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Benefits of Soft Water and Having a Water Softener

There’s a big push for equality in our country – equality between races, genders, social status, and so on. Does this same theme apply to water? Is all water created equal? We don’t think so! Sure, in its purest form, water is water, but once it comes in contact with people and the environment, everything changes. Water can easily become contaminated or hard.

So how do you turn hard water into softened water and what does a water softener do exactly? Our experts are here to explain everything there is to know about water hardness in your water supply. 

What is hard water?

No, we’re not talking about ice here – that’s not the “hard” we’re referring to. In this scenario, it’s what’s IN the water that gives it this description. Hard water contains a buildup of hard minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, which has reached a certain level (greater than 3.5 grains per gallon). While it may not look much different than soft water, hard water can wreak havoc on homes and people, not to mention the household budget. There are many signs of hard water to look for when deciding whether or not you need a water softener system.

What are the effects of hard water?

If you’re one of many Americans who currently have hard minerals in your home water supply, all you need to do is look around and you’ll notice any or all of these signs of hard water:

  • Rusty looking stains on toilets, tubs, sinks, and showers
  • Water spots on dishes and silverware when using tap water
  • Lime build-up on showerheads and plumbing fixtures
  • Dry skin and hair
  • And the list goes on…

Aside from physical signs of mineral buildup around your home, you may also begin to notice hard water effects on hair and skin as well.

How does water get softened?

The solution to hard water minerals is to install a water softening system in the home. This is a water filter device that attaches to the water supply and treats it right at the source. Salt-based water softeners introduce sodium into the water, attracting and removing the excess calcium and magnesium ions and thereby softening the hardness of the water. This will help reduce soap scum residue and other signs of water hardness minerals around your home.

What are the benefits of soft water?

After you’ve finished installing a water softener for your tap water, the water coursing through the veins of the home (i.e. the plumbing!) is now soft. The benefits of water softeners and its effects on your drinking water are many, and include:

  • Easier cleaning – no more hard water stains on fixtures, appliances, or clothing
  • Less soap and detergent detergents and soaps required
  • Increased longevity of water-using appliances (no mineral buildup on their insides!)
  • Softer skin and hair
  • Cleaner, spotless dishes and cutlery
  • And more…

A water softening system not only helps to reduce hardness minerals in your water supply, but it also improves your drinking water as well. If you have hard water and don’t yet have a water softener system, why not give us a call? We have both traditional salt-based water softeners and eco-friendly solutions such as Portable Exchange Tank Service. Your soft water, and all the benefits that come with it, are only a phone call away!

Contact us today to find a water filter or water conditioner that’s right for you and your home.