Hard water is measured in grains per gallon (GPG) or milligrams per liter (mg/l). Anything from 60 to 120 GPG is considered hard water. Now what are those grains we are talking about? Well they are various minerals that have been picked up by the water from when it’s in the ground. Are they harmless? Well while mineral rich, hard, water contains no health risks, this water can pose problems for your plumbing system, fixtures, and even what you expose to the water, from skin to dishes. One of the effects of hard water is that soaps and detergents lose their effectiveness. So instead of dissolving completely, it all mixes with the minerals in the hard water and causes coagulations. This can affect hair and skin by making your skin feel dry and your hair dull.
A water softener is a device that acts as a filter for your water supply. It is an efficient mechanism that turns your mineral infused water into less-harmful, sodium enriched water. This is called “soft water”. Water softeners come in various forms, but all work basically the same.
A water softener works by getting rid of the calcium and magnesium in your water supply. Inside a water softener’s tank is small polystyrene beads known as resin or zeolite. These beads carry a negative charge that facilitates the ion exchange that transforms hard water to soft water. Basically the harmful minerals stick to the resin beads instead of flowing with the water. Then the sodium ions push the calcium and magnesium ions off the beads of resin during the flushing process. And this process cycles through consistently to provide you with that soft water. So your water may taste a little salty, but the harmful calcium and magnesium never reaches your water fixtures, shower heads, or faucets.
There are many reasons to using a water softener to counteract your hard water. Among these are:
At Inland Empire Plumbing, we understand that a hard water problem can be difficult and frustrating for homeowners. Besides causing residue to form on washed dishes, it can wear out clothing, and be extremely rough on the skin and hair. So when we install a water softener mechanism, we know that we are changing a life. And that is exactly how we approach it. We’re going to give honest advice about your situation, and go over all your options with you.
When it comes time to install a water softener for you home, we anticipate the needs of the home and your usage to determine which model is right for you. Installation itself can be either simple or difficult depending on the area we have to work with, but we’ll ensure that your softener is placed in most effective location in a safe and accessible manner.