What’s In Your Water?

 

If you live in Port Charlotte or the surrounding area, you may have…

HARD WATER MINERALS, IRON, BACTERIA, AND OTHER

CONTAMINANTS IN YOUR WATER

 

Certain Services, Inc. can help you identify what’s in your water and how to treat it so you can enjoy your water and improve your health.

I cannot say enough about the entire team from Certain Services. Moving into a new home only to find out you have salt water coming from your pipes can be an extremely frustrating realization. But everyone at certain services, from the always friendly receptionists, to the knowledgeable techs who are ready to teach you about every option, made the process much less painful. We shopped around for our whole home reverse osmosis system, but the service and care taken by the entire team is second to none. If you have any water troubles I couldn’t recommend them more. We finally have the freshest water coming into our home, and we cannot thank everyone at Certain Services enough for helping us along the way. – Lauren Strickland, A 5-Star Google Review

Did you know that each home’s water is different depending on a number of factors?

  • If you have a private well or public water supply
  • The age of your home’s plumbing
  • Your exact location (are you close to any farms or manufacturing plants?)

The first step to finding out exactly what’s in your water is to get a free professional home water test.

Know what’s in your water with a free, fast, & accurate water test from Certain Services, Inc.. Certain Services, Inc. offers free basic water testing in most local areas. Enter your postal code to see if you qualify for free water testing using or call us at (941) 300-1114!

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We have used Certain Services since moving to North Port 5 1/2 years ago. The company is very reliable and technicians are courteous and knowledgeable. We recently found ourselves without water due to pressure valve. They were very prompt responding and had us up and running. I would highly recommend Certain Services for all of your water and pluming needs. – Janice Hartman, A 5-Star Google Review

COMMON FLORIDA WATER PROBLEMS

According to a report by CNN, more than 5,000 water treatment plants across North America are in violation of the Water Quality Association standards and contributing to the water health crisis for multiple reasons: 

  • Failure to properly test the water
  • Failure to report contamination
  • Failure to treat water properly

With any health crisis, it’s important to know and understand the facts and fortunately, the facts are easy to find with a simple water test.

IF YOU SUSPECT OR ARE CONCERNED THAT YOU HAVE CONTAMINANTS IN YOUR WATER, HERE ARE THE NEXT STEPS TO TAKE IN GETTING YOUR WATER PURIFIED:

  1. Get your water tested. Contact us at Certain Services, Inc. and we’ll test your water. Our basic test is free and we offer full 3rd party laboratory testing for non-basic contaminants.
  2. If we do find contaminants that exceed safe levels, we’ll alert you and let you know your options.
  3. We’ll help you interpret your results so you can make an educated decision about what to do next.

This company —especially Joe—continuing to amaze and impress me!! Their commitment to their customers is unsurpassed, and the knowledge base they possess is stunning! I honestly have never had such quality service from any company before! Kudos to the team—-I am forever loyal! – Marsha B, A 5-Star Google Review

Hardness Minerals
What it is - hard water contains calcium and magnesium minerals which bond with everything they touch leaving "limescale" in their wake.

Treatment – Our guaranteed water softener provides the best option for soft water on the market. It improves the water throughout your entire home while protecting your appliances and fixtures.

Iron

What it is - Iron can come in a couple different forms including dissolved and non-dissolved. Both of which can leave red/orange stains on your sinks, tubs, and toilets and can be extremely hard to remove. Iron can also cause bacteria to grow and let off an unpleasant smell. Click here to learn more.

Chlorine
What it is - Chlorine is a chemical used by municipal & local water treatment plants to reduce harmful bacteria in the water supply. While this sounds good, chlorine and chloramines can cause a bacteria of their own to grow called trihalomethanes (TTHM) which is quite unsafe to drink or bathe in.

Treatment – The most efficient Chlorine reduction filter is Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) or Catalytic Carbon. Due to the high level of chlorine added to water by cities, you will really appreciate your water with chlorine reduction. See our Whole House Filtration page for more information.

Dirt & Sediment
What it is - dirt & sediment is just as it sounds. This is typically most common in well water or surface water that hasn't gone through a treatment facility.

Treatment – Dirt and sediment are found in almost all water supplies and will decrease the efficiency and lifespan of your appliances. For example, sediment in a water heater can prevent the heat from transferring to the water in the tank once sediment has built up in the bottom. Our whole house filtration system can help with this problem.

Smelly Water (Hydrogen Sulfide or Iron Bacteria)

There are typically two water contaminants that can cause your water to smell like sulfur or rotten eggs, one is Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) and the other is iron or sulfates.

 H2S is a mineral that is released from the earth and finds its way into groundwater. It’s especially common in well water located near shale, sandstone, coal, peat, or oil.

 Occasionally, a rotten-egg smell in your water could also be caused by a water heater or by sewage pollution in your water. If you’re on city water, the most likely explanation is your water heater.

 The most important thing to note is that it is ALWAYS worthwhile to get your water tested as H2S poses a serious potential health risk including nausea, vomiting, and other serious health effects.

Learn more, here.

PFAS, Lead, & Cyst

Water in our area has frequently been positive for lead, cysts, and PFOA/PFOS. These chemicals have been found to exceed the levels set forth by health advisory organizations and may cause health problems.

The chemicals Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C8, and Perfluorooctane Sulfonic acid (PFOS) are bio-permanent, resistant to direct oxidation, and do not break down naturally in the environment or the human body. Studies suggest that exposure to these chemicals may lead to cancer. 

Learn more about our PFAS removal systems, by clicking here.

Chromium 6

A new study by the Environmental Working Group reports that local drinking water contains hexavalent chromium, a toxic metal that has been linked to cancer. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not require the testing for the metal, the survey found that levels in our local water were pushing the levels proposed as a safety limit by authorities. This contaminant has been proven to cause cancer. You can search your zip code to see the amount in your municipal water supply here: https://www.ewg.org/interactive-maps/2016-chromium6-lower-48.php#.WXYljtPyu-l

Arsenic

Arsenic is a common water issue in Florida, however, it can be easily and affordably removed with an under-sink filter from Certain Services, Inc..

According to the CDC, “Arsenic can enter the water supply from natural deposits in the earth or from industrial and agricultural pollution. It is widely believed that naturally occurring arsenic dissolves out of certain rock formations when ground water levels drop significantly. Some industries in the United States release thousands of pounds of arsenic into the environment every year. Once released, arsenic remains in the environment for a long time. Arsenic is removed from the air by rain, snow, and gradual settling. Once on the ground or in surface water, arsenic can slowly enter groundwater. High arsenic levels in private wells may come from certain arsenic-containing fertilizers used in the past or industrial waste.” Click here to learn more.

Other Contaminants
What they are - common contaminants in our area can include nitrates, lead, arsenic, pharmaceuticals, and more. These are not included in the free water test, however, we do offer full laboratory testing at an affordable price.

Treatment – Protecting the water in your home is important, however ensuring the purity of the water you are putting in your body is even more crucial. Our Reverse Osmosis drinking water system will give you a peace of mind that your drinking water is healthy, and you are going to fall in love with this drinking water system that can provide up to 50 gallons per day of delicious water.

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Local Florida Reviews

Stew Rowles
Stew Rowles
13:12 11 Jan 22
I was extremely pleased with the Certain Services technician and his approach and knowledge. He took the time to explain to me how the water treatment system operated and what needed to be done as regular maintenance. It is never a good experience to learn you are in need of a major component replacement, but the technician fully explained our options and the impact of our non-functioning water softener.We will be making a decision very soon on replacing the water softener and based upon our initial exposure, it will Certain Services who does the work.1/11/2022I have been extremely pleased with the service provided by Certain Services. I believe you provided the services we needed without trying to up-sale us and your service personnel have been professional and personable.I like the way you do business and in the future I will call Certain Services for our water and plumbing needs.
Thomas Tapelt
Thomas Tapelt
01:36 09 Jan 22
Just had a whole house RO system put in and could not be more pleased. Took care of the smell and salt intrusion and replaced it with fresh good tasting water right out of the tap. Took a shower the next day and only had to lather up the wash cloth once as opposed to the 2 and three time that I previously had to. Did laundry and noticed I didn’t have to add vinegar to get rid of the funky smell in my laundry. Instillation was very professional, timely and informative. Joe explained the whole system and I took a video so we could remember everything if we had questions later. So thankful we choose Certain Services and look forward to our continued business relationship.
Kent Buyea
Kent Buyea
13:42 30 Dec 21
Very professional, in and out very fast and on time. Nick left the job as he found it. ( except for the new pump) completely satisfied with the job.
Connie Rowe
Connie Rowe
13:07 15 Dec 21
We are very pleased with our whole house RO System. The crew from Certain Services who installed the system were very knowledgeable and personable. They thoroughly explained the system to us upon completion.
Brenda Gallert
Brenda Gallert
19:54 07 Dec 21
We are very pleased with the service. When making our initial appointment, Kellie was very polite and very helpful! Cody arrived early to our appointment and was extremely helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. He educated us on our system, how to clean the water tank, etc. He took the time to explain everything and we will definitely use Certain Services in the future and will highly recommend them.
Lauren Strickland
Lauren Strickland
21:55 18 Nov 21
I cannot say enough about the entire team from Certain Services. Moving into a new home only to find out you have salt water coming from your pipes can be an extremely frustrating realization. But everyone at certain services, from the always friendly receptionists, to the knowledgeable techs who are ready to teach you about every option, made the process much less painful. We shopped around for our whole home reverse osmosis system, but the service and care taken by the entire team is second to none. If you have any water troubles I couldn’t recommend them more. We finally have the freshest water coming into our home, and we cannot thank everyone at Certain Services enough for helping us along the way.
Michelle Kulas
Michelle Kulas
15:42 11 Nov 21
This is our go-to water treatment company. Most recently, we had the dreaded sulfur smell in our water and I found that our sulfur block was leaking. Two technicians were able to come that same afternoon, and they had us back on track quickly by replacing a piece that had gotten clogged and sanitizing the whole system. The water is back to smelling like nothing ever happened, and the bill was fair for a couple hours of work. We will be using them again if and when we need service on our equipment.
James miller
James miller
22:33 28 Oct 21
I have used Certain Services twice and l am totally pleased. Nick came this time to help since my water system wouldn't backflush. Nick came and said l needed a new system card. He installed the card and everything worked perfect. He explained the problem and what he did to correct it. I am very happy with Certain Services and will call them again when I have water problems. Thank you .
Marsha B
Marsha B
19:42 26 Oct 21
This company —especially Joe—continuing to amaze and impress me!! Their commitment to their customers is unsurpassed, and the knowledge base they possess is stunning! I honestly have never had such quality service from any company before! Kudos to the team—-I am forever loyal!
Marsha Bennett
Marsha Bennett
18:16 21 Oct 21
The technician was efficient and thorough. He was polite. I was very impressed at how quickly he completed the job. He also cleaned up after himself. Left the area better than he found it.
Christie Shackell
Christie Shackell
18:53 13 Sep 21
Very professional from the call to make the appointment to service personnel coming out..
Lisa Baird
Lisa Baird
00:49 31 Aug 21
These guys are great! Our well pump went down and they replaced and it had it up and running within a few hours. I would highly recommend them.
P SWASEY
P SWASEY
16:47 30 Aug 21
Class act company! So glad that we took the time to investigate a few companies and RO Systems. That being said Certain is definitely the #1 choice. From the 1st day when calling the office (Kellie) answered the phone set an appointment and kept the appointment showed up on time!Bill (Owner) came out tested our water and sat down and explained the findings and what was the only choice obviously with such high TDS also broke everything down so WE could understand exactly what we were getting. (Other companies just throw prices at you) He showed us the products and what it would look like outside also. (NO PRESSURE) You have a choice to maintain the system on your own or sign up for the monthly warranty & service program. Which for us was a no brainer to have them do it & very reasonable monthly price. (For what we are saving to eliminate bottle water alone covers the cost)After deciding YES we are going with this system, it was a little after 5pm (Kellie) answered again put us on the schedule right away told us guys will be here at 8:30am and that they were! Ready to work! Had the entire system up and making water by 5:30pm DONE! Gave me instructions on flushing the inside the next day and said 3 days you will have perfect water. Well yes we have perfect water AT EVERY FAUCET!!!I was outside saw a small leak coming from a pipe called office AGAIN (Kellie) answered my call said no problem ! Today showed up to fix it!!So if you are looking for PERFECT WATER definitely give CERTAIN SERVICES A CALL you will not be disappointed!
Janis Hartman
Janis Hartman
13:23 17 Aug 21
We have used Certain Services since moving to North Port 5 1/2 years ago. The company is very reliable and technician are courteous and knowledgeable. We recently found ourselves without water due to pressure valve. They were very prompt responding and had us up and running. I would highly recommend Certain Services for all of your water and pluming needs.
Rachel Jorgensen
Rachel Jorgensen
18:14 14 Aug 21
I have had several companies come out to service my well over the years and every one has recommended expensive repairs/upgrades that were unnecessary. The technician from Certain services was willing to spend time to educate me on how to maintain the equipment I have. Some of it is very old but he did not try to push expensive replacement, he was very honest and did an amazing job! I will be using and recommending Certain for all my well and plumbing needs!
Dawn Sturm
Dawn Sturm
14:06 05 Aug 21
Joe was the hero of the day for me. He was pleasant, professional, helpful, friendly, and he got everything done very quickly. I asked him for his card in case I have an issue somewhere down the road. I would recommend your service and say a 5 star rating.
Lisa Lanham
Lisa Lanham
14:18 03 Aug 21
I’ve been using Certain Water Service for years and they are excellent. I’ve had them install an entire new system and complete scheduled maintenance and am very happy with their service. There customer service is quick & responsive to my requests and keeps me up to date on any issues.
Helen Lima
Helen Lima
12:23 24 Jul 21
Very professional company and their people are amazing. I would recommend them to anyone who needs service for their water system. In this extreme heat Cody the tech did not try to take shortcuts, he stood out there completing everything that needed to be done. Kelly who answered the phone explained in detail what was needed to be done and answered all my questions extremely professionally. Great Company.
Dennis Diamond
Dennis Diamond
13:18 12 Jul 21
Very pleased with Nick's work on our R/O system recently. He rebed the post carbon/calcite filter checked the system over and gave quotes on a constant pressure house pump!Thanks for the excellent service.D Diamond
Cyndi Gottschalk
Cyndi Gottschalk
19:32 07 Jul 21
Certain did a good, and fast job installing our new water softener. Hopefully it will continue working for years to come. I would give it 5 stars, but I’ve only had it a few days. So far so good.
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