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Hard water is an issue that affects the water quality in many homes. It is a result of an above-average concentration of a number of minerals that can seep into water pipes. Magnesium, calcium, and gypsum are among the minerals that will increase the “hardness” of water. This may sound like it’s unhealthy to drink, but it almost never is. But that doesn’t mean you can ignore hard water! Quite the opposite: the minerals in hard water will create deposits inside pipes, fixtures, and appliances that can lead to expensive repairs. Hard water also makes it difficult to stay clean, since it limits the amount of soap lather you can create.
The best way to cure a hard water problem in a home is with a whole-house water softener. Start by calling on the team at Wimpy's Plumbing & Air. We will test your water and determine the best size and kind of softener to eliminate the effects of hard water. We also offer repairs, replacement, and maintenance service for water softeners in the Sarasota area so that you can continue to enjoy healthier home plumbing for many years.
If you have problems with hard water in Sarasota, FL or the surrounding areas, call Wimpy's Plumbing & Air to arrange for service for water softeners.
Indications You Need a Whole–House Water Softener
Water hardness is something that you may have difficulty detecting at first. You may notice a slight metallic taste to the water, but not much more. But over time, you may begin to see signs that it’s time to call on water treatment specialists:
- White deposits on fixtures: If you see an off–white flaky substance on faucets and other fixtures around the house, it is probably calcite deposits from hard water. These deposits are also inside your pipes, where they will soon start to create problems with reduced water volume.
- Lack of soap lather: The minerals in hard water will make it difficult to work up a good lather of soap for cooking and cleaning.
- Film over surfaces: When you see a film that resembles soap scum over porcelain and glass in bathrooms, it is often a warning about hard water.
How Water Softeners Create Soft Water
Water softeners are different from filters: they do not remove the minerals that create hard water, but instead "exchange" them through a process call ion exchange. A mineral tank inside a water softener contains polystyrene beads that have a negative charge. The minerals in hard water contain a positive charge. When hard water passes through the tank, these hard water minerals will move toward the beads and are exchanged for sodium ions, which then enter the water. This creates "soft" water.
Call Us for Service for Water Softener Systems
Water softeners need to have routine maintenance to make sure they are working as they should and are not placing excessive amounts of sodium into the water (this can actually pose a health hazard for some people, but matching the water softener with a reverse osmosis filter can eliminate the problem). You can rely on our experts to see that your water softener has its necessary regular service, as well as repairs when they are necessary.
No matter what issues are harming your home’s water quality, you can rely on Wimpy's Plumbing & Air in Sarasota, FL for a great solution.