Water Softener Calgary
Prevent scale build-up in your family’s water supply.
Water in Calgary is considered ‘hard’ as it contains high concentrations of magnesium and calcium – delivered as it is from the Rockies.
While this is not dangerous to health, it can:
- Lead to problems with the plumbing system
- Affect the performance of plumbing fixtures
- Make soap less effective
Scale builds up in the system: deposits of ‘lime’ that can block the flow of water in pipes, showerheads and taps while playing havoc with the water heater, washing machine, and dishwasher.
This can even increase your energy bills, as fixtures start to work less efficiently due to scale build-up.
But there are solutions to treating hard water for your family’s water supply.
By treating your water with a few simple measures, you can:
- Prevent scale build-up
- Extend the life of the plumbing fixtures
- Help to prevent future plumbing issues
Hard water can be ‘softened’ with the addition of water softeners.
At Pete the Plumber, we recommend a Waterite softener.
Waterite softeners are used for water treatment to help remove minerals and metals from your water.
More extensive water treatment systems can also help to lessen the effects of excess iron or sulphur in the water, which can be problems in some parts of Calgary and the surrounding areas.
Water Softener Installation Calgary
Benefits of a Water Softener System
The value and benefits of water softening in Calgary are undeniable. It can:
- Enhance appliance efficiency
- Protect your plumbing network from unnecessary issues
- Save on soap or detergent
- Reduce the “elbow grease” needed to shine silverware and mirrors
- Promote shiny hair and skin
Should you use a water softener?
Using a water softener should be a no brainer for all Calgary homeowners.
At Pete the Plumber, we work to dispel some of the more common myths associated with the use of water softeners, including:
1. Water Softeners are Unpalatable and Unhealthy
One of the most common misconceptions we hear is that the addition of water softeners will cause drinking water to taste “salty” and undrinkable.
As well, many people incorrectly believe that water softener can be unhealthy to drink due to the presence of sodium in the softening agent.
The amount of sodium used in water softener depends on how hard your water is.
While it is true that a certain amount of sodium is necessary to properly soften water, this amount is relatively small to cause any negative impact on your health.
The amount of sodium used in the water softener is nowhere near as high as the sodium content in foods and beverages such as processed meat, pickled products and salad dressings.
2. Softened Water Leaves Film Behind
Softening water in Calgary is important for both health and beauty – and water softeners do not actually leave a film on the skin as many people believe.
In fact, the slick feeling on the skin after rinsing with softened water is actually the feel of the skin’s natural oils, a texture that is not always apparent when bathing with hard water.
Dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium found in hard water create an undesirable chemical reaction with your soap, shampoo, body wash and shaving cream.
When the ions in hard water react with fatty acids in soap, it forms a curd type solution called ‘lime soap’ which makes cleaning ineffective.
The best way to tell if your water is hard or soft is in the shower.
Hard water prevents you from getting a nice soapy lather, while soft water will produce a foamy lather from your soap and shampoo.
Washing Your Hair
Another thing to note is hard water can be ‘hard’ on your hair.
When you have hard water at home, your hair may feel dry, easily tangled and become frizzy at times.
This is because of those minerals we mentioned above in hard water and deposits build up in your hair.
Having soft water can mean more manageable and shinier hair.
3. Water Softeners are Inefficient
Another common misconception is that water softeners are both overly expensive and energy inefficient.
In fact, Pete the Plumber’s water softener rates are exceedingly reasonable and budget-friendly.
Specifically, if there is an existing softener or loop, we will supply and install a 30,000-grain softener for $1,475 plus GST.
If we have to pipe in a new loop, the cost is $200 to $300 extra.
From there, the cost of water softening agents will vary depending upon the amount needed (which correlates with the size of the home and the volume of its water softening needs).
Putting a water softener system in your home requires an initial investment, but it will save you in the long run.
For example, a water heater can operate better on soft water, while hard water can force the water to run on a higher temperature, resulting in higher energy bills.
Soft water can also help reduce the amount of laundry detergent by 50% and prevent clothes from fading. (Source: Water Quality Research Foundation)
At Pete The Plumber, we care about your water system as much as energy efficiency.
We use the trusted Canada-based Waterite brand to soften our hard water clients – a brand known for its unique W.E.T. (water-efficient technology) products designed to reduce unnecessary use of water, sodium, and ions during the regeneration process.
All of our installs also come with 5 bags of salt and an expansion tank.
Frequently Asked Questions
We install Waterite water softeners and all our installs come with 5 bags of salt and a expansion tank.
We will supply and install a 30,000 grain softener for $1,380 plus GST if there is an existing softener or loop, $1,550 if we have to pipe in a new loop.