Water in Arizona is notoriously “hard”, which means it has a high mineral content. To deal with hard water, many homeowners and businesses get a water softener system.
But what makes soft water better than hard water?
The Downside of Hard Water
When water comes to the earth as rain, it’s soft. At that point, the only chemical in the water is sodium (like in salt). But as it goes through our hard Arizona earth, it picks up minerals, including calcium, magnesium, chalk, and lime.
While hard water is better for drinking because of the important minerals, most people don’t enjoy the taste and it can cause problems when used around the house.
Hard water is causes the spots on your glasses in the dishwasher, spots on your shower doors, film and soap scum on your tub, and even dingy-looking clothes from the washing machine.
Hard water is even the culprit when it comes to wearing out your appliances faster. That’s because when hard water is heated, it leaves behind scale (a mineral film), which coats the inside of pipes and appliances. It can even create sludge, which leads not only to weakened machines but also increased energy usage (raising your electrical costs each month)
The Benefits of Soft Water
Once you install a water softener and start to remove all of those extra minerals from your water supply, you can enjoy life with nice water. The only problem is some people find the taste of the drinking water to be a little salty.
Fortunately, a reverse osmosis system, or RO, filters out the salt from your soft water. This makes for a great one-two punch that results in water that works better for all of your needs and still tastes great!
Other than that, there are only good things when you switch to soft water.
Soft water leaves your hair shiny and clean, your shower free of soap scum, and your dishes sparkling. Soap lathers better in soft water, so you’ll need less laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, dish soap, and even hand soap.
Because no minerals are left behind, your appliances will work better and last longer. That means lower energy bills!
Reasons to Get a Water Softener
Are you a “list” kind of person? We like lists too. Just for you, we’ve compiled a list of reasons you should consider adding a water softener to your home or business:
A cleaner body
Less scrubbing of tubs, sinks, and toilets
Lower cost of purchasing soap and detergents
Longer lasting water appliances