What exactly IS water softening? Water seems pretty darn soft already, doesn’t it? Unless it is frozen into ice, water seems to be an unusual thing to need softening… so what does this really mean? Water softening is the filtering and reduction of certain minerals that cause water to be what is referred to as “hard”. Hard water essentially is water with too much calcium, magnesium and certain other minerals.
Hard water can cause many undesirable effects, including causing scale to form in small appliances like coffee pots and irons, and larger appliances like water heaters and dishwashers. Hard water also causes build up on shower stall walls, in bathtubs, and in sinks. It can be hard to clean the deposits left from hard water without resorting to harsh chemicals.
Many people do not care for the way hard water affects their skin and hair, and they dislike drinking it as well. For all of these reasons, a water softener can be a welcome upgrade to your home that quickly pays for itself in savings on appliances, not to mention ease of care and cleaning and personal comfort.
Some areas of the country are particularly prone to hard water problems. If you live in one of these areas, you have probably already dealt with at least some of the difficulties caused by hard water. People will sometimes use only distilled water in their iron or coffee pot as a way to avoid scaling. But what about the larger appliances? A water softener is the best way to eliminate the issue of hard water in your household.
A water softener is installed between the water source and the output. When considering a water softening system, you will learn that there are two methods to water softening. One method is to remove the offending minerals from the water. The second method is to bind the minerals to other compounds, which makes them unable to form scale. You will want to learn about both methods and which is best for you and your family and the area you live in before making your choice.