Many homeowners take tap water for granted. It’s always there when you turn on the faucet, washing machine, dishwasher or shower. Unfortunately, there can be many issues with your tap water that you’re not aware of.
While most overtly harmful agents can be filtered out of tap water before it even reaches your home, your water can still carry excess minerals like calcium and magnesium. Water with this composition is considered hard water, and while it may not necessarily be unsafe to drink, it can cause many problems for your home.
Luckily, all of the problems associated with hard water can be remedied with the installation of a home water softening system. But you don’t just want to go out and buy one of these before you know that you have hard water in your home. You also need to know that the system you purchase is the right kind for your situation. The best thing you can do if you’re concerned about hard water in your home is call the Wilmington & Dover, DE area water treatment experts at Boulden Plumbing.
Identifying Hard Water
When you call us, the first thing we’ll do is come out and check your water to measure its hardness and other characteristics. While you won’t know exactly how hard your water is until it’s been professionally tested, there are some warning signs you can watch for so that you’ll know if calling a professional is warranted.
For instance, if you consistently find a white buildup around your faucets and showerheads, you probably have hard water. These buildups are actually deposits of the excess minerals found in the water that were left behind when it passed through or evaporated. And while this buildup is a nuisance to clean off on its own, just think about all of the places it could be building up that you can’t reach.
You may think of hard water merely as a cosmetic problem, but it can do real damage to your plumbing and appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine. For all of these reasons, investing in a water softening system makes sense from an economic point of view.
How Water Softening Works
Water softening is actually very simple technology. Once a water softener is installed in your home, it intercepts the water coming into your home before it reaches any of your indoor plumbing. At that point, most water softeners separate out the calcium and magnesium molecules and replace them with sodium, an element that won’t come out of your water as it moves through your pipes.
This relatively simple process adds nothing chemical or hazardous to your water and ensures that you won’t have to deal with the problems associated with mineral buildup in your pipes and appliances.
Water Softener Options
Of course, not all water softening systems are the same. Some lower-end models overcompensate, replacing the calcium and magnesium with too much sodium. This causes an unsafe condition as well, as it’s not safe to drink water with high salt levels. So you want to make sure you get a good system that will take care of your hard water problem without introducing other problems.
Boulden has the experience and expertise you need in this situation. We install high quality water softening systems in homes all over the Wilmington & Dover metropolitan area and we would be glad to add yours to the list. Call us today to learn more about potential hard water issues in your home and what you can do about them.