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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.

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 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.

What are the effects of hard water?

If you’re one of many Americans who currently have hard water in your home, 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
  • Lime build-up on showerheads and plumbing fixtures
  • Dry skin and hair
  • And the list goes on…

How does water get softened?

The solution to hard water is to install a water softener in the home. This is a 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.

What are the benefits of soft water?

After you’ve finished installing a water softener, the water coursing through the veins of the home (i.e. the plumbing!) is now soft. The benefits of water softeners 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…

If you have hard water and don’t yet have a water softener, 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!