Hard water can be a problem that affects all homes in our area, from smaller ones to larger ones. It’s more of a regional problem depending on where your water comes from and how it’s filtered from a municipal standpoint. If your access to water comes from a well pump then you’re more likely to see hard water problems than if you get clean city water—but even city water can be too hard.
No, hard water isn’t specifically hard. It’s not going to hurt you or cut you. It’s just a term we use to describe water that’s infused with minerals that it naturally leeches out of the ground. These minerals are easy for your body to digest and they’re not bad for you, but they’re not going to be good for your plumbing system or other aspects of your life. In the following three cases, you’re going to want a water softener in Nashville, TN.
How a Water Softener Works
Water softeners are complex mechanisms that use a tank full of salt and resin beads to siphon the minerals out of your incoming water. Due to some pretty nifty science, the minerals in the water will actually bond to the salt ions, allowing them to be chemically removed from the water source without needing any additional filtration devices. All you need is electricity and a water softener in good shape!
Signs That a Water Softener Is Needed
Here are three unique signs that might tell you that a water softener is in your near future.
Mineral Deposits and Limescale
Limescale can be an obnoxious problem to deal with. After running your shower for months or years, you might notice brown mineral deposits near where the water either drains or comes out. These are what we call “limescale” or in some cases are deposits of certain other minerals. If those don’t look appealing, just think about what might be on the inside of your pipes!
Mineral deposits are bad for your plumbing system and will lead to pipe replacements in the future, so we recommend softening your water from here on out.
Soap and Detergent Won’t Dissolve
Soap and detergent, whether you’re using them to do dishes or laundry, are going to have a harder time dissolving in hard water than they would in soft water. This is just a fact.
Your clothes might feel less fluffy or look duller after a wash if you’re washing them with hard water. The minerals in the water take up the space that the detergent would if it could dissolve properly, and this is going to happen unless your water gets those minerals removed.
Skin and Hair Quality
When you take a bath or shower, you likely use many products to help keep your skin and hair looking fresh and youthful. This is pretty normal.
But what isn’t normal is the interaction between hard water and your body. Hard water is very harsh on your skin and hair, leading to them having a texture that might not feel good and might not make them look very good. Sure, hard water isn’t going to hurt your personal health, but your showers and baths won’t feel like a spa without a water softener.
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