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When the water inside a home is “hard” it will cause white or gray deposits when heats up. If you have a dishwasher and you have hard water, you may have noticed that pesky film on the dishes that just won’t seem to wash off. In fact, you may have been afraid to use the dishes out of fear the film is hazardous for your health.

Generally, hard water is known for creating a film on dishes, white scale buildup on pots and pans, a detergent film on clothes, and mineral buildup on plumbing appliances. On the other hand, when you have soft water, your dishes come out sparkling clean. Your skin and hair may be noticeably softer. You won’t have the same soap film on your skin, nor will you see detergent curds in your clothes washing machine.

Should I Get a Water Softener?

Do you have hard or soft water? It depends on how much calcium and magnesium are in your home’s water supply. From a health standpoint, having “hard” water isn’t harmful to your health. Even though hard water creates grungy-looking glasses, it doesn’t mean it’s any less healthy than “soft water.”

The problem is that when you have hard water, the high-level of minerals can build up on sinks, bathtubs, and showers. It can plug pipes, create dirty-looking dishes, damage hot water heaters, and decrease the effectiveness of all of the different soaps and detergents you use for personal care and cleaning.

Let’s take a look at the advantages of a water softener:
  • They come in timed and programmable models.
  • Softeners eliminate hard water problems.
  • They protect appliances.
  • They protect plumbing.
  • They protect water heaters.
  • Clothes look more vibrant (less dingy).
  • Dishes come out sparkling clean.
  • They eliminate scale on pots and pans.
  • They reduce or eliminate detergent curds in washing machines.
  • They increase the lifespan of hot water heaters.
  • Water softening technology has been used in homes for over 60 years.

Is a home water softener right for you? To learn more about the advantages of soft water, contact Excalibur Plumbing to speak with a Georgetown plumber.