If you are getting your water via a ground water source, your home is most likely consuming hard water. Though, hard water is not actually dangerous to your body, hard water can be very harmful to your homes piping, fixtures, and appliances. There is a scale of hard water ranging from Soft water – Extremely Hard water which we will go over later, but first:
What is hard water?
When rain falls from the sky it is pure and devoid of any additional minerals or elements. Once that water hits the ground it begins to soak and flow through the ground and into aqueducts, wells and can even end up in city water reserves. As the water flows through the ground its chemical makeup makes it very easy to attract minerals such as Calcium (Ca) and Magnesium (Mg) As stated before, though these chemicals are not necessarily dangerous to People or most pets, it can cause skin irritation and can be a very big irritant to babies and people with preexisting skin conditions or sensitivities. Hard water also has a negative effect on soaps and their ability to lather, in order to clean away dirt’s and oils. The worst result of using hard water is that it can cause build up within your homes piping and appliances that can lead to costly and frequent repairs. As the water moves through your piping the Ca and Mg ions begin to cling to the small imperfections, ridges and plateaus within the various and intricate systems of your fixtures, appliances and piping creating scaling and build up of these minerals.
Overtime these buildups can cause blockages, back-flow and leaks, as well as wear down and disable filters, spouts, nozzles, pipes, faucets and shower heads. These minerals have also been proven to affect and lower both the efficiency and life expectancy for appliances. It has also been proven from recent studies that many Americans are making the switch to high efficiency appliances such as washer, dryers, dishwashers and refrigerators. These appliances require a much bigger initial investment, but are built with long term savings in mind. They are expected to not only out perform standard equipment but to also last longer and save energy whether that is done by cutting electric or water consumption and recycle resources wherever possible or by creating a less consuming process these high efficiency products have been saving people money on electric and water bills for years. Well unfortunately having hard water makes these appliances lose their standard efficiency within months of installation and cut their life expectancy by almost half for some appliances.
Is A Water Softener A Good Fit for You?
About 85% of Americans live in an area where they receive hard water. The grade of hard water is represented by, Grains Per Million (GPG.) Depending on where you live the hardness of your water will vary. Purchasing a home water softener is the best way to prolong your home appliances and avoid any negative reactions between your skin and your water. Water softeners work by conducting a a process called ion-exchange, the negative ions in Ca and Mg are trapped in a resin and exchanged for water-soluble ions such as Sodium (Na) and Potassium (K) which are able to dissolve in the water flowing through your pipes and prevent any build up or decay.
If you live in Florida water softeners are usually highly recommended due to the high mineral content in our great states natural land composition. If you are considering a home water softener, please feel free to give our experienced technicians a call and set up an appointment, today!