Hard water is extremely prevalent in the St. George area. Our plumbers commonly test various homes around the area and find a rough average of 20 grains per gallon. According to the hardness scales we would be classified as containing very hard water. This puts a toll on various systems and a water softener can relieve that stress.
Water softeners, process your water by replacing minerals such as calcium and magnesium more friendly “softer” minerals such as sodium or potassium.
Benefits of Softened Water
Softened water provides many benefits from your health to the longevity of your appliances. By removing the hard water, you can experience all the following benefits around your home:
- Save Money on Soap and Energy Costs
- Healthier feeling Hair and Skin
- Increased Life Expectancy of Appliances and Fixtures
- Cleaner Dishes and Softer Fabrics
According to a study done by the Water Quality Association, you can reduce the amount of soap and detergents used by up to 70%. Reducing the amount of shampoo, dish and laundry detergent you need to buy and use. Many people have observed softer clothes and towels after switching to a water softener as well.
From the same study, they also evaluated the energy usage of water heaters. They were able to sustain the peak performance of the unit. This can save you up to 24% of your monthly energy costs. This was caused by noticeable build ups that can also increase maintenance costs and shorten the lifespan of your water consuming appliances.
Softened water can minimize the build-up of calcium deposits in water lines and waste lines including promoting a healthier leach line for septic systems.
Do I need a water softener?
There are various indicators that you can watch out for to determine the need for a water softener in your home. Such as the following:
- Increased noise on electric water heaters.
- Popping sound on the
waterheater as it heats up the water.
- Visible flaky white build up on in-home fixtures and dishes.
- Soap scum build-up on shower doors and floors.
- Dry skin and hair could be indications of sensitivity to hard water.
- Easily clogged shower heads and faucets due to internal build up.
As you can see, there are various ways that hard water takes a toll on you, your home and home. Consider purchasing a water softener and installation services from the plumbing people who care. Call People’s Plumbing today for options and installation.