Have you ever stepped out of the shower and still felt dirty or greasy? Or have you ever run your dishwasher, but again saw spots on your glasses? If so, then your house might have hard water, and you should consider installing a water softener.

The United States Geological Survey defines water hardness as the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. Hard water contains a high amount of dissolved minerals, and you should be able to feel the difference between hard and soft water. For instance, when washing your hands with soap and hard water, it may feel like there is still a film of residue on your hands.

With hard water, soap can react to the calcium to leave behind that residue. It may take more soap or detergent needed to feel clean in hard water, whether it be your skin or your hair. When washing your dishes with hard water, you will also notice spots or a film on them.

If any of this sounds familiar or is a common occurrence in your home, you might want to consider using a water softener. Hard water does not just make your skin feel uncomfortable, or make your dishes look less clean, but it can also leave its mark on your home. Calcium and magnesium deposits could build up in your pipes and plumbing, and those blockages can reduce efficiency and raise your utility bills.

The water softener connects to your home’s plumbing system, where the hard water travels through the water softener before exiting through your faucet or appliance. Inside the water tank of the water softener are many small resin beads that collect and remove the calcium and magnesium for the water.

Soft water is then ready to flow to all of the faucets and fixtures in your home, and you will immediately be able to feel the difference. Be sure to rinse and recharge the resin beads regularly, so the effectiveness of your water softener does not decrease. Adding water softener salt to the brine tank will quickly take care of that job.

Water softness won’t make you feel cleaner. Or get the spots out of your dishes. But it can increase your quality of life. For more information on water softeners, call the professionals at Kellermeier Plumbing today at 616-866-5134 and talk with our skilled plumbers today.