Hard water is a problem that a lot of our customers in the Johnson City area have. But one of the things that often surprises us is that many customers don’t know that they have hard water or what they can do about it. At Marc Francis Plumbing, we have top-quality solutions for homeowners in the Tri-City area. A water softener installation can be the best line of defense for water quality issues in your home. These systems filter your water supply and keep your family and home comfort with soft and usable water.
Looking for other water filtration systems? We offer various options and can help you find the ideal system for your budget and home needs.
How Do Water Softeners Work?
Water softeners have resin tanks that contain many little beads that are made of a salt resign. These beads contain ions that are electrically charged. When they’re freshly regenerated, the beads are filled with sodium ions from the water softener’s salt. When hard water passes through a water softener, the magnesium and calcium ions are attracted to the beads, effectively breaking down the mineral contents of hard water.
While it may seem complicated, in its basic form, water softeners use salt to break down the minerals found in hard water. If your water supply is not effectively filtered at the city level or if you pull water from a well, you may be dealing with hard water issues without even realizing it.
Signs You Have Hard Water
Do you have hard water? For many homeowners in the Tri-Cities, they won’t realize it until it’s too late. Knowing the warning signs is the first step to properly protecting your home from damage. They include:
- Minerals build-up around your water fixtures
- Soap scum found on your bathtub, shower door or shower curtain
- Shorter lifespan for your water heater
- Itchy and dry skin
- Dull and scratchy clothing
- Spotty flatwater, glasses and dishes
If you’re noticing these signs above, chances are that you have hard water. While many of them can be aesthetic, your major concern should be with actual pipe damage. A major side effect of hard water is scale buildup in your pipes. Hard water scale is essentially a mineral deposit that builds in your pipes. These deposits can become major blockages, stopping the flow of water into and out of your home entirely or worse, causing a pipe burst.
Dealing with hard water scale? Be sure to ask our plumbers about our hydro jetting solutions for the best in drain cleaning.
Your Water Softener Installation Pros
At Marc Francis Plumbing, we understand the importance of a high-quality water supply. With our water softener installation services, you can enjoy clean and usable soft water without the concern for damage to your plumbing. We also offer water softener repair services to keep your existing system in the best shape possible.
With over 25 years of local expertise, you can count on our staff to protect your plumbing and find you the most cost-effective solution for water filtration.