The Hard Facts: Does Your Home Need A Water Softener System?

Posted on December 31, 2014

Water softenerDo you find your dishes full of spots after washing? Are your clothes regularly looking dull and dingy? Finding soap scum and film in your bathtub or shower? These all are signs that you could have hard water, and your home could benefit from a water softener system. Hard water is no rare occasion. An estimated 85 percent of water in the U.S is hard. Here are some of the ways hard water could be impacting the health of your home, and what you can do to fix it.

Decreased Water Pressure

Hard water contains a higher amount of dissolved minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and manganese. While minerals may be good for your health, they are not so beneficial for the health of your home. These minerals can cause a scale buildup in your water pipes, restricting or eventually blocking water flow. Installing a water softener system filters your water supply 24 hours a day, giving you a constant supply of clean water pressure.

Increased Energy Use

The scale buildup of hard water not only affects your home’s pipes, but also your appliances. Equipment such as coffee makers and water heaters have to work harder to function properly with hard water, which can lead to an increase in energy consumption. Installing a water softener system can save you time and money on costly repairs or replacements for equipment damaged by hard water.

Reduced Heat Efficiency

Hard water is brutal on gas water heaters. Every 5 grains per gallon of hardness causes an 8 percent loss of efficiency and 8 percent increase in cost for every hundred gallons of hot water used. This means you end up paying more for less hot water. Pair that with decreased water pressure, and your morning shower becomes an impossible task. Softer water not only makes your equipment runner smoother, but can also leave your skin feeling smoother and cleaner.

To start saving money and the integrity of your home’s water supply, call The Water Store to discuss installing a water softener system in your home today at 603-889-6680.