Do I Really Need a Water Softener?

water softener for softer skin and hair

Testing has shown that the water in the Peel region is considered moderately hard. In the surrounding rural areas where homeowners rely on wells, water may be even harder.

Hard water isn’t dangerous, it just means it contains dissolved minerals like magnesium, manganese and especially calcium. Where hard water becomes a problem is that these minerals will get deposited on anything the water touches, and it can be really tricky to remove, even if you can get at it.

While you may not need a water softener as a matter of survival, many of our customers are delighted with the benefits they get after installing a water softener. Here are some of the benefits you may not have considered.

1. Water Softeners Save Money

Energy Bills

Because calcium doesn’t conduct heat well, hard water scale means your water heater has to work harder to reach the temperature you set. According to a Salt Institute study, up to 62% of the efficiency can be lost when even a modest amount of buildup is coating the heat exchanger. When there’s no coating, the metal heat element has no problem transferring heat to your water.


Over time, hard water scale can cause the inner diameter of your plumbing to become narrower, and can lead to clogs. It can mean your plumbing won’t reach the usual 70 to 80 year lifespan and has to be replaced sooner.

Appliance Purchases

Scale buildup also reduces the lifespan of your water-using appliances, meaning you have to pay to replace them more often. This is for two reasons: as mentioned above scale causes any appliance that heats water to work harder, and also sometimes the coating itself directly interferes with the mechanical operation.

Household Cleaners and Personal Care

Having hard water means you have to spend more on soaps, shampoos, cleaners and detergents because they don’t lather as well in hard water. It also means you have to invest in specialized cleaners that are acidic enough to burn through the alkaline minerals in hard water scale.

2. Water Softeners Save Time

If you’ve ever spent time trying to clean the white ‘scale’ buildup on your shower doors, or on your kettle, coffee machine or faucets, you’ll appreciate a water softener. A softener won’t mean you never have to clean again, but it will mean that your weekly cleaning takes much less time spent on chores and more time for the important things in life.

3. You’ll Love the Improvement in your Skin and Hair

If you find your family is spending way too much money trying expensive hair and skin treatments, the problem might not be the products or yourselves, it may be in the water.

If your appearance is important for your self esteem or to make a good impression at work, it’s something to consider.

Get More from your Home

If you can see white scale buildup on your taps, kettle or other appliances, you have hard water. If your budget allows you to purchase a water softener, we recommend it. If you’re not convinced, check out our pros and cons of water softener.

We carry a wide variety of water softener solutions to treat a single source or your entire home.

Learn more about our water softener services and products