Water softeners do just what it sounds like – they soften hard water. Hard water is water that has a high dissolved mineral content – generally calcium or magnesium. You know you have hard water when you get white spots or rings on your pots and pans or built-up white calcification on showerheads and faucets. More than 85% of homes have hard water, and it is especially common in homes with well water.
Drinking hard water will not hurt you, (some people say hard water actually tastes better) but the deposits left behind by hard water collect on the inside of your pipes over time. This can especially be a problem with boilers, radiators, water heaters and dishwashers. Hard water can also lead to increased soap scum in showers and bathtubs.
Water Softener System
The most common way to treat hard water is with a water softener system. Before purchasing a water softener system, make sure it has the correct capacity for our family.
Five Star Plumbing can help you run the numbers so that you get a properly sized system.
Most water softeners contain salt to remove the excess hard minerals. This can lead to a salty taste for the water. Your water softener system can bypass the cold water in the kitchen, allowing you to use unsoftened water for drinking water and cooking.Another option for better tasting water is to use a salt-free water softener, or water conditioner.
Water Softener Installation
Five Star Plumbing provides water softener installation and maintenance throughout the Baltimore area, including Baltimore County, Harford County, Cecil County and Howard County areas.
Water softener installation comes with many benefits:
- Increased life expectancy of plumbing system and water using appliances due to decrease in clogging from hard water scale
- Reduced soap scum on showers, tubs and sinks
- Decreased spotting of glassware, dishes, pots and pans, etc.
- And more
Call Five Star Plumbing at 410-836-0118 to schedule service or installation of a new water softener system. If it’s not an emergency, you can also use our contact form and someone will get back to you shortly.