There are so many water quality options out there, people can easily lose track and forget that water purifiers and water conditioners are essentially the same thing. They are just called by different names. In all reality, the term water purifier and water conditioner are interchangeable. They work in the same method, pushing hard water into a brine tank, where ionized beads will trade calcium and magnesium particles for sodium. This is going to be much less harsh on your home and plumbing fixtures.
If you’re in one of the more remote or outlying regions around Huntley, Crystal Lake, McHenry, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Northern Cook County, Kane County, Lake County, or McHenry County, chances are you either already have a water conditioner or you need one.
The hard water in some of these areas—especially those that are fed off of well water—can be detrimental to the plumbing fixtures within your home or business. We at Crystal Lake Plumber service many people in these areas from the residential, commercial, and industrial areas. The damage untreated hard water can do to your plumbing is massive.
The scale build up on and in your appliances as well as throughout your home or business’s plumbing. This is going to wear them down, cause components and machines to fail sooner. Water conditioners can stop that from happening, or at least delay it.
The problem is, what kind of water conditioner do you need?
We can help you run some water quality tests and see how much of a problem your hard water situation really is. The relative level of water hardness is measured in GPG or grains per gallon. One grain is equal to about 64.8 miligrams of calcium carbonate. The following is a guide for the different levels of water hardness.
• Anything below 1 grain per gallon is considered soft water.
• Measurements ranging between 1 grain per gallon and 3.5 grains per gallon borderline hard or soft, depending on where on the scale they fall.
• With water quality tests showing between 3.5 grains per gallon and 7 grains per gallon, the water is considered moderately hard.
• Anything with between 7 grains per gallon and 10 grains per gallon is considered hard water.
The more grains per gallon, the more necessary water conditioners and similar water treatment systems become necessary. Without water conditioners at the higher side of that GPG scale, you are going to have pipes consistently getting clogged, water heaters clogging, dishwashers staining, washing machines declining, and all of the above failing.
This all leads to costly, time consuming headaches. Let the licensed plumbing contractors at Crystal Lake Plumber help to head off all that before it becomes an issue. Install the right water conditioners in the beginning. From there, properly maintain and program them. This will allow you to keep your plumbing and related appliances running great for years to come.
For expert advice and assistance with the installation of water conditioners, related water treatment system, and other plumbing needs, contact us today.