Are you considering purchasing a water softener, but you’re unsure if it’s worth it? In short, if you are experiencing the effects of hard water, the answer to your question is yes. In this post, you’ll discover how hard water affects your daily life and how a water softener helps.
What are the Effects of Hard Water?
Water that has an abundance of calcium and magnesium is considered “hard” because these minerals make it difficult for soap to form a lather. This can lead to many different problems that can affect everything from your bathtub to your hair to your clothes. When combined with hard water, soap forms a curd which is difficult to rinse. Not only do you have to use up to twice as much soap and detergent, but it leaves behind a residue.
Also, when hard water is heated, it forms a whitish scale buildup inside of pipes and water-using appliances and on fixtures, such as faucets and shower heads. This scale decreases water flow and creates inefficiency and damage, especially with water heaters. You will probably need to repair and replace your appliances and pipes more frequently if you have hard water.
Another issue that can be caused by hard water is water spots. These are the unsightly white marks that show up on dishes, shower doors, silverware and pretty much anything hard water touches.
How Does a Water Softener Help?
A water softening system makes use of a technology called ion exchange. Calcium and magnesium ions, the minerals that make water hard, are exchanged for sodium or potassium ions. This works because the different ions have different electrical charges. By softening the water, you eliminate the problems associated with hard water.
Your hair, skin and laundry are softer, and you don’t have to use a bunch of conditioner, lotion or laundry softener to make them soft. There isn’t soap scum all over your bathroom and water spots on your fixtures. Your water-using appliances and plumbing last longer. A water softener is the only appliance that saves you money just by using it.
Do you have more questions about getting a water softener for your home? Contact us for a free consultation, and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.