Somehow, it seems we got the lyrics to this classic song wrong. However, you still probably knew what song we are referencing - the Queen hit is one of the classics of all time. Also, with the season of Spring officially in full bloom, our version is still pretty relevant. After all, the resurgence of Spring means dust is all over the place.
You probably notice it just looking around your house this time of year. However, that’s not the only place you’ll find dust. It can also be found in your water supply if you have hard water. We’ll help you diagnose if you have a hard water problem and how it gets fixed.
What Are The Symptoms of Hard Water?
The effects of hard water can be felt all over the house. Since hard water is simply water with a higher concentration of dissolved minerals in it, you can notice it on your skin.
The minerals can leave a film or residue on your skin after showering, making you feel less clean. For those with sensitive skin, it can even aggravate skin conditions like eczema, making you uncomfortable.
In addition, calcium and magnesium can actually wear through fabrics faster in the washing machine, decreasing the life of your clothes. When you wash dishes or clean your countertops, there can be hard water spots that make you feel like you never cleaned at all.
How do Water Softeners Work?
A hard water problem can be easily addressed. Utilizing a water softener system, you can remove the built-up deposits of calcium and magnesium in your water.
This is done by utilizing a process called ion exchange. Basically, hard water starts on one side and passes through a resin bed that acts similarly to a filter.
It removes the calcium and magnesium, allowing only softened water to pass through. Simple yet effective, as long as the resin bed is occasionally regenerated, usually with salt, keeping the ion exchange process efficient.
Is a Water Softener System Worth The Cost?
There are a variety of solutions to a hard water problem, depending on the number of minerals. Systems can also be manual or automated, in terms of the regeneration process.
No matter what, a water softening system can be a small initial investment to provide big long term savings. Avoiding the clogs and buildup in your pipes alone can make the system worth the cost, and that does not even include any of the benefits for skin, hair, clothes, and dishes.
Instead of singing Another One Bites the Dust, with the installation of a water softening system, you could soon be singing We Are The Champions as the victor over your hard water problem.
To get started, have a professional come out and assess the severity of the hard water situation and lay out the best possible solutions, you may even need a more simple water filtration system! An expert from Plumbing Nerds would be happy to help soften your water. Reach out by calling us at (239) 500-6373.