Several homes throughout Texas have a high mineral content in the water; we call this “Hard Water”. Hard water is not dangerous to your health but it can cause drinking water to have a nasty taste, cause your skin and hair to dry out and increase the presence of soap scum around your plumbing fixtures. If you are experiencing any of these problems you may want to look into purchasing and installing a water softener. Soft water will make your hair feel silkier and your skin look smoother and younger.
Tiny mineral particles inside hard water tend to scratch and etch glassware and clothing when mixed with soaps and detergents, therefore limiting the life expectancy of these items. Because of these tiny particles hard water requires more soap or detergent to properly clean things and does not rinse off as well as soft water. Over time, hard water also causes scale to build up inside your plumbing appliances, like your hot water heater and water lines. This scale can reduce water flow which in turn may increase operating and maintenance costs.
A new water softener will exchange (Ion Exchange) the hard water’s high levels of calcium and magnesium with sodium, therefore making your water taste better and your hair and skin feel smoother and silkier. The harder the water the more sodium it takes to soften the water. Typical softened water contains around 12.5mg of sodium per 8oz of water.