Why Soften Hard Water?

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Hard water contains excess minerals such as calcium. Most people who have hard water know they do. The signs are not easy to miss: these include crusty deposits (this is called scale) on faucets, sinks and showers. Softening water helps keep pipes clearer (which means they’ll last longer) and laundry and hair cleaner. Here are 7 reasons you should consider softening your water.

  Water Pipes

Hard water flowing through pipes will leave deposits along the inside walls of the pipes. When these mineral deposits build up, water flow is eventually restricted. This reduces the efficiency of the entire household plumbing system.  Hair

The minerals in hard water are difficult to rinse out of your hair. Traces of these minerals left on your hair can make it more difficult to style, rougher textured, and less clean and shiny looking. Contrary to this, soft water rinses clean and, unlike hard water, doesn’t mitigate a shampoo’s lathering ability.

Skin

Since hard water does not easily rinse clean, it prevents proper skin cleaning. Some people may not notice any bad effects from this; for those with sensitive skin, however, hard water can cause rashes or breakouts.

Laundry

Minerals in hard water reduce the ability of water and detergent to clean fabrics. Towels and clothes may not get as clean as they should and may feel stiff.   Bathroom

Hard water mineral deposits collect around the bathtub fixtures and are difficult to clean off (it requires frequent cleaning and scrubbing). Hard water minerals may eventually clog shower heads, reducing water flow. In time, you may have to buy a new shower head, simply because of the mineral deposits.

Soap scum, which isn’t easy to remove under normal water conditions, is more difficult to remove if you have hard water–the combination of soap and mineral deposits mean soap scum builds up quickly and adheres tightly to bathroom surfaces.   Kitchen

Hard water leaves minerals on kitchen faucets. It also leave a film inside tea pots and other cookware used for boiling water.

Considerations

The money you spend for a water softener may actually save you money in the end. You’ll have to replace plumbing fixtures (and tea pots) less frequently, for example. You won’t have to use as much soap to fully clean dishes, clothes and your skin. You’ll spend less time and money (on cleaner) cleaning deposits from faucets and sinks.

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