Saving Your Valuable Plumbing With Water Softeners
Water softeners are often the first line of defence for your plumbing fixtures and appliances in the Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo region.
The water in this region contains high concentrations of calcium, magnesium and other minerals. When water comes into contact with your fixtures, they will eventually leave behind mineral deposits. You’ve likely noticed a hard white substance that is often difficult to remove (*Pro Tip: never use sandpaper or nail files to remove hard water buildup).
This mineral buildup will cause plumbing issues – excessive fouling up of toilets, water heaters, faucets, shower heads, and premature corrosion. Both of these can lead to expensive but avoidable repairs.
Installing a water softener can alleviate much of your troubles by removing the minerals before they get to your fixtures. To accomplish this, water passes through a water softener resin bed. This bed attracts and stores the minerals, thus preventing them from flowing further into your home or business. Once the resin has been saturated with minerals, it is cleaned in a ‘regeneration’ cycle.The automatic cleaning process involves using a salt brine solution in a process called an “Ion-exchange” This is why you need to periodically add softener salt to your water softener in order for it to operate properly!
Softeners will ensure the long life of plumbing fixtures, water heaters and appliances and they will drastically reduce the amount of time you need to clean your fixtures. Softeners produced today are extremely durable, reliable and capable of many years of service.
If you’d like a professional opinion on a water softener for your home or business, give us a call at Gowing Brothers Plumbing, (519) 621-2206.