Should I Be Using a Water Softener?

If you have hard water in your home, you would benefit from installing a water softener. Hiring a professional plumber to install your water softener will assure that it is installed correctly and working properly.

What Is Hard Water?

Not every home is going to need a water softener, as not every home will have trouble with hard water. However, many do, and hard water is more serious a problem than many homeowners seem to realize. Simply put, hard water is water that has too high a mineral concentration, specifically calcium and magnesium, among others. These minerals are responsible for the gunky white buildup that we see on many plumbing fixtures, and can also make it difficult to rinse one’s hair and body well in the shower, as well as to do laundry as effectively as possible. Even worse, these deposits can eventually begin to block pipes up, and that can lead to pressure imbalances and other issues. A water softener is the best way in which to avoid such issues.

What Is a Water Softener?

A water softener is a whole-house water treatment system, designed to remove these minerals from the water coursing throughout one’s plumbing system. It does by swapping out the minerals for sodium ions. The hard water moves into the water softener, and the problematic minerals cling to resin beads, carrying a negative charge. The minerals are oppositely charged, so the attraction is natural. A brine solution is flushed through the tank, and the ion exchange takes place.

To learn more or to schedule water softener services, give the pros at Embrich Plumbing a call.