Fequently Asked Questions
There are a lot of different systems on the market. We understand that choosing the right system for your family’s needs can be somewhat of an overwhelming task.
Water softening technology was put into residential practice in the 1920’s. These primitive water softeners were stand alone tanks that tapped into the main water line. When in service, the water flowed over a zeolite media which would soften the water. Over a short period of time, that media became saturated with hardness minerals and the tank had to be replaced with a new one, generally every week or so. These were extremely inefficient, cumbersome & inconsistent solutions for the water quality concerns of that generation. “Exchange tank” technology (as it’s referred to) was the standard until the 1950’s.
In the mid-1950s, Lynn Lindsay invented the auto-regenerating water softener, which meant tanks no longer needed to be replaced. By using salt, the zeolite would regenerate. There was one resin tank and one brine rank. These systems had mechanical timers which controlled the regeneration process. Every 3 days (typically in the middle of the night) the system would go off-line or out of service to regenerate. Since there was only one tank, if a family member used any water in the house during this 3-hour regeneration window, raw, untreated water would re-enter the plumbing distribution system – defeating the purpose of having a system. Furthermore, the brine solution (what’s used to regenerate the system) was made by using raw, untreated, unfiltered tap water to dissolve 13-16 lbs of salt per regeneration. One of the benefits of having a water treatment system is so that you & your family can enjoy the benefits it offers. It makes no sense for a water softener to clean itself with the same water you’re wanting to eliminate. Some water treatment companies still use this outdated technology today.
Things started to change in the 1990’s. Microprocessors were becoming widely used in all kinds of applications. It wasn’t long until the water treatment industry evolved with the rest of the world. It just made more sense for a water softener to regenerate when necessary (based on the number of gallons used) instead of on a timer basis. In theory, this sounds great. In reality, there was still one major problem. The systems still used raw, untreated water to regenerate and had been off-line or out of service for the regeneration process to occur.
A twin tank water conditioner eliminates these problems. With a twin tank solution from Affordable Quality Water, you can enjoy the benefits and peace of mind in knowing that your family is experiencing an uninterrupted supply of soft, clean, conditioned water throughout the entire home. Due to its unique design, the twin tank systems that Affordable Quality Water offers alternate between tanks, using substantially less salt and water during the regeneration process. Soft, conditioned water is also used to make the brine solution. This means that your water treatment system is cleaning itself with the same high-quality water that your family gets to enjoy every day, regardless of the time of day or night.
That’s why Affordable Quality Water should be your water pollution solution.
A whole home water conditioner is designed to reduce/eliminate hardness minerals, scale, corrosion & soap scup residue. It also provides softer skin, silkier hair, spotless dishes, cleaner clothes & a laundry list of other benefits. What it doesn’t do is “purify” the water. A lot of competitors make the claim that they’re system provides “purified water throughout the entire home”. This is simply untrue. There’s no system on the market today that does that. That’s why a drinking water system is recommended.
Yes! There are many different options available to fit virtually any budget. The finance companies also offer various promotions throughout the year. These change regularly. So call Affordable Quality Water today at 281-918-3355 to discuss the various options that are available.
When it comes to the installation of a water treatment system, they’re typically placed at (or near) the incoming main water line. Sometimes that’s in the garage, sometimes outside & sometimes in a well-house. Affordable Quality Water only uses TCEQ licensed installers so that you can rest assured that your system will be installed professionally and to code. If you have concerns as to where your system will be placed, simply call Affordable Quality Water at 281-918-3355 and speak to a service tech. They’d be more than happy to answer your questions or even arrange a site visit.
Affordable Quality Water carries countless different makes and models of systems… everything from single-tank, upflow dechlorinators to multi-stage systems that are custom-engineered for industrial applications and everything in between. The best course of action is to start by getting a free, no obligation water quality test and demonstration. Affordable Quality Water does NOT tolerate high-pressure sales or scare tactics. We are professional water people with decades of experience that can help steer you in the right direction and navigate the world of water filtration….. even if that’s not with us. Call 281-918-3355 to schedule an appointment today.
Currently, Affordable Quality Water serves Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston, Chambers, Montgomery & Liberty counties in southeast Texas.
The owner of Affordable Quality Water got his start in water treatment in 1994 just after spending 6 years serving the country in the military. He worked for another water treatment company and received numerous accolades and awards regionally and nationally for his dedication, professionalism and approach to the water treatment industry. He recognized that times were changing and wanted to be a part of revolutionizing an industry, not settle for doing things how they’ve always been done. So, in 2013 he took a leap of faith and started Affordable Quality Water. The business has continued to grow & thrive and is dedicated to being here to serve you and your family for generations.
Yes, but don’t let that scare you. Water treatment isn’t a “one-size-fits-all’ application. By testing your water, our technicians can be confident in their recommendations, and you can be confident in knowing the Affordable Quality Water solution is the right solution.
Municipalities are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that tap water is microbiologically safe. And, for the most part, they do a really good job of that. However, there are other contaminants that are commonly found in tap water that are not addressed by water treatment plants. Things like water hardness, Total Dissolved Solids, Chlorine/Chloramines and the byproducts often associated with disinfection wreak havoc on water using appliances, destroy plumbing fixtures, exacerbate itchy/dry skin as well as dry/brittle hair.
Also, we’ve all seen plumbing lines with scale buildup and corrosion. Most communities in southeast Texas have been here for generations with plumbing distribution systems going back for 30 years or even longer. As water leaves the water treatment plant and makes its way to your home, it runs through decades-old plumbing lines picking up deposits, rust & corrosion that were left behind from years of use.
Quality water filtration from Affordable Quality Water provides our customers with peace of mind in knowing that they are providing their families with exceptional water that’s not only good for them & their home, but it’s good for our planet, too!
In most cases, bottled water is nothing more than city water that’s been run through an industrial reverse osmosis system, packaged in plastic & sold back to consumers at a premium. Bottled water is expensive, it’s cumbersome, it has limited uses, most brands are acidic and all brands are horrible for the environment. The process of reverse osmosis strips virtually everything from the water, including the stuff that’s good for you. Naturally occurring minerals, such as potassium & magnesium, help water maintain a neutral pH. As a matter of fact, by law, tap water must have a pH of at least 7.0. Unfortunately, most bottled water that’s produced by reverse osmosis has a pH between 5.5-6.3 - too acidic for sensitive groups. It’s even been known to cause acid reflux/heartburn. And did you know that tap water is more regulated, tested and controlled than most brands of bottled water? So, if you’re one of the ones that’s still on the bottle, don’t you think it’s time to rethink what you drink?
With our drinking water purification system, you can drink, cook & make ice confidently knowing that our 6-step filtration process removes all of the harmful contaminants & replenishes the beneficial minerals - providing you & your family with exceptional tasting water that’s better for you & better for our planet, too! When it comes to bottled water, put a cap on your expectations.
The short answer? Everything!
We don’t use commissioned salespeople that are more focused on maximizing their commission than on addressing your water quality concerns.
AQW isn’t locked into one make or model of equipment. This means that we can tailor a water treatment solution based upon what is needed, not based upon a contract with a manufacturer.
More than 25 years of experience recommending and installing water treatment equipment right here in southeast Texas has given us the expertise necessary to handle your unique situation professionally.
There are never any high-pressure sales or scare tactics. We respect your right to make the decision that you feel is the best for you & your family - even if that’s not with us.
AQW uses top of the line equipment with rigorous testing and certifications by both the NSF & the National Water Quality Association - giving you confidence in the solutions that we recommend & install.
Pricing. It’s in our name... Affordable Quality Water. We make quality water filtration, affordable. Let us show you just how affordable quality water can be.
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A traditional water softener utilizes a single tank filled with synthetic resin and a separate salt or brine tank. As water passes over the resin, an ion-exchange process takes place. An ion of hardness minerals (comprised mostly of calcium-carbonate) which are not soluble in water, is exchanged with an ion of sodium or potassium, something that is soluble in water. Once that resin bed is saturated with the hardness minerals, it needs to regenerate or clean itself.
A single tank system uses raw, untreated tap water to mix with salt to form a brine solution. During this process, the water softener is in bypass mode. If you use any water at all, raw water enters the home & refills plumbing lines with the same, untreated water you are wanting to avoid. Furthermore, the single tank system uses untreated water to make the brine solution. Therefore, the system uses 12 to 16 pounds of salt to form the brine solution and uses substantially more water during the rinse cycle. The bottom line is that a single tank system uses more salt and more water during regeneration than a twin tank system - costing you more money in the long run.
The benefits of a twin tank system far outweigh the slightly more upfront cost. Our system uses only 1.4-2.6 pounds of salt per regeneration and substantially less water than the single tank counterparts - saving both time and money
Traditional reverse osmosis systems use canister filter cartridges that require annual replacement. These outdated systems are not generally sanitized between filter changes and may lead to cross-contamination which could jeopardize the efficiency of the replacement filter cartridges. Affordable Quality Water uses top of the line equipment which includes Reverse osmosis systems that are equipped with quick-disconnect sanitary filter cartridges. This provides our customers with the peace of mind in knowing that their drinking water is of the upmost quality - down to the last drop. In addition, rigorous testing and certification by the NSF & the National Water Quality Association reassures you that quality extends beyond our name. It extends to every drop you drink.
With high-capacity filter cartridges, our filter changes don’t need to occur as often as some of the less efficient systems on the market today. Efficiency leads to affordability. Affordability leads to Affordable Quality Water.
Warranties are equipment specific. Understanding that, our warranties are also comprehensive, including parts and labor. Many of our competitors offer vague and ambiguous warranties offering “Limited Lifetime Warranties”. Upon further review of those printed ‘warranties’, you’ll quickly realize that they’re about as worthless as the paper they’re written on. At Affordable Quality Water, you can rest assured that each of our warranties is comprehensive, meaning we will not nickel and dime you for covered repairs, ever. Our warranties are just one more thing that confirms, Affordable Quality Water is your clear choice for professional water filtration.
Our drinking water systems require periodic filter changes. A 3-stage system is $99.95. A 4-stage is $129.95. A 5-stage is $149.95. Our trained and knowledgeable service technicians perform annual water quality assurance tests to ensure optimal performance and perform a thorough inspection of the system(s). We only replace filters when their filter life has been depleted. There is only a fee if filters are replaced.
Generally speaking, most installations are handled within 24-48 hours. We have teams of professional, certified & licensed installers standing by to make sure that you and your family are extremely well taken care of.