The notion of “soft” and “hard” water can be confusing. Simply put, “hard” water contains harsh minerals, including calcium, magnesium, bicarbonates, and sulfates. A water softener removes these minerals to a degree.
The Benefits of a Water Softener
How can you tell the difference between hard and soft water? If you’ve ever taken a shower with water that’s gone through a water softener, you will instantly notice the difference in how your hair looks and feels—your skin, too!
You’ll also notice that your soap and shampoo work up a better lather with soft water. So, if your skin and hair are feeling especially dry and dull, a water softener could benefit you.
Soft water has other benefits, including the ability to save you money in the long term. Your laundry will be cleaner and softer, requiring less detergent. Furthermore, household appliances that use water will run more efficiently, staying in tip-top shape for longer.
If you choose to go with the comfort of soft water, it’s a good idea to get water softener maintenance by a qualified plumber. When you’re starting out with a new system, professional water softener installation will help ensure that it runs more efficiently.
The Negatives of a Water Softener
So, why wouldn’t you want soft water? Most water softeners require electricity and a large supply of softener salt. Depending on how much water you use, your water softener maintenance costs could add up.
Another concern is that drinking water treated with rock salt could cause health issues, but this hasn’t been documented. If you’re concerned about salt contamination, consult a plumber about keeping softened water from flowing out of faucets you drink from. Of course, any salt taste from softened water can be removed with a carbon filter.
Have questions about water softener installation or maintenance? Give the trusted professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing a call. We’d be happy to answer your questions or schedule a consultation.