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Do I Need a Water Softener?
In addition to leaving ugly scaly residue on your plumbing fixtures, dishes, fabrics and skin hard water presents a number of hidden problems and added costs.
- Dissolved Calcium and magnesium, minerals that are collectively refered to as hardness, will slowly build up forming scale and deposits which clog pipes, restrict water flow and reduce the efficiency of heating and water heating systems.
- Hardness deposits can significantly decrease the lifespan of pipes and appliances by up to 30%*, leading to increased replacement costs of appliances and more frequent plumbing repairs.
- Dissolved hardness interferes with everyday cleaning tasks such as laundry, dishwashing, bathing and personal grooming; clothes may look dingy and feel rough, dishes may be spotted and hair may feel unmanageable and lack a shine.
- Since more soap, shampoo and detergents are required to overcome the effects of hard water, softening your water could significantly reduce the amount of phosphates leaving your home and save money on cleaning agents.
Hard water can damage pipes and appliances of any age or type. Here, we can see the dramatic impact calcium and magnesium deposits have in impeding water flow.
*Source: Water Quality Association (WQA) www.wqa.org
How Do Softeners Work?
As hard water passes through the resin beads in the taller tank, “hard” mineral ions are replaced by “soft” sodium ions. When the resin beads become saturated with mineral ions, the system automatically “regenerates,” replacing the hard mineral ions with sodium ions from the brine tank. Salt is periodically added to the system, providing additional sodium ions.
For customers concerned about sodium intake, non-sodium based softening agents are also available.