Water Softener Installation Riverside CA
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RT Olson Plumbing offers complete whole house water softener systems in Riverside CA:
- Extend the life of expensive appliances
- Eliminate limescale buildup
- Eliminate dishwasher water marks
- Eliminate stains on bath tile, shower, faucets, sinks, & toilets
- Enjoy brighter colors in clothes
- Save $$$ on soaps, shampoos, & detergents
Water Softener System Installation in Riverside CA
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About Whole House Water Softeners For Riverside CA
The demand for water softeners, especially in Riverside, CA, has skyrocketed, and this is for a reason; to combat a common problem: hard water.
Riverside, CA, has very hard water.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, around 85% of American households have hard water, including households with well water and city water.
So, what exactly is hard water, and what can you do about the issue?
In a nutshell, hard water contains high amounts of dissolved minerals such as magnesium and calcium.
Hold on! These minerals are not toxic and don’t make the water taste or smell funny or unhealthy to drink, so what’s the problem?
Hard water is not harmful to your health; however, it is harmful to your home’s health and your bank account in several ways.
You might, therefore, need a water softener system more than you think. Let’s see why.
Effects of Hard Water
The effects of increased levels of hard water minerals range from annoying to outright destructive.
Hard water causes cloudy water spots on dishes and difficult to clean limescale stains on faucets, sinks, bathtubs, shower doors, silverware, and clothes.
Soap scum is another name for the limescale buildup left behind from hard water.
Hard water makes it difficult for soaps and shampoos to lather well; showering leaves your skin and hair looking and feeling limp and dry.
Those heavy minerals also clog & slowly corrode your plumbing system and drastically shorten the lifespan of your:
- Water heater
- Plumbing pipes
- Washing machine
- Sinks, tiles, and baths
- Water filtration devices
- Plumbing shut-off valves
The hard water also makes white clothes appear slightly gray, and colored clothes look faded and dull.
Over time, the hard water deposits can significantly restrict the water flow in your home, putting extra pressure on the plumbing system and potentially causing leaks.
What does a water softener do?
Before looking at what it does, what is a water softener? Just as the name suggests, a water softener is a filtration system that operates to “soften hard water.”
A softener removes the heavy minerals in the water, like magnesium and calcium.
When water flows through a water softener, the system removes the hard water minerals, and softened water flows out to your plumbing system.
How A Water Softener Works
Water softeners are more like magnets and work on the principle that positive and negatively charged particles are attracted to each other.
Magnesium and calcium, the two main minerals making hard water, are positively-charged molecules.
The water softener contains negatively-charged resins designed to attract and capture the hard water minerals.
The hard water is pumped through the negatively-charged resin beads in the softening system.
The hard water minerals are attracted to the resin beads in the tank, and the resin beads exchange one salt ion for one hard water mineral ion.
The water that flows into your home has little to no hard water minerals and instead contains a trace amount of salt or potassium that leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.
The same principle applies when the system cleans itself, known as “regeneration.”
During the regeneration process, salt and water, which are positively charged, flush through the resin beads.
Regeneration detaches the calcium and magnesium from the resin beads and flushes them out of the system while recharging the resin beads with positive ions of the salt or potassium.
What are the pros and cons of a water softener?
Here’s how a whole house water softer system installation in Riverside, CA, can benefit you and your household:
Lower maintenance costs plus household appliances last longer.
A water softener installation from RT Olson plumbing removes the hard water minerals and prevents scale buildup in pipes and appliances.
Water softeners extend the lifespan of your water-using appliances and the entire plumbing system in your household.
The results are a reduction of repair and replacement costs of these appliances.
Reduced energy bills due to increased efficiency of appliances and reeduced water uage for cleaning.
Improved water heater efficiency can help you save money on energy bills. Hard water sediment settles at the bottom of water heaters and slows the process of heating the water. Popping sounds can often be heard coming from tanks with sediment in them.
Removing the hard water minerals from the water eliminates new sediment from entering your water heater.
Flush out the old sediment in your water heater tank, and afterward, its efficiency should be greatly improved.
No more stains.
One of the most important benefits of softening your water and removing the heavy minerals is reduced or eliminated limescale buildup on tubs, sinks, faucets, shower doors, dishwasher glassware, and more.
Healthier looking skin and hair.
Soft water makes your hair and skin appear and feel smooth and naturally healthy.
Easier cleaning and reduced detergent and soap use.
Hard water doesn’t allow soaps and detergents to lather and work well. It’s why chemical surfactants are added to shampoos and detergents.
Your water softener system helps cleaning be more effective and faster by removing the heavy minerals that interfere with soaps and detergents.
Most homes usually save up to 50% on soaps, shampoos, and detergents.
Reduced water usage.
Overall, you’re likely to notice that you’ll use less soft water than you would have used with hard water because soaps and detergents work so much better, and limescale stains are not left behind to be cleaned.
Softer and brighter fabrics.
With a water softener system, you’ll say goodbye to scratchy and faded clothes, bed linen, and towels. Both white and colored laundry come our cleaner and brighter.
Although a water softener system in Riverside, CA, is important and has many benefits, there are some downsides. These include:
High-quality water softener systems aren’t cheap. The starting cost to purchase and install these devices can be a few thousand dollars.
Financing is available to bring the monthly costs down to very affordable leveles for most families.
Of course, extending the life of your pipes and appliances and avoiding potential leaks caused by hard water can have tremendous value to offset softener costs.
If you opt for a salt-based (ion-exchange) water softener system, you’ll have to replenish a supply of water softener salt or potassium pellets to the brine (flush) tank.
About once per month, the brine tank will need replenishment. Bags of salt or potassium usually cost just a few dollars per month.
Like most household appliances, a water softener system requires regular maintenance to keep it in optimum working order.
The ion-exchange resins in the tank should be inspected and potentially replaced about every five years.
The water softener system doesn’t disinfect.
Water softener systems do not disinfect the water and do not address the issues with the smell and taste of organic sources.
Your water should first be tested for chemicals and pathogens, and if needed, a whole-house water filtration system or kitchen sink reverse osmosis system be installed.
Is a water softener worth it?
While it’s okay to be frugal and avoid wasteful purchases, water softener systems help remedy many common water-related issues around the home. This saves you more money in the long run, but there’s no requirement to use a water softener.
However, in Riverside, CA, we have very hard water, so you might need a water softener system to ensure your water-using appliances run well and last as long as they’re supposed to.
From the benefits mentioned above, it’s advisable to have your water tested and if it’s hard, invest in a good water softener system from RT Olson Plumbing.
If you don’t like the monthly maintenance requirement of adding salt or potassium to the brine tank, then a salt-free softener, known as a water conditioner, may be a better choice for you.
Salt-free water conditioners don’t remove the hard water minerals; instead, they bind them to other ions to prevent them from sticking to anything inside your pipes or appliances.
If you’re looking to soften your water in Riverside, CA, RT Olson Plumbing is here to help you out.
We’ve worked with a local manufacturer to design affordable water softener systems that work with our local Riverside water.
With years of experience in the industry, we provide the best water softener system options to best suit your household and unique situation.
Contact us today for a quick consultation and free test of your home’s water.
RT Olson Plumbing, since 2011, Riverside California’s best-rated plumber.