Almost Everything You Need To Know About Water Softeners

Hard water can interfere with day-to-day life in many ways. Hair and skin are negatively impacted. There might also be issues with the appearance of clothing and linen. A clean home might appear dirty when hard water mixes with soap and detergents. The combination can leave behind a white film that is difficult to remove from plumbing fixtures and dishes. The following points can be used as a brief overview of water softeners.

Serious Signs of Hard Water Issues

In addition to the signs mentioned earlier, you might notice some more serious signs of hard water. It can cause appliances that use water to break down prematurely. The mineral deposits can accumulate in pipes. This can cause interference with water free-flowing through pipes. As water tries to push past clogs, pressure can build up and lead to water leaks or burst pipes. Water damage is inevitable if pipe conditions are not addressed. Individuals who have skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema might have difficulties getting clear skin even if they have prescribed treatments. 

Significant Benefits of Water Softeners

One benefit that you can get from installing a water softener is peace of mind that hard water is no longer an issue. You can improve the chances of your appliances lasting to their anticipated lifespan as long as any maintenance requirements are performed. Skin conditions are likely to improve as well as hair texture. Limescale deposits will not be on surfaces or hiding within pipes. Your home will feel and look cleaner. You can entertain guests and use your dishes without being embarrassed or self-conscious about unsightly white spots on your silverware and drinkware.

Types of Water Softeners

Homeowners have four options when choosing a water softener solution. The type chosen depends on several factors. Plumbers can help with comparisons.

  1. Reverse Osmosis — This type uses a semi-permeable membrane and pressure to get rid of minerals in the water.
  2. Ion Exchange — This type uses a mineral exchange process. Sodium and potassium are used to replace the minerals that contribute to the hard water, which converts the water from hard to soft.
  3. Salt-free — This option does not require using potassium and sodium nor chemicals to soften water. A filter traps hard minerals and allows softened water to pass through.
  4. Magnetic — This option involves strategically placing magnets in pipes to create a magnetic field. The minerals in the hard water are attracted to the magnets.

The Takeaway

This is by no means a comprehensive overview of water softeners. However, it should have given you a foundational understanding of their importance. A plumber can be used as a resource to answer more detailed questions. They can also assist with selecting a water softener solution and installing it.