If you’re like most homeowners, you want to ensure that your family gets safe, clean water. Unfortunately this is not as easy as it may seem, even in a first-world country like the United States. In fact, over 85% of American homes have water containing high concentrations and contaminants. In this blog post from Robins Plumbing in Phoenix we discuss two of the premium water treatments that we offer —  water softening and water filtration — and how they can help make your home water clear, delicious, and safe. 

If you’re interested in getting a water softener or water filter for your home, contact us today. In addition to water treatment, we also offer 24-hour services for plumbing emergencies such as clogged toilets, floods, broken water heaters, and more. Read on to learn more about our water treatment services, and check out our popular NuvoH20 Complete System for whole-house water purification.

Phoenix’s Impure Water

It’s no secret that Phoenix is facing a troubling water shortage. With less than eight inches of water per year and increasingly high temperatures, sources of surface water, primarily snowfall, are becoming more and more sparse. This means that municipalities are now turning to groundwater to provide water to their communities. Unfortunately, ground water can contain high concentrations of minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, aluminum, and more. 

Over time, these minerals create coarse buildup of scale on your pipes and faucets, known as hard water. Not only does hard water look unattractive, but it can cause a breakdown in your home plumbing system, leading to thousands of dollars in repairs. By its own admission, Phoenix treats and distributes very, very hard water.

Even more troubling is the fact that Phoenix water has been proven to contain a variety of toxic chemicals, including lead. Lead enters tap water through the city’s older plumbing systems. If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, then you may have heard of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in which thousands of children were exposed to lead through the city’s pipes, leading to devastating disabilities and diseases. There is no safe level of lead for children. 

What Is a Water Softener?

As its name suggests, water softening is a process that takes hard water and turns it into soft water. Soft water is water that contains low concentrations of calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. It is clearer, tastier, and less likely to cause soap scum and scale than hard water. There are several types of water softeners available, including salt-free water softeners (such as the NuvoH20 line of softeners offered here at Robins Plumbing), salt-based water softeners, ion exchange softeners, magnetic softeners, and reverse osmosis softeners. 

Most consumers choose salt-free water softeners for their homes, which is why we sell and install them here at Robins Plumbing. Unlike their salt-based counterparts, salt-free water softeners are maintenance-free and cost-effective. They involve no electricity, no waste water, and no chemicals. Unlike salt-based water softeners, which use ion exchange to remove mineral deposits, salt-free softeners use a physical process known as Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC) to lower mineral concentrates. TAC converts the minerals into crystals, which are unable to adhere to any surfaces in your home. With TAC, there’s no need for a cleaning cycle to remove captured ions. 

What Is a Water Filter?

Water filters remove impurities like heavy metals, pesticides, dirt, and sediment from your household water. Technically, a water softener is a type of water filter; however, whole-house water filters include a range of other products, such as iron and sulfur removal filters, back-washing carbon filters, fluoride absorption filters, and more. Water filters use a variety of purification techniques to treat contamination and remove impurities, including physical filtration and chemical filtration. 

Which Is Right for Me?

Deciding whether a water softener or water filter is better for your home depends on the problems you are dealing with. If you’ve noticed a lot of hard water buildup along your drains and faucets, then a water softening system is your best bet. On the other hand, if you’re more worried about chlorine affecting the taste and smell of your water, or the presence of contaminants such as lead and pesticides, a water filter is the way to go.

The best way to ensure that your water is as safe and clean as possible is to install both water treatment systems. Unfortunately, this can get expensive. Luckily, our Phoenix plumbing company has solved this problem for you! At Robins Plumbing, you can get all the advantages of whole-house water softening and water filtration in one compact device, thanks to our NuvoH20 Complete System. This environmentally friendly combination device will not only save you money by reducing your energy bills and helping you avoid costly appliance replacements and repairs, but it will also ensure that your family is treated to some seriously tasty water. 

Trust Robins for Your Water Treatment Needs

If you live in the Phoenix, Glendale, or Scottsdale area and are interested in installing a water treatment system in your home, turn to Robins Plumbing. We are proud to have partnered with the best-selling NuvoH20 line of water treatment systems to provide our customers with the highest-quality water treatment available anywhere. Contact our team of expert plumbers today to discuss which NuvoH20 system is right for you, and to schedule an installation appointment.