What Is a Water Softener?

What Is a Water Softener and Why Should I Install One? 

Ever wondered where those spots came from on your glassware? Or why there may be stains inside of your sink or bathtub? Hard water is most likely the culprit of these issues. Hard water contains high mineral content, mainly consisting of calcium and magnesium. How does water become hard you may ask? During the water cycle, water absorbs minerals when traveling through underground aquifers. When it comes through your pipes, it can cause a buildup of mineral deposits that can lead to negative consequences. 

In addition to the aforementioned issues above, hard water can result in damaged clothing, clogged pipes, damaged plumbing fixtures and appliances, irritated skin, increased water bill, and more. To solve the problem of hard water, many look to the installation of water softeners. 

A water softener works to remove the minerals that cause hard water. Learn how a water softener works and its benefits with the experts at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. 

How it Works 

A water softener uses a process called ion exchange. Resin beads are responsible for removing the minerals from the water and exchanging them with sodium ions. Because minerals like calcium and magnesium have a positive charge and the resin beads have a negative charge, the opposites attract, allowing for the minerals to be removed and sodium to be released. 


There are many benefits to installing a water softener. To start, cleaning becomes a lot easier when hard water is not present. Without stains and soap scum residue, showers, sinks, and bathtubs can be cleaned more effectively and look pristine. Another great reason to invest in a water softener is to keep the appearance of your clothes looking good as new. Hard water can cause clothing to become stiff, worn out, and faded. Also, say goodbye to dull hair! A water softener will remove the buildup that once made your hair feel dry and have a lack of shine. Lastly, with a water softener, you won’t need to repair or replace plumbing fixtures or appliances due to the effects of hard water.

Contact Stephens For All of Your Plumbing Needs 

Water softeners have many advantages and can help alleviate the frustrations experienced by hard water. At Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we are more than happy to help you with the installation of a water softening system. We understand how important the quality of your water is, which is why we are here to ensure that you have exactly what you need. When looking for a plumbing company you can trust, look no further than Stephens. Our family-owned business has been offering South Bay, Long Beach and Orange County customers affordable prices, expert work, and excellent service since 1986. Every member of our team is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to handling a multitude of plumbing issues, whether they be residential or commercial. Our company is licensed and insured to bring you the guaranteed quality you deserve. To inquire about a water softener or learn more about our other services, contact us today to schedule an appointment.