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Water softeners can eliminate costly hard water issues


By Todd Feehan

CEO, Dad’s Plumbing

A commercial customer recently incurred a $2,000 repair bill because his water softening system wasn’t set high enough to match the water level usage.

The business’ water softener company tested the water and found that it had 17 grains of water hardness; typically anything over five grains is unacceptable.

Hard water causes problems on many levels. It causes a loss of pressure and flow. Additionally, it prematurely ages hot water tanks, clogs pipes, ruins sinks and makes it harder to clean clothes and dishes.

There are basically two ways to address hard water problems: install a water softener or a water conditioner.

Water conditioners work through a mechanical or electrical process; they dissolve the minerals in the water, preventing them from building up inside your pipes and fixtures. The water then passes through the system without problem.

Sometimes water conditioners tend to leave deposits or spots but this is easily wiped off with general cleaning.

Alternatively, water softeners use salt or other products to remove hardened minerals, leaving it soft. Some people do not like the slick feeling it sometimes produces. Those who suffer from high blood pressure shouldn’t drink softened water due to the salt content.

If you are having hard water issues and presently own a water softener, take a few cautionary steps.

First, make sure you’re using the right salt. Second, have the unit checked regularly to ensure proper performance.

Salt bridges can form, impeding the salt flow. Another possible issue is increased water flow, resulting in higher usage (and higher bills).

If you or anyone you know are in the market for a top quality water softener, or if you would like additional information on the subject, call us a call.

Todd Feehan has 18 years experience in plumbing. He was honored as Innovator of the Year for his invention of the Kelly Plate (patent pending) to help disabled patients more easily navigate restrooms. He can be reached at 405-602-2615.

Jack L. Werner, Ph.D., owns A to Z Inspections. He was the first designated Master Inspector by ORCIA (Oklahoma Residential and Commercial Inspection Association). He holds a degree in construction from OSU and teaches Universal Design & Build for the National Association of Home Builders. He can be reached at 405-412-7861.

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