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Damien McCusker, Manager of Arpi's residential service division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 16 years and has hands-on experience in new home installations, furnace and air conditioner replacements, sales and residential service. He spends most of his spare time being an UBER driver, driving his kids to soccer practice and games.

Water Softening Could Be the Cure for Scale in Your Bathtub and Sink

Phil Laprairie

Water Softening Could Be the Cure for Scale in Your Bathtub and SinkTired of trying to get rid of the ugly scale buildup on your bathroom sink and bathtub? It may be time to invest in a water softener to deal with the hard water in your Calgary area home. And if you’re seeing damage like this in your bathroom even though you already have a water softener, your unit probably just isn’t getting the job done and should be upgraded.

Calcium and magnesium in ground and surface water cause water hardness. High concentrations of these minerals, which is common in the prairie provinces, result in hard water levels that can cause many problems, including scale on bathroom fixtures as well as pipes.

Scale deposits don’t just look bad. They can damage your fixtures and clog your drains, resulting in costly repair and maintenance expenses and decreased energy efficiency. Repeated scale build-up on your water heater could mean the unit would have to be replaced earlier than with soft water. Trying to clean the scale from your fixtures may involve purchasing a series of cleaning products that likely won’t do the job.

A water softener treats hard water by replacing the hard minerals with sodium or potassium to soften the water. Water softening is a relatively cost-effective way to address the problems caused by hard water and provide the benefits of soft water.

Let’s take a look at some of those benefits for the bathroom:

  • Bathtubs, showers and sinks will be easier to clean in the future.
  • Faucets will not be covered with water spots.
  • The water that flows from shower heads will feel smoother on your skin.
  • Soap and shampoo will lather more easily.

Water softening has advantages all over the house, from easier-to-clean dishes to cleaner, softer and brighter clothing.

A plumbing contractor can provide professional installation of your new water softener, ensuring that the unit will run in an efficient manner. We would be glad to talk with you about water softeners and other topics having to do with home water quality; feel free to contact us at Arpi’s Industries Ltd. We have provided plumbing, cooling and heating services to the Calgary area for more than 50 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water softening and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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