Calcium and magnesium. Two things that your doctor has probably told you to make sure you get enough of in your diet. However, when it comes to the water you drink, these same two minerals can be unwelcome guests, if there is too much of them present.
When there is too much calcium, magnesium and other alkaline minerals in tap water it is called “hard” water. Water hardness is measured using a pH scale from one to 14; seven is considered neutral. Water with a low pH is more acidic, while water with a higher pH is harder or more alkaline. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends households have a water pH between 5.5 and nine. However, you can still experience the negative effects of hard water, even within this range.
One of the more common problems associated with hard water is damage to pipes and water appliances, caused by a buildup of alkaline minerals. Hot water can also have a bad taste, which is why some people shy away from using it as drinking water.
Hot water problems can be quite common. That’s why there are several types of Phoenix water filtration systems to help homeowners make sure they have safe, good-tasting water to drink.
A water treatment system – or water filtration – binds the calcium and magnesium in hard water to a porous resin in the water softening unit and replaces the minerals with sodium chloride or potassium chloride.
Here are the most common Phoenix water filtration systems:
Water softener: Water softeners use cation exchange resin regenerated with sodium chloride or potassium chloride to reduce the excess calcium and magnesium in the water.
Reverse osmosis (RO) system: This form of treatment system reverses the flow of water so that water passes from a concentrated solution to a more dilute solution through a semi-permeable membrane.
Filtration: A filter traps minerals in its pores and breaks them down, thereby reducing the amount of contaminants in the water.
Chas Roberts isn’t just the expert in water treatment. Chas’s expert plumbers can help with any of your plumbing needs, including those that happen at odd hours, since Chas provides Phoenix emergency plumbing services 24 hours a day.
If you’re ready to invest in a water treatment system for your home, or you have any type of Phoenix emergency plumbing need, contact Chas Roberts Air Conditioning and Plumbing today. Schedule an appointment online at ChasRoberts.com or call (602) 943-3426.