Most water contains more than water. Almost all of the water found in the U.S. is hard water. Hard water is water that is contaminated with dissolved minerals - like Calcium, Magnesium, Sulphur, Iron, Lead and Limestone - that can have a negative impact on you, your household, and your pocketbook. Depending on where you live, contaminants from sewerage, industrial waste, and agricultural runoff can seep into your water supply.
Hard water produces scale
If there are stains or buildup on your sinks and bathtubs... If you have to use large amounts of soap to clean dishes or wash your hair... or if your water tastes or smells odd, you probably have hard water. If left untreated, the minerals in hard water will cause yellow stains on plumbing fixtures and be deposited as scale, eventually clogging plumbing and shortening the life of appliances like washing machines, water heaters and dishwashers. Scale deposits not only cut down on the efficiency of these appliances, they cost you money increasing both energy and maintenance bills.
Water softeners eliminate the effects of hard water.
They "soften" the water by removing the Calcium and Magnesium found there, extending the useful life or water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, coffee makers, humidifiers and household plumbing systems by as much as 30%.
A water softener in your home will make you feel better bathing, improve the taste of water, and allow soaps and detergents to clean better.
Soft Water makes a difference you can see and feel throughout the house.
In the bathroom: Your soap and shampoo will lather better. Your hair and skin will feel noticeably cleaner, softer and not as dry.
In the laundry: Clothes will be softer, cleaner, whiter, and brighter. Plus they will last longer. Using soft water and pure soap products, increases the life of clothes, towels and linens up to 33%. You will use 50% less soap and detergents.
In the kitchen: Dishes will clean up more easily, and be spot free, without the grey film glasses get when etched by mineral-laden water. Hands will feel softer and look better.
Throughout the house: Apart from prolonging the life of major appliances, water softeners protect the plumbing and piping of your house. Hard water creates a film which lines the inside of your house's pipes. Over time, further mineral deposits cling to this film which becomes thicker and thicker. In doing so, the inside diameter of the pipe decreases, restricting water flow rates and causing low water pressure throughout the house.
To remove this buildup could involve replacing ALL of the existing piping in the house, which is extremely expensive. A water softener will prevent this from happening; prevention is better than a cure.