Many Boulder, CO, residents suffer from the effects of hard water, such as dry, itchy skin, stiff clothes, and ruined appliances. Fortunately, there’s a way to alleviate the problems of hard water by installing a whole-home water softener. If you think it’s not worth the money, or are on the fence about it, contact our Canyon Plumbing & Heating experts for a consultation and let us show you how much more pleasant your life can be without the problems that come from hard water.
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How Can Water be ‘Hard’?
It’s funny to think that a liquid like water can be hard, but what we mean by that is that it has a high mineral content — mostly calcium and magnesium. The higher the mineral content, the ‘harder’ the water.
Although hard water isn’t dangerous to drink (some say the mineral concentration is good for you), it does come with problems that are a challenge to deal with, which we’ll look at below.
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Problems That Come From Hard Water
Now that you know what hard water is, here are a few of the issues many people deal with.
- Metallic Taste: If the water has a high iron content, it might have a metal taste and smell that some people don’t like.
- Stains: Is your porcelain tub or toilet stained with red or brown streaks? If yes, then it’s probably the hard water that’s to blame.
- Soap Scum: Soap doesn’t dissolve well in hard water, so it leaves behind a film that makes your shower and tub look messy and leaves your hair lifeless.
- Appliance Damage: As calcium builds up, it shortens the lifespan of appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and coffee makers.
- Stiff, Faded Clothes: Because soap doesn’t fully dissolve in water, clothes feel stiff when they come out of the washing machine, and they fade more quickly.
- Clogged Pipes: As minerals buildup in your pipes, it can lead to slow drains and blockages.
If you’re tired of dealing with these issues and want to stop paying for bottled water, call us and find out if a water softener is right for you.
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How Water Softeners Work
The typical whole home water softener works by a process called ion exchange. The hard water enters the system and flows over resin beads that are negatively charged with sodium ions. The negative charge of these ions pulls out the positively charged calcium and magnesium ions, which leaves the water ‘soft’ as it exits the system.
The result is water that tastes better, is better to clean with, and won’t damage your appliances.