Most homes in North America have hard water—89.3 percent in the U.S. and 85 percent in Canada.
It’s all right to drink hard water, but it can cause problems in your Provo home:
- Mineral accumulation in plumbing and appliances
- Reddish stains in toilets
- Worn-looking clothing and scratchy towels
- Dull skin and hair
- Spots on dishes, flatware and glasses
- Low flow rate during showers
Water softening solutions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of your home water trouble and bring you fresher drinking water.
Whether you’re starting to research water softeners or you need water softener repair, our crew of specialists are here to help.
Need a new water conditioning system for one affordable monthly payment? Contact us for more information about our Advantage Program™.1
Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s low-cost to operate a water softener. It needs less than $3 in electricity annually.2
A water softener only needs about 2.5 pounds of salt. That’s 80 percent less salt than dial-style softeners.
Soft water can make cleaning more effortless, help your appliances last longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.
Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures
Soft water helps water flow smoothly in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral coatings to gather in your pipes and fixtures. This can create clogs and lower water pressure.
Showerheads in homes with hard water can lose 75 percent of their flow rate in shorter than 18 months. Soft water maintains the shine and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were put in.
Soft water is lacking minerals. It doesn’t create deposits in pipes or limit water flow in fixtures.
Over time, hard water can cause minerals to build up in your washing machine and dishwasher.
The mineral deposits in hard water make limescale when they get hot. This can cover the heating elements in your appliances, lowering life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need regular repairs or need to be swapped out earlier.
Efficient Water Heaters
Soft water protects the efficiency of water heaters.
Gas storage and tankless water heaters running on soft water maintain the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year life span. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can lower efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you use an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can pile up in the tank from hard water. The scale is a bad heat conductor. It can shorten the life of your heating element, because it has to work harder to heat water.
Soft Skin, Brighter Laundry and Cleaner Dishes
Hard water minerals accumulate on your skin and in your hair, triggering it to become dehydrated. It can also lead to painful razor burn.
Soft water is more efficient at rinsing soap residue, so you’ll have softer skin and shinier hair. Plus, your clothes will look less faded and your dishes will look more flawless.
Less Soap and Cleaning Time
When you have hard water, you have to use extra soap for a satisfactory lather. The minerals in hard water react with soap. This makes a scum on sinks.
With soft water, you won’t need to spend as much time cleaning to remove soap scum. You’ll also use less detergent.
What You Need to Know About Hard Water and Water Softener Systems
What is Hard Water?
Hard water has more minerals than soft water.
What is a Water Softener System?
It’s an appliance that removes additional minerals like calcium and magnesium. It also minimizes chlorine, iron and volatile organic compounds.
How Long Does a Water Softener Last?
A water softener that’s the correct size for your home will last for many years. Its life span depends on the manufacturer and how much you run it.
How Much Does a Water Softener Cost?
Some water softeners are more efficient than others. As a result, the fee may differ.
Costs can also vary based on how hard your water is and how much water you need. If your water is extremely hard and is used excessively, softening expenses will go up.
Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?
Softened water includes all the natural minerals we need. While a little bit of sodium is put in during the softening process, softened water is completely safe to drink.
What’s the Quality of My Drinking Water?
Water quality fluctuates by geography and processing levels. It can also be impacted by construction, mining, agriculture and mineral deposits your groundwater goes through.
You can learn if there are contaminants in your home’s drinking water.
The Environmental Working Group has a free database of more than 30 million state records of tap water tests. About 81 percent of community utilities analyzed in the U.S. contain chemicals linked to cancer, according to the group’s analysis.
Can Brine from Softeners Damage my Septic Tank?
A study by the Water Quality Association discovered a septic tank can’t be damaged by brine released by a water softener. The tanks that were monitored were correctly placed and working normally.
Softened water may help limit detergents being discharged into your septic tank.
Softer Water, Guaranteed
Hard water problems? Call us at 801-396-0637 or request an appointment online.
One of our professionals can check if you need a water softener.
We back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee3 for a year. That means we’ll get the job done right the first time, whether you need us to repair your water softener or install a new one.
1Some exclusions apply.
2Based on manufacturer’s information and assumptions. Savings may vary based on the type of system you use.
3Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable terms and conditions.