The High Cost of Hard Water
How do we know?
We’ve been in the water treatment and plumbing business for over 41 years.
Did you know that 90% of all plumbing repairs of faucets and fixtures are caused by Hard Water?
Hard water is excessive calcium and manganese which are just plain minerals in your water? Mineral deposits form internally and corrode brass, copper, plastic and rubber seals?
The elements in the water breakdown components in your plumbing system and keep them from operating efficiently. We have found that adding a water softener that removes hard water elements improves the efficiency and reduces repairs dramatically throughout the years.
This can save you a lot of money not to mention a lot of other things.
The hardness of water is measured in grains per gallon: generally speaking this is 3.6 GPG which is the lowest threshold of hardness, and 10.0 GPG or more would be considered extremely hard water.
To see and feel the presence of lime scale that are most obvious, just take a look at your glassware, dry skin and hair, water heater popping and crackling, showerheads clog and faucet aerators and many other things.
Some of the other victims of hard water effect your homes hot water heating system big time. Whether you have a tank type water heating system or you have a tank less water heating system.
“Just as a side note” Tank less water heating systems are more prone to breakdown because of excessive hard water running through them and they are very expensive to repair. Almost hundred percent of water heater repair issues are due to the water quality itself. Check your manufacturer’s recommendations for flushing your heater or you could just call us and we’ll do it for you. There’s a difference between flushing the tank type heaters versus the tank less water heaters.
By having a water conditioner you will improve the efficiency of heating your water by 30% or more. Softened water heats faster than hard unconditioned water.
Dishwashers and wash machines have the same consequences as most of your other water bearing appliances in your home. Hard water clogs the Jets, ruins the seals damages washers and valves and pretty much ruins the finish and function of the appliance.
Your homes water piping. The water piping that’s in your house especially if it’s galvanized metal or copper is extremely vulnerable to corrosion from hard water. The hard mineral deposits calcify in the lining of the pipe and along with electrolysis can erode the pipe from within. More information on this under slab leaks.
A lot of people don’t even realize that they even have hard water until they have a water softener. Our customers can’t believe the quality of their water on how it tastes and feels after a week of clean, soft water. They tell us, I can’t believe I waited this long.
You will have softer skin, no more mineral deposits in your glassware, softer and brighter laundry and no more soap residue on your tile or shower glass door.
You may be wondering how a water softener works.
Our ENTEK water softening units are specially made for us in the USA with the strictest quality and with top-of-the-line controls. And with a warranty that cannot be matched anywhere in the industry.
A cylindrical type tank houses special resin beads which are negatively charged and when you introduce sodium the ions become positive. The calcium and magnesium ions filter through the resin beads and are captured resulting in water that is free of calcium and manganese. After a certain amount time the unit will go through a regenerating process which cleans out the calcium and other metallic material such as iron and manganese. And then once that’s done the unit’s program to induce sodium back into the resin bed so that it is ready to go to work for whatever the time you have on your regeneration cycle. This is what we call “ion exchange”.
The majority of the hardness minerals are removed from the water, and replaced by a very small amount of harmless sodium.
Let me give you an example, one 8oz glass of softened water would equal hundred and 160 mg of sodium which is equal to one slice of white bread. That’s not very much and if you look at the difference between other foods it’s even higher compared to one glass of water.
Take a look at this comparison, one slice of white bread has about 160 milligrams of sodium;
A 3/4 cup of canned baked beans = 1130 mg; A 1 tablespoon of catsup = 204 mg; 1 medium frankfurter = 610 mg; and One Alka Seltzer tablet contains 532 mg of sodium. This is just some of the many foods that contain more sodium than just one 8 ounce glass of softened water.