Water Softener Installation

Why Install a Water Softener?

Dingy, scratchy clothes. Dull hair. Spotted dishes and shower doors. Crusty shower heads. Sound familiar? Many homes in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have water with an especially high mineral count, also known as Hard Water. Hard water can negatively impact a lot around your house including your plumbing, fixtures, appliances, clothing, and even your skin and hair.

Pretty much any plumbing fixture is negatively affected to some degree by hard water: ruined finishes, damaged washers and seals, and valve blockages are typical. In worse cases, buildup of limescale inside pipes or appliances can lead to inefficiency and costly plumbing repairs.

Hard Water Lime Scale Build Up
Limescale Buildup in Pipes

How do Water Softeners Work?

So how do water softeners get the minerals out? This is where the incredible science of residential water treatment comes into play!

Water softeners use a process called ion exchange to remove things like calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese – replacing them with sodium ions. All the hardness minerals stay trapped inside the water softener tank while the H2O, with a few sodium ions, disperse throughout your home for use. No more scaly build up!

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