Extend the Lifetime of Your Plumbing Fixtures
When you run into a problem like a burst pipe or a broken down water heater in your home, it is clear that you have something of an emergency on your hands. Having hard water, on the other hand, is likely something you would ignore more readily if you even recognized it to begin with. We feel compelled to advise against doing so, though, as hard water is actually much more of a problem than many homeowners seem to realize.
There’s good news, however: Crafton Plumbing can outfit your home with a great water softener. In doing so, they ensure that you are able to avoid the many different problems that hard water can lead to.
How Does a Water Softener Work?
A water softener system works by swapping out the minerals causing hard water with sodium ions instead. This is accomplished by integrating the whole–house water softener into your plumbing system. The mineral tank in the system, which holds resin beads carrying a negative charge, is integral to its operation. The minerals in the water are oppositely charged, causing them to adhere to these beads.
The minerals are then simply washed off the beads by a brine solution that is flushed through the tank. When hard water reenters the tank, the process just repeats itself. So long as your system is professionally installed and the salt solution is replenished as needed, you will be able to soften your water in order to boost its quality.
What are the Effects of Hard Water?
Hard water is not going to make you sick if you drink it, which alone is enough to lead some people to think it’s no big deal. Just because hard water is not dangerous to your health, though, doesn’t mean that it cannot cause serious problems in your home. Just consider the following effects that it can have, and which a professionally installed water softener can help you to avoid.
Hard water is water with high mineral content, generally calcium and magnesium. It is these minerals that cause the green and white buildup on faucets and fixtures in homes with hard water. Those minerals can build up in your pipes as well, though, which can affect the pressure within your home plumbing system. It can also lead to blockages. Hard water can also make it difficult to get surfaces clean and can leave your clothing looking dingy.
Installing & Servicing Whole-House Water Softeners
Because your water softener must be installed directly into your plumbing system, it is necessary to have the system installed by a trained professional. Investing in a quality water softener and scheduling your water softener installation or replacement with a trained professional is generally enough to ensure a great performance. Nothing is perfect, though.
Eventually, you may find that you require water softener repairs. If and when you do, make sure that you call Crafton Plumbing. Should trouble arise and you notice the effects of hard water once more, let us know so that we can get your water softener system back on track.