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Installing a Water Softener: What Are the Benefits?

undefinedDue to the national spotlight that Flint, Michigan was in recently because of their devastating water quality problem, homeowners throughout the U.S. are a lot more diligent about assessing the quality of their own drinking water, and making sure it’s safe for them and their families. Should Idaho residents be concerned, though?

According to sources from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, any concerns about our own water quality pales in comparison to the problems that Flint faced and are still facing. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean you should ignore the condition of the potable and drinkable water making its way into your home. And to resolve any hard water problems you may have, the answer lies in a Rigby, ID water softener installation.

What Is a Water Softener?

To understand what a water softener is and how it works, it’s important to first understand what hard water is. This is the existence of too many minerals—namely calcium and magnesium—within your water. The good news is that these minerals are not unhealthy or otherwise harmful to you—they will not make you ill.

The bad news is that the same cannot be said for your plumbing system, your dishes, or even your laundry! A water softener works by effectively removing the minerals from your water that could have an impact on your pipes in addition to other important components to your quality of life.

What Are the Benefits?

There are a number of advantages to softening your water, including:

  • Healthier Plumbing: When you eliminate the buildup of hard minerals within your pipes, you reduce the risk of creating blockages and causing corrosion. You help your pipes stay in good shape longer, so that you don’t have to replace parts of your plumbing system before it is absolutely necessary.
  • Cleaner Dishes: Have you ever pulled some glasses out of the dishwasher only to discover they are foggy or covered in water spots? Even though they are technically “clean,” this can be a rather unpleasant sight—and it’s caused by hard water.
  • Brighter Clothing: Hard water has a pretty significant impact on your laundry. It can actually cause your clothing and other washables to wear out faster than they would otherwise. Plus, bright colors will begin to fade once they are exposed to hard water. A water softener will help your clothes look better and last longer.
  • More Refreshing Water: Have you ever taken a sip of water from the kitchen faucet to notice a metallic taste to it? Or perhaps you’ve stepped out of the shower to discover your hair feels slimy and your skin feels dry. These are all symptoms of hard water, and issues that a professionally installed and serviced water softener will resolve.

Keep an eye out for any of the above-mentioned symptoms of hard water. Remember, even though hard water doesn’t directly impact your health, it certainly does have an effect on your quality of life, and your plumbing system. Without addressing hard water, you’ll be paying more for things like plumbing services, replacing clothing, and cleaning items such as dishes.

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