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Water Softeners


Water Softeners 101

Most homeowners have heard about hard water before but aren't sure what it is unless they deal with it daily. Understanding what hard water is and how it can affect your home and your health is also important.

How do Water Softeners Work?

A water softener is a filtration system that removes high amounts of magnesium and calcium that cause hard water. As water flows through the water softener, the system filters out the contaminants, which “softens” the water.

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Testing Your Water Quality

Testing Your Water Quality

You can test the water quality inside your home, either on your own or by or calling our plumbing professionals to get the job done. While you can test your water on your own, our plumbing professionals can test your water and install a water softener at the same time.

If you choose to do it yourself, the kits typically include a few strips containing reactants. These reactants will change the strip's color to show the contaminants' presence in your water system. However, contacting our plumbing professionals will provide you more accuracy  the quality of your water.

Do I Need A Water Softener

Do I Need A Water Softener?

If this is your first time dealing with a hard water problem, you may not know what to look for or how to correct it. Here are the signs that you need to look out for:

  • Stiff or rough clothing after doing laundry
  • Accumulating soap scum in the sink or shower
  • Dry or rough skin after taking a shower
  • Crust-like material on the faucets of your shower and sink


While hard water isn’t life-threatening, it can negatively affect your hair and skin or even ruin your clothes. Thankfully, installing a water softener can fix all of these problems. If you need a water softener or a plumbing expert in general, contact Robert Bair Plumbing Heating and Air by calling our number at (630) 964-1700 today! Schedule your next appointment online here!