Whole House Water Softener

Why Do I Need a Water Softening System in My Home?

Many of the Bill Howe Plumbing service calls are to repair pipes and plumbing fixtures damaged by San Diego hard water.  A Bill Howe water softening system is a solution that can extend the life of fixtures and appliances, which helps reduce costly repairs.  San Diego homeowners without a good water softener system can survey their home and find signs of hard water throughout as white spots on dishes, soap scum in tubs, hard scale on faucets, deposits in coffee makers, and buildup around pipes.  Hard water damage can result in leaking faucets, shower valves that are difficult to turn, water heater failures, and broken washing machines or dishwashers.  Additionally, soaps and detergents do not lather well in hard water, leading to the use of more shampoo, laundry, and cleaning products to achieve desired results– yet hair, dishes, and clothing remain dingy even after their cleaning cycle.

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is measured in grains per gallon of hardness. For water to be considered hard, it is measured at about 7 grains per gallon. San Diego homeowners may be surprised to discover, according to the most recent City of San Diego Water Quality Report, the public water measures at 30 times the recommended water hardness, which is caused by magnesium and calcium.  Hard water, or water with high levels of grain, poses no health risks, but it does cause other problems. Changes in temperature and pressure will cause minerals such as calcium and magnesium to precipitate from the water to form scale. Scale buildup around the home causes the need for harsh cleaning products and expensive repair or replacement costs.  After long periods of exposure, calcium and magnesium buildup on home plumbing systems can damage dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, faucets, and toilets.

How Do Whole House Water Softeners Help?

Water softening is the only way to remove calcium and magnesium from water.  Water softener systems have two components for efficiency – a tank filled with ion exchange resins and a brine tank where salt is stored. The resins are bathed in a brine solution causing sodium ions to bond to the resins. The brine solution is then removed from the resin tank. Household water then passes through the resin bed where ion exchange takes place removing calcium and magnesium ions and replacing them with sodium ions.  The system will then regenerate approximately twice a month where the whole process starts over again.

The benefits of having a  whole house water softener system installed are:

  • Reduces soap scum in showers and the need for harsh, routine cleaning products
  • Stops calcium build-up on faucets and appliances and helps to maintain the shiny appearance and lifespan of these investments
  • Alleviates dry skin and hair, helping with softer skin and reducing the need for products like lotions and conditioner
  • Eliminates spots and film on dishes
  • Dramatically decreases calcium build-up in valves and piping, requiring less maintenance

Are you ready for water softener installation? For more information on how a whole home softener and softening system can help or to schedule a free estimate, call 1-800-BILL-HOWE (1-800-245-5469), visit live chat or book online today. 

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