If you grew up with soft water, you will know when you’ve been exposed to hard water.
Hard water has a high mineral content, usually caused by large amounts of calcium. It’s harsh on laundry and dishes as well: colors fade and fabrics wear more quickly when washed in hard water and dishes and glasses do look spotty, just as those ads on TV show. That’s because soaps and detergents don’t lather as well in hard water so it’s harder to rinse them.
Hard water takes a toll on faucets, taps, and spouts as well. In fact, there’s quite a booming industry out there for chemical cleaners that remove the build-up hard water leaves on and around them (chalky white for calcium, rust for ferrous iron). Cleaning them isn’t pleasant, and the hard water can shorten their useful lifespan. Hard water has the same effect throughout your plumbing systems in the pipes and also in your hot water tank.
Luckily, you can make hard water go away, literally by softening it.
Water Softener Installation Takes Out Harsh Minerals
A water softener filters out mineral ions and exchanges them with sodium bicarbonate (not sodium chloride) ions to make the water more conducive to cleaning. After this exchange, the water softener goes through a regeneration to flush out any extra ions. In recent years, new technologies have reduced the amount of water needed for regeneration and flushing.
While taking a bath or shower, you will experience a striking difference in the way your skin feels. It will be smother and softer and your soap will produce significantly more bubbles. You’ll love the spa-like effect of soft water.
American Plumbing Services have expert soft water installers who can advise you on the size and type of water softener for your needs that will best filter the water. Call us at 801-373-0702 for an appointment to discuss your options.
Health & Environmental Concerns For Provo, Utah
In recent years, water softening has been questioned for potential environmental impacts and possible health consequences. However, at least some of these concerns are in our opinion, misplaced or misleading. Here are a few facts.
- Water softening wastes water. It is true that softener regeneration includes a flushing process. However, as we have already noted, new technologies require less water for this process than before.
- In addition, since soft water rinses soaps more efficiently, people can take briefer showers. Furthermore, less residue in their hair can reduce the frequency or hair-washing as well. This helps save water from being over-used.
- Water softeners do not use table salt but typically include sodium bicarbonate, which is like baking soda. It is true that Morton makes many water softening products, but products from this division are designed to work on softening water from systems with a different mineral makeup. By analyzing the type of hard water than comes into their homes, consumers can select a product that will work best for filtering out the specific minerals in their water.
- Finally, water softening can be directed to a home’s hot water line so that it is directed to where hot water is used: showers, dishwashers, and washing machines. It can bypass unheated water altogether, even in sinks where hot and cold water is used.