As a homeowner, you’re likely interested in learning how to keep your home well maintained and every aspect functioning at the highest level. You also want to ensure you are as comfortable as possible, as you spend much of your time in your home.
Water quality can significantly affect your health, as well as your home’s functionality and comfort level. One way to improve water quality is by installing a water softener.
Hard water is classified as water that has a higher level of minerals like calcium and magnesium. And as most of us know, Arizona is notorious for its hard water.
Water softeners are the best whole house water treatment option for lowering those minerals to help make your water taste better and your appliances and plumbing fixtures function better.
Read on for more information about all the amazing benefits water softeners offer, and how a whole house water softener system might be the perfect solution to improving your health and keeping your home well maintained.
What is a Water Softener?
Water softeners remove calcium and magnesium from water through a process called ion exchange. When the hard water enters the mineral tank, it flows through a bed of spherical resin beads.
These beads are charged with a sodium ion. The resin beads are known as anions because they hold a negative charge. The magnesium and calcium minerals hold a positive charge and are called cations. And because opposite charges attract, the negatively charged minerals are attracted to the positively charged resin beads.
As the hard water passes through the resin, the beads take hold of the mineral ions and remove them from the water. When the bead seizes the mineral ion, the sodium ion is released. The charged beads strip all the hardness from the water as it passes through the mineral tank, leaving softened water to freely flow throughout your home.
Prevents Mineral Buildup
If you have noticed mineral buildup around the edges of your fixtures, pipes, and water heaters, you might consider installing water softeners.
High levels of minerals like magnesium can lead to mineral buildup in your fixtures and pipes. This can lead to a decreased functionality of those systems.
A significant amount of mineral buildup can cause blockages that will prevent your plumbing systems from functioning correctly. Mineral buildup can also cause significant damage over time.
Preventative measures can be taken to ensure that you are prolonging the life of your fixtures and pipes. Installing water softeners is a great way to prevent and reduce the buildup of unwanted minerals.
Prevent or Reduce Soap Films in Sinks and Tubs
Likewise, if you’ve noticed a white scaly film around your sinks and tubs, you’re likely experiencing problems with hard water.
The minerals in hard water can leave residue and build up on surfaces regularly touched by water. It can be a hassle to clean films and build them up regularly. Having a water softener installed in your home could be just the solution you need.
If you are looking to reduce the amount of work you have to do around your home by any amount, then softer water can prevent or reduce the buildup of these annoying films.
A professional plumber can help you with the process of installing water softeners in your home.
Lengthen the Life of Your Appliances
As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining all your home appliances. Many of those appliances use water to complete their primary functions. Things like dishwashers and washers for your laundry depend on water to run.
Hard water, or water with high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium, have the potential to cause damage to your major appliances. Softening your water can lengthen the life of those appliances. Call us!