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Hard Water Facts Regarding Calgary’s Water Supply

Most Calgarians are aware that we have hard water. Water is considered hard from 10.5 – 21.0 gpg (grains per gallon). Calgary’s water hardness ranges from 9.9 – 17.7 gpg. Calgary’s hard water is caused by high levels of minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium, that accumulate in the water as it flows from the Rockies.

Challenges of Having Hard Water in Your Home

How Hard Water Impacts Your Living Space

Hard water is tough on all your plumbing fixtures. Toilets, faucets, and valves all have plastic or rubber parts that break down faster with hard water. Hot water tanks and especially tankless water heaters are extremely susceptible to degradation from hard water if left unchecked. In addition to degradation to your plumbing fixtures, hard water can also take a toll on your skin, hair, clothing, and body.

180 Plumbing & Heating can recommend and install a water softener or descaling filter based on your needs. Get in touch to see what options are available to you.

Benefits of Using a Water Softener for Calgarians

Positive Impacts of Water Softeners

Having a water softener will reduce the minerals in your water throughout your home. There are numerous benefits to this solution:

  • Appliances that use water like washing machines and dishwashers will function more efficiently

  • Improve the condition of plumbing pipes and fixtures throughout your home
  • Dish, clothing, and body soaps will lather more easily
  • Healthier skin and hair

Other Home Water Solutions

Alternative Ways to Manage Your Water’s Chemical Balances

180 Plumbing and Heating can also help with other water mineral concerns such as iron, chlorine, or fluoride in your water, or sediment for well systems.

Contact us today to learn more about choosing and installing a water treatment solution for your home.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water Softeners

How much does it cost to buy and install a water softener?2022-03-17T19:28:31+00:00

The price will vary depending on the size of your home and number of household members, the hardness level of the water at your home, if you wish to also remove other minerals from the water, and if you have any special requirements for your water supply. 180 Plumbing & Heating can help you determine what features you need, and help you source and install a water softener that you and your family will enjoy. While on the cheaper side and more compact, we typically don’t recommend the cabinet styled softeners. It is better to have a separate resin canister and brine tank if the space allows it. The primary reason is for future serviceability.

It is far more economical and environmentally conscious to have these two components separate for two reasons.

  1. First, if there is ever an issue with either, it is easier to access and repair.
  2. Secondly, softener resin does not last forever, and after 7-12 years of use the resin may need to be replaced.

We offer this service which allows our clients to re-use their existing equipment instead of having to repurchase a brand new system.

How much salt is required to run a water softener?2022-03-17T19:27:15+00:00

Many people have the perception that water softeners require frequent trips to the store to restock on salt. This is a misconception as newer water softener models use much less salt than old models did. A good estimate for your needs is to plan for one to two large bags of water softener salt per adult in your household, per year.

How do water softeners work?2022-03-17T19:27:00+00:00

Water softeners contain resin beads that have either sodium or potassium ions attached. When the hard water passes through the appliance and makes contact with the beads, the ions from the water are exchanged with the sodium or potassium ions. Softeners require regeneration with salt and water to continue this process and most new water softeners will use the salt very efficiently reducing the impacts on the environment and your wallet.

Is a water softener necessary in Calgary?2022-03-17T19:26:47+00:00

Without using a water softener, your home in Calgary will have hard water. Calgary gets its water supply from the Bow and Elbow Rivers which have a concentration of calcium and magnesium from its source in the Rockies. It’s not necessary to have a water softener, but many Calgarians feel more comfortable washing with soft water, find home cleaning easier with soft water, and recognize the problems that hard water can cause their home plumbing and appliances.