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What You Need To Know About Water Softening

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Is the tap water in your home cloudy, distasteful, or downright dirty? You could be dealing with something known as “hard water”.

Don’t worry – there are ways to purify your home’s water to make it cleaner, clearer, and better tasting. This process is called water softening; here is what you need to know about it.

What is hard water?

Water is said to be “hard” when it contains dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Hard water is generally no threat to our health, but it can harm our home’s plumbing system and appliances. The minerals in hard water can accumulate to clog pipes, reduce water flow, and hinder energy-efficiency.

How do I know if I have hard water?

Be on the lookout for the following signs around the home, which could indicate that you have hard water:

  • Bad-tasting water

  • Cloudy or rusty-looking water

  • Water spots on freshly-washed dishes, glasses, and cutlery

  • Film or residue on shower faucets, curtains, or doors

  • Soap does not work as effectively on your skin, clothes, or dishes

  • Your hot water bill has skyrocketed

What is water softening and what are the benefits?

Water softening is a technique used to remove minerals from hard water. It works by using a process called ion exchange. Just like magnets, the minerals in water contain a charge. Two opposite charges attract each other, and two similar charges repel. The water softener is charged in order to attract the minerals in the tap water, removing them before they ever make it to the faucet.

Some benefits of water softening include:

  • Clean water that tastes good

  • No more soap spots on your dishes

  • Softer skin and smoother hair

  • Improved performance of plumbing system, as well as appliances such as washing machine and dishwasher

  • Reduced water heating bill

Many homes in Pueblo, Colorado and the surrounding area suffer from hard water. As an authorized retailer and installer of Kinetico water softening products, the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating can solve your hard water problems once and for all. Call us at (719) 544-4922 to schedule a free in-home water quality analysis.

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