Hard water may not look any different, but it can cause a multitude of problems that can negatively impact your hair, skin, plumbing, fixtures, and appliances. Fortunately, you can resolve your hard water woes with some help from the experts at Avid Plumbing. Our water softener services will restore balance, taste, and clarity to your water with options to suit every type of home and budget.
Call us today at (608) 661-2843 to learn more or contact us online to request an estimate or schedule services in and around the Madison area.
What is Hard Water?
The origin of the term “hard water” comes from the difficulties associated with cleaning the scale, stains, and residue left behind in homes where hard water is present. What makes it different from regular water is the high mineral content, which includes elevated levels of calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals that dissolve in the water. The greater the concentration, the harder the water becomes, and the more problems it can cause.
Signs You Need a Water Softener
Whether the symptoms of your water woes are subtle or overt, it’s important to identify the source of the problem in order to find the right solution. Before you begin any type of treatment plan, our skilled technicians will analyze your water to determine if there is high mineral content or if there is an alternate issue, but if you notice the following signs, hard water is the likely culprit.
- An accumulation of scale on faucets or appliances.
- Laundry is gray, dingy, faded, or rough to the touch.
- Skin and hair are dry.
- Buildup of soap scum on shower doors, walls, and around the bathtub.
- Sinks and bathtubs are stained.
- Glassware is brittle and/or spotty.
If you believe you have hard water and want a professional to check, contact Avid Plumbing today by calling us mat (608) 661-2843 contact us online!
How Water Softeners Work
Water softeners enhance the water by extracting minerals such as calcium and magnesium and replacing them with a gentler alternative such as sodium or potassium, through a process called ion exchange.
As the hard water enters the tank, it is carried through a sea of spherical, plastic beads, typically made from polystyrene, which are charged with a sodium ion. The beads themselves are anions, which have a negative charge, while the calcium and magnesium ions are cations, which have a positive charge.
Since opposite charges attract, the negatively charged minerals are attracted to the positively charged resin beads. The calcium and magnesium cling to the beads and trade places with the sodium ions, which turn the water from hard to soft and are carried off by the water to various parts of your home.
Eventually, the resin beads run out of sodium for the ion exchange, and the process comes to a halt. A water softener is engineered to rejuvenate itself overnight with the help of the brine tank, which holds a highly concentrated solution of salt or potassium to restore the positive charge to the resin beads. As the brine washed over the depleted beads, the calcium and magnesium deposits are carried off down the drain, and the softener is once again ready to treat the water.
To learn more about water softening, contact us by calling(608) 661-2843 or contact us online.
Schedule Water Softener Services in Madison, WI
The team of experienced, skilled professionals at Avid Plumbing provides homes and businesses throughout the Madison area with fast, reliable service at competitive prices. Whether you are looking to install a new water softener or you need to repair or replace your old water softening system, we can help.
Call us today at (608) 661-2843 to schedule an appointment or contact us online and let us know how we can help with our water softening services for your Madison, WI home.