Your plumbing is central to many of the daily tasks in your home. So when there’s a problem that stops you from receiving any water at all, you know to call a plumber right away. Similarly, leaks and clogs are a mess in your home and lead you to call a plumbing professional as soon as possible. But what if there is a hidden problem that could damage your pipes and cause problems with the major appliances and fixtures you use daily? This guide explains the use of water softeners to prevent plumbing damages and treat hard water, a common affliction for many home plumbing systems.
What Is “Hard Water?”
More than 80% of homes in the United States are affected by hard water. Hard water is a problem with the water supply marked by high levels of minerals, most commonly magnesium and calcium. These minerals are harmless for most people, besides some with compromised immune systems. However, hard water can have consequences for many of the most important components of your home.
Some people recognize the signs of hard water because of the markings left behind around faucets. White or greenish-yellow deposits may form an unsightly ring around the faucets and fixtures in your home, but the larger issue is that this same buildup can also gather in the pipes until the water pressure is severely reduced. Furthermore, these minerals may stop the flow of water to some of the appliances in your home, such as the washing machine or dishwasher, leading to a costly premature replacement. Hard water also keeps soap from lathering, which leads to scum in the pipes and could perpetuate drain clogs.
How Does a Water Softener Help?
A water softener is installed at the water supply of your home in order to soften all of the water that enters your home. To soften water, water softeners replace the problematic minerals with another type of substance, usually with sodium ions. Although these use a very small amount of sodium, you may be able to find a system that employs potassium instead if you or a family member are sensitive to salt.
To speak with a professional trained in installing and testing water softeners in Wayne, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!