Many people purchase and install a water softener to deal with their hard water problems without really understanding the full implications of their decision. It’s true that hard water is bad, but what causes water to be “hard” in the first place, and how damaging can it be for your home? Hard water contains elevated levels of dissolved calcium, magnesium, and even iron. These minerals damage plumbing pipes, water using appliances and lower the effectiveness of soaps and detergents. Hard water can stain laundry, dry out your skin and even make your hair tangled and hard to manage. Let’s take a look at the three main advantages of a water softener installation for your home.

  1. Preventing the Buildup of Scale

The dissolved mineral content of hard water accumulates on surfaces on your plumbing fixtures and inside the pipes. Over time this material gets thicker, it’s hard to remove, and it will narrow the pipes lowering your water pressure. Eventually, scale will cause damage that cannot be repaired, and you will need to replace your appliances and pipes earlier than expected. Although a water softener will not get rid of the scale in your plumbing and appliances that’s already present, it will prevent further scale buildup. When you consider the damage that scale can cause to your pipes and appliances, a water softener represents an excellent investment.

  1. Better Cleaning Results

One of the most annoying characteristics of calcium and magnesium is that they inhibit the formation of soap suds. All soaps and detergents rely on soap suds to deliver the power required for effective cleaning. When fabrics are washed in hard water, the mineral content becomes tangled in the fibers. This is why fabrics may feel scratchy on your skin and why they become faded and worn quickly. Many people that switch to soft water for laundry notice that their fabrics are softer, brighter, and last longer.

  1. An Improved Showering Experience

The lack of cleaning power is also present when using soaps, shower gels, and shampoo in the shower. We all want to get clean and relax, but it’s hard to get a decent lather when you’re using hard water. But, there are other problems, the minerals present in hard water are left behind after the water evaporates. This is the same material that causes scale on your plumbing fixtures and inside the pipes. This hard material will block the pores of your skin, leading to acne issues, dry skin, and soreness. The minerals left behind in your hair tend to tangle with the follicles to make it feel damp, lifeless, and hard to manage. Again, adding more soap simply doesn’t help; it’s a waste of money, and you still have to endure a poor showering experience. Many people find that they feel cleaner when they make the switch to soft water; they don’t need as much soap, and their skin, hair, and nails are free from dissolved minerals.

If you want to install a water softener in your home, contact your local water treatment specialist for expert help and advice.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.