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Finding Hard Water Solutions, Not Just Problems

There is plenty of money to be made in finding problems and taking care of the results of the problem. It keeps customers (and their money) coming back to some companies over and over again, even if it doesn’t actually solve the problem.

We’re not talking trash, it is simply the truth of some businesses. However, at Falcon Plumbing, that’s not us. We are focused on finding permanent solutions to your problem, not a temporary fix that keeps you coming back for us.

We want your repeat business but we want to earn it. As a part of focusing on solving problems, we wanted to share some tips on cleaning and avoiding hard water stains in your house.

Explaining Hard Water

hardwaterHard water is a term we hear all the time but it is rarely explained. If you are curious about exactly what hard water is, it is actually pretty simple. Hard water occurs when water has a higher concentration of minerals, most commonly calcium and magnesium.

Hard water is a natural occurrence, normally when water travels through mineral deposits like limestone or chalk. These deposits leave concentrations of minerals in our water, creating the issue. Some people advocate for drinking hard water as a health benefit but this is debatable.

What isn’t up for debate is that hard water can be very hard on your plumbing system, causing build ups in your pipes that can lead to damage. Even noticeable are those unsightly stains that come from hard water, which can be hard to deal with.

Tackling Tricky Hard Water Stains

cleaningstainsEverywhere hard water touches can be the victim of hard water stains. This means countertops, toilets, mirrors, dishes and more, including cars. The best way of treating these stains varies based on the surface.

One example that people often don’t think about is their cars. Even getting hit by the sprinkler spraying hard water can leave stains on your car. To handle these, wash your car like usual.

After washing, mix equal parts white vinegar and distilled water. Spray this solution directly on stains and let them soak. After about ten minutes, re-wash the area and apply paint polish with a microfiber towel. Finally, buff the area and your call will be sparkling like now new again.

Using a Water Softener to Stop Hard Water

watersoftenerDoes that sound like a lot of work? It is. While cleaning stains is sometimes a necessary chore, it is more effective to just prevent the problem altogether. There is a simple solution and it is installing a water softening system.

This works by utilizing a process called ion exchange, where hard water passes through a resin bed which removes the mineral deposits, leaving you with delightful soft water. The systems are incredibly effective, efficient and easy to maintain, with many modern systems performing basic maintenance on their own.

Getting a water softener will immediately address your hard water problem at the source. Tackling hard water stains over and over again is exhausting. Solve the problem once and for all by exploring water softener options by calling one of our experts at Falcon Plumbing by calling us at (305) 251-7333. We’ll be happy to help you out. And while you are at it, share this article to help your friends battling hard water stains find a long-term solution.

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