Water plays a critical role in many aspects of our daily lives. Sure, you need it for drinking, but you also need it for washing dishes, cooking, washing clothing, showering, and cleaning. Many homes in the U.S. have what the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) calls ‘hard’ water, meaning that it contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
As we pull groundwater from aquifers and other sources for use in our daily lives, it picks up soluble forms of minerals that is passes through. Harmful contaminants are usually eliminated during water treatment, but others minerals continue on to your home. The end result can be nuisances such as:
- Dishes covered with spots after coming out of your dishwasher
- A white ‘film’ on the shower curtain, doors, and tile
- Clogged pipes or damaged heating elements on appliances
- Clothing that fades and doesn’t look as clean
- Dry, itchy skin or dull and lifeless hair
Solving the Hard Water Problem
While you can’t control the level of minerals in your water (that is determined largely by where you live), you can eliminate those minerals by purchasing a salt free water softening system. There are two basic types of these water softeners—those that use salt and those with UV protection.
Salt-free Water Softeners
Salt-free systems work by lessening the surface tension on the water, turning calcium and magnesium into crystals that can’t attach to any surfaces. These are gaining in popularity because they offer several benefits:
- No electricity required to run the system
- No wastewater created, thus less potential environmental impact
- No need to purchase and refill salt on a regular basis
- Keep potentially beneficial minerals in your water supply without the negative effects
- Flush existing hard water deposits out of your pipes and appliances
- No slippery feeling that many people associate with salt-based water softeners
Salt-based Water Softeners With UV Protection
Without the use of harmful chemicals UV disinfection provides protection from potentially harmful and even ill born water causing bacteria. It destroys bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens by exposing the water to ultra violet light preventing them from reproducing. This safe and natural disinfectant does not affect the smell, color, or taste of the water and is easy to install and maintain.
Not the Same as Purification
The difference between water softening systems and water filtration or purification systems confuses many people. While water softeners do treat your water, they do not remove contaminants such as chlorine. If you are looking for a system that provides you with cleaner, fresher, and better-tasting water, a purification system is what you need. For many homeowners the best solution is a whole-home system that combines the benefits of water softeners with those of water purification.
Don’t wait any longer while hard water deposits fill the pipes in your home, damage your appliances, and leave that hard-to-remove film on your showers and sinks. Consider all the benefits that a water softening system can provide for you and your family today.
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