Is the hard water stain around your toilet or in your shower getting you down? If you’re like most of us, the answer is yes. Not only does hard water cause the stains and soap scum in your bathroom, it can also cause damage to appliances and plumbing throughout your house, and these repairs can be costly.
Did you know that you can avoid the headache of a clogged pipe from mineral build-up just by getting a water softener? Here are some other ways that getting a water softener can save you money.
1. Extends the Life of Large Appliances
When hard water moves through pipes and large appliances (such as your water heater) it leaves a magnesium and calcium residue behind called scaling. Over time, scaling buildup can cause all types of problems in your appliances, including:
- Water Leaks
- Low Water Pressure
- Appliance Failure
Scaling buildup inside appliances, if left untreated, can potentially break the appliance beyond repair. If a water softener will substantially extend the life of your water heater, dishwasher, or washing machine it can be a worthwhile investment.
Think of it this way: a traditional water heater can usually last anywhere between 8 to 12 years. However, hard water can cut the lifespan of your water heater by two years, leaving you with a working water heater for only 6 to 10 years.
2. Lets You Use Less Shampoo and Soap
When hard water is combined with soap or shampoo, the hard minerals react with the soap to create a sticky lather. This sticky lather does not wash off well and can clog pores and create skin problems. If you have soft water, you can use less soap and shampoo when washing, which saves you money in the long run. Even better, soft water can save you more than money. While using less soap with soft water, you can get:
- Softer Hair and Skin
- Brighter and Cleaner Clothes
- No Hard Water Stains
3. Keeps Your Plumbing System Running Smoothly
No one likes dealing with a clogged or burst pipe. If you’re seeing lowered water pressure or a potentially clogged drain, it could be caused by hard water. Getting a water softener can prevent mineral build-up and extend the life of the water system in your home. Here are just a few things that can last longer when you have a water softener:
- Sewer systems
- Shower heads
- Garbage Disposals
A plumbing system that lasts longer can save you money on costly plumbing repairs. Not to mention save you from all the hassle that comes with a burst or clogged pipe. When a pipe bursts, you not only have to pay someone to fix the pipe, but you have to spend money repairing any water damage caused by the clogged pipe, too.
4. Lowers Energy Costs
Do you find yourself running your washing machine at extremely high water temperature levels just to get your clothes marginally clean? Using soft water in your washer can help keep your clothes cleaner and softer, even if you don’t use hot water.
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