What Are the Effects of Hard Water?
Hard water can negatively impact your home in many ways. It often contains chemicals, contaminants, and minerals (such as magnesium, calcium, manganese, and iron) that affect you, your family, and your home.
The effects of hard water include:
- Soap scum buildup
- Difficulty lathering and rinsing off soap and shampoo
- Water that smells or tastes bad
- Hard water scales on faucets, in sinks, and in showers
- Decreased performance of cleansing products
- Dry hair and skin
- Clothing fades up to 30 times faster than normal
- Mineral stains in sinks and bathtubs
- Higher-than-normal water bills
- Spotty dishes
To determine if your home has hard water, reach out to our water quality specialists. We perform thorough water quality inspections to assess condition of your home’s water.
What Is Water Conditioning?
Water conditioning is the process of manipulating hard water minerals to reduce their harsh effect on a home. While water softeners and water conditioners both treat hard water, they use different methods. Unlike a water softener, a water conditioner doesn’t use sodium chloride and doesn’t completely eliminate hard water ions. Instead, these systems alter hard minerals which prevents them from building up inside of pipes, on nozzles, and in and around plumbing fixtures. In addition to addressing water hardness, water conditioners treat biological contaminants such as bacteria and algae.
What Are the Types of Water Conditioners?
There are several different methods of water conditioning. These include electromagnetism, carbon filtration, catalytic media, electrolysis, template-assisted crystallization, and electrical induction.
Benefits of Water Conditioning
While these systems do not eliminate hardness from water, they offer plenty of benefits.
- Significantly reduces scaling in pipes
- Reduces the appearance of white spots around faucets and drains
- Requires less maintenance than water softeners
- Costs less money to install than a softener
- Does not waste water
To find out if this type of water treatment system is right for you, reach out to Gillece Services. Our Pittsburgh water conditioning specialists are always available to address your questions and concerns. We provide free, in-person estimates, no-hassle pricing, financing, and a job done right the first time, every time.