If you don’t have a water softener, you’re probably wasting money. Hard water creates a host of issues that can harm your home and health. Without water treatment, your water can cause:
- Stiff and scratchy laundry
- Poor water pressure
- Dry and itchy skin and hair
- Spotted glassware
Excessive minerals in hard water, such as calcium and magnesium, cause these types of problems. Water softeners offer simple solutions to your hard water issues. They remove these minerals and give you clean and clear water.
To get the right water softener for your home or business, contact the specialists at Atlantic Blue Water Services. We’ll show you some of the ways water treatment saves you money.
What is a Water Softener System?
You can use two standard systems for softening water: salt-based and salt-free. Salt-based softeners add sodium to the water, which reduces calcium deposits. The negative charge of sodium ions attracts positively-charged magnesium and calcium ions.
If you don’t have a severe hard water problem, you can use a salt-free option. These softeners treat hard water through electrical or magnetic currents. Salt-free systems:
- Don’t require electricity
- Don’t result in sodium buildup
- Are more environmentally friendly
Unlike a filter, these water treatment options do not remove bacteria or heavy metals from your water. However, they do replace mineral ions with sodium and potassium to soften it.
How Water Softeners Save You Money
Longer Appliance Lifespan
Hard water harms your laundry machines, dishwasher, and other appliances. Eventually, the buildup of minerals from untreated water will make your appliances less efficient. You may start to see scale, or a crusty buildup in pipes and faucets.
This buildup happens when the mineral deposits calcify. As time passes, this mineral accumulation becomes harder to remove.
Scale can lead to stains in showers and sinks as well as costly appliance repairs. Fortunately, you can prevent scale with water treatment. After this treatment, you will need to replace or repair your appliances less often.
Brighter and Cleaner Clothes and Dishes
Hard water can cause faded clothes and cloudy dishes. Fading happens when your clothes collect mineral deposits, which can cause stains.
Some people already add salt to their laundry to prevent bleeding colors. With a salt-based water softener, you won’t have to worry about this step in your wash routine.
Your washing machine and dishwasher will last longer, and you can enjoy cleaner and fresher laundry, dishes, and utensils.
Reduced Energy and Gas Bills
Over time, hard water can damage your pipes irreversibly. The scale buildup narrows the space for water to pass through. Because of the limited space, you must increase your water pressure to get the water through the pipes.
Narrow pipes also fail to transfer heat efficiently. You may find yourself cranking up the water heater to compensate for the lack of heat, which increases your gas and energy bills.
When you remove the excess buildup in your pipes, water moves more easily. Your plumbing system will function better, and you can increase the efficiency of your water heater and other tools.
When you soften your water, you:
- Reduce wear and tear on your pipes
- Use less water overall
If you let your pipes collect scale, you will eventually face a time-consuming and expensive repair job. Instead, get water treatment before these minerals clog your pipes.
Use Fewer Cleaning Products
Detergents do not mix well with hard water. Soft water allows your soap to go further, helping you save money on detergent.
With softer water, you can even wash clothes with cold water to save on heating. You also won’t have to purchase or use as much fabric softener.
Additionally, the scale buildup from hard water requires heavy scrubbing and harsh cleaning products. Water softeners allow you to spend less time cleaning and less money on chemicals.
Soft water gives you a deeper soapy lather when you bathe, too. Your hair and skin will:
- Pick up and hold moisture more easily
- Retain natural oils
- Maintain a balanced pH level
Save Time and Effort with Water Treatment
Water softeners are easy to maintain and install. Before you get yours, ask Atlanta Blue Water Services to conduct a water test. Our high-class water testing lab will find your water’s mineral concentration levels, and we know how to correct them.
If you aren’t sure if you have hard water, look for some of the telltale signs. Your home may have a hard water problem if you notice:
- Watermarks on faucets
- Dingy white clothes
- Foul-smelling or -tasting water
- Low water pressure
- Residue on dishes once they dry
You should test your water quality not only to save money but for the health of you and your home. A water treatment system from Atlanta Blue Water Services allows for better quality water that benefits every area of your household. Call us today at 410-840-2583 to learn more about your water treatment options today.