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Homeowners Guide to Water Softeners

What is hard water? Hard water is water that has an unusually high level of minerals. It can harm your plumbing, increase your water bills, and damage your skin.

High levels of mineral deposits in tap water are very common, but luckily there are water softening treatments that can help. Keep reading to find out more about the signs that you have hard water, how water softener salt works, and how much hard water costs.

Signs You Need Water Softener Services

Here is a list of signs to look out for that indicate you may need water softener services for your home:

  • water softener servicesMineral Buildup: One of the first signs of hard water that people notice is a visible build-up of minerals on the appliances, including the shower, sink, or bathtub. This mineral buildup will recur until the hard water has been neutralized.
  • Fading Clothes: Graying clothes are another sign of hard water. When you wash clothing with hard water, over time the minerals in the water will slowly fade out the color of linens and other fabrics.
  • Water Tastes or Smells Bad: The smell of eggs or chlorine can indicate that you have a problem with hard water in your home. If the water tastes or smells bad, then you should consult with a plumbing technician to see if water softener services can help.
  • Dry Skin and Hair: Hard water can dull out more than just your laundry. Excessive mineral deposits in the water you bathe in can make your skin and hair feel dry and flaky.
  • Constant Repairs and High Water Bills: If your water bill is unusually high or you need constant repairs to keep your plumbing running, hard water might be the problem.

These are just a few of the many problems that homeowners face when dealing with hard water. Diagnostics should be run by a technician to determine if hard water is a problem in any house experiencing these signs of hard water.

How Does Water Softener Salt Work?

water softener salt

Water softener salt can be found at hardware stores such as Home Depot. Water softeners use salt, sometimes in the form of pellets, to help with the

purification process. As the salt is mixed with the hard water, it can help break down the minerals in the water, eventually “softening” in the process.

Sodium in the water is essential for the necessary ion exchange to take place to remove calcium and magnesium minerals that cause hard water. However, it’s important to note that water softener salt will not add any extra salt to the tap water, making it a safe option for all homeowners.

What Does Hard Water Cost Homeowners

hard water costOver time the costs of hard water can add up. Hard water can be the cause of unnecessary repairs due to the mineral build-up.

In addition to the price of calling a plumber all the time for repairs, the hard water also leaves a mess behind which needs cleaning up, taking time out of your day--and perhaps the biggest cost of all is the years that hard water can take-off of the expensive home appliances and plumbing.

This is why it is so important to recognize when your home needs a water softener installation.

About Affordable Plumbing, Heating & Air

Affordable Plumbing, Heating & Air has been committed to serving the Fairhope, AL community since 1996. Each of the technicians from the Affordable Plumbing, Heating & Air team is highly trained and professional.