Everything You Need to Know About Water Softeners
If you are like most homeowners, you probably think of your water softener as one of those appliances that are always running in the background. You might not even know what it does, but you know that it is an important part of keeping your home comfortable and functioning properly. Let’s cover what they are, how they work, who installs them, and more.
What is a Water Softener?
A water softener is a device that is used to remove calcium and magnesium ions from hard water. These ions are what cause the water to be “hard,” meaning that they can leave behind spots on dishes and fixtures, scale buildup in pipes and appliances, and reduce efficiency of these items.
How do Water Softeners Work?
Water softeners use a process called ion exchange to remove calcium and magnesium ions from hard water. In this process, the sodium or potassium salt that is used as an alternative for treating hard water reacts with calcium and magnesium in the water supply by exchanging their own positively charged atoms (Na+ or K+) for negative ones (Ca++ Mg++) found on these metals. The positive charge of salt neutralizes all residual negative charges left behind so they don’t react with other substances such as soap scum; thus leaving it less sticky. This prevents scale buildup on fixtures like taps, showerheads, etc.
Who Installs Water Softening Systems?
Water softeners can be installed by a professional plumber or homeowner. The installation process is simple, although it is best done with two people because you will need to lift heavy equipment and hold it in place while the other person works on securing connections between pipes and fittings. You may also want to have someone help for safety reasons as there are potentially dangerous parts involved when opening up walls. So take precautions such as wearing protective gear just like always.
Benefits of Installing a Water Softener
A water softener will prevent limescale from building up in your pipes, fixtures, and appliances. This can lead to lower monthly utility bills because the equipment requires less energy to operate when there is no buildup on its parts. It also helps maintain cleanliness in general since soap scum won’t form as easily either, so it saves time spent scrubbing away at surfaces that have become too hard due to calcium deposits left behind by hard water running through them over time without being treated first before use.
Here at Henry Plumbing, we can answer any of your plumbing questions and provide installation and repair services. Contact us today for more information.
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