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Too Much Lime Scale on Your Faucets? It May Be Time for a Water Softener

Many homeowners and ranch owners in our area use water that comes straight from a well. Well water is just as healthy as municipal water, and some people prefer it over municipal water because they don’t like some of the treatment additives that are in municipal water. One of the reasons municipal water is treated is to reduce the effects of high mineralization. As water travels over rocks and through the ground, it picks up mineral ions. These ions are fine for you and me, but when highly mineralized water runs through your plumbing, the mineral ions can attach to the pipes and water outlets, forming a hard, white crust known as scale. When enough scale builds up in your pipes, around your faucets and on your shower heads, the water flow can become restricted, causing systemic problems.

How Does a Water Softener Help?

While it may sound complicated, water softening is very easy. The best way to neutralize ions is to add sodium – salt – to the water. So that is what a water softener does: it adds sodium to your water. The sodium then replaces the molecules of the magnesium and calcium ions in the water with its own molecules, eliminating the high levels of mineralization. There is a balance to be achieved, as no homeowner wants to drink overly-salted water, and your technician will know how to do this. Water softeners can be totally automatic, partially automatic or handled manually – the choice is yours.

What If I Have Scale?

Scale can be removed by allowing a trained plumbing professional to flush your system. Flushing removes the scale inside your pipes and water outlets safely and expels it to your sewer or septic.

A water softening system can keep your plumbing system and water-using appliances healthy. If you’d like to find out more, call the experts at D’Spain Sales & Service, Inc., and schedule an appointment for your home in Boerne, TX.

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