A water softener is a system that you will install in your home in order to make water soft. When water contains a lot of calcium and magnesium ions, it is termed as hard water. It tends to clog pipes due to deposition of the salt sediments in the pipes. When washing you will end up wasting a lot of soap because the hard water will not form but rather will form scum. In order to reduce the amount of calcium and magnesium ions to a level where they will reduce the hardness of water, you may choose to install a water softener system.
Signs your water is hard
- Hard water will tend to resist forming foam.
- When you are washing dishes or clothes you will notice it takes a lot of soap before foam can be formed.
- When you rinse your glass dishes you may notice a dull film on the dish. This is a build up of mineral deposits.
- When cooking you may notice the color of vegetables, etc. look a bit washed out.
What to expect from a professional plumber
After you hire a professional plumber to help you in installing a water softener, he will follow the following steps and install for you the system:
- Choose the best system and a location in your home where the system will be located. –This is necessary because there are many different types of softeners available in the market and not all places where you can install it, it will serve you well.
- Shut off water and drain lines in order to install the system. –This is necessary to avoid flow of water to the system before it is fully set up.
- Connect new water lines to the water softener system. –This will allow water get into the system in order to be softened. The plumber can decide to use a remote bypass that will later join to the water supply system. When connecting the fittings he should ensure they are well fitted. Applying flux is necessary to avoid future leaks.
- Install a brine line if necessary –If you choose to use a salt filtered system, hard water will be softened after passing through a brine line that will contain other salts that will exchange ions with calcium and magnesium. After installing the brine line, the plumber will fix a brine tube and connect it to the system.
- Adding salt to the system–The final stage for the professional plumber to achieve in installing the system is to add salts to the system. After adding salt you will enjoy water that is not hard in your home because it will be softened after passing through the system.
- Install filters–If you choose a reverse osmosis system or distillation system the plumber will need to install filers rather than the brine line.
No matter which type of water softener system you choose you will immediately notice a difference as your water will now be soft water.