If you live in a house with hard water, you know that it makes owning a home more challenging and costly. As water with a high mineral content flows through your pipes, appliances, and fixtures, it can wreak havoc by clogging pipes and faucets and causing devices to fail prematurely.
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to this problem — a whole house water softener. Let the experts at KC’s 23 ½ Hour Plumbing & Air Conditioning assess the hardness of your water and determine if a water softener installation is suitable for you.
When you have an old sink that clogs continuously, let one of our technicians help with guaranteed clogged sink repair.
Adverse Effects of Hard Water
Even if you don’t know what’s going on with hard water on a chemical level, chances are you’ve seen the effects in your home in the form of calcium deposits on your fixtures and in your appliances, stiff clothes, soap scum, and dry, itchy skin.
Hard water contains high mineral content such as calcium, magnesium, and trace amounts of other minerals. Water gathers these minerals naturally during the water cycle, and it can happen in city water and well water. The greater the amounts of calcium and magnesium in your water, the harder it is.
Although hard water is safe to drink and wash with, it creates a host of problems that make owning a home more of a chore than it already is, such as:
- Stains in your sinks and tubs
- A reduction in the lifespan of your water-based appliances
- Replacing clothes and linens more frequently because of fading
- Irritated skin and flat, dull hair
- Calcium deposits that clog showerheads, faucets, and pipes
It’s estimated that 85 percent of American homes have hard water, which means nearly every homeowner can benefit from a whole house water softener.
If you’re sick of dealing with the effects of hard water, find out if a water softener is the solution that works best for you.
Benefits to Installing a Whole House Water Softener
While some people think softening water means purifying it, this is a mistake because water softeners only remove minerals (mainly calcium and magnesium), and that’s it. However, for some homeowners, removing the high mineral content is enough to warrant the cost of installation.
Water softeners aren’t right in every application, and one may not fit in well with your household, but here are the most common benefits to installing one of these machines.
Reduces Scale Buildup in Pipes & Appliances
Scale buildup is the most significant problem caused by hard water, and it’s the one that’s the most costly to deal with because it clogs pipes and filters, which leads to a reduction in water flow. As water flow slows, calcium builds more quickly, causing pipes to wear out and eventually break.
Better Skin & Hair
High amounts of magnesium, calcium, and other minerals in the water lead to dry skin and brittle hair.
Removes Stains on Glass & Silverware
Have you ever emptied the dishwasher only to wonder what was the point because the glasses and silverware are spotted? Hard water is to blame for water spots left behind because soap doesn’t fully dissolve in hard water, which leaves behind residue.
Eliminates Scratchy Towels
Have you grabbed a towel out of the closet and it felt so stiff you wondered if it could stand up by itself? Again, because soap doesn’t fully dissolve in hard water, it doesn’t wash out of towels and other fabrics as efficiently as it should, which leaves them feeling stiff.
Your water-based appliances like your washing machine, dishwasher, and coffeemaker will last longer if you install a water softener. As hard water moves through these appliances and leaves scale and mineral deposits behind, it causes the machines to work harder, which decreases their lifespan.
To find out about the other benefits to adding a water softener to your home, call KC’s 23 ½ Hour Plumbing & Air Conditioning to schedule a consultation.
If the pipes in your home are over 50 years old, it may be time to consider repiping to add value to your home and give you better quality water.
Comparing Water Softener Companies
We know there are plenty of contractors throughout the Coachella Valley you can turn to when considering a whole home water softener or other plumbing upgrade. However, not all of these companies are created equal.
KC’s 23 ½ Hour Plumbing & Air Conditioning is a locally owned company that’s served the area since 1980. Being a locally owned business has many advantages over working with the big chain companies, the most significant is one of how you’re viewed and treated.
Because we live and work in this community, it does our business no favors to treat people like nothing more than a paycheck, which is how many of the big companies view you. Word of mouth spreads quickly in these communities, and we never would’ve made it as long as we did if we did shoddy work or treated our customers as a way to get paid.
We know how confusing and stressful it can sometimes be making decisions on expensive plumbing repairs and installation, which is why we make it a priority to sit down and explain everything from start to finish with every customer so they can make the most informed decision for their home and budget.
Lastly, we guarantee all of our work 100 percent, so you can have total peace of mind when working with us.