Replace Your Water SoftenerThe water softener in your home provides multiple functions. Not only does it help to keep your hair and skin soft, and keep your hair soft and shiny. It helps to make your clothes last longer and protect your plumbing. Your water softener protects your plumbing system by helping to prevent sediment from building up which in turn can help to prevent leaks. So if it stops working, it can become a problem. So how do you know when it’s time to replace your water softener?

Laundry Problems

If you’re having problems with your laundry such as clothes coming out stiff, that could be a signal. Especially if you’re using a fabric softener. If your clothes are feeling stiff and are scratchy and you’re using more fabric softener than usual, and it still isn’t solving the problem, the water softener is probably going. The last thing you want is this sediment to build up and cause issues with the washing machine. It is better to get it looked at sooner rather than later.


If it is getting more difficult to get a good lather with your favorite soap, that is a good indicator that your water softener isn’t working properly. If you’re using more soap and more shampoo, these are also telltale signs that it’s time to call a professional plumber to come check out your water softener.

Toilet, Bathtub, and Sink Stains

Seeing rusty or dingy stains on your bathtub, sink, or in your toilet are signs that it’s time to replace your water softener. Many times these stains were the reason you installed a water softener to begin with. So if you notice them coming back, give your plumber a call and have them inspect your water softener before it becomes a bigger problem.

Chalky Build Up on Faucets

Look at your shower heads and faucets, if you notice a white chalky buildup, there’s a problem with hard water. This mineral sediment buildup could mean that your water softener needs to be replaced.

As soon as you think there might be a problem with your water softener in the Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda areas, give McDonough Plumbing a call. Contacting us sooner rather than later could mean a repair rather than a replacement. If you notice any of the problems listed above, it’s a sign that something isn’t right. Call us, we’re here to help you.


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