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SoPhTec Residential Water Conditioning System
In many houses we service with expensive salt type water softeners they still have water deposits and some have so much salt and other stuff in them that they will make the showers white or leave a white film. At our website  we recommend the SoPhTec Residential Water Conditioning System. This system greatly reduces hard water deposits and cleans out the scaling in the pipes that can clog the pipes with hard water deposits.  It works best with copper and pvc pipes.
The SoPhTec system does all this without the expense or inconvenience of handling bags of salt and with absolutely no ongoing maintenance cost.
This system cost $379.00 + sales tax & shipping, it is not available at our online store so please call our office to place your order. (408) 436-0470.
Industry Update

During these hard times many company's will promise "polished" marble, some like us will use diamond pads to polish it back to a factory shine and others will use a system that is fast and inexpensive though does not last very long, this is called crystallization which is used with steel wool.  This process is used in Las Vegas because the stone can be polished and walked on in minutes.  Plus they replace their floors about every five to ten years. The problem with doing it in this way is that it attacks the stone, changing it's compound.  The result is that over time the stone is unable to breath and can cause the stone to fracture. Fred Hueston is the top restoration expert in the United States and abroad. He has a great blog on this subject.  I encourage you to read his blog and other publications referenced there. This information will help you understand more about natural stone and what is happening in the industry.  Fred is the first restoration expert to educate on the care of natural stone and many standards in the industry. Some of the information on my websites was provided by Fred Hueston.  He has been a colleague and a friend for many years.   Our goal with the monthly newsletter is education to help our clients protect and maintain their investment. So let's keep the education going. Fred's blog can be found at the following link:

This Month's Recipe... artichoke spinach bake



  • 1 pound cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed quartered artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and quartered
  • 2/3 cup frozen pearl onions, thawed
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of shrimp soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sherry or chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper

  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


Place the shrimp, artichokes and onions in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish; set aside. In a large skillet, sauté mushrooms and red pepper in butter until tender. Stir in the soup, sour cream, sherry or broth, Worcestershire sauce, lemon peel and white pepper; heat through. Pour over shrimp mixture.
In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley and butter; sprinkle over top.
 Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and topping is golden brown. Serve with rice if desired.       Yield: 4 servings.