness of the water. Example: Water with a pH of 5 is ten times more acidic than water having a pH of 6. While acidic water can be corrosive to any metal in your home, it is extremely corrosive to the copper piping and hot water heater. Indications of corrosion are the unsightly blue/green stains in the plumbing fixtures in your home. Your drinking water may also have a heavy metallic taste as well. Leaving your water untreated will lead to numerous leaks, damaged property and costly repairs. Don’t wait until your plumbing must be replaced.

Correction of pH levels is simply done with our CWS Acid Neutralizer system. This all-natural system corrects the acidity of any water supply. The filtration media used in this application consist of finely crushed limestone and magnesium. Not only will your system correct the pH, but it will also filter any dirt and debris down to 5 micron from your water, giving your home and family better water.  These units have an automatic backwash valve that periodically purges the unit to keep the inner contents clean and fully functional.  The system typically needs service only once a year, but pH levels and demand can impact this.


Iron Top

Iron can occur naturally in ground water in three forms:  Ferrous Iron, Ferric Iron, and Heme Iron. Each can be present alone or in combination with the other two types. Iron is known for causing unsightly red, brown, or orange staining. Iron can affect the taste of water, ruin clothing, destroy appliances and damage household fixtures.

Ferric Iron, also known as red water iron/precipitated iron/or ferric oxide, is iron that has oxidized to a solid form. This type of iron is not dissolved but rather suspended particulate in a solution of water.

Ferrous Iron, or “clear water iron”, is not visible in solution. When exposed to oxygen, it is transformed into a solid form and can become noticeable by water discoloration or by the  yellowish staining left behind after the toilet bowl is cleaned. In this instance, the iron has oxidized to produce particulate and deposits stains.

Heme Iron is organically bound iron mixed with decomposed vegetation. Certain types of bacteria use iron as an energy source. They oxidize the iron from its ferrous state to its ferric state and deposit it in the slimy gelatinous materials that surround them. These bacteria grow in stringy clumps and are found in most iron bearing waters. While these bacteria pose no health risk, they can be very damaging to plumbing and filtration systems by either clogging or fouling units completely.

Odors in your drinking water can be caused by several things. The most common cause of odor is the smelly “rotten egg” odor. This is caused by large amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas. This odor can be detected with as little as .5 mg/l of hydrogen gas in the water.

While there are many different methods for effectively treating iron, Craddock Water Solutions has the experience and knowledge to determine which solution is best for you. With one of our systems you are guaranteed that your iron staining and odors will go away. There are also methods for pre-treating your water at the well. If you already have a system and are not happy with its performance, let us take a look to see how its performance can be enhanced. Schedule an appointment for your free water test and we will help you decide which is best for your home.

Hard Water Top

Hard water forms when naturally- occurring minerals enter water sources. Over time these minerals are absorbed by ground water. The two main ions causing hard water are calcium and magnesium. The presence of these two minerals can make cleaning more difficult and can reduce the lifespan of your  appliances.  According to  standards of the Water Quality Association, water is considered hard at 1 grain per gallon. It is our experience and practice to make recommendations for water softeners at 3gpg or higher.

Craddock Water Solutions uses a high-capacity resin with all its water softeners. Each of our water softeners comes with a metered backwash control valve that measures your water usage to guarantee efficiency of the unit. If your water usage goes up , the unit will flush more. If you are away from your home , the unit will not flush at all. This cuts cost on salts used for regeneration.

Benefits of Soft Water


Soft water eliminates the soap curd that clings to clothes. By rinsing the soil- or dirt- holding soap scum that makes clothes look grey and dingy, your clothes come out cleaner and brighter.


Soft water easily rinses away soap and dirt film from your hair and leaves it cleaner, silky soft, and more manageable.


Soft water keeps your skin cleaner by thoroughly rinsing away leftover soap residue that can clog your pores. Your complexion looks brighter.  Shaving is  smooth and easy.


With soft water, there is no dull, sticky film or spots. Your dishes and glasses will sparkle.


Even the food you eat and drink will look and taste better. Natural food flavor is retained because hard water minerals are not cooked into your food. Coffee and tea taste better, too.


You will save money on detergents and laundry additives. Lesser quantities of soap are needed in soft water because soaps lather  much easier.


Institutional test show that clothing washed in soft water last 1/3 longer. When washing with soft water, you rinse away all the detergents that would normally be left behind with hard water. These detergents cause stress and  weaken fabric.  Laundering clothes in soft water keeps them looking fresh and new longer.


Soft water prevents pipes and hot water heaters from building up harmful scale. This scale can lead to reduced water flow and expensive repair bills. It can also lead to higher energy costs due to heating elements being covered by thick scale build-up.


In many severe situations, water softeners provide backup to iron filtration equipment. Although softeners are never recommended for iron treatment alone, they are able to remove remaining traces of iron that may slip through the equipment.


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