Water softener systems reduce the effect of hard water on your home, and allow you to clean your laundry and house using less detergent. Water softener systems are a great investment in your home. If you decide purchase one, it can be installed by a local Phoenix plumber to ensure proper installation and configuration.


What is Hard Water?

Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. Water gains hardness as it seeps through the ground. Although it is generally not dangerous to drink hard water, it can be problematic in some parts of your home. Hard water interferes with the effectiveness of soap and leads to lime scale which can ruin plumbing.


How Does Hard Water Damage My Fixtures?

Dissolved minerals can precipitate out of your water and show up in your home as scale in your bathtub, water heater, coffee maker, and other appliances that use water regularly. Scale can also reduce the water flow in your pipes. If your water pipes have reduced flow as a result of water hardness, a local Phoenix plumber can fix this issue.


How Do Water Softeners Work?

Water softeners work by switching the calcium and magnesium ions in your water supply with sodium or another ion. The sodium ions add a negligible amount of sodium to your water. For those who are sodium sensitive there are other options available for water softening that do not use sodium. Water softeners use a tank filled with small beads that swap sodium ions for calcium and magnesium ions as water passes through the tank.


How are Water Softeners Maintained?

Water softeners must be loaded with salt regularly because the beads will eventually fill with calcium and magnesium ions and need to be recharged with sodium to work effectively. Water softeners have a regeneration cycle which the beads are soaked in a concentrated solution of water and salt. After the regeneration cycle the beads will be reloaded with sodium and can work effectively again at removing minerals.


Each type of water softener will differ in how it recharges. Some water softeners just use an electronic timer for regeneration and the beads are flushed at regular intervals. These systems have the downside of not being able to generate soft water when they are recharging. Other systems use two tanks where one tank continues to make soft water while the other tank recharges. Speaking with a Phoenix plumber can help you get an idea on which type of water softener will be best for your home.


C. Slany Water Softener Installation

A Phoenix plumber can install your water softener system, and it is recommended that you hire a plumber to install your system to ensure that it is properly and safely installed. For many home owners, it is well worth the investment. Soft water is smoother to the skin and you will first notice the difference the next time you shower. A water softener pays off because the quality of your home’s water will be improved and your plumbing and water using appliances will last longer.