If you have hard water, it can wreak havoc on your appliances and leave clothes feeling stiff and scratchy. Hard water isn’t unhealthy, but it makes life inconvenient. Fortunately, whole home water softeners fix hard water problems. Call Titan Plumbing and Electric to find out how you can benefit from one of these devices and schedule service in Tampa, FL.
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What Is Hard Water?
When it rains, the water coming out of the sky is soft, meaning it lacks a high mineral content. However, when it drains through the ground to wind up in rivers and lakes, it picks up dissolved minerals such as magnesium and calcium, among others. These minerals make the water ‘hard.’
What Are the Effects of Hard Water?
While mineral-heavy water isn’t unhealthy to drink, its many side effects can make life unpleasant. Here are just a few of the adverse effects of hard water.
- Hard water prevents soap and detergent from entirely dissolving, which means you end up with water spots on your dishes and utensils, dull hair, stiff clothes, and dry skin.
- Hard water also leaves mineral deposits around fixtures like faucets and showerheads. Also, mineral buildup in appliances can cause them to fail prematurely.
- Hard water causes mineral buildup in your water heater, which means it runs less efficiently, costing you more money to operate.
As you can see, hard water isn’t dangerous, but it can be a pain to deal with every day. The best way to deal with this problem is to install a water softener for home use. At Titan Plumbing and Electric, we will inspect your system and recommend the best unit for the job.
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How Water Softeners Work
Now that you know about hard water and some of its ill-effects let’s look at water softeners and how they make your water soft and more pleasant to use. Resin tanks within the water softener contain thousands of resin beads charged with sodium ions. When hard water moves through the system, these beads attract the magnesium and sodium ions from the hard water and exchange them for sodium ions, which makes the water soft.