Skip to Content
chevron-left chevron-right chevron-up chevron-right chevron-left arrow-back star phone quote checkbox-checked search wrench info shield play connection mobile coin-dollar spoon-knife ticket pushpin location gift fire feed bubbles home heart calendar price-tag credit-card clock envelop facebook instagram twitter youtube pinterest yelp google reddit linkedin envelope bbb pinterest homeadvisor angies

There are many cosmetic concerns about the damage caused by hard water, it can lead to dry skin and spotted dishes; however, it can also cause internal damage to your plumbing systems. When hard water is heated and its minerals re-crystallize it forms scales in the pipes that can clog plumbing and water-using appliances.

This internal damage can eventually lead to major plumbing problems, to help you prevent hard water related damage Rescue Rooter recommends installing a water softener.

Salt-Based vs. Salt-Free Water Softeners

  • Salt-based water softeners substitute salt for calcium, magnesium and other hard minerals.
    • These water softeners must be regenerated regularly by adding more salt to the water, which can be costly, corrosive to pipes and harmful to the environment.
    • Due to over-salinization of public water, California is considering banning salt-based water softeners.
  • Salt-free water softening systems, which soften water without increasing the salinity of the public water, are available.

Additional Water Softener Considerations

  • Have the “hardness” of your water evaluated and buy a system that meets your needs.
  • Purchase a water softening system scaled to the amount of water you use. Check your water bill for details about your usage.
  • If your water is iron-rich, make sure the system can remove it.