Most of us are aware of the importance of a water purifier. We all want to drink clean, clear water that’s free of plastic, lead and other potentially harmful substances. Water softeners are one of the most common forms of water treatment system, designed to filter and remove the calcium, magnesium and other metals that are creating hard water in your home. If you’re still unsure whether a water softener system is the right option for your home, we’ll help you to explore the benefits in this article.

How Water Softener Systems Work?

Whether you opt for a salt based or potassium softener, these systems are designed to treat hard water through the process of ion exchange. The negative charge of the sodium or potassium attracts and removes the magnesium and calcium ions. These systems are commonly used to treat all levels of hard water.

There are also salt free systems that don’t use sodium or potassium. Instead, electrical or magnetic currents are used to treat and remove hard water particles. Salt free systems don’t leave any trace of sodium or chemicals in your water that can be flushed into waterways through wastewater. They are also considered to be greener because electricity isn’t necessary.

The Benefits of Water Softener Systems

While hard water isn’t generally considered unsafe to drink, but it can cause issues around your home. Untreated hard water can leave deposits to accumulate inside your hot water heater, pipes, water using appliances and fixtures. This slows the flow of water inside the pipes, causing damage as the deposits become calcified and harder to remove. Improving the water flow will reduce your water use, and since the scale accumulation is no longer building up inside your appliances, you’ll also use less energy.

A water softener system can also leave your hair and skin feeling softer. Those hard water minerals can also interfere with soaps ability to foam up. This can mean that you use more shower gel, soap, and shampoo, resulting in a film being left on your hair and skin. After you shower, you may notice that your skin feels itchy and dry even if you use lotion, and it is because the hard water minerals deplete your skin’s natural oils. A water softener system will allow soaps, detergents, shampoos and shower gels to perform correctly, so your skin and hair immediately feels softer and smoother.

Just like the hard water minerals can affect your soaps when bathing, it can also impact how detergents perform around your home. You may notice that your laundry looks gray and colors are dulled, or you could have found that your dishwasher leaves spots on your silverware and glasses. These issues are all related to hard water and scale. Research has shown that soft water will allow you to use your appliances at lower temperatures with less detergent to achieve the same or better results. This will not only save energy and money, but it will also help your clothing to look better for longer.

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