Why Do I Need A Water Softener?

There are many benefits to having soft water versus hard water.  Shiny silverware and glassware is just one. No one likes the spotty, chalky, hard water spots on their glasses or dishes.

Why else do I need a Water Softener?

Shampoos, soaps and detergents do not lather well in hard water. Naturally soft water or hard water softened through a water softener restores the rich, lathering, cleaning ability and cuts down on the usage and costs of soaps and detergents by 50% – 75%.  Also, one can return to natural, chemical free healthy soaps and laundering agents. The harsh chemicals in today’s common soaps and detergents were invented to combat hard water, but with soft water you will not need these chemical based cleaners.

Hair and skin feels softer, cleaner and smoother. Shampoos, soaps and detergents easily rinse out of soft water. Tests have been done with laundry that has gone through a rinse cycle in hard water. These “rinsed” clothes were put in clean soap free water, agitated and soap still came out of the clothing. Soft water allows detergents to rinse completely. Fabrics are softer when hard minerals are not trapped in them. Your clothes will last longer and your whites will stay whiter without turning to the dingy gray look which hard water can cause.

Soft water also does not leave chalk or orange rings around bathtubs and sinks. This saves time in house cleaning and the embarrassment of having cleaned your home, yet still finding hard water deposits. Soft water also preserves the life of all water using appliances such as coffee and ice makers, dishwashers, and clothes washers. Hard water wears appliances quickly and requires more energy use as appliances do not work efficiently when they are corroded or clogged with mineral deposits. This will also help you save on energy or fuel costs and water heater repairs.  The average replacement costs of some of the basic appliances due to hard water corrosion include: $460 for a water heater, $150 for a water faucet set, $300-$900 washer/dryer set, and the entire home plumbing system $2000-$4000.

The first water softeners were invented in 1912 before the advent of the modern washing machine. It has continued to be an integral household appliance in so many homes and is so appreciated by its owners that it is rare to see a water softener sold second hand.  Typically, owners take water softeners with them when they move. The benefits of a water softener are more than one would realize initially and usually involve a cost savings that more than pays for the softener in two to four years.   Most water softeners are expected to last at least 10 years, with many lasting much longer.  A water softener is a must have for all home owners; you just may not have known it until now.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is hard water and how do I know if I have hard water?
What are water softeners?
How does a water softener system work?
Why do I need a water softener?
What is the best water softener system?
How long do water softeners last?
Will a water softener make my water safe to drink?
Is softened water safe for plants?
What is hard water and how do I know if I have hard water?

Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. Signs of hard water include spots on your glassware after washing and drying, a film developing on your shower walls and struggling to get your dirty clothes looking clean and feeling soft. The main tell-tale sign is being unable to form a lather using soap.

What are water softeners?

Water softeners help to lessen the minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium, contained within the water.

How does a water softener system work?

The typical water softener is a mechanical appliance that is installed in your home’s water supply system. The system swaps calcium and magnesium with sodium during a process known as ion exchange.

Why do I need a water softener?

A water softener system will help to reduce scale buildup on your appliances and in your bathroom, it will help to get your laundry efforts back on track and it will help to keep your pipes in better condition going forward.

What is the best water softener system?

The water softener system that’s best for you will depend on your personal preferences and budget constraints. However, the ones currently sitting at the top of the pack include the Fleck 5600SXT 48,000 Grain Water Softener and the WaterBoss 220 22000 Grain Water Softener.

How long do water softeners last?

Water softener systems can last for between 10 – 15 years, and up to 20 years if well taken care of.

Will a water softener make my water safe to drink?

No – you will need a water purification or filtration system for this.

Is softened water safe for plants?

Unfortunately, not in most cases. The high sodium content of softened water can have a detrimental effect on your plants.

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