3 Incredible Water Softener Benefits

Hard water is a common topic for West Texans. While the buildup of calcium and magnesium in your tap water may come with a bad taste or smell, and be hard on your fixtures and appliances – it isn’t necessarily dangerous. But it is definitely inconvenient. Constantly buying bottled water for drinking and cooking, as well as the premature breakdown of appliances, can be hard on your budget. In this post, we’ll discuss water softener solutions, and how they can be a good solution for improving water quality in your home.


Water softeners work slightly differently from reverse osmosis, or RO, systems. Simply put, RO systems act as filters by removing contaminants, while water softeners add ions to your water that neutralize the contaminants. These two products working together create the cleanest possible water.


Hard water can be hard on your laundry – so soft water does just the opposite. Not only does hard water fade colors, but it can also make your clothes and linens stiff and scratchy. Soft water will keep them soft and snuggly, and help those colors hold wash after wash! You should be able to tell the difference after just one wash!


Besides making clothes last longer, a water softener also saves you money because it makes the water so much easier on your appliances and faucets/fixtures. Dishwashers, washing machines, showerheads, sink faucets – all of these and more are negatively impacted by hard water. Even your water heater and refrigerator filter need more frequent replacements because of hard water.


Despite the taste, drinking hard water won’t hurt you – nor will bathing in it. However, it can make you uncomfortable. Hard water can remove the natural oils of your skin and leave it dry and flaky. This may lead to spending money on lotions to add that moisture back to your skin. Hard water can also dry out your scalp causing dandruff, and be hard on your hair itself. Again, these issues can be fixed – but at the cost of additional products.


Are you ready for the advantages that come from having a water softener? City Plumbing is proud to offer the WaterTech Reionator Pro Ultra Water Softener for all your water softening needs. Make an appointment online, or call us at 432-366-2401. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!

3 Important Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners

3 Important Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners

Congratulations on purchasing your new home and becoming new homeowners! If you’ve ever lived in an apartment, you know to call the office if you have a problem. But now, you are the office! That’s why it’s important to get familiar with your home’s plumbing system. In this post, we’ll offer a few tips, and let you know when it’s time to call a professional.


Every person who lives in your home should know how to shut off the water to your home. This includes kids or teens who may at times be home alone. In an emergency, it may be important to shut off the water completely. A broken pipe will already be very costly, but additional water damage could drive those costs up exponentially!

If your home has a crawl space, the shut-off valve could be there. It may also be near an outside faucet. Once you find the shut-off valve, turn it clockwise to close it. If you aren’t sure how to find it, the experts at City Plumbing can help.


Chemical drain cleaners are available at most hardware stores, but they really should not be used by amateurs. Sure, they can clear a clog, but these products are so powerful they can actually damage your pipes in the process. They can cause major damage to your septic tank as well. This is due to a high concentration of hydrochloric acid found in many of these cleaners.

There are other ways to unclog a stopped-up sink. Chemical drain cleaners are really for professional use only. If you have a problem you can’t fix, call the experts at City Plumbing.


Not only should your home have a plunger, but it’s a good idea to have more than one. There are actually three different styles of plungers, and each has a different function:

  • Flat plungers have a straight handle with a rubber cup at the end. They are ideal for sinks and bathtubs.
  • Flange plungers are best for toilets. They have an additional extension underneath the cup that creates powerful suction that will fit over the toilet drain.
  • Taze plungers are for more serious clogs. They have a steel rod connected to a small disk. Taze plungers are not for novices and generally require professional help.


The last tip? Have a plumber you can trust in your cell phone contact list! City Plumbing can help you with any of your plumbing needs, and more! Save our number – 432-366-2401. You can also make an appointment online. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!