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.