Water Softener

Should You Install a Water Softener?

There are many benefits to installing a water softener in your home, especially if you have hard water. Hard water has high levels of magnesium and calcium, both of which can cause issues with household appliances and plumbing. It also can impact the water quality daily. Below are some things to consider when deciding whether to install a water softener. 

Initial and Maintenance Costs

There are going to be upfront costs to installing a water softener. You’ll likely pay for the unit itself and invest an additional cost for the installation. Those are not the only costs to be aware of. Maintenance involves potentially higher water usage as well as buying salt for the regeneration process (the minerals are collected by the softener and flushed out.)

Environmental Impact

The regeneration cycle associated with a water softener may waste water and increase the amount of salt that ends up in the outdoor world. This is a concern in locations where water conversation is important. There also may be areas where regulations about salt discharge are in place.

Health Concerns

Softening water means the magnesium and calcium are replaced with sodium. If you are on a low-sodium diet, the increase in salt intake from the softened water could be a health consideration. However, for most people, the amount is so small as to be negligible.

Benefits of a Water Softener

There are also benefits to be aware of when choosing whether to install a water softener. For one thing, hard water can cause issues with appliances and increase energy costs. A water softener handles this issue by removing the minerals associated with the buildup.

Soft water is also great for increasing the effectiveness of detergents and soap. It also creates fewer limescale deposits and less soap scum in bathrooms and kitchens. This means there may be less learning to deal with when you have a water softener.

In addition, long-term savings can be high with a water softener. When you extend the life of appliances, reduce the need for soaps, and decrease energy costs, those things all add up.

Whether you should install a water softener depends on many things, such as your budget, water hardness level, environmental concerns, and preferences about water conservation and usage. If appliance efficiency and scale buildup are concerns, the benefits of installing are likely high enough to make up for cost and maintenance factors. However, make sure you weigh the benefits and downfalls before making a choice. Contact us today to learn more!

Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing

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