Hard water is a very common problem, affecting water in many homes. But what exactly is it, and what can be done about it? Hard water has a high content of minerals and metals such as magnesium, calcium and iron. Although it is safe for you to drink, it can wreak havoc on your appliances, plumbing fixtures and make everyday housework even more difficult. Hard water treated with a water softener provides many benefits to your household. The following post will outline these benefits.
What Is a Home Water Softener?
A softener is a device and/or system designed to remove or dilute mineral concentrations in hard water. The system softens water by replacing minerals present in the hard water with salt via ion exchange. A softener is connected between your home’s plumbing system and the main water supply. This allows the system to remove mineral contaminates from the water before it enters your home.
Hard water is known for reducing the effectiveness of household cleaners such as laundry soap, dish detergent, dish soap, shampoo and body wash. It often leaves white spots or streaks on your dishes and a soapy residue in your laundry. Because softened water enhances the cleaning ability of the cleansers, you will experience cleaner skin, hair, dishes and laundry. In addition, softened water requires less soap to get the job done, which can help reduce your household expenses.
Reduced Mineral and Scale Build-Up
Hard water causes scale and mineral deposits to build up in your plumbing system. As time passes, these deposits will reduce water flow, resulting in lower water pressure and eventually, a complete blockage. Moreover, they can cause pipe deterioration and corrosion, shortening the lifespan of pipes and increasing the chances of a ruptured pipe. If one of your pipe ruptures, your home could face severe water damage to flooring, cabinetry, walls and baseboards. It could also invite unwanted mold and mildew growth. A home water softener will also extend the life of your plumbing system, because it reduces the mineral content in your water supply.
Long-Lasting Appliances and Plumbing Fixtures
Hard water can also reduce the life of your household appliances, including your water heater, dishwasher, icemaker and washing machine. Since mineral and scale build-up will reduce water flow and efficiency, the appliances must work harder to achieve their intended result. In the end, hard water will increase your household energy costs and lead to premature appliance replacement.
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