Everyone needs clean, reliable water. Our water is used for so many things – drinking, showers, laundry, cooking and dishwashing. Municipal water treatment facilities do provide relatively safe, clean water for the entire city-wide water system. However, the process treatment plants use doesn’t filter out everything. Dissolved minerals, like calcium and magnesium are two thing that are not filtered out of municipal water. These minerals, while in no way harmful to your health create what is known as hard water and can cause major issues in your plumbing system and water using appliances.
Water Conditioning Systems
“Hard water” can damage your plumbing system by creating lime-scale which can clog pipes and dramatically decrease the energy efficiency and life expectancy of your water using appliances and destroy your fixtures, glass enclosures, tile and dishes. These minerals also prevent soaps from foaming, which leads to using more soap and detergents.
There are two options for dealing with hard water. You can use a traditional water softener or you can use an anti-scale system, which is a maintenance-free alternative.
Whole House Water Softeners
Water softening is the process of removing calcium and magnesium from the water coming into your home. Abacus offers several systems that can help you prevent or eliminate the effects of scale build-up. Whole house water softeners remove the calcium and magnesium in water, replacing them with a potassium or sodium ion. This eliminates the formation of lime-scale.
There are many benefits of a whole home water softener:
- Healthier and softer skin
- A shower stall, dishes and glasses without water spots or white film
- Save money on soaps and detergents because they lather better and require less soap usage
- Prolong the life of your water heater, appliances and fixtures
- Prolong the life of your whole plumbing system
- Prevents scale buildup and staining of fixtures
Flow Tech Home Anti-Scale
Until recently there has been no good way to deal with hard water expect for using a water softener. But due to advancements in technology there is finally an alternative, the Flow-Tech anti-scale system, that can address the harmful effects of lime-scale while retaining the beneficial minerals in your water. Compared to traditional water softening systems, the Flow-Tech Home Anti-Scale Scale System is more environmentally friendly (because there is no water waste of brine solution discharge), more cost effective, and maintenance-free system. Flow-Tech Home Anti-Scale protects your entire plumbing system, preventing scale from accumulating, and even removing pre-existing scale, which a water softener cannot do.
This allows your appliances that use water to operate at their maximum efficiency. The Flow-Tech system operates 24/7 because it is not flow dependent. By changing the ions inside the water, Flow-Tech makes magnesium and calcium stick together and flow harmlessly along with the water instead of attaching themselves to your pipes, appliances, and fixtures. Flow-Tech Home saves you money by increasing energy efficiency and reducing soap and detergent use.
The biggest difference between a softener and an anti-scale system is the “feel”. Softened water leaves you with a slick feel in the shower. This is not the case with an anti-scale system. Ready for a Water Softener in your home? Call Abacus today at 713-766-3605 or scheudule your appointment online »