Do I Need a Water Softener?

Water Softener

You may be surprised to learn that here in Las Vegas we have hard water. It's hard because the Colorado River dumps its settlement into Lake Mead. As a result, Las Vegas' municipal water has two nontoxic minerals within it: calcium and magnesium. While calcium and magnesium aren't harmful to us, they can play havoc with our clothes, with our dishes and even with our appliances. So should we consider a water softener?

Why Hard Water Is a Nuisance

Hard water can be a nuisance for a number of reasons. Hard water can leave clothes looking dirty. The clothes can feel scratchy and harsh against your skin. We may see scale or film on our bathtubs, shower walls and shower doors. Soap doesn't lather up as much in hard water as it does in soft water.

Hard Water Wastes Time and Money

What's more, water heaters that heat untreated hard water waste energy as the scale builds up. Researchers from New Mexico State University have found water heaters with almost 40 pounds of scale and sediment inside. This scale does not conduct well and wastes energy. What's more, researchers at Ohio State University have proved that using softer water reduces the amount of time it takes to clean in certain household tasks. Softer water actually saves you time and money.

Getting a Water Softener Installed

A water softener system needs to be installed by a professional. It's a complex system that must be connected to the pipes that run between the water heater and the interior piping. The water softener system must also be connected to a filtration system if you have one in your home.

Types of Water Softeners

There are several different types of water softeners on the market, but they are generally classified as manual, semi-automatic, automatic and fully automatic. These classifications have to do with recharging the water softener unit. In the manual type, you have to perform all the steps to recharge the unit. With fully automatic units, all operations are automatic. Semi-automatic and automatic units require some steps performed by the owner, but not as much as the manual units. We can help you determine the right water softener for your needs and your wallet.

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