Water is a necessity. Tap water, in particular, is used for daily purposes of drinking, cooking, washing, and bathing. Your water at home contains different substances, including minerals like calcium and magnesium. High amounts of minerals make water hard, and hard water issues can be a real nuisance and pose health hazards. Treating hard water using a water softener can significantly improve the quality of home water and your family in general.

This article will discuss why you need a water softener when you have hard water.

Signs You Have Hard Water

While minerals are beneficial to our bodies, high amounts of these nutrients can have significant health risks and negative effects on your appliances and pipes. To prevent these risks, one should learn how to identify the presence of hard water.

Below are the common indicators of hard water in your home.

  • Your water has a weird taste, odor, or appearance. Water is tasteless, odorless, and transparent.  Anything that deviates from that is a sure sign that you have contaminated or hard water.
  • You see stains on your clothes and spots on dishes and surfaces. No matter how hard you clean, stains and soap scum are always formed after.
  • You have dry skin and hair. Moreover, you or a family member has recurrent skin irritation issues.
  • Your plumbing system suffers. Pipes get clogged or worse, burst over time.
  • Your appliances wear out faster than expected.

How Water Softeners Can Help

Water softeners are a type of whole house water filtration system that converts hard water into soft water, making it less aggressive and more suitable for use and consumption. It works by eliminating dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium and replacing them with sodium.

Our Water Softeners at The Water Store offer many benefits.

Smoother and Healthier Skin and Hair

High levels of minerals in water can erode the natural oils of the skin and hair, making them dry and itchy. With its less aggressive nature, soft water moisturizes your skin and hair for a healthier you.

Spotless Clothing and Dishes

Hard water is hard on your clothing and dishes as it leaves deposits on fabrics, glasses, and silverware. On the other hand, soft water combines with detergent and soap better, resulting in more effective washing and cleaning of clothes, dishes, and surfaces.

Longer Lifespan of Appliances

Hard water also leaves mineral deposits in water appliances, such as dishwashers and water heaters, affecting their efficiency and decreasing their lifespan. A water softener that prevents this mineral buildup is worth the investment in the long run.

Minimizes Plumbing Issues

Over time, mineral deposits that build up on pipe walls and faucets can cause clogs, which can lead to pipe explosions. Soft water lacks mineral content to cause such plumbing issues.

Lower Utility Bills

Mineral buildup in pipes and water heaters limits the passageway of water, thus decreasing their efficiency to heat water. This forces the use of water heaters at a higher temperature, translating to higher utility bills. Water softeners are known to improve the efficiency of water heaters.

Hard water issues can be a hassle. Fortunately, The Water Store’s Water Softeners offer an effective way to combat the negative effects of hard water. Contact us for more details about water softeners and how they can improve the quality of your life.