Enjoy the Many Benefits of Owning a Water Softener
The good quality of water in your home is easy to take for granted. But almost 85 percent of the United States is a hard water zone. Texas has some of the hardest water in the United States, and hard water can damage appliances, pipes, or even our bodies.
Have you noticed any of these signs by washing dishes, washing clothes, or showering?
• Do your faucets have watermarks, even if you have just cleaned them?
• Is there an excessive buildup of lime and chalk buildup on the walls of sinks and showers in your house?
• Are your white clothes dingy and grimy, or your colors fade out unusually fast?
• Does your water have a bad taste or smell?
• Do your hair and skin feel dry or itchy after showering?
• Do you have a low water pressure?
• Do your appliances break faster than they should?
• Do your dishes have watermarks and residues when they are dry?
By installing a water softener, you and your family might benefit if you experience one of these hard water problems at home. Contacting Cypress Water Softener Company will help you obtain important information on the installation process. We have our experts available to help you get healthier water that’s better for your home, your appliances, and your family.
How does it work?
The term hard water refers to groundwater containing high levels of minerals. Although rainwater is soft when it falls from the sky, it can absorb minerals like magnesium, calcium, and trace metals as it flows into aquifers.
When these minerals are present in your water, your home, appliances, and family can suffer – and you will benefit when you install a water softening system. Hard water can damage your clothes and make your skin and hair feel rough. Although safe to drink, hard water can affect the effectiveness of detergents and soaps, resulting in spots on glasses and dishes, bathtub rings, less effective washing of clothes, and less effective rinse of shampoos and soaps.
In addition, hard water deposits can leave scale deposits and buildup of minerals in water supply pipes, coffee makers, water heaters, and ceramic tile. This can reduce the flow of water, shorten the lifespan of a water heater, and cause long-term damage to the
plumbing and fixtures in your home.
These devices are designed to reduce the effects or amount of minerals on your home’s water system. In water softening installation, you remove the hard elements from your home by filtering the water through a mineral tank that contains a bed of resin beads or plastic beads with a negative electrical charge.
The damaged mineral ions are trapped by resin and replaced by potassium and sodium ions. The negative charge of water softening resin attracts the positive charge of the hard-mineral particles, leaving them on the beads and removing them from the water.
Over time, the system performs a regeneration cycle to remove the hardness particles from the beads, sending a mixture of water and salt from the brine tank to the resin bed. The salt attracts minerals from the beads, and the excess debris is washed out from the system and drained.
The regeneration cycles occur at least once a week, but often more. The frequency of the regeneration cycles depends on many factors. The harder the water is, and the more water is used, the more frequent the regeneration cycles are. The regeneration cycles use about 50 gallons of water on average, but this will depend on the softening system you choose.
Resin beads must not be replaced. However, to maintain the system’s effectiveness, you should regularly maintain your water softener with a reliable maintenance provider. In this process, the brine tank will be checked and should be refilled regularly with salt. The frequency depends on the system’s salt tank size and how often the regeneration cycles occur.
What are the benefits?
After having a system installed, you will see immediate benefits at home.
• Healthier Water
When hard minerals are filtered out from your home water supply, your family benefits from a better-tasting of water, which improves the taste of ice, homemade juices, and coffee, eliminating the need to buy costly bottled water. In addition to better tasting, soft water will also allow your family to step out of the shower with softer skin and smoother and manageable hair.
• Longer-Lasting Pipes and Appliances
When you decide to include a water softener in your home, you can then eliminate the minerals in the water from your home. This system will help you remove the limescale deposits that hard water can leave in your pipes, limiting water flow. Your water-based appliances, such as dishwashers, laundry machines, water heaters, coffee machines, and ice makers, can work more efficiently, have a longer lifespan, and can reduce energy consumption.
• Cleaner Dishes and Laundry
Hard water may prevent the dissolution of soap and detergent. When you upgrade your home to add a water softening system, you can eliminate the build-up of soap and make sure your dishes and silverware are spot-free. You will also notice that laundry is cleaner, softer, brighter, and lasts longer than using hard water. In addition to benefiting from your laundry room and your kitchen, a water softener can also benefit your bathroom by reducing soap residue and scum on your tubs, sinks, and showers, as well as their fixtures.
• More Money Saved
Soft water can help to reduce energy bills and avoid repair costs. The buildup of minerals in a pipe narrows the area where water can move, which requires higher pump pressure. It will also increase the amount of energy needed to keep water cold or hot. The buildup can damage your home appliances, which means more frequent replacement or repair costs. Installation of a system that softens the water in your home can eliminate expenses on bottled water and coffee shops while prolonging the life of your clothes and linens. It can also reduce the amount of laundry detergent and soap needed by up to 50 percent.
Repair or Replace?
If your home has a system currently in operation, you already know all about the benefits it can provide. Since most home systems are out of sight, out of mind, it can be hard to determine when they have stopped working. There are many signs that your home may need repair or replace your water softener, such as:
• Cloudy water
• Metallic-tasting or salty water
• Changes in water pressure and water quality
• Stiff clothing and linens after doing laundry
• Spots on dishes, glassware, or silverware
• Residue on showers, tubs, and sinks
If you notice one of these problems, your system may have stopped functioning. You’d have to call our Cypress Water Softener Company team before limestone deposits begin to build up in your pipes and damage your appliances.