If you live in a home with hard water, it can cause a variety of issues, many of which are cost-related. When groundwater flows through your home’s pipes, the dissolved minerals combine with heat, which leaves scale and buildup that damages your pipes, appliances, and home fixtures. One simple solution to the problems that hard water creates is to install a water softener.
Here at BOSS Services, our team of southwest Michigan plumbers and electricians knows the benefits of water softeners. Here is a quick guide to what exactly water softeners do, and why you should get one installed.
- What is a Water Softener?
Before going into the benefits of water softeners, it is important that you know exactly what a water softener does and how it works. First of all, you only need a water softener if you live in an area with hard water, which nearly 85 percent of the United States population does. Hard water can leave watermarks on your faucets and dishes, can taste or smell funky, can cause low water pressure, and can leave your white clothes dingy or make your colors fade unusually quickly.
Put simply, a water softener treats hard water by removing the minerals responsible through a process known as ion exchange. The minerals that cause the hard water damage are captured and replaced with sodium and potassium ions.
- Benefits of a Water Softener
Water softener installation can have a number of benefits for homeowners. They include:
- Money Saving
Hard water can build up in your pipes and appliances, creating costly repair bills. The mineral buildup in a pipe caused by hard water narrows the area in which water can move through, which requires a higher pump pressure. This in turn increases the amount of energy that it takes to keep water hot or cold. All of this will increase your utility bills, as well as future plumbing costs. A water softener helps solve these issues which in turn means fewer future repairs and lower utility bills.
- Improve Hair and Skin Cleanliness
Soft water flowing out of your shower is extremely beneficial for your hair and skin. Because soft water contains fewer minerals, your skin picks up and holds moisture better than it does with hard water. Also, soft water helps to balance your hair’s pH level, while hard water makes it feel dry, brittle, and frizzy, while also dulling the color.
- Softer and Brighter Clothes
If you’re washing your clothes in hard water with mineral deposits, it can cause their colors to fade away. In contrast, using soft water to wash your clothes will preserve their color. Also, soft water dissolves into clothes easier, cleaning them more effectively. You can use less detergent and may not need fabric softeners at all.
- Southwest Michigan Water Softener Installation
Here at BOSS Services, we are southwest Michigan’s water softening and water filtration service experts. Our owners have been in the industry for over 20 years, and we take pride in working hand in hand with homeowners on a variety of air conditioning, heating, and water filtration services.
If you’d like to experience the benefits of a water softener, contact us at (269) 468-6682.