“Hard water” is a common problem with water supplies across the U.S. The good news is that it won’t harm your health and it won’t hurt your children. However, it can cost you thousands of dollars in pipe and fixture repairs if you’re not careful.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water refers to water that has a level of minerals in it (calcium and magnesium, primarily) which are generally harmless for humans to ingest. You probably won’t notice any signs of hard water at all when you fill up a glass of water or when you’re drawing a bath. But you may notice it in the forms of mineral deposits, or scaling, around the faucets or drains.
The white, flaky substance you may have seen on a showerhead or around a sink drain is left behind by minerals. This same scaling that is found on the fixtures can probably be found within the pipes. In some cases, this scaling has been known to build up until you have to actually replace the pipes to get water flowing like normal again.
Why Should You Install a Water Softener?
A water softener replaces the minerals with a very small amount of salt (which also should not be a health concern, although you can also install an additional water purification system just in case). All in all, whole-home water softeners can offer all of the following benefits:
- Protect your pipes and fixtures. Hard water can lead to hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damages.
- Improve the performance of the dishwasher and washing machine. Soap cannot lather easily in the presence of hard water, which means residue may get left behind in your appliances.
- Recover the look of your faucets and sinks. It will look a lot better without all that scaling, and it can also help to cut back on soap scum in the sink and bath.
- Increase the value of your home.
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