Having clean, refreshing water on tap is essential for summer. A sure way to get the healthy hydration needed to beat the heat is through a water softener. Water softeners, as you could probably guess, “soften” your water by removing excess harsh minerals from “hard” water like calcium, iron, and magnesium. Water can easily pick up these minerals from sediment as it travels through soil and into domestic water supplies. Diluting these metals results in a higher overall quality of water and life.
Nearly 85 percent of the nation has hard water, the Midwest having one of the highest overall concentrations. Only 30 percent of the population actually uses a water softener, but those who do have noticed instant benefits; not just for your family, but for your plumbing as well. Here are some benefits you could experience by making the change.
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Hard water leaves its mark on dishes and glassware with white spots, a soapy film, or streaks. Soaps and detergents react differently to hard water; hard water often has a sandpaper-effect, making your hair feel more coarse or tangled and clothes appear rigid and dingy. Water softeners circulate water that is easier to lather, resulting in a more thorough and rich clean for your utensils, clothes, and even hair and skin. This not only cuts costs, but also time and resources from making up for what hard water doesn’t do for you.
EXTENDED LIFE OF YOUR APPLIANCES
As the name implies, softened water is gentler on your appliances. Think about how many times per day you simply take a shower, turn on a faucet, flush a toilet, or do a load of laundry. Hard water is carrying calcium, iron, and magnesium particles through your pipes and drains every time. When prolonged, these molecules can amass in your pipes as a tough buildup, like limescale. This is common with coffee makers: if you constantly use hard water to make your everyday coffee(s), not only are you ingesting these metals, but over time your machine will experience filtration and cleaning difficulties due to the amount of buildup. Less hard water means less residue, maintenance, and repairs to worry about.
CLEANER PLUMBING SYSTEM
Removing the potential for buildup is always a plus when it comes to plumbing. These deposits are hard enough for a seasoned plumber to get rid of, let alone the average homeowner with other projects going on. Debris left unattended leads to clogging that reduces the diameter of the pipe and confines water to a smaller passageway. This restriction of flow causes higher water pressures that can further lead to pipe abrasions and leaks down the line. A water softener eliminates this mess altogether through an ion exchange, where it replaces calcium or magnesium ions with safer levels of sodium before distributing it back into your water supply.
LOWER ENERGY BILL
Perhaps the most convincing argument for water softeners is that they will save you money in the long run. Because of the effects hard water has on your appliances, clothes, dishes, and glassware, you will end up using more water trying to clean what you just cleaned. The excess buildup of scale also forces your plumbing system to work harder at delivering the necessary amount of water, resulting in higher water pressure and pipe repair expenses. A water softener will reduce future costs and headaches!
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