Monthly Archives: November 2014

Soft Water

What Exactly is Soft Water?


Soft water is a common term, but you may not really know what it means for you and your home. Hard water usually contains more minerals like calcium, magnesium or iron, which it picks up after it passes over rocks or soil. If left untreated, heated hard water can cause lime Soft Waterscaling—a buildup of a white substance that can clog your pipes. It also can affect cookware, like kettles, and cause them to function less efficiently.

Environmental Benefits

Soft water contains fewer minerals. It can occur naturally, or you can strip it of those minerals with a softener. Homes that use soft water typically consume less energy, thereby cutting costs. Water heaters that use soft water are more likely to maintain their factory efficiency rating for 15 years, according to the Water Quality Research Foundation. Using hard water in those same units reduced their efficiency rate by as much as 48 percent. The same study also found that running softened water through washing machines reduced the amount of detergent needed by about 50 percent and made the clothes look just as clean with water headed to 60 degrees instead of 100.


Using softened water requires less soap and also can cut down on stains on your plates and other cookware. Your hair, skin and clothes also may feel and look cleaner, and bathroom surfaces might be less filmy.

Health Issues

Hard water contains key nutrients like calcium and magnesium, but it usually has less sodium than its softer counterpart, according to the Salt Institute. If you have soft water and sodium intake is a concern, consider including a reverse osmosis filter to strip excess amounts of sodium. If you have pets or an aquarium, check to see if your tap water is safe for them.

What to Do

Making hard water soft usually involves installing a softening system in your home, or just on a dishwasher or washing machine. Since some people prefer the taste of hard water, consider having a separate tap for drinking if you make the switch.

To check if your water is hard, add dish some soap and see if you get many bubbles. If not, chances are your water is hard. If you think soft water might be better for your home, contact Captain Plumbing to discuss your options.

Ritz Carlton Luxury Suite

Luxurious Bathrooms Around the World

You’ve probably fantasized about owning a luxurious bathroom—your own personal retreat where you go to relax and renew. Discover some of the world’s most luxurious bathrooms and use them as renovation inspiration for your bathroom.

Big Sur Luxury Suite

Pacific Suite at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California’s famed Post Ranch Inn’s Pacific Suite is its own private paradise. Enjoy ocean views as you relax in the outdoor stainless steel hot tub. Indoors, you’ll find a deep soaking tub, spacious shower and heated floors.

Luxury Villa Bathroom

Beachfront Villas at Viceroy Anguilla in Anguilla

Anguilla’s Beachfront Villas at the Viceroy Anguilla hotel feature marble bathrooms complete with deep soaking tubs and a walk-in shower. But the true highlight here is the private outdoor shower and relaxation area where you can soak up the sun’s rays while you bathe.

Panorama Suite

Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad in Gstaad, Switzerland

The bathroom in the Panorama Suite at Switzerland’s Alpina Gstaad hotel in the master bedroom includes a free-standing bath, big shower heads and a mirror with a built-in television set. But that’s just the start. Head upstairs to find a private spa, Jacuzzi, a fireplace, and even a fitness and massage area.

Beverly Wilshire Luxury

Wilshire Presidential Suite at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA

The Presidential Suite at the Beverly Wilshire is just what a movie star would love. The bathroom in the master bedroom includes a deep soaking tub, steam shower for two and mirrors outfitted with televisions.

Six Senses Luxury Villas

Lagoon Water Villa at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives

The Lagoon Water Villa at the Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives offers guests a bathroom outfitted with a glass-bottom bathtub overlooking a lagoon and an outdoor shower, too. How’s that for island luxury?

Ritz Carlton Luxury Suite

The Ritz-Carlton Suite at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong in China

Immerse yourself in an oversized soaking tub with panoramic views of bustling Honk Kong at the Ritz-Carlton’s in the Ritz-Carlton suite. Additional amenities include a rainforest showerhead, a double vanity and a Jacuzzi.

Four Seasons Luxury Bathroom


The Penthouse Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris

Relax like a royal French king in the Penthouse Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris. This marble bathroom comes with an oversized infinity-edge bathtub in addition to a walk-in shower.

Liberaci Bathroom

Liberace’s Bathroom in His Las Vegas Home

Liberace’s marble bathroom is as legendary as the man himself. The round marble bathroom’s tub, outfitted with swan-shaped taps, reportedly cost $55,000.

To create your own luxurious bathroom, contact the professionals at Captain Plumbing to make your dream bathroom a reality.