Water softener systems are those that are installed at homes or businesses to treat the available water supply to be better tasting and easier to use. The problem arises from hard water, which means that the mineral content within the available local water is such that it affects the taste of water and normal uses of water such as washing and cleaning.
When you have excess mineral content in water or the wrong ratios of minerals, this hard water can give strong and unpleasant taste characteristics to those drinking the water. There are also issues around how the minerals in the water treat clothing that is being washed with it. For one, the detergent that is used on laundering these clothes becomes less effective with the presence of excess minerals. So, the normal sudsing action that the detergent is intending to do for cleaning the clothes is disrupted and more of the detergent is necessary for the same result.
There is an obvious cost element, as you can imagine, because of this situation. The presence of the excess mineral themselves along with more detergent being used ultimately leads to premature aging of the clothes being washed. This is one of the reasons that the investment in a waster softening system is well justified and why it’s such a popular choice for both residential as well as commercial use.
Just as with the example of laundry and washing clothes, some similar things happening for people using the water for showering and washing hands. Using softened water after a length of time wit hard water usage will immediately have people commenting how so much softer the water feels. It also makes lather of shampoo and soap easier to develop. As well, after showering or washing hands, there is less of the feeling that there is a residue left on the skin.
This is real for both skin and hair, where the minerals in the hard water do make themselves known as far as texture or even a film. This is well pronounced often in terms of faucet or shower hardware developing stains and spots that are very difficult to remove.
As you can see, homeowners and business owners have some powerful reasons to install a whole-house or whole-business water softening system to eliminate the issues discussed above and to derive the benefits of softer water.