What Is Hard Water?
Hard water is water with high concentrations of minerals, most commonly calcium and magnesium. While hard water is generally safe to drink, it can result in the development of a wide range of problems within plumbing, plumbing fixtures, and water-based appliances. Unfortunately, hard water is, in large part, indiscernible by smell or taste. Even worse, most household water supplies, including those accessed by well pumps, contain hard water.
Water Softener Benefits
More Efficient Cleaning
The calcium and magnesium in hard water can prevent soaps and detergents from lathering, reducing their cleaning capacity. Instead, the insolubility of these minerals can leave behind residual soap scum on surfaces such as sinks, countertops, and showers. Additionally, bathing in mineral-dense water can dry out hair and skin, causing scalp and skin irritation and itchiness. A water softening system can remove these minerals from water to improve lathering for better cleaning results and healthier-looking hair and skin.
Increased Appliance Lifespan
Appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers can work more efficiently and last longer when using soft water. Just like how minerals in hard water can clog pipes, they can also clog the internal water supply lines of dishwashers, coffee makers, and ice machines. Hard water is particularly bad for hot water appliances. When heated to a high temperature, the minerals in hard water harden, leaving substantial deposits behind, which can eventually damage the appliances’ components.
Over time, the minerals in hard water can lead to the buildup of limescale inside pipes, which could result in clogged pipes, seized valves, and plugged showerheads and aerators. In more extreme cases, these mineral deposits could restrict water flow, lowering the pressure and compromising the whole system. Water softeners can effectively remove these minerals from your water supply, improve water flow, and decrease the chances of plumbing failure.
Is Soft Water Safe To Drink?
Absolutely! Be mindful, however, that traditional water softener systems work by increasing the levels of sodium in the water supply, making treated water slightly saltier. An 8-ounce glass of softened water, for example, could contain as much salt as a slice of bread. While this increase in water salinity is not enough to cause any health problems, those with stricter dietary restrictions might want to consider a salt-free alternative.
Water Treatment Services In North Central Florida
Ready to take greater control of your water supply and reap the benefits of soft water? Then, contact a water treatment company to help you choose and install the best water softener system for your particular needs. Our water treatment experts have experience installing, repairing, and maintaining water treatment systems of all makes and models, including water softeners for both residential and commercial properties. Not sure whether your property is affected by hard water? Not a problem. Contact us today to schedule a water quality test.