Is a water softening system right for your home?

Is a water softening system right for your home?

Hard water is mineral-heavy water. The calcium and magnesium from hard water can deposit on both you and your plumbing. These minerals form deposits on your appliances and can cause serious damage to their inner workings. These deposits also form on your skin when they are combined with soap leaving you with that hard water residue feeling after the soap has been rinsed.

If your household plumbing suffers from hard water, then you’re likely looking to install a water softening system. There are many options available, depending on your needs and just how hard your water is. If you have hard water now, you may be looking to install a water softener. Find out how water softeners work with this The Hard Facts Of Water Softeners infographic.

But what are the actual costs associated with installing a water softener in your home?

A big part to knowing if you want to install a water softening system is knowing if you really are being affected by hard water. If you’re suffering from hard water, it can be harmful to your household appliances, but if your region is not known for hard water, then installing a system could be wasteful. Linda Benninger is an Atlanta plumber who made the point that a water softening system isn’t something for every region: “The water in the metro Atlanta area is already soft. We sell and install water filters, but not water softeners.” 

If you’re having issues with appliances or your water, but don’t live in a hard water area, you might consider a filter to fix your issues rather than a softener.

On the other hand, some areas are affected by hard water, and it might be best to do something about your hard water, not only for your own comfort but also due to the damage it can do. Aramendia Plumbing Heating & Air are San Antonio plumbers who warn that “left untreated, hard water can cause various plumbing problems including the build up of deposits in faucets, commodes, and water heater tanks.” Taking care of your hard water issue isn’t just about soapy residue on your skin, but protecting your larger home appliances as well.

If you think the benefits of a water softener outweigh the costs, then talk to a plumber in your city today. Find the best plumbers by using Angie's List's consumer reviews.


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A water softener is a water treatment system that uses salt to remove minerals responsible for creating hard water. This water contains minerals that form deposits in your plumbing which can damage your pipes, reduce the life-span of water using appliances, clog your fixtures and also leave your dishes stained or spotty. Check with your local water company for a free analysis of your home’s water.

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