Water Treatment with Viqua UV Light

Between visible light and x-rays, electromagnetic UV energy or ultraviolet is found. It can be described as invisible radiation. To kill microorganisms, UV rays penetrate the outer cell membrane and disrupts its DNA as it passes through the body of the cell, this disruption prevents reproduction.

The ultraviolet water purification process is quick and painless. As mentioned above, UV light degrades DNA, rendering it useless, and therefore unable to reproduce. The UV light is essentially a gentle giant that kills microorganisms as it flows under it.

The level of inactivation of microorganisms by UV radiation is directly related to the dosage of ultraviolet applied to the water. The dosage is measured in microwatt seconds per square centimeter (µws/cm2 ).

Though UV water purification is powerful and effective enough to kill microorganisms, it does not chemically alter the water. The dissolved microorganisms are also not removed from the water, nor are other particles. The UV treatment only kills microorganisms that are exposed to it.

Different amounts of water require different dosages of exposure to UV. As long as the dosage is correct and the light is installed correctly, the water will be safe to drink.

What Is Viqua UV Light Water Sterilization

The Viqua UV lights are a point of entry or whole-home water sterilization systems that use UV rays to kill microorganisms and make water safe for drinking for your family. The Viqua sterilizers are eco-friendly water treatment solutions, adding zero extra chemicals and contaminants to the water. They disinfect against microbiological contaminants and provide safe drinking water for you and your family.

How Does the Viqua UV Light Work

The Viqua UV light water treatment is a safe, chemical-free way to treat water. UV exposure is so powerful that even chlorine-resistant microorganisms are left harmless when treated. UV systems use no chemical, which means there are no chemical byproducts going back into the environment. Even better, the Viqua UV light treatment leaves your water’s taste unaffected.

Water runs through a stainless steel chamber, known as a reactor, that contains a UV-producing lamp in the disinfection process. The microbes in the water receive a deadly dose of Ultraviolet rays and they are deactivated upon contact.

Benefits Of Viqua UV Light Water Sterilization

UV water treatments have many benefits. We list the main ones below:

  • Chemical-free– Depending on your water source, your water may contain viruses and bacteria that are harmful for consumption. Harmful chemicals used to treat water such as chlorine are also not safe for us to drink. Using UV water sterilizers are a safe and healthy way to ensure you have clean, chemical-free water.
  • Easy to install and service– Installing and maintaining your Viqua water treatment system is as easy as 1-2-3. Depending on which of the products you choose to install, you might be able to do the installation yourself or use one of our experienced technicians to install it for you.
  • Economical and energy efficient– Install it once and it will last for one year. Don’t you wish every other thing in life were that easy? The sterilization systems are also energy-efficient, which means you will spend less on your electricity bills each month.
  • They address a wider range of pathogens than chlorine– some protozoa like Cryptosporidium and Giardia are resistant to chlorination, so using the Viqua UV light treatment is the fastest and safest way to rid your water of these.
  • Recognized by regulators including USEPA.
  • Space Efficient– These units were designed with space in mind and will fit under any counter for single tap treatment solutions or any appropriate space for a whole-house treatment system, otherwise known as point-of-entry.
  • Reliable– When using this high-performance UV lamp, there is no need to worry that your water supply is not being treated correctly. You can have the peace of mind you need for safe drinking water for your family as the system is rigorously tested to provide consistent output over the entire lamp life (9000 hours).
  • Application– Worried about whether this system will work for your space? No need. It is ideal for homes, cottages, or any other building that needs clean, safe water to drink and use, whether it is on a single faucet or in a point-of-entry position.
  • Disinfection is almost immediate– Unlike when using chlorine where you sometimes have to wait a while before using the water, using UV light treatment disinfection is almost immediate as the microbes are deactivated upon contact.
  • UV light treatment does not change the taste or odor of the water.
  • No need to pay a lot of money on a lot of equipment.

Viqua UV Light Water Treatment Systems Provide Safe, Clean Water for Your Family

Heavy metal, chemicals, and microorganisms can be present in the water that flows into your home. Reduce their harmful effects on your body and health by using the Viqua UV light water sterilizers, available at Lone Star Water Service. We have the best water treatment options, the experienced team, and knowledge to find the water treatment solution that is right for you. Contact us today to get started

9 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

Many homeowners do not take notice of the worsening condition of their water heaters until it’s too late, and cold water starts coming out of their faucets. To avoid getting to this stage, be aware of the warning signs that’ll help you identify if your water heater needs repair.

A water heater is important for everyday tasks in your Austin, TX home, like taking a shower. If your warranty is expired, we at Lone Star Water Services recommend buying a more efficient model to help you save both water and energy. It will also keep you from having to pay for an expensive breakdown in the future. Few signs you need a new water heater are an old unit, not enough hot water, brown water, noise, or leaks.

1. Fluctuation in Water Temperature

If there’s a problem with the water heater, you’ll notice a fluctuation in the water temperature. The water temperature will keep changing even if you haven’t made any changes to it. It happens when mineral deposits accumulate around the water heating components of the heater. Call Lone Star Water Services as soon as you notice frequent fluctuations in the water temperature.

2. Reduced Hot Water Pressure

Sediment buildup can cause even more harm to your water heater by lowering the pressure of hot water. The accumulation of mineral deposits in the heating components of the water heater can end up blocking pipes, which in turn reduces the pressure of the water coming from the water heater.

Moreover, an aging, tankless unit or solar water heater also leads to reduced water pressure. To get your water pressure back to its original state, you need to hire a plumber in Austin, TX, to replace or install your water heater.

3. Leakage of Hot Water

All metals expand when they heat, and if there are slight fractures, water may leak from your tank. When a water heater leaks, it could damage your basement or even your utility closet. But your inner tank will stop leaking when it cools down.

Now you must be wondering that this should be obvious, right? However, this is not always the case. Water will trickle down the heater if there is a leakage, making the damage unapparent until substantial repairs are done, or you get a new one.

Hot water can damage your home, which is why you should replace your water heater as soon as you detect even a minor leak. Before installing a new water heater for you, we will check your heater’s temperature and pressure overflow pipe for leaks existing leaks. The area has to be assessed before a new installation can be done.

We’ll also make sure there are no other leaks in the fittings or connections to the tank. This is another reason why you should get your water heater regularly inspected by our team. If you find a leak, have it replaced right away by an experienced professional.

4. Cloudy Water with an Unpleasant Smell

You might get cloudy water from your taps sometimes, which has a strange odor. The change in water texture and the smell caused by the mineral deposits are signs you should consider water heater replacement to prevent your losses. Moreover, if a strange odor is coming out of your water, it could be the sign of a bacterial infection developing within the tank. Call us to repair it immediately as this water can be harmful to use.

5. Odd Sounds Coming From the Water Heater

A little noise coming from the water heater isn’t problematic. However, if this noise grows in frequency and becomes louder, it can signify that the water heater needs repair or replacement.

This happens when the calcium and dirt particles at the bottom of the tank form a layer, making it harder for the heater to warm water. These deposits within the water heater also make noises, so if you notice strange noises coming from the water heater, it’s probably the mineral deposits jostling around. You need to flush them out of the heater by getting our services. The tank also ends up leaking if this is left for a long time.

6. Rusty Water

If your hot water is coming out brown and rusty, your heater could be rusting on the inside, and it may start leaking soon. To check if that’s the case, fill three or four five-gallon buckets or other containers; if rust comes from hot water only, you need a new water heater.

You can prevent rust by adding an aluminum, magnesium, or zinc anode rod to your water heater. For more protection, try using a large anode rod or two regular-sized rods. If you’re using two, ensure that both the rods are made of the same metal so that they don’t react chemically with each other and result in more wear.

For examining the inside, attach a hose to the drainage bib, turn it off, and drain it. If the water looks dirty, muddy, or has a metallic taste, get a new water heater as soon as possible.

Natural gas water heaters are more efficient than electric models. Natural gas also tends to heat water faster than electricity, so keep all that in mind when shopping around.

If you frequently notice rusty water coming from both your hot and cold water taps, the problem is probably with your water pipes. However, if you notice metallic water only in the hot water tap, it is time you call our professional and highly experienced plumbers to replace your water heater. As the heater has a metal pole made from magnesium and aluminum, it can lead to rusty water when this pole gets damaged. This is why you need to get your water heater inspected and maintained regularly.

7. Lukewarm Water

Several factors can cause your water heater to provide lukewarm water instead of hot water. If you have changed the settings of your water heater to a lower temperature or vacation mode, then lukewarm water will come out.

If the weather outside is significantly cold or if your usage of hot water has increased, it can also cause the water heater to warm the water slower than usual, causing lukewarm water to come out. If none of these factors are present and you still get lukewarm water, there is a possibility you need to replace your water heater.

Further, an electric water heater works with the help of two elements. If one element stops functioning, it causes the water to become lukewarm rather than hot. Gas water heaters operate with a burner, similarly.

If you experience lukewarm water coming from your hot water tap, it’s a sign that the burner in your gas water heater is not functioning properly. If you detect a problem in the burner or any other element of your water heater, you can contact us anytime.

8. Hot Water Keeps Finishing

If hot water runs out faster than usual, it’s a sign that there’s something wrong with the element or burner of your water heater. You shouldn’t ignore this sign of hot water running out and turning ice cold within minutes, and call us immediately if this happens.

9. An Old Unit

Water heaters need to be serviced regularly to ensure smooth functioning. If it has been over a year since you last got your water heater inspected, it’s probably time to get it checked again, even if it functions appropriately. It’s better to detect a problem early before irreversible and costly damage occurs.

If your water heater is getting older, you better find out its exact age by looking for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker near its top. The first two numbers usually represent the year. You should check your manufacturer’s website to gain more information and have your hot water heater replaced if you find out that it’s more than 10 years old.

Flush your water heater every year to make it last as long as possible. Remember that when the water gets hot, you’ll need to be careful to avoid getting burned. If your unit is in a place where it may cause damage if it leaks, immediately replaces it instead of risking water damage, mold, or mildew.

Call Lone Star Water Services to Install a New Water Heater

If your water heater just doesn’t seem to be acting like itself, it may be time for a new one. But how can you tell it’s time to replace your water. Follow our tips, as mentioned above, to see where the problem arises. However, if you cannot, it might be time to call a professional from Lone Star Water Services for help.

If you’re wondering where you could find expert plumbers for your water heater replacement or water heater installation, call Lone Star Water Services. We are known for providing quality water heater repair and replacement service in central Texas, including Austin, San Antonio, Dripping Springs, Blanco, Wimberley, San Marcos, Buda, Kyle, Lakeway, New Braunfels, Helotes, Pflugerville, Boerne, and more.