Top 4 Reasons to Have a Water Softener
1. You Notice Scale Buildup on Your Appliances
If you have scale, you likely have hard water. Mineral deposits often form on surfaces such as tea kettles and coffee pots and are noticeable by their chalky appearance. Mineral deposits also build up within pipes, which clogs plumbing making your home less effective at passing water and causing low water pressure throughout the house. Costly consequences of hard water and scale buildup are defective plumbing, malfunctioning fixtures, and the shortened lifespan of your appliances.
Scale, or “limescale,” is a hard, chalky substance made up of calcium and magnesium bicarbonate. These salts are what form the white chalky quality of the buildups. Water softeners can help to reduce this buildup of scale by using ion exchange technology extending the life of your appliances and fixtures.
2. You Suffer from Dry Skin and Brittle Hair
Hard water can cause itchy dry skin and brittle hair. The extra calcium and magnesium salts floating around in your hard water build up on your scalp preventing absorption of moisture through your hair follicles. By blocking the moisture needed for a healthy scalp, the buildup causes flakiness and brittle hair. Formulated soaps and shampoos can be expensive and can only prevent buildup so much.
Similarly to your scalp, the minerals in your hard water also dry out your skin, by settling into your pores. Soaps are not as effective when used in hard water making it difficult to remove the mineral buildup. The mineral residue left on your body clogs pores creating black heads and irritates the skin leaving it feeling dry and rough. Removing these minerals with a water softener will save you from buying expensive shampoos, the use of excess soap, and the irritation of itchy dry skin.
3. Your Clothes Are Gray and Faded
Have you noticed your clothes, bedsheets, and other fabrics have lost their vibrancy, or feel scratchy to the touch? This can be a sign of hard water. The extra mineral substance in your water can cause fabrics to look faded.
“A water softener, is like fabric softener for your cloths, it works on the principle of cation or ion exchange in which ions of the hardness minerals are exchanged for sodium or potassium ions, effectively reducing the concentration of hardness minerals to tolerable levels and thus making the water softer and gives it a smoother feeling.”
Adding liquid water softening detergent, vinegar, or sodium tripolyphosphate to the fabric softening compartment on your front loading washing machine can help prevent the grayness caused by hard water. However, installing a water softener is the most efficient long-term solution to keeping your clothes bright and ensure the lifespan of your washing machine by preventing mineral buildup on your appliances.
4. Your Sinks and Bathtubs Are Stained
If you have noticed plaster-like deposits in your bathtub and on your faucets, you may have a hard water problem. These stains form when tap water evaporates, leaving behind calcium and magnesium. Not only are these stains an eye sore to you and your guests, they indicate the larger problems your hard water may be causing your plumbing systems. The use of vinegar, or a cup of bleach and cup of powdered dishwasher detergent soaking in a full tub, can be used to fight these stains. Again, a water softener will be most effective at permanently removing stains and keeping them gone for good.
To determine how much mineral excess is in your water supply, call us today for a free Water Analysis or purchase your own hardness water test kit and let us know your results.