Benefits of Whole-House Water Softener

The municipal water supply that runs into the average household contains hard water along with chlorine and chloramine. Whole-house water softener systems with the right filtration are able to remove these contaminants and reduce the negative effects of these substances on you and your family. Below, we will discuss the details of why it’s advantageous to invest in a whole-house water softener and filtration combo system.

Softer Skin

Your skin is subjected to a great deal of dryness when you shower, especially due to the amount of chlorine found in the average home. Not only is chlorine drying, it also contributes to soap scum buildup that can further irritate your skin. Removing chlorine from your water can help improve the texture and condition of your skin.

Silkier Hair

Hard water and soap create what’s known as soap scum, which is incredibly difficult to wash out of your hair. Showering in contaminated hard water will often create hair that looks limp and lifeless. By getting a filtration system in place, you can improve the health of your hair.

Virtually Spot-free

Those hard to remove spots and stains on your dishes, cooking utensils, and fixtures are all a result of hard water mineral deposits. Removing these minerals from your water supply helps enhance the look and feel of your fixtures as well as cooking utensils.

Reduces Soap Scum

Hard water makes it hard to rinse cleaning products and soap down the drain. As a result, a ring of soap scum is often left behind as a reminder. Having softer water in your home will make it easier to wash beauty products easily down the drain!

Less Time Spent On Housecleaning

The removal of hard minerals will also eliminate limescale buildup. As such, you can dedicate less time to household chores, and your appliances as well as fixtures will look better for that much longer!

Save Money On Soaps And Lotions

Soap doesn’t lather when exposed to hard water. If you have softened water, you will find that you not only need to use less product in the shower, but your soap lathers better and your skin is less dry and irritated as a result.

Laundry Looks Better And Lasts Longer

Soap scum can also cause problems for your clothing. It can get stuck within the carefully woven network of fibers in your clothing and cause them to yellow with age or result in less vibrant colors. Additionally, chlorine can sap color from clothing dyes, making them age faster. Having a filtered soft water supply ensures your clothing lasts much longer.

Save Money On Cleaning Products

Performing household cleaning tasks with soft water allows you to use less cleaning products. That saves you money, but also eliminates the need to invest in additional scrubbing products for limescale buildup.

Plumbing And Appliances Last Longer

Hard minerals that build up within your plumbing and your appliances decrease their life expectancy and efficiency. In fact, chlorine is well known for drying out rubber parts, thus, requiring these parts to get replaced frequently. A whole-house water filter and softener combo system can help eliminate this costly problem.

Clean Drinking Water

Water purification systems can also help improve the overall taste of your drinking water. Additionally, the food as well as drinks prepared with this filtered water will simply taste better. This also eliminates the use of single-use plastic bottled water!

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The Benefits Of Owning A Water Softening And Filtration System

A water softening and filtration system is the single most cost-effective solution for your home to improve its water supply. These all-in-one systems are able to eradicate common household municipal water supply problems while also helping improve the efficiency of household appliances. What do these systems do, and are they worth it? We will attempt to answer the most commonly asked questions by our clients in the section below!

What Is A Water Softening And Filtration System?

In this instance, the system does exactly as you would think— it filters and softens your water supply. These systems will usually contain tanks or individual canisters that all serve a different important purpose. Common systems will contain canisters that house activated carbon, ion exchange resin, and specialty filtration gravel. The carbon and gravel layers are directly responsible for helping filter the contaminants. Meanwhile, the resin works to help soften the water supply. A backflush tank is also present where potassium chloride or sodium is employed for cleaning the resin layer.

How Does A Water Softening And Filtration System Work?

The activated carbon filter is able to trap contaminants such as chlorine. Tiny pores are placed over the surface of the carbon granules and they work to trap the toxins and contaminants. Ion exchange resin is the layer that lies below the activated carbon filter. The ion exchange process involves ions of the same charge being exchanged from an insoluble solid state to a solution when coming into contact with it. For example, calcium and magnesium ions present in hard water are exchanged for sodium or potassium ions during the softening phase when attached to resin beads. Sodium and potassium are both healthier minerals as they don’t cause the same systemic problems that magnesium and calcium do.

The last layer is beneath the resin ion exchange and involves filtering more contaminants with gravel. This doesn’t just polish the water, but also removes the toxins that previous layers may have missed.

Salt-based Vs Salt-free

There’s no such thing as a salt-free water softener system, regardless of what anyone will tell you. Without salt, it’s impossible to remove hard minerals, and as such, you can’t create soft water with hard water minerals inside. Fortunately, there are ways that you can limit the negative effects of hard water on your appliances. Through the use of nucleation or template assisted crystallization, hard water passes through a filter that causes hard water to stick and form crystallized mineral deposits. These microcrystals aren’t able to cause buildup or further problems within plumbing or appliances. Though you won’t experience the comprehensive positive effects of soft water, you will at least eliminate the problem of having less efficient plumbing and appliances. These systems can also include a carbon filter to help remove additional harmful toxins.

Of course, if you much prefer to have filtered water along with soft water, a whole-house water softening/filtration combo system is the better investment. Make sure to purchase your system from a company offering the products along with installation and maintenance services. Our dealer locator can help you find a company in your area! The right system can work tirelessly for decades with minimal upkeep— saving you money in the process!