Water Softener Installation Service
Most household water supply’s use hard water sources. The problem with hard water is that it contains excess minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. These excess minerals become harmful to our appliances and pipes causing clogged drains, crusty faucets, dry skin, poor tasting water, dirty looking dishes and more. To combat hard water, you need a water softener.
Although hard water is technically safe, many home-owners would prefer to avoid the issues it causes. In order to eliminate the minerals causing hard water, you need to install a water softener.
Importance of Having a Water Softener at Home
Water softeners, sometimes called water conditioners, protect your home from hard water build-up. Hard water is real, and you need a water softener to resolve the problem. So, why do you require water conditioning or softening? Water may be hard when it includes lots of magnesium, calcium, and lots of other minerals.
These substances may be obtained by groundwater from the surrounding rock and soil. When those minerals rush out of hard water, this will lead them to become a “scale,” which accumulates on the water heater, pipes, and some other water processing machinery or appliances. Once this sticks to your pipes, it may lessen the flow, causing your plumbing system to clog.
Scale, a poor heat conductor, might affect your water heater too. This could reduce the ability of soap to lather in the laundry or in the shower. In other cases, this reacts to soap, which forms the sticky scum leaving your skin feeling dirty all day.
Advantages of a Water Softener
It Can Extend the Life of Appliances
Mineral deposits can take a toll on appliances such as dishwashers, water heaters, washing machines and other appliances that use water. The minerals can build up in the long run and appliances would soon falter, needing repair or replacement. This can cause additional burden on your budget, can also contribute to environmental waste and depletes resources in manufacturing appliances.
It Makes Cleaning Easier
Calcium and lime deposits leave marks on bathtubs, sinks, and showers. Soap scums, residues and streaks also adhere to fixtures easily with hard water. It may also leave unpleasant spots on clothes and dishes. This can cause more areas of the house to clean and more effort to take out dirt and residues.
Soft Water Heats Faster
A water softener can heat water faster. According to Virginia Cooperative Extension, water softeners help improve the efficiency of the gas-powered heater by 29 percent and electric water heaters by 22 percent. This can definitely help lower your monthly utility bills.
Keeps Your Plumbing System Cleaner
Hard water can hit the pipes the hardest as mineral deposits can accumulate in walls and can restrict the flow of your plumbing system. Mineral deposits can also cause corrosion in pipes. If you continue using hard water at home, you will eventually have to deal with plumbing repairs such as clogged drains, pipe repair or problems with your shower. Plumbing and toilet problems may arise in less than two years’ time.
Water Softening vs. Water Purification
The process of water softening is different than water purification. What’s more, hard water is not dangerous to humans. However, a water purifier may cleanse contaminated water that normally contains minerals and chloramines or chlorine, which kills bacteria.
When mixed with water, these elements can be dangerous. Get your free water test for potentially dangerous minerals and bacteria today.
There are ways to avoid hard water in your pipes. A water conditioning system or water softener can treat hard water to protect you and your home.
One way is through installing a water softener. In this process, the water passes through a bed of resin to treat it. Resin binds and absorbs metal ions. With a water softener, you can make sure that the hard water minerals are removed, leaving you with clean and freshwater for your home.
At Charles Moon Plumbing, we know just what it takes to conduct a water softening process, so you can depend on our water softening services. Just like with all of our other plumbing services, we ensure to provide you with efficiency and dependability through the expertise and knowledge of our plumbing technicians.
You can guarantee that our plumbers will execute the right and appropriate steps towards providing you with clean and soft water free of any troublesome elements. For resolving any of your plumbing issues, consider our services at Charles Moon Plumbing. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
How Does a Water Softener Work?
You may still be wondering, how does a water softener work? It’s not magic even though it may seem like it. In fact, water softeners are powered by science. Here’s a brief overview.
Minerals Cause Hard Water
“Hard” water can be hard to understand because the hardness of the water isn’t like other objects. If we were to be literal, ice is the only “hard” water. In this case, “hard” water refers to the minerals in the water.
Unlike “soft” water, “hard” water has minerals like magnesium and calcium in it that cause soap scum and other problems with your plumbing. It is these hard minerals that a water softener is attempting to clean out to provide your home with healthier “soft” water for cleaning, bathing, cooking, and drinking.
Beads Clean the Water
If minerals cause hard water, the next step is to remove the minerals for softer water. This is a job for the water softener.
All of the water in your home flows into the water softener before being used by your appliances. Inside of the water softener is tons of resin beads. The beads are specially designed to gather the calcium and magnesium from the water and remove it.
A Little Bit of Chemistry
The calcium and magnesium in your water have a positive charge. If you remember anything from your High School Chemistry class, this means the resin beads must be negatively charged in order to bond with the positively charged minerals.
After a while, the beads all bond to minerals, and it can’t remove the hardness from the water anymore. The tank needs to be rinsed and recharged. To recharge, the minerals are cleaned from the beads and flushed down a drain. This process involves flushing the tank with a brine solution (salt water).
Sodium, like common salt, has a positive charge. When the sodium flushes through the tank, the minerals wash away, and the sodium bonds with the beads instead. Then the process can start over. This is why you have to add salt to the water softener regularly.