Water Softeners: to soften or not to soften?
Plumbing is about more than just proper layouts, leaks, drainage, and strength of material. It is actually more complex than just that. It is also about what chemicals go into the pipes and how that affects the overall function of the system. One thing that does affect internal function and, especially the effectiveness of dishwashing soap, is hard water.
What is hard water?
It is not water that turned into a solid. Hard water is a water type that has high levels of calcium and magnesium carbonates. Although these minerals have been proven to be essential nutrients, once both of these permeate water, it causes a build-up on pipe surfaces and can cause blockage or damage to your plumbing and heating systems. These same nutrients are the same mineral content found in limestone and can be difficult to remove without professional help.
What does a water softener do?
Depending on the level of “hardness”, hard water can be classified into soft, slightly hard, moderately hard, hard, and very hard. Generally, if water is classified as anything less than the hard category, then it will likely not give you any problems. Anything in the hard and very hard classification can be treated with an ion exchange unit which reduces the magnesium and calcium deposits. How this works is that the calcium content is slowly replaced by the positively charged ions from resin. After this, the unwanted mineral deposits are broken down and reduced.
What are the advantages of a water softener?
Water softeners can be beneficial in many ways, but probably the most important way they will help people is by efficiently clearing out the mineral content that might cause blockage and break your equipment such as heaters and toilets. This prolongs the life of your appliances and keeps your plumbing working efficiently. This will save you money because you do not have to constantly get repairs.
From a chemical standpoint, it also helps soap and detergent perform their maximum cleaning potential, making your household items clean in less time than you would normally get it cleaned.
Treating hard water is not something that can be done just by anyone. That is why it is recommended to get plumbing professionals from trusted service providers like Green Planet Plumbing Australia. We are regarded as one of the leading plumbing and maintenance services in Newcastle for residential and commercial properties. Our team is equipped with the proper knowledge, training, and experience to handle the ion exchange unit or water softener. We make sure that you not only get rid of the problem, we also help you prevent it from happening again. Call us now and let us help you clean and optimise your plumbing system.