If you are like most people out there, then you are wondering if you really need to invest in a water softener system for the home. You may even think that you can put up with spots on your dishes from the hard water. But the truth is that hard water does more than just leave ugly white spots on your dishes. Below, you’ll find the top reasons why you need to use a water softener in your home.
1. Scale deposits in the showers and sinks.
This is usually the first thing that people notice when they have hard water. You get this really gross buildup of limescale all around your showers, bathtubs and sinks. And the buildup grows every time that you use the hard water.
Some of this limescale can be flaked away with your hand, but most of it is really difficult to remove. Using your hard water to get rid of it doesn’t work, cause it just adds more to it. Using an all-purpose cleaner doesn’t work to remove it. The only thing that does work it a lot of elbow grease and strong (and maybe toxic) chemical cleaner that specializes in limescale deposits.
But, if you had installed the best water softener as soon as you found out that your home has hard water, then you wouldn’t have to worry about the lime deposit buildup in the showers and sinks.
2. Dry, brittle hair when you wash it.
I know this might not matter much to the guys out there, but when you wash your hair in hard water it ends up causing a lot of damage to the hair. It doesn’t matter if you use the world’s most moisturizing shampoo and conditioner because it won’t work with the hard water.
Instead, you end up with hair that feels like a bristle brush. It is the most dull and straw-like hair that you will ever have in your entire life. And this is really confusing since the hard water makes it feel like you can’t get all of the conditioner out of your hair when you rinse it.
The damage that hard water causes to your hair isn’t limited to how it feels. It also causes some hair loss. So, if you are a man or woman who is concerned about thinning hair, then you definitely do not want to be washing that hair in hard water.
3. Extremely dry skin after showers and washing hands.
Hard water doesn’t just make your hair dry, it also makes your skin REALLY dry. This is true even when you are just washing your hands after using the toilet or before dinner. Skin gets so dry after showers that it almost looks and feels like leather. And it seems that no amount of moisturizer can get your skin to feeling soft and smooth again.
And, of course, dry skin results in your skin aging faster. So, if you are concerned with having a youthful appearance and don’t want a lot of wrinkles, then you definitely want to avoid showering or washing your face in hard water.
4. Poor dishwasher efficiency.
When you wash dishes in your dishwasher with a hard water supply, then the dishes often come out looking just as dirty (if not dirtier) than before you put them in. And it’s not just because of the chalky, white hard water spots that are on everything.
Hot water causes a lot of lime buildup in the pipes and appliances, like the dishwasher. And over time, that buildup results in the dishwasher not working as well as it once did. This means that your dishes don’t get as clean as they should.
But what’s worse is that it also means that the lifespan of your dishwasher is shortened, which costs you more money in the long run.
5. Laundry doesn’t get as clean as it should.
Like the dishwasher, hard water causes lime deposit buildup in the washing machine, which reduces its ability to effectively clean your clothes. But that’s not the only problem.
The laundry detergent has a harder time sudsing in hard water. This is because it is trying to soften the water. As a result, there is not enough soapy residue left to actually get your laundry clean. You have to use more detergent and even then, it doesn’t always work in getting laundry clean enough.
What’s worse is that dark clothes often come out of the wash with chalky white residue stains from the minerals in the water. It’s almost like they come out dirtier that before.
6. Water pitcher filters don’t last very long.
Typically, if you use something like a Brita pitcher for your water, you can expect a single filter to last you about two to three months. This is not true if you have hard water. In fact, you’ll be lucky if you can get it to last a month! More often that not, water pitcher filters only last about a week in homes with hard water.
With hard water, there are just too many things in the water for the water pitcher filters to process. So, they end up getting over-stressed and used up after about a week. And replacing water pitcher filters weekly instead of every two months can end up costing your family a lot of money.
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