Top quality water softeners in Phoenix
In Arizona, a water softener is an essential piece of equipment. At American Home Water and Air, we offer the best Phoenix water softener installation and maintenance services.
Our clients enjoy enhanced health and savings on cleaning products and utility bills.
What does a water softener loop look like and where is it located?
Most installations of water softener systems in Phoenix, AZ take place in the garage or mechanical room. The loops often come out of the pipes in the wall or come up from the pipes under the floor. In regions where hot water isn’t an issue, you’d typically find the water softener loop installed outdoors.
Many modern day houses are already pre-plumbed with a loop. This is where there is the loop itself, a power outlet and a drain for the waste water (see pic below. If you’re building a home, you should request one. If you’re buying a home, check to see if a loop is already installed and that it also has a drain, and a power outlet .
While some homeowners install their own water softener loop, we recommend hiring a professional. If you do not have a drain or power near the loop, it is not a problem; we charge an extra $100.00 to run power and drain those to the proper location.
Do you really need a new water softener in AZ?
You just moved in and the water doesn’t seem all that different to you. Or maybe a water softener is already in your house and you’re wondering whether it’s getting too old to do a good job.
Water softeners generally last about 20 years if you have a good quality system and keep it maintained. Newer models are much more energy efficient than the old ones and use less water. Water softener repair in Phoenix can also increase your old system’s efficiency.
Is it safe to drink softened water?
Some homeowners who want to control their salt intake for health reasons are afraid their salt intake will increase drastically with softened water. But the amount of salt in softened water is very small.
If you drink 12 glasses of soft water, you will not consume as much salt as there is in one slice of bread. Most water supplies contain sodium naturally, meaning you’ll hardly consume any more salt after water softener installation in Phoenix.
Can you use softened water in your yard and on your plants?
Water produced by newer water softeners is not harmful to plants. Still, it is best not to water plants and lawns with softened water because of the cost of buying a larger softener and increased operating costs.
The loop installed to provide softened water to your house can be constructed so no softened water comes out of your irrigation lines or hose bibs.
How does a water softener work?
In water softener systems, calcium and magnesium ions in water switch places with sodium ions. A very small amount of sodium is added to your water in this process.
The ion exchange takes place inside a tank of small plastic beads referred to as the resin. The negatively charged beads are first bonded to positively charged sodium ions. As water comes into your house and flows past the beads, the sodium ions change places with the calcium and magnesium ions.
When the resin is exhausted, the water softener regenerates and exchanges the calcium and magnesium ions for sodium. All excess sodium chloride is rinsed out at the end of the regeneration process which usually happens at night.
If you have a water softener, you usually have two tanks. One tank holds the resin beads; the other has to be refilled every two to three months with salt (pellets or coarse) that you can purchase at a grocery or hardware store.