Soft water? Hard water? The debate continues with proponents on each side of the argument. Detractors of softened water are most likely to cite the cost of installation, maintenance, or supplies, such as salt or additives. But these same detractors rarely mention the fact that there are also some very important financial reasons for households in hard water regions to convert their homes to softened water.
If you a homeowner who has been wavering back and forth on the question of installing a water softener for your family, here are some compelling financial reasons that may convince you to just say yes.
Your household will probably use less soap and detergent
Softened water has had much of the hard mineral content, like calcium and iron, removed. The resulting water has a greatly decreased mineral content that allows the sudsing action of soaps, cleaners, shampoos, and detergents to work more effectively. Because of this, many families find that they are able to use far less of these products, while still achieving a level of clean that is as good or better than they achieved with hard water.
Your coffee maker, ice maker, and other appliances may last longer
One of the most common reasons for coffee makers to stop working is due to limescale buildup that prevents water from flowing through the internal tubing in the appliance. Ice makers, dishwashers, and clothes washers also experience similar problems that impact their ability to perform their work or force homeowners to replace them.
Running a vinegar solution or a commercial cleaning product through these appliances on a regular basis can help to limit the damage, but doing so requires time and incurs extra cost. Homes that are equipped with a water softener system may enjoy a longer lifespan from many of these appliances because of the lessened mineral content in the water.
Your water heater and plumbing system may work better
Homeowners with hard water are also more likely to need to clean their water heaters frequently to remove the minerals that accumulate inside the tank. If not removed regularly, the lime can coat the heating elements and cause them to fail.
Additionally, hard water can cause mineral deposits on the inside of plumbing pipes, connections, showerheads, and faucets. Over time, the minerals can become so thickened that water pressure is affected and the pipes and components may need to be replaced.
Homeowners who would like to learn more about the hard water versus soft water debate or get answers to specific questions should consider speaking with a professional at a water softener installation service.