There's a good chance you've heard of hard water. But did you know there's also a good chance you live in it too? Whether you realized it or not, hard water can make your life, well, harder in several ways and it may be time to consider investing in a water softener.
It's bad for your pipes
Hard water is full of minerals. These minerals leave deposits on your plumbing pipes. Over time, the deposits build up and can cause blockage, corrosion or both, potentially leaving you with some pretty steep plumbing bills.
A water softener reduces those minerals, minimizing the deposits left on your plumbing. This will extend the life of not only your pipes, but of things like your shower heads and faucets as well.
It's bad for your skin
Hard water doesn't effectively rinse all the soaps and shampoos off your skin, causing your skin to feel dry and scaly. The same minerals that clog your pipes can also clog your pores, causing oily skin and blemishes. If you have a condition like psoriasis or eczema, dry water can irritate those issues even further.
Soft water is kinder to the skin because of the lack of minerals. It will also rinse soaps more effectively, removing chemicals from your skin to help it remain healthier.
It makes your water heater work harder
Hard water is more difficult to heat, so it takes longer and makes your water heater work harder. The harder your water heater works, the more energy is uses and the faster it will wear out.
Soft water can be heated more quickly by your hot water heater, increasing efficiency and extending the life of your water heater. It also means you don't have to wait as long to jump in a nice warm shower.
It's hard on your appliances
Just like your hot water heater and your plumbing, hard water isn't so nice to your clothes washer or dishwasher...or the items in them. Those pesky minerals can leave spots on your dishes, pummel your fabrics and eat away at the components of your appliances.
Soft water helps to eliminate water spots, won't fade your fabrics and is gentler on the components of your machines. No minerals means fewer build ups and less corrosion which means you will have to replace them less often than you will with hard water. That means more money in your pocket.
Hard water makes cleaning tougher
Just like it's hard to rinse soap off your skin, hard water makes it difficult to clean your home. It leaves stains on surfaces and fixtures, most noticeably in the bathroom and kitchens, and those stains are tough to remove. Additionally, hard water leaves behind soap residue when you do clean, much like the soap residue on your skin. So even though you cleaned, it may not look or feel especially clean.
Soft water will eliminate those spots, as well as the leftover soap residue. Because soft water will eliminate some of the stains and build-ups in your home, you will also be able to cut back on the amount of cleaner you use each time, saving you money in the long run.
Hard water is tough to live with. It has a lot of negative impact on your body, your home and even your bank account. Consider a water softener for your home and contact a water conditioning company like Johnson Water Conditioning. It's a one-time investment with several long-term advantages.
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