Over 85% of homes in our country rely on a hard water supply, and Minnesota water quality is no exception. Hard water contains excess minerals and metals like calcium and iron that pose serious implications for homeowners. While safe to use, hard water creates significant complications for cleaning and appliances.
Water softeners make hard water more user friendly by removing or diluting the mineral concentrations. Any Twin Cities plumber will tell you that water softeners are an investment that provides several key benefits:
Hard water makes cleaning difficult. Dishes are often left with white spots, soapy residue, or streaks. It is similarly difficult to eliminate this soapy residue from your hair, clothing, and body. Water softeners enable you to keep yourself and your home looking and feeling cleaner.
Soft water provides savings by allowing you to use less soap or detergent, thus lowering product expenses. By reducing soap scum and filmy residue, bathtubs, sinks, and showers stay cleaner longer and are easier to maintain.
Longer Appliance Lifespan & Better Performance
Hard water minerals are harsh on appliances, causing interior build up, decreased efficiency, and shortened overall lifespan. Research shows that water softeners ease the negative effects of hard water on appliances and extend the life of washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters, and other appliances that use water. This benefit provides immediate customer savings through reduced maintenance costs and ultimate replacement costs.
Water softeners specifically improve the efficiency of hot water heaters by an average of 25%. Softened water heats more quickly than hard water, and as a result, hot water heaters don’t have to work as hard. This efficiency reduces overall energy and lowers utility bills.
Just like mineral buildup in appliances, hard water leaves scaly deposits in pipes and plumbing fixtures. Over time, this buildup causes clogs and corrosion. In addition to being an unexpected inconvenience, mineral accumulation shortens the lifespan of your home’s plumbing system, an expensive and laborious fix.
Water softeners minimize buildup and keep your fixtures clog-free and your plumbing flowing efficiently.
Is it time to install or service a water softener in your home? Give the professionals at MSP a call to schedule your evaluation: (651) 228-9200. Let our Minneapolis and Saint Paul plumbers find ways to improve your water quality today!