Do you need water softeners in your home? Do you think you may need water softeners in your home? Do you have hard water and not know what to do about it? This article reviews what hard water is and some water softeners purpose and usage.
Hard water can be very frustrating to live with. Hard water is water that contains an abundance of minerals, primarily Calcium and Magnesium.
While hard water is not a health risk and tastes great, it can do damage to boilers, cooling units and any appliance or machine that uses water. Hard water forms deposits that can clog plumbing and create stains on appliances. The stains are referred to as “scale”, and are actually Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Hydroxide and Calcium Sulfate containing deposits that appear as a whitish scum.
In most households, water softeners are used to alleviate the difficulties with soap and hard water. The hardness of water is often indicated by the lack of formation of suds while washing or shampooing. Another headache in a household with hard water is the distinct white soap scum deposit stain in the bathtub, shower, sinks and any water collection appliance these stains can be nearly impossible to remove and create additional unnecessary work for the homeowner.
Water softeners are used to reduce the amounts of magnesium and calcium found in hard water. Some water softeners also reduce both iron and manganese as well. The most effective way to soften water is to use a water softener unit and connect it directly to your water supply.
In all the research I performed for this article, the one consistent fact that kept coming up was that “No-Salt Softeners do not work”.
Of course there are a number of different water softening methods as well as devices and you wouldn’t be restricted to having to use the “no salt softener”. The unit you choose will be based on the size and structure of your home, the measure of hardness and the convenience for your family.
There are time operated water softeners and water meter-controlled softeners on the market. To produce the softest possible water per pound of salt, a customer would need to attain water meter-controlled
Some softeners work on electricity, but some more recent water softeners that are non-electric, use the kinetic force to operate the water softener. Costs of a water softener greatly depend upon the type of water softener and the type of energy that is used, but also upon the hardness of the water that needs softening and the water use. When the water is very hard and it is used heavily, the costs of softening will rise.
Benefits of using water softeners:
- Soft water can extend the life of appliances and improve your energy related Carbon footprint hard water produces scale that can build-up in plumbing and appliances which can force extensive work for the appliance and potentially decrease the life of the item. Poorly functioning appliances will lead to the need to consume more energy to function which ultimately ends up costing more money.
- Soft water helps clothes and dishes to look better and skin to feel softer
Soft water allows soaps to lather better and requires less detergent for laundry; it also allows soap to rinse better, producing brighter, softer clothes and clean, spot-free dishes. Skin feels smoother and less dry.
- Soft water even helps household fixtures look better The same build-up that occurs inside a home’s plumbing also occurs on faucets, showerheads, sinks, basins and drains, making them dingy and harder to clean from hard water.
- Soft water helps with the coarseness felt in hair. When washing human hair with hard water, it leaves the hair feeling very coarse, dry and as if there is a coating on it. Soft water will alleviate this issue and hair will feel lighter, fresher and cleaner after washing.
Water softeners seem to be a “no-brainer” in my opinion. Although there are numerous people that live with hard water every day and get along fine as they adjust to the discomforts.
The likeliness of my installing a water softener in my home is undoubtedly so if in fact I had hard water.