24 May What are the Benefits of a Water Softener?
Having a water softener installed in your home has a number of benefits. Some of these include:
- Preventing mineral buildup in your pipes
- Improving the overall taste of your water
- Allowing your soaps to work to their fullest ability
- Preventing stains and water spots from developing on your appliances and glassware
Thanks to these benefits that a water softener provides, you can actually save a significant amount of money. For example, by preventing mineral deposits from forming your pipes, you waste less water and electricity as the water flows through the pipes. You also reduce the risk of needing to make repairs to your pipes, as mineral deposits can grow to be so thick that water can no longer flow at all. In this case, the pipes may break or otherwise need to be replaced in order to achieve the proper water flow.
Your water softener can also help to save money by preventing stains from developing on your appliances. Regularly removing these stains requires purchasing specialized cleaners and, if not properly maintained, may also lead to the need to replace the appliances due to their stained and unattractive nature.
Since hard water does not mix well with soap and other cleaning products, you will also save money with your water softener because you will not have to use an excessive amount of soap in order to get your clothes, dishes, appliances and general household clean.
Caring for Your Water Softener
Of course, with all of the benefits that a water softener provides, you will need to take steps to properly maintain your water softener system. To do this, you should periodically check the water softener’s brine tank to ensure it has adequate salt and that the salt is wet and covered in water. Generally speaking, you should only have to refill the brine tank about once every two months. You should also break up any salt “bridges” that may form between refills and, when the tank is nearly empty and ready for a refill, you should periodically clean it with detergent, water and a brush.