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Is a Water Softener Really Necessary?

Water Softener Salt Tank FillingTo offer a short answer, water softeners aren’t necessary for all homes, but in many they are. Hard water is actually a pretty common problem in our area. There’s nothing unhealthy about ingesting hard water, specifically, but it does do a lot to diminish your quality of life in subtle but persistent ways. Plus in severe cases, it can even damage your plumbing system.

The good news is, there is a solution: a water softener system installed by a professional Clearfield, UT plumber. With our team on your side, you can get a water softener integrated into your system easily and inexpensively, and we’ll follow that up with appropriate maintenance and repairs when needed. Keep reading to learn more about these systems.

First, What Is Hard Water?

Groundwater, even when well-treated at a municipal plan, can absorb a certain amount of minerals, namely calcium and magnesium, as it travels from the municipal supply to your home. As we mentioned above, these minerals aren’t harmful to your health. You will, though, likely notice a metallic taste when you drink a glass of water from the faucet, or use water when cooking.

There are other impacts it can have. For instance, hard water in your washing machine can make your clothes and other textiles fade and break down quicker than they normally would. Another example of its impact is in the shower: hard water can leave a residue on your skin, and leave your hair feeling slimy right after washing it.

More important than either of these examples, however, is what hard water can do to your plumbing system. Have you ever noticed a white, or greenish/yellow buildup on your faucets or shower heads? This build-up is the result of hard water deposits, and that same build-up—even though you can clean it from the surfaces—is occurring within your pipes. This can lead to clogs, corrosion, and subsequent leaks.

The Water Softener Solution

Whole-house water softeners work by removing those minerals we mentioned, leaving your water cleaner, softer, and easier to drink and use. Additionally, your clothing budget could even stretch a lot further since your clothes won’t be subjected to the harsh conditions that hard water in your washing machine presents.

Also, even more vital to your homeownership needs, a water softener will eliminate the mineral build-up that occurs within your pipes, and cut down on the build-up you see on your plumbing fixtures. This can save you a great deal of money on chemical cleaners—which honestly shouldn’t be used anyway as they can do more harm than good to the integrity of your plumbing system.

A water softener can help the pipes throughout your plumbing system last longer before they begin to suffer from the impact of corrosion, making it a vital system to integrate into your home plumbing.

Contact the HVAC and plumbing experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service today for your water softener installation or service, and do not hesitate to ask us about our other numerous plumbing services.

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