Install a water softener to help with the hard-water issues

Depending on where you live, you may have hard water in your home and require a water softener installation.

Water naturally has a variety of minerals and determining if your water supply is considered “hard” or “soft” depends on how much of these minerals are in your water. If you get your water from a community water system, you can contact them directly for information about your water’s hardness.

Hard water causes gray or white deposits on your fixtures and appliances. You may also notice a film on your hands after washing them, mineral stains on your clothes and less water pressure in your home. Mineral deposits can form in the pipes, reducing the water flow. Hard water will also lower the life expectancy of water heaters and other appliances due to the mineral deposits left behind.

Home water softeners are appliances that remove minerals from drinking water. Resin beads inside the softener trap the calcium and magnesium and exchange them for sodium or potassium.

Soft water contains lower levels of calcium and/or magnesium than hard water. Not all homes require a water softener, but if your water’s hardness is greater than 7 grains per gallon, you may need a water softener to ensure your appliances run well. A water softener will also improve the taste, smell and look of your water.

Soften only what you need to. People often choose to soften showers, sinks, and laundry hookups. Outside faucets typically do not need to be connected to a softener. In some cases, people choose to soften only the hot water although that does not work as well as softening the cold.

Make sure you have your softener installed and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Read the manufacturer’s instructions before adding any chemicals to the unit. Maintaining your softener will keep your water quality stable and help your water softener last for many years.

Are you noticing a filmy buildup of scum in your shower? Or maybe you don’t feel quite clean after a shower. Installing a water softener can help with the hard-water issues you’re having. Omega Plumbing in Joliet not only will properly install your water softener but can also set up salt deliveries. Just one less thing to worry about when Omega is on the job!

Omega Plumbing: 521 Oak Leaf Court Unit A, Joliet, IL 60436, 815-773-0808, www.omegaplumbing.com