Learn how water softeners can be of benefit to the home.
APRIL 3, 2017
Many areas contain hard water that can cause issues with your home plumbing and appliances. Find our how a home water softener can fix potential hard water issues.
When you become a homeowner, you begin to learn about a variety of new things that you may have never even considered. Take the water you use in your home for example. Often times, home owners find the water they drink and wash with is considered hard water. Hard water is a term used to describe water that has a significant amount of magnesium and calcium. Hard water can make it difficult for detergent and soap to dissolve, as well as clog the water pipes and fixtures in your home. The solution to hard water is to install a water softener.
What is a Water Softener?
A water softener can be used to change the composition of the water in the home. With water softening, the ions in the water that make it hard are removed. In most cases, these are the ions associated with magnesium and calcium. When these ions are removed, you may notice that the water feels better and works well when washing clothes, dishes or even yourself!
Issues with Hard Water
There are many reasons to install a water softening system in the home to deal with hard water. To begin, hard water can affect the plumbing of your home, clogging water pipes and fixtures. Soap will not dissolve as easily when washing your body and clothing may not wash properly. Limescale deposits can also take place in your water system. The limescale may cause your pipes to become blocked, which can lead to inefficiency with your water tanks or hot water boilers and lead to a water heater repair call down the line.
When you use a water softener, you can expand the life span of certain household equipment, such as a washing machine or hot water heater. You will also help you improve the longevity and quality of your water pumping system.
How Does A Water Softener Work?
A water softener works by using specific ion exchangers that were created to remove ions that are positively charged from the water. Calcium and magnesium are the main components that are removed, as they are considered hard minerals. Softeners can also be used to remove iron. The softener will collect the minerals in the conditioning tank and then the minerals will eventually be flushed down the drain.
When an ion exchanger type system is used, the water softener will replace the magnesium and calcium that has been removed with other ions such as potassium and sodium.
Installing a Water Softener
When you have a top-quality water softener installed in your home, it will last for many years. At Enercare, we specialize in water softener installations to help you remove the hard water in your home. We offer two solutions to choose from; one that will remove clear water iron or the combination water conditioning system that will soften water as well as remove chlorine.
Such solutions are perfect when you live in an area that is known for hard water. Learn more about water softening systems by contacting our office today.