As explained in more detail in our previous article, a water softener works by removing contaminates and minerals from your water. As water passes through the ground it picks up different minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium which cause your water to be “hard”. Hard water can cause problems with your plumbing, reduce the lifetime of your appliances, cause skin irritations and make it harder to clean.
In dry areas, such as Phoenix, Arizona, the tap water is usually much harder than in other areas. This is why water softeners are so common in the Phoenix area. The question, though, is whether they’re really worth it and what are the disadvantages to installing one. First, we will review the benefits of water softeners and then discuss the disadvantages.
While most of the disadvantages involve salt-based water softeners, they are the most commonly used. There are, however, some that are not salt-based and would eliminate many of the disadvantages, other than cost.
In fact, Arizona State University completed a study in 2011 and discovered the most promising technology for softening water without salt is the template assisted crystallization process. It tested four types of water softener not using salt: capacitive deionization, electrically induced precipitation, template assisted crystallization, and electromagnetic water treatment.
Another route you can take to reduce the harm caused by a water softener, should you choose to install one, would be to only attach the unit to your hot water line. This would allow you to take advantage of the benefits of softer water when cleaning, while reducing the negative impact it has.
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When you hire a plumber from Peace of Mind Plumbing you can rest assured that the plumber who services you will be a certified licensed plumber. While many companies here in the valley employ unlicensed plumbers, Peace of Mind Plumbing only employs state licensed and certified plumbers. This requires extensive training and on-the-job experience, ensuring that the job gets done correctly. In fact, 9 out of 10 plumbers in the Phoenix metro are not licensed and do not have the expertise to properly provide reliable service.
This is why so many plumbing jobs do not get completed correctly the first time, requiring them to come back a second or third time for repairs that could have been handled on the first service call if the plumber was licensed and experienced.The next time you need a plumbing repair or installation, make sure that the plumber you’re hiring is a licensed plumber who has the experience and training required to get the job done right always. Peace of Mind Plumbing provides plumbing services in Anthem in the Phoenix metro area and can provided certified and licensed plumbing services at affordable prices and will get the job done correctly the first time.
Result: Unnecessary, future costly repairs.