If you live in an area with hard water, you know how important a well functioning water softener can be. Symptoms of hard water include spotting on dishware and glasses after washing them, scum and staining on tiles, glass doors and bathtubs, a sticky feeling after you shower and duller colors on clothes coming out of the wash. Hard water problems affect the efficiency of your home appliances and can cause backed up drains and clogged pipes — any of these symptoms can indicate your existing water softener needs to be replaced or recharged.
Mr. Rooter® Plumbing of Oneida offers water softener service to residents in Rome, Utica and beyond. From repairs to new system installations, our team can help ensure your home has reliably-soft water for years to come.
Choosing a New Water Softener
When you need to replace an aging water softener, two considerations are important: how much water your home uses everyday and how hard your water is on average. New water softeners are rated by their grain capacity — the number of units of water hardness the system can remove before requiring regeneration. Home testing kits are available to help you determine the amount of hardness in your water; you can also call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for an immediate assessment using the latest diagnostic tools. From there, we can determine the best model for your home and provide a more accurate quote for installation.
Water Softener Regeneration and Your Septic System
Over time, a residential water softener loses its ability to filter out hard materials and must be regenerated. If you live in a home with a septic system, however, some studies have indicated that regeneration — which effectively flushes out softening salt, creating a brine solution — may have a negative impact on septic system bacteria. To ensure your septic system remains healthy, take the following precautions when setting up a new water softener:
- Choose a more efficient model that requires regeneration less frequently.
- Choose a water softener that can be set to regenerate based on usage rather than time.
- Have your water softener installed so that only needed water is processed.
- Use potassium chloride rather than a sodium-based softening solution.
Need help choosing the right softener for your home? Contact the water quality experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Our team has years of experience working in the Oneida area — we understand the needs of area residents and can help you choose the best unit for your property.
We also offer emergency service and regular maintenance for all water softeners, whether or not our team initially installed them. We can provide 24 hour emergency repairs, we never charge overtime, and all workmanship is guaranteed. For everything related to water softeners in Oneida, Rome and Utica, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing today!