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What is Hard Water?

If you live in Central Texas, you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about hard water. Unfortunately, our area is known for having pretty hard water, and we deal with the effects of it often. But what is hard water, exactly?

What is hard water?

Hard water is the term used to describe water with high mineral content. When minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, accumulate and dissolve into water, it becomes “hard.” This can happen in any water, whether it’s from a well or the city. Signs of hard water include:

  • Limescale buildup on faucets
  • Rough-feeling or dull-looking fabrics
  • Chalky white residue on dishes
  • Dry skin and hair

Is hard water bad for you?

It’s important to remember that hard water isn’t unsafe — you can still drink it and use it normally. However, it does cause problems throughout your home over time that can be costly and downright annoying. 

The most immediate problem is hard water stains in sinks, toilets and showers, which are unsightly and difficult to get rid of. You may also notice over time that you use more soap because the minerals in the water prevent it from lathering as much, and you’ll have to replace linens and clothes more often. The most costly effect of hard water is that buildup over time in your appliances (dishwasher, washing machine, etc.) can cause them to work harder and even break down earlier, leaving you with higher water bills and expensive repairs.

Hard Water vs. Soft Water

The best solution to hard water is water softener installation. Softened water is water that has gone through a process to remove the minerals that cause hard water to be problematic. Soft water has many benefits:

  • Cleaning is easier and requires less soap
  • Appliances don’t suffer from buildup
  • No more stains on dishes and other surfaces
  • Hair and skin is healthier

With so many benefits, soft water is an obvious choice. If you’re tired of dealing with the negative effects of hard water in your daily life, invest in a water softener from Parker & Sons Plumbing.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced technicians.

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What Our Customers Say

Fast & Reliable

Very fast response. Reliable and even let us do some of the work to keep costs down. Really worked with us to sort through alternatives to find the best solution. I have used them about 5 years ago and will certainlycall them again if I ever need anything.

Roberta C.

Very Knowledgeable

I recently had several plumbing leaks repaired and couldn’t be happier with the prompt service I received from Parker and Sons. They are very knowledgeable, friendly, reasonably priced, and do quality work. I would definitely recommend them to my family and everyone. I would trust them to repair any leak in the house.

Stacey C.

Amazing Service!!!

Amazing service!!! Called and came the same day within 2 hrs. Our toilet had to be re-fitted and snaked. They did a beautiful job on the re-fitting and got the large piece of plastic out of the toilet. Will definitely be recommending them to friends and family. Great service, great people, hard to find these days!!!

Shakira C.

Excellent Service!

Excellent Service! We had some work done on our kitchen and Parker and Sons were able to come out to our house and help us with our remodel. Great guys and great service. I would recommend them to anyone needing a plumber service.

Brad B.

Great to Work With

Jim and his guys are great to work with. Had Parker & Sons come out to take a look at an AC unit at one of my rental properties. Unit is in the attic. Had to replace a coil on it and did a great job. Will definitely use again.

Jeff C.

Amazing Staff!

I have referred Parker and Sons to all of my customers and I would not think of referring anybody else. They have been great and very punctual. All of the plumbers and office staff have been amazing!

Miguel B.

Reasonable Prices

I was in good hands today with journeyman plumber Mark Rizley. He remained until all was better than before. He replaced a PRV and improved a mediocre repair recently done by another well known local company. The price remained reasonable despite the extra effort needed for the job. Well done Mark! Parker and Sons will be my first call in the future.

Todd D.

Fantastic Company!

This is a fantastic company with outstanding professionalism, quality of work, and customer service. While their prices are extremely competitive, their work doesn’t feel cheap like some of the companies you can hire of off Craigslist or on a FB yard sale page. This is a reputable company with proven work and licensed, skilled technicians.

Ben A.

Fair Prices & Excellent Work

Have used Parker & Sons 3 different times, once for a huge complex plumbing repair and twice for smaller jobs. Fair prices and excellent work/fast response time every time.

Kristy K.