A lot of people around the Boise area get the water for their homes from a well. Well water is perfectly healthy, but it can be high in mineralization. Water that is high in mineralization isn’t bad for you, but it can be hard on your home’s plumbing system and water-using appliances. In fact, water with a lot of minerals is typically called “hard water” because of the high level of minerals. What can you do about it? Call the plumbing experts from Shilo Plumbing for water softener services! Our pros can help you install a new water softening system, replace an outdated one, repair a malfunctioning one or maintain your existing one for optimal performance. Having a working water softener means reducing and even eliminating scale in your plumbing system, which has great benefit for you and your home!

Why do you need a water softener? Click here for more information.

How a Water Softener Works

It may sound like you need some serious technology to “soften” water, but the truth is, you just need to add some sodium. But you don’t just dump some table salt into your well and call it a day. First, your Shilo Plumbing experts need to ascertain how high the mineralization of your water is so that we can understand how much softening your water will need. With our professional water testing services, we’ll get accurate information. Once we know the levels of mineralization, we’ll know what size water softener you’ll need for your home. Water softeners add sodium to your water to negate the effect that magnesium and calcium ions have on your plumbing system, namely the formation of scale. Sodium neutralizes these ions, softening the water. This helps to greatly reduce and even eliminate scale build–up in your plumbing system.

Common Issues with Water Softeners

Water softeners aren’t the most mechanical components, but they can develop some problems. Here are the more common ones our experts see:

  • Problems with the time settings: the time on your water softener is typically programmed so that the water softening process happens during off–peak hours, such as during the overnight. Should a power outage occur, the timer may need to be re–set. Otherwise, your softener may cycle during peak hours, and you’ll get hard water, not softened water, during these times.
  • The softener is totally shut down: this can happen because of electrical problems or another issue. Call your plumbing professional for help, don’t try to repair or diagnose the problem yourself.
  • Salt buildup: sometimes a layer of salt can form at the top of the tank, making it look like you have a tank full of salt when the tank is actually empty underneath. This layer can also be referred to as a “salt bridge.” By gently tapping on the salt, it can be broken up and used.

The experts at Shilo Plumbing are here to help with all of your water softening needs!

Click here for Water Softener frequently asked questions.