Those of us who live in So Nevada - Las Vegas Valley seem to have a rather unique problem with our water. Our water source in the Colorado River. The water travels quite far, through much rocky terrain so that upon arrival, the water is horrendously hard, picking up huge amounts of minerals that cannot even be cleared up by the our water companies. They can't even give us a decent tasting glass of water. The water fouls piping in homes, rots out water heaters in 4 - 6 yrs necessitating water softeners and reverse osmosis units in our homes.
Many residents flush out their water heaters every six months hoping to extend the life of the water heater. Since we just had to have our water heater replaced, we did ask if there were any other steps we could take to improve the life of the water heater. The plumber said that water softeners are very hard on water heaters and that WATER CONDITIONERS are a better choice. Now we would certainly consider changing to the conditioned water however this is "retirementville" and frankly it is hard to find a truly honest contractor of any type. So I am asking, is there anything that residents can do to improve the life of their water heaters, whether by water conditioning, water softening, or ?????? Plumbers around here drive their trucks with 6 water heaters on them each day because they will install every one of them by the end of the day all due to the very hard water. Ideas, solutions???