If you’re dealing with low water pressure, dry hair, or lime and chalk build-up in your sink and bathtub – then it’s likely that there’s hard water flowing through your home water system.

Close-up of a kitchen tap and sink with hard water calcification

What exactly is hard water?

Hard water consists of positively charged ions, specifically calcium and magnesium, in high levels. These bond easily with other metals; which explains the crusty mineral deposits that are left on your shower faucets. And it gets worse the warmer the water is – evidently your water heater starts cracking due to the leftover scaled mineral deposits left over from hard water. On the flip side, soft water is low in calcium and magnesium but high in sodium and/or potassium.

The long-term implications of hard water are less on your health and more on your home. As referenced above, hard water can potentially break appliances, seriously damage your pipes, reduces the ability to properly clean your dishes and stiffens your laundry.

Sounds less than ideal!

So…what’s the solution?

Luckily, there’s such a thing that addresses these destructive issues head on: water softeners. Water softeners are mechanical appliances that operate as a whole-house filtration system to swap the hard water with soft water. They make it much easier to clean everything, increase water-based appliance longevity and even give you softer skin and hair!

How does a water softener work?

Where is a water softener located?

Water softeners are inserted into your home’s water supply system. It’s installed near wherever the water enters your house, which could be the basement, garage or utility closet.

What are the parts of a water softener?

There are three main components that work together in a water softener.

The Result is Worth It

Once you install the right water softener – you can kiss hard water problems goodbye! Those on a sodium-restricted diet just need to be wary about the amount of sodium being transferred into your water supply.