Water Softeners for Hard Water in Maryland

Water Softener Company Serving Annapolis, Columbia, & More!

Have you ever tried to wash something and the soap you were using wouldn’t lather? Most likely, you blamed it on the soap itself, but chances are the problem was your hard water.

Water Doctor provides water softener solutions for homes with hard water in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. Contact us today at 301-953-2846 to talk about your water treatment needs, or keep reading to learn more!

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What Is Hard Water?

Hard water originally got its name because it made cleaning difficult. Calcium and magnesium are the main causes of hard water issues. They dissolve in your water supply and the salts created cause a host of problems. In addition to making soaps ineffective, hard water causes scaling inside pipes and water fixtures, leaves a buildup on dishes, especially glasses, and can cause cooking pans to scale.

Signs You Have Hard Water

It would be so easy if you could tell by the feel of your water whether or not it was hard, but that isn’t possible. There are signs that alert you to the problem and a water specialist can then test your water for calcium and magnesium to make certain if hard water or something else is causing the problem. Look for the following signs that alert you to a hard water problem.

  • Dingy-looking laundry that feels stiff or you need to use fabric softener with your clothing.
  • A film on dishes and glassware caused by deposits
  • Soap scum
  • Scale buildup in sinks, tubs, and appliances
  • Increasing energy bills

If these feel familiar to you, it is time to consider calling in a water specialist to have your water tested and treated at your home in Baltimore, Columbia, or the surrounding Maryland areas. We offer a free water quality analysis to ensure we create the perfect plan for improving your water quality!

Call Water Doctor for Water Softeners in Annapolis, Baltimore & Columbia, MD

When you trust Water Doctor to investigate your hard water problem, we will test your water at no cost to you. Before we install a water softener filtration system, we provide you with a warranty that tells you exactly what we expect in the way of performance. We also don’t simply install and leave you on your own. Our professionals will install your new system and return to check on its performance. We will also let you know when it’s time to schedule a maintenance check on your system.

Contact us today by calling (301) 953-2846 to get on the road to softer, cleaner clothing and lower energy bills! We serve a wide range of cities in Maryland, including Annapolis, Baltimore, Columbia, Gaithersburg, and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does a water softener work?

A water softener works by removing minerals (like calcium and magnesium) that cause water hardness. This is typically done through a process called ion exchange. The water softener contains resin beads that are coated with sodium ions. As hard water passes through the resin, the calcium and magnesium ions are attracted to and held by the resin, while the sodium ions are released into the water. This exchange softens the water.

Is softened water safe to drink?

Yes, softened water is generally safe to drink for most people. However, because it contains a higher sodium content compared to hard water, individuals on a low-sodium diet or with certain health conditions like hypertension might need to be cautious. It’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider if you have specific health concerns.

Does water softening strip away minerals?

Yes, water softening primarily removes calcium and magnesium, which are the minerals responsible for water hardness. While these minerals are essential for health, they are typically consumed through food rather than drinking water. Therefore, the removal of these minerals from water doesn’t significantly affect your overall mineral intake.

Are there health benefits to softened water?

The primary benefits of softened water are more practical than health-related. Softened water can help prevent scale buildup in pipes and appliances, making them more efficient and longer-lasting. It also makes soap and detergent more effective, resulting in cleaner dishes and softer clothes. There isn’t significant evidence to suggest direct health benefits from drinking softened water.

Why does soft water feel slimy or slick in the shower?

Soft water can feel slimy or slick because it doesn’t contain the minerals that interact with soap to form soap scum. This means soap lathers more easily and can be harder to rinse off completely. The slick feeling is actually your natural skin oils, as the soap hasn’t stripped them away as it does in hard water. This sensation is often mistaken for a residue left by the soap, but it’s just the absence of the minerals that you’re used to feeling in hard water.

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