Ask any Lake area plumber their favorite game, and they might just reply “Ring Around The Toilet.” The area’s notoriously hard water doesn’t just wreck toilets, it also wreaks havoc on water heaters, faucets, dishes, sinks, and just about anything it touches.
Many Lake homes and condos don’t have a water softener, leaving them to wrestle with hard water and all of the nasty problems it can cause. While hard water is not a health risk, it can be the kind of nuisance that suddenly becomes a nightmare (and always at the most inconvenient moments). It causes significant mineral buildup in water pipes and heating systems, and results in poor soap and detergent performance. This could mean problems with water pressure, wrecked water heaters, and shortened life or more frequent repairs on appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines.
What is hard water? Simply put, it’s water that contains a high mineral count. Groundwater often seeps through limestone where it picks up calcium and magnesium deposits. Those deposits can actually be beneficial to your health, acting as a natural source of the two minerals, but they do not play nice with your house’s plumbing.
It is estimated that a whopping 85% of homes in the nation have hard water! How do you know if you have it? Maybe your water tastes or smells funny, you’re constantly cleaning up soap scum from counters, bathtubs and shower stalls, or your toilet has hard-to-remove rust-colored stains. A poorly-flushing toilet can even be blamed on hard water, as the mineral deposits constrict the outflow to the point where the toilet can not flush. Perhaps your shower has low water pressure, or your dishwasher isn’t cleaning your dishes as well as it used to. Corrosion and limescale build-up caused by hard water could be the culprit.
An easier test might be this: if you live in the Lake of the Ozarks area, you have hard water.
What can you do about it? Sure, most homes at the Lake have the space to put in a water softener, but what if you have a condo where space is at a premium? This is where saltless water conditioning systems can save space and offer a revolutionary chemical-free water treatment system.
Abrahm Mayo, owner of Honest Abe’s Home Services, has repaired hard water problems for homeowners at the Lake for years, when he knew that there had to be a better way. After much research, he came across a saltless system.
The system doesn’t actually soften your water – instead, the: “[It] introduces a signal into your plumbing system which neutralizes the calcium and magnesium ions in your hard water to prevent them from sticking to your pipes, fixtures and appliances.” Mayo explained, “De-scalers available at big box stores only work when water’s being used, which is not good for second homes at the Lake in particular. They need something that will work continuously, and these systems are the ideal solution.”
Key benefits of the new process include improved energy usage, reduced water usage, an increase in system efficiency, and elimination of chemicals. Another cool feature of a saltless system is that it’s the ultimate ‘green’ choice for water treatment and it’s the only system on the market that maintains measurable signal strength throughout your entire plumbing system, regardless of how often – or how little – water is used. “These systems will also help save homeowners money in the long run and we’re the only provider of this system in the Lake area,” Mayo added.
Honest Abe’s Home Services offers a full menu of 24-hour plumbing, septic, heating and cooling services, and mold testing. They will also be offering electrical services beginning in the fall.
To get more information about saltless water conditioning systems and to find out if it’s right for you, or any of the other services that Honest Abe’s provides, call 573-223-8518, or visit www.callhonestabes.com or their location at 1005 Jeffries Road in Osage Beach.