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Why Do Fairbanks, AK Homes Urgently Need Water Softener Installation?

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Why Do Fairbanks Homes Urgently Need Water Softener Installation?

In all of Alaska, Fairbanks has the hardest water. At a level of 142 PPM, its water has a destructive amount of calcium and magnesium. Homeowners in this city see the importance of quality water softener installation.

If you are a new homeowner, you can avoid massive losses by installing a water softener. Prospector Plumbing offers installations that fit your household needs.

Is Hard Water a Health Risk?

Hard water may not be a health risk, but it could lead to the discoloration of teeth. While you can use hard water and prevent teeth discoloration with proper dental care, hard water has other effects that could harm your welfare and finances.

If you’re not careful, hard water can cause your water heater to explode, so it’s best to err on the side of caution.


What Are the Signs of a Hard Water Supply?

Hard water contains high levels of minerals that cause rusting in your pipes and plumbing appliances. Hard water could even block pipes as calcium sediments build up on the inner surfaces.

You can tell your water supply is hard when:

The calcium in hard water forms lines the heating coil in your boiler and keeps the water from heating. The calcium layer also traps air. Popping sounds occur as the trapped air tries to escape when the heater is working.
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Can Hard Water Really Cause an Explosion?

It’s rare, but hard water can cause water heaters to explode. Residents in Fairbanks are at more significant risk due to the 142 PPM water hardness. So, how do water heater explosions occur?

Water heaters burst due to an intense build-up of pressure. When calcium insulates the heating coil, pressure builds. If you don’t flush the sediments, the pressure could escape in an explosion.

It helps to clear away the calcium sediments whenever your heater starts making popping sounds. You can always call on your favorite plumber in Fairbanks to flush water heaters.

However, the lasting solution includes installing a water softener. This prevents sediments from accumulating in your boiler.

Top 6 Benefits of Water Softener Installation

Water softeners remove hard minerals and make your water user-friendly. Make sure your entire supply goes through the water softener. You don’t want the hard water flowing into your pipes and appliances.

Water softener installation may also reduce household costs in the following ways:

1. The Amount of Soap You Use Will Reduce

Soaps and detergents don’t easily lather in hard water. Most of your soap gets wasted by forming soap scum. Softening the water will reduce waste. Your clothes will also feel softer and last longer.

2. Your Pipes and Faucets Last longer

Removing minerals in hard water reduces rusting in your faucets and metallic pipes.

3. You’ll Need Fewer Beauty Products

Softening your water supply means your skin and hair will become more moisturized. You won’t need to spend extra on beauty products. Additionally, your self-esteem will improve.

4. Your Water Heater Will Last Longer

Calcium build-up inside your boiler adversely affects its lifespan. Soft water installation reduces the rate of mineral sediments building in your water heater. Besides having a longer lifespan, your heater will work with increased energy efficiency.

5. Your Utensils Won’t Keep Staining

Homeowners with hard water are likely accustomed to the chore of replacing stained utensils. Because hard water stains utensils, softening water reduces the need to replace your utensils.

6. Dish Washers and Coffee Makers Will Last longer

Dishwashers and coffee makers don’t last long when you use them with hard water. Rusting and sediment build-up ruin the heating function of these kitchen appliances. Don’t forget that your showerheads fit in this category.

Should There Be Water in Your Brine Tank?

There’s a reason why Prospector Plumbing doesn’t recommend DIY soft water installations. Most DIY installations fill the brine tank with excess water.

Never fill your brine tank with water. You need to contact us whenever the brine tank water level goes above the indicated brine line.

Your water softener loses effectiveness when there’s more water than the marked level. Always check the brine tank as you continue using your installation.

Best Plumber Fairbanks: How Much Do Water Softener Installations Cost?

Every household presents different complexities during installation. Water softeners serve entire households, so we always install them at the main water inlet.

Your house could need a small, medium, or large brine tank for the water softener. It depends on:

Thus, water softener installation costs differ among households. Homeowners can always call for a free estimate. You can also contact us online via our website.
Water softeners immediately start working after installation is complete. Our plumbers always bring a test kit to make sure your house has access to soft water. We can even taste it to make sure you should be buying drinking water for your household.

Get in touch with Prospector Plumbing at (907) 322-5763 to get free quotes and fast service for water softener installation.


Lilly ZigLilly Zig
00:26 26 Sep 23
They were awesome. A lil behind for the scheduling but work happens. They took great care of us. Jarrod was awesome, very friendly.
John RobinsonJohn Robinson
20:08 25 Sep 23
My Wife and I are extremely pleased with the service performed by Mr. Tony Juneau representing Prospector Plumbing. His knowledge and willingness to take a moment to discuss the procedure with us was a breath of fresh air. Thank you
Michael PalmisanoMichael Palmisano
01:25 23 Sep 23
Very knowledgeable and personable. Informed me on how things worked and recommended preemptive maintenance with the reasons behind it that made sense to me. 10/10 would recommend.
James PittJames Pitt
22:26 22 Sep 23
Christine GallowayChristine Galloway
21:54 22 Sep 23
I always request my heating technician Andrew, since he is honest, very knowledgeable, and trustworthy. Someone I trust in my home. He has always been thorough in the job and explanation.
18:35 21 Sep 23
Very good at what they do.
Luis ValentinZenoLuis ValentinZeno
23:18 20 Sep 23
Jim PerryJim Perry
21:51 18 Sep 23
Janet FortuneJanet Fortune
18:17 16 Sep 23
Ryland did a great job on our annual check and tune-up. We’re very happy with Prospector.
Marcus PerssonMarcus Persson
23:46 15 Sep 23
Anthony CafegoAnthony Cafego
22:54 15 Sep 23
Nic is always a Professional . Explained what he was doing as he was performing the repair. Up front with no surprises. Fast and efficient. Have used multiple times and Will use Prospector Plumbing and Heating in the future.
Tim CaterTim Cater
19:36 15 Sep 23
Nic was great. He identified each problem, explained to me what needed to be done, and then did it. I highly recommend Nic.
Dan BothwellDan Bothwell
19:33 14 Sep 23
Very helpful and knowledgeable. Will use for any future needs
tyler roothtyler rooth
00:23 14 Sep 23
Couldn’t have asked for anything better
Susan HawkSusan Hawk
23:05 13 Sep 23
Nick was great. Explained what was going on and advice on some issues was amazingly helpful. Will use again.
Dave PfauDave Pfau
20:13 13 Sep 23
Ryland was professional and informative. He explained all costs up front and talked us through our system, providing some advice and tips we’d not been given in the past. We will be using Prospector going forward.
Mark HowdeshellMark Howdeshell
20:01 09 Sep 23
On time, on target. Explained everything well and ensured the area was thoroughly cleaned up afterwards. Thanks!!
Courtney GrambleyCourtney Grambley
15:30 09 Sep 23
Bobby came to my home to address my clogged kitchen sink. He explained what was going on, how he was going to fix it, and even gave me a little history of the homes in the area and what causes similar issue that I was having. Bobby also showed me how to personally fix a few smaller things around my house before he left. A true professional that I will use again!
Tyler PiersonTyler Pierson
16:56 08 Sep 23
Technician showed up on time, was very helpful and knowledgeable, and gave me realistic expectations of what my situation needed. I signed up for the membership and have another appointment scheduled for later in the month. Bobby was friendly and fun to talk to!
01:23 08 Sep 23
Nick Ely is truly a master mechanic. He was able to fix a cantankerous fuel line leak in a tight spot for our old house. When one thing didn’t work, he tried another and then another until he solved the problem. Nick always does this with a smile. He’s both talented and nice. Thanks for the excellence all around, Nick. You’re terrific!
Hope RumpcaHope Rumpca
18:29 07 Sep 23
Bobby was EXCELLENT! He showed me everything he was doing and explained everything as he went along. I was kept in the loop on everything! It’s an extensive job and he waited to give me the estimate until he knew what was involved.I greatly appreciate the service and I would highly recommend them!
james sjoblomjames sjoblom
20:43 06 Sep 23
Edit*****After leaving what I felt was a fair and honest review about my experience, I was contacted by their customer support team who was genuinely interested in hearing my side and seeing what they could do better as a company. He was very professional, and went above and beyond to make sure that my total experience with the company met my expectations.*****Their tech, Ryland, gave my system 2000 a tuneup. He was knowledgeable and professional and made sure he answered all my questions.I did have some snags with the company that were unexpected. I had selected Prospector Plumbing due to their high rating despite their comparatively high price. We set up an appointment for the 8-10:00 timeframe, and I drove home from work to start waiting at 8:00. After not hearing anything by 10:20, I called their receptionist, who said they would reach out to the driver. When they called back, they said they were at least another hour out, and I decided to reschedule the appointment. They were apologetic and offered a 5% discount on my service.On the morning of my second appointment, I got a text at 8:40 introducing my driver and saying he was on the way. He arrived at 9:00 and started on the boiler. He did a thorough job, and I had no problems with his work.When it came time to pay for the $600 annual plan (cheaper than the stand-alone tuneup cost), the tech said the 5% off wouldn’t apply. When they offered the discount, there was no mention that it wouldn’t apply to the annual plan. Since the annual plan is cheaper than a stand-alone tuneup, it is expected that people just get the annual plan, which is what the receptionist had recommended. This would have made a difference whether I just went with another company or gave them another chance with a second appointment.Ryland, if you’re reading this, I would totally hire you to come back and work on my boiler again, but my experience with the “company” side was less than I expected for the price point.
Bobbie PerkinsBobbie Perkins
01:37 06 Sep 23
Nick was great, he got all problems diagnosed and fixed, he was kind and genuinely seemed happy to do it!
Mary Ann FeyMary Ann Fey
17:53 05 Sep 23
Very friendly, professional and respectful. I will definitely use them again!
Verna ReedyVerna Reedy
00:26 04 Sep 23
Ryland installed two Toyo heaters in our house. He did a very professional job and we are more than satisfied with his work.
Christina WrightChristina Wright
23:57 02 Sep 23
I had a great experience with Prospector Plumbing. The person that came out was very nice and professional. They worked quickly and explained what they where doing and why in a way that I understood without making me feel like I am an idiot. The few times I contacted the office the people on the phone where very friendly and efficient. It is easy to make appointment that works around my schedule. I would recommend this business to anyone that needs any work done on their furnace.
Kiros CerberusKiros Cerberus
01:31 02 Sep 23
Ted CoronelTed Coronel
01:19 02 Sep 23
This young man was courteous and professional. I was very impressed with his knowledge of furnaces and the house well water system. He got us up and running in a short amount of time. Now our furnace is good to go for this winter and our water system is better than it ever was I highly recommend prospector.
David VerbylaDavid Verbyla
16:08 01 Sep 23
Good service in uncommon in Fairbanks.We have been happy with Prospector for work on our propane range, home boiler, and garage Toyo boiler. Morgan and Andrew did excellent work.We have lived in Fairbanks for over 30 years and Prospector Plumbing had refreshingly excellent service, excellent communication, and a good value fixing our shower leak. (Excellent service is rare in Fairbanks) Also used them for boiler tuneup ($380). Most recently our boiler shutdown due to recirculating pump failure. As promised, they were on site the next morning to fix the problem.We had another Fairbanks company quote much higher for our toyo boiler repairs.
Ryland did a very good and quick job with my plumbing needs. Thanx.
Dave EppleDave Epple
00:49 31 Aug 23
Great service very reliable and the Plumber Bobby was AWESOME, communicated what he was doing every step of the way and was very thorough with his work and the place was spotless when he left.
Gary WestcottGary Westcott
18:37 30 Aug 23
Gary TellepGary Tellep
06:33 30 Aug 23
I called late last week with a residential problem and was able to expect a visit at the start of the week. Very professional and capable Kevin Smothers arrived right on time and corrected the situation is short order. Very impressed with the service all around. I’m a 50 year Fairbanks resident, outfits like Prospector have always been hard to find. Great experience.
Bob EleyBob Eley
00:10 29 Aug 23
Plumber Kevin came to my home to work on the lift station pump and did an outstanding job! He explained everything thouroughly and gave estimates before the work any work was done. He got the job done in a timely manner! It was a costly repair, but one that needed to be done. Prospector was the only plumbing company in Fairbanks that responded in a timely fashion. All of the other companies wanted me to wait from four to three months to fix the problem and Prospector realized the urgency and got the job done in just a few hours. I highly recommend them.
gail lannetgail lannet
00:23 26 Aug 23
He was definitely on top of a 5 more like a 6. We are so happy with him.
Josh KellyJosh Kelly
15:48 25 Aug 23
Professional. Wanting to genuinely help. Far as I can tell, great service. Answered many questions.
Char LeChar Le
19:15 22 Aug 23
Very receptive to issues at hand.
Dave FritzDave Fritz
19:05 20 Aug 23
They were very professional, did a great job and were on time. Did an excellent job.
Kim DouglasKim Douglas
22:56 18 Aug 23
I am always impressed by their highest quality of work, efficiency, and especially responsiveness. Thank you, again!
colton clousecolton clouse
19:01 17 Aug 23
Came out to inspect failing heating system, diagnosed a very critical problem knowledgeably and pointed me in the right direction to getting it fixed. Very helpful and intuitive
Deane McNameeDeane McNamee
23:58 16 Aug 23
Found the issue got a quote before work began. And once everything was fixed there was no mess left behind.
A ScottA Scott
22:26 16 Aug 23
Jared was professional, kind, and quick. The pricing seemed quite expensive, though.
Kenny SheaferKenny Sheafer
22:43 13 Aug 23
Working with Prospector Plumbing has been one of the absolute best business transactions I’ve ever had in my life.When we moved up from the lower 48 we didn’t know a thing about boiler heating systems or heating oil. I read a lot about them on Google to gain some understanding but they’re totally foreign to our family. The boiler in our house we bought was older and had been “piece mailed” together a few times and we knew it was one of the first major things we would handle after getting settled. We did a lot of research on the natural gas vs oil topic and ultimately chose to convert the entire house to natural gas.We called a few companies out to get a feel for the companies, get quotes, ask questions, etc. It’s not that the other companies weren’t nice or knowledgeable but there is a very obvious difference in the level of care and passion that Nick and Prospector Plumbing bring to the table. Like a night and day difference. We had some locals tells us we should work with a different company because they would “be cheaper” but no matter how you do it, this was a HUGE project that wasn’t going to be “cheap”.Once we met Nick it was a done deal. We knew we were converting to natural gas and we knew we wanted to put every appliance we could on natural gas — we figured it made the most sense to get all the work done up front and hopefully reduce the electric bill some, minimize our carbon footprint, and in the long run save a ton on heating oil. Like I said, a huge project.Considering the cost of this project was like buying a new car or small truck I had about billion questions and Nick never lost his patience with us and was more than willing to educate us and answer ALL of the questions. Nick must have come to our house 5 or 6 times to rework quotes every time we had questions, other thoughts, and provided us about every possible way to complete the project, and even suggested several ways we could save money if we wanted to not do certain things. The transparency and honesty was refreshing.Nick Ely is an absolute fantastic human being and is worth his weight gold to Prospector and I hope they realize the value he brings to the company and what an asset he is.To summarize, the work in total took about 10 working days (which is what we had estimated), the quality and craftsmanship of the work is phenomenal and we are truly appreciative off all the hard work that was put in and will be a lifelong customer to Prospector because of the great service we had. I would 11/10 recommend anyone to use this company services!The only thing we regret was not taking the time to paint the garage while everything was removed ha!
gail lannetgail lannet
22:48 07 Aug 23
General ManagerGeneral Manager
18:01 05 Aug 23
Bobby does an awesome job for us whenever we need him.
clinton stewartclinton stewart
03:31 05 Aug 23
Ryland was on time, efficient and professional. He had everything he needed and went to work right away. Extremely courteous, answered questions about the system and took only a few moments to diagnose the issue. He went over an itemized bill, and performed work only after authorization was given. Excellent service can’t say enough great things about Ryland and prospectors as a business. In fact I’m on their annual service plan now.
Richard StolzbergRichard Stolzberg
01:45 05 Aug 23
Every aspect of my interaction with Prospector Plumbing was outstandingly good.Natalie on the phone was clear and helpful. She was able to schedule me within a day during a busy time.Morgan is the best boiler technician I’ve ever had in the 33 years in this house. He was able to troubleshoot the problem and fix it in a workmanlike fashion. He explain what he did clearly and patiently. He answered questions I had about other parts of the piping and hardware in the boiler room.This is the first time that I have employed Prospector, and I expect that they will be my primary outfit for boiler and plumbing problems in the future.
Savannah KrackSavannah Krack
00:48 05 Aug 23
Arlene SlocumArlene Slocum
01:13 04 Aug 23
Our water pump failed. It was so old that they no longer make parts to fix it. Prospector came out the same day and installed a new style pump that is quieter and low maintenance. Yes it was expensive, but we really needed to have the water back and reliable. You pay for what you get and we got great service!
20:35 06 Jul 23
We are new to the area and with our new house needed some help with a couple of issues and with understanding the system. Andrew came out and was on time, thorough, professional and the follow up we received from the office was considerate and caring.We will be using Prospector in the future when the need arises. Great to find a company that has quality performance and a follow through attitude. Refreshing!
Scott KumpostScott Kumpost
00:27 10 Jun 23
Nick Ely just installed a new boiler and water pump for me. The quality of the install is amazing. Every part of the of the new set up was laid out way better than what was in my little room before. He took the time to explain every option I had and answer all my questions. I can’t say enough good things about Nick.Everyone at the office is friendly and helpful as well, so Prospector is the only plumbing and heating service for me.
Barbara MooreBarbara Moore
05:32 15 Feb 23
I can not say enough about the service I have just received from Prospector Heating And Plumbing. Andrew and his helper were on time and very courteous and professional. I had my old pressure tank removed from my yukie crawlspace and a whole new setup in my garage. Which this was a major plumbing project. They were able to get my old system working long enough for me to get a shower which was awesome since my pressure tank went down on Friday. Their work was awesome. I don’t think even took a lunch break. They finished at about 515 pm. I now have more water pressure and my new pressure tank work perfect. This company get a five star rating for customer service from the receptionist to the plumbers. I don’t have to worry about going down in the dark hole ie crawlspace again. Plus they took my old pressure tank out and took it to the dump for me.