A no-salt conditioner is an alternative to traditional water softeners. It protects your plumbing, appliances and fixtures from expensive hard water damage — without using salt or chemicals. If you have hard water, skip the chemical and salt softeners and install a no-salt conditioner. Our experienced technicians at Ross can help you.
What Is Hard Water?
Water is called hard when it has a high amount of minerals in it. The major culprits of hard water are calcium and magnesium. If you have hard water, you’re in good company. According to the Water Quality Association, nearly all of Nevada has hard water.
So how do you know if you have hard water? The easiest way to find out is to use test strips. Stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart and Amazon all sell affordable test strip kits you can use.
Why Is Hard Water Bad?
Hard water isn’t bad for your health, but it is bad for your home. Here are some common household side effects of hard water:
- Mineral deposits — or scale buildup — inside water pipes, restricting water flow more and more over time.
- Buildup inside water-consuming appliances, shortening their life.
- Film and mineral buildup on ceramic tile and bathroom/kitchen fixtures.
- Difficulty rinsing off soap.
- Spots on glasses and dishes even after they are cleaned.
- More wear and tear on clothes during washing.
Obviously, no one wants to deal with the hassle of hard water. The most expensive damage that hard water causes is:
- Clogs in your plumbing from mineral deposit buildup.
- Wearing down water heaters, washing machines and dishwashers, causing them to break down as much as 3-4 years earlier.
- Higher energy bills due to inefficient heating. Heating water accounts for nearly 20% of your household energy bill each month, and hard water can reduce a water heater’s efficiency by up to 48%. That spells bad news for your energy bill.
How to Treat Hard Water
Traditionally, hard water has been treated with a salt-based water softener. These softeners require ongoing maintenance, from heavy salt bags each month and water waste from their regeneration cycle. However, there’s an easier, more eco-friendly way.
A no-salt conditioner uses electronic scale control technology to:
- Reduce the hard water mineral deposits building up throughout your home.
- Remove existing mineral deposits from your piping and water-based appliances.
With a no-salt conditioner, your water will have a more natural feel, and water-consuming appliances will perform like they were meant to — without adding any salt or chemicals to your water.
At Ross, we know how important it is to take good care of your water heater — any appliance is expensive to replace. We’ll always do what we can to help you maximize your investment and minimize your costs.
Questions about your water? Contact us today to learn more about no-salt conditioners and see if one is right for your home.