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Water Softeners Help You Beat Hard Water Problems

Monday, August 7th, 2017 by Butter Plumbing

water-softening-systemWe live in the desert, and that means that hard water is a constant problem for homeowners in the area. There’s nothing harmful about hard water, specifically, but it can leech away at your quality of life in subtle ways. In the worst cases, it can also damage your pipes badly enough to merit a repair call. (more…)

Water Softeners Improve Quality of Life

Monday, March 20th, 2017 by Butter Plumbing

Plumbing_1165884_49865573-meOur local plumbing systems are very effective and most of us enjoy the benefits of good plumbing with only the occasional repair or replacement session interfering. But here in the Nevada desert, the issue of hard water can slowly but inexorably eat into that dependability. There’s nothing actively harmful about hard water: it’s simply water with an unusually high mineral content, usually calcium or magnesium which our systems can ingest safely. But it wears into your quality of life, as well as affecting other key parts of your household. A water softener can easily correct those problems. (more…)

How Hard Water Can Damage Your Home’s Plumbing

Friday, February 27th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

The term “hard water” gets tossed around a lot in our culture. Some people believe that it affects their beauty routine, damaging hair and increasing instances of acne. Many people even believe that hard water can have an impact on the taste of their pizza crust. But most plumbers would say that you should be far more concerned with how hard water may affect your plumbing system.

What is hard water? And how do you get rid of it?

“Hard water” is marked by a high concentration of minerals in the water. Not to worry—this is incredibly common and most of the time, these minerals don’t lead to any illnesses. However, the magnesium and calcium in your water can leave behind deposits that can have a major impact on any plumbing system, from the pipes to the appliances.

These deposits build up in the pipes, and may continue to build up until the opening in a pipe becomes smaller and smaller. This restricts the water pressure flowing through the pipes, an effect which you may slowly begin to notice over time in your shower. If the deposits continue to build up, you might find yourself in need of plumbing replacement, as the pipes may become too clogged for a plumber to effectively descale them. Hard water can damage appliances like dishwashers and washing machines beyond repair as well.

Taking Preventative Action

A plumber may detect hard water during an annual maintenance visit or you may notice hard water in a couple of ways. Soap scum left behind in your dishwasher or washing machine are sure signs that you have hard water in the home, as is low water pressure.

Take preventive action by having a technician install a new water treatment system at your water supply. The best system for the job is a water softener. This unit contains a resin beads which attract and retain the calcium and magnesium. Some salt may make its way into your plumbing system during this process but the amount is relatively minor. If you’d like to eliminate salt entirely, a reverse osmosis system may be a good choice.

Call us today at Butter Plumbing for professional plumbing installation, maintenance, or repair of all types of water treatment systems in Clark County.