Hard water is groundwater, well water, or municipal water that contains high traces of hard minerals, such as iron, calcium, and magnesium, as well as various other contaminants. It causes lime scale buildup in plumbing pipes, appliances, and around plumbing fixtures. But that’s not all; it can also have negative or damaging effects on skin, hair, laundry,
coffee, tea, lemonade, cooking, and more.
Water softeners use an ion exchange resin process that converts hard water into soft water. Resin beads inside the water softener tank are negatively charged, so when contaminated water passes through the resin, it attracts and retains all the positively-charged hard ions. The leftover water is conditioned with a soft mineral ion, such as sodium or potassium (salt pellets), turning it into soft water.
Here are 3 Top Benefits of Water Conditioning:
❸ Better Quality Drinking Water
Hard water is not something you want to drink. Although it won’t incur any serious harm, it can contain a long list of possible contaminants that can make a person sick or cause adverse health effects. It can also affect calcium and magnesium levels for those who monitor their daily intake. For these individuals, it would be recommended to install a water purification system along with a water softener for best results.
❸ Improved Cleanliness
Hard water does not lather well; nor does it clean well. This is because the hard mineral ions in hard water make it adhere less to soap. This results in poor shampooing and conditioning, which can lead to lifeless, residue-filled hair. It also results in poor dish washing, laundry, mopping, window cleaning, and general cleaning. Another common consequence of hard water is the appearance of white spots on dishes and greenish-blue scum around faucets and drains.
❸ Asset Protection
Hard water can do a lot a damage to your home’s plumbing system and water-based appliances, including water heaters, drains, plumbing pipes, dishwashers, washing machines, and more. It can also add a lot more wear and tear to these systems. Not only can lime scale buildup clog pipes and reduce their performance, hard water can lead to costly plumbing repairs and replacements.
Softening your water will help protect your plumbing and appliances, thus increasing their lifespan and efficiency. As a result of this protection, you earn a 4th bonus to owning a water softener: monthly savings on utility and energy usage! This means you can literally save money by investing in a quality water softener!