3 Common Signs You Should Install a Water Softener
Water quality is an aspect of the plumbing system that is too often overlooked. Most likely, people are content to trust their local municipality with the treatment of their water and not realize that there are steps they can take to improve the water quality of their homes. One of the most important aspects of water quality is the amount of “hardness” present. “Hardness” of water is a measurement of the number of dissolved minerals in the water. It is a characteristic of water that is specific to each and every water source. However, in general, most water is hard.
Hard water can be detrimental to plumbing. Instead of being at the whims of the water in a home, homeowners can take control and install a water softener. With this advice from local plumbers, homeowners can make an educated decision about whether a water softener is right for them.
Visible Remnants of Hard Water
Anything that is carried in water will be present once the water evaporates. Even in “pure” water there are always small amounts of dissolved solids. Clean dishes coming out of a dishwasher will often have water spots that are really the remnants that hard water leaves on dishes as they dry during the dishwasher’s cycle.
These spots are caused for two reasons:
- Dissolved Minerals: When water is hard, the minerals are left behind when water evaporates. This can be apparent on dishes as well as shower curtains and basins. Even cleaning solutions can leave behind a film.
- Redeposition of Dirt: Hard water interferes with soap’s ability to remove dirt. When water is hard, it is more likely that removed grime will redeposit on dishes and clothing that is being washed.
Installing a water softener can remove these minerals and allow homeowners to have cleaner products around the home.
Hard Water Feels Different
Since hard water prevents soap and soil from being completely removed, there are complications that hard water can cause for everyone living in a home. Some of these complications are:
- Dry and itchy skin from soap that remains on the skin instead of rinsing off
- Dingy clothing from soil redeposition
- Scratchy or uncomfortable bed linens and clothing
If homeowners notice these happening in their homes, a water softener can prevent all of these problems. These signs are always a good indicator that hard water is inhibiting the benefits that soft water could provide.
Hard Water Damages Pipes
Hard water can cause problems like:
- Low water pressure
- Decrease life of appliances like washers, water heaters, and coffee makers
- High utility bills
- Numerous repairs
The good news is that these problems can be reversible by scheduling a water softener installation. Homeowners can begin to reverse the damage that hard water can do. Often the costs of installing a water softener are less than the damage from having hard water.
About J&J Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
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