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Why You Need A Water Softener

Written By: Darius B

Water softeners are common in many households; so much so that some people have them without even knowing why. While the concept of hard and soft water seems confusing at first, the metaphor is actually quite simple.

Soft Water? What A Water Softener Really Does:

A water softener doesn’t make water softer so much a strips a chemical element out of it, calcium. While calcium makes bones strong, that same strength gets deposited in and around pipes, on appliances, and can even damage hair and skin when showering. This ability for water to crust over into a rock solid substance is the reason why water with calcium is consider “hard water.”

Water softeners use different methods and activators, usually salt filtration, to pull out the calcium and sometimes magnesium to provide water that won’t sediment and harden onto things, aka “soft water.” Here are some reasons to switch from hard water to something better for your skin, home, and stuff.

Save Your Skin And Drink Better Water!

The first benefit of switching to soft water is noticed after a shower. Calcium dries out hair and skin when water evaporates, leaving a very thin crust. Also, it attaches to hair follicles making them rigid and more likely to break or split.

While calcium isn’t harmful for people, it can however greatly affect the taste of water. You might be amazed at how perfect a cup of coffee is after it has the tea-spoon of calcium removed.

Saving Your Appliances And Clothes:

It was a tragedy when you had to throw out your favorite tea pot or set of plates because over the years, they gained a nice thick layer of calcium after being put through the wash or under the tap so many times. Not only do you never have to worry about that again, but your clothes and washing machine will also be grateful for your switch.

Clothes degrade much faster when exposed to calcium because they can’t bend the way human skin can. People who use a lot of hard water on their clothes will notice them getting itchier and stiffer as time goes on.

Calcium can even clog up washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators causing them to slow down and eventually breaking the internal tubing.

Saving Your Fixtures And Pipes:

Much like an artery clogging from a bad diet, pipes can be be lined with sediment to the point that they need to be replaced. By adding a water softener it vastly expands the lifespan of a home’s plumbing system.

Have you ever been to a house, or noticed in your own home, the fixtures get crusted over with a hard substance. That’s our enemy calcium again.

While there are choking and caustic cleaning agents that can remove calcium, it is nice to stop it at the source by preventing the calcium from accumulating in the first place.

Reasons To Not Use A Water Softener:

Really the only reason to not have one is if a budget or existing plumbing system won’t allow it. While some places are in desperate need of a water softener due to high levels of natural calcium, others can choose to have it just to have an optimal showering or cooking experience. Easy to maintain with a wealth of benefits, every home should have a water softener.

The Benefits of Water Softeners

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Water softeners can serve a number of purposes in one’s home or office. From providing water that is more thoroughly purified, to preventing the damaging effects that hard water can affect on one’s wardrobe, and even prolonging the operational life of appliances like washing machines, water heaters, and dishwashers, water softeners provide significant economic and personal value wherever they are utilized.

Save On Shopping

 

Installing a water softener can save money on expenses associated with clothing expenditures and replacement costs. Because hard water can quickly fade the colors of garments like jeans and t-shirts, delaying a water softener installation can effectively increase the costs of one’s shopping experiences as trips to the clothing store become more frequent. As a result of deteriorating conditions of clothing from repeated washings in hard water, garments that might have looked and felt new for many years to come are ultimately discarded because of the damaging effects of hard water. Constantly subjecting fabrics to hard water can also leave once soft-to-the-touch fabrics feeling stiff and rigid.

Prolong Your Plumbing

Another great benefit to owning a water softener is that it can greatly increase the life of plumbing systems and other household appliances. By eliminating minerals like iron and calcium from the water system, water softeners significantly reduce buildup within plumbing systems, so showers and faucets are less likely to become clogged or cease flowing altogether, which is often what happens after years of hard water flowing through the pipes. From an aesthetic standpoint, the reduced mineral concentrations in softener-treated water also make stubborn water spots on shower doors and faucet spigots far less difficult to remove, if they appear at all.

Increase The Life of Appliances

 

Ridding the internal plumbing of such minerals also prolongs the useful life of appliances. Water heaters and washing machines are often the appliances most adversely affected from hard water, as the buildup from calcium and magnesium residue within the machine’s inner workings can cause serious damage. Eventually, extensive scale buildup can ruin the internal mechanisms, resulting is costly replacements for numerous different parts. Water softeners reduce the amount of scale buildup in kitchen sinks and bathroom areas as well, so surfaces stay cleaner longer.

It May Benefit Your Health

There is even research that demonstrates how water softeners can improve one’s health. One study illustrated how some of the discomfort and symptoms for children diagnosed with eczema are often alleviated with the implementation of a water softener. More broadly though, water softeners remove compounds such as calcium and magnesium which, in excess quantities, can be detrimental to one’s overall health, often resulting in ailments such as an irregular heartbeat or low blood pressure.

A Long Term Investment

Perhaps the most valuable aspect of implementing a water softener is eliminating the potential the replace a home’s, or an office building’s, entire plumbing system, or a very large portion of it, due to the erosion from years of hard water flow. Replacing the plumbing in a 1500 sq. ft. home can cost thousands of dollars, apart from the costs of wardrobe and appliance replacements. Ultimately, a water softener represents a long-term investment in one’s health, finances, and clothing collection, rather than a short-term expense.

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