Most homes in North America have hard water—89.3 percent in the U.S. and 85 percent in Canada.
It’s all right to drink hard water, but it can cause trouble in your Raleigh home:
- Mineral accumulation in plumbing and appliances
- Reddish stains in toilets
- Faded clothing and rough towels
- Lackluster skin and hair
- Splotches on dishes, flatware and glasses
- Low flow rate during showers
Water softening solutions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can address your home water trouble and bring you better-tasting drinking water.
Whether you’re starting to research water softeners or you need water softener repair, our crew of professionals are here to help.
Want to get a new water conditioning system for one reasonable monthly payment? Check with us for more information about our Advantage Program™.1
Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s inexpensive to run a water softener. It consumes less than $3 in electricity year-round.2
A water softener only requires about 2.5 pounds of salt. That’s 80 percent less salt than dial-style softeners.
Soft water can make cleaning take less time, help your appliances last longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.
Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures
Soft water helps water flow freely in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral coatings to gather in your pipes and fixtures. This can lead to clogs and reduced water pressure.
Showerheads in homes with hard water can lose 75 percent of their flow rate in fewer than 18 months. Soft water maintains the brilliance and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were added.
Soft water is low in minerals. It doesn’t cause deposits in pipes or restrict water flow in fixtures.
Over time, hard water can cause minerals to build up in your washing machine and dishwasher.
The mineral deposits in hard water make limescale when they become warm. This can cover the heating elements in your appliances, lowering life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need regular repairs or need to be replaced ahead of time.
Efficient Water Heaters
Soft water protects the efficiency of water heaters.
Gas storage and tankless water heaters running on soft water hold on to the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year life span. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can reduce efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you have an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can pile up in the tank from hard water. The scale is a bad heat conductor. It can shorten the life of your heating element, because it has to work longer to heat water.
Soft Skin, Brighter Laundry and Cleaner Dishes
Hard water minerals build up on your skin and in your hair, triggering it to look dull. It can also lead to painful razor burn.
Soft water is superior at cleaning soap residue, so you’ll have silkier skin and shinier hair. Plus, your clothes will look more colorful and your dishes will have fewer spots.
Less Soap and Cleaning Time
When you have hard water, you have to use extra soap for a satisfactory lather. The minerals in hard water react with soap. This creates a scum on sinks.
With soft water, you won’t need to spend as much time cleaning to remove soap scum. You’ll also use less cleaning supplies.
What You Need to Know About Hard Water and Water Softener Systems
What is Hard Water?
Hard water has more minerals than regular water.
What is a Water Softener System?
It’s an appliance that eliminates excess minerals like calcium and magnesium. It also minimizes chlorine, iron and volatile organic compounds.
How Long Does a Water Softener Last?
A water softener that’s the appropriate size for your home will last for a long period. Its life span depends on the manufacturer and how much you run it.
How Much Does a Water Softener Cost?
Some water softeners are more efficient than others. As a result, the total may differ.
Costs can also vary based on how hard your water is and how much water you use. If your water is especially hard and is used frequently, softening rates will increase.
Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?
Softened water contains all the natural minerals we need. While some sodium is mixed in during the softening process, softened water is completely safe to drink.
What’s the Quality of My Drinking Water?
Water quality differs by geography and processing levels. It can also be influenced by construction, mining, agriculture and mineral deposits your groundwater travels through.
You can discover if there are contaminants in your home’s drinking water.
The Environmental Working Group maintains a free database of more than 30 million state records of tap water tests. About 81 percent of community water sources checked in the U.S. carry chemicals linked to cancer, according to the group’s investigation.
Can Brine from Softeners Damage my Septic Tank?
A study by the Water Quality Association discovered a septic tank can’t be hurt by brine released by a water softener. The tanks that were reviewed were correctly placed and in good working order.
Softened water may help decrease detergents being let into your septic tank.
Softer Water, Guaranteed
Hard water problems? Call us at 919-578-4329 or request an appointment online.
One of our Experts can determine if you need a water softener.
We support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee3 for a year. That means we’ll get the job done right the first time, whether you need us to repair your water softener or install a new one.
1Some exclusions apply.
2Based on manufacturer’s information and assumptions. Savings may vary based on the type of system you use.
3Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable terms and conditions.