Due to the damaging effects of hard water, whole house and point-of-use water softening system installation continues to rise in Marion, Citrus, Sumter, and Hernando Counties.
What is hard water?
How does it affect you? And what are the benefits to purchasing one of these systems and installing it in your home?
If you are not familiar with the term “hard water,” it seems difficult to grasp since when we think of water we would never refer to it as “hard”. You most likely won’t FEEL a difference but hard water contains more minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron than ordinary water. The degree of hardness is measured by the level of concentration of these minerals that dissolve in the water. Because these minerals are positively charged ions, other positively charged ions will have a more difficult time dissolving. For example, ordinary soap will not dissolve as well in hard water as it would in water that does not contain such a concentrated amount of calcium and magnesium.
At a quick glance, you wouldn’t expect this to be as menacing as it really is. Other than soap and detergent’s difficulty dissolving in hard water, it can also cause build up on pipes and eventually result in clogging. Hard water can also cause lime scale deposits to form in your household water system. When the pipes are blocked by this buildup, the efficiency of your hot water heater and tanks is reduced, increasing the cost of residential and commercial water heating by up to twenty percent. Lime scale can also have harmful effects on your household appliances. Softening your water will increase the life span of appliances like laundry machines and dish washers and expand the life span of pipelines.
Does hard water have any effects on the human body?
Hard water makes it much more difficult for your skin to absorb the moisture it needs to appear healthy. Although you may use moisturizing shower gel and pricey facial remedies, hard water will be fighting against you the whole way leaving your skin persistently dry, no matter what you do. The buildup of these minerals on your skin can also block the flow of natural oils through your skin causing breakouts, acne, rosacea, and even inflammation. The use of hard water on the skin has also been found to affect the body’s natural cooling system - sweat. This can lead to increased blood flow and higher body temperature during times of physical activity.
What do water softeners do?
Water softeners are the solution to saving on repair costs and maximizing the efficiency of your home. They are designed to remove those positively charged ions (the calcium and magnesium that we talked about earlier). The damaging minerals will accumulate in a conditioning tank and be drained out periodically, thus saving them from terrorizing your hot water heater, laundry machine, and piping system. This will save you on not only water heating bills, but on replacing costly appliances and piping ruined by hard water.
Water softeners can last for decades and are extremely beneficial to your body, appliances, and wallet.
It is recommended you have your water tested and your softening equipment installed by licensed professionals. Free information about your water supply can be retrieved from your local Health Department. If you are on a well supply, you can get a detailed water analysis from your local water purification specialist.
This article has been provided by Pro H2O in Inverness Florida – licensed professionals who specialize in water softeners, iron filters, chlorination and reverse osmosis systems for whole house or point-of-use systems. Free water analysis available to local residents or in-store by appointment.