Is Water Softening Necessary?

Hard water is a common problem throughout Maryland, leading to spots on dishes, stains in sinks and showers, or even scale accumulations that damage plumbing pipes and fixtures. Caused by excessive amounts of dissolved minerals, hard water is one of the most frequent water-quality complaints, and it can easily be corrected through a process called water softening.

Does your Maryland home or business have hard water? Call Water Doctor today at (877) 677-9275 or contact us online to learn about our water softening solutions!

What is a Water Softener?

A water softener is a system that replaces the minerals in hard water with compounds that are less problematic for home plumbing systems, such as salt or, less frequently, potassium chloride. A typical water softening system contains negatively charged resin beads, which attract the positively charged hard-water ions like calcium, magnesium, and lime, pulling them from the water. Positively charged sodium or potassium ions from a salt solution are introduced, which replace the hard-water ions to return the water to a stable, electrically neutral state.

Do You Need Water Softening?

Water softening can be a practical, cost-effective way to reduce the negative effects of hard water, such as:

  • Poor soap or detergent performance
  • Water spots or stains on dishes
  • Stains or soap scum on sinks, showers, and tubs
  • Fixtures and appliances that are difficult to clean
  • Higher energy costs due to scale in water heaters and other appliances
  • Stained clothing, dull colors, and stiffer fabric
  • Skin irritation, dry skin, or dull, dirty-looking hair

A water softener also prevents the mineral accumulation and limescale that leads to costly plumbing damage and problems with equipment like water heaters, dishwashers, clothes washers, coffee makers, and faucets. If your home or business has hard water, a softening system can improve water quality and comfort while reducing costs for plumbing repairs and appliance replacements.

Is Hard Water Safe?

Though the calcium and magnesium in hard water can cause problems with home plumbing systems and appliances, it is safe to drink it is safe to drink. After all, the calcium and magnesium in hard water are important to human health – but they’re more easily absorbed from food, and a healthy diet won’t harm your pipes!

The Benefits of Water Softening

For homes or businesses with hard water, a professionally installed water softener can provide several benefits:

  • Improved water quality
  • Cleaner dishes and fixtures
  • Cleaner, softer clothes with brighter colors
  • More enjoyable showers and baths
  • Less skin irritation and soap residue
  • Reduced soap and detergent usage
  • Better appliance performance and lower energy consumption
  • Lower repair and replacement costs
  • Reduced damage to plumbing and sewer systems

A high-quality water softener can be a great way to improve your comfort, and it may help you save money in the long term, with less damage to costly plumbing systems, appliances, and fixtures.

Schedule Your Water Softener Installation Today

Are you frustrated with hard water problems at your home or business in Central Maryland? Our WQA-certified water quality experts at Water Doctor can help you choose the best water softening solution for your needs, and we can provide a cost-effective, professional water softener installation.

Call (877) 677-9275 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!