If you have hard, scaly deposits in your pipes, coffee makers or a lot of sticky, hard to remove soap scum in your showers – you could have hard water.
We refer to water containing high levels of magnesium, calcium and other minerals “hard”. You can have your water professionally to examine the levels of the dissolved minerals but it is typically easy to tell if you have hard water on your own.
Hard water leaves a hard, scaly residue that is difficult to remove. It collects inside pipes and appliances that utilize water such as coffee pots, refrigerators, washing machines and tea kettles. If left unchecked, the scaly deposits can completely occlude pipes resulting in costly repairs as well as rendering appliances useless.
Hard water also reacts negatively with soap. When your water is hard, it keeps soap from dissolving leaving a soapy residue on your skin, dishes and clothing. It is also water leaves the sticky soap scum you find on your bathtub and shower.
How do you keep these things from happening? Consider installing a home water softener.
Water softeners work to reduce the amount of mineral ions in your water thereby “softening” it. Water that has been purged of its negative ions is referred to as “softened”. With softened water you gt a reduction in scale, soap sum, cleaner clothes and dishes, and better life from your pipes and household appliances.
There are many types of water softeners but the most common for household use would be cation exchange.
This process takes the negatively charged mineral ions and replaces them with positively charged sodium ions (salt). Cation softeners use a brine tank which holds a dissolved salt solution. The softening process occurs when the household water washes through the bed of resin beads located in the bottom of the resin tank. The beads hold the negatively charged mineral ions then the brine solution washes the resin bed and the negatively charged ions are discharged as waste. The softened water is now ready for use.
The size and type of water softener will depend on your household and personal preferences. A qualified plumbing professional can help you choose what softener will work best for you, the size softener you will need for your household, and even install your unit for you.
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Midstate Plumbing can help eliminate your scaly pipes and faucets. Contact us to get an estimate on a new water softener at (651) 480-1195, we serve customers in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding area of Minnesota and Wisconsin.