Many homeowners do not know the dangers of hard water and how it can impact their hair and skin health and plumbing systems. Hard water has an increased amount of minerals, like calcium and magnesium. Water softeners can remove excess minerals, making your water supply more palatable and less likely to cause damage to your plumbing components.

Signs That You Have Hard Water

Here at Legacy Plumbing Experts, we want you to be aware of the dangers of hard water and learn about the warning signs so you can take action. We offer water softener installation, maintenance and repair. We urge you to contact us immediately if you notice the following signs.

  • Watermarks on your faucets and glassware
  • Lime and chalk buildup in tubs, showers and sinks
  • Fading and dingy white clothing
  • Foul water tastes and smells
  • Dry hair and skin
  • Decreased water pressure
  • Premature appliance breakdowns

What Is a Water Softener?

Hard water leaves behind mineral scale that can build up in your pipes and affect the performance of your appliances and plumbing fixtures. Although hard water does not put your family in danger, it can degrade the lifespan of your plumbing components and appliances, costing you money over time.

Water softeners treat hard water by removing the minerals through ion exchange. Water softeners treat the water before it enters your home, protecting your plumbing system and appliances from costly breakdowns and repair issues.

How Do Water Softeners Work?

Hard water enters your home from a pipe running from your well or the municipal water supply. The water enters the water softener tank, where resin beads attract the minerals and hold onto them, removing them from your water supply. Then, the softened water moves from the tank to your plumbing pipes and throughout your home.

The resin beads contain sodium, which is exchanged for the hard minerals in your water. Over time, the resin beads become caked with hard minerals and must be rinsed and recharged. Homeowners add salt to their water softener systems to keep them working effectively.

What Are the Benefits of Installing a Water Softener?

Water softeners are highly effective at protecting against skin irritation and plumbing damage caused by a build-up of minerals like calcium, lime and magnesium. Legacy Plumbing Experts wants to help you understand the benefits of installing a water softener in your home.

Save Money

As minerals build up in your pipes, they can become narrowed and damaged over time. Water softeners can save you the cost of repairs and prolong the lifespan of your appliances, helping you reduce the expense of replacement. Many appliances in your home can be impacted by hard water, including coffee machines, refrigerators, washing machines and ice makers.

Healthier Hair and Skin

Hard water can impact the health of your hair and skin. Many people do not realize their chronic dry skin is caused by a higher-than-normal mineral content in their water. Hard water causes a loss of the natural oils in your hair and skin, leading to dryness, flakiness and irritation.

Clothing Protection

Clothing fades and breaks down faster in homes with hard water. The minerals in the water cause the fabrics to roughen and lose dyes. Hard water causes you to need to replace your clothing more often, creating an unnecessary expense.

Reduced Cleaning

If you spend a lot of time cleaning in the bathroom, it is likely because of soap scum buildup on showers, sinks and tubs. Water softeners eliminate this problem, helping you keep your home cleaner. You will spend much less time scrubbing because you no longer have a hard water problem.

Cleaner Dishes

Whether you hand wash or run the dishwasher, hard water can impact your dishes, leaving behind mineral scales. Your glasses and ceramic plates have a dull finish, and they never seem clean enough with hard water issues. Water softeners eliminate these problems and make your dishes more spotless and sparkling. You will not have to worry about wasting detergents trying to get your dishes clean.

Learn More About Water Softeners

According to Whirlpool, 85% of American homes have hard water. At Legacy Plumbing Experts, we offer water softener services to help customers overcome hard water issues and protect their plumbing systems.

We provide various plumbing services, including the installation, repairs and maintenance of all plumbing components, including water heaters, drains, boilers and sewer lines. Legacy Plumbing Experts also provides our customers with bathroom remodeling services.

You can request service on our website or give the office a call. We proudly serve Port St. Lucie and most of West Palm Beach County, Florida.

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