A Few Basics About Water Softeners

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While it can be hard to understand, water can be hard or soft. As rain water falls and sifts through the ground, minerals attach to it. If you have municipal water, other minerals may be added to it during the treatment process before it gets to your tap. If you have a well, more minerals are absorbed from the ground. These minerals make the water "hard." There are benefits to both types of water. Here is a bit of information to help you decide whether you need to have a water softener installed in your home or not.

Hard Water

Many of the minerals found in hard water are beneficial to your health. Drinking this water can increase your intake of calcium and magnesium. This may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. It is also a good way to help keep your bones strong. However, these same minerals can leave deposits in your plumbing that will eventually lead to corrosion of the pipes and fixtures. The problems may be more pronounced in hot water.

Soft Water

Soft water has been treated in a way to remove the minerals. Water can be softened with salt or by ionization. When salt is use, the minerals are removed from the water, however, sodium is added. Ionization changes the minerals so they will not stick to your plumbing fixtures. If you have any concerns about your sodium intake, you should use a salt-free system.

Soft water does not leave your skin feeling dry or itchy after bathing and helps the soap to break down easier to it will be more effective. When doing laundry, the breakdown of the detergent due to soft water not only makes your clothes cleaner, it also ensures there is no soapy residue on them after. Quite often, a buildup of residue is the reason for rashes or other skin issues. Instead of trying different detergents to find one that does not bother your family, get a water softener.

To receive the most benefits from your water, you want hard water for drinking and soft water for cleaning. To achieve this, have a water softener installed or the pipes that go to the bathrooms and laundry rooms. To keep the minerals from damaging your pipes as much as possible, you may want to have another unit installed on the hot water heater. This will limit the minerals to the cold water that comes out of your kitchen faucet for drinking and cooking. 


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