Hard water is a term often heard in association with water quality and plumbing. Hard water isn’t unique, not when 85% of the nation’s water supply is classified as hard. The only variance is the degree of hardness, and unfortunately, parts of Texas are classified as extremely hard. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth to schedule the professional installation of a water softener.
You may have wondered how hard water forms, and it begins with the fall of rain. Rain is naturally a weak acid as it contains the carbonic acid that occurs from the chemical reaction between water and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The slightly acidic rainwater soaks into the ground and seeps through layers of rock dissolving the minerals contained in the stone into the water, forming hard water. The types of rock in different areas determine degree of the waters hardness.
The Effects of Hard Water
Hard water affects almost every water related activity in our lives. While hard water creates increased costs related to plumbing repair and the increased amount of personal and household cleaning products, the experts claim hard water provides benefits, including:
- Improved taste
- Assists in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth
- Reduces the incidence of heart disease
However, the negative effects of hard water are unquestioned, and include:
- Hard water requires extra soap, and shampoo to produce lather.
- Causes unsightly and difficult to remove soap scum.
- When heated, hard water produces lime scale containing calcium carbonate in the water heater. As it builds in the form of sediment on the tanks bottom, energy costs increase reducing both the performance, and the lifespan of the appliance. Water softener installation by a plumber in Fort Worth can prevent the negative aspects of hard water.
- Hard water can cause blockage in the home’s plumbing in Fort Worth.
- Contributes to dry, itchy skin and dull hair, and can worsen conditions such as eczema.
- Causes spotty dishes, and affects the performance of water using appliances.
Homeowners often install carbon or reverse osmosis filtration systems, mistakenly believing the filtration will remove the minerals of hard water. However, only a water softener can remove the dissolved minerals contained in hard water. For those who prefer clean purified water and the treatment of hard water, a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth can install a water conditioning system. The system will provide the benefits of both a water filtration system in Fort Worth and water softening for the home or office.
A water softener provides the following benefits:
- A water softener prevents spotted dishes.
- Laundry detergent cleans better, and provides softer, brighter clothing, that last longer.
- Provides shinier hair and softer, healthier skin, while reducing the amount of soap and shampoo required.
- Extends the lifespan of appliances by reducing problems caused by hard water. This is especially beneficial for the water heater, which requires routine maintenance to remove built-up sediment caused by hard water. As a result, the water heater will require fewer repairs from a plumber in Fort Worth.
- A water softener reduces and/or prevents the blockages that hard water can cause in plumbing in Fort Worth.
- Hard water causes soap scum to adhere to tubs, and showers. In addition, the ugly stains that collect under the toilet rim are due to hard water. A water softener provides the solution.
- A water softener will eases cleaning chores by increasing the efficiency of cleaning products.
For additional information, or to schedule water softener installation or water softener repair, give us a call. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth can provide the professional installation of a water softener for home or office. Our licensed plumbers offer a wide range of residential and commercial plumbing services. You can rely on the expertise of a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Fort Worth, and your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. Our professional plumbers serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.