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We often look for ways to improve the lives of our families and maintain the value of our biggest investments – our homes. One way to do both is improving the water that we use in our everyday lives. While we have little control over the water in our cities, plumbers know that we can control the water that comes into our homes. The hardness of water is determined by the amount of dissolved minerals it contains. The higher amount of calcium and magnesium in the water, the harder the water is. The water hardness in Houston and surrounding areas, including Richmond, TX, is 135 parts per million. Along with calcium and magnesium these contaminants are also found in the water supplies in Texas: TTHM, HAA5, copper, arsenic, iron, and chloramine. While plumbers are advising that we aren't in grave danger, there are disadvantages to continuing to live with hard water. There are several reasons to choose water softeners to improve the water that flows into your home and your family's lives.
Water Softeners Protect Your Investment, Starting with Your Plumbing
Hard Water Deteriorates Plumbing
Plumbers can tell you that water rife with minerals like calcium and magnesium tends to build up within the pipes of the home leading to clogs that narrow the pipes, leading to more serious and costly plumbing issues. While the pipes in homes vary throughout Richmond, TX- no piping material is immune as steel, PVC, and copper systems can all be affected by hard water. The lime scale that is left over after hot water has passed through the pipes on a daily basis causes decreased water pressure. Not only can this be extremely frustrating, it can lead to needing to call out a plumber for expensive repairs or replacement of the plumbing system that has been destroyed by hard water.
When you see those unsightly brown water spots in bathtubs and sinks, this is from the residue from hard water. We all have spent time and money to make those faucets shine once they have developed the rusty look that hard water can cause. If you have scrubbed that glass shower door with all of your might only to find that it still has an opaque look, your hard water may be working against you. Shower doors used where hard water is present will begin to take a lot more work to make them appear clean.
Water Softeners Can Save Your Water Heater
Your water heater supplies all of the hot water to your home and plumber's note that they should last eight to ten years. Water heaters are affected as the deposits pool inside the unit, making a film between the water that you need to heat and the heat source. The hard water in our homes also lessens the life of your water heater as corrosion is possible, and we need to get every bit of life out of our expensive appliances. Plumber's also want to make sure that Richmond, TXhomeowners know that tankless water heaters are not immune to hard water as the minerals also are harmful to the heat exchangers that are vital to these units.
Water Softeners Can Help Appliances Perform Better
Washing machines and dishwashers are also vulnerable to hard water. The seals around your appliances can accumulate this build up and begin to leak, leaving a big mess to clean up. Mechanisms within these appliances can also become clogged, decreasing the life of your machine. The fibers in clothes washed in hard water can begin to feel rough. Detergents aimed at cleaning your dishwasher will help the effects of hard water but these deposits can still be found in the machine and on your dishes, leaving glasses looking cloudy. Soaps and detergents can work more effectively with soft water in cleaning your clothing and dishware since they dissolve much better. Plumbers advise that appliances using hard water tend to work harder and this can an affect utility bills, especially the water bill.
Water Softeners can Improve Your Family's Skin and Hair Health
Love soaking in the tub? You could be drying out your skin if you do this regularly in hard water. Minerals in the water we bathe in can strip the moisture from our hair and skin and leave behind a residue that leaves with you itchy skin and dull hair. If you find yourself packing on the lotion and using a lot of leave in conditioner, this may be why. Hard water can sometimes cause even more serious problems with the skin as clogs begin to appear in pores which causes breakouts and exacerbate conditions like acne, blackheads, and eczema. A plumber can install a water softener that can improve the look and feel of your skin and hair.
How Do Water Softeners Work?
A whole house water softener is made up of two tanks, one that contains resin beads. The water coming into your home will flow through the beads. The unwanted minerals will adhere to the resin beads in a process called an ion exchange. The water then comes to your family as softer water. The second tank is called the brine tank and is where the solution that makes the process work is stored. The system requires minimal routine maintenance that doesn't require a plumber out to perform. It is as simple as checking the salt levels and adding the required water softener salt as needed.
Water softeners are long lasting and can be moved on to your new place if you decide to move. Plumbers can help you to get your plumbing flow more freely, save the time needed to clean those water spots, keep your appliances working efficiently, and help your skin and hair health.
How Can You Get Your Own Water Softening System
To prolong the life of your plumbing and appliances, improve the look of your home and help to improve the health of your family's skin and hair contact your Benjamin Franklin plumber today! Benjamin Franklin Plumbing can schedule your consultation and get started to reduce the deposits in your water.