If you’re like many homeowners, you’ve likely heard of hard water, but you might not know exactly what it is. Hard water happens when there is a high level of minerals in your water supply—namely calcium, magnesium, and even iron. These minerals create deposits in your plumbing system that can cause a number of issues. No, ingesting these minerals is not unhealthy for you or your family—but these minerals are potentially harmful to your plumbing system.
Fortunately, just about any home with hard water will benefit from a whole-house water softener. Read on to learn several ways how.
Prevent Scale Buildup
Have you ever noticed a white or yellow substance forming on your faucets or around your drains? Mineral deposits start showing up this way—in the form of limescale—in these locations as well as on appliances such as your coffee pot and dishwasher. The buildup is unsightly, and can also add a foul taste and odor to your water.
Feel Better After Showering
Due to the excess calcium and magnesium in the water, taking a shower could leave your skin feeling dry, and your hair feeling slimy afterwards. This is because hard water is not able to nourish your skin or hair at all. After you dry off, your skin may feel chapped and your hair can appear brittle.
Have Laundered Clothes in Better Condition
Hard water can cost you undue money in unexpected ways. For instance, it strips away the color from your clothes much faster than treated water would. It also breaks down fabrics faster. Make sure your clothes and bedding are in good condition with a whole-house water softener.
Prevent Stained Sinks and Bathtubs
The mineral residue left over from hard water can begin staining your kitchen and bathroom sinks, plus your bathtubs. It’s relatively easy to clean off, of course, but do you really want to be doing this every day? Water softening will resolve this.
Avoid Plumbing Repairs
Steel pipes don’t have the ability to handle hard water very well. They become easily damaged due to the buildup of minerals and your water flow will eventually be affected. This can cause corrosion and other pipe problems, leading to the need for drain cleaning and eventual pipe replacement.
Keep Water Bills Down
As the minerals from hard water build up inside your plumbing pipes, the system has to work harder to let water flow through. This can create a number of problems, including leaks and cracked pipes. Even the most minor leaks can lead to gallons of water loss over the course of a year, and as such this contributes to higher water bills.
Keep Dishware Looking Great
Have you ever noticed white spots on your dishes and glassware when you take them out of the dishwasher? This is caused by hard water, and often leads you to feel like you need to rewash your dishes. The real solution is having a whole-house water softener integrated into your plumbing system.