Most homes in North America have hard water—89.3 percent in the U.S. and 85 percent in Canada.
It’s safe to drink hard water, but it can cause trouble in your North America home:
- Mineral collection in plumbing and appliances
- Reddish streaks in toilets
- Faded clothing and rough towels
- Dry skin and hair
- Splotches on dishes, flatware and glasses
- Low flow rate during showers
Water softening solutions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can manage your home water issues and bring you purer drinking water.
Whether you’re starting to research water softeners or you need water softener repair, our group of specialists are here to help.
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Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s inexpensive to use a water softener. It needs less than $3 in electricity annually.2
A water softener only has to have about 2.5 pounds of salt. That’s 80 percent less salt than dial-style softeners.
Soft water can make cleaning take less time, help your appliances work longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.
Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures
Soft water helps water flow freely in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral coatings to gather in your pipes and fixtures. This can lead to clogs and lower water pressure.
Showerheads in homes with hard water can lose 75 percent of their flow rate in fewer than 18 months. Soft water maintains the luster and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were put in.
Soft water is doesn’t have a lot of minerals. It doesn’t leave deposits in pipes or restrict water flow in fixtures.
Over time, hard water can cause minerals to accumulate in your washing machine and dishwasher.
The mineral deposits in hard water make limescale when heated. This can cover the heating elements in your appliances, reducing life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need frequent repairs or need to be exchanged sooner.
Efficient Water Heaters
Soft water preserves the efficiency of water heaters.
Gas storage and tankless water heaters operating on soft water maintain the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year lifetime. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can reduce efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you own an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can build up in the tank from hard water. The scale is a poor heat conductor. It can shorten the life of your heating element, because it has to work more to heat water.
Soft Skin, Brighter Laundry and Cleaner Dishes
Hard water minerals accumulate on your skin and in your hair, making it look dull. It can also lead to painful razor burn.
Soft water is more efficient at rinsing soap residue, so you’ll have silkier skin and sleeker hair. Plus, your clothes will look brighter and your dishes will look cleaner.
Less Soap and Cleaning Time
When you have hard water, you have to use additional soap for a satisfactory lather. The minerals in hard water react with soap. This makes a scum on sinks.
With soft water, you won’t need to spend as much time cleaning to eliminate soap scum. You’ll also use less soap.
What You Need to Know About Hard Water and Water Softener Systems
What is Hard Water?
Hard water has more minerals than ordinary water.
What is a Water Softener System?
It’s an appliance that takes out excess minerals like calcium and magnesium. It also lowers chlorine, iron and volatile organic compounds.
How Long Does a Water Softener Last?
A water softener that’s the appropriate size for your home will last for many years. Its lifetime depends on the manufacturer and how much you operate it.
How Much Does a Water Softener Cost?
Some water softeners are more efficient than others. As a result, the fee may differ.
Costs can also be different based on how hard your water is and how much water you use. If your water is extremely hard and is used heavily, softening expenses will increase.
Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?
Softened water includes all the natural minerals we need. While a little bit of sodium is added during the softening process, softened water is perfectly safe to drink.
What’s the Quality of My Drinking Water?
Water quality differs by geography and processing levels. It can also be influenced by construction, mining, agriculture and mineral deposits your groundwater goes through.
You can find out if there are chemicals in your home’s drinking water.
The Environmental Working Group manages a free database of more than 30 million state records of tap water tests. About 81 percent of community utilities checked in the U.S. have chemicals associated with cancer, according to the group’s research.
Can Brine from Softeners Damage my Septic Tank?
A study by the Water Quality Association found a septic tank can’t be hurt by brine released by a water softener. The tanks that were monitored were correctly placed and working normally.
Softened water may help reduce detergents being discharged into your septic tank.
Softer Water, Guaranteed
Hard water problems? Call us at 866-397-3787 or request an appointment online.
One of our Experts can check if you need a water softener.
We support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee3 for a year. That means we’ll get the job done properly the first time, whether you need us to service your water softener or install a new one.
1Some exclusions apply.
2Based on manufacturer’s information and assumptions. Savings may vary based on the type of system you use.
3Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable terms and conditions.