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Professional Water Softener Installation in Houston
Living in Houston, there are a few things homeowners can count on; long hot summers, I-610 will be permanently under construction and hard water. We see evidence of the high mineral content of our local water every time we wash our dishes or take a shower. The mineral deposits left behind by hard water appear as a “fog” or “film” on our glass and tile surfaces.
There isn’t much anyone can do about eliminating hard water from your city or municipal water supply. Since installing a private well is against the rules of your HOA or condominium bylaws, the next best option is a water softener installation in Houston.
What is a Water Softener?
Simply stated, a water softener eliminates calcium and magnesium from water using a process called “ion exchange.” Hard water enters the filtration chamber through a bed of negatively charged resin beads that react with the positively charged minerals. These beads then retain the ions from the minerals, releasing sodium ions in their place. The water that flows out of the unit is now softened water.
What Can Hard Water Do to My Plumbing?
Aside from the cloudy dishes and dingy shower doors, hard water can have several long-lasting effects on plumbing pipes, fixtures, and appliances.
In galvanized water supply lines, the small rock-like mineral deposits bang against elbow joints, leaving small scratches in the pipe’s coating. With continued exposure to these tiny stones, the exposed steel in the pipes will begin to corrode, eventually leading to leaks.
Faucets, toilets, and showerheads all suffer at the hands of hard water. Scale buildup will cause faucets and showerheads not to flow as freely as they once did. Toilet tank components that are exposed to hard water will have flappers and fill valves failing, as well as clogging the small holes under the rim of your toilet.
Water heaters are particularly susceptible to damage from hard water, as the minerals in the water tank settle to the bottom. As this layer of sediment gets deeper, your water heater becomes less efficient over time.
Do I Need to Install a Whole House Water Softener?
For homeowners looking to soften or filter water at individual faucets or spigots, there are several sink top and shower head filters available that you can install yourself. Most home improvement stores will carry these single outlet filtration devices.
By having a water softener installation in Houston, you can say goodbye to dingy laundry, crunchy hair, and dry skin. Any homeowner that notices a lot of cloudy glassware or needs to spend hours scrubbing soap scum off of a shower curtain should call Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services to find out what type of water softening system or appliances are right for your home.
Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services offers free estimates and free second opinions on your water softener installation in Houston.