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Water Problem: Hard Water

Hard water is created when water passes through rock formations and picks up calcium and magnesium.  Hard water is easy to spot; it leaves a bathtub ring made up of hardness minerals and soap.  This scum collects on shower walls, clings to hair, clogs skin pores, and makes house cleaning extremely difficult.  Hard water deposits also clog pipes, cause water heaters to operate inefficiently, and increase the maintenance on water-using appliances.

Solution: WaterMax Series Softener

The top of the line WaterMax will remove all of your hardness along with 100% of the radium and barium in a super efficient manner.  Many of our customers have experienced a savings of at least a 50% in their usage of salt.  The WaterMax is a budget priced alternative that will provide the same great water with fewer advanced features.  To learn more and get a FREE in home water test and estimate, contact us today.

Water Problem: Iron

Iron water is created when water passes through iron-bearing rocks.  Because iron accounts for 5% of all the earth’s crust, it can be found in just about all types of water supplies.  It can also be caused, usually temporarily, by water standing in iron pipes. Iron has the tendency to leave stains on sinks, clothing and linens, or it can form scale on pipes and water-using appliances that make water look, smell and taste bad.

Solution: Iron Curtain

The top of the line Iron Curtain is rated to remove up to 15 ppm of clear water iron. Customers, who have installed this unit, solved all their iron problems. In most cases our equipment can remove triple the iron compared to competitive brands. To learn more and get a FREE in home water test and estimate, contact us today.

Water Problem: Chlorine

Chlorine can make water smell and taste bad and is a known carcinogen.  Chlorine is a powerful oxidant and is commonly used as a disinfectant in commercial and household sanitation, bleaching, and maintaining swimming pools.  The most significant application is the disinfection of public water supplies where it’s used to manage bacteria levels in drinking water and kill agents that seep into lakes, rivers, streams or ground water.

Solution: Carbon Filter and American Aqua Reverse Osmosis

When removing chlorine the sole objective, the American Aqua carbon and reverse osmosis filter is the ideal choice.  For a drinking and cooking solution only, e.g. kitchens, ice makers and wet bars, the American Aqua Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System is the best option.  To learn more and get a FREE in home water test and estimate, contact us today.

Water Problem: Nitrates and Bacteria

Nitrate (NO3) is a naturally occurring form of nitrogen (N) which is very mobile in water.  It is essential for plant growth and is often added to soil to improve productivity.  Water moving down through soil after rainfall or irrigation carries dissolved nitrate with it to ground water.  In this way, nitrate enters the water supplies of many homeowners who use wells or springs.  Drinking water high in nitrate is potentially harmful to human and animal health.

Solution: WaterMax Series

The unit of choice for a whole house point of entry system is the Hague WaterMax with a specialty resin customized to eliminate nitrates and bacteria from your water.  This unit regenerates with salt (like a conventional water softener), but with the specialty resin it removes nitrates.  Should you choose to just purify your water supply for human consumption, our advanced Reverse Osmosis System will provide you with outstanding drinking water.  To learn more and get a FREE in home water test and estimate, contact us today.

Water Problem: Tannins

Tannins make water look yellow or brownish in color.  It causes staining on clothes and fixtures and makes the water look murky and unclear. Tannins are composed of tiny pieces of organic material floating in the water and are typically caused by decomposing vegetation getting into water supplies.

Solution: WaterMax Series

For tannins in your water the most often recommended unit is the WaterMax series with specialty resin to reduce tannins. This unit regenerates with salt like a conventional water softener, but with the specialty resin it removes tannins.  To learn more and get a FREE in home water test and estimate, contact us today.

Water Problem: Sulphur & Methane Gases

Dissolved gases can cause cloudiness and bad odors in water.  It can also cause pipes to hammer and spitting of gas and water when a faucet is opened.  Methane gas is odorless and occurs naturally in some underground water wells.  Hydrogen sulfide gas smells like rotten eggs and is occasionally present in underground aquifers.  Dissolved gases in water can be aggressive to piping systems and cause wear on valves, seats and washers.

Solution: Sentry Open-Air | Sanitizer Series

If you have a rotten egg odor in your water you may not need any equipment at all. Should the odor be noticed only when using hot water, the problem may be simply fixed by servicing the water heater. If your cold and hot water, however, is found to have a trace of hydrogen sulfide gas, our Sanitizer Series may be the solution for you. In severe cases of hydrogen sulfide and methane gas, or multiple water problems, American Aqua also offers the Sentry Open-Air, a system that is like your own private water treatment plant, offering pristine, crystal clear water without leaving unwanted chlorine or other trace chemical that may be found in municipal water systems.  To learn more and get a FREE in home water test and estimate, contact us today.

Water Problem: Arsenic

Arsenic is an odorless, tasteless heavy metal.  It is naturally occurring in the environment and is a by-product of agricultural and industrial activities.  It can be in two forms: arsenic III and arsenic V. Human exposure to arsenic can cause both short and long term health effects. Short or acute effects can occur within hours or days of exposure.  Long term exposure has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidneys, nasal passages, liver and prostate.

Solution: WaterMax Series

The classification of the form of arsenic and its relative level determines the methodology to solving the problem. To learn more and get a FREE in home water test and estimate, contact us today.

Water Problem: Toxic Chemicals

These chemicals are more commonly referred to as Volatile Organic Contaminants (VOC).  But there is nothing organically good about them.  They are very dangerous man-made chemicals like TCE, PCB, THM, PCE, benzene, insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, etc.  They commonly enter the drinking water from leaking underground storage tanks, industrial run off, leaking landfills, toxic dumping/spills or were used in farming before they were known to be harmful.  Many of these man-made toxins are known to cause cancer when humans come into contact with them.  These dangerous chemicals can be ingested in your drinking water, inhaled in the shower, or absorbed through your skin when bathing.

Solution: American Aqua Reverse Osmosis

The American Aqua Central Water System is the whole house solution for the removal of toxic chemicals. For the best drinking water solution a Reverse Osmosis System is the recommended solution while chemicals alone may be removed by a cartridge filter.  To learn more and get a FREE in home water test and estimate, contact us today.

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Common Contaminants in Michigan

Hover over your city to see common contaminants in your area, and read more about them on the ewg.org website.

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Traverse City
Municiple Water: hardness, chlorine, and phosphates. Well Water: Iron, hardness, sulfur.
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Northport
Typically iron, sulfur, hardness, nitrates. Anywhere in old mission/leenau have nitrates.
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Charlevoix
Iron, hardness, hydrogen sulfide, occasional tannins.
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9-Mile Point
Extreme levels of iron, hardness, and TDS
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Leland
Areas along lake Michigan where it is extreme levels of hardness and extreme levels of iron. And some hydrogen sulfide. High levels of TDS which is important for drinkability.
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Elk Rapids
Iron, hardness, hydrogen sulfide, occasional tannins.
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Glen Arbor
A lot of iron and sulfur, typically a lot of them have tannins and hardness.
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Empire
Typically iron and hardness.
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Frankfort
City Water: Very high hardness. Well water: Iron, sulfur, hardness typically.
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Benzonia
Iron, sulfur, hardness typically.
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Kalkaska
Iron, sulfur, hardness, occasional tannins.
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Harbor Springs
Iron and hardness.
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Petoskey
Municiple water: Iron, chlorine, hardness. Well water: Iron, sulfur, hardness.
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Suttons Bay
Suttons Bay Iron and hardness, nitrates.
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Interlochen
Always sulfur, iron, tannins, hardness. They have really consistent bad water.
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Kewadin
Iron, sulfur, and occasional methane gas
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Ellsworth
Iron, sulfur, hardness, and occasional methane gas
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Eastport
Iron, sulfur, and tannins
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Gaylord
Iron, sulfur, occasional tannins.
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Cadillac
Iron, and sulfur. Occasional tannins.
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Oneckima
Iron, hardness, tannins, sulfur
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Ann Arbor
City water: Chlorine, high pH, PFAS, PFOA Well water: rust, iron, hardness
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Saline
City water: Chlorine, sediment Well water: rust, iron, hardness
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Tecumseh
City water: Chlorine Well water: rust, iron, hardness
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Milan
City water: Chlorine, sediment Well water: rust, iron, hardness
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Ypsilanti
City water: hardness, chlorine Well water: rust, iron, hardness
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Grosse Pointe
City: hardness, chlorine
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Dexter
City: high chlorine, hardness Well: hardness, iron, rust, & arsenic
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Novi
City: hardness, chlorine
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Howell
City: Haloacetic acids, Radium, Trihalomethanes
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Pinckney
Well: tannins, rust, hardness
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Brighton
Well: lots of iron
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Detroit
City: hardness, chlorine
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Manchester
City: high hardness, chlorine Well: hardness, rust, iron
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Waterford
City: Well: iron and hardness
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Lansing
City: Chloroform, chromium, radium, haloacetic acids, fluoride, dioxane
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Grand Rapids
City: PFOS, PFOA, nitrate, chloroform, haloacetic acids, chromium
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Jackson
City: Arsenic, bromodichloromethane, bromoform, chloroform, chromium, haloacetic acids, radium,strontium
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Kalamazoo
City: Arsenic, chloroform, bromodichloromethane, PFOS, PFOA, nitrate, haloacetic acids, barium
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Canton
City: Chromium, haloacetic acids, radium, fluoride, barium, strontium
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Sterling Heights
City: Chloroform, chromium, dichloroacetic acid, haloacetic acids, nitrate, radium, chloroform, fluoride, testosterone
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Warren
City: Chromium, haloacetic acids, nitrate, barium, fluoride, strontium
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Clinton Township
City: Bromodichloromethane, chloroform, chromium, haloacetic acids, nitrate, radium, fluoride, barium
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Saginaw
City: Bromochloroacetic acid, chloroform, chromium, haloacetic acids, trihalomethanes, barium, fluoride
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Grosse Pointe Woods
City: Chloroform, chromium, haloacetic acids, nitrate, bromochloroacetic acid, fluoride
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Holland
City: Chloroform, chromium, PFOS, PFOA, bromodichloromethane, haloacetic acids, fluoride, chromium, strontium, chlorate
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Flint
City: Chloroform, chromium, haloacetic acids, radium, aluminum, fluoride, selenium, molybdenum
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Midland
City: Haloacetic acids, chromium, chloroform, bromohcloroacetic acid, fluoride, strontium, manganese
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Muskegon
City: Chloroform, PFOS, PFOA, haloacetic acids, barium, chlorate, fluoride, nitrate, strontium
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Wyoming
City: PFOS, PFOA, chloroform, haloacetic acids, chlorate, manganese, fluoride, barium, chromium
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Shelby Township
City: Chromium, radium, haloacetic acids, nitrate, fluoride, strontium
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Pontiac
City: Chloroform, chromium, radium, haloacetic acids, bromochloroacetic acid, fluoride, barium
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Battle Creek
City: Bromochloroacetic acid, chloroform, radium, haloacetic acids, fluoride, strontium
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Port Huron
City: Chromium, haloacetic acids, radium, chlorate, fluoride, nitrate
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Bay City
City: Bromoform, chloroform, chromium, haloacetic acids, fluoride, nitrate
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Alpena
City: Chromium, haloacetic acids, manganese, strontium
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Big Rapids
City: Chloroform, haloacetic acids, radium, fluoride, chlorate, bromodichloromethane
X
Traverse City
Municiple Water: hardness, chlorine, and phosphates. Well Water: Iron, hardness, sulfur.
X
Northport
Typically iron, sulfur, hardness, nitrates. Anywhere in old mission/leenau have nitrates.
X
Charlevoix
Iron, hardness, hydrogen sulfide, occasional tannins.
X
9-Mile Point
Extreme levels of iron, hardness, and TDS
X
Leland
Areas along lake Michigan where it is extreme levels of hardness and extreme levels of iron. And some hydrogen sulfide. High levels of TDS which is important for drinkability.
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Elk Rapids
Iron, hardness, hydrogen sulfide, occasional tannins.
X
Glen Arbor
A lot of iron and sulfur, typically a lot of them have tannins and hardness.
X
Empire
Typically iron and hardness.
X
Frankfort
City Water: Very high hardness. Well water: Iron, sulfur, hardness typically.
X
Benzonia
Iron, sulfur, hardness typically.
X
Kalkaska
Iron, sulfur, hardness, occasional tannins.
X
Harbor Springs
Iron and hardness.
X
Petoskey
Municiple water: Iron, chlorine, hardness. Well water: Iron, sulfur, hardness.
X
Suttons Bay
Suttons Bay Iron and hardness, nitrates.
X
Interlochen
Always sulfur, iron, tannins, hardness. They have really consistent bad water.
X
Kewadin
Iron, sulfur, and occasional methane gas
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Ellsworth
Iron, sulfur, hardness, and occasional methane gas
X
Eastport
Iron, sulfur, and tannins
X
Gaylord
Iron, sulfur, occasional tannins.
X
Cadillac
Iron, and sulfur. Occasional tannins.
X
Oneckima
Iron, hardness, tannins, sulfur
X
Ann Arbor
City water: Chlorine, high pH, PFAS, PFOA Well water: rust, iron, hardness
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Saline
City water: Chlorine, sediment Well water: rust, iron, hardness
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Tecumseh
City water: Chlorine Well water: rust, iron, hardness
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Milan
City water: Chlorine, sediment Well water: rust, iron, hardness
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Ypsilanti
City water: hardness, chlorine Well water: rust, iron, hardness
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Grosse Pointe
City: hardness, chlorine
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Dexter
City: high chlorine, hardness Well: hardness, iron, rust, & arsenic
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Novi
City: hardness, chlorine
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Howell
City: Haloacetic acids, Radium, Trihalomethanes
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Pinckney
Well: tannins, rust, hardness
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Brighton
Well: lots of iron
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Detroit
City: hardness, chlorine
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Manchester
City: high hardness, chlorine Well: hardness, rust, iron
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Waterford
City: Well: iron and hardness
X
Lansing
City: Chloroform, chromium, radium, haloacetic acids, fluoride, dioxane
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Grand Rapids
City: PFOS, PFOA, nitrate, chloroform, haloacetic acids, chromium
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Jackson
City: Arsenic, bromodichloromethane, bromoform, chloroform, chromium, haloacetic acids, radium,strontium
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Kalamazoo
City: Arsenic, chloroform, bromodichloromethane, PFOS, PFOA, nitrate, haloacetic acids, barium
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Canton
City: Chromium, haloacetic acids, radium, fluoride, barium, strontium
X
Sterling Heights
City: Chloroform, chromium, dichloroacetic acid, haloacetic acids, nitrate, radium, chloroform, fluoride, testosterone
X
Warren
City: Chromium, haloacetic acids, nitrate, barium, fluoride, strontium
X
Clinton Township
City: Bromodichloromethane, chloroform, chromium, haloacetic acids, nitrate, radium, fluoride, barium
X
Saginaw
City: Bromochloroacetic acid, chloroform, chromium, haloacetic acids, trihalomethanes, barium, fluoride
X
Grosse Pointe Woods
City: Chloroform, chromium, haloacetic acids, nitrate, bromochloroacetic acid, fluoride
X
Holland
City: Chloroform, chromium, PFOS, PFOA, bromodichloromethane, haloacetic acids, fluoride, chromium, strontium, chlorate
X
Flint
City: Chloroform, chromium, haloacetic acids, radium, aluminum, fluoride, selenium, molybdenum
X
Midland
City: Haloacetic acids, chromium, chloroform, bromohcloroacetic acid, fluoride, strontium, manganese
X
Muskegon
City: Chloroform, PFOS, PFOA, haloacetic acids, barium, chlorate, fluoride, nitrate, strontium
X
Wyoming
City: PFOS, PFOA, chloroform, haloacetic acids, chlorate, manganese, fluoride, barium, chromium
X
Shelby Township
City: Chromium, radium, haloacetic acids, nitrate, fluoride, strontium
X
Pontiac
City: Chloroform, chromium, radium, haloacetic acids, bromochloroacetic acid, fluoride, barium
X
Battle Creek
City: Bromochloroacetic acid, chloroform, radium, haloacetic acids, fluoride, strontium
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Port Huron
City: Chromium, haloacetic acids, radium, chlorate, fluoride, nitrate
X
Bay City
City: Bromoform, chloroform, chromium, haloacetic acids, fluoride, nitrate
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Alpena
City: Chromium, haloacetic acids, manganese, strontium
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Big Rapids
City: Chloroform, haloacetic acids, radium, fluoride, chlorate, bromodichloromethane