Whether you’ve recently moved to a new area or have been in your home for years, you may be wondering about the water quality in your Nevada neighborhood. Some locations have a higher mineral content in their water (hard water), which most people find unpleasant. If you’re wondering if the same might be true in your area, read on to learn about how Whitney’s Water Systems, Inc can help you get the best water possible flowing in your home.
How Do I Know If My Water Is Hard?
There are several ways to tell if you have hard water and, chances are, you’ve already noticed them. Have you seen any of these signs recently?
- Chalky buildup in your shower and sink
- Spots on clean dishes
- Faded or scratchy clothing
- Dry hair or scalp
- Smelly or foul-tasting water
How Does a Water Softener System Work?
Water softener systems work using the power of chemistry. Hard water is full of positively charged minerals like magnesium and calcium. While these minerals are essential elements to support life, too much of them in your water can be a problem. A typical water softener contains negatively charged materials that attract the positively charged hard water minerals and switch them out with sodium or potassium, creating softer water. Don’t worry about the sodium, though. When a pro handles the installation, a water softener does NOT make your water taste salty.
What Are the Benefits of Home Water Softeners?
There are many advantages of owning a residential water softener. Let’s take a look at the top five benefits.
1. Healthier Skin
Hard water makes soaps more difficult to rinse clean, often leading to skin and scalp dryness from a buildup. If you have sensitive skin, you may also notice inflammation or blemishes from mineral residue. Similarly, hard water can lead to an accumulation of minerals on your hair that can make it unmanageable, coarse or even discolored. Soft water can eliminate all of these unpleasant symptoms.
2. Better-Tasting Water
The presence of hard water minerals can lead to smelly or foul-tasting water. By removing these minerals, a water softener can dramatically improve the taste and smell of water.
3. More Comfortable Clothes
A commonly overlooked sign of hard water is scratchy or faded clothing. Clothes that are washed in softened water are typically more vibrant and comfortable than those washed in hard water because water softeners eliminate the minerals that coat and dull clothing fibers.
4. Easier Cleaning
Because hard water affects how well soaps and detergents work, it can be much more difficult to get things clean around the house. Cleaning things like showers, sinks, counters and dishes is significantly easier with softened water to help you rinse things clean.
5. Fewer Plumbing-Related Repairs
As we’ve already established, hard water can accumulate on just about anything. Plumbing is no exception. Drains, toilets, showerheads and faucets can call be impacted, literally, by hard water minerals. Water softener installation can prevent these costly plumbing-related repairs.
If you think you may have hard water and would like to improve your water’s quality, look no further than a water softener system installed by our experienced team at Whitney’s Water Systems Inc. Fill out our online contact form for more information or to schedule our water softener installation services. We look forward to serving you!