After a water softener installation, you get to enjoy years of softened water that’s kinder to your home and easier to use. Once you’ve made the switch to soft water, it’s hard to imagine going back to using hard water instead. But, water softeners have a pretty tough life, and like any complex piece of equipment, they do fail eventually. Some minor issues can be fixed, and regular maintenance helps to extend the useful lifespan, but how do you know when it’s time to replace your faithful water softener? Here are three signs that you need to look out for.
- Odd Tasting Water
A water softener aims to remove the mineral content that causes the water to have properties that designate it as hard according to government guidelines. The most common and reliable way to achieve this goal is to exchange the calcium, magnesium, and in some cases, iron ions with more benign sodium or salt ions. The mineral ions are then flushed away in the drain leaving behind water that has a slightly elevated salt content that most people will not notice. We often hear about the benefits of soft water when it comes to showering, bathing, laundry, and even washing the car! But, we don’t hear much about the improvements in water taste when drinking and cooking with softened water. When your water softener starts to fail, you may notice that the taste of your water is degrading gradually.
- Scratchy and Itchy Laundry
Installing a water softener makes a drastic improvement to your laundry efforts. Without all those minerals stuck in the fibers, clothes and fabrics feel softer and cleaner. Another key benefit is that you can wash at lower temperatures with less detergent and still get superior results. But, if you start to notice that your towels are starting to feel scratchy or your clothes are itchy on your skin, this could be a sign that your water softener is failing. Gradually the colors of your laundry items may start to fade, and these items will not last as long as they should. Always check the salt levels in your brine tank first, but if they are fine, it’s time to call in a local water specialist for an expert opinion.
- Using More Soap and Detergent
The hard water mineral ions actually impede the ability to generate soap suds. People using hard water typically attempt to compensate for this by adding more soap or detergent, but that is not effective. Once they use soft water in their bathroom, many people are surprised at the improved condition of their skin, hair, and even nails. But, if you notice that you seem to be using more soap, shampoo, and shower gel than normal and your skin and hair doesn’t feel as good, you may have a failing water softener.
If you need to replace your existing water softener with a newer model, contact your local water treatment specialist today.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.