Are Water Softeners Necessary?
If you’re a homeowner, you might not be paying much attention to the quality of your home’s tap water. After all, most homeowners have tap water that is filtered and treated by their county or state, so what is there to worry about? But for some homeowners—especially those in places like Florida—there is another issue to be concerned about when it comes to their home’s water: hard water. This spooky phrase is one that most homeowners recognize, but few understand exactly what it describes. Hard water contains a range of minerals—including calcium and magnesium—that alters its flavors and properties and potentially makes it rather unpleasant for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.
So how do homeowners combat the problems associated with hard water? Thankfully, there’s an easy solution: water softeners. But are water softeners really necessary, and how can you tell if you’d benefit from one? Read on to learn more.
Identifying Hard Water
The first step in deciding if you need a water softener is determining if you have hard water. The best method for determining your home’s water profile is to work with a water treatment professional and undertake specific testing, but there are a few signs that homeowners should look out for:
Spots and Stains
The first sign that many homeowners with hard water notice is telltale red or rust-colored spots on their dinnerware. These stains particularly effect metal objects, so you might’ve noticed them on forks, knives, or other utensils, but they’re often a sure sign of hard water.
If your water tastes slightly off and you can’t quite figure out exactly why, it could be a sign of hard water. Beware, however, that particularly strong taste could be a sign of other, more serious problems.
Have you ever noticed that soap at your home doesn’t seem to create lather? Whether you’ve seen this phenomenon in the shower or doing the dishes, a lack of lather is usually a symptom of hard water.
Crunch Clothing and Hair
Because soap is less effective when used with hard water, you might notice that your hair or clothes become stiff or crunchy after washing. This is a sign that your soap is not lathering or rinsing properly and that your home likely has hard water.
Is a Water Softener Right for You?
As you can see, most symptoms of hard water are simply an inconvenience and don’t provide any specific danger to homeowners. Indeed, if your home has municipal water that is deemed “hard,” it is likely entirely safe for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. So, the good news is that there is a very high probably that your hard water isn’t harming your family. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it.
Water Softeners Offer a Convenient Solutions
While hard water might seem like an issue that is difficult to tackle, the truth is that with help from water treatment experts, eliminating household hard water is easy. At Florida Energy Water & Air, we offer whole-home water softener systems from RainSoft®
that can eliminate hard water for good. Depending on the system you choose, your entire home can enjoy soft water right from the taps and stop worrying about all the problems associated with high mineral content.
To find out more about our residential water treatment systems
, contact Florida Energy Water & Air today.