1. Reduced Household Energy Costs
Limescale acts as an insulator that prevents the efficient transfer of heat and makes devices like your water heater and coffee-pot work harder. The bearings in some appliances are lubricated by water so when calcium penetrates these parts it makes them work harder. When your appliances work harder, they use more power, and that means higher utility bills for you. Even a small amount of limescale can reduce energy transfer enough to cost you a significant sum over time. Soft water prevents limescale buildup and keeps your bills low.
2. Your Plumbing Lasts Longer
Limescale doesn't just cause you to waste energy, it will also destroy your home's pipes. Limescale will eat away at the surface of metal pipes in your home via a process called galvanic corrosion. The US Department of Energy says that galvanic corrosion is the most common corrosion to affect water heaters. The corrosive effects will affect your faucets and other fixtures as well. You may have issues with drainage since the reduced diameter caused by limescale buildup makes the drains more susceptible to clogging. Pipes on which limescale has accumulated have a much shorter usable life than pipes without limescale.
3. You Save Money on Soap
Something that you will notice when you install a water softener is how much easier it is to get soaps and shampoos to lather. Soaps do not lather well with hard water — the acids contained in them react with the minerals in hard water. When you use a water softener, you will find yourself using much less soap, like more than 50 percent less in some cases.
4. Soft Skin and Hair
The same residue that damages your plumbing will stick to your skin and hair when you shower in hard water. The minerals deplete the natural skin and hair oils. Your hair will look dull and will feel dry. Your skin will feel dry as well. In some cases, hard water can cause itching and irritation.
5. Your Clothes and Sheets Don't Fade
When clothes get washed in hard water, the minerals can stay in the fibers. The result is that over time these clothes can fade or stiffen. A water softener keeps colored fabrics bright and soft.
6. Better Water Pressure
The limescale in your pipes can clog them and reduce your water pressure. Soft water can dissolve limescale and flush it out of your plumbing, which should improve water flow.
7. Shiny Surfaces Stay Shiny
The limescale that builds up inside your plumbing will also build up on glass and ceramic surfaces that have been washed with hard water. Your glassware will lose its luster due to the minerals in the water being converted to salts by the soap and clinging to the surfaces. The same goes for your car or anything else that would otherwise have a sheen. Soft water fixes this problem and returns items to their earliest brilliance.
8. You Save Time on Housework
Many of the most time-consuming chores in housework revolve around cleaning soap scum caused by hard water. When you get a water softener, many of the surfaces in your bathroom — such as your bathtub and sink — will instantly become easier to clean.
If you are dealing with the negative effects of hard water, it may be time to have a water softener installed. If you want to learn more about your options, contact us today.