There are many cosmetic concerns about the damage caused by hard water, it can lead to dry skin and spotted dishes; however, it can also cause internal damage to your plumbing systems. When hard water is heated and its minerals re-crystallize it forms scales in the pipes that can clog plumbing and water-using appliances.
This internal damage can eventually lead to major plumbing problems, to help you prevent hard water related damage Rescue Rooter recommends installing a water softener.
Salt-Based vs. Salt-Free Water Softeners
- Salt-based water softeners substitute salt for calcium, magnesium and other hard minerals.
- These water softeners must be regenerated regularly by adding more salt to the water, which can be costly, corrosive to pipes and harmful to the environment.
- Due to over-salinization of public water, California is considering banning salt-based water softeners.
- Salt-free water softening systems, which soften water without increasing the salinity of the public water, are available.
Additional Water Softener Considerations
- Have the “hardness” of your water evaluated and buy a system that meets your needs.
- Purchase a water softening system scaled to the amount of water you use. Check your water bill for details about your usage.
- If your water is iron-rich, make sure the system can remove it.