You frequently hear about hard water in our blogs, that’s due to a large portion of Texas having hard water, and in some areas, it’s harder than in others. Nearly 85 percent of the potable water in the U.S. is hard water, which means it contains high levels of minerals, typically calcium, and magnesium. On the other hand, soft water contains very few or no minerals, and either occur naturally or is softened through treatment. The most costly aspect of hard water is, unquestionably, its damaging effects on your home’s plumbing in Arlington.
If hard water is causing problems for your appliances and plumbing, softening your water can save you time and money. A water softener can prevent issues with your plumbing in Arlington, diminish appliance repairs, decrease energy costs and enables you to use less cleaning products, laundry detergent, and shampoo, for example.
In addition, for those who have iron water, softening wills top the staining of your sinks and tubs due to the staining effect of iron. Your water will also taste better with the iron removed.
Cleaning with Hard
The minerals in hard water prevent soap and detergent from effectively cleaning. Furthermore, hard water can leave clothing dingy. Almost everyone with hard water is aware of the spotting that can occur on dishes, especially glass items. This is also due to hard water, and requires chemicals in the rinse cycle to prevent.
Hard water causes dingy whites and stiff fabric soft water is better for your laundry. Soft water reduces the amount of detergents and soaps required by as much as 50 percent. Whites will appear whiter, colors brighter, and the laundry softer.
Showering with Hard vs. Soft Water
Hard water aggravates dry skin and causes dull hair, and can lead to itchy skin and scalp. Due to its interaction with personal cleaning products, soap and shampoo suds less, and are harder to rinse away. The effects of hard water don’t end there though. It can worsen the symptoms of eczema and causes hair dye to fade faster.
The Effects on Pipes
The highest cost of hard water is to a home’s plumbing system. Hard water is the cause of scale build up in hot water heaters, coffee machines, can clog your pipes and potentially cause pinholes in copper plumbing. Faucets can also be affected with unsightly buildup. Over time, the costs of repair and premature replacement add up to significant cost due to hard water. If you’re tired of the negative effects of hard water on your plumbing in Arlington, give our plumbers a call.
Scale buildup in the water heater due to hard water is a primary cause of water heater failure. In an electric water heater, sediment due to scale collects in the bottom of the tank, and acts as an insulator around the heating element, increasing the energy cost to produce hot water. Furthermore, it can damage the appliance, resulting in the need for water heater repair in Arlington or replacement. If you would like to stop the cycle of damage due to hard water, schedule plumbing service today. We can provide the water softener installation your home needs to protect your plumbing in Arlington.
In addition, a condition due to hard water that almost anyone can recognize is the blockage of the toilet ports, leading to insufficient flushing action, and ugly buildup under the bowl rim. A water softener will stop the issues related to hard water.
Meanwhile, you can remove the ugly toilet bowl stains due to hard water by soaking toilet tissue in vinegar or lemon juice, and gently pressing under the rim. Allow it to soak for a few hours, and then test for loosening by scrubbing with a brush. Spray the paper down with the vinegar or lemon juice solution for a long soak if necessary. In the bowl, plunge away as much water as possible and pour some of the solution in the bowl to loosen buildup. Furthermore, a natural pumice stone will remove stubborn buildup, but use gently to avoid scratching the porcelain.
Over time, scratched porcelain causes greater difficulty in cleaning, and maintaining a clean toilet. If this sounds like your toilet, consider toilet replacement. A Benjamin Franklin plumber can provide toilet installation for you.
A common method for softening water is with an ion exchange water softener. This type of system typically replaces the calcium and magnesium in the water with salt, or potassium.
A water softener is compatible for use with a water filtration system in Arlington. Together they form a water conditioning system, and provide the best water available. Our licensed plumbers can provide the installation for you.
For expert advice about hard water, contact us at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. A water softener will remove damaging minerals from your water, extending the life span of water using appliances, and your home’s plumbing in Arlington.
Our professional plumbers in Arlington provide expert plumbing repair, plumbing installation, and plumbing service of residential and commercial plumbing in Arlington.
A Benjamin Franklin professional will be glad to assist you in the selection of an appropriate water softener for treating your home’s hard water. After selecting the unit, we will provide the professional installation into your home’s plumbing in Arlington. Our professional plumbers serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. Benjamin Franklin plumbers offer expertise for all of your plumbing in Arlington needs. We guarantee your satisfaction.