The water that flows from your tap may cause problems for your plumbing. When you turn on a tap, water usually appears clean and clear. But, if you’re like many homeowners, this water actually contains added minerals that may do major damage to your pipes. If you live in Glendale, AZ and experience problems with “hard water,” consider a water softener to help your plumbing. Here’s how it works.
Sometimes, minerals are added to the public water supply in order to protect homeowners. Fluoride, for example, is a commonly added mineral used in many municipalities in order to prevent tooth decay. However, other additives enter the water supply by accident. As water moves through the ground, it may attract minerals that stay in the water supply, and these include calcium and magnesium. While calcium and magnesium won’t pose a threat to your health, the “hard water” created by these minerals may be harmful to your plumbing system.
You may have seen signs of hard water if you notice that soap doesn’t lather or dissolve quite as well as you’d like. A frequent buildup of soap scum in the sink or tub, water spots on dishes, or soapy residue in the washing machine or dishwasher may all indicate a problem with hard water. And the problem extends to your pipes as well. The minerals in your hard water may build in the pipes over time. If these mineral deposits build up too much, your plumbing system may need repair.
A water softener helps eliminate this problem by replacing calcium and magnesium ions entirely. The water softener is installed at your home’s water source so that hard water will never reach your home. The tank includes a brine solution of water and salt (or potassium) contained in small beads which attract the harmful ions. These are then replaced with the salt or potassium ions, depending on the type of system installed.
A water softener can protect your plumbing and your appliances from harmful mineral deposits. However, be sure to trust you water softener installation in Glendale, AZ, to the professionals at The Trusted Plumber. Give us a call today!