Signs Your Home Needs a Water Softener

Water is a must-have, and the easy access you have to it contributes significantly more to your home’s comfort than you imagine. However, not all water is the same. There is hard water and soft water, a distinction made depending on the milligrams per liter (m/l) of dissolved calcium carbonate that the water contains. It’s recommended that you consume and utilize soft water for your cooking and cleaning needs. If your home has hard water, you might have to install a water softener. You might be wondering, “How do I know my home needs a water softener?” Here’s how:

Scale Build-up

Have you noticed any scale build-up on your appliances like tea kettles and coffee pots after you are done boiling water from your tap? This is an indication that your home has hard water. You might also see scale build-up on the water pipes, faucets, showerheads, and staining on the sinks and bathroom tiles. The harder your water, the more rampant the scale build-up will be. This can be a nuisance as it can block the holes in the showerhead and even clog pipes.

Dry Skin

Do you consistently have dry skin that requires you to use a moisturizer? This can be an indication that you are bathing with hard water. Bathing with hard water can cause itchy dry skin and hair due to the elevated amounts of calcium and magnesium salts in the water. You should know that there is very little that using improved soaps and shampoos can do to reduce the dry skin and itchiness caused by hard water.

Discolored Bright Clothes

Are you noticing that your bright clothes are getting discolored after every wash? This discoloration shows that you are using hard water for your laundry. The discoloration results from the mineral deposits in the hard water settling in the fabric of your clothes. The more you wash your bright clothes with hard water, the more they become discolored, as an increasing amount of minerals continues to build up in the fabric.

Frequent Plumbing Failures

Do you have to repair your plumbing frequently, and the source of the problems seems to be unsolvable? The frequent plumbing failures you experience can be due to your plumbing system running hard water. Firstly, running hard water through your plumbing system will lead to scale build-up throughout the entire system. This means that there will be numerous potential blockage points that are causing pipe blockages, one after another, hence the need for constant plumbing repair. The scale build-up also results in faster wear and tear of the valves on your plumbing system. Thus, you will have to replace taps and other valves frequently.

Welcome to Barr Plumbing Service, Inc.

You might still be asking yourself, “Do I need a water softener?” You shouldn’t let this worry you. We at Barr Plumbing Service, Inc. have offered all kinds of plumbing assistance to residents and businesses in the city of Columbus, Indiana, and its surroundings for years now. This plumbing assistance includes water softener installation and repair, drain cleaning, boiler repair, water heater repair and sewer cleaning. Reach out to us, Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all your water softener inquiries.

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