Hard Water Vs Soft Water

In simple terms, soft water is known as being water in its most pure and basic state. Water only becomes “hard water” after it travels through minerals or different types of soil. This occurrence causes the water to pick up microscopic fragments of these substances as it travels through, which in turn, causes a high concentration of minerals in the water itself. When water has this high concentration of minerals it is known as being “hard water”.  

  • These minerals can make hard water better to drink, despite what some might think. However, when it comes to cleaning and washing clothes, soft water, or water in its natural state, is usually much more useful. Soft water tends to lather together better with soap and will not cause soap scum to build up in your sink or shower. After a warm shower with soft water, you’ll notice your skin will feel much softer to the touch. Also, when washing your clothes with soft water, you’ll notice each item of clothing is much softer.

When soft water is being utilized in your home, your energy bills will be lower, and your washing machine and dish washer will need to be repaired and replaced much less often. When hard water is being used in your home, you’ll notice your pipes might need to be replaced more often, as they will develop “scales” or areas of these mineral substances buildup within the pipe

What if I installed a Water Softener

Water softeners are used to provide filtration and remove extra minerally substances from enter your home plumbing system. These plumbing mechanisms are very handy but come with their own list of benefits and drawbacks. Here are two benefits and drawbacks when it comes to buying a water softener for your home:

  • Benefits
  • The first benefit of having a water softener is comfort while shower, washing hands, or cleaning. When the water in your plumbing is purified through a water softener, it removes most of the excess minerals. This causes a much more skin soothing experience whenever you encounter the water in your home. Also, if your water is softened, your drinking water will be even more purified.
  • The second benefit of a water softener is the reduced minerally buildup you’ll have on your pipes. Due to the water softener removing the extra minerals, you won’t have to worry about build up, clogs, or contaminated water. This should save you on repair costs in the long run.
  • Drawbacks
  • The first drawback is the overall maintenance of water softeners tend to need. If you purchase your water softener through a company, they will most likely send someone out every week or month to provide maintenance. This can be hassle if you don’t know what to expect.
  • The second drawback from having a water softener is the cost of install. These machines can get somewhat pricey, and if you’re needing to save money, they may not be what you’re looking for.

Do I NEED a Water Softener?

When doing a load of laundry, do you ever notice any roughness in the texture of your clothes and sheets after they have been dried? After taking a shower, do you ever feel any coarseness or toughness to your skin? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, and you want this to change, you will need to install a water softener. A water softening machine is not a requirement for having safe water and, in fact, hard water may even be better to drink. However, water softeners present plenty of distinct advantages.

  • With a water softener, you won’t have to worry about the water in your home staining your sink, bathtub, or shower. These stains usually only occur with hard water because of the high concentration of minerally substances in the water itself. These minerals also cause your kitchen and washing machine appliances to need repair and replacing more often, costing you in expenses and time. After years of using each appliance, you’ll find, with soft water, your appliances will still be running efficiently. Also, your clothes, sheets, and skin will feel softer to the touch when they’ve been washed with soft water. This is usually the case because soft water lathers better with soap than hard water. This will leave your clothes being cleaner, your skin feeling less dry, and your dishes lacking spots. This occurs because of the lack of magnesium, calcium, and other mineral ions in the water after it has run through the water softening machine.
  • If you are looking for a water softening device, be sure to keep your local government in the loop. Some areas have banned water softeners based with salt and may need you to seek out alternatives. However, most areas will allow salt- based water softeners, as well as others.
  • There are a few disadvantages to water softeners as well. Between the cost and maintenance of a water softener, it can present a few challenges financially. Depending on the size of the water softener, the cost could go from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand. If you have a salt- based device, you’ll need to buy packages of salt regularly, which is an extra expense. Not to mention there is a need for maintaining the machine occasionally, which can be done by yourself or a water softening company in your local area.

To put the answer in simple terms, water softeners are not a necessity, but they have many benefits with cleaning, bathing, and energy efficiency that will improve your overall quality of life. For more information, call us at (623) 499-9794. We have experienced technicians on staff who can answer any of your questions and determine which water softener is best for you.

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