You’re starting to notice that your laundry is no longer as white and bright as it used to be. Even after being scrubbed, the dishes still have soap marks on them. And that no matter how much moisturizer or conditioner you use, your hair and skin are getting drier by the day. You’re not imagining all this; the root of all trouble is your home’s water supply.
Water that comes straight out of the ground is known as “hard” water. This means that water has a high amount of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium in it. Hard water is notoriously bad for the plumbing system in addition to causing lifestyle problems. However, 90% of homeowners have to rely on hard water.
Installing a Water Softener
A water softener can be installed to counteract the problems caused by hard water. Water softeners are units that ‘soften’ the water by removing traces of minerals that cause the hardness. Retrofitted into your existing plumbing system, a water softener can dilute the minerals in the water and offer you a number of benefits.
It Provides Greater Efficiency
The Water Quality Research Foundation states that using hard water with home appliances such as a water heater can actually reduce its efficiency by 50%! Hot water can cause scaling and buildups in your appliances, causing them to put in double the effort with half the results. Soft water on the other hand works great with appliances and ensures smoother maintenance.
It Lowers Your Energy Bill
With no hard water limescale interfering with heat transference and no clogged pipes, your appliances will work lesser, causing your energy bills to reduce considerably. It’s been observed that a water heater uses 22–29% lesser energy if used with soft water than hard. And since water heaters make up for a big part of your energy bill, you’re bound to save a ton of money.
It Prolongs the Life of Your Appliances and Pipes
Limescale accumulation in the pipes results in galvanic corrosion. This means that the buildup can start eating away at the surface of things that conduct electricity, i.e. your appliances. It also shortens the life of pipes, and replacing pipes can get inconvenient, not to mention costly. Things that are washed with hard water need to be scrubbed more often. The minerals can also leave deposits, known as soap scum, on the appliances. The constant flow of hard water through your water fixtures, such as faucets, showerheads, washing machine, dishwasher, etc. can weaken them internally. But with soft water, you don’t have to worry about any of that.
It Will Improve the Quality of Your Hair, Skin, and Clothes
With the hard water minerals no longer messing up things, your hair will be softer, your skin will glow more, and your clothes will seem cleaner and shinier again. A water softener will greatly improve the quality of the water and the benefits can trickle down to little things.