Dripping water from the faucetMore people are choosing water softeners to save their plumbing and their pocket. Hard water is notoriously harsh on pipework and appliances and could cause unwanted bills for householders. Switching to soft water could help.

As rain falls it lands on rocks and absorbs their elements, including calcium and magnesium ions. Water that is hard contains more calcium and magnesium. This is not harmful to health but it can be harmful to the plumbing. Hard water causes limescale, the ‘furry’ substance that is sometimes seen on the inside of kettles.

The Problem with Limescale

Excessive limescale can block pipes. If the problem isn’t dealt with effectively, it may damage the pipes and necessitate calling out a plumber. It can also damage electrical items, for example by coating the heating element in kettles and preventing them from working. Boilers can also fall victim and at worst, the central heating could fail. If they do still function, they will use more energy and could increase the monthly electricity bill.

Hard water is less efficient at generating a lather from soap and more soap will have to be used to get the same effect which is wasteful. ‘Scum’ can build up in baths and showers and requires more elbow grease when doing the housework.

Softening the Water

Using water softeners and getting water softener repair in Salt Lake City

will ensure that water and heating systems continue to run smoothly and will save money and time. Softening the water supply eliminates all of the disadvantages of hard water. This is achieved by ion exchange columns. When the water passes through the columns, calcium and magnesium switch places with sodium to create water that is gentle on pipes and good at making soap bubbles.

Smart householders use soft water to protect their appliances and plumbing by reducing limescale. They could reduce bills and time spent on chores too.