If you find that the water in your Bradenton, Florida, home is leaving spots on your dishes or making your hair feel limp and lifeless, then it might be time to have a water softener installed. A water softener helps to eliminate water spots, makes your hair and skin feel better, keeps your clothes cleaner, and keeps your appliances running smoothly. Learn more about how a water softener can benefit your home.
Hard water is water that has high levels of dissolved minerals still in it, especially calcium and magnesium. These minerals leave a scaly deposit on surfaces. When water flows through a water softener, sodium (salt) ions replace the minerals that make the water hard. The result is softer water.
With hard water, deposits of dissolved minerals build up on glasses, pots, and pans, in your bathtub and shower. This buildup can be quite unsightly and often needs special types of solvents and treatments to remove them.
When soap combines with minerals in hard water, the soap does not dissolve completely and the hard water diminishes its lathering capabilities. When you wash your hair, your face and your clothes with hard water, residue from the soap remain, making your hair feel limp, and your clothes feel grimy.
Hard water deposits minerals on surfaces and it also builds up inside of the tubing and piping in your home, including any appliances that use water. Your washing machine, hot water heater, ice maker, and dishwasher will have to work harder over time to get sufficient water through the clogged pipes and tubing. This can reduce the lifespan on your appliances and may even cause them to malfunction and break down.
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