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Get Rid of Hard Water with Help from a Water Softener System

As excessive amounts of minerals contact your potable water supply, it can lead to the formation of hard water. Hard water can cause dry skin and damage the hair. The minerals in hard water can also collect in the pipes, which can eventually lead to problems. Thankfully, a water softener system offers an effective solution. With water softener installation, you can enjoy better water that’s easier on your skin and hair while also minimizing the impact on plumbing fixtures.

Our plumbing team can recommend the best available model to satisfy your water treatment needs and take care of every detail during installation. We’ll also continue to support it through repair and maintenance services. Between improving water quality and protecting the plumbing, water softener service from McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling can help. Call 610-649-8080 to learn more about water softener installation in Springfield.

Selecting the Right Water Softener System

Salt-Based (Ion Exchange) Water Softeners: The sodium ion exchange is by far the most common type of water softener technique. Like we said before, salt-based water softeners rely on positively charged sodium ions to draw in negatively-charged hard water minerals. While highly effective, water softeners still do best with some upkeep. Maintenance is usually in the form of replenishing the system’s supply of salt.

There are certain salt-based systems that use a dual-tank design. Dual-tank water softeners may be a useful option if you’re concerned about the tank failing, because the second tank can serve as a backup.

Salt-Free Water Softeners

Other water softener systems use a potassium-chloride substitute as opposed to the ion exchange process to address hard water. Salt-free systems might cost more up-front to install at first, but their maintenance needs are also generally lower. Before you decide, try to get a sense of several water softeners so you know what’s best for your plumbing. We encourage you to reach out to discuss options with an experienced professional.

Different types of equipment may be labeled water softener systems even though they are designed differently.

Magnetic water softener: Newer designs reduce mineral buildup with a magnetic field surrounding the plumbing. Lacking the ability to bond, the minerals remain water-soluble and break down before they accumulate.

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What Is a Water Softener System?

A water softener removes minerals from potable water. This usually means calcium and magnesium, the most common sources of scale buildup and similar issues in the pipes. To soften water, the equipment uses a chemical reaction known as ion exchange. Here’s how they work, step by step:

  1. Hard water reaches your softener systems’ tank, coming into contact with resin beads covered in sodium ions.
  2. These beads of resin draw the negatively charged minerals toward them with a positive charge, before swapping places with the sodium ions.
  3. After the hard minerals are extracted, the now-softened water exits the tank and reenters your plumbing system.

How Do They 'Soften' Water?

As long as it’s working properly, a water softener can help keep these minerals out of your potable water supply. With hard water resolved, you can enjoy several benefits like:


No stains on clothing or dishes

Softened water doesn’t reduce the effectiveness of soap and detergent, providing cleaner dishes and laundry.


Softer hair and skin

Water softeners can enhance hair and skin by reducing the harshness of minerals, resulting in smoother, softer, and more manageable hair and skin.


Resilient plumbing and appliances

Softened water can reduce the buildup of scale and other mineral deposits, which can prolong the life of your plumbing and appliances.

Overall, a water softener is an essential tool for any homeowner looking to improve their potable water’s quality and protect their home’s plumbing and appliances.

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When you’re ready to finally be rid of hard water, contact McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling for professional water softener services in Springfield. Your plumbing professional will make sure you can enjoy softer, better-tasting water and a well-protected plumbing system. When you’re ready to get started – call McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling today at 610-649-8080.

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