When you decide you’ve had enough of the hard water in your home, and you want a water treatment system installed, you’ll need to contact a plumbing professional. One of the first things we’ll do is decide just how hard the water in your home is. Hard water is determined by the high amounts of magnesium and calcium suspended in your home’s water. But how do water softeners work?

Water Softeners

Softening the water is a two part process. The hard water coming into your home passes through a filter. This filter contains negatively charged plastic beads. These beads attract and then filter out the calcium and magnesium from the water; these are the main minerals that cause the water to be “hard”.

Now that the water is soft, it needs to be regenerated. For this it needs the water softener salt. This process takes positively charged salt ions, which then force the magnesium and calcium off of all the plastic beads. Then the salty regenerated water is flushed out through the water softener. There are times when a reverse osmosis system water treatment system is needed as well, if the water is too salty.

There are times when you should test your water:

  • When you move into a new home
  • If your water starts tasting or smelling odd
  • If your appliances are collecting residue
  • When your utility bills start rising for no apparent reason

Many problems that can lie in the water can be unseen, and can cause problems which can lead to potentially serious illness depending on the contamination levels. Sometimes you can spot these problems when you see the build-up on appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators with water dispensers, or see reactions on your skin or hair.

If you think you have a problem with hard water, give McDonough Plumbing a call. You can count on our professionals to determine the level of hardness in your water, and recommend the right water treatment system for your home.


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