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What does a water softener do?


Your water supply may contain minerals like magnesium and calcium, which can enter your home and wreak havoc over time. Water softeners can reduce the effects of these minerals, potentially extending the life of your hot-water heater, while improving your day-to-day life as well. Here’s how: 

Easy clean

Water softeners help to prevent limescale, soap scum, and hard water stains, which can form in the following areas:

  • Tubs and showers
  • Sinks
  • Dishwashers 
  • Washing machines

Water softeners limit the mess that mineral deposits leave behind, giving you less exposure to cleaning chemicals and more time back in your day.

Good hair days

Removing minerals makes cleaning easier, but what does a water softener do to your hair and clothes? Once hard water has been softened, you could require less soap or detergent, since mineral deposits won’t be there to limit the lather. After your showers, you may also need less lotion, since soft water tends to be less drying on the skin.  

Clear dishes

Have you ever been embarrassed to have people over because all your cups were cloudy? That cloudiness is caused by hard water, which water softeners can help to clear up. Vinegar may remove milder damage, but the smoothest route to clean glassware is using a water softener. With the film and spots gone, you’ll be free to be the host(ess) with the most(est)!

Great water

Hitting your goals for daily water consumption can be difficult when it doesn’t taste good. Softening hard water can remove the extra minerals, making it more refreshing and easier to drink.

The benefits of a water softener can affect various aspects of your life, including giving you softer hair, money back in your wallet, and more life out of your major appliances and home systems. Click here to learn how to maintain your water softener, and visit us on Facebook or Instagram to tell us your thoughts!