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Does Your New Home Need a Water Softener?

It might! We obviously can’t give you a yes or no answer, at least not on a blog post. Why don’t you call our team and talk about your unique situation and then we can give you a much better opinion on the matter?

In the meantime, if you’re confused as to the concept of hard water in general, then this is the blog post for you. Water softener installation is something that not enough homeowners invest in, and it shows. We see people struggling with detergent in their laundry machine that won’t dissolve, skin and hair problems from minerals in their water, and soap stains on their dishes. Hard water is a perpetual problem in our area, and it might be time you did something about it.

Let’s talk about whether or not your home is ready for a water softener installation to deal with your hard water problem!

What Is Hard Water?

Hard water is simply water with minerals that have dissolved in it. This can be from the water being in contact with stone, ore, or other mountainous materials that are completely natural. Don’t worry, hard water isn’t bad for humans. In fact, we’re perfectly capable of digesting and consuming hard water without any negative impacts.

What has trouble with hard water is your plumbing system and any appliances that use water in your home. From sinks to laundry machines, to even dishwashers, these systems will run into a lot of problems from hard water exposure.

What’s Wrong with Hard Water?

First and foremost, hard water will cause buildup in your pipes. These minerals will sometimes settle from your water and into your pipe lining where they can start clogging things up and reducing water pressure.

Secondly, hard water will make it more difficult for you to wash things. Dish soap and laundry detergent don’t dissolve as easily in hard water as they do in soft water, which is why you might see unclean clothes or dishes with soap stains on them.

And lastly, while hard water might be fine to consume, it doesn’t help when it comes to cleaning your skin or hair. Since shampoo and soaps don’t dissolve as easily, you might deal with thinning hair and rough skin.

How a Water Softener Can Help

Metals and minerals that exist in your water are often easy to collect via ionization. Think about it: magnets attract metals like magnesium and certain materials can actually draw the metals out of your water and into a separate tank to be emptied later. This is what a water softener does.

It takes salted water that we call “brine” and uses small resin beads to attract the magnesium, calcium, iron, and other minerals in your water to the beads. Once they’re pulled out of your water, the beads deposit the minerals in the brine tank and are brought back in to do the same thing over again. This basically allows your water to be cleansed of any minerals that would otherwise cause you problems.

Call Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. for a water softener today!

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