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Benefits of Buying a Water Softener

Here are the reasons why you should get a water softener for your home

Written by:
George Simms

Plumber & Contractor

Buying a water softener provides many benefits for your personal care and protecting your household water system. Hard water contains many contaminants that can be harmful, but a water softener removes chemicals, minerals, and other substances that could harm your health. 

After purchasing a water softener, installation is straightforward. After installation, simply turn on the faucet, and the water softener processes the liquid, leaving you with clean and clear water for washing, drinking, and cleaning.

"If you have a hard water problem or are thinking of buying a water softener to improve your household water quality, there are several advantages to consider."

What are the Benefits of Water Softeners? 

1. Improved Skin and Hair Condition

Hard water can cause your skin to feel dry after washing, while your hair can be brittle and have a dull appearance. Using a water softener removes harmful chemicals such as chlorine, helping your skin to stay moisturized and look and feel better. 

The minerals and ions that negatively affect your hair are no longer present, keeping your hair soft and silky after washing. A water softener makes it easier to get a lather from your skincare products, so you won’t need to use as much. If you enjoy high-end hair products, this can provide more value for your money. 

If you use moisturizer, you may find you can use less product after bathing in soft water. Because its moisture barrier doesn’t break down in soft water, your skin remains protected, and there is less need to use large amounts of moisturizing creams or lotions.

2. Softer Clothes from the Laundry

The chemicals and minerals in hard water can have a devastating effect on your clothing, making them look worn, stained, and harming the fabric. 

When using a water softener, clothes feel noticeably softer when you remove them from the dryer. Because there is less chlorine in soft water, the dyes don’t fade as quickly, extending the lifespan of your clothing.

These benefits extend to all fabrics in your home, including towels and bed linens. You can enjoy a more luxurious feeling from fabrics when washing them with soft water.

3. Better Tasting Drinking Water

One of the most significant benefits of water softeners is an improved taste in your household water. Drinking plenty of water is crucial for physical and mental health, but the unpleasant taste in hard water can discourage people from staying hydrated. 

A water softener removes substances such as minerals and natural and human-made chemicals from your water for a more pleasant taste. Many people are reluctant to drink hard water because of these contaminants and may be more inclined to drink tap water if they know these additives won’t enter their bodies.

4. Less Harm to Pipes and Appliances 

Scaling is a potentially costly problem when you have hard water in your home. Minerals build up inside pipes and household appliances, and as the water flow rate reduces, the scaling happens more quickly. You may be unaware of this process until the rubber parts of your appliances dry out, resulting in a leak.

"If you’re unsure if you have a hard water problem, check your kettle or coffee pot’s interior for mineral deposits that build up over time. "

A more severe problem is if pipes clog, wear out, and eventually break, causing a leak that could cause damage behind your walls. Hard water can increase expenses because you replace appliances more frequently and may need to pay for a professional plumber to replace piping

Using a water softener, you can remove many minerals and chemicals, increase your appliances’ lifespan, and protect your plumbing system.

5. Reduced Staining on Surfaces and Dishware 

One of the most obvious signs of hard water becoming a problem is finding staining on your household surfaces and dishes. When hard water evaporates, it leaves behind a scum consisting mostly of calcium and magnesium. You may notice the problem in the kitchen and bathroom sinks, in your bathtub, and around your shower. 

These marks also affect dishes and glasses, adding unsightly stains which can look unhygienic. 

One of the main benefits of water softeners is that they virtually eliminate these problems, giving your home and dishware a fresher appearance. Soap scum does not build up in sinks and bathtubs, and soap residue flows down the drain. There is less need to scrub surfaces to achieve a clean appearance, and you don’t need to use as many cleaning products to make your surfaces shine.

6. More Environmentally Friendly 

Hard water affects the environment in numerous ways. If you continually need to use more products such as bleach or other chemical cleaners, this contributes to polluting the environment when you wash them down the drain. 

Because hard water can clog your pipes and appliances, they do not operate as efficiently as when using soft water. As household systems work harder, they use more energy and output more heat, increasing your carbon footprint. 

By installing a water softener, you reduce the amount of energy required for water to circulate, allowing it to flow through pipes and into your appliances smoothly. There is minimal water waste because you are not losing it through leaks or becoming stuck on scale build-up.

7. Reduced Energy Bills 

When water systems and appliances have to work harder, they use more energy and run longer, leaving you with higher utility bills. With hard water, even Energy Star-certified and green appliances can’t operate with their rated energy efficiency. A water softener ensures these systems can operate at peak efficiency, reducing costs over the long-term. 

There are additional costs if you have hard water because you could be purchasing more cleaning products to scrub mineral deposits, while you may also spend more time cleaning than necessary.

Installing a water softener means you can spend more time doing the activities you enjoy while also reducing your energy bills.

A Water Softener is a Great Investment

Buying a water softener is an excellent investment that brings numerous benefits. Using a water softener can increase your appliances’ lifespan and make it easier to keep your skin and hair in great condition, and help you stay hydrated throughout the day.

About the Author

George Simms is a Salt Lake City based plumber and contractor, with a focus on aiding homes and businesses (particularly farm) solve problems with hard and contaminated water. Walter is here to share his wealth of job experience and a knowledge of both modern and antique plumbing.

Last Updated on December 9, 2021