7 Signs You Need A Water Softener

    Published: May 1, 2017

    7 Signs You Need a Water Softener

    89% of Americans are currently drinking and using hard water. If you’re unsure what hard water is, you’re not alone. Hard water is tap water that has a high mineral count, hence the term “hard.” Water with a high mineral count can cause damage to appliances, dishware, and more. Worse, the mineral deposits that can result from hard water serve as a possible breeding ground for bacteria.

    When you know you have hard water you should take appropriate action. Investing in a water softener alternative greatly reduces the scale build up in your water, allowing you and your family to enjoy softer-feeling showers, and more effective cleaning. But how do you know if you need a water softener? Be on the lookout for these signs:

    • Soap Scum Keep Appearing – Along with the signature iron stains, you’ll also notice white spots on glassware and on your dishes if you have hard water. The constant appearance of soap scum in your kitchen and bathroom will also accompany hard water.
    • Soap Doesn’t Seem to Work – If your showers now prominently feature a frustrating ritual of attempting in vain to get a good lather of soap going, you’re definitely in need of a water softener. When you have hard water, the high mineral count causes the water and the sop to interact poorly. Washing your body, washing the dishes – it all becomes a hassle.
    • Your Pipes Are Getting Clogged – If none of the above signs tip you off, certainly take a moment to consider getting a water softener if your pipes become clogged due to mineral deposits. Scale buildup can clog your showerhead, but it can also cause devastating clogs that must be resolved by a professional plumber (especially if you have older steel pipes).
    • Laundry Is a Nightmare – The high levels of magnesium and calcium in hard water render most soaps and detergents ineffective. If you’ve noticed that your clothes don’t seem to be fully clean after you do the laundry, or that your towels are coarse, it can mean you have hard water. One dead giveaway is the yellowing of white laundry and the telltale iron stains. Don’t keep ruining your clothes – fix the problem with a water softener.
    • Your Appliances Are Breaking – Hard water can spell disaster for your essential appliances. If your water heater slowly collects sediment its efficiency will plummet while your bill skyrockets. Scale deposits can clog up the valves in your icemaker and cause your washing machine to wear out much faster. Installing a water softener can save you thousands of dollars in appliance replacement.

    If you notice any of these signs you can’t afford to live with hard water. Solve the problem and protect your home with a Pelican NaturSoft® water softener alternative.