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.

Your Fresno tap water likely contains a high mineral content. Hard water can have a negative impact on your home.What 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.”

Do Fresno homes have these issues?

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 this mineral-rich 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 this type of water can negatively impact your home:

  • Your laundry will be stiff and dingy because detergents do not work well with mineral-heavy 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.

Here are three tips to reduce pipe stress and prevent leaks

Pipe stress can lead to plumbing leaks. If you don’t take steps to address the problem, you will have to face costly plumbing repairs. The more you wait to act, the greater will be the damage to the pipes.However, the right proactive steps can help you avoid plumbing disaster later on.

In this blog post, we’ll talk about what pipe stress is, and how Allbritten can help you avoid plumbing problems and find leaks.

What is pipe stress?

This isn’t your pipes being stressed about an upcoming exam or financial woes. Instead, pipe stress refers to pipes that are bearing too large of a load at too high of pressure. There are two primary drivers of pipe problems:

  • Water Pressure: The water pressure in your home’s plumbing is too high, which stresses the pipes, gaskets, and seals of your home’s plumbing.
  • Hard Water: As minerals from water leech out while passing through your plumbing, they collect inside pipes, forming hard calcification spots. Over time, this reduces the flow through the pipe, increasing the pressure and corroding joints.

The problems with pressure in pipes can be observed in your garden hose. Let’s say that you have the hose on at full capacity. If you were to then restrict most of the flow by pinching the end of the hose, the remaining water would shoot out of the end of the hose more forcefully.

That same phenomenon is happening your home’s plumbing every time you turn on the shower or sink faucet, or every time you start a load of laundry. Over time, that stress wears on pipes and fittings.

What happens when your pipes are stressed?

Excessive pressure on your home’s pipes over a long period of time will eventually lead to problems. First, it puts your pipes at a greater risk of cracking or bursting open. This will lead to a water leak, most likely hidden behind a wall or under the foundation. Such leaks can be difficult for a homeowner to locate and fix on their own, so you’ll need to bring in our plumbers to assist you with making the repair.

Any water leak in the home carries with it the potential for water damage and mold growth. The longer the leak goes undetected or resolved, the worse these problems become. Water damage repair and mold remediation can significantly increase the cost of cleanup and repair. Water damage attacks your floors, foundation, and structure of your home, while the growth of mold or mildew may negatively impact your health.

If you have reason to suspect your home has a hidden leak somewhere, you need to bring in a plumbing professional. Procrastinating on critical plumbing repairs will only make the situation worse.

How you can address pipe stress in your home

Your home’s pipes don’t have to be doomed to a future of leaks and problems. The professional plumbers at Allbritten can help ensure that your pipes are looking good and have a reduced stress level. Here are the two steps we take to address pipe stress problems:

Step #1: Have Allbritten check the pressure on your pipes

Water pressure over 80 pounds-per-square-inch (psi) can lead to increased stress on your pipes, causing strain inside the pipe and damaging your fixtures.

High water pressure is particularly damaging to copper pipes. In order to avoid corrosion, copper pipes have oxide coating on the interior pipe walls. This coating gets damaged when the water pressure is too high.

High water pressure in your home can put unnecessary pipe stress on your plumbing. Call Allbritten to have our plumbers install a water pressure regulator.

High water pressure in your home can put unnecessary pipe stress on your plumbing. Call Allbritten to have our plumbers install a water pressure regulator.

Water pressure should ideally be between 40 and 80 psi. If the water pressure is higher than the maximum threshold, it can cause plumbing damage.

Call Allbritten to have us measure your home’s water pressure. If the water pressure in your home is too high, we’ll likely recommend a solution such as a pressure regulator, a device that reduces the pressure of the water entering your home.

Step #2: Have Allbritten install a water softener

People who use well water or municipal water should consider using a water softener. Especially when drawn from wells and aquifers, water is typically hard, not soft, in the Fresno area. This water can damage the pipes and restrict the flow of water. It can also cause corrosion in the joints. Also, the fittings that keep the pipe together can corrode due to hard water.

You should examine faucets and shower heads to find out whether there is any white colored stains and buildup. These are usually magnesium, or other minerals that are found in high quantity in hard water.

Another way to know about hard water is to have your water tested by the team at Allbritten. Above 140 parts per million (PPM) indicates hard water. You can easily resolve the hard water problem by calling us and having us install a water softener.

Call Allbritten for more ways to reduce pipe stress

Allbritten is Fresno’s trusted name in plumbing. Our team is known for fast, friendly service and our honest approach to doing business. To learn more about our water testing services, give us a call at (559) 292-4919 or contact us online.

Why you should consider water purification for your home

Did you know Fresno ranks as the 11th worst city in the United States for water cleanliness? Agricultural runoff is a major cause of our poor water quality, including elevated levels of nitrates and arsenic. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to improve the water flowing into your home—including water purification through a whole-home filter.

You use the water in your home on a daily basis—whether it’s for plumbing, cooking, showering, or laundry . You shouldn’t do any of those things with dirty or unhealthy water. Even if your water looks or tastes clean, experts recommend installing a whole-home water filtration system to ensure you’re receiving fresh, purified water. To accomplish this, you must go much further than simply attaching a store-bought water filter to your tap.

For real results and cleaner water, have the professional team at Allbritten improve your home’s water with a HALO whole-home filtration system. Allbritten is your trusted source for plumbing, cooling, heating, and water filter needs here in Fresno. Call us for a free quote on a new HALO water filtration system.

Water purification in Fresno can help remove harmful contaminants.

A water test can reveal just what is in your home’s day—and why you need water purification here in Fresno and the Central Valley.

Why whole-home water filtration is a necessity

Here in the Central Valley, we are known for our agricultural output. When crops are watered, pesticides, herbicides, and other contaminants make their way into the water supply and into your home. This affects the water you drink, shower in, cook with, and do laundry with. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider a whole-home filtration system:

Improved water quality

The best benefit of a filtration system will be the improved water quality that you’ll be able to see, taste, and feel. You and your family can stay healthy and have great-tasting water with a water filter that works.

Harmful chemicals removed

Our HALO system removes harmful chemicals from attacking your pipes or drains and from finding their way into your drinking water.

Improved appliance/drainage conditions

With hard water and chlorine problems removed, your appliances and drainage systems will work better and experience fewer issues.

Fresno-area residents live near harmful water

Out of the 100 largest cities in the United States, Fresno has been ranked as the 11th worst in terms of water quality. These results cannot be ignored or overlooked—though we live in a beautiful city with some great areas and activities, we also experience the downsides of agricultural runoff. This affects our homes, and it’s our job as homeowners to protect the place we live.

How HALO water purification works

Our advanced HALO water filtration system has multiple levels of filtration, providing you with maximum cleanliness and pure water. The HALO system solves hard water and chlorine problems present in your water, while enacting 5 stages of filtration that work on a molecular level and keep contaminants away from your pipes and appliances while bringing purified water to your drinking glass.

Allbritten’s plumbers have the knowledge to walk you through the process and explain how a whole-home filtration system can greatly improve the quality of your home’s water. We’ll also provide you with a free estimate. When you’re ready to move forward, our team can professionally install the system and continue to provide excellent customer service to you and your family.

Staying healthy and hydrated

You’ll begin seeing the benefits of a whole-home water filtration system from day one. In an area with high chemical runoff and pollutants, you really cannot afford to NOT have a water system set up. Instead of purchasing a $20 water pitcher and hoping for the best, ensure your home is really taken care of by having Allbritten install an industry-leading HALO whole-home water filtration system.

After installation, your water filtration system will be ready to use! Once your water is cleared and cleaned, you can take measures to conserve water in your home to save money on your water or energy bills. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, and only run full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine. By taking these extra water conservation measures, you can make your water usage more intentional.

The benefits of cleaner water

An advanced HALO system, installed by the professional plumbers at Allbritten, will soften water, clear sediment and chemicals, remove scaling, pollutants, and rust. Cleaner water means less chance of illness or disease. With HALO, you’ll not only have better drinking water, but your appliances—such as your washing machine, dishwasher, and water heater—will last longer and run better without hard water buildup. The choice is clear—put your health and happiness first by calling us at Allbritten today and learning more about your water options.

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.