Most homes in North America have hard water—89.3 percent in the U.S. and 85 percent in Canada.
It’s OK to drink hard water, but it can cause issues in your London home:
- Mineral collection in plumbing and appliances
- Reddish streaks in toilets
- Worn-looking clothing and scratchy towels
- Dry skin and hair
- Spots on dishes, flatware and glasses
- Low flow rate during showers
Water softening solutions from Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can address your home water trouble and bring you fresher drinking water.
Whether you’re starting to look into water softeners or you need water softener repair, our team of specialists are here to help.
Need a new water conditioning system for one affordable monthly payment? Contact us for more information about our Advantage Program™.1
Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s inexpensive to operate a water softener. It consumes less than $3 in electricity year-round.2
A water softener only needs about 2.5 pounds of salt. That’s 80 percent less salt than dial-style softeners.
Soft water can make cleaning easier, help your appliances last longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.
Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures
Soft water helps water flow smoothly in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral sediment to build up in your pipes and fixtures. This can cause 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 preserves the brilliance and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were added.
Soft water is doesn’t have a lot of minerals. It doesn’t leave deposits in pipes or limit 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 heated. This can spread over the heating elements in your appliances, lowering life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need repeated fixes or need to be swapped out sooner.
Efficient Water Heaters
Soft water preserves the efficiency of water heaters.
Gas storage and tankless water heaters operating on soft water hold on to the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year lifetime. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can lower efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you use 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 reduce the life of your heating element, because it has to work more to heat water.
Soft Skin, Brighter Laundry and Cleaner Dishes
Hard water minerals build up on your skin and in your hair, causing it to become dehydrated. It can also lead to painful razor burn.
Soft water is better at cleaning soap residue, so you’ll have smoother skin and sleeker hair. Plus, your clothes will look brighter 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 makes a scum on tubs.
With soft water, you won’t need to spend as much time cleaning to eliminate 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 ordinary water.
What is a Water Softener System?
It’s an appliance that takes out additional minerals like calcium and magnesium. It also reduces chlorine, iron and volatile organic compounds.
How Long Does a Water Softener Last?
A water softener that’s the right size for your home will last for many years. 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 price may differ.
Costs can also vary based on how hard your water is and how much water you consume. If your water is extremely hard and is used frequently, softening rates will rise.
Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?
Softened water includes all the natural minerals we need. While some sodium is added during the softening process, softened water is absolutely safe to drink.
What’s the Quality of My Drinking Water?
Water quality varies by geography and processing levels. It can also be influenced by construction, mining, agriculture and mineral deposits your groundwater runs through.
You can find out 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 plants checked in the U.S. carry chemicals connected 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 harmed by brine released by a water softener. The tanks that were reviewed were correctly placed and in good working order.
Softened water may help reduce detergents being discharged into your septic tank.
Softer Water, Guaranteed
Hard water problems? Call us at 226-270-1164 or request an appointment online.
One of our Experts can determine if you need a water softener.
We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee3 for a year. That means we’ll get the job done correctly the first time, whether you need us to fix 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.