Adding a Water Softener to Your Home
Having hard water in your home’s water system means there are high levels of calcium and magnesium in the water, which can be harmful to appliances, pipes and to you. Installing a water softener system in your home will help protect your appliances and pipes from these harmful minerals, and is also safe to drink. Below we explain some of the benefits of how adding a water softener to your home’s water system will improve your water.
The hard water used in your home is full of minerals and can leave a soapy residue and film on the appliances it comes in contact with such as bathtubs, showers or sinks. When you use soft water to wash your clothes and dishes, you eliminate any white spots or soapy residue that could be left behind with hard water. The minerals from the hard water can get stuck in fabrics, causing your clothes to be stiff and lose their color after being washed. By removing the minerals from hard water, you will keep your clothes softer and brighter. Homeowners have found that upgrading to a water softener system has not only made a difference in their clothing and dishes, but has also given them softer skin and hair.
Minerals found in hard water can build up on household appliances and can drastically affect their operational efficiency and longevity. Water softeners can help reduce wear and tear on appliances like your washing machine, water heater and dishwasher. The longer your appliances last, the less money you have to spend repairing or replacing them.
Hard water can also cause deposit build up in your plumbing fixtures and pipes inside your home, causing clogs and corrosions. Mineral deposit can build up on showerheads or underneath sink faucets. A study conducted by the Battelle Memorial Institute found that, “showerheads performed well with soft water, but those running with hard water lost 75 perfect of their flow in less than 18 months”. By reducing mineral deposits with a water softener, you minimize the buildup and corrosion left on your pipes or on showerheads and sink faucets.
Another pro is hot water tanks can heat soft water faster than hard water. Homes use hot water everyday, so improving efficiency will reduce your overall utility bill.
If you would like to learn more about installing a water softener into your home’s water system, contact us! The experts at Howe have experience installing water softener systems and would love to help keep your appliances operating at peak efficiency all year round.