If you’ve been living in a home with hard water for years, it can be difficult to imagine how much a water softener can improve your quality of life. Many homeowners find themselves on the fence, wondering whether it is worth investing in a water treatment system. Having all the details you need to make an informed decision is important, so here are some faqs to help you decide if a water softener is the right choice for your home. 

What’s the Difference Between Soft and Hard Water? 

Most of the tap water throughout the United States is hard. This means that it contains high levels of minerals such as magnesium or calcium dissolved in the water. Hard water can be problematic for a number of reasons; it can dry out your skin and hair, create a scale buildup inside fixtures and appliances, leave cloudy spots on clean dishes and place unnecessary strain on your water heater and other water using appliances.  

On the other hand, soft water doesn’t contain these excessive mineral levels. When you install a water softener, your tap water is run through the system first, allowing all the hard water minerals to be removed. This means that the water is flowing to your faucets, showers, and water using appliances washes and rinses away far better. 

Doesn’t My City Already Supply Soft Tap Water? 

Although some cities make the claim that water supplies are pre-softened, this usually makes very little difference. Water hardness is almost impossible to manage on a widespread scale. There are usage spikes at different times of the year, so while you may have moderately hard water levels one week, the following week it could be extremely hard. Additionally, water picks up minerals and metals as it passes through the infrastructure of pipes connecting the municipal water treatment plant to your home. This means that in order to enjoy truly soft water, you need to manage the hard water minerals with a personal water softener for your home. These types of devices manage only the water for your home, so you can enjoy consistent water quality every day.  

Will Soft Water Improve My Skin? 

If you’ve been using hard water to shower for years, switching to soft water can feel totally different. Although you may not have realized it, dry, itchy or irritated skin can be a result of bathing in hard water. Hard water prevents soaps from lathering properly and can leave a film of residue on the skin. When you start showering in soft water, you may notice that your skin has a “slippery” feeling, but this is a sign that your skin is finally free of that layer of soap residue.  

If you’re still unsure whether a water softener is the best option for your home, you need advice from a water treatment specialist. An experienced, WQA certified professional can not only answer any queries or questions you have, but guide you through the diverse range of options that are best suited to the specific needs of your home.  

With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative.  Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.