Water Softening and Water Conditioning
If you are tired of battling hard water, the solution is to install a water softener or conditioning system. Water softeners perform an ion exchange. They exchange the minerals in your hard water for something else, usually sodium as in sodium chloride, commonly known as ordinary salt. If you prefer a salt-free method, you may want to consider a water conditioning system. Salt-free systems, or rather water conditioners like the NuvoH20, leave the healthy minerals calcium and magnesium in the water, but use a method that makes hard water particles ‘soluble’, so they are easily washed away.
Water softeners or water conditioners can be installed quickly by a trained plumber from Black Diamond Electric, Plumbing, Heating and Air. By having an expert technician install your water softener or conditioner you get the benefit of having it set up and programmed correctly.
To learn more about the differences between salt-based and salt-free hard water solutions please view our blog post on Pros and Cons of a Salt-Based Water Softener Vs a Salt-Free Water Conditioner.
Why Have a Water Softener Installed?
Hard water doesn’t pose a health concern but it can pose a problem for your appliances that can lead to expensive repairs. Many appliances now require soft water in order to guarantee warranties, such as with dishwashers, laundry washers, and some hot water heaters. Buildup and scale occur over time because of the concentration of magnesium and calcium. Many plumbing experts will tell you that it takes many years for hard water deposits to build up, but too often the problems caused by hard water go unnoticed until it is too late. The typical scenario is when a homeowner finds that the bottom of their water heater tank has eroded away due to mineral buildup and deterioration. This is a problem that once spotted, is often too late to repair, and often results in water damage to the home and a water heater having to be replaced sooner than expected. This type of issue can be avoided with proper water treatment.
Comfort For Your Salt Lake City Home
Most homeowners prefer soft water because it is more comfortable on their skin than harder water. Soap isn’t as soluble in hard water and can cause soap residue to be left on your skin after washing hands or taking a shower. Likewise, laundry detergent isn’t as effective with hard water and doesn’t rinse out as well. The soap residue that gets left behind leads to scale and corrosion buildup on shower walls, in water heaters, and piping systems.
If you suspect your soft water system isn’t working or you have hard water, here’s an easy test you can perform yourself. Wash your hands thoroughly, then before drying them with a towel, lick your hand. If it tastes like soap, then you’ve got a hard water problem or your existing soft water system isn’t performing properly. Call today to have Black Diamond Electric, Plumbing, Heating and Air test your water for hardness!
Utah has Hard Water
According to USGS School of Water Science, “Hardness is caused by compounds of calcium and magnesium, and by a variety of other metals. General guidelines for classification of waters are: 0 to 60 mg/L (milligrams per liter) as calcium carbonate is classified as soft; 61 to 120 mg/L as moderately hard; 121 to 180 mg/L as hard; and more than 180 mg/L as very hard.” Different areas of the country, and even the state can have varying levels of water hardness, which can affect our everyday lives. The illustration was taken from http://water.usgs.gov/edu/hardness.html to show where the concentrations of hard water will be in the US.