While water appears clear and clean when we turn on our taps, tiny particles
of calcium and magnesium actually exist. Studies show that roughly 85%
of homes in the United States rely on hard water supply. While this form
of water is safe to drink, it can be punishing on your plumbing and health.
Fortunately, water conditioning can help!
Water conditioning is a process where the minerals such as calcium and
magnesium are removed from the water supply. Also known as water softening,
this method helps prevent the building up of limescale. Most conditioners
utilize salt-based systems to counteract the minerals present in hard water.
On average, water conditioning costs homeowners anywhere from a couple
hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars. Though this might seem like
a lot of money, it may be worth it for your home! Water conditioning has
many benefits that you may not realize.
The minerals in your water supply leave deposits in your pipes. Over a
period of time, these scaly deposits build up, which can harm your pipes
by causing corrosion or clogs. By removing the calcium and magnesium from
the water, you can make your plumbing run more efficiently.
Hard water supply tends to leave soapy residue, white spots, and streaks
on clothes that were recently washed. With less mineral deposits, the
softer water will clean clothes and dishes more efficiently. Similarly,
you will find yourself cleaning bathroom tubs, sinks, and toilets less often.
Less Mineral Intake
Your body receives minerals from the food and drinks you ingest. The additional
minerals found in hard water may throw off your internal pH balance and
have adverse effects on your health. Thus, with less minerals in the water
supply, your body can work more efficiently.
Helps Personal Grooming
The minerals in your hard water supply can mix with your soap to create
soap curd. This sticky residue will interfere with the way the soap cleans
your body and hair. Thus, your hair can appear dull and lifeless, while
your skin becomes drier. Water conditioning can help prevent these negative effects.
Faster Water Heating
The calcium and magnesium in the water supply can interfere with the way
heat transfers, thus making the water heat slower. However, the softened
water can heat quicker since it does not have the same problems.
The minerals in hard water can build up in appliances, thus interfering
with their efficiency. Water softening systems can help extend the lifespan
of appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters.
This can save you time and money.
At Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling, we want to make the most of
your home. If you find that you suffer from the adverse effects of hard
water buildup, contact our Indiana plumbers today. We can help you install
water-conditioning systems to soften your water supply. Call today to
schedule a free estimate and start enjoying your tap water.