If you’ve noticed a buildup of scum on your shower doors or dishwasher, or if you feel your home’s shower isn’t leaving you as clean as it once did, you might have a problem with hard water.
Water is considered “hard” when it contains a high amount of calcium, magnesium, or other minerals. Groundwater tends to pick up these materials by dissolving them from surrounding soil and rock. These contaminants not only taste bad in your drinking water, but they can also damage pipes, plumbing fixtures and other devices. A water softener removes unwanted minerals from your water supply.
Inside the water softener, water flows through a bed of sodium impregnated resin beads. Mineral ions are drawn to the beads where sodium ions are then added to the water. The unit recharges the beads with potassium chloride or a brine solution.
Installing a water treatment system offers a wide range of benefits to your household. Here are three benefits to installing a home water softener:
When water softeners filter your water and remove contaminants, it keeps them from ending up on your skin while you are in the shower. Soft water has less surface tension and thereby increases soap’s ability to lather. With softened water, you will be able to work up a better soap lather while you wash, and you will feel cleaner after your shower.
Eliminates Soap Scum
Another benefit of softened water is that it leaves your tub, sink and shower cleaner after they have been used. In a home without softeners, you will often find that tubs and showers have a layer of soap scum left behind after use. Contaminants in the water make it impossible to wash away all the soap. This leaves behind a layer of soap scum. Because of this, water softeners help to keep bathroom fixtures cleaner.
Keeps Your Pipes Clear
Finally, installing a water softener can help keep the pipes in your home clear. Over time, calcium and other chemicals in your water can leave deposits in the pipes. A buildup of these deposits can eventually make the pipes more susceptible to blockages or even cracks. A softener can be helpful to the long-term health of your pipes and plumbing.
Residential water softeners typically are typically installed where the main water line enters the home. Some systems will bypass faucets and fixtures that don’t require soft water, such as toilets and outside water systems.