Hard water can damage your pipes and leave your skin dry and irritated. Say goodbye to these hard water problems and more with a reliable whole-house water softener. At Master Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling, we go above and beyond to offer the highest-quality water softener installation, repair, and maintenance services in the Cedar Rapids, IA, area.
Whether you need a system installed from scratch or your existing water softener needs some work, you can count on us for upfront pricing, superior service, and lasting results. We have over three decades of experience and the tools to take on any plumbing project.
Reverse hard water damage to your plumbing with our comprehensive pipe and drain cleaning services.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water has high mineral content, typically from flowing through large deposits of limestone, iron, gypsum, talcum, or calcium. However, deteriorating pipes can also lead to water quality issues. In some cases, you can tell if you have hard water based on the taste and smell of your alone, especially when it comes to high iron levels. In other cases, signs are subtler.
You may have hard water if you notice:
- Frequent clogs or leaks
- Soap scum or mineral buildup on appliances and dishes
- Stains on your bathtubs, toilets, or sinks
- Faded clothing
- Itchy, dry skin or scalp
- Dry, brittle hair or brassiness
- Low water pressure
How Whole-Home Water Softener Systems Work
Most water softeners remove calcium, magnesium, and other minerals from water using ion exchange.
The system has a tank with a filter filled with negatively charged resin beads. As water enters the system, the negative ions attract the positively charged minerals in it like a magnet, trapping them.
Water softeners also require salt to recharge. The system will periodically flush the resin beads with saltwater releasing the trapped minerals. The saltwater and released minerals then enter your drainage system like any other wastewater.
Pair your new water softener system with a whole-home water filtration system to get the best water possible.
Routine Water Softener Maintenance and Repairs
Whole-home water filtration systems are relatively durable and don't often require repairs—so long as you keep up on proper maintenance. However, if your system does fail you, we’re among the top water softener repair companies in the Cedar Rapids area and can have it up and running again fast.
We also offer convenient maintenance services to help keep your water softener working right and prevent the need for repairs. Your system will need to be cleaned and inspected at least once a year. You'll also need to replace the salt and resin beads periodically. We're happy to help with all of the above.