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What is a Water Softener
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  1. What is Hard Water?

  2. What is a Water Softener?

  3. Installing a Water Softener

  4. Caring For Your Water Softener

  5. Do You Need to Flush Your Water Heater with a Water Softener?

  6. Need a Water Softener? Call Us!

While drinking hard water is generally safe, and it is safe to use in everyday life, it may affect you in ways you do not realize. The taste of your water, seeing spots after you run your dishwasher because hard water can interfere with the action of soaps and detergents, and it's rough on your appliances. We at 1-800-Plumber +Air of McKinney are here to answer your questions.

What is Hard Water?

Hard water in the basic term is just water that has a high mineral count of calcium carbonate, calcium sulphate and magnesium hydroxide, and again while it is safe for consumption it may taste different. It can result in deposits inside your pipes and boilers which can cause water flow issues and less effective heating.

It can cause spots to build up on dishes because it makes detergents and soap less effective. It causes a chalky residue to build up on the inside of the dishwasher. And that makes it so the dishwasher cannot keep itself clean, affecting your dishes even more. Read on to learn more about a water softener and how it can help.

What is a Water Softener?

A water softener does exactly what it sounds like it does. It softens your water. It removes the minerals that cause the water to be hard. It may sound expensive and daunting to have a water softener installed. They can be easily installed to your existing plumbing and often at a lower price than what you may expect. There are quite a few different brands and styles to choose from to fit your house and lifestyle needs.

How Does it All Work?

So how does the process work? It may sound like magic, but it's not. To put it simply without getting into a chemistry lesson, it is an Ion exchange process. It takes the positively charged ions and secretes the calcium and magnesium out, leaving you with nice clean and fresh water.

Installing a Water Softener

This is one of those times it is best to call a licensed and insured plumber. While it can be done by yourself, using a reputable, licensed and insured plumber can save you the hassle of having to get a plumbing permit. All of our plumbers at 1-800-Plumber +Air of McKinney hold all of the required licenses and insurance to give you the peace of mind when it comes to all of your plumbing needs. Contact Us now to get started.

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Caring For Your Water Softener

Luckily in today's world, water softeners are amazingly low maintenance. The two biggest things to watch out for are salt bridges and salt mushing. This can be avoided by buying high-quality salt pellets.

Salt bridges happen when a hard crust forms in the brine tank and creates and space between the salt and the water, thus preventing the salt dissolving in the water to make the brine, and without the brine the resin beads that soften your water cannot do the job they are supposed to do.

Salt mushing on the other hand is a little more serious of the two. This problem happens when salt that has dissolved recrystallizes and forms a sludge on the bottom of the tank. This thick layer of salt prevents the water softener from properly cycling through the regeneration process. This will keep your water hard and may create a blockage in the tank. If it wasn't salt bridging it may be salt mushing and the only way to solve this problem is by draining the water softener and digging out all of the old salt and replacing it. This can be avoided by buying high quality salt pellets and managing the humidity around your water softener. If it is too humid, condensation can occur in the brine tank causing the salt to bond together and the bridge. So keeping the temperature and humidity levels steady while using high quality salt pellets will help. Contact Us now if you have any questions.

Do You Need to Flush Your Water Heater with a Water Softener?

While you may not need to drain your hot water heater as frequently if you have a water softener, you should still drain your unit regularly. Because even water that has been treated to turn it into soft water still has trace amounts of calcium and magnesium and when heated these can leave deposits on the inside of your water heater, putting you at risk of inefficient heating and clogs over time.

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Need a Water Softener? Call Us!

The advantages and benefits of using a water softener are numerous and we highly recommend it to all homeowners if you are suffering from hard water. The taste of the drinking water will go up. No more spots on dishes, and your appliances will last longer.

If you are ready to install a water softener Contact Us today! We at 1-800-Plumber +Air of McKinney can help you. Our licensed and insured plumbers have experience installing different models of water softeners. And they can explain how it works. If you need a plumber in McKinney, do not hesitate to call us today. 1-800-Plumber +Air the Name You Can Trust. Because a water softener can restore health and happiness to your water and home. We're committed to all of our customers, all of the way, all of the time. Contact us today if you have any additional questions or to schedule an appointment.

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