Water Softener Services in Scottsdale, AZ

As much as 85% of the United States has hard water, and the Greater Phoenix area is no exception, so it’s very likely that your home suffers from this problem. While hard water is troublesome for everything from your hair to your faucets, it’s something you can easily solve with the right installation.

A water softener can transform the way your home’s water feels and functions. You’ll need to invest in periodic water softener service to keep this important appliance running at peak efficiency.

We also offer installation and repair services, so you can rest assured that your new water softener will be installed correctly and working properly. Contact Zest Plumbing and Drain today to learn more about our water softener options and to schedule a consultation.

How a Water Softener Works

A water softener comprises a large tank containing a brine solution and a resin tank full of tiny resin beads. When hard water enters the water softener, it passes through the resin beads, which attract and capture the calcium and magnesium in the water. The resulting soft water then flows out of the resin tank to the rest of your home. 

The resin beads eventually become saturated with minerals, and your water softener must go through a regeneration cycle to refresh them. During the regeneration cycle, the water softener flushes brine from the brine tank over the resin beads. The brine picks up the minerals and leaves sodium behind. The water softener then drains the mineral-filled brine from the system, leaving the resin beads clean and ready for another cycle.

Benefits of a Water Softener

If you have hard water in your home, you should install a water softener to address the issue. Though this appliance requires an upfront investment, it will pay you back many times over in the form of the numerous benefits that this installation offers. With a functioning water softener, you’ll enjoy:

  • Healthier skin: Hard water aggravates dry skin and associated conditions, such as eczema. It also creates a buildup on clothing that may irritate your skin.
  • Long-lived appliances: Hard water leaves a mineral buildup on heating elements, water faucets, and other parts of your appliances. This can lead to more frequent repairs and a shorter life span for your water heater, dishwasher, washing machine, and other installations that use water.
  • Lower cleaning costs: You’ll use less of all your regular cleaning products when you have a water softener because they’ll function better. You’ll also spend less time cleaning in general.

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Signs Your Water Softener Needs Service

It’s important to recognize common signs of trouble with your water softener. Here are some of the issues you should treat early to protect your home from the hazards of hard water.

The Water Feels Hard

Hard water leaves you with dry skin and brittle hair. When you use soap, you’ll find that it feels slightly scummy and doesn’t produce a good lather. This indicates that your water softener either needs to be adjusted or needs a repair.

The Water Softener Is Noisy

Your water softener should operate silently except for when it goes through the regeneration cycle. It should never hiss, bang, or squeal. Though you may hear gurgling or bubbling from the regeneration process, you shouldn’t hear any dripping or trickling noises. If the machine is making the wrong sounds, get them diagnosed right away.

The Water Level Is Too High

The water in the brine tank should sit below the level of the salt. Though you may see that the salt is wet around the bottom, it should never be fully submerged. This indicates that you don’t have enough salt, or you have a problem with your brine tank, such as a broken float switch or clogged drain.

You Have Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can result from many problems, including clogged drains, broken water pipes, or issues with your water softener. It’s easy to troubleshoot whether your water pressure problems are linked to the water softener. Simply turn on the bypass valve so water stops passing through this system. Turn your taps on and see if the water pressure has returned to normal. If so, you need to have a plumber check your water softener to diagnose the issue. 

There Are Resin Beads in the Water

The small resin beads that help remove minerals from your water look like particles of sand. Resin beads should never escape a functional water softener. However, if the water softener screen tears or develops a hole, they may do so. Anything that looks like sand, dirt, or cloudiness in your water is cause for concern, and you should contact a plumber immediately.

You Can See Mineral Buildup Around the Home

Mineral buildup offers a very visible sign of hard water in the home. It can appear as:

  • A rusty ring in the toilet bowl.
  • White crusty buildup on faucets and shower heads.
  • Bumpy white buildup on the heating element in the dishwasher.
  • Cloudy spots on freshly washed dishes.
  • Discolored laundry coming out of the washing machine.

If you’ve noticed one or more of these distinct signs of hard water, your water softener isn’t working as it should. Contact a professional plumber to diagnose the issue as soon as you can.

Book Your Water Softener Appointment Today

If your water softener isn’t functioning or you don’t yet have a water treatment system, contact our team at Zest Plumbing and Drain for a prompt solution. We’ll help you diagnose and resolve any issues you’re having with hard water in your home so you can enjoy all the comfort and efficiency of soft water throughout the house.

Contact us today at (480) 448-5750 to schedule a consultation or to get more information about our services. We look forward to helping you achieve softer water in your home!

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