Water Softening Systems

Do you need a water softening system? We’ll tell you the reasons you might need a water softener and what kinds of water softeners are available for your home or business in the greater Cleveland, Canton or Akron areas.

Reasons You May Need a Water Softener

Water softening systems remove magnesium, calcium and other elements from hard water. When water is softened, you can use less soap and you extend the life of your plumbing since you reduce build-up in pipes.

If you have soap scum in your bath or shower, it’s a sign that your water is hard. You may notice a reduced flow in your faucets and washer, and you may have extra buildup along the parts in your dishwasher. Over time, scale will buildup in your water heater and render it inoperable. You may notice that your white laundry doesn’t look as clean when you have hard water.

By using a water softening system, you reverse these negative effects. You can extend the life of your appliances and plumbing by investing in the water softening system of your preference.

Different Types of Water Softening Systems

Water softening systems work by removing the hardening elements from the water. Here are the different types of systems and an explanation of how they work plus their advantages and disadvantages.

Ion-exchange resin devices

Ion-exchange resins come in the form of beads that you add to a water softening system. They exchange the calcium and magnesium ions in your water for potassium or sodium ions. The advantage is that ion-exchange resin devices have a relatively affordable start up cost. The disadvantage is the need to regularly add a special salt to the water.

Reverse osmosis devices

These devices use hydrostatic pressure to separate calcium and magnesium ions from water molecules. The advantage to this system is that no other elements are added to the water to soften it. The disadvantage is the need to continually clean or replace the filter, and the start-up costs are higher than other systems.

Electronic water softeners

An electronic water softening system uses copper coils to remove the hardness ions from the water supply. The advantage is this type of softening system can be used where there are space restrictions. The disadvantage is that it may not work as effectively as other systems and often can be expensive.

Catalytic media softeners

This system uses crystals that attract and absorb hardness ions. This system does not require regular maintenance. It is also an environmentally friendly solution for hard water problems.

Call Us for Your Water Softening System Needs

If you’re considering adding a water softening system to your home or business in northeastern Ohio, call the experts at Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today. We will help you decide which system is best for your needs and your budget.