The benefits of water softeners are many, and the long-term savings can easily outweigh the cost of the appliance itself. Hard water is a problem throughout large portions of the United States, and New Jersey is no exception. If you’re thinking about purchasing a water softener for your home, it helps to understand the benefits so you can make an informed decision.

What is Hard Water?

The “hardness” in hard water is made up of minerals – usually calcium and magnesium – that are dissolved in your water. In some cases, iron is also present in municipal water. Hard water leaves deposits known as scaling in pipes, fixtures, and appliances, and can prevent soap from lathering.

How Does a Water Softener work?

Water softeners use a process called ion exchange to extract hardness from water. The resin in a water softener essentially works as a magnet, attracting mineral particles and removing them from the water. Water softeners also use a regenerant (salt or a salt substitute) to allow the resin to continuously remove hardness.

What are the Benefits?

There are numerous benefits to using a water softener, and water that has been treated by a water softener has several advantages over untreated water:

  • Increased lifespan of appliances that use water. This includes water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, coffee makers, and ice makers, all of which can last longer and use less energy with soft water.
  • Cleaner and shinier glassware and silverware.
  • Softer skin and shinier hair after washing.
  • Cleaner and softer fabrics due to fewer minerals. Hard water can give clothes a dingy color and cause them to wear out faster.
  • Improved lathering of soaps and detergents, allowing you to use up to 75% less and save money.
  • Reduced greenhouse emissions from your home. Over a year, the benefit to the environment is roughly equivalent to removing an SUV from the road.

For more information on water softeners, and all your plumbing, heating, and cooling needs contact Pipe Works Services Our team provides expert service with more than 10 years of experience in northern New Jersey.

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