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The San Antonio area is known for having “hard” water. According to San Antonio Water Systems, “Hardness is defined as the concentration of calcium and magnesium in the water, which is expressed in terms of calcium carbonate. Calcium Carbonate in water from the Edwards and the Trinity Aquifers is naturally occurring. As water moves through soil and rock, it dissolves small amounts of minerals that make water "hard”........The typical hardness in the water provided by SAWS ranges from 17 to 25 gpg (grains per gallon).” Soft water is typically 3 grains or less of calcium carbonate.
So…..what does “hard” water mean in layman's terms? The higher the amount of calcium & magnesium found in water, the more build-up, which then restricts water flow. Over a period of time this build up will cause appliances and fixtures to break down, causing a break down on the wallet, as well. Water softeners are nearly a necessity in the San Antonio area. With a water softener, your shower heads will not become restricted, your water heater will provide more hot water over it’s life, you will use less soap, your skin & hair will be cleaner and retain moisture, and many other benefits. Why not have a water softener? When a water softener is properly installed, and serviced the hardness should maintain 0-3 grains per gallon.
Not all softeners or companies are created equal! Be cautious when a “salesman” is trying to tell you that your supply piping will become clogged with calcium if you do not have a water softener. If this were the case, all of the city water mains would become clogged over time, slowly reducing the water flow to nothing. You need not worry, this is completely false. Calcium carbonate mineral deposits only happen when the mineral is extracted from the water. In simple terms, when your water is heated, dried, or evaporated leaving the mineral behind. As long as your supply piping is full of water and pressurized, there is no way to extract the mineral.
Carefully consider the type of softener, and where you purchase your softener. There are many new “salt-free softeners” on the market now. Keep in mind these units should not be considered water softeners, only scale inhibitors. They have there place, but know what the results will be if you purchase “salt-free” system. Many of these units will only reduce the scale build-up and make it easier to clean. If you are truly wanting “soft” water, the salt based ion exchange process (traditional softener) is the only way to go. If there were a “salt-free” system that performed as well, the traditional softener would go away unless you like hauling salt for exercise. 🙂 Be sure the company you purchase from will be able to install, program, service, maintain, and repair the unit as needed, otherwise we call those softeners disposable. When something goes wrong, you must throw it out and purchase a new one. As a rule of thumb, many companies only service and repair their proprietary softener.
Quest installs high quality (ion exchange) water softeners designed and installed to meet the needs of your specific situation. We will be here to service, maintain, and repair as needed. When you choose Quest for your water softener, your skin, fixtures, and appliances will not be disappointed.
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- Hearthstone BakeryCafe Customer since 2014
“This time Quest saved me from a bona fide home emergency - a clogged drain that caused water to keep backing up into a sink and overflow, flooding my flooring. Matt Zimmerman personally responded to my urgent call for help and assured me, although Quest's schedule was booked solid, he would somehow fit me into it. Sure enough, Clint and Briley arrived and within 30 minutes had the problem solved and everything cleaned up for less than I expected it might cost. I can't say enough good things about not only the quality of Quest's work but also its responsiveness to its customers.”
- Paul R. Customer since 2012
“Quest plumbing has performed excellent work and thoroughly explained all of the major upgrades and repairs our home required. Clint is an excellent plumber and an excellent person. He has gone above and beyond to be helpful and ensure success in our total home remodel.”
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- James & Sonia L. Customer since 2018
“Quest Plumbing did a truly excellent job of completely re-plumbing my 19 year old leaky (8 leaks in two years) house. They not only replaced all copper pipes with insulated plastic tubing but, in addition, set up a hot water pumping system which provides hot water at all outlets in seconds (verses minutes) after turn-on and installed safety bars in the showers. I have been utilizing these lads for nearly 8 years and highly recommend them to anyone needing a plumbing fix or upgrade at a reasonable price.”
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