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Posted by By: Tom Smith on Tue Apr 3rd, 2018 at 4:21 pm

I was recently asked what the major benefits are of having soft water? It is such a great question that I wanted to share my answer.


Some of the most overlooked benefits of soft water are in the home use. Hard water is known to clog pipes, complicate soap and detergent dissolving in water, and leave behind water spots. It creates a scale buildup inside your pipes and water heater which reduces their efficiency. 


Water treated with a water softener versus untreated hard water has many benefits:

* Cleaner laundry and shinier silverware, glassware, mirrors, and tiles
* Softer skin and clean, smooth hair.
* Reduced soap curd makes cleaning easier and reduces housework.
* Uses less soap and shampoo because of the rich lather softened water and soap produces.
* Softer clothes without hard minerals trapped in the fabric. Fabrics last longer and whites stay whiter without the dingy

  gray caused by hard water.
* Preserves the life of all water appliances such as coffee machines, ice makers, dishwashers, water heaters and laundry

* Saves money on monthly energy costs and damages to appliances.


As a Smell Good Plumber...the most important benefit of soft water mentioned above, is how it helps major mechanical, plumbing equipment, and fixtures stay in good working order.


The calcium in hard water is very damaging to the function of faucet mobility. Anywhere hard water touches it leaves a cloud of white power calcium that is very difficult to clean off and causes friction in the o rings and faucet cartridges. Ultimately this causes more force to operate the faucet and damage can occur. Hard water also leaves a white filmy layer on all plumbing fixtures causing them to look dull and old. Hard water will cause the chrome or brass finish on a faucet to look dull and eventually will shorten the life of the finish.



The life expectancy of a water heater can be lengthened greatly by having a soft water system. In a water heater that is supplied with unsoftened water, a calcium layer on the bottom of the heater builds up. Over time this can develop into a layer of calcium on the bottom up to several inches. When this happens a popping sound will occur, and the heat transfer process is cut almost in half (gas water heater). In an electric water heater the calcium will build up high enough in the tank that it will bury the electric element causing it to short out and stop producing hot water all together. This means more energy is used to heat water which will result in increased energy expenses.



It is important to protect your home with softened water to prolong the lifespan of your pipes and home appliances. The cost of a water softener and the salt on a monthly basis, is much less expensive than replacing the plumbing fixtures and equipment in your home prematurely. 


If you'd like more information on a water softening system for your home, or are having a problem with your existing water softener, or any plumbing related the Smell Good Plumbers today at 262-367-3808. We're here to help!


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