When it comes to your plumbing, you may need to consider a water softener.
A water softener by definition is a device or substance that softens hard water by removing certain minerals. Water is declared "hard" if it has a lot of minerals in it such as calcium and magnesium. Ground water picks up these minerals and transfers them to your water. Your plumbing provides one of the signs you have hard water comes. It is the actual alligator in the sewer and pipes, because it builds up on the insides of your pipes.
Hard water causes two problems:
- 1. Dissolved calcium and magnesium build up as "scale" on the insides of pipes, water heaters, appliances that use water, and industrial machinery. Scale reduces flow in pipes until eventually they are totally clogged.
- 2. Believe it or not, hard water reduces soap's capability to lather, regardless of whether it is in the shower, sink, washer, or dishwasher. It actually reacts to the soap and forms a sticky scum. This, in combination with the minerals themselves, can really take a toll on both your dishes and your clothes, not to mention what it can do to your skin.
A water softener helps to combat against hard water by actually removing the alligator problem, a.k.a. the minerals. By considering these facts about your plumbing, it’s easy to understand why water softeners are so commonly used. They are the least costly and most effective method of preventing mineral buildup in your water and on your pipes.
Contact Griffin Heating and Air Conditioning today for all of your plumbing and water softener needs at (704) 873-1749.