Ever wondered why cleaning seems like an endless chore, or why your skin and hair feel perpetually dry? Hard water is to blame! If you're looking to transform your home's water quality, installing a water softener can make all the difference.
A water softener helps ensure there is no more hard water buildup on surfaces like pipes, fixtures, and valves in your home. This is a definite bonus since hard water buildup can cause serious damage and even lead to clogged pipes.
HOW A WATER SOFTENER WORKS
As hard water minerals travel through your pipes, fixtures and valves, those minerals stick and accumulate to the surfaces, just like what happened in this pipe, forming a scale buildup that will eventually clog your pipes, like this rather extreme case.
A water softener will soften your water so it no longer creates that limescale, allowing it to coat all of those surfaces, preventing the damage caused by hard water scale buildup.
Once you experience the transformation of soft water in your home, you'll say "I should have done it sooner!" Let's dig deeper to learn more about what happens when you use a water softener in your home.
1. Easier to Keep Your Home Clean
When you have hard water, you know how time-consuming cleaning can be. You’re constantly re-washing and hand-drying dishes, rewashing laundry, hoping they’ll turn out cleaner this time. AND let’s not even get started on those glass shower doors! You spend hours a week scrubbing chalky lime and soap scum off the bathtub & your shower walls, sinks, and faucets.
With the soft water from a water softener, not only will it prevent those negative effects of hard water, but it will help restore your plumbing and fixtures to their former glory. Soft water fully dissolves and penetrates soap so less insoluble soap scum or curd collects in your bathroom, saving you time cleaning on a regular basis.
2. You’ll Have Cleaner Hair and Softer Skin
Hard water mineral ions prevent water from being completely dissolved with soaps, so you end up with a residue of soap scum on your hair and skin. Those hard water minerals remove the skin’s natural oils, which can dry out your skin and result in itchy, irritated skin.
With soft water, your family will enjoy much more lather. Soft water minimizes the loss of natural oils in your skin and hair, normally caused by hard water. Since soft water contains fewer minerals coating your skin, it absorbs and retains moisture more readily.
Soft water can help balance your hair’s pH, while hard water can cause your hair to feel dry, brittle, and frizzy. It can also dull your hair colour.
As scale buildup from hard water in your pipes increases, the water pressure from your shower decreases. Low water pressure does little to help you thoroughly rinse the soap off your body or shampoo and conditioner from your hair.
3. Brighter, Cleaner and Softer Clothes
Washing clothes in soft water makes them soft to the touch and preserves their new, fresh look and feel. Soft water dissolves into clothes more thoroughly, cleaning the clothes better.
With hard water, your clothes are washed in minerals that leave deposits in the fabric. Over time, the minerals will cause the fibres to become brittle, contributing to holes and tears, the colours to fade and the whites to become dingy.
Because soft water dissolves detergent more thoroughly, you can use less detergent and may not need fabric softeners at all.
4. Cleaner Dishes
You know how difficult it is to clean your dishes with hard water. No matter how many times you wash them, or which soaps or detergents you use, your glass and silverware are left with a cloudy appearance as soon as they dry.
A water softener removes the minerals before they can build up on your dishes. And because soft water fuses with soaps and detergent more completely, there is more lather and more cleaning action when dishwashing.
5. Saves Your Family Money
Soft water won’t allow scale to buildup inside your water heater, thereby resulting in lower energy costs because now the water heater doesn’t need to heat through that scale buildup to heat your water. The scale buildup on heating elements restricts its ability to efficiently transfer heat into your water heater, forcing you to run your water heater higher to compensate, which increases your energy costs.
Not only does scale buildup lower the quality and efficiency of water-using appliances, but the scale inside those appliances results in more expense to repair or replace your dishwasher, washing machine, coffee machines and ice makers.
With a water softener, you’ll save hot water because now, due to better cleaning with soaps when using soft water, you can use exclusively cold water for laundry. Hot water won’t be necessary to remove mineral deposits and better dissolve detergents. Washing with cold water will also keep your clothes from shrinking.
Excited about the benefits of soft water? We are, too!
We love that water softeners can extend the life of your appliances, make cleaning products more efficient, and save you money on soaps and detergents... just to name a few of the perks!
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