Benefits of a Water Softener
Hard water is a somewhat common issue for a growing number of house owners. Hard water can occur on both municipal and private water supplies in varying degrees. The hard water problem could be as minor as a little bit of calcium residue on dishes or as major as clogging hot water tanks and plumbing. Aquapura Water Products has dealt with various degrees of hard water and we can offer solutions to meet each individual’s needs.
Is it Necessary to have a Water Softener?
We get a lot of questions like “Do you need a Water Softener with City Water?”, “Do I need a Water Softener with Well Water?”, “What are The Benefits of a Water Softener”?, etc. Since Hardness is more of a cosmetic issue, this tends to be a subjective question. However, There are several symptoms related to hard water which may convince you why you need a water softener.
Symptoms of Hard Water
- Scale and Calcium Buildup and/or Clogging of Pipes
- Buildup in Hot Water Tanks Causing Damage to Water Tank Efficiency or Completely Destroying Tank
- Buildup on Hot Water Heating Element Decreasing Efficiency and Increasing Power Consumption
- Buildup on Tankless Hot Water Heater Elements and Sensors
- Buildup in Dishwasher
- Buildup and/or Clogging of Coffee Machines, Cappuccino Makers, etc
- Buildup in Laundry Machines
- Reduced Flow in Showerheads, Faucets, Toilets
- Toilet Reservoir Buildup
- Dull Dishes and Glassware
- Use of Extra Soap and Laundry Detergent
- “Hard Water Feeling”
What are The Benefits of a Water Softener?
Cleaner and Shinier Dishes and Silverware
A water softener will remove the calcium and scale buildup on your dishes and utensils. Some people may notice that their dishes have white residue after running through the dishwasher or that their dishwasher leaves white film on the glasses. Additionally, the minerals could build up inside the dishwasher or sinks and cause significant damage. A water softener will make your dishes and utensils shinier and cleaner!
Decreased Soap and Laundry Detergent Wasted
The hardness minerals in hard water prevents soaps from lathering and properly cleaning. This can effect your clothes when you do the laundry, showering, washing your hands and your dishes. You may find that you need to use a lot more soap to wash your hands or you are going through a lot of detergent in your laundry machine. Water softeners will remove these minerals which means you will use less soap and laundry.
Extend the Life of your Appliances
Hardness and scale build up can occur in your Hot Water Tank, Furnace, Hot Water Heater, Hydronics System, In Floor Heating and a number of other appliances. Hard water will decrease the efficiency of your appliances and at the very worst case, damage them. A water softener will prevent the need for expensive repairs, maintenance on these appliances, and the costs associated with decreased efficiency.
Benefits of Water Softener on Hair
Another popular question we get is “Can Hard Water Damage your Hair?”, the answer is yes. Hard water tends to make your hair feel rough and tangle. This is caused by the hardness minerals remaining in your hair even when you wash it. This is worsened by the fact that your hair conditioner or soap does not lather in order to properly wash your hair. Water softeners will soften the water so that your hair will feel soft, smooth and free of excessive minerals.
Benefits of Water Softener on Skin
A common problem for those with hard water is that the hard water causes their skin to feel dry, itchy or even red. Hard water effects on skin can be caused by the minerals in the water and the reaction of hard water with soap. Since hard water does not lather well with soaps and instead leaves curds, this residue can block your pores and cause dry and itchy skin. A Water softener will leave your skin feeling silky smooth and stop the dryness caused by hard water.
Water Softener and Plumbing
Hard water can be a major problem for plumbing system as scale can build up on the sides of your pipes and plumbing. Scale may also form on your showerhead, faucet or anything else that dispenses water. The scale build up will clog your pipes and at best reduce your flow, if not stopping your water flow completely. Installing a water softener will prevent this from happening to your plumbing AND start to remove the existing calcium deposits in your plumbing.
Advantages of a Water Softener
- Decreased Soap and Laundry Detergent Use
- Increased Hot Water Tank Efficiency
- Cleaner and Shinier Dishes
- Softer Fabrics
- Increased Showerhead and Faucet Flow
- Increased Longetivity of Water Using Appliances (Dishwasher, Hot Water Tank, etc.)
Which Water Softener to Buy
Aquapura carries several water softeners with different resins to meet your need. Whether it be a stronger chemical resistant resin for municipal water supplies or a fine mesh resin for increased iron removal. For more information on which resin is best for you, read our article on Water Softener Resins.