Water Softeners and Filtration
Water Softeners/Green Water Softeners/Reverse Osmosis systems and upgrades/Iron Filters
Chambliss Plumbing offers a variety of water softeners to remove calcium from your water. The most basic is called ion exchange softener; one ion of calcium is exchanged for one ion of either sodium or potassium chloride. This type of water softener has been in use well over 50 years and is very reliable, it is a good investment for a home with under 50 g.p.g.
Newer technology enables us to not only soften your water with ion exchange resin but also remove chlorine and other chemical contaminants with dual media carbon filtration. This will improve the taste and odor of your water, near the level of bottled water, to your entire home. It is also much better for our hair and skin.
Depending on the size of your home and number of people living there, dual media upgrade is approximately $500.00.
Green Technology Softeners are typically salt free. We offer this system to our customers who do not want salt or potassium in their water, or are concerned with levels of salt in our streams and rivers. There are some advantages to this type of system. No electricity, no regeneration, no salt or potassium. But as with everything, there are still downsides, the largest problem is that they typically do not deal with water spotting as well as Ion Exchange units do. They are more expensive and a simple water test is not available to guarantee at what level this type of water treatment is performing.
San Antonio’s main water service is Edwards Aquifer. Most underground water sources will have a high mineral content in solution (dissolved solids). These dissolved solids are picked up as water runs through limestone and ground strata on the way to the aquifer. On the national average 10 grains per gallon is considered extremely hard. The average for SAWS and Bexar Met water is 22 grains per gallon or 22 g.p.g.
Other minerals, iron, manganese, sulfur and tannins can be in local well water and these mineral are sized on parts per million or p.p.m.