Water is essential for life. Water runs through our homes, but could hard water be causing damage to your pipes, surfaces, skin, dishes and other items? Here’s everything you need to know about hard water and water softeners.
What’s the Difference Between Hard and Soft Water?
The term ‘hard water’ is referring to water that still has minerals from the earth, primarily magnesium and calcium. When hard water comes into contact with soap, the elements combine and curdle to form a sticky white substance that can stick to your tub, your dishes and even your skin or hair.
Soft water is simply water that has had these minerals removed via a water softener. Sodium takes the place of calcium and magnesium to leave your surfaces shiny.
How Do Water Softeners Work?
Water softeners use a process called ion exchange to eliminate calcium and magnesium from the water. Here’s a simplified version of how it works:
Step 1: Hard water goes through the mineral tank and is forces through resin beads that are charged with a sodium ion.
Step 2: The negatively charged sodium ions and the positively charged calcium and magnesium ions attract each other.
Step 3: The positive ions are removed and sodium is released instead.
Step 4: Soft water is free to flow throughout your home.
What are the benefits of a water softener?
There are many benefits to having a water softener, particularly in San Antonio where the water is especially hard. Here are some of the benefits of having softened water:
- No more residue on your tub, dishes or surfaces
- Clothes look newer for longer
- Healthier, less dry skin
- Fewer flare-ups for people who suffer from eczema
- Increases efficiency in household appliances
- Prevents buildup in hair
If you think you’re ready for soft water in your household, contact Mr. Plumber right away! We’ll provide a free estimate and red carpet service for your water softener installation. Call (210) 372-8100 to get started on the path to softer water!