Whole house water softeners, also called water conditioners, work to make household water cleaner and fresher at every faucet. Water softeners do this by softening hard water.
Hard water is nothing new and is unfortunately quite common. So, what is hard water?
Hard water is water that is filled with excessive sediments, typically calcium and magnesium. Although not seen by the naked eye, the sediments in hard water are abrasive and cause damage to household pipes. Hard water is not great for drinking, and can cause a range of household problems that include:
- Itchy, dry skin
- White spots on faucets and plumbing fixtures
- Heavy clothing with grimy look and feel after machine wash
- Decreased water pressure due to clogging and sediment build-up
- Spotty dishes and glassware
Water softening systems naturally break down the sediments in hard water and transform it to soft water. Most water softeners eliminate hard water with sodium.
Why Do I Need a Whole House Water Softener?
Point-of-use water softeners are available, but these only condition the water at one point; say one sink or one washing machine. Whole house water softeners simultaneously cover all household plumbing appliances.
Benefits of Whole House Water Softeners
First and foremost, if they could, your pipes would thank you. It’s true that pipes will deteriorate over time, but when hard water really works at speeding up that process by wreaking total havoc on household piping systems.
- Dishes, glasses and clothing are cleaner, shinier, and look newer in appearance
- Easier and more robust soap lathering
- Softer fabrics that will last longer
- Softer hair and skin
- Can be installed nearly anywhere and are available in all shapes and sizes
- Increased longevity of pipes and plumbing system
A whole house water softener is a home investment that serves to improve household plumbing function and preserve piping systems while keeping you and your family comfortable.
Get in touch with Arnett’s Water Systems today for all questions pertaining to water softeners!