Curtis Plumbing Water Softener Repair Service
Water Softener Repair is needed periodically to ensure you meet the USGA standards for soft water. As defined by usgs.gov water hardness is the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. Tucson Arizona’s water is very hard at 210 mg/L by the USGS standards. With a properly working water softener, you should expect your home’s water to be below 60 mg/L.
Does My Water Softener Need to be Repaired?
There are a few signs you can look at to see if you will need to have your water softener repaired. Water softeners are great for homes. Water softeners increase the health of your plumbing, give you cleaner more comfortable clothing after a wash, and give you healthier skin and hair. Often the first sign of a malfunctioning water softener is cloudy dishes after they have been washed. The cloudiness is from mineral deposits in your water.
The next sign you can look for is to notice all the listed benefits of a soft water unit. Your soap should lather more than with hard water and after showers and bath, your skin should feel silky and smooth. Remember soft water is moisturizing for the skin and Tucson’s hard water is not.
One of the more subtle indicators is the build-up of crust around faucets and sinks in your home. Just like cloudy dishes or your skin, calcium is deposited on the surface and the residue it leaves is often visible and hard to clean without special solvents designed for calcium and lime build-up.
You are not filling up the salt in the brine tank as often as you used too. This can be a sign of a malfunctioning water softener. If you are noticing the above issues and your brine tank is filled then there might be an issue with your water softener.
Common Maintenance Involved with Water Softeners.
Water Softeners should not require regular maintenance outside of adding salt when you notice the water level rise above the salt level. Most people will need to do this every two months or so depending on the size of the household and water usage. Outside of adding salt, you should not need to do any maintenance to your water softener.
Upgrading My Water Softener
There are two types of water softeners Salt and Salt-free units. Salt units are the most common and they work by removing the calcium and magnesium from the water through a negatively charged resin bed and flushing the residue away. Salt-free units chemically change the calcium and magnesium in your water so that they no longer cling to surfaces. This is why salt-free units are not truly water softeners as the minerals are still present in the water. You can think of salt-free units as water conditioners. Salt-free units do not require the addition of any chemicals or products. It is our recommendation that any home that truly wants soft water to get a salt unit. Maintenance is minimal and at the end of the day, you receive a much high-quality product and actual soft water, not just an imitation.