Understanding Your Water Softener
To understand how a [water softener]2 works and why it is beneficial, you must first learn about “hard water”. Have you noticed a white scaly substance in your sink, or perhaps strange stains on the bottom of your coffee or tea pot? This substance is most likely a combination of magnesium, calcium, and other natural minerals that can negatively affect the water in your home. Before water reaches your home it travels through rock and soil picking up various materials along the way. While this is a natural event in nature, these minerals can potentially damage the pipes in your home by creating a build up of scale that will eventually reduce or completely stop water flow throughout your residence. If left unchecked hard water will not only damage pipes, but lessen the effectiveness of household cleaners like soap, dishwashing detergent and powders. If you are experiencing any of these problems it is important to contact a reliable Montgomery plumber from Cole Plumbing.
Hard water can be combated using a couple different methods. A pre-packaged water softener in chemical form, such as borax powder or sodium carbonate, removes calcium and magnesium from your water, however it is only useful for washing clothes or dishes, as the chemicals make the water undrinkable. The chemical packets may also contain phosphates, which can be harmful to the environment. The first is using a filtration system which distills or performs a reverse osmosis process on the water which removes the materials which cause the scale. The second, and most effective method for riding your home of hard water is to have a mechanical water softener installed by one of Cole Plumbing’s expertly trained technicians.
A mechanical water softener is a device that is connected to your home’s existing plumbing or water supply system. Although there are various water softening systems out there, the function and principle is still the same. Through a reverse osmosis filtration process a water softener trades unwanted minerals like calcium and magnesium for another. In most instances a sodium solution will be used. This process is known as an ion exchange. The end result of a water softener installation from Cole Plumbing will be water free from “scale”, making it ideal for drinking and washing.
If you or someone you know is in need of a water softener installation in the Montgomery area, contact Cole Plumbing at (334) 408-2636.