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Why Use a Water Softener?

water-softenerIf you think that getting your water from a public supply rather than a private well means that it is definitely of the highest possible quality, we have news for you. There are a lot of different problems that can affect the water coming from your plumbing fixtures, even if that water is treated in a plant. One of them is hard water.

No, we are not talking about ice when we say “hard water.” Instead, we are talking about water with excessively high mineral levels, particularly calcium and magnesium. While these minerals do not really  a health risk the way that certain pollutants in your water might, they can lead to a number of different problems in your home. Using a good water softener in New Port Richey, FL will allow you to resolve the problem conveniently.

But how do you know if there is a problem to begin with?

Why Is Hard Water a Problem, And How Do I Spot It?

Hard water, as mentioned above, does not really present any major health concerns. It is just the presence of some fairly benign minerals present in the water at higher than ideal levels. The fact it won’t make you sick the way that certain bacteria in the water can, though, does not mean hard water cannot cause real problems for your plumbing system.

When you have hard water, the minerals in that water can build up on surfaces. One of the most obvious surfaces that they will build up on is the interior surface of your pipes. When that happens, the buildup can reach a point where the flow of water through the pipes is constricted. This can put strain on the pipes, compromising their integrity. It can also lead to reduced water pressure throughout the house. By removing the minerals before the water even enters your plumbing system with a whole-house water softener, you eliminate the risk of such symptoms.

So how do you spot hard water? Obviously, you don’t want to wait until the water is having a hard time moving through constricted pipes, right? Well, the “good” news–if you can call it that–is that there are plenty of warning signs that you have hard water in your home. Keep your eyes out for the following:

  1. White and green buildups on your plumbing fixtures.
  2. A scummy layer on your shower door or in the tub.
  3. Trouble getting a good lather going.
  4. Clothes that come out of the washer with a yellowish tint.
  5. A general unclean feeling after showering.

A water softener uses a brine tank with which to exchange the minerals in the hard water with sodium ions. The tank will periodically flush itself to clean the resin beads inside it. All you have to do is add more softening salt to the tank as needed. If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to start improving your water quality with a water softener, just give us a call.

Experts Plumbing Services, LLC is here to handle your water treatment system service needs.

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