One of the services offered by RupCoe Plumbing & Heating Co Inc. is the installation, maintenance and repair of water softeners. This is not something you have to install but it can be very useful for those who live in a hard water area.
Are you in a hard water area?
One of the easiest ways to tell if you live in a hard water area is to look at your cutlery, dishes and glasses. You may be able to spot stains on glasses that cause the glass to look a little ‘foggy’ and your shiny cutlery may not be as shiny as it used to be. You might also notice spots forming on the metal. This is because there are abrasive particles in hard water and even though you might try to clean things again, you will find that these spots are hard to shift.
You can also tell if you live in a hard water area because you will notice an excess of scale. You will be able to see this build up in your kettle and you may have already noticed that it is causing a problem in your boiler and the rest of your plumbing system. The scale will leave the appliance less able to work efficiently and water will find it much harder to pass through the system. A problem like this can be very expensive to deal with.
However, it is not just your household appliances and the plumbing that can be affected by the presence of hard water. You might notice that your hair is dull or that your skin feels dry and itchy. This is because of the higher levels of calcium and magnesium salts in the harder water so that soap and shampoo effectiveness is reduced.
When you wash your clothes you may notice that your white clothes start to appear grayer and that colors fade faster. Your washing powder and softener will seem to be less effective and your clothes could have a scratchy feel to them.
So how can a water softener help?
A water softening device will take away the hard water ions and therefore remove the negative effects of the harder water in a process referred to as ion exchange. There is a wide range of water softening devices on the market so it is a good idea to get some professional advice before you make your purchase. If you think that you need a water softener why not call RupCoe Plumbing &Heating Co Inc. and talk to a member of our team about the right option for you. Some units, for example, will track levels of water use while others will automatically regenerate.
There are water testing kits available that can make it easier to figure out if you have hard water. You also need to be aware that the requirements of every household are going to be different. There are different variations of hard water so you need to make sure that your choice of water softening device meets the needs of your local area and luckily RupCoe is on hand to help you to do just that.
Can a water softener help you to become more eco-friendly?
You might not think it but it does have the potential to help you to become more eco-friendly. With hard water you may have to turn to cleaning products that contain harsher ingredients, as these are the ones that can deal with the harder water. With softer water you can opt for gentler cleaning products and soaps. The fact that your plumbing and boiler will work more efficiently is also a bonus for the planet as it can bring down your energy and utility costs, with some experts estimating that savings of up to 29% can be made. There is also a drop in the carbon footprint of your home when you make good use of a water softener. Again, an estimate from experts believes that this could be the equivalent of one less SUV on the roads for a year.
The advantages of installing a water softener if you are having a hard water problem far outweigh the disadvantages; a member of the RupCoe team is on hand to go through all the facts and figures with you so that you can make an informed decision. For more information all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call – it could be one that makes a real difference to your daily life.