If you live in Fresno, better-tasting water is within reach

Nothing is more satisfying than a cold glass of water on a hot day. However, what happens when you notice that the liquid coming out of your tap is not so refreshing after all? A bad taste may indicate the presence of contaminants or dissolved minerals. Here in Fresno, we’re known for our poor water quality. For better-tasting water here in the Central Valley, call Allbritten!

Our team installs water filtration and water softener systems here in Fresno. This results in great-tasting water, straight from your tap. This allows you and your family to cut back on the number of water bottles you buy. For an estimate, call our team today!

Better-tasting water means better tasting food.

Filtered water not only improves the taste of water, but can improve the taste of food prepared using that water.

Potential problems with your tap water

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards on water safety. There are a mind-boggling 90 contaminants with legal limits in the water you drink every day, not counting those currently unregulated. Not all have a limit of zero, so it is no wonder that it may not always taste good.

The flavor of the liquid coming out of your tap is also dependent on the type you have. Soft water is typically considered the better-tasting water. Hard water—which most homes here in Fresno have—often contains higher-than-normal levels of magnesium and calcium. Although not dangerous to drink, it often has a distinct unpleasant odor and taste.

In addition to a bad taste, contaminated or hard water can cause other difficulties for your home. It makes showering less efficient, leaving soap scum on the tub and on you. Residue can clog pipes and decrease the effectiveness of appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines.

Your options in water filtration systems

The best Fresno water filtration system is the one that fits you and your specific needs. One option is to have a professionally installed whole-house filtration system. The benefit of this type of structure is that it filters out contaminants and neutralizes hard water without the need for added sodium.

Two other options include in-line filtration or a water heater guard. An in-line system is fitted onto pipes to reduce corrosion and buildup. The water heater guard protects your heater from a buildup of sediment that decreases the longevity of the appliance.

For better-tasting water in Fresno, call Allbritten

Still not sure which option is right for you? At Allbritten, we offer a range of Fresno water filtration choices tailored to your needs and those of your home. Call us today to learn more about how a customized system increases efficiency and offers you the pleasure of better-tasting water.

Hard water: What is it, and why do you need a water softener?

Most people take the water that comes out of their tap for granted. Beyond the other stuff that can be in your home’s drinking and potable water, there’s something else you need to think about: hard water. Here in Fresno, our exceptionally hard water makes a water softener a necessity.

A water softener treats a hard water problem by removing the buildup of minerals that can damage your  home’s plumbing. It effectively removes the minerals such as calcium and magnesium carbonates through an ion exchange process. The device can increase the lifespan of the plumbing fixtures, and reduce plumbing repair costs.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the reasons why it’s important to soften hard water by installing a water softener.

Hard water buildup and water softenerWhat is hard water?

Thanks to gravity, water is always on the move. In rivers, it can carve canyons and create valleys. Underground in aquifers and wells, water slips between rocks. All that time, the water is brushing against rock, scraping off minerals such as calcium and magnesium. It’s the presence of minerals that makes water “hard” as opposed to “soft.”

Does Fresno have hard water?

Yes, we do. Here in Fresno, our water, on average, is 122 parts-per-million. According to the scale developed by the Water Quality Association, that means our water here in town is classified as “hard.”

If your home’s water is drawn exclusively from underground sources, your water might even be harder than that. That’s because aquifer sources are typically “harder” than surface water sources.

So, what’s the problem?

First, let’s clear something up: there’s no health risk for you and your family as a result of hard water. (Although, there’s other reasons you should consider a whole-home water filtration system). However, hard water can do a number on your home’s plumbing and appliances. Let’s explain why.

As mineral-rich hard water passes through the pipes and plumbing of your home, those minerals leech out of the water and stick to the inside of the pipe. Over time, this results in the buildup of calcium commonly known as “scale”. 

What else does hard water impact?

The flow of water in your home can be reduced because of this blockage in the pipe. The result is that you’ll need to re-pipe your home—an expensive proposition—a lot sooner than you would have otherwise. It’s a major problem here in Fresno.

However, that’s not all. Those minerals are also being pumped into your dishwasher and washing machine every time you use them, causing damage and reducing the lifespan of your appliances.

Your water heater is particularly vulnerable. After all, it has water inside of it at all times. Mineral buildup can negatively impact the anode rod, and deposits of just 1/16 of an inch can negate your water heater’s energy-efficiency, increasing your home energy costs.

Hard water impacts your home comfort

The wrong type of water can have major impacts on your home’s comfort. Here’s just some of the ways that hard water negatively impacts your home:

  • Your laundry will be stiff and dingy because detergents will not work as well with hard water. In addition, the minerals in the water, over time, wear down the colors in your favorite outfits.
  • Your skin will be drier, itchier, and harder to deal with, and you’ll feel like your hair is under attack. Hard water can aggravate symptoms of eczema.
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioners will work less effectively and you’ll need to use more of them with each shower to get the same results you would have had otherwise with softened water.

How can a water softener help?

As the name implies, water softeners remove the minerals that make water hard, rendering it soft. Water softeners are popular here in Fresno because of our exceptionally hard water. 

A water softener is a good long-term investment to protect your appliances, water heater, and home plumbing. Plus, it’ll make your skin and hair feel great!

Call Allbritten to learn about our whole-house water treatment systems

At Allbritten, we’re proud to install HALO whole-house water filtration and treatment systems here in Fresno. The HALO 5 system is considered one of the best on the market. It not only operates as a water softener, but also cleans and purifies your water with some of the best technology available.

If you’re interested in learning more about our HALO systems and how your home can drink clean, softened water, call Allbritten at (559) 292-4919 or contact our team online to schedule your free in-home estimate on a new system.