Did you know that roughly 85% of homes in the United States depend on a hard water supply? Hard water is any water supply that contains excess minerals or metals, such as calcium and iron. And although it is generally safe to use, it can lead to a variety of problems related to cleaning and appliance use. A water softener is instrumental in removing or diluting those mineral concentrations in hard water, providing several benefits to homeowners. Here are some reasons why you should invest in a water softener:
Easier Cleaning: Clothes and dishes washed in hard water may end up covered in white spots, streaks or with a soapy residue remaining. Water softeners help rinse that film more thoroughly, leaving your clothing, dishes, hair and skin looking and feeling cleaner! Soft water also allows for a rich lathering of your soaps and shampoos, greatly reducing the amount of product you need to use. This will not only save you money in the long run, but will also cut down your cleaning time on having to remove soap scum from your bathtubs, sinks and showers.
Extended Life of Appliances: Having a buildup of minerals and deposits left over from hard water can wreak havoc on your appliances. This will shorten their usable lifespan and also decrease their overall efficiency. Water softeners help prolong the life of your washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters and any other water related appliance, saving you a bundle over the long run. You’ll also benefit the environment by reducing waste and conserving raw materials used in the manufacturing of these appliances. Saving money and helping the environment? Seems like a no-brainer to us!
Cleaner Plumbing System: Hard water can leave a scaly deposit in plumbing fixtures and pipes. As these deposits build up over time, they cause clogs and corrosion that can cause serious plumbing issues down the road. Keep your plumbing system and your fixtures working effectively by installing a water softener. According to the Water Quality Association, hard water can clog your shower head so badly, that after two years, they will be virtually useless!
**Fun fact: Having a water softener in your home reduces greenhouse gases equivalent to removing one SUV from the road for one year! Now if that’s not reason enough to go out and get one, we don’t know what is!
Are you having a problem with hard water in your home? A.B. May offers complimentary water testing! You can schedule a time for one of our Water Quality Team members to come to your home, listen to your concerns, and to go through the options available for you to have conditioned water in your home. For any water quality or plumbing issue you might have, give us a call at 913-370-4898 or visit us here to learn more.