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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Have you ever attempted to fix a plumbing leak with duct tape? Most people have and learned the hard way that it never works. A proper leak repair can save you thousands of dollars in avoided water damage. So, if you know that you have a water leak, the smartest thing you can do is contact a certified plumber to professionally repair the damage and prevent water damage to your home.
Peace of Mind Plumbing in Glendale, Arizona, can quickly locate your water leak and fix the problem quickly and correctly to avoid further costs from damage. Because a water leak can quickly cause significant damage to your home – in addition to being a major inconvenience – it is imperative that you contact a plumber immediately.
We have been providing plumbing services to the residents and businesses of Glendale for over 18 years and have earned the trust of our local community. We’ve been helping resolve plumbing problems in Glendale even before University of Phoenix Stadium was built in the area. We are a local business that is dedicated to providing honest, quality work at affordable prices.
If you have a water leak and need emergency plumbing repairs, we can help. Not only do we provide 24/7 emergency repair service, but as certified plumbers we can get the job done right the first time. Experience always trumps price when dealing with a plumbing disaster but that doesn’t mean you have to pay an arm and leg with us. We keep all of our pricing competitive and at affordable rates.
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Do you know how high the water pressure in your home is? Do you know what the recommended amount is? 9 out of 10 homeowners do not know that their water pressure is higher than the recommended amount. What’s worse, most homeowners don’t even know that having high water pressure is a bad thing for their home.
If your water pressure is too high, you could be causing serious damage to your plumbing and costing yourself thousands. High water pressure can:
To ensure that you avoid these potential problems, you have to regulate the water pressure in your home. That’s where a water pressure regulator comes in to play. The water pressure regulator, though, needs to be set correctly and needs to be repaired or replaced when broke – many people will go years with a faulty regulator, causing damage and wasting water.
A pressure regulator in your home can ensure that the pressure coming from the municipal supply is reduced to a safe pressure that won’t damage your plumbing. To protect the supply line to your home and any irrigation system you may have, the regulator should be placed at the meter instead of just at the entrance of the building. If you do have an irrigation system, this would also help prevent misting which increases the efficiency of the irrigation system and save you water and money.
Unfortunately, water pressure regulators – like any mechanical device – don’t last forever. If you have noticed any of the issues listed above and you already have a pressure regulator, you will want to test the water pressure to see if the regulator is operating properly. In many cases, if you haven’t replaced or tested the pressure regulator in several years, it may need to be repaired or replaced.
You should test your water pressure on a regular basis to avoid any problems with your plumbing which could result in costly repairs – test monthly or when you notice changes in the pressure. In some cases, the water pressure may fluctuate simply because of higher demand for water in your home or neighborhood during busier times of the day.
Testing your water pressure is as simple as checking the water pressure gauge. Your water pressure should read between 45PSI and 65PSI but can go as low as 40PSI and as high as 70PSI without you having to panic.
If you do not have a pressure gauge you can simply purchase one from a home improvement or hardware store for about $20 or less. Then, attach the gauge to an outdoor or indoor faucet and turn on the water. The gauge will then read the pressure of the water. It is advised to test the pressure on several different faucets to ensure you’re getting the same reading across all areas of your home and to get an accurate reading.
If your water pressure is too high or too low, you may need to repair your water pressure regulator. For assistance with repairs or replacement in the Phoenix metro area, contact Peace of Mind Plumbing.
If you live in Phoenix, Arizona, you’ve likely been told that you should have a water softener system in your home. In fact, about 1 out of 4 homes have water softener systems in the Phoenix area. So what do water softeners do? A water softener does just what it sounds like, it softens water. To understand what that means, first you’ll need to understand what hard water is and why so many people want to soften it.
Hard water is water that has a high concentration of minerals. While water is in the ground it picks up soluble bits of whatever it passes through. This could also include contaminates but is usually just minerals from the earth. Of the minerals that water picks up, the ones to be concerned about are calcium and magnesium as they affect the ability of water to function in our homes and are what cause water to be “hard”.
One of the more annoying effects of hard water is that it causes soaps and detergents to lose some effectiveness. Normally soap would dissolve completely but with hard water it combines with the minerals and forms a coagulated soap curd. This results in needing to use more soap while the sticky insoluble curd hangs around, clinging to skin, shower walls, hair, etc.
Hard water can also have a negative effect on your laundry. While washing your laundry with hard water, the aforementioned soap curds can work their way into your clothing, causing dirt to be trapped in the fibers. This can roughen the fabric and cause it to feel stiff.
Not only does hard water affect the washing process but the insoluble soap deposits leave spots on everything you wash while also leaving a soap film that builds up on your bath and shower.
Lastly, one of the more costly effects of hard water is what it can do to your plumbing system. As calcium and magnesium deposits build up in pipes, it reduces the flow of water to taps and appliances. This build up in the pipes can also cause serious problems with water heaters, causing them to lose efficiency and reduce the life of the heater.
The basic answer behind what a water softener does and how it works is that it removes the calcium, magnesium and other contaminates out of your water.
Most water softeners are simply a mechanical appliance in your home that is connected to your water supply system. They work by replacing the unwanted minerals in your water with something else, usually sodium. This process is called ion exchange. The result: softer water.
So why do so many homes in Phoenix use water softeners? Well, that’s because hard water is much more common in desert areas. Phoenix is actually one of the top 5 metropolises in the U.S. with the hardest water. That’s why water softeners are so common in the Phoenix area and why you’ve likely been told you should use one.
The next question you may be asking is, do I really need a water softener? Many people argue that the benefits of softer water don’t outweigh the high costs of a water softener while others argue the opposite. To help you make an educated decision and better understand the pros and cons of installing a water softener, we will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of a water softener in our next article.