These days, it seems that more people than ever are taking the necessary steps to have water softeners added to their homes and offices. As they do their research, they find that there are some great benefits to having soft water in their home, helping to protect their plumbing and reduce costs.
Water softeners work by removing calcium and magnesium from the water molecule as the water passes through the softener, replacing it with sodium. This process is referred to as a sodium ion exchange and leaves water feeling much slicker when used for showers, baths, laundry or doing dishes.
There are some huge advantages to having a water softener in your home, including the fact that it will prevent hard water damage and buildup in plumbing related areas such as sinks, tubs and even interior pipes that we cannot easily see. Hard water build up can wreak havoc inside a plumbing system in a home or office. It can start with not allowing water to drain properly, which leads to backups, leaks and clogs.
Additionally, when too much hard water builds up in pipes, it can restrict the flow of the water, causing extra stress and pressure throughout the pipes. This can lead to burst pipes or leaks inside the walls of your home. You can imagine the type of damage a burst pipe can cause in just a couple of hours.
Not only do water softeners help us to avoid major plumbing issues, but it can also help to lower living costs. Many people who use water softeners can attest to the fact that soft water requires less soap and shampoo in the shower. It can do a better job of cleaning clothes in the wash and prolongs the life of a bottle of dish soap at the kitchen sink. It’s no wonder that more and more people are having water softeners installed in their homes.
There are a few things to be careful for when installing water softeners. For one thing, they should be installed correctly to ensure they do the most effective job. Some manufacturers of water softeners will sell their products online and provide very vague instruction on how to install it correctly. Most people are not aware that there is some testing that should be completed at the time of the installation of the water softener to make sure it is working correctly.
Another common mistake is buying the wrong size water softener for a home. When you choose one that is too small, it has to work harder, leading to a shorter lifespan and lower quality.
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If you want to make sure that you water softener is installed correctly, call Boydco Plumbing at 602-335-0323. Even if it has already been installed, allow us to come take a look and make sure things are set up correctly. We often hear from clients who complain that the water from their new softener is not as slick as they thought it would be. A careful inspection often shows that the softener was not installed correctly and is therefore not working correctly.
Give us a call – we’re happy to take a look.