Answering FAQs About Water Softeners

Below we’re answering some frequently asked questions about water softeners and how they help northern Utah properties!

every northern Utah home needs a water softener to address hard water issues!

We get tons of questions about water softeners on a regular basis from both home and business owners throughout northern Utah, and this is largely because a lot of people aren’t quite sure why they’re needed or how they function.

That’s why we’ve developed this list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) oriented around our water softener services, so keep reading on if you’re still a little bit confused about these all-important household appliances!

What exactly is a water softener?

Water softeners are incredible plumbing appliances that help properties treat their water supplies by eliminating excessive mineral content.

The main minerals that water softeners target include magnesium and calcium, which just so happen to be in abundance within northern Utah’s municipal water supply.

What’s bad about having hard water at my house?

Hard water is terrible for people’s hair, skin, appliances, clothing and residential plumbing systems. This is because excessive amounts of magnesium and calcium can change a household’s water texture in a harsh way, which subsequently irritates skin and dehydrates hair.

Stiff-feeling clothes right out of the dryer is another warning sign for hard water, and this is because magnesium and calcium make detergents and soaps less effective. So another benefit of investing in a water softener is having softer clothes.

Hard water minerals also lead to unwanted scale buildup in tubs and sinks, as well as within pipes and plumbing appliances. This is bad because it’ll decrease appliance lifetimes and deteriorate pipes prematurely, which can unnecessarily cost homeowners a ton of money!

How do water softeners function?

Water softeners work by allowing your municipal water supply to flow through the unit’s tank, which is where an ion exchange process will draw out the hard minerals. This means that sodium ions will replace magnesium and calcium ions, which provides so many benefits in terms of avoiding the many hard water issues listed in the above section!

How often does salt need to be added to a water softener’s brine tank?

You’ll usually need to add salt into your water softener’s brine tank around every 8-10 weeks, but this depends upon how much you’re using your water softener. If your unit regenerates on a more frequent basis, you may need to add salt a little more frequently.

Do water softeners make drinking water taste salty?

It’s important to remember that your water softener is only going to add a trace amount of sodium into your water, which means you’ll never actually taste any saltiness in your drinking water.

Do I need to do anything for my water softener’s daily operations?

Once your water softener has been installed by one of our Master Plumbers, your unit’s regeneration cycle will be automatically programmed for you. You’ll have little to nothing to do besides routinely add salt into the brine tank, and water softeners are known for their resilience.

So you more than likely won’t require maintenance on your water softener system, but our experts are always just a phone call away when you do need assistance.

How can I know if my northern Utah home needs a water softener?

There are many hard water warning signs that homeowners need to be on the lookout for when they aren’t sure if a water softener is right for them or not. The hard truth is that every home and business in northern Utah needs a water softener just because of our geographical location, but irritated skin, faucet stains, stained dishes and stiff clothing are also clear red flags to be on the lookout for.

You can also simply test your home’s water supply for its mineral and contaminant content, and our team will be more than happy to help conduct these tests for you during your initial consultation appointment.

What water softener size is best for me?

Answering this question will depend upon your home’s hard mineral content, your property’s water flow rate, and the number of people within your household.

But there’s no need to worry about this minute detail of the water softener process, because our specialists will easily be able to point you in the right direction towards the right sized water softener for your property.

Reach Out To Us Online To Learn More About Our Top-Quality Water Softeners!

Beehive Plumbing is one of the top suppliers of water softeners in the entire northern Utah region, and we’ve helped countless homes and businesses to improve their overall water quality and plumbing system durability with our top-quality units.

Reach out to us online or give us a call at 801-661-8155 to speak with our water softener experts about how we can get your property’s water supply to a safer and healthier place!

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