Hard Water

Old Chrome Tap Dripping WaterWinter can be a hard season and hard water doesn’t help any. Dry skin and frizzy hair are worsened by effects of hard water, which can also leave your dishes spotty and your laundry dull or dingy looking. This happens because the high mineral content of water makes it difficult for soaps and detergents to work properly, leaving behind an unsightly filmy residue.

However that’s not the hardest part of dealing with hard water! Over time the impurities in hard water can damage plumbing pipes and appliances by forming a buildup known as scale. Sometimes this buildup can be seen clinging to the outside of faucets. Scale buildup not only affects the performance of appliances such as dishwashers, water heaters, and washing machines, but it also shortens their lifespan.

While “soft” water has no metal or mineral impurities, hard water is full of them and has excessive amounts of calcium, iron, and magnesium. Could your home be among the 85% of American homes that have hard water, according to hard water statistics published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS)?

If it is, then you can rely on us to help you explore your water treatment options! At Rooter-Man, we have over 60 years of combined plumbing knowledge, so you can rest assured we’ll help you find the a solution that works best for you. Our plumbing services include advanced water filtration systems and water softeners for hard water that not only improve your home’s water quality but use as little energy and water as possible.

Water softeners are a popular water treatment for hard water, especially here in the Lone Star State. They work by using salt to remove excess minerals from hard water through a process known as regeneration. In areas prone to having especially hard water, they’re a worthwhile investment. They also help to prevent damaging scale buildup in your plumbing.

Point of use water filters are affordable but limited solutions to water softeners. They can easily be fitted over your kitchen and bathroom faucets. You can even install one on your showerhead! While these are effective in removing mineral impurities, they do not prevent buildup in plumbing pipes. Water pitcher filters are also simple, affordable, and effective way of having high quality water for drinking on hand.

You might also be surprised to know that distilled white vinegar can be used to brighten and soften your laundry by adding one cup of it to the rinse cycle! Try using it as a rinse aid for shiny, streak free dishes or running a brew cycle of it through your coffee maker to remove buildup. Tired of flat lifeless hair? Try a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse to restore body and shine! The only downside to vinegar may be the slight smell that lingers after.

Most people want a more comprehensive solution to their hard water problem. Don’t make dealing with hard water harder than it needs to be! Give us a call today to explore your water treatment options!

Shower HeadMany people come to us with questions about hard water. They ask things like: What is hard water? What are the consequences of hard water? How can I fix my hard water? First of all, hard water is just water with a high mineral content. It isn’t bad for you to consume, but it can be harmful to your plumbing pipes, water heater, and appliances, and it can cause other problems as well. At Rooter-Man Plumbers, we specialize in water treatment including water filtration and water softeners, and we can help implement a plan at your home to improve your water quality in Tomball. 

The Benefits of Treating Your Hard Water with a Water Softener

  • Your plumbing pipes will be less likely to become disrupted by mineral buildup. Hard water can be very destructive on pipes. Residue builds up more and more over time and can result in pipe corrosion, water leaks, or a decrease in water pressure. 
  • Your water heater will work more efficiently. When hard water causes mineral deposits to build up in your water heater, the heating element will not work as efficiently and you’ll end up paying more on your utility bills.
  • Your laundry will come out cleaner and softer. Hard water can make your clothes or linens come out looking dull and dingy. Softened water will help your laundry detergent to lather better (so you can use a little less and save a little money) and everything will come out cleaner when the minerals are removed.
  • Appliances that are impacted by hard water will be given the opportunity to last longer. Softened water is better for appliances than hard water. With reduced mineral buildup, your appliance life expectancy increases.
  • It will be easier to wash your bathroom. The residue left behind by hard water can be difficult to scrub away, but soft water will leave less buildup behind.
  • Your hair and skin will feel softer and healthier. Hard water prevents the proper removal of soap scum, so you leave the tub with a thin residue of soap on your body, which can leave your hair and skin feeling dryer than it should. The water softener will allow you to thoroughly rinse and will also make your soaps and shampoos lather up better.

Do you think your home has hard water? Do the benefits of a water softener sound appealing? At Rooter-Man plumbers, we have the water treatment solution that’s right for you. Give us a call today to take the first step in improving water quality at your Tomball or North Houston home!