What are the Benefits of a Water Softener

Posted November 20, 2014

Having hard water in the home can cause many problems, from minor annoyances to potentially expensive damage. Here are five hard water problems a water softener can prevent. 

Wasted soap and detergent: The minerals in hard water, primarily calcium and magnesium, combine with soap and detergents, creating a "curd" that requires additional soap to clean away. Softened water reduced the amount of soap needed and rinses off more easily. 

Soap scum rings in the bathtub and stains on glass shower enclosures That same hardwater and soap curd that makes soap less effective also clings to sufaces and resisted rinsing away.

Streaks on glassware, silverware and dishes. If you're seeing unsightly spots and ring when emptying the dishwasher, you have a hard water problem. Adding additional detergent and using an extra rinse cycle can help, but adds to the expense of cleaning dishes. 

Skin and hair that are never clean and soft feeling. During drier winter conditions hard water can aggravate dry, cracked skin and make hair dull and more prone to damage. 

Hard water builds up scale deposits in all water-using appliances and clogs hot water pipes. Finally, it can damage appliances like water heaters, humidifiers, and coffee makers, to name just a few. Have questions about hard water in your home? Call ABC Plumbing, we're here to help.

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