Hard water is a major threat to plumbing problems throughout the county. It is essentially just regular water, with high levels of calcium and magnesium. The hard water deposits these minerals on surfaces that are exposed to it. Over time, the mineral deposits grow large enough to restrict the flow of water through the pipes in the home. These deposits are called lime scale. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent lime scale from occurring. Read on to find out more about the various kinds of water softeners that are available.

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis water softeners make use of a very thin membrane, which is installed in the home’s water line. The membrane has pores, which are large enough to allow water to flow through them. However, the calcium and magnesium molecules are blocked by the membrane and flushed away. This allows clean water to enter the home, cleansed of the materials that cause lime scale.

Lime Softeners

A lime softener operates by adding lime to the water before it enters your home. This draws a number of different materials out of the water, including calcium and magnesium. Those materials are then disposed of, while the water continues on into your home. There are many different kinds of water softeners that operate like this: adding ions in one form or another to “push” the calcium and magnesium ions out of the water. This is the most common method for water softening.

Of course, before you install any kind of water softener in your home you should consult with a professional. We’ll be able to identify the best possible water softener for your needs.

If you’d like more information, or would like to schedule a water softener installation appointment, call The Trusted Plumber. We offer a full range of water softener services throughout Phoenix, AZ.

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