Water Softeners and Water Conditions in Boise, Idaho
The water quality and composition varies depending on where your business or residence is located.
As a local company, Boise Valley Plumbing is familiar with the water found in the different parts of Boise and the surrounding area and they have the experience necessary to recommend the right system for your home or office. Selection, installation, and
adjustment of a water conditioner depends on the water at each location.
They will test your water and help you choose the best equipment and installation options.
We can also provide additional accessories such as reverse osmosis systems, carbon filters, and instant hot water faucets that can be great additions to your plumbing system.
Water quality and pipe layout is different in every home. Our plumbers will make sure that the softener is correct for your water situation and is installed correctly. They also have all the tools, additional pipes or adapters that may be needed.
The chemical and mineral content of the water that comes from the tap varies depending on your geographical location. Most water has some degree of hardness. Hard water refers to water that contains lime, calcium, iron or other trace metals that it has accumulated as it percolates through the earth.
People who use well water are affected by elements that are in the ground water. These elements can vary depending on agriculture treatments and the nearest river, pond or lake. Boise Valley Plumbing has the best prices for water softeners and water filtration systems--and very affordable installation prices.
Municipal or city water is treated to reach a certain level of particulates--very small particles. Through filtration, sedimentation and chlorinization and more, the water reaches standards set by the local and federal government. Trace elements and minerals are not removed. The emphasis of municipal water treatment is safety rather than quality.
Hard water carries the small particulates of calcium, lime and/or iron through your pipes, appliances, showers, bathtubs, faucets, hot water heater and the rest of your water system. Small amounts of these minerals are deposited and over time can build up enough to damage your pipes and property.
Hard water also spots your dishes, makes soap and shampoo stick to your hair and can leave deposits anywhere water accumulates. If a person washes their hair and their hand sticks to the hair while they are squeezing out the excess water, they have hard water. The minerals also build up in your washing machine and can make laundry dingy and rough to the touch.
The solution in many cases is a water softener. This is an appliance that is plumbed into your home's water supply system. The water softener has a mineral tan filled with small polystyrene, resin, beads. The beads carry a negative charge. The minerals in the water have a positive charge, so as the water passes through, the minerals stick to the beads. After the water cycles through, a salt solution is flushed through the beads, flushing out the minerals. The softener flushes and cleans itself between each water treatment.
There are three types of water softeners. The most basic type has an electric timer that flushes and recharges the system on a set schedule. The second type uses a computer that watches how much water is used and regenerates based on the amount of water that has passed through the mineral tank. The third type uses a mechanical water meter to measure water usage and initiate charging.
A water softener protects your pipes, appliances, and dishes. You will also use less shampoo, dishsoap, laundry detergent, and other products.
However, it does not take out the smaller particulates that flavor and affect your drinking water. The overall safety of your drinking water in towns and cities is protected and regulated. Smaller contaminants are left, but they are not considered a health risk. Well water is not regulated, so it should be tested on an annual basis
Filtered water removes the trace elements producing a fresh clean water. The difference in taste can be marked. Some people regularly purchase bottle water either individually or by having water delivered to their office or home. Some bottle water comes from pristine natural water sources. Over 25% of bottle water comes from the tap. Aquafina, Nestle Pure Water, and Dasani all state in their company information that their water comes from public, municipal water--tap water.
A water filtration system will remove chlorine, bacteria, lead and other elements that may still be in your water. Improving the flavor of the water and removing organisms and bacteria that are too small to be removed by the municipal system or the water softener. Several health benefits have been tied to filtered water and it can lengthen the lifetime of smaller appliances.
Boise Valley Plumbing will get you the best price on the water softener and water filtration unit that meets your needs. They will and install them quickly and efficiently at a reasonable price.