Have you thought about having a water softener system installed in your home?
More and more Calgarians are installing water softener systems these days!
Why? Water in Calgary is considered as ‘hard water’ as it has high amounts of dissolved magnesium and calcium. Calgary’s water supply flows from the Rockies, glacier run offs, and underground aquifers; all of which naturally add minerals to the water.
While hard water is not dangerous to your health, it can leave your hair and skin feeling dry and itchy. It’s also not ideal for your home’s appliances.
Hard water coats surfaces white scaly residue build ups in showers, sinks and piping.
Appliances suffer from hard water circulation through their internals.
This can reduce appliance lifespan and performance.
There’s a host of other reasons hard water is detrimental to the overall plumbing of your home in Calgary.
How can you get rid of hard water?
A commonly implemented solution in Alberta is to install a water softener system.
A properly installed water softener system will work to remove minerals and dissolved particles from your home’s hard water supply.
Water softener systems prevent scale build-up, extend the life of your plumbing fixtures, and help to prevent future plumbing issues.
Hard water gets softened with the addition of water softener salt(can be salt free), non-health hazardous chemicals, resin tanks, and de-scalers. There are typically two tanks for water softener systems.
Some systems use chemicals or salts to treat water in conjunction with water in circulation through a resin tank, which feeds soft water water to your home. Often there will be resin tank, containing resin beads, which remove hard water minerals through a process call ion exchange. In any style of water softener system, your home’s main water supply needs be tapped into..
Various complexities of systems are available, from dual tank water softeners, salt-free systems, and even integrated water filtration systems.
Our team RPG can walk you through the pros and cons of each system.
Image below, typical water softener salts. Various systems use different chemicals. Consult with your system installer if you are uncertain of the correct supplies for your system.
Choose the right water softener system.
Choosing the right water softener system to maximize benefit and cost-effectiveness is not always simple.
Overall, choosing an optimal water softener system will not only save on energy bills, but provide health benefits, improve performance of appliances, and reduce limescale build up.
Keep in mind some water softener system criteria that needs to be accounted for:
- Hardness of your current water supply.
- Number of people in your home.
- Average water consumption per person.
- Number of ‘grain’ for your unit.
- Type of water softener salt.
- Make and model of water softener system.
- Your budget!
If you’re at odds about which water softener system is right for your home, the team RPG Calgary would be happy to guide you.
RPG Calgary are experts in installation, repair, and maintenance of a variety of makes and models of water softening systems.
From ion exchange water softeners, dual-tank water softeners, salt-free water softeners, and the various features of all these systems – RPG will walk you through the most cost effective solution for your home and unique situation.
Reach out for a free quote or consultation today.
Frequently asked water softener questions:
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Are water filtration systems included?
Water filtration systems are a separate entity to themselves.
But often are paired with water softener systems in homes to serve the ultimate in clean, tasty, mostly contaminate free soft water.
Water softeners work to remove minerals from Calgary’s hard water.
They don’t necessarily make your water any safer to drink.
That’s where a water filtration system comes in to play. Water filtration systems reduce the presence of harmful contaminates. In Calgary, we have a healthy municipal water supply, so a filtration isn’t necessarily required, it’s more of a luxury upgrade to your home’s water supply.
However, if you are in surrounding areas of Calgary you are not being served from the municipal water supply.
It may be worth having your water tested to determine if it’s right to add in a filtration system.
RPG Calgary can organize the testing of your water and determine it’s level of quality. Along with that, our trusted team of certified plumbing professionals will provide their recommendation of the best water softener and or water filtration combination to suit your home’s needs.
All you have to do, is request a consultation with us.
Water softener services that RPG Calgary provides.
RPG Calgary is a full service home plumbing & heating company.
Full service means, not only do you get friendly and trustworthy water softener advice, but a full suite of in-house services for your system:
Water softener system benefits.
Overall, water softener systems are design to lessen limescale and mineral build up content in your home’s water.
Benefits can be seen throughout your home where water runs; in pipes, appliances, water tanks, water heaters, boilers, taps, drains etc. However, there are indeed still some drawbacks you need consider when deciding whether or not a water softener system is right for your home.
For example, you can experience the softest laundry ever, when you install a water softener system in your home.
There are plenty of direct benefits:
- Cleaning and maintaining the appearance of your sinks, taps, shower heads, kettles and small amenities that use your home’s water supply will be much easier.
- Softened water serves appliances such as dishwashers, laundry machines, and other appliances with higher energy efficiency and performance.
- Laundry feels softer and clothing colors are arguably more vibrant when washed in soft water.
- The health benefits of soft water are suggested for people who suffer from dry skin or other skin conditions.
- It’s subjective, but the taste of your water is just better.
- Soaps and detergents actually lather better in soft water, saving you money on the amounts required to get the same cleaning performance from lathers from hard water.
- Water softener systems can reduce the frequency and severity of repairs and maintenance required for your home’s kitchen appliances, water tanks, on demand water heaters,
- Can reduce the frequency of clogged drains and slow drains in your home throughout the year.
- Some homeowners notice hotter water, resulting in reduced gas bills.
Reduce time spent cleaning scum and calcium build up on you fixtures with a water softener system installation for your home.
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR HOME HAS HARD WATER?
Generally speaking homes in Calgary have hard water, coming in from our reservoirs and the Rocky Mountains. However for the greater area of Calgary, communities not served by city water supplies, or reservoirs it may be hard to tell.
Typically a standard thing to look for is white haze on clear dishes or glasses put through your dishwasher. Also look out for limescale or calcium build up.
You can get your water tested for general health and safety also for it’s mineral content. There are dissolved mineral content specifications that distinguish whether or not your water is considered ‘hard’. Keep in mind, there are varying levels of water hardness.
Unsure not sure if it’s worthwhile to invest in water softener system?
Book a consult with RPG Calgary and their friendly team will give you their expert opinion for your home’s unique situation.
How much does Calgary a water softener install cost?
Typical water softener installation will run between one and a few thousand dollars.
It all depends on the type and capacity of the system you need to install, and RPG Calgary can help guide you to make the right choice.
As with most plumbing home upgrades, if a water softener system is already installed in your home you can expect water softener replacement costs to be less than a brand-new water softener install.
Book a free in-home water softener consultation with Roy’s Plumbing & Gas today and get an up front no-nonsense quote for your review.
You can count on RPG Calgary.
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Fair prices, quality work and a connection that goes beyond simple transactions.
No other Calgary plumber is as committed to making sure your project gets done well, on time and on budget.
WHY CHOOSE RPG CALGARY?
1. RPG Calgary provides full price quotes in advance.
2. Satisfaction is guaranteed on your home’s plumbing, heating, or gas work.
3. RPG Calgary is led by a team with 10+ years of commercial and residential plumbing experience.
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