Water Softener Services in Calgary
Providing Calgary residence clean, soft, safe water
Calgary homes get their water supply from the Rockies. While the high magnesium and calcium content does have its health benefits, it also makes the water coming out of your taps “hard”. Have you noticed when you travel that soap seems to lather up easier than when you are at home? When water is softer, soap becomes more effective and you need less of it to do its job.
This is just one of the effects of the mineral content of water. Hard water can also lead to plumbing system problems and issues with household appliances (dishwashers, washing machines, showers, etc.) due to the buildup of limescale.
The good news is that it’s relatively simple for homeowners to do something about this problem. Adding water softeners to the supply before it reaches your taps softens the water and helps avoid many common household issues.
At Alpha Plumbing in Calgary, we can help you do this cost-effectively so that you no longer need to worry about the detrimental effects of limescale.
What are the pros and cons of hard water?
Hard water is mineral-rich water. Before water travels to your taps, it absorbs many minerals from the source rivers and reservoirs.
Most commonly, this includes commonly found minerals such as calcium and magnesium but it may also include iron, sulphur, and so on.
This has both pros and cons, which are summarised below.
Main pros of hard water
- Many minerals (e.g., calcium, magnesium and iron) are essential for the body, so there are health benefits associated with high-mineral-content water.
- Some people prefer the taste of mineral-rich water
Main cons of hard water
- Scale buildup in the plumbing system, sometimes requiring urgent repairs to be made to components or appliances
- Discoloration in bathtubs, sinks, showers, dishwashers, washing machines, etc.
- Strong odours (if there is high sulphur content) or tastes to the water
- Can make hair and skin drier
What are the main benefits of using a water softener?
Soft water is water that has had its minerals removed (usually by an ionization process).
Most homeowners soon conclude that the cons of hard water outweigh the pros.
That’s when they decide to use a water softening system. This may work alongside your home’s water filtration system to ensure that your family is receiving the healthiest and purest water possible for drinking, cooking, and washing.
Some of the main benefits of using a water softener are summarised below:
Softer skin and hair
Hard water can dry out your hair and skin. Many Calgary homeowners say their hair and skin feel softer and hair looks shinier and feels less brittle after softening their water supply.
Softer water is gentler on the skin and hair and you may notice quick improvements to how you look and feel after baths or showers.
Softer, cleaner clothes
Washing clothes is affected as much by the water quality as it is by the type of laundry detergent you use.
Hard water can add mineral content to clothing, reducing its softness and making clothes appear less clean.
Fewer problems with appliances
Adding a water softener will prevent limescale buildup in washing machines, dishwashers, showerheads, and other household appliances.
This will extend their lives, help maintain efficiency, and reduce plumbing problems.
Better-tasting drinking water
Hard tap water can taste a little “earthy” or smell bad because of mineral content.
Adding a natural softener removes any unwanted minerals and improves the taste for most people.
Some appliances work inefficiently because of limescale buildup.
A good example is your hot water tank. Key components of the tank may calcify, causing it to use more energy and work harder to overcome the effects of scale build-up. That means higher energy bills.
Are there any cons of using water softeners?
Softening water does not come without a few challenges – though some popular myths can be dispelled.
Drinking soft water all the time may increase sodium levels in the body – which can become if you have high blood pressure.
Softened water may also pick up impurities from your home’s piping system more easily you’re your pipes include lead, it can lead to health problems.
Also, you may notice a slight increase in your water bill if you soften water. Water softeners can increase water usage by up to 12 percent.
Dispelling Water Softener Myths
“Water softeners make the water salty and unhealthy”
Sodium is used as a water softening agent but in relatively small amounts – usually not enough to cause any negative health impact.
If you want to reduce sodium, cut it out of your foods (where it is used in vast quantities) rather than the small amounts used to soften water.
“Softened water leaves a film residue on the skin”
Softening water does not leave a film on the skin after you wash or shower.
Your skin will feel softer and silkier because the “hard” minerals will have been removed and your skin’s natural oils will become more apparent.
“Water softeners are expensive”
While there are some upfront installation costs for the system, minor ongoing water softener costs, and a possible small increase in your monthly water usage bills, water softening systems are cost-effective in the long run.
They extend the life of appliances, reduce soap and detergent usage, and help prevent excess energy usage in your home.
Calgary Water Softener Services
Alpha Plumbing’s installation services cover water softener services as well as water filtration systems for Calgary homes.
We’ll visit any residence in the southeast, southwest, and northwest of Calgary to install, service or repair your system.