Most homes in North America have hard water—89.3 percent in the U.S. and 85 percent in Canada.
It’s OK to drink hard water, but it can cause issues in your Dayton home:
- Mineral buildup in plumbing and appliances
- Reddish streaks in toilets
- Faded clothing and rough towels
- Dull skin and hair
- Splotches on dishes, flatware and glasses
- Low flow rate during showers
Water softening solutions from Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can address your home water trouble and bring you better-tasting drinking water.
Whether you’re starting to look into water softeners or you need water softener repair, our team of Experts are here to help.
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Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s low-cost to use a water softener. It needs less than $3 in electricity year-round.2
A water softener only requires about 2.5 pounds of salt. That’s 80 percent less salt than dial-style softeners.
Soft water can make cleaning more effortless, help your appliances last longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.
Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures
Soft water helps water flow freely in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral deposits to gather in your pipes and fixtures. This can cause clogs and decreased water pressure.
Showerheads in homes with hard water can lose 75 percent of their flow rate in fewer than 18 months. Soft water maintains the brilliance and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were put in.
Soft water is low in minerals. It doesn’t create deposits in pipes or restrict water flow in fixtures.
Over time, hard water can cause minerals to accumulate in your washing machine and dishwasher.
The mineral deposits in hard water turn into limescale when heated. This can spread over the heating elements in your appliances, reducing life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need frequent fixes or need to be replaced earlier.
Efficient Water Heaters
Soft water protects the efficiency of water heaters.
Gas storage and tankless water heaters running on soft water maintain the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year lifetime. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can cut efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you use an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can build up in the tank from hard water. The scale is a poor heat conductor. It can reduce the life of your heating element, because it has to work more to heat water.
Soft Skin, Brighter Laundry and Cleaner Dishes
Hard water minerals accumulate on your skin and in your hair, causing it to dry out. It can also cause painful razor burn.
Soft water is better at rinsing soap residue, so you’ll have softer skin and sleeker hair. Plus, your clothes will look less faded and your dishes will look more flawless.
Less Soap and Cleaning Time
When you have hard water, you have to use extra soap for a good lather. The minerals in hard water react with soap. This creates a scum on sinks.
With soft water, you won’t need to waste as much time cleaning to get rid of soap scum. You’ll also use less soap.
What You Need to Know About Hard Water and Water Softener Systems
What is Hard Water?
Hard water has more minerals than soft water.
What is a Water Softener System?
It’s an appliance that eliminates excess minerals like calcium and magnesium. It also reduces chlorine, iron and volatile organic compounds.
How Long Does a Water Softener Last?
A water softener that’s the correct size for your home will last for a long period. Its age depends on the manufacturer and how much you run it.
How Much Does a Water Softener Cost?
Some water softeners are more efficient than others. As a result, the price may differ.
Costs can also be different based on how hard your water is and how much water you consume. If your water is especially hard and is used frequently, softening expenses will rise.
Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?
Softened water includes all the natural minerals we need. While some sodium is put in during the softening process, softened water is absolutely safe to drink.
What’s the Quality of My Drinking Water?
Water quality varies by geography and processing levels. It can also be impacted by construction, mining, agriculture and mineral deposits your groundwater travels through.
You can learn if there are contaminants in your home’s drinking water.
The Environmental Working Group maintains a free database of more than 30 million state records of tap water tests. About 81 percent of community water plants tested in the U.S. have chemicals associated with cancer, according to the group’s research.
Can Brine from Softeners Damage my Septic Tank?
A study by the Water Quality Association determined a septic tank can’t be harmed by brine discharged by a water softener. The tanks that were monitored were correctly placed and in good working order.
Softened water may help reduce detergents being released into your septic tank.
Softer Water, Guaranteed
Hard water problems? Call us at 937-503-7896 or request an appointment online.
One of our specialists can figure out if you need a water softener.
We support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee3 for a year. That means we’ll get the job done right the first time, whether you need us to fix your water softener or install a new one.
1Some exclusions apply.
2Based on manufacturer’s information and assumptions. Savings may vary based on the type of system you use.
3Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable terms and conditions.