Hard Water
Frequently asked questions:

Do we really need a water softener in San Benito County?
Whether you are in the city or county, water treatment is a must! We have very hard water, mostly well water, mix different wells

Should I get a whole house Reverse Osmosis?
We find whole house reverse osmosis systems to not be economical.Reverse osmosis water is actually really aggressive and can actually eat holes in copper pipes! If you are looking to sterilize your water we suggest UV treatment or a microbiological filter.

Can I drink my soft water?
Yes! Turning water from soft to hard is just a simple mineral replacement. When using salt Calcium and magnesium is exchanged for sodium chloride. Using potassium, the minerals are changed to potassium chloride. It is safe, however if you are still weary, we can add a reverse osmosis system that will remove these minerals and  impurities. See our water treatment page for more info.

We have iron in our water, is there an easy way to treat it?
Yes! We can add a resup feeder to your water softener.

Hard Water & Scale... WHAT IS IT?

Water is categorized as "HARD" if it contains levels of calcium or magnesium ions. 

Hard Water causes TWO PROBLEMS:

  • It causes "SCALE" to form on the inside of pipes, water heaters, and other fixtures.  The calcium and magnesium precipitate out of the water and begins to attach itself.  Scale does NOT conduct heat well and it also reduces the water flow through the pipes.  Eventually, pipes can become completely clogged.
  • When "HARD" water reacts with soaps and detergents, it tends to form a sticky scum and also reduces the soap/detergent's ability to lather.  The end result is MORE soap and detergent use as well as a greater amount of time to for overall household maintenance.

FACT: Hard water used in the average family
(4 person) home each year contains 70Kg (154lbs) weight of scale. Unchecked it will cause damage and expense.

Most people who own a water softener would simply say that to wash and bathe in clear, scum free water is sufficient justification. However a water softener fulfills many functions and can give substantial long term savings.

These benefits include the protection of the following bathroom and kitchen appliances. Sanitary ware, shower mixers, shower heads, electric showers, taps, tiles, shower screens, stainless steel and ceramic sinks, washing machines and dishwashers. Also the prevention of costly replacements to heating appliances such as immersion heaters and heat exchangers on combination boilers. Additional savings on water heating bills can also be made (just 1.6mm of scale build up on a coil in a hot water cylinder will cause a 12% loss in heating efficiency). On a day-to-day basis, savings can be made on soap products, cleaning materials and most definitely cleaning times.

Overall, with "HARD" water, you eventually cause damage and lessen the life of your pipes, water heater, fixtures, etc... and you will also spend more time AND money to properly maintain your home.

Over time, the pipes in your home will slowly clog and corrosion eventually eats away at your piping.  You will notice pressure loss and lower flow rate.  

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