What happens when water travels through soil and rock, picking up small amounts of minerals, like calcium and magnesium, along the way? The answer is, hard water. It's a bad-tasting nuisance to 85% of homes in the United States, especially here in the Midwest.
So, what are some signs that you have hard water in your home and would benefit from getting a water softener? Read on to find out!
1. Do your dishes, faucets, and appliances have scale buildup?
You may have noticed spots, or a film on dishes when taking them out of your dishwasher. Maybe you are noticing a white, powder build up around your faucets. This residue is mineral deposits caused by hard water, also known as scale or limescale.
Why does limescale happen? When untreated water is heated, solid deposits of calcium carbonate form from the minerals in your water and this byproduct is what you see on your dishes, faucets, and appliances. Imagine what you can’t see happening inside the hoses and pipes throughout your home!
Limescale buildup isn't just an eyesore, it can cause permanent damage, such as:
- brittle and broken dishes
- reduced the lifespan of appliances
- clogged pipes
Protect your heirloom dishes appliances and your entire plumbing system by investing in a water treatment system! A professional plumber can test your water to recommend the right filtration, or softener system for your personal water supply.
2. Do your clothes look dingy and feel scratchy?
Your untreated water can work against the cleaning products you regularly buy. Some brands of synthetic detergents are less effective in your untreated water because the hardness of your water partially disables the active ingredients. It is the active ingredients which breaks down dirt and dissolves everyday stains. As if that isn’t enough of a reason, have you wondered why your kids’ vibrant sports jersey, or your favorite comfy t-shirt don’t look, or feel the way they used to? Again, your untreated water damages all kinds of fabrics by allowing stains to set in, discolor due to the minerals. In the short term, this means that clothes aren't getting as clean and long term, your fabrics are permanently damaged by the buildup of undissolved detergent and mineral deposits right out of the machine!
Why continue to put up with water that forces you to buy new clothing, wastes money working against your detergents and causes build up over time outside and inside of your plumbing system?
Water softener = Time & Money Saver!
3. Does your skin and hair often feel dry?
You've probably heard that minerals are great for your skin and hair. Unfortunately, this is not the case with your untreated water supply. The minerals in hard water dry out skin and can promote clogged pores. They can even aggravate existing skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. These same minerals also dry out hair, causing it to become brittle and break.
The harmful minerals, often found in untreated water include: calcium, magnesium, and iron. These are the harmful minerals working against you when they come into contact with your skin and hair.
Water softeners to the rescue!
Water softeners use a process of ion exchange to filter out minerals like calcium and magnesium that are causing the issues listed above. The softener system process simply swaps the bad minerals with sodium or potassium ions. There are a variety of different types of water softeners, so talk to a professional to find out which is right for you. (At Blakeslee we offer many solutions, including Sterling water softeners.)
Every home is different, and unless yours has a city water supply, your personal well water has a completely different chemical makeup than even your next-door neighbors! Blakeslee & Son wants to make sure your home has the right water treatment system. During your personalized service call, our expert technician will run a series of tests on your untreated water to make sure that you get the right treatment solution for your home.
Have questions about your home water treatment needs? Contact us today!