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Monday, February 28th
We all learned in science class that water is a transparent, odorless, and tasteless molecule made of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. If you don’t recognize the ubiquitous term H2O, then you might not have been paying attention to your science instructor. When taught that water took on several forms including liquid, solid, and gas, it was easy to arrive at the notion that water makes a lasting impression on our lives.
Maybe we thought all of this scientific information was only relevant when preparing for a test in school, but the composition of water definitely continues to impact us every day as we address the quality of water in our homes. We use water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning but are we really aware of its content beyond that basic H2O molecule?
What is vital for our very existence is often barely considered in terms of quality for our personal and household use. We don’t really have to give it much thought, do we? We trust that when we turn on a tap out comes water that is pure, clear, and clean.
But is it?
Just like you assess so many areas of your life for quality and efficiency, an analysis of the water you use should be a priority. Water may seem elemental, but it has components that it can carry along with it that bear explanation. Not all water is equal and knowing the difference is critical information for any homeowner. You may have peripheral knowledge comparing hard water to soft water but understanding the drawbacks of hard water and benefits of soft water can guide your decisions about what is best for you and your family, as well as your home and water-dependent appliances.
Understanding the benefits of soft water begins with a decisive look at the detrimental effects of hard water. That clear liquid pouring from your faucets is not as pure as you might think. Depending on the source and treatment, a collection of minerals like calcium and magnesium can be dissolved in our tap water and are seemingly invisible until they appear as a white, gritty scale on faucets and other fixtures.
This scaling is easily seen on the surfaces we use, but what about the places we can’t see like our home’s pipes and the inner workings of appliances. These mineral deposits can build up in our plumbing systems contributing to clogging the flow of water. You might even notice that the water pressure coming out of your showerhead isn’t as strong as it once was. In addition, common appliances we use on a daily basis that require a water source can be encrusted with these same build-ups. The efficiency and lifespan of hot water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, and coffeemakers can be greatly reduced because hard water is far from clean. The damaging results from hard water affecting appliances can be extremely costly. The degree of mineral concentrations can vary across the country, therefore evaluating your home’s water quality is essential to learning its impact- especially before that impact hits your pocketbook.
If this is the effect on your plumbing and home appliances what is hard water doing to something that much more delicate like your skin and hair. Hard water takes a toll on both of these as well resulting in dry and irritated skin and dull, lifeless hair. It is obvious that clean water is essential for our internal health, but since skin is the largest organ of our bodies, it would certainly be beneficial to remove the literal elements of hard water residue that lead to skin issues.
A transition to soft water is an investment in your home which directly affects your wallet. We all know that to maintain a home for comfort, safety, and efficiency can be an expensive venture especially if you don’t do your homework.
Just like our bodies, homes need physical checkups as well. The foundation, framework, electricity, and plumbing always require attention to maintain a well-functioning structure. Problems that are not found or simply ignored can at best lead to your home not running at peak efficiency and at worst causing enormous and costly repairs and replacements. Hard water, because of its very composition, takes a continual toll on the longevity parts of your home that require water to operate.
Shifting from using hard water to a soft water system eases, or actually “softens” if you will, the negative impact of the water running through our plumbing, appliances, and bodies. Plumbing, including faucets, remain clear and unclogged, appliances are not taxed by mineral build up, and skin and hair issues are reversed when soft water is introduced to the optimum functioning of our daily lives.
Soft Water: Good for You and Mother Earth
Those huge benefits mentioned above also factor into a few more indirect advantages that still provide substantial impact. Soft water not only washes our clothes and bodies but improves upon this process by reducing the amounts of shampoo, soaps, and detergents needed and can help them do their job even better. You save money on cleaning products and water consumption as well as not having to spend money to replace clothes, bedding, and towels.
And when appliances function properly the environment benefits because less energy is used, and fewer appliances are sent to the garbage dump because hard water caused them to break down.
When evaluating each decision regarding the care and maintenance of your home what are you ultimately achieving? You are gaining peace of mind that your choices are what is best for you and your family. What could be more basic in your responsibilities than ensuring that your home and family are reaping the benefits of a transition to soft water.
Do you have more questions? Or are you ready to schedule a time to change to a soft water system?
Contact an authorized WaterCare dealer today for a free consultation to determine the best options for you to find the best soft water solutions!