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Do You Have Hard Water?

Dec 11th 2018

Get The Truth About What's Lurking in Your Water

How it Negatively Impacts Your Home, Lifestyle and Wallet

Soft water is like oxygen. You don't realize how much you need it until it’s gone. Most people have no idea if they have hard or soft water.

People with hard water may not know the cause of their dry skin and scaling on appliances, but they seek a long-term solution that doesn’t break the bank. Learning the many benefits of having a water softener will allow you to combat the harsh effects of hard water on your body while saving money.

How to Tell if You Have Hard Water

Most municipalities publicly list the local water supply hardness in either GPG (grains per gallon) or ppm (parts per million). Well water or municipal (city) water supplies can be tested to determine the hardness level with test strip kits or drops.

An easy way of determining whether or not you have hard water is to look at the drinking glasses in your kitchen and see if they have a foggy appearance. If they do, then you likely have hard water. Other signs of hard water are mineral deposits and scale build-up on your glasses, dishes, fixtures and appliances.

Hard Water Wreaks Havoc on Appliances

Another place you may notice hard water is in your washing machine. People with hard water report that the washing machine is unable to clean their clothes well and they come out of the dryer stiffer.

Dishwashers, laundry machines, ice makers and water heaters become clogged with too much calcium, magnesium and iron. They become overworked, causing expensive repairs and early replacement. Water softeners solve these problems by removing and replacing hardness through an ion exchange process using salt or potassium.

Hard Water and Skin Ailments

If you suffer from skin disorders like eczema or psoriasis, hard water could be making the condition worse. Because hard water makes it harder for soap to lather, people must use more of it, increasing the amount of chemicals that come in contact with the skin.

Both effects can severely aggravate already sensitive skin. A water softener allows you to enjoy soft water that is gentle on skin, clothing and dishes.

How Do Water Softeners Work?

Water softeners work by removing harsh, dissolved solids like calcium, magnesium and iron while salt or potassium coats millions of resin beads. This ion exchange process works on a one-for-one basis, and the hardness-for-sodium exchange creates soft water.

If you have hard water, you may notice white scaly residue and soap scum in your shower, on your pots and around the edges of your bathtub. Hard water can also erode your pipes, decreasing their lifespan. Check with your local municipality or ask us for a free test kit to determine your water’s hardness.

Shinier Hair, Softer Towels and Brighter Laundry

Hard water damages hair and fabrics. Shampooing your hair is challenging since you can't work up a good lather to get it squeaky clean. Hair remains limp, dry and lifeless. A water softener will replace the chemicals that destroy your hair, sheets and towels by leaving them softer and fuller.

Choosing the Right Water Softener

The first step in determining which water softener you need is to determine the hardness level of your water. Contact your local municipal water company for your hardness in either GPG or ppm and call us for help with sizing. Bigger is not better when it comes buying the right softener.

The water softener you choose will ultimately depend on the number of people who live in the home and the hardness of the water. Water softeners are designed and sized for single home dwellings, couples, families, businesses and apartment or condo units.

Experience and Professionalism Matters

When it comes to choosing the right water softening companies, it is important to choose a professional and reliable company who can ensure the right fit for your home. Discount Water Softeners is the premier destination for water softeners, iron filters, reverse osmosis, water treatment equipment and more.

Discount Water Softeners is backed by 25 years of expertise, and our team of friendly and knowledgeable service agents is waiting to make your water clean and safe. We provide in-depth consultations to make sure you are getting the right system to treat your unique water conditions.

When you invest in your home with Discount Water Softeners, rest assured that you will only receive efficient, high-quality systems that have been rigorously tested for quality assurance.

Call us at (847) 462-9000 and start enjoying the benefits of safe, clean, clear water today.