Does My Home Need A Water Softener?

You may have heard that installing a water softener to your plumbing can change the density of the water that flows out of your faucets. Having hard water can cause a lot of damage to your fixtures and appliances. Here are some things to know about water softeners.

What Is Hard Water?

Hard water is water that has an abundance of calcium and magnesium in it. While this is not harmful for human consumption or use, it can cause damage to things around the home. Water can be altered to remove these minerals, making it feel softer when used.

Signs You Have Hard Water

If you notice that there is a scaly buildup around your faucets, you have found a sign that you have hard water. Another noticeable sign is an abundance of water spots left on glasses after using the dishwasher or scrubbing them in the sink. The spots will not disappear after you have scrubbed them numerous times. You may notice water goes down drains slower than you would like, as the pipes may have a scaly buildup inside from hard water usage over the years.

How Can A Water Softener Help?

When you install a water softener to your household plumbing system, the minerals in the water are exchanged with sodium in a process called an ion exchange. This would take place within the softening unit and the water you get coming out of the faucet would be altered in a way that it no longer is a hazard to your appliances or dishes. You would enjoy having water that makes you feel cleaner, uses less soap to make suds, and that will not be harmful to the insides of pipes as hard water can be.

How Do You Install A Water Softener?

The best way to install a water softener is to have a professional plumber like Optimum Plumbing LLC place it for you. They would know which type of softening unit would best work for your household. Water tests would be done to help make this determination. Some water softeners have timers to help with the ion exchange, and others are installed with a computerized program that will track the water usage used within the home to determine how often the exchange should be done to give the water the proper consistency. A plumber would come to your home to do the tests and go over the options with you before installing the unit outside on your piping system.