Hard water is a common problem in Newton, KS, and the surrounding area. Hard water refers to water that has a high concentration of minerals, including calcium and magnesium. These minerals precipitate out of the water, causing unsightly and damaging buildup in your pipes, fixtures and drains. Hard water can also taste and smell bad. A water softener is the gold standard for treating hard water. Here’s what you need to know about how it works and how installing one could benefit your home.

What Water Softeners Do

Water softeners extract the minerals present in hard water. “Hard” water gets its name because of the hard buildup that the minerals create over an extended period of time. Calcium and magnesium readily bond with all metals, which is why they make a thick, scaly substance on showerheads, faucets, and pipes.

How the Water-Softening Process Works

Water softeners use negatively charged resin beads to attract the positively charged calcium and magnesium ions in water. The system can also clean itself. This process is called regeneration. The salts, calcium, and magnesium are released into waste water, which exits your home through the wastewater line.

Signs You Need a Water Softener

If you can see a scaly buildup on your showerhead or faucets, you probably have hard water. You may also notice you have dry, flaky, or irritated skin. Your laundry may be stiff after washing it. That’s because the minerals create a scale on top of the fibers. The best way to know if you have hard water is with a water quality test. This test measures the concentration of minerals, salts and other particles in the water.

At Graber’s Plumbing & Heating, we’re the trusted installers of water softeners in Newton and the surrounding area. Homeowners also count on us for reliable heating, air conditioning, and plumbing maintenance, repair, replacement and installation services. If you’re a local business owner, we also offer commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing. To learn more about how water softeners work, get in touch with us at Graber’s Plumbing & Heating today.