If you live in a rural area and are on a well water system, most likely you have some type of hard water. Hard water is defined by how many minerals you have the water, which are usually removed when water goes through some type of treatment system. While hard water isn't necessarily unhealthy, it can cause skin and hair to be dry and itchy. But it can be unhealthy for your appliances, causing them to malfunction and stop working long before they should. Investing in a water softener would help extend the life of your appliances when you have hard water. Here are some reasons why a water softener is beneficial.
How a Water Softener Helps Water
Hard water reduces the effectiveness of detergents and soap, and leaves noticeable spots on shower doors, water fixtures, tubs and shower walls, and more. So the overall cost for a home to use hard water is actually quite high. Investing in a water softener system will help you reduce the amount of soap and detergent you need to use, and cut down on mineral build up inside water pipes in lines. This is because a water softener helps to remove the positively charged ions that are found in hard water. Those ions are minerals like lime and calcium that over time build up on your shower doors and walls, leaving behind a filmy residue.
How Your Appliances are Affected by Hard Water
Your appliances are affected by hard water in a number of different ways, but all from the result of having too many bad minerals inside of the water.
- Dishwasher. The line that brings the water into your dishwasher could become clogged over time with a significant build up of minerals, and not allowing the water to flow freely through the line. As a result, you will need to use more water in order to wash your dishes. Also, the minerals in the water will leave a filmy residue on your plates.
- Washing Machine. Hard water will build up inside the water line of your washing machine just as it does in the dishwasher. You'll need to use more detergent to wash your clothes with hard water, and your clothes will become dingy, not as white or bright as clothes washed in soft water
- Water Heater. Your water heater tank will have a mineral build up over time and will eventually need to be replaced earlier than it should if you were using soft water.
Talk to your local plumber to determine how to introduce home water filtration equipment into your everyday life.