The goal of many water filtration, conditioning, and purification products is to clean out contaminants that could make people sick. A water softener is a little different. Most of what it removes from your water supply would not make you sick. But it can still protect many parts of your home from the effects of hard water.
Water Softeners Save Your Plumbing
Hard water is water that contains a high mineral content. Things like calcium and magnesium can be present in your water supply. It’s quite common, actually, with about ¾ of homes having water that would be considered “hard.” But it doesn’t have any ill effect on health, in most cases. The problem is that the minerals build up in your plumbing components—pipes, dishwashers, and faucets—and cause a lot of trouble. They also make it harder for soap to dissolve. The problems you might have if you have hard water vary greatly, but here are some examples.
Water spots on dishes.
Residue in the laundry.
Excessive soap scum.
White spots around faucets and drains.
Problems working the coffee maker.
Problems with water volume.
Pipes that require early replacement.
Blocked pipes in your dishwasher, clothes washer, and other appliances, leading to premature replacement.
Plumbers Can Install Your Water Softener
We don’t recommend attempting to install a water softener on your own. This device gets rid of minerals throughout your plumbing system—meaning it’s not just another device to add on to the kitchen sink. If installed properly, it replaces the minerals in your water supply with a very small amount of salt. A secondary filtration system could help to take the salt out of the water too, if desired. A local technician can make sure that you know how to use and maintain your new water softener system as well. Air Mechanical, Inc. offers water softener installation and service in Andover, MN. Call us today!
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