Water Softener Installations and Repairs in Schwenksville

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You may be wondering if your home needs a water softener system installed. Before you make a decision, it is helpful to understand some problems with tap water as well as what is involved in purchasing and installing a water softener. Once you have decided to incorporate the system in your home, we will help you through the entire process, from recommending the most efficient unit to ensuring proper installation. Water quality is a common concern among our clients, and we frequently help residents in Schwenksville and surrounding areas with water softener installations and repairs.

Below are questions our clients frequently ask us about water softening systems.

What is a Water Softener?

Untreated tap water contains excess amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other minerals that can be harsh on your skin and hair. A water softener is an appliance that is used to remove these excess minerals and make your water “softer.”

What is Wrong With Hard Water?

Hard water causes two main problems. First, it reduces the ability of soap to lather, making showering, hand washing, dishwashing, and laundry more difficult because of the traces of soap scum left behind. Secondly, the dissolved minerals in hard water can be left behind inside your water heater, pipes, bathtubs, coffee makers, and other appliances. Hard water scale is difficult to clean off of surfaces, so when these minerals build up, your pipes can become heavily clogged or corroded, and your appliances will require additional maintenance or replacement.

In addition to calcium and magnesium, some water supplies can also contain deposits of iron and manganese. These minerals can give your water a bad taste and an unpleasant odor. They can also stain clothes, dishes, sinks, and concrete, as well as restrict water flow through pipes when they build up. Water softeners will help remove these problems.

How Does a Water Softener Work?

Water softeners allow tap water to pass through softening salts—typically rock salt, solar salt, or evaporated salt. The salts remove the excess minerals in the water, replacing them with sodium. The softening system will also periodically flush the calcium and magnesium down the drain.

Do Water Softeners Require Maintenance?

Water softeners are convenient and low maintenance. They only require the occasional addition of salt and an annual servicing that includes a resin cleaning. This is all that is needed to keep your water softener in top shape.

Can I Install a Water Softener Myself?

We do not recommend self-installation. The installation process involves cutting into water lines and pipes, and will require in-depth knowledge of your home’s existing plumbing system. Water softeners also come in different capacities, and it is important to choose the right unit to complement your home’s plumbing system.

What Is the First Step in Installing a New Water Softener?

Whether you need your current water softener system repaired or replaced, or if you are looking to add a new system to your home,our team at Ray A. Shaffer will provide you with the necessary products and services. Our technicians will take into account your household size and help you choose the best system for your needs.

Start improving your water quality today—call us at (610) 287-7831 to install a new water softener system. If your current system needs repair, click here for discounts!