Indianapolis is among the top U.S. cities with the hardest water. That means without a water treatment system in your home, you will experience stains on your dishes, dry skin, and stains on your faucet fixtures, among other things.
Does your home need water treatment?
If you see frequent stains on our faucets, dishes, and shower head, you have hard water. 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.
Solutions from L.D. Smith Plumbing
L.D. Smith Plumbing offers a variety of services in this area, including new installation and repair of reverse osmosis systems, iron filters, and sediment or contaminant filters. We also offer alternatives to conventional water treatment systems, such as HydroQuest Water Softener Systems for customers seeking a salt-based system and Flow-Tech, a popular and affordable saltless option.
Salt-based water softener
If hard water levels are considerably high (11-15 gpg), a 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.
Get a free water test from L.D. Smith Plumbing to determine the best water treatment solution for your home. Request an appointment today.
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