Tired of the side effects of hard water? Why not take action? Home water softener installation is a potentially great solution. Look at the pros and cons of water softeners to decide whether adding one of these water quality improvement systems is a smart move for you and your family.
Water Softener Pros
1. Avoid Limescale Buildup
Limescale is caused by a deposit of minerals from your water supply (usually magnesium, calcium, and manganese), which builds up over time. The thick whitish crust it forms can be found on kettles, sinks, faucets, showerheads, and shower screens … and it looks ugly! A water softener will reduce or eliminate limescale.
2. Make For Easier Cleanup
Limescale deposits are tough to clean, especially when they’re combined with leftover soap residue. Soft water will make cleaning up your bathroom and kitchen much easier and faster.
3. Keep Your Plumbing In Good Shape
Your home plumbing will also benefit from a water softening system, with no more hard water mineral deposits to block your pipes and slow the flow.
4. Improve Your Looks and Health
Washing your hair and face with soft water makes it easy to rinse away soap and shampoo. As a result, your hair and complexion will be softer and less dry. Skin conditions such as eczema, which are associated with hard water, may be soothed by washing with softened water.
5. Use Less Detergent
You’ll need less detergent to do your laundry using soft water. Other wash day benefits: Your clothes and linens will look brighter, feel softer, and last longer. Your washing machine will tend to function more efficiently, unblocked by limescale.
6. Reduce Energy Bills
Installing a water softener will reduce scale buildup on your water heater and other water-using appliances, improving their efficiency and cutting your energy bills, which will save you money.
Water Softener Cons
1. Expense of Installation and Maintenance
Installation of a high-quality water softener is an extra item in your budget, as is the biannual servicing it’s likely to require. However, homeowners tend to find that these expenses are offset by the savings on detergent, energy, and the cost to replace appliances.
2. Wasted Water
Softeners do waste some water during the regeneration phase, perhaps as much as 10%.
3. Drinking-Water Quality
Soft water is not ideal for cooking or drinking, as it can leach heavy metals from your plumbing. If rock salt is utilized in the softening process, the salt content can be dangerous for someone on a salt-restricted diet. A physician should be consulted.
Do You Really Need A Water Softener?
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