Why Water Softeners Can Make a Big Difference in Homes

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is a type of water containing high levels of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. These minerals form deposits and scale buildup on pipes, appliances, and other surfaces. This can result in various problems around the home and in the plumbing. Water softeners are an effective solution for dealing with problems from hard water and improving water quality in homes and businesses.

A water softener is a device used to remove the minerals from hard water, thus making it soft. A typical water softener consists of a tank filled with resin beads, which attract and capture the mineral ions from the hard water through ion exchange. Once the resin beads are saturated with mineral ions, the softener will automatically initiate a regeneration cycle to flush the accumulated minerals. This process ensures that the water remains soft and free of mineral deposits. This blog post will share the adverse effects of hard water and the benefits of installing a water softener.

Helps With Cleaning

cleaningSpots on dishes or ones that look cloudy are common in homes with hard water. They are usually found on glasses even after they’ve been washed. However, cleaning dishes will be easier and more effective with a water softener. Additionally, washing dirty laundry with soft water will allow most materials to last longer while looking brighter. This is because washing clothing in hard water can cause them to wear out and fade faster.

Hard water also causes more difficulty when cleaning because it can leave mineral deposits and scale on plumbing fixtures which can be challenging and time-consuming to clean. However, installing a water softener prevents this scale buildup and saves homeowners time when cleaning.

Soft Water Protects the Plumbing System

A water-softening system prevents harsh mineral buildup not only on the plumbing but inside the plumbing, allowing for a steady flow of water. When scale builds up in the pipes or plumbing fixtures, it can reduce the water flow and water pressure, but by using a water softener, the pipes, and fixtures will last longer without needless repairs.

Scale buildup can also shorten the lifespan of water heaters and cause them to lose efficiency, raising energy bills. If homeowners hear strange noises or a popping sound from the water heater tank, this can indicate buildup inside. If ignored, it can also cause corrosion and even leaks. 

Benefits for the Hair and Skin

healthWater softeners can make a noticeable difference in a person’s appearance and comfort. Hard water can dry out the skin and hair and cause itchiness of the scalp and skin irritation, but installing a water softener can help improve the hydration of the hair and skin and prevent the uncomfortableness accompanying a dry scalp and skin. 

Hard water can also exacerbate certain skin conditions like psoriasis and acne. Even household members without prior skin conditions can develop rashes or mild irritation. However, installing a water softener system can help keep the hair and body feeling refreshed and moisturized. 

About Total Comfort Solutions

Total Comfort Solutions is a family-owned and operated business serving Walla Walla, WA, and the surrounding areas. They provide straightforward pricing, free installation estimates, and on-time service. Call them today for water softener installation, repair, or maintenance in Walla Walla, WA.

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