Earth Day: Tips to reduce water use in your home
It's Earth Day, a special day to remind us about what we can do to protect our planet. One way to protect the planet for future generations is by using water efficiently. The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides recommendations on what we can do to preserve our nation's water resources. Among the recommendations are:
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
- Fix any small water leaks in the home
- Take more showers than baths
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It’s impossible not to experience hard water in Indianapolis. In fact, the city is among the top in the U.S. with the hardest water, which can cause significant clogging in your pipes. The most common solution is salt-based water softeners that utilize salt in resin and brine tanks to eliminate the ions that cause hard water. There are saltless options that condition the water and are a viable solution for your home. As options for water treatments and conditioners grow, it could be difficult to determine if saltless or salt-based is the best solution for your home.
Does your home need water treatment?
If you have frequent stains on our faucets, dishes, and shower head, you have hard water. Hard water also causes itchy skin. There are tests available to determine the specific level of hard water in your home. Levels range from 0-3 grains per gallon (gpg) to 15+ gpg, which is extremely hard water. A water softener eliminates hard water by drawing heavy minerals away using a process called ion exchange.
Salt-based water softener
If hard water levels are considerably high (11-15 gpg, salt-based water softener works well. It minimizes limescale and other minerals from your water. You also want to check the basin periodically for a salt bridge, which is a hard crust that forms in the brine tank and creates an empty space between the water and the salt. If you notice salt levels are still high in the basin or hard water has returned, a salt bridge could be the cause. We recommend HydroQuest Water Softener Systems for homes that need a salt-based treatment.
Saltless water treatment
Saltless water treatments are known as conditioners because they neutralize the minerals that cause hard water. It works by descaling hard water through a process called Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC), which transforms the minerals into crystals that flow through your water system without sticking to the pipes. Typically, these systems are low maintenance and less expensive than salt-based water softeners. L.D. Smith Plumbing installs Flow-Tech, a popular and affordable saltless option.
Seeking hard water solutions for your home? Request an appointment with one of your plumbers to discuss options.