Shae Design Studio


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Superior Carpet


Discover the Superior Oriental Rug Washing Advantage

By Kerry McDuffie, Owner of Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning</em.

If spending more time at home means that you’re cleaning your home more often, don’t neglect your Oriental rugs. They experience a great deal of use over the course of a year, and no, simple vacuuming will not thoroughly remove all accumulated dirt and other contaminants. In fact, dirt and abrasive contaminants can actually damage your rug’s natural fibers and organic dyes. Genuine, Oriental rug washing is the only proven way to thoroughly clean your home’s valuable rugs, and if you’re a pet owner, rug washing is an absolute necessity.

Most Oriental rug customers think that the first goal of Oriental rug washing is to “clean” their rugs. The first goal should be to “safely” wash their rugs. Let me explain.

Oriental rugs are far different from their wall-to-wall cousins. Oriental rugs are hand-woven using natural fibers and organic dyes, including, believe it or not, tea and vegetable dyes. While beautiful to admire, Oriental rugs cannot be safely cleaned using today’s conventional carpet cleaning methods. These conventional cleaning systems can actually permanently damage your valuable rugs.

At Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning’s West Knoxville-based Oriental rug washing boutique, we pamper your rugs by using our proprietary 11-step Oriental rug washing process, which assures you of both a thoroughly and safely cleaned rug. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to visit us online at www.superiorofknoxville.com and view our informative video to discover for yourself the Superior of Knoxville Oriental rug washing difference.

For all of your Oriental rug washing needs, along with your upholstery and carpet cleaning projects this year, trust the one company that has put “superior” back into cleaning since 1985: Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning.

Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning
865.691.5686
www.superiorofknoxville.com
info@superiorofknoxville.com

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Premiere Consignment


Planning a Successful Estate Sale

Estate sales, also referred to as tag sales in many areas of our country, are used to liquidate the personal possessions of an individual, family, or estate. These sales, which are growing in popularity, are generally the most efficient way to sell unneeded personal and household items resulting from the passing of a homeowner, downsizing, relocation, bankruptcy, or divorce.

Although an efficient way to dispose of personal possessions, estate sales require a great deal of preparation that can seem overwhelming to many if you are unfamiliar with how to properly organize a sale of this scope. Much more involved than a yard or garage sale, a successful estate sale needs to be well organized. Items for sale should be divided into categories. Sales items are often catalogued. Displays are typically set up in the home with valuable items, particularly smaller pieces, displayed separately for security purposes. Next, you need to price your items, set your sale dates, advertise, then prepare yourself for the crowds of buyers.

Sound daunting? An estate sale can easily become overwhelming, which is why a growing number of Tellico area residents are turning to the professionals at Premiere Consignment in Tellico Village for assistance in conducting an estate sale. At Premiere Consignment, we offer our clients a complete turnkey estate sale experience. We help organize, display, price, advertise, and sell those no longer needed personal and household items. We are with you every step of the way to make certain that your sale is the complete success you hoped it would be. At the end, the client is left with a check and a home that is cleared of every unwanted/unneeded item.

There are other ways Premiere Consignment can help you, too. We can place remaining unsold items for sale in our Tellico Village retail showroom or use our extensive eBay sales platform to sell a variety of other sales items, such as collectibles, to buyers across the country and the world.

Experienced in estate sales, why not let Premiere Consignment help you make your sale the success it deserves to be? Call Premiere Consignment at 865-458-9721 today to learn more or to schedule your estate sale.

Premiere Consignment
320 Lakeside Plaza
Loudon, TN 37774
865.458.9721
www.premiereconsignment.com

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Personal Space Construction


Staycation Your Home This Summer

Today homeowners are remaining at home more than ever in response to the COVID-19 virus. But Americans are responding to the virus and its impact on our daily lives in a variety of ways, including creating great out-of-door staycation places in their home’s backyard designed to supplant curtailed or canceled family vacations.

Many families have chosen to reallocate the dollars that they had planned to spend on cruises and road trips this year to new or expanded decks and patios, pools, landscaping, pergolas, screened porches – you name it. Exciting new staycation places in your very own great American backyard provides your family safety, entertainment, and the opportunity to create an abundance of memories that will last a lifetime.

At Personal Space, we’re experts at creating staycation places. Screened porches, three and four season rooms, pergolas, new or expanded decks, or refurbishing your home’s existing deck are just a few of the projects you might be considering when creating or enhancing your family’s staycation place.

As both general contractors and architects, we possess the necessary skills and experience needed to create your home’s staycation places. We can help you design a stunning new deck for your home or give your home’s existing deck a much needed face lift. How about a pergola in a new garden area or screening in your porch to help keep the insects away? Your staycation place potential is limited only by your imagination, and we’re here to inspire you.

Let Personal Space help you provide unlimited staycation memories for your family this year and for many years to come. Your great American staycation experiences await you. Call us at 865-271-7998 today.

Personal Space Construction
865.271.7998
www.personalspaceconstruction.com

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Shelf Help


Easily See, Reach, and Store Everything in Your Kitchen

Whether you’ve wished your home’s existing kitchen and bath storage were more efficient, or if you’ve experienced difficulty in reaching items, Shelf Help offers the perfect solution.

At Shelf Help, we work with homeowners to plan, design, and install custom roll-out shelving and organizers that can be placed directly into your home’s existing kitchen and bath cabinets or pantries, providing you with much easier access, better organization, and maximum use of your available storage space.

And for those who may experience challenges reaching cabinets that are too low, too high, or too deep, Shelf Help allows you to make full – and far more efficient – use of your storage spaces.

Here’s how we’ve helped a few recent clients:

» Rather than having to awkwardly bend and stretch to access your lower cabinets, Shelf Help can install roll-out drawers that fully extend and bring your items to you, providing easier and safer access.

» We custom-build roll-out drawers that maximize storage and access in bathroom vanities, vertical dividers to make reaching and storing heavy glass cookware or sheet pans far easier, and offer solutions for those nearly impossible to reach corner kitchen cabinets.

» For fixed-shelving pantries where it’s not possible to reach or see all your items, we convert to easy access roll-out drawers that hold 100 lbs. per shelf and bring everything to you!

With our built for you roll-out shelving, organizers, and pantry storage systems, everyday tasks are made simpler with easier access to kitchen and bath items. And with the added advantage of optimal usage of storage space – a place for everything and everything in its’ place!

Homeowners also appreciate how affordable Shelf Help is, saving 50% or more when compared to national brands.

Our clients are so pleased with the results, they say, “We should have done this years ago!”

As experienced Knoxville-area kitchen and bath design consultants and as a locally-owned business, Shelf Help has the understanding and know-how to evaluate, design, measure, and professionally install solutions tailored to your needs – and budget.

To learn how you can better organize your kitchen, bath, or pantry, call today to request your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation. Mention this article and receive up to $250 off with a minimum purchase. Locally owned and operated, let Shelf Help make the most of your home’s kitchen, bath, or pantry storage space.

Shelf Help
865.675.5098
www.ShelfHelpTN.com

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Sticks 2 Stones Design


It’s Time to Do Something About That Kitchen

By Todd Thomas, Owner of Sticks 2 Stones Design

While you’ve been following the recommended “safe at home” and “social distancing” guidelines, you’ve likely discovered an even newer phenomenon – “spring cabin fever.” The symptoms are unmistakable. You find yourself streaming endlessly, and you’re becoming increasingly aware of that growing list of home projects that you’ve been conveniently postponing.

Be honest. Have you’ve been postponing that family kitchen makeover?

If it’s time to move forward with that new kitchen redesign, or perhaps a showcase kitchen for that new home you’ve been dreaming about, you’re in for a bit of a surprise. You’re about to discover that even custom kitchen cabinetry is, well, not exactly custom. Even so-called custom cabinets have design limitations. These limitations exist even with name brand cabinet manufacturers. Manufacturers design their custom cabinetry lines on standard component sizes. You will likely also have to select from limited hardware, color, and stain options. At Sticks 2 Stones Design, we’ve changed all that. That’s why we offer homeowners our proprietary Amish Select line of fully custom-built kitchen cabinetry.

Today’s kitchens should be bold and imaginative. Why should you have to settle for custom cabinets that are less than custom? Kitchens are no longer places just for the family meal. Kitchens should inspire future gourmets, become a social gathering and entertainment centers for guests, and even a cherished place for those romantic dinners. With Amish Select, you’re in complete control of your kitchen design because we hand-craft each and every cabinet to your exact specifications. Your cabinet size, door profile, accent trim, colors, stains, and hardware are not limited to what the so-called custom cabinet manufacturers offer. We are the manufacturer, and we offer you limitless options. So why downgrade your dream kitchen when you can choose Amish Select Fine Handmade Cabinetry?

At Sticks 2 Stones Design, we specialize in inspiring homeowners to “go one step beyond” when imaging and designing their dream kitchen. Overwhelmed? Don’t be. We’ll assist you every step of the way with layout, flow, lighting, colors, appliances, flooring, décor, electronics, and, of course, truly custom kitchen cabinetry.

Surprisingly affordable, our proprietary Amish Select line of fine custom kitchen cabinetry was named to honor the master Amish craftsmen who individually hand-craft each and every cabinet. Amish Select Fine Handmade Cabinetry from Sticks 2 Stones Design offers today’s discriminating homeowners the quality and craftsmanship they deserve at a truly affordable price when compared to other existing custom cabinetry offerings. Our Amish Select cabinetry is the pride and joy of our custom cabinetry company and the crown jewel of so many of our clients’ homes that we have been privileged to design custom kitchens and baths for.

Reflecting the centuries-old traditions of our Amish craftsmen for high ethical and moral standards and a respect for nature, the time honored techniques of our Amish craftsmen deliver a level of quality that you might have thought no longer existed in today’s fast paced, offshore, assembly line world – and at prices lower than you might have thought possible. Like us, you will discover that Amish Select is not a style, but rather it defines a level of quality that is unsurpassed in today’s kitchen and bath cabinetry marketplace.

If you’re planning on building a new home or remodeling your home’s existing kitchen or bath, I would like to personally invite you to discover the Sticks 2 Stones Design and Amish Select difference. Let’s “go one step beyond” in imagining, planning, and designing your home’s new kitchen and baths with:

» Unlimited options
» Individually hand-crafted cabinetry
» Furniture grade craftsmanship
» 100% American made
» 100% American hardwoods

To discover the Amish Select difference today, call to set up a personal consultation. It’s free, and there’s no obligation. Bring your photos, blueprints, and favorite design magazine ideas and begin your journey to the truly custom kitchen of your dreams.

Sticks 2 Stones Design
8705 Unicorn Drive
Suite 114
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.556.9419
www.sticks2stones.com

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Southeastern Dermatology


Evolve | Non-Invasive Contouring Treatment

Looking for a non-invasive way to tighten loose skin, enhance muscle tone, smooth cellulite, and contour your body? If so, it’s time to Evolve. Evolve by Inmode is here to help you tone and tighten – all without an invasive procedure and with minimal downtime.

Evolve by Inmode offers non-surgical body contouring through its three different procedures: Evolve Tite, Evolve Trim, and Evolve Tone. All three Evolve procedures are now available at Southeastern Dermatology. Learn more about this exciting new non-invasive, thermal skin and body treatment.

What is Evolve Technology?

Evolve Tite and Evolve Trim both rely on the same basic technology to give you the results you want to shape and smooth your body. Evolve technology relies on radio frequency (RF) energy to deliver heat and results. When applied by skilled medical professionals – like Dr. Doppelt and his staff – the RF energy in Evolve by Inmode can deliver target fat reduction, skin tightening and cellulite reduction.

Evolve can be used in many areas of the body. In fact, you might be able to target multiple body areas during a single session. Areas of the body that respond well to Evolve technology include:

» Abdomen
» Arms
» Hips
» Thighs
» Waist and flank

Evolve by Inmode comes in three different treatments: Evolve Tite, Evolve Trim, and Evolve Tone. While Evolve Tite and Evolve Trim rely on RF technology, Evolve Tone uses electromagnetic technology.

Evolve Tite

Evolve Tite remodels the skin by tightening loose or sagging areas. It is a non-invasive procedure that can be done in Dr. Doppelt’s office during a lunch break. This quick and easy procedure can be customized to meet your specific concerns. It can treat loose skin on the tummy after pregnancy or weight loss, loose skin on the upper arms, and other trouble spots.

The Evolve Tite treatment is delivered via a hands-free applicator. Applicators can be applied to multiple body areas at once. The Evolve Tite procedure was developed under very strict medical guidelines and has been optimized to provide maximum results, even when multiple areas are targeted.

Evolve Tite works by using radiofrequency technology to apply volumetric heat to the skin’s subdermal layers. The radiofrequency technology ensures the heat is delivered uniformly, so no area of the application area is over or under treated.

How do you know if you’re a good candidate for Evolve Tite? Evolve Tite is recommended for anyone who seeks natural-looking skin remodeling. It can give skin a tighter, more youthful appearance.

It is also important to know that there is no downtime or recovery period with Evolve Tite. The procedure is quick and painless, and you can return to regular activities immediately.

Dr. Doppelt and his staff can tell you how many Evolve Tite treatments you’ll need to achieve your aesthetic goals.

Evolve Trim

While Evolve Tite targets loose and sagging skin, Evolve Trim targets dimpled skin and cellulite. Evolve Trim offers a unique solution to a common problem and provides a noninvasive alternative to liposuction. This treatment will help reshape the body and smooth the appearance of the skin.

Evolve Trim is delivered by a medical professional with a hands-free applicator. Multiple body areas can be targeted at once. Evolve Trim can be used to provide a slimmer, smoother appearance to the:

» Back
» Abdomen
» Arms
» Knees
» Thighs
» And other areas of the body

The Evolve Trim treatment works by using radiofrequency technology to apply volumetric heat deep into the skin’s subdermal layers. The heat is combined with a vacuum and controlled energy pulses to deliver uniform results across the treatment area.

Because the heat is delivered to the subdermal layers of the skin with RF energy, the patient experiences no discomfort or burning sensations. The treatment requires no downtime and you may return to regular activities immediately after treatment.

You might need multiple Evolve Trim treatments to achieve your aesthetic goals. Dr. Doppelt can help you develop a treatment plan to give you the results you want without pain or downtime. You will see visible results as soon as your first few sessions.

Evolve Tone

Sometimes you don’t get the results you want no matter how many reps you do in the gym or miles you log running on the road. If you’re seeking to tighten and tone your body and muscles, Evolve Tone might be the answer.

Evolve Tone can add definition and enhance your natural physique. It is a non-invasive treatment that requires no downtime and won’t leave you with unsightly scars. Evolve Tone can increase muscle strength and tone.

Evolve Tone relies on a different technology than Evolve Tite or Evolve Trim. Evolve Tone uses electromagnetic energy to stimulate the muscles and cause involuntary contractions. Your muscles contract in a way that replicates a workout – sweat not required. The treatment can be used on many areas of the body, including:

» Abdomen
» Flanks
» Buttocks

Like other Evolve treatments, Evolve Tone is painless and involves no downtime. The number of sessions required depends on your goals and can be determined by Dr. Doppelt.

Are you ready to take a step toward a more youthful appearance? Tighten up, smooth it out, and tone it up with Evolve treatments at Southeastern Dermatology. No matter whether you choose Evolve Tite, Evolve Trim, or Evolve Tone, we can provide a customized treatment plan to help you reach your aesthetic goals.
Contact us today at 865-474-8800 to schedule a consultation and Evolve into your best body yet.

Southeastern Dermatology
1930 Pinnacle Pointe Way
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.474.8800
www.drdoppelt.com

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Heritage Family Dentistry


Easily Overcome Anxious Moments at the Dentist

Having first begun her search for a new family dentist online, Vicki Ailey found Heritage Family Dentistry.

“They had all five-star reviews,” she said. “Heritage Family Dentistry is a wonderful practice. I have major ‘dental anxiety,’ and they always put me at ease. They treat you like family. Dr. Bradshaw and his team are very gentle and make sure you are comfortable throughout your entire procedure.”

Vicki’s first procedure was a dental implant. Dental implants are fast becoming the preferred treatment option for patients with missing teeth. Most patients can’t tell the difference between dental implants and their natural teeth. And, more importantly, dental implants continue to promote healthy bone density in the jaw. In the absence of natural teeth or dental implants, bone density can deteriorate, often creating a sunken or premature aging appearance.

“Dr. Bradshaw is also very informative,” said Vicki. “He takes the necessary time to explain everything in detail and always makes certain that you fully understand the recommended treatment plan and procedure.

“Heritage Family Dentistry is the best dental office I have been to. I have moved often and have seen at least 10 dentists. I would absolutely recommend them to others. They are the best dentistry team I’ve ever experienced.”

Patients at Heritage Family Dentistry can further relax with warm neck wraps and their choice of soothing music or nature television.

To learn more about Heritage Family Dentistry, request a tour and a free, no-obligation consultation by calling 865-816-9211, or visit them online at www.hfdsmiles.com. Also, be sure to ask them about Invisalign, the revolutionary clear alternative to metal braces.

Heritage Family Dentistry
11121 Kingston Pike, Suite C
Farragut, TN 37934
865.816.9211
www.hfdsmiles.com

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PremierGarage


Garage Floor Coatings: They’re Not Created Equal

Do you cringe at the sight of your pitted and stained garage floor? Has it become unsafe with crumbling concrete, cracks, or slick spots caused by years of leaked oil?

The garage is the first part of your house you see when arriving home and is often the largest room in the house. So to make the garage a safe extension of the home’s living space, homeowners are investing in concrete coatings for the garage.

“There are options for garage flooring, but all are definitely not created equal,” explained Brian Falls, a co-owner of PremierGarage of Knoxville, the area’s most experienced garage flooring company. “The decision usually comes down to a choice between an epoxy or polyuera system. A polyurea flooring system, however, presents the most-advanced and durable coating in concrete flooring technology. It’s truly quality you can stand on.”

Additional benefits of using a polyuera system for your garage floor include:

Surface That Withstands Practically Everything

From extreme pressure, heavy impacts, and spills, polyuera is strong and durable. It provides better protection than epoxy against chemicals commonly found in garages, like gasoline, auto fluids, and paint thinner. Its chemistry makes it more flexible and up to 20 times stronger than epoxy flooring. It is also UV resistant and contains no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Most importantly, unlike epoxy, it can withstand extremely high temperatures, making it resistant to hot tires lifting and peeling the coating.

Makes Your Garage a Safer Place

Used in combination with full coverage of polymer, paint flakes adds safety to your space. The combination creates a slip-resistant surface, reducing the chances of accidents when the floor is wet. The coating is also antibacterial, stain-resistant, and nontoxic.

Fast-Curing and Long-Lasting

This kind of garage floor coating takes only a few hours to harden and one day to be ready for use. Standard epoxy coating systems take three to five days to harden completely. PremierGarage’s polyuera floor coating, which retains it color and finish integrity, has a 10-year warranty.

Easy Maintenance

Spills clean up easily with a paper towel, but an occasional cleaning with just water and a small amount of vinegar will keep the floor looking brand new.

Bottom line, a polyurea garage floor is definitely worth the investment and increases the value of your home. Yes, a garage floor can be both beautiful and strong!

PremierGarage powered by Tailored Living
865.947.8686
www.TailoredLivingKnoxville.com

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Aqua Clear Water Systems


Aqua Clear Water Systems

Delivering Pure, Safe, Life-Changing Water to American Families for 15 Years

What first started as a dream 15 years ago developed into an American success story. Young entrepreneurs and husband and wife team, David and Krista Brewster, launched their start-up water treatment business from his father’s garage in 2005. David was no newcomer to the water treatment industry. Having worked for 10 years in Alabama selling home water purification and water softening systems, David and Krista decided to take that giant leap of faith and to launch Aqua Clear Water Systems.

Their new business undertaking required a relocation from Alabama to East Tennessee. They filled David’s father’s garage with bottle-less water coolers and started knocking on doors. Today Aqua Clear Water Systems employs more than 40 team members, serving more than 8,000 satisfied residential and commercial clients throughout East Tennessee. Aqua Clear Water Systems is also proud to be the exclusive East Tennessee distributor for the nation’s premier manufacturer of advanced water treatment systems available anywhere: Award-winning Kinetico Water Systems.

Today a second generation of Brewsters, son Jonathan, has joined his parents in their commitment to provide other families and businesses like theirs with the purest and safest water available anywhere.

In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are excited to feature the Brewsters and their superb team of water treatment specialists at Aqua Clear Water Systems.

EK: Apart from appearance, there is nothing generic about the water we all consume and wash with. Explain.

David: Water is a universal solvent because more substances dissolve in water than in any other chemical. Most of the water we receive from our water utilities comes from the Tennessee River and then goes through a series of filtration methods. The first step typically involves chemicals with a positive charge being added to the water, where particles in the water bind with these chemicals. The next step is sedimentation, where these now larger particles settle to the bottom of the water supply. In the filtration phase, the clear water on top will pass through filters (sand, gravel, and charcoal) in order to remove dissolved particles, such as dust. Once the water has been filtered, a disinfectant (chlorine, chloramine) may be added in order to kill any remaining parasites, bacteria, viruses, and to protect the water from germs when it is piped to you.  The byproducts from the disinfectant phase are what can be harmful to your health, and the filtration methods used by water utilities can’t remove everything. Plus, even if they could, the pipes coming to your home can leach contaminants into your water.

EK: There’s a significant difference between the water standards established by local water boards and the quality of water that Aqua Clear Water Systems delivers to East Tennessee home and business owners. Why should this be so important to all of us?

Krista: Think for a second about how often you use water in your home. You take showers, wash clothes, clean dishes, prepare meals, and drink water all day every day.  What if you made one simple change where the water you used was now free of chemicals and other impurities, including dissolved rock? Foods would taste better. Drinks, coffee, and tea would taste better. Towels would feel softer. Clothes would be cleaner. Dishes would be spot-free. Your hair would be softer. Ice cubes would be clearer. Your skin would feel softer. You would experience less itchy skin. Your home’s water pipes would stay clearer. Water heaters would last longer. No more lugging bottled water, and no more plastic bottle waste. No white deposits on faucets or soap scum on glass shower doors. And hopefully you drink more water because it tastes better and it’s healthier! All you have to do is continue doing what you already do, and the benefits keep compounding 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The local water utilities do a great job, but they can’t provide this level of quality of water to every home. And even if they could, it would be extremely expensive, plus the pipes coming to your home could reintroduce many of the same impurities they had already removed. Government standards shouldn’t be your standards. And consider this: The legal limits for contaminants in tap water have not been updated in almost 20 years.   

EK: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all witnessed firsthand stores that were totally depleted of bottled drinking water. What message do you have for home and business owners that might be looking for an alternative to bottled water and the savings and convenience that are available as well?

Jonathan: A gallon of bottled water is 2,000x more expensive than a gallon of tap water. Let’s do a quick calculation to see how much bottled water is costing us. A case of 24 (16.9 oz) bottles of water is $5.00. That would make each ounce of water cost $0.01. A man should drink around 100 ounces of water per day, so we multiply $0.01 x 100 ounces = $1.00 per day. $1.00 x 365 days a year = $365.00 spent on bottled water per adult each year. A family of four would spend around $1,460 dollars a year. You also contribute to the plastic waste, ingest the microplastics in most bottled water, and continue to buy bottles year after year. Or you could invest in a drinking water system that provides your home with ultra-pure drinking water at your kitchen sink. Eliminating the bottled water cost, plastic waste, microplastic consumption, and the inconvenience of storing and lugging around single-use plastic bottles.

EK: Address the issue of plastic bottles that end up in landfills, in our lakes and streams, and on the side of roads.

Jonathan: Bottled water is extremely wasteful. A few statistics for your readers:

1. Only one out of five plastic bottles is recycled. The rest just becomes litter or landfill.

2. 90% of the cost of bottled water is due to the packaging, not the water quality.

3. Plastic water bottles are petroleum based. In the U.S. alone, it takes 15 million barrels of oil annually to meet the demands, enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a year.

4. It takes one PET plastic bottle 700 years to start decomposing.

5. In the U.S., more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away each year.

Not only is it extremely wasteful, but it’s also extremely expensive.

EK: The state-of-the-art water treatment system used for drinking water filtration uses Reverse Osmosis technology. Explain this technology to our readers.

David: Reverse osmosis filtration (RO) is one of the most popular and effective methods to create high-quality drinking water in your home. Look at the label on your bottled water, and it will typically say “filtered by reverse osmosis.” Having one of these in your home is like having a bottled water factory at your kitchen sink. The technology works by using the water pressure to force the water through a semi permeable membrane that allows certain substances to pass through but not others. The impurities are bigger than the holes the water is being forced through. Furthermore, the membrane catches the impurities and then the filter cleans itself and sends those contaminants down the drain.

Some FAQ I would like to address:

» Does reverse osmosis water remove healthy minerals?

Yes, reverse osmosis filtration removes everything. We always tell clients we remove everything, and you have the power to add back whatever you want. From our perspective, you should get all those healthy minerals from your food or supplementation, not your water. And for clients who want these healthy minerals, we offer remineralization filters.

» Does reverse osmosis filtration remove bacteria or viruses?

Some bacteria and viruses can be removed by reverse osmosis filtration. Most RO systems are not CERTIFIED to remove these contaminants, but our Kinetico® K5 Drinking Water Station has a special bacteria/virus filter that is CERTIFIED to remove any harmful bacteria or viruses that can get into your water.

EK: I have a Kinetico Reverse Osmosis drinking water system in my home. Until I tasted water from this system, I was unaware that pure water is tasteless and odorless. What was it that I was tasting and smelling?

Krista: That’s a great way to explain it. We always tell people our water tastes like nothing, and that is the way it is supposed to be. Since you are on city water (you pay a water bill), the smell and taste come from the chlorine, chloramines, and dissolved solids that were in your water. Most people on city water can smell the chlorine when they turn on their faucet, and it’s often the reason they buy bottled water or use pitcher/refrigerator filters.

EK: Are any of the things I was tasting or smelling potentially harmful?

David: Here is a list of contaminants that were tested by the EPA in a local water utility from January 2019 – March 2019: Bromodichloromethane, Bromoform, Chloroform, Chromium (hexavalent), Dibromochloromethane, Haloactetic acids (HAA5), Nitrate, Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs), 1,4-Dioxane, 4-Androstene-3, 17-dione, Aluminum, Barium, Chlorate, Fluoride, Strontium, Testosterone, and Vanadium. Many of these contaminants have been studied to show adverse health effects. We believe that upgrading your water to remove these contaminants can be a huge benefit to your health and the health of your home.

EK: What other water treatment systems do you provide for residential and commercial use?

David: The short answer is we carry systems for every type of water treatment project. Whatever you want to improve or remove, we can design a system for it. The long answer is we carry whole house water filters, water softeners, reverse osmosis systems, UV light systems, backwashing filters, sulfur systems, iron systems, methane removal systems, radon removal systems, chemical injection systems, leak detection systems, etc. Whatever project you have in mind, just give us a call, and we can help design it for you.

EK: Tell our readers about Kinetico Water Systems, their innovations, and the awards they have received.

Krista: The great thing about our company is that we carry many different manufactures of water treatment products. We are not required to only sell Kinetico® products, so we represent many different manufactures. Kinetico® is our flagship brand, and it is a non-electric system on the market. They use kinetic energy (hint the name Kinetico) from your water pressure to turn the gears and make the system work. They are a consumer digest Best Buy and have won awards from a leading consumer rated magazine. Kinetico® has been around since 1970, in the East Tennessee area since 1980, and what’s even better, we can still get parts on systems that are 30+ years old. We actually just removed a Kinetico® water softener that was 33 years old, and it was still working! One of our Kinetico® water softeners is the World’s Most Efficient Water Softener, and most clients that have it don’t have to add salt for a year.

EK: How can our readers learn more about Aqua Clear Water Systems and Kinetico? Do you provide in-home, no-cost, and no-obligation consultations and testing? Do you offer financing?

David: The best way to learn about us is check out our website at www.aquaclearws.com, and I encourage your readers to read our 700+ 5-star reviews on Google, Nextdoor, Home Advisor, Angie’s List, and Birdeye. We are so very grateful that homeowners just like you have taken the time to leave reviews about your experiences. Our process begins with filling out a form on our website or calling/texting us at 865-986-4234 to set up a free design consultation. Then we find a time Monday-Saturday between 8 am and 8 pm where we can meet with both homeowners to find out their specific needs, do a site survey of the plumbing, test the water, and then educate the homeowners on what we find and how we can help. This process typically takes 60-90 minutes depending on how many questions the homeowner has, and we provide an in-home quote that is good for 90 days. All of this is free to the homeowner, a $150 value if you were to get these water tests done at a private lab. We also offer 0% interest for 60 months, 24 months, or 12 months depending on what fits your budget.

EK: During this time of uncertainty, what COVID-19 protocols have you put into place to protect your customers and your associates?

Krista: Our company has remained open during COVID-19 because the CDC has classified Aqua Clear Water Systems as an essential business, and our clients depend on us to provide them clean and safe drinking water. We follow the CDC recommended guidelines, including shoe coverings, N-95 masks, latex gloves, medical grade hand sanitizer, sanitize iPad and vehicles, temperatures taken of team members daily, virtual consultations, curbside delivery, and social distancing during appointments. The safety of our clients and team members is our #1 priority.

EK: I know that Aqua Clear Water Systems prides itself on being a family owned company that is in the business of serving other families like yours. Describe your commitment to your extended East Tennessee family.

Jonathan: We view everyone that we do business with as a trusted client and not merely a customer that we may only do business with a single time. Our goal is to establish a long-term relationship with you based on trust. And we work to earn your trust each and every day.

We view ourselves as your trusted advisor for everything relating to water treatment. We have been here the last 15 years, and we plan on being here for many more years to come. That is why we invest so much of our resources in the client’s experience. Anyone can sell you a water treatment system, but few can provide you with our superior level of service. That is why my dad started this company – because he knew there was a better way to serve our clients. I remember Tom Irmen (co-owner of this publication) telling me at a young age, “Jonathan, it’s not that your dad does anything special. He just does what he says he is going to do.” I didn’t understand the importance of that comment at that time, but the older I get, the more I realize that it truly is that simple.

EK: In closing, is there anything you would like to add?

Krista: We believe that upgrading your water is the easiest way to protect your two biggest investments: YOU and your home. Our tagline is “We will change your water, it will change your life,” and we truly believe that. Not only from our personal experiences, but also from the stories 8,000+ clients have shared  with us. It cost you $0 to learn how we can help you improve your most precious resource: Water. Whether you’re on well water or city water, we have the knowledge, people, products, and experience to help you live a healthier life through better water. We hope to talk with you soon and welcome you into the Aqua Clear family.

Aqua Clear Water Systems

1767 Kevin Lane

Lenoir City, TN 37772

865.225.6555

www.aquaclearws.com

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