Hard water is defined as tap water with a high mineral content. Minerals found in hard water include dissolved rocks (mostly limestone), iron and dolomite. Municipal water treatment plants do a very good job of keeping the public water supply safe to drink, but they are not required to remove dissolved solids from the public’s water supply. Hard water residue clings to everything it touches and it can cause many kinds of problems.
In households with hard water, dissolved calcium shows up in the form of lime scale, a crusty white residue left on glassware, shower heads, faucets and that white film that appears on pots and pans cleaned in a dishwasher. Dissolved iron shows up as orange or brown stains on fixtures, sinks and bathtubs. Hard water minerals accumulate inside a home’s copper pipes and they can interrupt the home’s water supply by completely clogging the water meter.
The Solution: Water Softener Installation
Savvy San Antonio homeowners understand that water softener installation is the key to solving the problem of hard water. Water softeners remove dissolved solids from city water using a process known as “ion exchange.” The treated water works better with soap and detergents and extends the life of household plumbing.
Residential water softener installation is recommended for everyone who wants to avoid health issues related to hard water in the home. Hard water is not generally regarded as a health hazard. Drinking it for the most part is safe, but hard water is far less convenient and efficient for completing most household chores. Hard water requires the use of greater amounts of soap and laundry detergents. For most homes, a one-day water softener installation project is all that is required to remedy these issues.
Water Softener Repair or Replacement
Folks moving to the San Antonio area face a choice as to whether it is preferable to install a new system or call a professional for water softener repair, if their new resale home has an existing unit already in place. Water softener repair is feasible if the existing water softener is less than a few years old. Repair or refurbishment of an existing water softener becomes necessary when the resin beads used in the ion exchange process wear out. If a unit is less than 5 years old and still under warranty, calling a service technician to take a look to determine if water softener repair is worth the trouble may be a very wise thing to do.