Spotty glasses are just one sign that your home has hard water. Luckily, hard water can be softened with a water conditioning system. But, what is a water conditioner? How does it work? How can you tell if you need one?
Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know before investing in the many benefits of a water conditioner.
Signs of Hard Water
Water conditioners solve the problem of hard water – but how do you know if your home has hard water? Look for these signs:
- Glasses come out of the dishwasher looking spotty
- Soap scum on bathroom tile
- Ring around the bathtub
- Dry skin
- Flat, lifeless hair
What Is Hard Water and Why Is it Bad?
Hard water is a strange term because it’s difficult to imagine how a liquid can be hard. What makes water hard is high levels of dissolved calcium and magnesium.
Some of the problems hard water can cause include:
- Reduced lifespan of your water heater, dishwasher, and other appliances
- More wear on clothing after every wash
- Build-up of lime and scale in your plumbing
- Increased use of soap and detergent to get things clean
- Spots on dishes coming out of the dishwasher
What Is a Water Conditioning System?
Also known as a water softening system, a water conditioner “softens” hard water by removing calcium and magnesium by an ion exchange process. In return, sodium ions are added to the water. You just need to add a special salt to the system occasionally, and the water conditioner does the rest.
Benefits of a Water Conditioner
If your home has hard water, a water conditioning system can provide many benefits, including:
- Lower water heating expenses
- Longer appliance life
- Cleaner dishes
- Smoother skin and hair
- Longer-lasting clothes
- Reduced soap scum and bathtub ring
- Less need for harsh chemicals to clean hard water residue
What Else Can Water Conditioners Do?
Depending on the system, a water conditioner may be able to eliminate, improve, or reduce:
- pH imbalance
- High manganese or iron levels
- Tannins (yellow or brownish coloring)
- Hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell)
Ready to Learn More?
The LeverEdge has many different water conditioning systems to choose from. Which one is best for you depends on a variety of factors, especially what issues you are having with your water.
We look forward to helping you improve your home’s water quality and experience the benefits of softer water for years to come!
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