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Do I Need a Water Softener?


What the heck is soft water? And for that matter, what is hard water? Isn’t that just ice?

We know the terms are a little confusing but we can explain what they mean. And, along with that, we can probably explain some issues you might be having if you do have hard water and it has been giving you problems.

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See your water comes from a municipal source that cleans and filters it but this doesn’t mean that it won’t pick up some hitchhikers along its route to your house. Don’t worry we aren’t talking about germs. We are talking about minerals and sediment. These minerals can wreak havoc in your home and in your New Port Richey plumbing appliances over time which is something that can be addressed with a water softener.

What Makes Hard Water?

When we are talking about hard water, we are discussing water that has a higher level of minerals and sediment in it. This includes minerals such as calcium and magnesium.

What is Hard Water Problematic?

Hard water isn’t necessarily dangerous for your health. It is, however, less than good for your plumbing appliances in your house. This is because those minerals have the ability to begin collecting in your pipes, on faucets, in drains, and in other areas that deliver and dispose of water.

That build-up can start to restrict the flow of water through your pipes and appliances, or can even damage your plumbing. You should check your pipes regularly for mineral and sediment build-up, also known as limescale, because once it solidifies, you go from needing to clear your pipes to having to replace them which is far more expensive.

This can thankfully be controlled much more easily with the use of a water softener.

What is a Water Softener and How Does it Help Me?

If you have hard water that is coming into your home and you’d like to reduce the hardness of your water to protect your plumbing, it is a good idea to install a water softener. A water softener is a system that is installed as a part of your plumbing and assists each tap and faucet in your home by eliminating mineral contents. This provides benefits like water that is cleaner, tastes cleaner, and is easier on your dishes and clothes. Along with this, you will of course by helping to protect your pipes.

Can I Install a Water Softener Myself?

The short answer to this question is no, you should never try to install a water softener by yourself. This is because if the installation is done incorrectly it can end up costing you far more over time and can even harm your plumbing.

Don’t risk it! Instead, contact a professional plumber to get the system installed in order to ensure that it works correctly and lasts for a good long while.

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