You might have heard of the term “hard water” before. You might even be dealing with hard water in your home as you read this. But the experts with Aquarius Water Conditioning can help you get rid of this problem once and for all. We install water softener systems from Kinetico, a company whose products are the gold standard in the industry, by which all others are judged. Not only will your system eliminate all of the hassles associated with hard water, but it will also continue to work, day in and day out, for years to come.
Hard Water 101
Why is water sometimes considered hard? Because it has an excessive amount of certain types of minerals. The two main culprits are magnesium and calcium. Sure, these minerals are critically important to your health, but you typically get plenty of them from your food and the liquids you drink. So it’s healthy to drink a certain amount of water each day, but not because of calcium and magnesium.
When there’s an excess of these minerals in your home’s water, that can lead to problems. These range from relatively minor to downright serious. Here’s a quick look at a few of these issues.
- After you shower, you might feel that your skin is itchy.
- There are a lot of spots on your glasses and dishes after you take them out of the dishwasher.
- There’s a heavy buildup of scale on your faucets and showerheads and a lot of soap scum in your tub.
- You notice that your hair is breaking much too easily, a problem that tends to get worse when the weather is cold.
- Certain appliances, such as your washing machine, water heater, dishwasher, and refrigerator, seem to work harder than usual. This is due to the buildup of mineral deposits in the water lines.
As you might expect, that last issue is something to worry about. When your appliances have to work overtime, wear and tear increases. This, of course, increases the chances that you’ll have to call a repair technician. In some cases, the wear and tear can get so bad that people will have to get their appliances replaced.
The problem of hard water can also affect your plumbing. Over time, mineral buildup can affect your home’s water pressure. It could also increase the risk of plumbing leaks. This, of course, could be a costly problem to fix.
Why You Need a Water Softener
A water softener can significantly reduce whatever issues you might be experiencing with hard water. It might even eliminate those problems. Your plumbing will work more efficiently as a result, as will many of your appliances.
Why is soft water called, well, “soft?” It’s no softer than hard water, after all. The reason is that it doesn’t contain nearly as many minerals that cause water to turn hard. Yes, there are still minerals in soft water, but the concentration is dramatically lower.
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