Any discussion about how to improve your water quality is incomplete without a discussion of water softeners. Elsewhere, we discuss water purifiers and what they do, but we also talk about how they best work in conjunction with other water treatment methods. The water softener is one of the best items to pair along with a water purifier. In fact, many water softeners come with water purifiers already attached. If you’re living in an area where hard water is an issue, you should really familiarize yourself with and consider getting a water softener.
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Our Illinois Plumbing Contractors License is # 058-128943. We can assist you with your plumbing needs including setting up and installing, maintaining, repairing, or replacing water softeners and other water treatment systems. We handle residential, commercial, and industrial plumbing services.
Water softeners are designed to take the metals and minerals out of your water—what makes it “hard” in the first place. This includes such items as calcium and magnesium. When these minerals build up from hard water, sticking to your water heater or pipes, it is called scale. You’ll also notice this as build up and discoloration becomes apparent around places where water runs—the tray of a water dispenser on your fridge, near the drain on your sink or tub, the inside of dishwasher, etc.
This is also partially caused by soap’s difficulty in lathering in hard water, which causes it to leave behind excessive soap scum.Water softeners work based on simple science. The heavier elements such as calcium and magnesium will allow themselves to be replaced based on ionic attraction with sodium. So, the water softener brings water in and pushes it through a salt filter essentially, which them adds some salt to the water, but rids the water of other contaminants. The beads that trap the sodium to trade out with the magnesium and calcium will need to go through what is called a recharge cycle, where they soak themselves in a sodium chloride solution, which recharges the beads with sodium. The water softener is working during this period, but it will either temporarily shut off your water supply or fail to soften the water, depending on the particular model.
Common problems you run into with water softeners is when the electronic components fail and other standard plumbing issues. Up here, in the dead of winter, cracked pipes are definitely possible. You might also run into clogged drains, pressure issues, leaky joints, and more. For these sorts of things, it is recommended you contact a qualified plumbing contractor such as us over here at Crystal Lake Plumber. We’re available 24×7 to help you with plumbing emergencies whenever they come up.