What are two problems associated with the use of hard water? The simple answer is potential plumbing build up and less-than-sparkly clean surfaces —including laundry, windows, dishes, tubs, and your…Read More
Water Softener Installation and Repair Services in East Illinois
Many households have found the benefits of installing a water softener in their homes. Not only does a water softener help reduce scale buildup in your pipes, showers, sinks, and drains, but it allows your clothes to last longer and your hair and nails to appear healthier. If you are like 80 percent of American households, you likely have hard water and your family could benefit from a water softener.
What is hard water?
Minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, lead, and iron, can make its way into your water as it travels through the ground, and if your water has a higher than average amount of minerals in it, it is considered to be hard water. Because these minerals are not harmful to drink, they are not removed in the water sanitation and purification process. Many factors can contribute to the level of hardness in your water, but one of the most important is your geographical location — notice all the red on that map!.
How can you tell if you have hard water?
The most obvious indicator of hard water is a buildup of a white scaly substance on bathtubs, showerheads, faucets, etc. There are also water testing kits that you can purchase online. If you use city water, another option would be for you to call your municipality or conduct an online inquiry, and ask about the level of hardness and what minerals are present in your water.
Is hard water harmful?
While hard water is not harmful to drink, bathe in, or use in cooking, it can be harmful to your plumbing system. Hard water can come in many degrees, and the “harder” your water is, the more harmful it can be. However, don’t be fooled, even a small degree of hardness could have adverse effects on your plumbing. That is because hard water can leave a buildup of limescale on the inside of your pipes, which could eventually clog them.
What can be done about hard water?
Here at Culler Plumbing Services, our plumbers can install a water softener that will remove many of those minerals that could be causing you trouble. Water softeners contain resin beads in their tanks. These resin beads attract and hold minerals as the water passes through them, which allows you to enjoy soft water once again. Want to learn more about water softeners? If so, contact us today!