Most homes in North America have hard water—89.3 percent in the U.S. and 85 percent in Canada.
It’s all right to drink hard water, but it can cause trouble in your Calgary home:
- Mineral buildup in plumbing and appliances
- Reddish streaks in toilets
- Worn-looking clothing and scratchy towels
- Dry skin and hair
- Splotches on dishes, flatware and glasses
- Low flow rate during showers
Water softening solutions from A1 Chesney Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can address your home water problems and bring you purer drinking water.
Whether you’re starting to check out water softeners or you need water softener repair, our group of Experts are here to help.
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Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s economical to run a water softener. It needs less than $3 in electricity year-round.2
A water softener only needs about 2.5 pounds of salt. That’s 80 percent less salt than dial-style softeners.
Soft water can make cleaning take less time, help your appliances last longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.
Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures
Soft water helps water flow freely in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral coatings to build up in your pipes and fixtures. This can cause clogs and reduced water pressure.
Showerheads in homes with hard water can lose 75 percent of their flow rate in less than 18 months. Soft water keeps the luster and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were put in.
Soft water is doesn’t have a lot of minerals. It doesn’t cause deposits in pipes or restrict water flow in fixtures.
Over time, hard water can cause minerals to build up in your washing machine and dishwasher.
The mineral deposits in hard water form limescale when they become warm. This can spread over the heating elements in your appliances, lowering life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need regular fixes or need to be replaced earlier.
Efficient Water Heaters
Soft water protects the efficiency of water heaters.
Gas storage and tankless water heaters using soft water keep the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year lifetime. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can cut efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you have an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can build up in the tank from hard water. The scale is an inferior heat conductor. It can shorten the life of your heating element, because it has to work harder to heat water.
Soft Skin, Brighter Laundry and Cleaner Dishes
Hard water minerals build up on your skin and in your hair, causing it to become dehydrated. It can also cause painful razor burn.
Soft water is superior at rinsing soap residue, so you’ll have softer skin and glossier hair. Plus, your clothes will look more colorful and your dishes will look more flawless.
Less Soap and Cleaning Time
When you have hard water, you have to use extra soap for a satisfactory lather. The minerals in hard water react with soap. This forms a scum on showers.
With soft water, you won’t need to use as much time cleaning to remove soap scum. You’ll also use less cleaning supplies.
What You Need to Know About Hard Water and Water Softener Systems
What is Hard Water?
Hard water has more minerals than soft water.
What is a Water Softener System?
It’s an appliance that takes out excess minerals like calcium and magnesium. It also lowers chlorine, iron and volatile organic compounds.
How Long Does a Water Softener Last?
A water softener that’s the appropriate size for your home will last for a long time. Its life span depends on the manufacturer and how much you run it.
How Much Does a Water Softener Cost?
Some water softeners are more efficient than others. As a result, the price may differ.
Costs can also differ based on how hard your water is and how much water you consume. If your water is especially hard and is used heavily, softening expenses will rise.
Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?
Softened water has all the natural minerals we need. While a small amount of sodium is mixed in during the softening process, softened water is absolutely safe to drink.
What’s the Quality of My Drinking Water?
Water quality fluctuates by geography and processing levels. It can also be impacted by construction, mining, agriculture and mineral deposits your groundwater runs through.
You can discover if there are pollutants in your home’s drinking water.
The Environmental Working Group maintains a free database of more than 30 million state records of tap water tests. About 81 percent of community utilities tested in the U.S. contain chemicals associated with cancer, according to the group’s analysis.
Can Brine from Softeners Damage my Septic Tank?
A study by the Water Quality Association discovered a septic tank can’t be damaged by brine let out by a water softener. The tanks that were reviewed were correctly placed and working properly.
Softened water may help reduce detergents being released into your septic tank.
Softer Water, Guaranteed
Hard water problems? Call us at 587-315-5271 or request an appointment online.
One of our specialists can check if you need a water softener.
We back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee3 for a year. That means we’ll get the job done right the first time, whether you need us to repair your water softener or install a new one.
1Some exclusions apply.
2Based on manufacturer’s information and assumptions. Savings may vary based on the type of system you use.
3Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable terms and conditions.