What is Water Conditioning?



What is water conditioning?

What are the benefits of water conditioning? If you’re a homeowner, this is a great question to ask. From problems with plumbing to stains on stemware, no matter if your issues are on function or merely cosmetic, hard water is a problem for many. The benefits of water conditioning can absolve the many problems associated with hard water. But before we dive into the benefits of water conditioning, let’s first get to know the effects of hard water.

What is hard water?
It’s not ice! That’s not the hard water we’re talking about here. Hard water isn’t so much the state of water, but instead what’s actually in the water itself. Hard water has a high mineral content. A buildup of things like calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? It actually isn’t a good thing. Keep reading to learn why.

What are the effects?
Unconditioned water can have negative effects in your home, on your plumbing, and even on you. Take a look around the house or observe the next time you take a shower and see if you notice the following.

  • Water spots on glasses, dishes, or silverware
  • A buildup of limescale on showerheads, faucets, and plumbing
  • Rust stains in toilets, tubs, showers, and sinks
  • Low water pressure
  • Dry skin and hair

What is water conditioning?
Water conditioners and water softeners are both after the same goal: to address the common problems caused by water hardness. However, water conditioning takes a more innovative approach. While softeners aim to remove mineral buildup from water, conditioning actually manipulates the way the mineral buildup behaves. Though it doesn’t remove these minerals, it modifies the water, so they won’t have the undesired effects listed above.

What are the benefits of water conditioning?
You might be wondering what benefits of water conditioning outweigh the benefits of using a water softener. While both work to soften water, water conditioning doesn’t remove the minerals in water that are, believe it or not, good for the body! Calcium, magnesium, and other minerals in water are totally safe for ingestion. So, why remove them when you can modify how they react to your plumbing, your water pressure, and even your skin?

But what are some other benefits?

You may have noticed tap water with a strange odor or poor taste. Water conditioning will help improve the quality of your water while removing other impurities such as chemicals, compounds, and contaminants, such as lead. A water conditioning system can filter water throughout your home, ensuring clean water from the tap, in the shower, or in the washing machine.

Limescale is a common occurrence in homes with hard water that can cause blockage and clogging of your drains and pipes. Water conditioning helps stop that limescale buildup, a preventative measure for homeowners, which not only helps keep your water tasting clean and fresh, but saves pipes, nozzles, and other plumbing fixtures from needed service or repair over time.

If your believe your home is subject to hard water and you want to learn more about water conditioning from Eric Krise Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, contact us today, and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions: 856.769.3932.