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Is a Water Softener Really Necessary?

How to Know When to Replace the Water Softener at Home - Tureks Plumbing

If you’ve been giving the water quality in your home some thought, a water softener may be the right solution. This is especially true if your home has water with particularly high mineral content, also known as hard water.

Keep reading to learn more about how a water softener in Kaukauna can help protect your pipes, plumbing fixtures, and water appliances. Then give our team a call for your in-home assessment to learn how a water softener would be set up to improve your home’s water quality.

What Is Hard Water?

If your home has hard water, that means it has high mineral levels compared to what is generally considered acceptable. Examples of the minerals found in hard water include calcium and magnesium. High quantities of these minerals can change how your water tastes and how it feels, although there aren’t significant negative impacts to consuming these minerals. 

The reason that hard water needs to be addressed is because the abrasive minerals can build up inside your home’s plumbing system and damage the system. Impacts from hard water include limescale buildup, pipe corrosion, and residue on your dishes and clothes after washing them. 

Water Softener Benefits

It’s easy to think that your water is just fine, but if you notice any of the signs listed above, it may be time to get a water quality test. Then you can decide if a water softener is a good solution for improving water quality. 

Save Money on Cleaning Products

Minerals in hard water can make it more difficult to clean because soap doesn’t lather up as easily. You may end up using more soap to wash dishes in an effort to get the thick, sudsy lather that you expect. This can extend to using soap and shampoo in the shower or washing your clothes. 

With a water softener, the mineral content is lower, making soft water more effective for cleaning. Experts say water with lower mineral content cleans better than hard water, even when you use cool water and less soap. 

Reduce Skin Irritation

If your skin tends to be on the sensitive side, the minerals in hard water can exacerbate your symptoms. Even though the minerals found in hard water are not necessarily visible to the naked eye, they can have a huge impact on your skin – especially if it’s already sensitive. 

Hard water minerals can worsen symptoms of eczema and psoriasis because they dry your skin out faster than soft water with fewer minerals. The benefits for your skin extend to washing clothes, too. Soft water gets your clothes cleaner, leaving behind less residue from hard water and removing more of the irritants that may otherwise irritate your skin.

Better Taste 

Hard water doesn’t necessarily have a distinctly different taste that’s easy to explain. But, hard water can still taste different because of the higher mineral content. If you aren’t happy with the way your tap water tastes, a water softener can make a difference. Instead of investing in pitchers and other smaller water filters for your drinking water, a water softener can do the job for your entire home. 

Plumbing Longevity

A water softener is also a long-term investment in your plumbing, associated fixtures, and water appliances. The minerals in hard water can corrode your pipes, wearing down the materials until the pipes need to be replaced sooner. This goes for your bathroom and kitchen fixtures, too. 

Even appliances like your dishwasher and clothing washer may not last as long if you have hard water. A water softener can help extend the lifespan of your water heater, dishwasher, and clothes washer.

Trust Tureks Plumbing Services for Terrific People, Terrific Service. Get in touch with our team today for your whole-house water softener.

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